Listening Hands Physiotherapy
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                            TESTIMONIALS and  ARTICLE

The testimonials are arranged under three headings, PEDIATRICS (which includes newborns, infants, children and moms of same), GENERAL (musculoskeletal, migraines, etc) and ATHLETIC so you can quickly find the ones which are of interest to you. 


1. 4 Month old Emma

October 5, 2011

I was recommended to see Ada-Lou by various Doulas who had seen her in action. I was apprehensive at first not knowing anything about cranial-sacral work.

My baby girl is four months old but had a very traumatic birth. She was a placenta abruption and consequently a crash c-section during which there was a chance neither her nor I would make it. She spent three weeks in the NICU and then came home. When she came home her main issues were that she had difficulty latching, would never sleep on her back, cried, cried if we put her down, always favoured her left side. She had to be held nearly all the time.

Ada-Lou warned me that my daughter would most probably cry, but instead of saying "it's ok"  instead to say "I can hear you, I am listening, I am here". It was amazing to see the physical releases that Ada-Lou created in her.

I saw Ada-Lou for four sessions and now my baby is so much happier, more flexible, has no latching problems, can see her feet, and plays with her feet, and is now able to be put down. For the first time in 20 weeks she has slept by herself in her crib throughout the night.....amazing!

I only wish I had seen Ada-Lou sooner, but most of all I wish more people knew about her and the incredible work she can do to children. If only the NICU had recommended cranio-sacral work.

Ada-Lou is a kind gentle spirit and I would fully recommend her, especially if you have a child who has suffered a traumatic birth of any sort.

Emma and her baby daughter

2. 3 Month old Piper

May 5, 2012

My wife and I brought (at the time), our 3 month old daughter Piper, to see Ada-Lou.  Piper had been having colic issues for approximately 6 !/2 weeks and was also arching her back in discomfort when we held her close to, and facing towards us.  After the first treatment we saw immediate results with Piper's demeanor.  She was calm, able to sleep, playful and was able to sit hunched over for the first time.  Her sleep patterns improved slightly also.  We continued to see Ada-Lou for 5 more treatments and Piper's colic and spinal issues have all but disappeared.

Ada-Lou is a master at her craft and a true, caring professional who treats her "little ones" with utmost care and respect. We thank you Ada-Lou for helping our daughter through her discomfort, and for being there for us as parents as a comforter and wealth of knowledge and inspiration.

Jason, Sara, and Piper

UPDATE from Mom LIFECHANGING for whole family!  Included is the website  with an amazing testimonial which prompted her to send this update.  A detailed description of baby’s problems, the treatment and result from a mother’s perspective.

Hi Ada-Lou

I’m not sure if you’ll remember my little family or not, but I came across this article on facebook about you and it brought tears to my eyes.  

My husband Jason and I brought our daughter Piper to you at 3 months old, in Feb 2012.  She was c-section and had some dural tightness that made her arch her back and scream in pain continuously.

Thank you, just THANK YOU 100 times over for being such a dedicated, loving woman.  You are a gift to our world!

Jason has been working towards pediatric cranio because you made such a difference in our lives.  I am also on a journey to feed my soul by becoming a doula.  We were both moved into more meaningful paths simply because we saw that one person CAN make a difference.

Here’s the article that made me want to drop you a note:

And a pic of our sweet girl Piper Michaela. 

3. 5 Year old Emma. 3 month old Aryana, and mom 

April 2013

My first daughter had a very long and hard labour. She was miserable from the start. The colic started within the first week of her arrival and lasted well until she was 7 months old. Stressful doesn’t even begin to describe the first 7 months of her life. Eating was a constant challenge and sleep was fleeting at best. We struggled through it, trying everything but unfortunately we had not yet met Ada-Lou. It would take us 5 long years and the birth of our second daughter before we would meet  Ada-Lou (referred to us by our birth doula) My eldest daughter, the colic baby, still chronically complains about her stomach and the discomfort in her body. We have tried everything from traditional western medicine to non-traditional therapies gaining short term relief but nothing that has lasted. 

Only since we have been seeing Ada-Lou has she made a remarkable shift. The complaints have diminished significantly and she is all around a much happier child. My daughter loves going to see Ada-Lou and if it’s been a few weeks will ask “when can I see her again?”. Ada-Lou has a natural rapport with children that puts them at ease. The sessions for my daughter are fun, well paced and she always leaves saying how peaceful she feels in her heart. 

