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Away for minor surgery

Please note that Tim, our shiatsu and massage therapist will be away for minor surgery. His return is scheduled for March 5th. To book an appointment with him for after this date you can either book online (go to the top left corner of the home page) or you can email or leave a text or phone message.

Different types of massage

Swedish Massage is probably the most well-known technique and consists of long gliding strokes performed in the direction of the heart to assist in veinous return. From that description, one can see how Swedish massage can help increase the level of oxygen in the blood, improve circulation, improve flexibility as well as help ease tension.

 

The challenges of ageing

I get excited when I get hit with another infirmity and I mean that in a good way. There is aways a lesson to be learnt - how to deal with a specific problem and perhaps provide advice that I can pass on to my clients. It’s one thing to have an intellectual understanding on how to deal with  a problem; another to have a true visceral understanding. It builds empathy.

 

Global diet and health: old questions, fresh evidence, and new horizons

With food labels difficult to interpret, the marketing ploys of seductive advertising, along with the next nutritional bestseller touting the secret to life and longevity, no wonder there is so much confusion out there. They all tell a plausible story and can easily influence us in making the wrong choices. So I was rather pleased when the owner of my local health store mentioned a recent article from the Lancet. It’s a bit long but worth the read. Enjoy and spring into Spring with health in your step.

Snow removal and the elements of nature

With the first really heavy snow storm in the Toronto area, there is an upside to all the inconveniences that this brings to our daily routines: there is a degree of quiet and solitude that descends. Perhaps we are moving into hibernation mode. Yesterday after driving the length of the city while the storm was beginning, increasing in intensity and nearly white-out conditions, I was very happy to get home, close the door, deal with some paperwork, prepare a light meal, read a book and have an early night.

 

Stay well this holiday season

Christmas and the holidays can be a stressful time for many. We find ourselves at social gatherings, often one after the other; we eat and drink too much, sometimes the wrong foods and time is not our own. Togetherness comes at a price. Couple that with the pressure of searching for the “perfect” gifts. That in itself is setting us up for disappointment.

 

Deepak Chopra and the Placebo effect

I am always excited to read someone's thinking when it coincides with my own thoughts on the subject. This time, it is Dr. Deepak Chopra writing about the effects of Placebo. It coincides with what I wrote on the same subject in my book (chapter 24) of My Camino Walk - A Way to Healing. I say, with great humility, (I'm inwardly laughing) great minds think alike!

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