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New Year Resolutions: Achieve Your Goals for 2014

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on New Year Resolutions: Achieve Your Goals for 2014

New Year Resolutions: Achieve Your Goals for 2014

This New Year it seems that, yet again, everyone is making resolutions. Do you have a resolution for 2014 but aren’t sure how to see it through? Choosing a method or strategy for reaching your goals can be overwhelming.  Not to worry, though, Source Centre is here to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions. Read on for a list of common New Year resolutions, and what Source Centre can do to help you accomplish your goals for 2014. Lose Weight and Get Fit As the most common New Year resolution, the commitment to getting fit is the reason why it is impossible to snag a treadmill at the gym the first few months of the year. Everyone is there with the same goal, trying to lose weight and get into shape. Source Centre would like to offer other options besides the gym, where you don’t have to fight over gym equipment or a space to lay down your mat. Join us at Source Centre every Monday night at 7:30pm for Yoga with Leila. Starting January 9th, every Thursday Source Centre will also be hosting a Pilates class with Alwynn Taylor at 8:00am. Quit Smoking Quitting smoking is no easy task, especially after holiday stress. Add in the short dark days of winter, and the constant cold, and quitting smoking may seem virtually impossible. However, studies have shown that chiropractic therapy can help dissolve addiction. Brain function relies on normal structural integrity and joint movement in the spine. An abnormal position or movement of spinal vertebra can lead to nerve interference, distorting communication between the spinal cord and brain. Known as “vertebral subluxation,” it is this disruption between the brain and the spinal cord that chiropractic work focuses on. These subluxations interfere with the brain’s reward system, resulting in the need for an individual to escape undesirable feelings such as withdrawal from nicotine. At Source Centre our chiropractors Dr. Leo Quan and Dr. Allison Barriscale can help you quit smoking by restoring your spine and inner reward system to it’s full functioning state. Eat Healthier and Diet This New Year resolution has the potential to actually do your body more harm than good. It is important not to confuse eating healthier with eating less, but rather eating more nutritious foods and less empty calories with minimal nutritional value. Whether your desire to eat healthier stems from wanting to lose weight, gain weight, reduce disease risk, or live with a food allergy, our nutrition services can provide the support you need to successfully accomplish your New Year resolution. For nutritional counseling, contact Nutritionist, Fumie Yamaguchi , or our Naturopath, Tara Andresen. Get More Sleep Getting enough sleep is an essential part of keeping your body healthy. Not only is sleep crucial for brain function and memory consolidation, but lack of sleep can lead to undesired weight gain. How can Source Centre help? Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) connects the body’s inner rhythms with focused attention, gentle breath, movement and touch. By expanding your body awareness you can help your body relax, helping you not only to fall asleep, but to also sleep more deeply. Still not quite sure what SRI is? Join Source Centre January 15th, January 29th, and February 13th for introductory workshops to SRI. Be Less Stressed Reducing your stress level goes hand-in-hand with getting more sleep. If your goal is to be less stressed in 2014, Source Centre has a variety of services that can help you achieve your objective. Need a stress management plan? Source Centre will be hosting a Stress Management workshopon January 15th at 7:30pm....

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Notes on a Cleanse

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Featured, Health, Quotes & Thoughts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Notes on a Cleanse

Notes on a Cleanse

We recently co-ordinated a community-wide cleanse at Source Centre . I created a guideline of foods to eat or avoid, along with some tips regarding lifestyle and approach. We constructed a wall display in the form of a vegetable garden; if someone signed up for the cleanse, they would put their name on a construction paper vegetable, and place it on the wall, signifying their commitment. To my delight, over 25 people signed on to cleanse in some way. This result in itself was very encouraging, as many folks broke out of their comfort zone and agreed to cleanse for the first time. It was inspiring and heartening to witness that courage in the face of many deterrents and fears. Food is a sensitive subject, and bears emotional and psychological weight in our lives. Agreeing to change our eating habits is agreeing to change some deeply habitual aspects of ourselves. The most profound results came about midway through the cleanse. Personally, I had more energy, my skin was brighter, and I felt mentally clear. However, two participants in particular had wonderful results that exceeded my expectations and hopes. The following are testimonials from these participants: The first thing I noticed was a significant reduction in bloating, both in my face and around my stomach area. My skin became very clear. I received a number of comments that my face looked “brighter”. I didn’t have any cravings for meat or wheat products. The lighter meals satisfied my hunger and didn’t leave me feeling bloated and uncomfortable. I found I had more energy also. -Rose I had low expectations for this cleanse – it was an idea I’d played with for years but never got around to trying. Leila’s advice was gentle and precise: “you can do it if you want to.” And I did, so I did. Having committed for one week, I told myself I would try for two. The hard part was getting organized for such a drastic shift in diet (I’m an unashamed carnivore) and staying on top of it, but the results were encouraging and immediate. I was more alert, lighter on my feet and emotionally consistent. I woke up earlier each day, ahead of my alarm, ready for the world. By the second week I felt so in tune with my body and empowered by a growing awareness of my body’s wants and needs (many of which I’d previously confused with one another) that it became difficult to imagine reverting back to my old indulgent ways, so I extended the cleanse into a third week. -Phil What is inspiring about these testimonials is that both of these participants had never cleansed before! And yet, they had almost immediate results, and a noticeable shift in energy, appearance and perspective. Cleansing provides so many benefits, not the least of which is learning to listen to your body, and get in touch with your real needs and tastes. The miraculous thing about resetting via a cleanse is that you often realize you don’t want those so-called addictive foods in the first place. The clarity in your body and mind become a state worth maintaining, and a great testing ground for noticing what you truly crave. Being in nature is another great way to get in tune with your body, and calm your mind. Spending time in nature daily is a great way to cleanse your thoughts and reconnect with what matters. This summer, continue to embrace refreshing yourself with a nutritious and fortifying diet, and lots of time...

