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Dancing our Way Home with Compassion and Joy

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on Dancing our Way Home with Compassion and Joy

Dancing our Way Home with Compassion and Joy

Are you a secret dancer? You love dancing in your living room but might be shy to do it with other people. Maybe you’ve been told or believed that only certain types of people can dance. Everyone is a dancer – even if you “think” you’re not! What is Dance Our Way Home™? Dance Our Way Home™ (DOWH) is a gentle and healing dance practice that takes us on a sacred journey to dive deeply into ourselves and connect with others in a warm and accepting community. DOWH is for everybody who longs to dance and connect their spirits with their bodies. DOWH offers a safe and non-judgmental space to be yourself, just as you are. If you love to dance or would love to dance, regardless of your age, gender, size, shape or fitness level, you are welcome! This practice is especially welcoming for people who may feel shy or reluctant to dance. DOWH offers a chance to feel connected to your own beautiful unique creative spirit. It’s an invitation to experience the joy and rejuvenation of moving, enjoy a sense of belonging and homecoming, and a chance to nourish yourself with self-love and care. DOWH is all are about honouring your own body wisdom and authority. In this practice, there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to move – just what feels right for your body. DOWH can be as gentle or as exuberant as you want. Everyone is invited to move at their own pace and in their own way. A DOWH session offers a mix of free-style and guided dance, relaxation and guided imagery, combined with life-affirming, spiritual principles, ideas and practices. You’ll be led on a spiral dance journey accompanied by a varied and vibrant mix of music – to connect to yourself, to community, and then back home to yourself. You don’t have to worry about following any steps because there are no steps! My Journey with DOWH DOWH was created by Erica Ross and Nan Keyser in 2001 for Sheena’s Place, a support organization for people with eating and body image issues. Erica continued to hone and deepen the practice and in the fall of 2007, she offered DOWH to the community-at-large, for anyone wishing to dance and connect more deeply to themselves and others in sacred connection. I’ve participated in DOWH since 1997 and was thrilled to take the inaugural facilitator training with Erica Ross in 2010. I was immediately drawn to the way DOWH creates such a safe, welcoming and celebratory space to express all of who we are, including the parts we’ve been shy or ashamed of. All expressions are welcome – tentative, tender, sad or roaringly outrageous and ecstatic. DOWH has been a key part of my personal journey, offering a profound way to connect with my bodily wisdom and intuition, the divine feminine, and other kindred spirits travelling a similar path. The non-verbal dimension of the DOWH practice helps me drop deeply into my body and into the hidden places of knowing that lie beneath words. Self-acceptance is the heart of the practice, and has been a key and continuing theme on my own personal journey. Here are 2 of the 10 principles that have had an enormous impact on me and that I come back to again and again, in both my dance practice and my life. Experiencing these principles in action has made DOWH so compelling to me. “Acceptance of self is the way to joy and freedom: When we accept all that we are with no judgment, where there is no right or wrong, good...

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Classical Chinese Medicine vs. Traditional Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Classical Chinese Medicine vs. Traditional Chinese Medicine

Classical Chinese Medicine vs. Traditional Chinese Medicine

The popular treatment known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is actually a modern modification of the +2000 year-old Chinese Medicine and was formed in the early-mid 20th century. In the formation of TCM, important philosophical and practical doctrines from Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) were left behind in order to simplify the medicine and to train new practitioners. By simplifying the medicine, some of the deepest theoretical tools were neglected and in time forgotten. I was very fortunate to study some of this ancient knowledge in my formal training and have continuing learning form the world’s leading experts teaching the classical theories. Here are some of the main differences between Classical Chinese Medicine vs. Traditional Chinese Medicine: CCM TCM Health is an active process of nourishing life in order to maximize one’s potential Health defined as the absence of symptoms and ailments Individual diagnosis and  treatment Standardized diagnosis and treatment Treating according to individual assessment in conjunction with universal factors of time & space Treating according to patterns using formulas of points Treating the whole person in a holistic approach Treating separate symptoms and systems in the body Mind is primary to body Body is primary to mind Treating according to one’s personal qi and constitution People with similar patterns will be treated similarly Different treatment according to gender No difference between genders Different treatment according to season No consideration to the season Different techniques for treating existing conditions and preventing future ailments Similar principles for treatment and prevention...

