Let’s Get Personal… with Mike Viani

Welcome to our newest blog series – Let’s Get Personal! This series is all about vulnerability & getting to know a different side of our healthcare team. Let’s hear from Mike Viani – our osteopathic manual therapist.

1. What is your favourite part of what you do for a living?

I am fascinated by how the body works, more importantly, how every system functions harmoniously with such intricacy. It brings me no greater joy than to help my clients feel and move better.

2. Do you feel like you have found your purpose in life, and how did you get there?

Helping people and fostering new relationships always makes me happy. I am not sure if it is my sole purpose, as I believe we can have multiple purposes in life, but it certainly brings me joy.

3. What is your proudest accomplishment?

Completing a 5 year distance program in manual osteopathy later in life. There were many situations that arose throughout the 5 years that made it challenging to continue, but I persevered and now get to do a job I love. It goes without saying that I couldn’t have done it without the support of my friends and family.

4. Where is your favourite place in the world?

With my family and friends. I don’t really care where I am as long as there is good company and a lot of laughs.

5. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t be good, go be great.

6. What lights you up?

Besides helping others, I love playing sports and I am obnoxiously competitive.

7. What is your favourite quote?

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” -Henry Ford

8. What is your favourite book of all time and why?

Don’t have one but I do enjoy a variety of authors and genres. Currently, I am reading “A.T. Still: From the Dry Bone to the Living Man” by John Lewis.

9. What is one thing that you do every single day that people might be surprised by?

Sing. I’m not good and I can never remember the lyrics, but I love music.

10. What is your #1 non-negotiable when it comes to your self-care?

Make time for movement. It is easy to become sedentary throughout the day and over the years but dealing with mobility and chronic illness/dysfunction later in life is not fun.

11. If you could speak with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

A.T. Still would be interesting to chat with. I would be interested to know if osteopathy progressed the way he intended.

12. What do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated?

I definitely have good and bad days, but there is not daily measurable scale of success so I think it is important to celebrate even the smallest of wins.

13. What is one book, podcast, or other resource in the health & wellness space that you would recommend?

I turn to Spotify for some guided meditation or white noise sometimes to help balance my nervous system. I know everyone is individual and different things speak differently to others, but for me clearing my mind and focusing on breathing really helps establish a good head space for me.

Mike Viani

For Mike, the principles on which osteopathy was founded, as well as the school’s dedication towards anatomy and physiology mastery, provided him with tools that has allowed him to better help clients. Mike’s goal in every session is to establish a solid foundation, remove dysfunction and encourage progressive healthy movement and fitness.

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