Massage Therapy

Massage is the manipulation of soft tissue structures of the body. It can be beneficial to treat, prevent and manage a variety of health concerns; as wide-ranging as sports related injuries, alleviating pain and stress symptoms, chronic muscle strain resulting from postural fatigue to that ‘kink in your neck because you slept funny.’ Our therapists are trained to use traditional Swedish mass... Read More

Massage is the manipulation of soft tissue structures of the body. It can be beneficial to treat, prevent and manage a variety of health concerns; as wide-ranging as sports related injuries, alleviating pain and stress symptoms, chronic muscle strain resulting from postural fatigue to that ‘kink in your neck because you slept funny.’

Our therapists are trained to use traditional Swedish massage techniques including deep-tissue work, myofascial release, lymph drainage, trigger point therapy and hydrotherapy to name but a few approaches. However, beyond just considering your physical body, we prefer to apply an integrative view. Research has shed more light on the complexities of mediating pain. We can all agree that touch is therapeutic, but maybe not solely for the reasons we once thought. There is a strong mind-body connection (a.k.a. the nervous system) that shouldn’t be ignored. By keeping an open dialogue, listening to both your words and your body’s responses and teaching body awareness, we believe that we can help to manage your stress and pain more effectively.

Since everybody is different, there’s no set massage technique or formula that will magically work for all. We recognize that there isn’t one ‘right’ therapist for everyone, but welcome you to come in and see if we might be the right fit for you.


Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (or TCM) is made up of many modalities including acupuncture, herbal therapy, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and tuina. Your TCM practitioner will be able to assess which are best suited to you and your goals; be it pain relief to improving sleep, and that’s just the beginning! Rather than focusing solely on disease, TCM balances the underlying systems and forces of... Read More

Traditional Chinese Medicine (or TCM) is made up of many modalities including acupuncture, herbal therapy, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and tuina. Your TCM practitioner will be able to assess which are best suited to you and your goals; be it pain relief to improving sleep, and that’s just the beginning! Rather than focusing solely on disease, TCM balances the underlying systems and forces of your body as a whole; to help integrate the parts that may be struggling and restore harmony.

Acupuncture is the safe insertion of fine needles to specific anatomical points which work with your own body’s energy to find homeostasis or a yin/yang balance. Needles can be used to promote circulation, clear blockages in chi pathways and to activate an immune response which can aid reparation of muscles, tendons, nerves and fascia. Acupuncture can also mediate the nervous system and help bring our bodies into a place of deep relaxation thus aiding internal processing and work in places that need it the most. For example, using the system of meridians, we can stimulate a point on your hand to affect your digestion.

Our bodies and minds are much more integrated than some of us learned in school. In addition to addressing the physical, acupuncture can also have great impact on our mental and emotional health. When we understand the interconnectedness between mind and physical body, we can work with physical medicine to find emotional and mental balance.


Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive, drugless, and effective manual therapy used by many people suffering from musculoskeletal conditions such as neck and back pain. Chiropractic care usually involves treatment to both the muscles and the joints. The mainstay of treatment for the joints is the chiropractic adjustment, also known as manipulation. An adjustment is a therapeutic procedure done by... Read More

Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive, drugless, and effective manual therapy used by many people suffering from musculoskeletal conditions such as neck and back pain. Chiropractic care usually involves treatment to both the muscles and the joints. The mainstay of treatment for the joints is the chiropractic adjustment, also known as manipulation. An adjustment is a therapeutic procedure done by hand that is intended to restore or improve motion in a stiff or restricted joint. It involves the application of a quick, gentle “thrust” to the joint, and it is sometimes accompanied by a “pop” sound or “cracking” sound. This is the sound of a temporary undissolved gas bubble forming in the fluid that lubricates the joint, (it re-dissolves later), and you are left with freer, easier movement at the joint. An adjustment decreases pain and stiffness and restores range of motion, especially when combined with soft tissue therapy for tight muscles.

Extensive soft tissue therapy is used in our practitioner’s treatments, including trigger point therapy and instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation (IASTM). IASTM involves the use of a stainless-steel instrument and a specialized massage technique to both locate and mobilize, or release, adhesions in muscles. This technique helps to improve blood flow and promote healing, and patients often notice dramatic and immediate improvements in range of motion.

