May 24

Begin Again: Finding Renewal in Deterioration

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By Shannon Stoby, Physiotherapist

Sometimes deterioration seems inevitable. We get older. Things change. It seems that we just can’t do the things we used to do. Sometimes this process can be accelerated by illness or injury and we mourn the loss of who we used to be.

Often we miss our younger selves because of our physical bodies. We could move and bend in all kinds of ways; we felt good. The skin was firmer, there was no cellulite—those were the days.

But, what else did we do when we were young?

We played. We explored. We learned. We dreamed. We used our imaginations. We believed in ourselves. We were less afraid. It seemed there were so many rules, yet more freedom, too. Our hearts and minds were open to new possibilities. Imagine that curiosity, confidence, and fearlessness now—now that you make the rules.

‘Getting older’ is not a diagnosis—for anything. Nor is any diagnosis a sentence to a completely predictable outcome. We have this notion that after a certain age or with a certain label, it is all downhill; that we just can’t expect any better. I think that we always need to accept where we are in life; but, acceptance is not the same as settling or resigning yourself. Acceptance is finding peace and, eventually, embracing a new circumstance—that’s when growth and renewal can begin.

At any age, injured or not, you need to listen to your body. Just because it no longer wants to do the things you used to do, does not necessarily mean that it is less capable—it may just mean that it is tired of being pushed in the same direction in the same way. At some point you outgrow your old patterns, physical and otherwise, and you need to look at what you are doing. At some point, just because that is the way you’ve always done it is not a good enough reason to continue on that path. You need a new way.

Change is inevitable and can sometimes seem devastating. Mourn your losses as you need to; be kind to yourself in the process. But know that you can find renewal in deterioration. Try new things. Learn new skills. Discover hidden talents. Explore new passions. Remember old, forgotten ones. And never assume that you’ve already been as good as you’re going to get. You have the capacity to heal if you have the willingness to grow.

By: Shannon Stoby, PT, MScPT
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Shannon is a Physical Therapist with an interest in helping her patients achieve holistic healing from whatever ails them and achieve optimum functioning in pursuing their passions.

Shannon graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Physical Education with distinction, and followed with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. She is licensed with the College of Physical Therapists of Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Shannon has trained extensively in John F. Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR), and this is the focus of her practice. She has worked with patients with mental illness, has trained in women’s health treatment, and is a sports enthusiast; MFR allows her a means to assist with all of these issues in a meaningful way. She has also worked across the lifespan, with experience addressing the health concerns of older adults. Through her experience in work and in life, she has come to understand that there is more to healing than just the body. While physical health is paramount, the roles of the mind and the soul in health and healing are of equal importance.

Shannon is excited for the opportunity to work with the talented team at IHI, and looks forward to working with you, in wherever the journey may lead.

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May 16

Getting Clear: How to Make Decisions Mindfully

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By Natalie Marnica

We all make decisions daily. Ranging from little things like what to eat for breakfast, to which clothes to wear and to what you are going to post next on your face book page! But what do we do when we have to make bigger decisions? Like where to live, to get married or not, change careers, or whether to put your loved one into long-term care? Some stakes are higher than others. The more important the issue, the harder it is sometimes to make those tough choices. Especially if they have the power to alter other people’s lives and well-being.

It can feel overwhelming and cause confusion about making the “right” decision. Often times we are trying to make choices in our life when we are feeling stressed or emotional. When we are in a distressed state we are not always able to make the decisions that lead to the best possible outcome. It was Albert Einstein who said, “ No problem can be solved by the same level of consciousness that created it.” So, if you are hitting a wall, try a different approach.

For me, practicing yoga regularly has been crucial to my mental health and stability. Yogic practices aim to bring one’s attention and focus into the present moment, by joining the mind, body and breath. Here are a few things that I have found greatly beneficial for my students and myself.

  • Get out of your head and into your body! Physical activities that involve focus and concentration like yoga, tai chi, martial arts, walking and running to name a few, can help to bring you into the present moment. When we get out of the “thinking” mind, we can create clarity and space, which allows for a fresh look at things.
  • Breathe, relax and focus; incorporating meditation into your life. A simple way to start is with mindfulness meditation.
    1. Find a comfortable seated position (with hips above the knees), in a place that is quiet and with minimal distractions. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes if you are new to meditation.
    2. Begin to focus on your natural breath rhythm, allowing any thoughts that come into your mind just to pass by like clouds moving in the sky. Anytime the mind starts to drift, gently return your focus back to the breath, without judgment.
    3. Continue this practice until you feel more focused and clear, or until your timer goes off! Then feel free to look at your decision-making possibilities.
  • Ask for advice! It can be very helpful to get an outside perspective, someone with whom you trust and that is willing to be a support. You are not obligated to take the advice but can benefit greatly from seeing another point of view.
  • Look at the bigger picture. What are the possible outcomes? Long-term vs short term? Listen to your gut. What feels right to you? Given the circumstances, what is the best possible decision you can make?

