When Is a Scar Considered to be “Healed”?

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Are scars the end point of the healing process? Even long-healed scars can have unexpected impacts on our health. Scar tissue can form adhesions that pull on muscles or organs, impacting our bodies normal functioning. Acupuncture can reduce both visible scarring and internal adhesions, reducing pain and restoring normal function. 

Stephanie Doerksen, RAc / Acupuncturist

Don’t panic! Listen…

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Have you ever woken up with a “crick” in your neck? When you didn’t injure yourself but it hurts to move, consider taking the time to be curious about your body’s message. Breathe and very gently and slowly move into and away from the pain, even a few millimeters, or visualize movement followed by periods of stillness, rest and listening.  

— Jeannene Christie, RMT / Massage Therapist

Health Is Your Natural State

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The principles of healing with naturopathic medicine are based on the belief that the body has the capacity to heal itself, and all we have to do is remove the obstacles that are in it's way. What in your life would change if you trusted that your body knew what it needed to be healthy? 

— Dr. Jessica Eastman, ND / Naturopath

Rest and Digest

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How you eat sets the stage for ideal digestion and assimilation of food. Before your meals, use your awareness and your breath (five-second inhale, five-second hold, seven-second exhale for a minute) to turn off the stress response and turn on relaxation. This will activate your parasympathetic nervous system and put you in a rest and digest state for increased absorption of your meal!

— Linda Lalande, RMT / Massage Therapist

Our Brain Learns What We Experience

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When we repeat painful or difficult movements, we are teaching and changing the brain. We are telling it, “I stand this way now and walk that way now. Forget all that other stuff. You can’t do it anymore.” An Anat Baniel Method℠ (NeuroMovement®) practitioner can help you gently experience the movements that your body needs. They can help your brain learn movements you didn’t know were available to you, or relearn movements that may once have come naturally.

Hilary Mason, Anat Baniel Method℠ Practitioner

Zoning Out / Tuning In

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Most of us enjoy time for “zoning out”—perhaps watching Netflix after a busy day. But what about during a massage? On the contrary, research shows that body sense—“tuning inward” and feeling sensations (e.g. stretching, releasing, tingling) as they arise without judging them (e.g. "my muscles are too tight")—provides more health benefits.   

— Jeannene Christie, RMT / Massage Therapist

Happiness Is Medicine

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Science tells us that happy people live longer and get sick less often. Society tells us to measure our success based on our job qualifications, the letters after our name, and the number in our bank account. What do you need to be truly happy, and how can you bring yourself a step closer to success?  

— Dr. Jessica Eastman, ND / Naturopath

"Nourishment Menu" Pause

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Create a personal nourishment menu for your body and your soul in times of stress or boredom. It could be as simple as a walk in nature, engaging in a hobby, a massage, a visit with a friend, reading a good book, meditation, yoga, feeling sunshine on your face… In times of stress, choose one item from the list, and have a pause!

— Linda Lalande, RMT / Massage Therapist

Gratitude Is Powerful

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Many of us get so used to the feeling of being chronically stressed out that we don’t even notice it anymore, but all that stress still has a negative effect on our health. Taking a moment in the morning or at the end of the day to think of one thing in your life that you are grateful for is a simple way to cut through the daily stress. Try it for a week and pay attention to how it makes you feel.

Stephanie Doerksen, RAc / Acupuncturist

I Think Therefore I Am?

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As much as we'd like to believe otherwise, our thoughts do not always factually represent reality. Our perceptions, opinions, and fears of what others think can greatly influence what we think and believe is true. Cognitive distortions creep in, leading to a downward spiral of negative emotions and actions. Talk to your counsellor if you feel your thoughts and emotional health are not as balanced as they could be. You may be quite surprised to discover new perspectives and ways of thinking.

Kenneth Kuo, RTC / Registered Therapeutic Counsellor

Unpacking Pain

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People don’t think much about pain until they experience it. And when in pain, it can be difficult to stop thinking about it, especially if it is severe or persistent pain. Learning about the various components of a painful condition—the physical, sensory, emotional, cognitive, and social—is an empowering way to create space for healing.    

— Jeannene Christie, RMT / Massage Therapist

Let Yourself Be Supported

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Humans aren't meant to navigate through life alone, and we can't possibly be experts at everything. Life doesn't have to always be hard. How would your life change if you gave yourself permission to ask for the help and support you need?

— Dr. Jessica Eastman, ND / Naturopath

Healing Sleep

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For a restorative sleep, power down (disconnect from any technology including TV) one hour before snooze time. Then write all your worries down in a journal, and make a plan for your next day. This will free up your mind and energy to move into a deep and restful sleep!

— Linda Lalande, RMT / Massage Therapist