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Choosing appropriate therapy

Last week I temporarily put my lower back out causing certain movements to be painful. It didn’t stop me from walking 20 km through the Don Valley on a beautiful sunny day this past Monday. It also hasn’t prevented me from working. Somehow there is never a shortage of well-intentioned advice on how best to cope with any sort of physical infirmity. However, not all advice is well informed. I was advised by a non-yogi to miss out on my thrice-weekly yoga practice.

The path to knowledge and wellbeing

I am about to travel down to Mexico to teach another course in shiatsu therapy to Mexican massage therapists despite my Spanish being diabolically awful. Somehow my teaching seems to work and I find my students like sponges for information and detail. In advance, I ask myself what knowledge is it that I wish to impart and, in preparation, reach for some of my old textbooks. In reading them, I find myself reminded of why shiatsu is so effective. That is why I often incorporate this into my treatment protocols along with massage therapy.

New Years Resolutions ??

 'With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone’ -Oscar Wilde. I love this quote although, this time, I feel I’m that person who hasn’t learnt. I’m just feeling sluggish after overly consuming foods that I try to avoid the rest of the year. The culprits this year have been the cheeses and the sweet stuff.

Seasons greetings

Wishing you the very best for the holiday season from us all at Healing on the Danforth: Paul Marchinko, our acupuncturist and TCM practitioner; Maria Vigna, with her practice of Reiki and BodyTalk; and me!

Stress Management...revisited

I want to revisit the subject of stress management from time to time. Let’s consider some of the possible stressors that visit us - often on a regular basis. The job and one’s need to make a living probably tops the list - followed by the stresses of family life with all its attendant problems. Concurrent with this, one has to include money and finances. It’s often a challenge worth of a tightrope walker to balance the three and keep one’s sanity. Time management and prioritizing is essential so that one can devote attention to each of these components.

Vacation Notice

Tim, our massage and shiatsu therapist will be away from the clinic from April 3rd, 2017 until May 18th walking the Camino for his third time. Please phone or email us to set up an appointment before his departure.


Beware the Ides of March !

Beware the Ides of March - maybe even the Ides of February. The weather has turned unseasonably warm with double digit temperatures. Yesterday, on Sunday afternoon, I saw people out wearing shorts and tea-shirts. Beware! It is still winter. You may be ready psychically for Spring but the spring equinox is still several weeks away at March 20th. I have blogged about this previously but feel that it's still important to spread the word.


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