Our youngest baby who struggles with reflux and projectile vomiting has also improved significantly since seeing Ada-Lou. There are always some tears to start but at the end of every session she is smiling and very content. Ada-Lou is very perceptive and follows our daughter’s cues. Striking that delicate balance of releasing the constrictions in her body with the least amount of intervention. She is very respectful and nurturing. Creating a safe place for both mother and child. 

Now. after seeing the improvement in my children I thought it was time for me to hop on Ada-Lou’s table and I can’t tell you how glad I am that I did. Ada-Lou has the ability to go to the root of issue in the body and release it. The treatments are so beneficial that I don’t even think twice about packing the family up to drive 45 minutes both ways so we can all be treated. 

Leah, Emma, Aryana

4 . baby Edwin

December 2010
Dear Ada-Lou,

Thank you so much for treating Edwin.  I cannot believe how well he has been doing since he started seeing you.  He started crawling a few days before his six month birthday.  He started pulling himself to stand at 6 ½ months.  I am happy to announce that he is till sleeping ten – eleven hours at night.  He plays well,  eats well, poops well , I don’t have anything to complain.  I am sure your “magic” contributed significantly for his being such a happy baby. 

Wishing you a merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Sachie and Edwin

5 .  Four month old Bodhi

December 2013
Bodhi's mother is a Doula, Holistic nutritionist and yoga instructor.

Ada-Lou is treating Bodhi in picture above.

2 weeks ago I took my son Bodhi to see Ada-Lou Ellett of Listening Hands Physiotherapy. He had 3 treatments within a 10 day period and I must say the results have been very interesting and quite outstanding! I've been meaning to take Bodhi in since he was born, I'm so glad I finally made the move to do it, the sooner the better however it's never too late!

There was shoulder dystocia when he was born, meaning his shoulder was stuck behind my pelvis for a few waves after I pushed his head out. Usually once the head is out the rest of the body follows with the next my case 2 waves went by and no body. My next move was climbing out of the pool which alone helped to dislodge his shoulder, once I got onto the bed with knees to chest and some support from the midwife he joined us earthside! Yay! What a relief! 

Since then I knew that some type of treatment would be of benefit for my sweet little guy. Would it be massage, chiropractic or cranial sacral? All excellent choices although I seemed to be drawn to cranial sacral therapy which led me to Ada-Lou. 

First let me tell you some of the symptoms &  behaviors I noticed in Bodhi before he began his treatments:
Difficulty latching onto the right breast
Pterodactyl style screaming with diaper changes!
Car seat was on & off, sometimes he didn't mind and other times the pterodactyl would join us!
Not able to lift his right arm without lifting his shoulder
Difficulty lifting his right arm higher than shoulder height and when he did his arm would be completely straight with a very tight fist
He favored looking to his left side most of the time. When I tried to coerce him to look to the right he would get angry and seemed to be in some pain...poor guy!
We could not see his neck because his shoulders were up so high to compensate for the imbalance 
Body seemed quite stiff for a little baby, he liked to arch his body rather than have the rounded curled in shape
His body did a C-curve to the side and his right shoulder was noticeably higher than the left.
He favored tilting his head to the left
He seemed to nurse quite often which I thought was normal for my little guy.
Fast forward to now...a few days after his final (3rd) treatment. First of all Ada-Lou is a wonderful lady! She was so sweet and gentle with Bodhi, she had him smiling & cooing most of the time. She never did anything that hurt him and she supported & encouraged him as he moved tension out of his body. I sat there with them throughout all 3 treatments also encouraging & supporting my little man...he worked so hard! After each treatment he had a good deep sleep for several hours.

Some of the changes I've noticed:
The C-curve is no longer! His body is beautifully aligned
His shoulders are even. Every once in awhile he'll lift his shoulder with his arm due to the previous muscle memory. I work with him to hold the shoulder down when we're playing
His body feels & looks so much looser and flexible and he's starting to reach for his feet
He's looking to the right & left with ease
He has a neck and we're starting to see it!!
His right arm has a nice bend in it rather than always being straight, it moves up & down & all around and his hand is soft and open allowing him to grab for even more things! There go my dangly earrings!
He's very happy in the car long as he's fed!
His latch seemed to correct itself months ago but his body feels much more relaxed when he nurses on the right side
Although he hasn't been crying much with diaper changes in the last few months, he's showing much more comfort in his body by curling in rather than always wanting to be in a flexed position which is what may have been causing him discomfort on the change table
He seems to be nursing less than he was. About every 2 hours now rather than every 45min-1 hour.

