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21 Dec

How to start a meaningful conversation about sex

Do you find your communication about sex satisfying, or is the topic a source of tension? Many of us grew up in sexual secrecy. Afraid to speak up, we often learn to associate pleasure with guilt and shame. Sex and sexuality is a taboo topic in most homes for children growing up. Parents aren’t talking about sex with their kids or their partner. In my work as a sexologist and therapist, I give people a common language and help them...

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06 Dec

Avoidance versus Self-Care?

  You're at home watching your favourite TV show, when Netflix asks you the judgmental question: "Are you still watching?" (Yes, Netflix, This is Us brings me to tears every time and I need to know what happens next.) You realize that one episode turned into several, and more than a few hours have gone by. But, hey, what's wrong with a little relaxation and enjoyment during your time off? The answer is "nothing" if what you're doing is practicing self-care. However, what we...

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28 Sep

Trust: Creating a Flexible, Non-binary Model

When I was in high school, I was a Theatre Arts Nerd. We had a Drama teacher in my first year who gave us a trust exercise: we paired up with one partner facing away from the other, and then we leaned back with our eyes closed until we toppled, to be caught by our partner. Reverse and repeat a few times, until the teacher said, “Great! Now that you all trust each other, we can begin!” I distinctly remember...

14 Sep

Online Booking System Change

  As of October 2017 Bliss will be transitioning to a new online booking and scheduling system in order to create a more seamless experience for our clients. This system switch will not require extra work on the part of the client – all of the data for current and future appointments will be transferred, as well as client information such as contact information and purchase history. Clients will still be able to login and manage their own schedules, booking and cancelling...

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17 Aug

How To Start A Personalized Meditation Process

Meditation and mindfulness methods best suited for depression and anxiety. Meditation and mindfulness research has been making major headlines in 2017. Across the scientific literature you can generally find a similar definition for the meditative state: present-centred, non-judgemental awareness. Sounds pretty peaceful doesn't it? We knew the wellness trend would continue but we Westerners didn’t quite foresee how much this ancient practice could shift our emotional experience, our overall perspective, and our physical well being. Thank goodness for some good...

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07 Aug

Setting the Stage – the Night Time Routine

If you pay close attention to how you feel throughout the day, it will likely become obvious that we generally rise and settle with the sun. We feel energized and active during the day, then slowly begin to feel more relaxed and sleepy as the night fades to black. This is part of a physiological process called a circadian rhythm that all living things experience. Our bodies are designed to flow with the earth’s movement, and as such we naturally want...

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06 Jul

Busting Stress

It's a question I ask during every initial visit: "Tell me about your stress." Oftentimes, people don't even recognize their stress as stress. We are so conditioned to think being "go-go-go" all the time is 'normal' that we don't even realize it's not. More and more, I am convinced that stress is the epidemic of our time. Back to the Basics During hunter-gatherer days when we would see a wild animal our stress would peak, our adrenals would put out adrenaline and...

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29 Jun

Consent in Relationships: The Unacknowledged Country

  One good thing about being a therapist with one foot in traditional monogamous culture, and one in the poly community (and one in the BDSM community+) is that I have an opportunity to bring some interesting perspectives from one culture to another. Often these are concepts that we’d think *SHOULD* be obvious across the entire relationship spectrum, but you’d be amazed at how often this isn’t the case at all. One of the biggest places where I am persistently surprised...

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08 Jun

Why Ditching Technology Might Be Good For You

It seems as though technology invades our lives a little more every day. Even though plenty of technological advances have helped to improve our health and wellness, an argument can also be made for taking a step back from technology now and then. Although there are probably few who would like to ditch the convenience of our beloved technology for good, there are plenty of reasons why putting down our phones and turning off our screens can be good for...

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25 May

Yama #1: Practicing Ahimsa

I first learnt about Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras while staying at an Ashram in Rishikesh, India. Patanjali discusses the eight limbs of yoga, the first of which is Yama. The five Yamas are a set of moral values. The first Yama in Sanskrit is called Ahimsa which means non-harming. It consists of being kind to yourself and all other living creatures. Are you mindful of your thoughts, words and actions? “Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do...