Ultimately, the goal is to find the answer that feels right to you. Right and wrong is a matter of opinion. Every action has a reaction and we have to be ready to face the consequences of that. Consider how it affects others and do your best. I’ll leave you with some lyrics that I find helpful from one of my favorite songs:

“You can choose a ready guide
In some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide
You still have made a choice

You can choose from phantom fears
And kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that’s clear
I will choose free will “ – Rush, Freewill

 

Namaste ,

Natalie MarnicaNatalie Marnica is a passionate advocate for holistic health. As a yoga therapist and teacher she believes that yoga practices should be accessible to everyone and, as such, offers many different therapeutic-based classes to allow all ages and fitness levels to participate and fully benefit from the healing practices of Yoga.

Natalie has a strong desire to teach individuals how to help themselves. She delivers simple breath-based yoga practices that supports and empowers the individual to improve their lives on all level physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. As a person who has recovered from depression, trauma and chronic pain, Natalie believes that even in dark times there is still hope for a better future. Natalie teaches weekly yoga classes at the Integrative Health Institute in Downtown Toronto.

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May 4

Ditch the Disposable Project

 

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By: Yvette Marcek

When I see images of garbage floating around in our waters and piling up in landfills, I am moved to want to do something.  As part of a course that I’m taking, we are working on community projects.  I chose garbage.  My goal is to raise awareness about decreasing the amount of waste we produce.  Since that is such a huge topic, I have to start somewhere, and I was inspired by men’s disposable razors, because there is a great option.  GUYS (and their ladies) – if I told you that you could get a better shave, have a way cooler shaving ritual, save money AND reduce waste with one product, would you believe me?  Take it back to the old school and consider a double edge safety razor.  My guy switched last summer, and he couldn’t be happier.

If every man in the city of Toronto (about 1 million), throws 1 razor cartridge in the trash every month, that would make about 22 tons of waste (which almost fills up a 747) every year.  Our garbage from Toronto gets shipped out to London, and that landfill could be full by 2029.  Toronto’s waste management division manager, Jim Harnum reports that the city’s No. 1 waste-management priority is reducing overall garbage.  Switching from disposable razors will decrease plastic waste from the cartridges, razor handles and all the plastic packaging.  Sustainable solutions need action at every level, including with us consumers.

Ditch your disposable razor, reduce waste, and play a part in creating a healthy planet.  This is my intention, captured beautifully by Greenpeace:

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Interested? Contact me at ymarcek@integrativehealthinstitute.ca

Integrative-017-199x300Yvette Marcek is a Registered Massage Therapist, Pilates Practitioner and Reiki Practitioner; she often incorporates each of these modalities with her clients. Recognizing that each person who comes in the treatment room has unique requirements and goals, her priority is to create a therapeutic environment that is safe, healing, and positive.

Despite viewing laughter as the best form of medicine, Yvette sees the healing of massage therapy and touch as an international language, spoken without barriers and greatly benefiting anyone. She is particularly passionate about increasing body awareness, believing that consciousness of our physical body and the world around us is an integral part of maintaining our health and happiness.

You can email Yvette for more info on her Pilates classes, Reiki or her RMT practice here

 

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May 2

Renewal vs. Deterioration: When it’s time to see your health care practitioner

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By Shannon Stoby, Physiotherapist

Usually you know when you’ve hit that wall. You have pain, you have an injury; it’s just not going away. Maybe it’s a recurring thing; maybe it’s been lingering a while, but you have reached the point where you can no longer ignore it. You don’t have time for this right now, but you make that appointment with your practitioner of choice to get it ‘fixed’.

There are numerous reasons why this scenario plays out so repeatedly. Life happens. There are other things to focus on. Work, play, family, friends—any number of other responsibilities and priorities. I get it.

But…

There are a couple of issues with this plan.

1. You aren’t saving yourself any time in the grand scheme of healing by waiting until whatever ‘it’ is feels so awful that you can no longer stand it before taking action.

2. You really don’t have to wait until it all falls apart to start taking care of your body. Body awareness, self-care, and making those appointments before you’re in a full-on state of disrepair can go a long way to maximizing your health and overall well-being. You don’t wait until you have to tow your car into the shop before you take it for a tune-up. Call it prevention, call it maintenance, call it ‘nipping it in the bud’–just do it. You’ll thank me later.

3. No one can fix you, except you.

4. Your health care practitioners are there to guide and advise, encourage and support; but, at the end of the day, the responsibility is yours. We have the tools and expertise to help you through, but the participation in the process and the work to implement the necessary changes are ultimately yours. And, really, that is a good thing. Why would you ever fully give that power over your well-being to anyone else? Be engaged in your own wellness. You’ll thank you later.

