Friends of Nook Series 1: Dr. Emma

Friends of Nook is a series to showcase the movers, creators, and dreamers we look up to in the space of health & wellness.

Dr. Emma Whelpton


Emma is a chiropractor, breath worker, and movement teacher who has a profound passion for helping people step into their power and healing through movement and breath. 

What is your role?

My role is to teach people how to use movement as medicine and awaken people to their own innate health and healing. 

How do you remain grounded to your work?

I stay grounded in my work by practicing what I preach and remembering that there is always space for me to grow and to learn. 

What are your top 3 self-care practices?

My top 3 self care practices (super simplified) are getting good sleep, eating Whole Foods and moving my body in intentional ways.

How did you find yourself on this path?

I grew up in a household that valued health. That alone set the tone and put me on this path at a very young age. When I was about 16 or 17 I was experiencing really bad period cramps and my medical doctor had zero solutions for me other than birth control as a band-aid fix. Not only was she not able to help me, I felt like she didn’t even listen to me or hear my story. That lit a fire inside of me to become a health care practitioner that actually listens to peoples stories and to always get down to the root cause of health problems. 

What is your favourite meal?

My favourite meal is a bowl filled with all the yummiest ingredients. I love salads, bowls and smoothies because there’s so much space to add in nutritious ingredients. When I eat a meal that I know is healing to my body, it’s always a 10/10 for me.  

If you could put any message on a billboard, what would it say?

Learn to use your breath!! Your breath controls your nervous system and your nervous system controls your life. 

What are 3 books that have had a lasting impact on you?

The power of now, Untamed, any teaching or books by Dr. Joe Dispenza.

How do you shift your mood if you're feeling self-deprecating?

When I’m thinking self-deprecating thoughts I recognize the thought patterns that are happening. By identifying them I can separate myself from them. I am me, and my thoughts are just simply thoughts. This helps me drop into the present and connect back to my true knowing. I find movement, dancing, and breathwork to be incredibly helpful as well when I’m struggling to shift states. There’s no better pick-me-up then putting on your favourite song, dancing around your living room and taking some deep sighs!! 

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world (living or dead) who would it be?

Dr. Joe Dispenza. Hands down. 

What impact or shift do you hope to create in the world?

I hope to create an awareness around the power of the body and mind. If I can help people realize how powerful they truly are, that they have innate intelligence within them and they have the ability to heal themselves… well then I’ve done my job.

If you want to connect with Dr. Emma, make sure to follow her instagram @dr.emmawhelpton and check out her online yoga platform

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