Yes...this has all happened in the last 10 days. I'm very happy, excited and impressed with this technique. It can be very beneficial for babies because they don't have as much muscle memory as adults do so the healing can happen very quickly. It can help to reverse an imbalance and also prevent one from happening. My suggestion is if you're thinking about it, just do it right away rather than waiting, especially for a baby, the younger the easier and quicker to correct. You may think that the imbalance has corrected itself because they stop showing discomfort but often what happens is they adapt to the imbalance in the body.

I highly recommend Ada Lou and her wonderful healing hands! It's worth the trip to her bright & sunny home in Pitt Meadows. She taught me some techniques to do with Bodhi  and things to look out for to make sure he's on the right track as he moves through leaps and bounds in these key developmental years. I'm so grateful to have found her and discovered this gentle & highly effective technique!

6 - Alex and Kayden

July 2014
My 3 month old son has been seen by Ada-Lou three times now and he has his last session next week. The transformation has been amazing and Kayden seems comfortable and happier than ever! I had a very long labour and long pushing stage, eventually to have Kayden be born with the help of the vacuum. We have been having breastfeeding issues since day 1. We have had thrush, blocked milk ducts, milk blisters and a lot of pain for both of us! My son would nurse for maybe 5 minutes at a time and would never fall asleep while nursing. If I tried nursing him before he was starving he would scream as soon as I put him the nursing position. We tried all different positions, but nothing helped. With the help of Ada-Lou, he is now nursing for at least 10-15 minutes at a time, gets excited to nurse and has even fallen asleep while nursing! 

He also hated his car seat and would cry anytime we would strap him in. On the drive home from our first treatment I was shocked that he just sat there quietly and eventually fell asleep on his own without his soother, which has never happened!

I wish I had taken Kayden sooner and that the hospital would recommend CranioSacral Therapy to everyone! I will be taking my next child to see Ada-Lou as soon after birth that I can.

Alex and Kayden

7 - Oliver and Ayrton July 2014

I brought my twin boys to see Ada-Lou after hearing about her through a friend of a friend. I wish I had taken them sooner as she is amazing and helped them immensely.

My main concern was with Oliver. At 9 months he still was not sitting, despite the fact he had very good core strength from his love of tummy time! I was starting to get frustrated because I knew that he "could" he just "wouldn't." He constantly pushed back and arched and always seemed very "tight." After one session he was totally relaxed! My husband and I continued to work with him as instructed and within 1 week he was sitting and pulling forward into a crawl, and sitting back down again! I only went for two sessions in total since he made such improvements! Ada-Lou is very skilled in her profession as well as one on one. She plays and interacts with them and you can tell she loves what she does! To be honest I didn't even think my other son, Ayrton, needed much help with anything. I thought he was a bit behind with his gross motor skills but I quickly discovered at the first session that he had no defensive reflex. Once again, it didn't take long for him to learn and by the second session he developed those reflexes!

It has been 2 weeks since our last visit and I can't even believe how quickly they have progressed. Oliver now sits without issue and Ayrton alway puts his hands out and braces himself if he is going to fall over. Ada-Lou is always kind and gentle and is truly a master of her craft. I would highly recommend her to everyone!

 Janice, Oliver, and Ayrton

8 - Colby

July 2014
I took my daughter to see Ada-Lou because she was clearly uncomfortable and screamed for hours on end. After 2 treatments she was a different baby. Not only did Ada-Lou fix any physical elements she might have been struggling with, but she helped my daughter and I connect. Ada-Lou really has the healing power of touch"

See the before and after videos I took of my daughter Colby at 7 weeks!!



1. Below knee amputee, severe phantom pain

January 2013

Ada-Lou saved my life!  It's that simple.  I was in chronic pain for years due to a left below knee amputation.  I had tried a pain clinic to no avail, I had tried various prescriptions to no avail, but when a colleague mentioned her name and that she had helped her with her pain issues I figured why not, what have I to lose.  Taking a leap of faith into unknown territory, I called her and we spoke.  I found her honesty and integrity a breath of fresh air.  She also told me that if she hadn't helped me in three sessions, then she would not be able to.

