Maryam Sharifnejad, MPT

Maryam Sharifnejad, MPT2023-05-12T09:43:56-07:00

Maryam is a registered physical therapist with the College of Physical Therapist of British
Columbia. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master of Physical
Therapy degree in 2006 and has dedicated herself to improving the health and well-being of both
children and adults ever since. Maryam began her career working in adult rehabilitation settings,
specializing in the areas of brain injury, spinal cord injury, and various neuro-musculoskeletal
conditions such as MS, Parkinson’s, ALS, GBS, amputations, and different kinds of arthritis. Her
career path led her to experience working at various hospitals in the areas of acute, sub-acute, pre
and post-surgery and pediatric settings. Throughout the years she has witnessed the power of
human connection to help face health challenges as well as the body’s amazing potential to heal
with time and support.

In 2017, Maryam experienced chronic back pain that was interfering with her work. Through a
friend, she was introduced to craniosacral therapy, which helped her connect with her inner
wisdom and guide her journey towards well-being. Maryam completed various courses through
the Upledger Institute and started offering craniosacral therapy to her clients in private practice
in 2018. She focuses on addressing a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, migraines,
and stress-induced disorders, taking a holistic approach to facilitating healing in the body while
acknowledging the close connection between mind and body.

Craniosacral therapy techniques help activate the vagus nerve, which is responsible for activating
the relaxation response in the body. Once the vagus nerve is activated during the CST session,
the body and mind feel deeply relaxed, and feel-good hormones are released, facilitating healing
on the level of mind and body at one’s own pace. Maryam also incorporates her training and
personal practice in yoga therapy, as well as mindfulness-based stress reduction and meditation
into her therapy sessions as needed and based on the personal interests of her clients.
Maryam’s practice is committed to building strong and trusting relationships with her clients, and
she believes that open communication and collaboration are essential to achieving the best
possible outcomes. Craniosacral therapy can help with various conditions such as chronic pain,
migraines, stress-induced disorders, improving brain function and brain health, improving TMJ
pain and function, post-concussion syndrome and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE),
improved sleep, and ear infections. Maryam believes that personal experience is the best way to
understand how craniosacral therapy can help. She’s excited to facilitate the process of each
client connecting to their inner source of healing and wisdom.