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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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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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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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11 May

What Is Happiness?

What do Taylor Swift, that guy whose best attempt at romance was to send you a picture of his junk, and bell hooks have in common? Well, if we managed to look past the catchy lyrics, the nauseating brocabulary, and the penetrating eloquence, we’d see that they all just want to be happy. But what is happiness, anyway? I know it seems like a question for philosophers, but as a therapist I’ve learned that how we define happiness actually has...

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20 Apr

Balance and Blood Sugar

I am frequently – constantly – asked about tips and tricks for weight loss. I have heard every outrageous claim, from the ‘wrap yourself in plastic while you sleep’ trick to requests for high doses of cinnamon that a certain famous television doctor claimed will do the trick. In reality, this is about six degrees of separation from what cinnamon actually does: balance your blood sugar. Balancing your blood sugar throughout the day actually WILL help you to become happier...

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21 Mar

Why Is My Pain So Stubborn?

  Pain is the most common reason someone sees a physiotherapist. How pain impacts a person’s identity, their relationships and their outlook on life, are typical factors for an individual to seek counselling support. Consequently pain is one of healthcare’s greatest challenges. We’re literally spending billions of healthcare dollars on pain management without a true solution to the problem. Why isn’t there a solution? This is because pain is individualized. You could have 5 people with the same injury and they will...

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06 Mar

Stress and the Pelvic Floor

Your palms begin to sweat, your stomach feels uneasy, you are tired but you cannot sleep. There is a pounding in your head, you have chest pain, your sex drive is negative. There is pain and tightness in your muscles. These are all COMMON EFFECTS OF STRESS ON THE BODY. You cannot sit still, you are overwhelmed and irritable. You feel anxious, with a lack of motivation and focus. You feel alone even in a room full of people. You are sad, and...

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09 Feb

Befriending Your Mind Through Meditation

The goal of meditation is to attain a state of complete stillness at the core of your being, into which no stray thought or imagery dares intrude. It takes practice to be able to reach this mindstate, which is why so many meditation gurus place a great deal of importance on working through the distractions with persistence and determination. When you first begin meditating, you will discover how amazing your mind truly is. Feel free to marvel at its ability to...