Over the time I have seen Ada-Lou, she has kept me out of a wheel chair, encouraged me to join a gym and get healthier. I still have mobility issues, but these are liveable.   I still have pain but nothing like before.  Unless you have experienced phantom pain, you cannot describe it! I was having bolts of electricity shooting out of my residual limb, and muscle spasms through my back and neck.  I went to work and came home exhausted and had no energy for anything else.  This was not the life I wanted!

After a couple of weeks of having her treat me, my shoulders dropped and I started to sleep better, and have more energy.  I can now walk farther, complete a full day's work and then go to the gym.  If anyone has chronic pain, I would urge you to try Ada-Lou's treatment plan.  She is amazing, and we have had some great discussions. 

Ada-Lou is aware of my many health issues and has helped me deal with them. She was not afraid to take me on as a client when other health practitioners said no due to pre-existing conditions.  If you want to try something unconventional, I would not hesitate to recommend Ada-Lou.  She is using God's gift to heal the body.


2 - Kate

November 2012

Dear Ada-Lou,

You and Sunny have changed my life! To walk around knowing that angels do exist will live with me and my family forever. 
May your spirit never dim, your hands never go tired, and may the angels around you give you strength always. 
You are my angel.


3 - Cindy

June 6/2014

3 months ago I was crippled with pain in my shoulders and arms, taking pain pills daily and limiting my activities so my arms would hopefully get me through work.  I had also been seeing a chiropractor weekly for 25 years due to scoliosis and neck injuries. I wasted years waiting to see specialists, I even had an arm surgery to help relieve the pain with no success and was a patient at a chronic pain clinic getting injections into my trigger points for awhile.  Then I heard about Ada Lou and after only a handful of treatments I no longer see a chiropractor, come home from work with energy instead of crippling pain and feel like I am getting my life back.  She has changed my life!! 

Cindy Plamondon 

         Times Article written by Teija Beck October 2012  

Ada-Lou Ellett has been practising physiotherapy and therapeutic touch from her home for six years.  Fascia is like a spiderweb of connective tissues that exists throughout the body, running vertically and horizontally, surrounding muscles, bloodvessels and nerves, and binding those structures together neatly.  Unlike muscles, when fascia  tightened up through an injury, you cannot simply stretch them out. You can consciously move the really tight area, but that pulling will only tighten the fascia more.

In her practice, Listening Hands  Physiotherapy, Pitt Meadows resident Ada-Lou Ellett uses her hands in a technique called myofascial release to release tight fascia in her patients’ bodies. While Ellett is a registered physiotherapist, since 1991 she has been practising therapeutic touch and other holistic techniques, incorporating the “science” of mainstream physiotherapy with nontraditional healing methods. 

“Sometimes where you feel the pain isn’t the source of the problem,” Ellett said. “It could be a problem with energy and alignment from elsewhere in the body.. What I do is find the source of your problem, rather than just treating the symptoms.”

With the help of her dog Sunny, who she says is a source of pure positive energy, Ellett has provided therapy to clients from across the Lower Mainland out of her Pitt Meadows home for about six years.“Energy is really important in the work I do,” she said. “You can tell from the room: there are no machines anywhere... and with the huge window, negative energy can just go out.”

Ellett said the energy she portrays during sessions is crucial, because her own positive energy will help her patients’ energy change. “Negative energy, trapped in our body, can create all sorts of physical symptoms that modern medicine —traditional Western medicine — just doesn’t acknowledge,” Ellett said.

Ellett graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Medicine (BSR), both physical and occupational therapy, in 1966. She worked with patients with arthritis and with children for many years, but it was only after she saw a presentation on therapeutic touch in Kelowna that Ellett was inspired to take courses in holistic healing.

Today, Ellett treats about 22 clients per week, from newborn babies, to car accident victims, to women suffering from fibromyalgia. “I work with the whole body,” Ellet said. “The pain will spread from where the initial injury is, so by getting in there and using many differtent techniques, including therapeutic touch, you can actually reverse alot of the injury.”

While alternate healing does not appeal to everyone, Ellett says the clients she sees believe in her treatments, and their belief helps them heal.

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