Many people seek chiropractic care for help with:

· Athletic performance enhancement
· Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
· Headaches and Migraines
· Knee pain
· Low Back Pain
· Plantar Fasciitis
· Shoulder pain
· Sprains/Strains
· Tennis Elbow


Naturopathic Medicine

Simply put, naturopathic doctors are medically trained and naturally focused. We look at the current medical evidence and the clinical experience of our peers and predecessors to offer our patients the best possible care. An evidence-informed naturopathic practice draws on current medical research, clinical experience and traditional knowledge to find the optimal treatments for each patient.... Read More

Simply put, naturopathic doctors are medically trained and naturally focused.

We look at the current medical evidence and the clinical experience of our peers and predecessors to offer our patients the best possible care. An evidence-informed naturopathic practice draws on current medical research, clinical experience and traditional knowledge to find the optimal treatments for each patient.

Like all medical doctors, our first commitment is to do no harm. In our efforts to meet this commitment, we seek to work with the body’s systems – to guide them back on the right track when they’ve gone astray.

To achieve lasting results, NDs work to resolve the root of the problem and to remove any impediments that are inhibiting the body’s ability to heal itself. We aim to treat the cause rather than merely appease the symptoms of disease.

We want to help resolve problems, rather than suppress them. We want to help you build up your resources so that you’re equipped for what life throws at you. That’s what makes NDs great at both treating and preventing illness. In order to do this well, NDs develop individualized treatments because every person develops and expresses illness differently.

NDs have a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary studies, including 4 years of accredited naturopathic medical education, where we learn medical sciences and naturopathic treatments. We are trained in-depth on how to incorporate physical medicine such as hydrotherapy, massage and naturopathic manipulation, treatments such as acupuncture, traditional Asian medicine, homeopathy, botanical medicine, as well as counselling and nutrition.


Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are specialists in human anatomy and the understanding of how and why movement and function take place. Your physiotherapist will be able to diagnose the source of your injury based on a detailed clinical history of your symptoms and the results of specific physical tests and measures. A treatment plan will then be designed which is consistent with your goals and unique to you.


Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

A pelvic health physiotherapist has specialized training to perform an internal assessment (vaginal and/or rectal) of your pelvic floor to determine its level of function. Our pelvic health team understands the delicate and sensitive nature of your pelvic health concerns and strives to provide professional and compassionate care in a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment.


Virtual Physiotherapy

Virtual physiotherapy offers a unique opportunity for a real-time interaction with your physiotherapist through video calls (like Skype or FaceTime) using a platform that is safe, secure, and compliant with government privacy laws (PIPEDA). Virtual physiotherapy upholds the same safety, effectiveness, and ethical standards of care as in-person visits.


Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a hands-on, holistic treatment that views the patient as whole. An osteopathic manual practitioner does not treat dysfunction; they treat the individual. Practitioners focus on restoring balance within the body by identify the root cause through precise assessment, palpation and treatment. Once the restrictions have been addressed the body will move towards optimal physiological f... Read More

Osteopathy is a hands-on, holistic treatment that views the patient as whole. An osteopathic manual practitioner does not treat dysfunction; they treat the individual. Practitioners focus on restoring balance within the body by identify the root cause through precise assessment, palpation and treatment. Once the restrictions have been addressed the body will move towards optimal physiological function including the ability to heal itself.

This modality is based on the understanding that all systems of the body operate together to create and sustain health. An appointment starts by obtaining a thorough medical history and performing postural and orthopedic assessments, as well as other manual tests. Treatment is then based on this information and consists of gentle manipulation of the skeletal system, soft tissues (muscle, ligaments, tendons and fascia), the viscera (organs) and the craniosacral system.

People seek out osteopathic manual treatment for a variety of reasons ranging from pain, mobility issues, digestive problems, respiratory difficulties, postural concerns, pregnancy, and wellness. Everyone can benefit from osteopathic treatment, from newborn babies to older adults.


Relational Psychotherapy

** Due to COVID, psychotherapy is currently not being offered on site but can be done via phone or Zoom.** You may be thinking about therapy because you’re struggling, perhaps in a way that is new to you, or in a way that is all too familiar. You may have experienced a sudden change or transition that you’re finding challenging, or you have a nagging feeling that something isn't right. Perha... Read More

** Due to COVID, psychotherapy is currently not being offered on site but can be done via phone or Zoom.**

You may be thinking about therapy because you’re struggling, perhaps in a way that is new to you, or in a way that is all too familiar. You may have experienced a sudden change or transition that you’re finding challenging, or you have a nagging feeling that something isn't right. Perhaps you’re having issues in your relationships or feel blocked from your emotions. No matter what the issue, therapy can help you make sense of what you are going through and ease emotional distress by working with a curious, emphatic therapist who will champion the changes you wish to make.