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How Network Chiropractic Improves Symptoms

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Featured, Health, Network Chiropractic | Comments Off on How Network Chiropractic Improves Symptoms

How Network Chiropractic Improves Symptoms

It’s common for me to get questions about how Network Chiropractic improves symptoms: “Dr. Leo, how can gentle touches to the spine possibly improve my symptoms? Shouldn’t you be using more force? I need to feel like you’re doing something, don’t I?” Network Chiropractic is a special technique that uses gentle touches to cause the body to self-heal. Many people are not familiar with using low-forces for healing. It’s understandable. Symptoms like pain and stiffness usually involves treatment that is uncomfortable or even painful. Medications can cause dangerous side-effects. Surgery is usually too painful without a local or general anesthetic. We expect that every treatment comes with something unpleasant or risky. We expect to have something “done” to us and be able to “feel” the treatment working, even if it’s painful. Network Chiropractic takes a completely different approach. Treatment consists of a series of one or more precise and gentle adjustments to the spine that cause your body to internally heal the underlying tension and injuries. Even though patients barely notice the adjustments, imperceptible changes start happening in the body right away. Your spine and nervous system being waking up to the pressure and injuries that have been building up. It’s common that people feel more symptoms early in the process because their bodies are becoming more self-aware. And this is the key issue in healing – self-awareness. When I ask patients when their symptoms started, I’m often told, “I’m not exactly sure when I started noticing it.” This is a strong sign of poor self-awareness. Without strong self-awareness, we can’t make changes to our lifestyle to reverse the injuries. Without the self-awareness, symptoms go unnoticed – maybe for months to years – before we recognize a problem. Without self-awareness, our body’s own ability to heal is diminished. Network Chiropractic specializes in teaching you and your nervous system the ability to be self-aware and self-heal. No painful or risky treatment. No dangerous side-effects. A Network Chiropractor is not “doing” something to you, instead she is teaching your body how to recognize what’s happening inside and “do” the healing itself just as nature intended. Yours in health, Dr. Leo   PS: If you found this information helpful, please email us for a consultation to find out how Network Chiropractic can help you....

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How does Network Chiropractic Work?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Featured, Health, Network Chiropractic | Comments Off on How does Network Chiropractic Work?

How does Network Chiropractic Work?

Ever wonder how Network Chiropractic works? I’ve been asked this lately: “Dr. Leo, my [ back, neck, headaches, energy, mood, etc. ] has been getting much better thank you, but I still don’t know how you do it. You barely touched my spine.” Firstly, people do get better with very little force to the spine. A Network Adjustment also called a Spinal Entrainment, uses precise and gentle touches to the spine to cause our bodies to self-heal. Patients who are dealing with aches, pain, and stiffness often feel better early in the course of their plan. People who’ve lost energy, focus, mobility or strength show improvement too. When it’s time to do an exam of their progress, people show better alignment and less pressure in the spine and nerves.   But how does it happen? There’s a lot to know about healing. We’ll be writing about this topic regularly to help you understand how it works.   Nerves Drive Healing and Repair What does a Network Chiropractor really adjust? When I adjust or entrain your spine, I’m working with something called Spinal Gateways. What are Spinal Gateways? Inside your spinal column is the spinal cord. It’s about 17in / 43cm long and about the width of a finger. The spinal cord is made of over 13 million nerves. We need the nerves to transmit signals between our brain and every part of our body. We literally live and die by those nerves and their signals. When the signals are coming through cleanly, our bodies function and heal as they should. When the nerves are under pressure, the signals can distort and drop out, causing your body, brain, and heart to miss out on important messages. This is when function and repair suffers. The worst thing is that your body can get distorted signals and you might not notice symptoms until much later. Fortunately, inside our spinal cords are the Spinal Gateways. Spinal Gateways are the gatekeepers of our nervous system. They are clusters of brain cells and are constantly gathering information from all parts of your body: your eyes, ears, nose, tongue, skin, joints, muscles and other organs. Using the information gathered, Spinal Gateways send out the appropriate signals back to the body. These could be signals to contract or relax a muscle, to tell an organ to do it’s normal function or to switch to repair mode. For people who are injured or having trouble healing, these Spinal Gateways can be asleep and mishandling life-critical information. When that happens, your body doesn’t function or heal the way it should. Let me say this, your body literally lives and dies by the health of your Spinal Gateways. Every time I entrain, we wake up gateways from their slumber. That is when signals for normal function and repair really flow. That’s how we heal. Stay tuned for more articles as uncover the mystery of healing. Dr....