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Pain – The Good, the Bad and the Chronic

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Pain – The Good, the Bad and the Chronic

Pain – The Good, the Bad and the Chronic

Tell me if this sounds familiar or if you can relate: Peter is having a down day. His back is aching really badly, more than normal. There’s no will to get up from bed. Before she left their apartment for work, Peter’s wife Jackie gave him the daily pep talk, “Oh, come on, I know you can do this!” When Peter looked away, she told him it’s all in his head, and to “just deal with it.” As Jackie closes the door behind her, Peter angrily throws the pillow in her direction. Peter took his last pain-killer last night. He can barely hold the thought to get a refill at the pharmacy. It just hurts too much. As a chiropractor in downtown Toronto that works with people who suffer from chronic pain I hear personal stories like this all of the time. People who suffer from chronic pain may look fine – they don’t necessarily have an obvious injury like a broken arm or leg but their pain is very real and constant through every moment of their day.   Do you know someone who suffers from chronic pain or know someone who does? Unlike acute pain, chronic pain can last for months or even years. Chronic pain can stem from an obvious incident such as a motor vehicle collision, infection or arthritis, but not always. Chronic pain can affect all aspects of life, causing strain on families and relationships and make home and work responsibilities a challenge. People suffering from chronic pain often deal with anger, frustration, depression, mental fog and social isolation. Some venture into drug abuse and even contemplate suicide.   What’s the positive side of pain? Pain can be an incredibly useful signal that we are living out of balance. For example, consider an office worker who cradles the phone in his shoulder for hours and feels pain in the very same area at the end of the day. Here, the body is speaking up about the misalignment. Where in life do you experience pain? If there was something out of balance, what would it be? How would you address it? For a short-lived aches and pain, dealing with the imbalance could be simple. “Stop doing whatever you were doing” is an obvious answer and works really well for the office worker example above. Stop putting your body out of alignment and the signals will stop too – genius! It’s a simple example of how a healthy lifestyle choice can dramatically affect pain. For the chronic pain sufferer, life is not so simple. Rather than an unhealthy lifestyle being the source of pain, it’s often the other way around. Chronic pain itself can be the primary source of an unhealthy lifestyle. Find this hard to accept, even contradictory? Just like Peter’s wife Jackie, most people are in disbelief or are simply unaware that chronic pain is widespread. Nearly 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from chronic pain according to a recent survey (click for link).   For individuals, families, workplaces and communities dealing with chronic pain who is making a difference? The Toronto Chapter of the Chronic Pain Association (http://www.chronicpaintoronto.com) has created a place where people with chronic pain can gain better understanding of their treatment and management options. It’s a place where caregivers, families, friends, employers and co-workers can access resources and education for chronic pain. It’s where people find hope and meaning to their life. Chronic pain is a very real health challenge for Canadians. It directly impacts the quality of life of individuals and their families and has ripple effects on the workplace...

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Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Health | Comments Off on Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation

Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation

Acupuncture is often used in the treatment of addictions.  It works by increasing the levels of endorphins and brain neurotransmitters that are integral to the central nervous system. These shifts help to decrease the desire for the addictive substance. Over the past decade clinical research studies have shown that acupuncture is effective in helping people quit smoking.  A 2010 study in the Journal of Neurological Research studied the effects on 29 smokers. They found that the acupuncture group experienced a significant decrease in withdrawal symptoms compared to the placebo group. In addition, they found that the acupuncture group’s attention to smoking cues diminished as well, resulting in a decreased desire to smoke.  Acupuncture is one of a broad range of natural therapies and supplements that support smoking cessation.  Your naturopathic doctor can recommend a complete treatment program that meets your individual needs. To book an appointment with Dr. Tara Andresen, call (416) 923-4325. Acupuncture is included within the scope of practice for licensed Naturopathic...

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