Posts Tagged "energy"

How Acupuncture Treatments Changed a Man’s Life

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on How Acupuncture Treatments Changed a Man’s Life

How Acupuncture Treatments Changed a Man’s Life

While most people associate Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with the treatment of pain, it can also be a very effective treatment for internal conditions. Randy started acupuncture due to constant upper back pain. He also suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As a university professor who focuses in research, Randy spends most his hours in front of a computer. While assessing his posture, it’s clear that a few minor posture changes would make big difference for him. We decide to put most of the focus on his digestive system while checking if posture changes would alleviate the upper back pain. The digestive system symptoms are mostly bloating, gassiness, and urgent “explosive” stools. All medical tests had come back negative, and couldn’t provide him any solution for this condition. While examining his diet and eating habits, 3 main trends became clear to me. Randy comsumes a lot of “cold” and uncooked food (smoothies, salads, sandwiches…); He often skips meals due to his very busy schedule; He always eats while he’s working or reading. This is a classic case that is described in Chinese Medicine as “weak digestive system.” The digestive system, in the eyes of Chinese Medicine, enjoys regularity. In the 5-element method, it belongs to the Earth element. Earth is stable, steady and moves in regular rhythm. Therefore, regularity in eating hours is very important. Another very important aspect of healthy digestion is that eating is a full body activity. It is recommended not to eat while working, reading, watching TV etc. When we eat, we need to eat! Above all, the most important guidance I could give Randy was to consume more warm and cooked food, and stop the cold raw foods, including ice cold drinks, smoothies, ice-cream and salads. The cold slows digestion and “allows” food to rot in our body. The digestive system is a system that prefers heat, and dislikes cold. In Chinese Medicine, this is the most important aspect of healthy digestion. It is now known that most digestive enzymes function better at temperature of 38-42 degrees… After a 6 week treatment plan that consisted of weekly acupuncture with a focus on digestive health, along with close monitoring and guidance with his diet, all symptoms have been resolved. His bowels are normal and in good consistency. He is no longer gassy or bloated. And his upper back pains are no longer an...

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Dance, Dance, Dance

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Events, Featured, Health | Comments Off on Dance, Dance, Dance

Dance, Dance, Dance

This is the title of one of my favorite songs by Steve Miller Band.  Here are the opening lyrics: My grandpa, he’s 95 And he keeps on dancin’ He’s still alive My grandma, she’s 92 She loves to dance And sing some, too I don’t know, but I’ve been told If you keep on dancing You’ll never grow old… I agree!  I love to dance (and sing some too)! Dancing has been a significant part of my life ever since I was a teenager.  I have never had any formal training in dance and I don’t think it is at all necessary to develop a love of dance and enjoy the many benefits. Why do I love to dance?  I love music and I love allowing it to move me and my body.  I love to dance in community and enjoy celebrating life through music and dancing.  I love to be expressive and creative with my movements and try different moves and rhythms out.  I love how dancing brings me into my body and into the present moment.  I love that every person, at any age, with any ability can be included in dance. I love how it is a way to bring people together.  I love that I get to exercise my body while I am having fun and don’t even feel like I am “working out”. As a chiropractor, I think dance is a wonderful way to enhance health and wellbeing.  I often recommend dance as a form of exercise, whether in dance classes, events, parties, or dancing at home (this is what I do a lot of). I especially appreciate free movements when it comes to dancing.  What we know about the body is that it appreciates random, non-repetitive movements that cause many different muscles, large and small, to be firing and this helps our joints and spines be in healthy alignment.  Free, or ecstatic, dance is a way to move the body without any structured or choreographed movements. Here at Source Centre we are hosting our first monthly ecstatic dance event on Wednesday, April 23rd starting at 7:30pm.  We invite you come to dance and play with us.  We aim to create a safe space where everyone feels welcome, free to be themselves and free to move their bodies as they please.  If you feel perfectly at ease with dance, or if it is new and scary for you, just come, we welcome all of...

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Eat For Spring according to Classical Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Eat For Spring according to Classical Chinese Medicine