At the heart of relational therapy is the relationship: the relationship with oneself, with important people, as well as the relationship between client and therapist. Our sense of self is formed by the experiences we have and the societal context in which we live. These experiences form beliefs, patterns, and ways of coping that may not be serving us any longer. In relational therapy, it is through the co-creation of a new kind of relationship between therapist and client – a relationship based in empathy, support and genuine presence - that healing from past relational trauma can take place. In this way, patterns of relating can be loosened and let go, allowing for freedom and authenticity to flourish.


Shiatsu Therapy

Shiatsu is a type of massage that originated in Japan and has roots in traditional Chinese medicine. What differentiates it from other massage therapies is that Shiatsu practitioners attribute diseases and physical health conditions to imbalances and blockages of the energy flow throughout the body. Shiatsu is a unique, non-invasive manual therapy that stimulates the body’s inherent ability ... Read More

Shiatsu is a type of massage that originated in Japan and has roots in traditional Chinese medicine. What differentiates it from other massage therapies is that Shiatsu practitioners attribute diseases and physical health conditions to imbalances and blockages of the energy flow throughout the body.

Shiatsu is a unique, non-invasive manual therapy that stimulates the body’s inherent ability to heal and balance itself. Literally translated, the word shiatsu means “finger pressure.” The therapy involves the systematic application of pressure, using the fingers, thumbs and palm, to different points on the soft tissues of the body in order to promote energy flow and correct disharmonies. Shiatsu treatments have a regulatory influence on the body’s autonomic nervous system thus making it a deeply relaxing experience. In addition, the circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal systems are stimulated thereby improving organ function and reducing muscle tension. Shiatsu can helps relieve stress, treat pain and illness and contributes to a patient's overall health and wellbeing. Poor posture, joint problems, sprains, arthritis, sciatica, acute and chronic neck and back pain, sinusitis, and bronchitis can all be addressed through Shiatsu.

People of all ages, including infants and children may benefit from therapeutic shiatsu treatment. Used as either a primary or complementary therapy, it can play an important part of a preventative or rehabilitative health care program.


Reflexology

Reflexology is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands that map to glands, organs and other systems of the body. Unlike other therapies which manipulate bones or muscle tissue, a trained reflexologist can detect imbalances and through the application of pressure to these points, this therapy can help the body restore balance and facilitate healing to the correspondi... Read More

Reflexology is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands that map to glands, organs and other systems of the body. Unlike other therapies which manipulate bones or muscle tissue, a trained reflexologist can detect imbalances and through the application of pressure to these points, this therapy can help the body restore balance and facilitate healing to the corresponding area.

Some studies indicate that reflexology may reduce psychological symptoms such as stress and anxiety. It may also enhance relaxation and sleep as well as manage and reduce musculoskeletal pain, increase mobility and strength, not to mention improve body function such as hormonal or digestive issues.
Reflexology may also effectively be combined with other modalities such as regulated massage therapy and/or Shiatsu.


Holistic Nutrition

Holistic Nutrition is a natural approach to health that uses evidence-based nutrition, lifestyle, and supplement strategies to help our bodies operate optimally and work preventatively to avoid adverse symptoms and illness. Our body systems are intricately connected and a Holistic Nutritionist can help you identify the nutritional and lifestyle practices that may be preventing you from thriving... Read More

Holistic Nutrition is a natural approach to health that uses evidence-based nutrition, lifestyle, and supplement strategies to help our bodies operate optimally and work preventatively to avoid adverse symptoms and illness. Our body systems are intricately connected and a Holistic Nutritionist can help you identify the nutritional and lifestyle practices that may be preventing you from thriving and living your life to the fullest. For example, your headaches could be due to an unidentified food allergy, perhaps your afternoon energy slump is because you’re not getting enough protein at lunchtime or maybe your weight-loss has stalled because you’re actually UNDER eating.

Rather than using a one-size-fits-all methodology, a Holistic Nutritionist looks at an individual’s unique health history, lifestyle, dietary habits, mindset and emotional state to determine the root cause of their symptoms. After a detailed initial assessment, your nutritionist will provide you with a personalized nutrition plan of action, which includes recipes and meal ideas, possible added supplements and other lifestyle factors to consider such as sleep optimization and stress management. Your nutritionist can help educate, guide, and support you through these changes and alleviate any roadblocks. Together, you’ll figure out a routine that works for you and sets you up for success.

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