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A Chiropractor Lowers Blood Pressure, Not Just Pain

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on A Chiropractor Lowers Blood Pressure, Not Just Pain

A Chiropractor Lowers Blood Pressure, Not Just Pain

Chiropractic has a reputation for treating all things related to the spine. People come to a chiropractor because they know chiropractic can help with their back, neck and shoulder pain. A lot of them even know that a Network Chiropractor uses gentle forces to help them get relief, get moving again and get their lives back. The vast majority of patients get better with Network Chiropractic. Their shoulder and neck pain improves, their back pain disappears. And very often, there are extra added benefits. They’re happier, have more energy, and have fewer coughs and cold. Are these added benefits simply an accident or placebo? The benefits to overall health and well-being are real and come from chiropractic care. A 2007 study from the Journal of Human Hypertension – that’s where the experts on high blood pressure hang out – looked for the connection between chiropractic and lowering blood pressure. The researchers tested low-force chiropractic against a placebo chiropractic treatment and measured blood pressure. The people who were tested had no back or neck pain. Does a chiropractor help with blood pressure? Yes, absolutely! You don’t need to have back pain, neck pain, or pain of any kind to benefit from a chiropractor. People who received a low-force chiropractic treatment lowered their blood pressure on average by 17 points systolic (the higher of the 2 numbers) and 10 points diastolic (the lower of the 2). For someone with hypertension (140/90 mmHg), this is enough to lower blood pressure back to a healthy range. To put this in perspective, it would take drug therapy using 2 prescription medications combined to lower your blood pressure by the same amount. Chiropractic lowers your blood pressure. No side-effects and no need to have pain beforehand. What so many people knew all along is now proven by the research. A chiropractor is not just for pain and alignment, but for your overall health and well-being. Yours in health, Dr....

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Depression and Anxiety Improved with a Chiropractor

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Depression and Anxiety Improved with a Chiropractor

Depression and Anxiety Improved with a Chiropractor

Tis the season for gift giving and merry making and for many, the most stressful time of year. From the festive obligations to the change in temperature and daylight hours, the season can leave many feeling anxious and depressed. And if you already suffer from either of these during the brighter and warmer months, then winter can be a very overwhelming time. Each year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem.[1] Over the years, many patients have shared with me their experiences of depression and anxiety, and they can vary dramatically. I’ve been told stories of tension, decreased mood, low appetite, sweaty palms, sleep trouble, fatigue, mental fogginess, worry and more. Fortunately, researchers have found that chiropractic can help. A 1997 study of 2818 patients receiving Network chiropractic showed that treatments helped to increase mental and emotional health, decrease stress and improve life enjoyment.[2] A 2013 study on chiropractic, depression and anxiety showed that chiropractic significantly decreased nervousness, worry, irritability, fear, hopelessness and fatigue. It found improvements to sleep, energy, self-esteem, concentration and life enjoyment. [3] How can a chiropractor improve anxiety and depression? Spinal misalignments can put pressure on your nerve system and cause changes in the way you think and feel. With pressure on the nerve system, communication between the mind and body is disrupted, even cut off. Your nerve system is made of nerves and nerve cells that are much like the electrical wiring, circuit breakers and fuses in your home and office. Imagine if the circuit breakers kept tripping off and shutting off the power? If the power was cut to your body, how healthy could you be? When the spine is misaligned, it damages and disrupts the nerve system, just like a circuit breaker constantly tripping off. It blocks the transmission of information between the body and mind. By realigning the spine and taking the pressure off the nerves, you improve your internal connection and ultimately your health. Depression and anxiety affect so many of us. Ask a chiropractor about how chiropractic can help. Call the centre today to book an appointment.   Yours in health, Dr. Leo     [1] Smetanin et al (2011). The life and economic impact of major mental illnesses in Canada: 2011-2041 [2] Blanks, R. H., Tonya L. Schuster, and Marnie Dobson. “A retrospective assessment of network care using a survey of self-rated health, wellness, and quality of life.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research 1.4 (1997): 1-17. [3] Roth, L., et al. “Upper cervical chiropractic care as a complementary strategy for depression and anxiety: a prospective case series analysis.” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research (2013): 49-59....

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