Eat For Spring according to Classical Chinese Medicine

(Image: “Asparagus” by SOMMAI/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Spring is finally here! Even though the temperatures are still colder than we’d like, it’s clear that the spring is here. The days are longer and the sounds of birds can be heard clearly. A fundamental of every traditional medicine, including the Chinese, is that humans need to be aligned with nature and the natural environment which means adapting habits and activities according to the changes in the seasons and in nature. For every season there are recommended activities and specific nutritional requirements. Spring is the time when nature renews and rejuvenates itself emerging from the slow activities of winter. Green begins to emerge as the dominant colour. The corresponding organ in our body is the Liver. As the liver is responsible for cleaning blood and removing toxins from the system, it plays a vital function in keeping the immune system healthy and strong. Spring is also the time for us to get back to increasing our physical activity which is in sync with the role of the liver in controlling the function and flexibility of the muscles and tendons we use to move our body. Generally speaking, our spring diet should be rich with the things that resonate with the springtime energies: vegetables (especially green leafy ones), sprouts, and fresh fruits. When it comes to food groups, the following are most recommended for the season: Grains – Spelt, rye, oat and wheat. (35% of the meal) Legumes – Peas, Mung-beam. (5%-20%) Vegetables – All green leafs, green onion, leak, artichoke, asparagus, aromatic herbs such as parsley, coriander and dill and root vegetables like radish, daikon and even leak. (Vegetables ideally make up 50% of the meal with 5%-10% of the meal should containing protein, though it’s recommended not to overeat animal protein. Easier to digest and more appropriate for spring are fish, chicken, and chicken liver. If you are able to, it’s a great time to cut out all animal protein. Combining grains and legumes in the same meal provide the perfect protein.) Healthy fats such as avocado, nuts and sesame can be added to meals as well as sea vegetables such as Wakame and Spirulina. Spices – Aromatic ones: curcumin, star anise, hours-radish, fennel seeds, rosemary, and mint. Cooking methods should also be attuned to spring energies. Cooking times should be faster. Rather than the stews and soups we had during winter, we now want to do more juicing, steaming, wok cooking and sautéing. Enjoy your cooking and have a blooming and sunny...

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feminine energies, winter and finding inner voice

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Featured, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on feminine energies, winter and finding inner voice

feminine energies, winter and finding inner voice

(Image: ‘Yin Yang Moon’ by Exsodus/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) For me, I feel the winter is a great time to dive into my feminine energies. Why? Winter is a Yin time of year which corresponds with the feminine. My teacher, Racheal Jayne Groover who developed the Art of Feminine Presence™ practice, has put it this way: “A woman who embodies her feminine essence (Yin) is intimate with her internal experience. She often looks inward to her physical, emotional, and energetic body to guide her. She waits for the “right time” to make a choice or a change. Attuned to her intuition, she does not feel the need to rush ahead or struggle to achieve her goals.” This is winter for me. A time to snuggle up at home, within myself and connect with how I’m truly feeling and what it is I truly want for myself. A time to process, and integrate what’s led me to this point and to listen to the deep inner voice and the stirrings of what wants to be born next. I struggled for years to make contact to this ‘inner voice’. I knew it existed but my connection to it was unreliable and tenuous at best. I doubted so much. It wasn’t until I attended my first Art of Feminine Presence™ (AFP) class where within the evening’s practice, miraculously and undeniably I ‘heard’ it (I actually saw it but that’s for another post). I was blown away by the guidance I received and I was understandably hooked on the AFP practice. For me the AFP practices are a lot about embodiment and opening up new and ever more potent experiences of Presence. As a result, it’s difficult to describe or talk about. It means significantly less than the actual experience. So, you may have heard that now I am a certified teacher! As it is a practice, I continue to go deeper and so my experience keeps expanding. The best I can offer is some of what I feel in this moment: more  grounded and centred than I have ever felt in my life a greater feeling of safety, of joy, of the ‘rightness’ of things an enhanced sense of my place in the world and with the people with whom it is shared deeply connected to my intuition and inner guidance enhanced intimacy in personal relationships We have been hosting introductory evenings called “Getting in Touch with Your Feminine Essence” at Source for over a year, and now there is more feminine energy flowing than ever before… I chose to ‘teach’ this work so that I could go deeper into my own practice. In doing so, I am continually struck by how powerful it is. I am awestruck and humbled and so very grateful to experience and share space with bold, generous women exploring and reclaiming themselves. This is spiritual work of the sort that I’ve been searching for my entire life. I lead a weekly closed group that runs for 5 week and then starts up again. This February 1st, we’ll also be doing a one day intensive for anyone wanting to jump right in and not having the time for an ongoing series.  Please call me at 416-923-4325 or email me if you’d like more information or to join us. And stay tuned for more posts. The adventure has just begun. In Love & Wholeness,...

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Just 7 Minutes a Day

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's, Short Entries | Comments Off on Just 7 Minutes a Day

Just 7 Minutes a Day

Is getting out of the house in the freezing weather as hard for you as it is for me? Even living in a warm and cozy home, I still experience ever-freezing hands and feet. This winter, one thing did the trick for me: exercise! While most of us are health-conscious, it can be tough to squeeze time (and be motivated) for a workout. The solution may be quicker than we think. In reports like “High-Intensity Circuit Training Using Body Weight: Maximum Results With Minimal Investment”,  high intensity circuit training can deliver many health benefits in quickly and with no special equipment. It takes only 7 minutes (feel free to do more cycles!), a chair and a bit of space with an empty wall. You can conveniently find free apps on iOS, Google Play, Windows, or even your Pebble Watch to time your routine. There is also a website for non-smartphone users! This 7-minute workout did magic for me this winter, how about you? How are you staying warm and fit this winter? Share your thoughts below! -Helane Tweet...

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