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

Acupuncture for Kids? It’s Painless!

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Kids really do love acupuncture! Even babies and toddlers. It’s painless, but for little ones who are nervous there are a variety of non-needle techniques to use instead. With children, it’s all about meeting them where they’re at and giving them confidence in their body’s own healing abilities.

Stephanie Doerksen, RAc / Acupuncturist

Common Isn’t Normal

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Fatigue, anxiety, poor memory, period cramps, low libido, bloating, weight gain—these are all things that have become so common that we have begun to accept them as normal. In reality, normal is an optimally healthy human, who is energized, happy, and pain free. What common symptoms of illness are you just accepting as your normal?

— Dr. Jessica Eastman, ND / Naturopath

Water for Life

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Water serves a number of essential functions to keep us alive, and the human adult body is made up of at least 60% water. Be sure to hydrate daily, between 64 ounces and 0.67% of your body weight. For example, if you weigh 120 lbs, drink between 64 and 80 ounces (0.67% x 120 lbs) per day.

— Linda Lalande, RMT / Massage Therapist

Qi Is REAL

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The purpose of acupuncture is to adjust the flow of qi (energy) in the body. Researchers at the NYU school of medicine have recently discovered that much of the connective tissues in our bodies is made up of interconnected, fluid-filled compartments. According to one of the authors of a recent study: “the protein bundles seen in the space are likely to generate electrical current as they bend with the movements of organs and muscles, and may play a role in techniques like acupuncture.” It’s no coincidence that most acupuncture points are located in these interstitial areas. It’s great to see Western science catching up with ancient wisdom!

Stephanie Doerksen, RAc / Acupuncturist
 

Happy Belly, Happy Brain

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What we put in our bellies has a significant impact on how our whole body functions, especially our brain. Healthy protein and fats are the most important brain nutrients, and insufficient amounts of these in your morning meal can impact mood, focus, concentration, and energy for your whole day. Are you getting enough? 

— Dr. Jessica Eastman, ND / Naturopath

Touch As Medicine without the Side Effects

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The same hormone that causes mother and child to bond, Oxytocin, is also released in our bodies when we touch or hug a loved one for at least 20 seconds, also lowering our heart rate and cortisol levels (stress hormone). Hugs also stimulate the brain to release dopamine, our pleasure hormone! What's not to love about therapeutic touch and hugs.

— Linda Lalande, RMT / Massage Therapist