You have one body. You don’t have to justify looking after it; make it a priority. You don’t have to wait until the end of the benefit year to remember you are important. Make a commitment to renewal and you will be far less likely to have to face the deterioration.

By: Shannon Stoby, PT, MScPT
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Shannon is a Physical Therapist with an interest in helping her patients achieve holistic healing from whatever ails them and achieve optimum functioning in pursuing their passions.

Shannon graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Physical Education with distinction, and followed with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. She is licensed with the College of Physical Therapists of Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Shannon has trained extensively in John F. Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR), and this is the focus of her practice. She has worked with patients with mental illness, has trained in women’s health treatment, and is a sports enthusiast; MFR allows her a means to assist with all of these issues in a meaningful way. She has also worked across the lifespan, with experience addressing the health concerns of older adults. Through her experience in work and in life, she has come to understand that there is more to healing than just the body. While physical health is paramount, the roles of the mind and the soul in health and healing are of equal importance.

Shannon is excited for the opportunity to work with the talented team at IHI, and looks forward to working with you, in wherever the journey may lead.

 

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Apr 25

Benefit From Your Benefits! 5 Ways to Maximize the Use of Your Benefits

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1. Don’t wait till December to utilize ALL of your benefits. As much as we looove massage therapy, it is not beneficial to get massages back-to-back. In fact, this can be harmful to your tissues as you need to give your tissues time to heal. Try booking your regular maintenance appointments once a month. Also, December is the busiest time of year for massage therapists, so even if you wanted to use all of your benefits in the last month of the year, chances are, there may not be enough room in the appointment book.

2. Most people are unaware of what their coverage is. Talk to your insurance company prior to booking appointments to see what you are covered for. By checking prior to booking any appointments, you can get a better idea how much you have to spend, what health care modalities are covered, and what kind of treatment you can obtain. Here at the Integrative Health Institute, we like to refer clients to our co-workers when we feel that additional modalities would be beneficial to add to your treatment plan. We are looking out for your best interest and your overall health and wellness; wouldn’t it be nice to know if you have naturopathic medicine, chiropractic, osteopathic, and counselling coverage?

3. Talk to your massage therapist about the best way to book appointments throughout the year in order to get the best results from treatment. Sometimes, massage therapists recommend additional treatments. As much as we would like to believe we have magic hands, some things take time and patience, especially when it comes to addressing musculoskeletal issues. Your massage therapist can give you an estimate on how many treatments it can take to address a specific issue and they can also help you to space out your appointments throughout the year in order to get the maximum benefits of receiving regular massage therapy.

4. Remember what time of year is specifically stressful or hard on the body. Save some extra coverage for those times of year. If you are super stressed out around the holidays or suffer from seasonal depression, perhaps saving a couple extra massage therapy appointments for this time of year would benefit you. If you are a summer sports fanatic and enjoy participating in the occasional marathon, baseball game, or beach volleyball sessions, perhaps saving some extra treatments for those tired and overworked muscles would be beneficial for you.

5. Pre-book your appointments with reception. We will send you an email before each appointment to remind you of your upcoming treatment. If you need to change the date, just give us 24 hours notice, and we can move your appointment. Just think about it… you are having a particularly stressful week when you get an email from the Integrative Health Institute reminding you of an upcoming appointment. You probably wouldn’t have booked the appointment, but you say “why not! I’m feeling extra stressed out this week”. You come to the clinic and spend one hour lying comfortably on a massage table, enjoying pure relaxation and serenity. You leave feeling as though the stress has melted away.

Melanie Gillians is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. She is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and is a member of the Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario. She has completed continuing education in pregnancy massage, infant massage, and sports massage.

For Melanie, massage therapy has proven to be extremely rewarding. We live in a stress filled society, so taking a moment for peace and serenity will help our bodies experience a heightened sense of health and well-being. For more information about Melanie or her massage therapy practice at the Integrative Health Institute, please contact mgillians@integrativehealthinstitute.ca

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Apr 18

Hit Refresh

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By Lauren Berger, MSW, RSW

After a long winter, it can seem that spring takes forever to make an appearance (hello, April cold snap!). This is true of people too. When we need to bring our attention to ourselves to renew and revive, we often drag our feet. Why? Well, raise your hand if you put yourself on the lowest rung on the totem pole. …Thought so. When you’re going through the usual grind of dealing with work, relationships, kids, and whatever else saps your energy, it can be a challenge to do something for yourself. It’s time to hit “refresh” with my top tips for self care:

  • Prioritize When was the last time that you did something nice for yourself? Chances are you’re busy trying to please your boss, maybe putting together a birthday surprise for your partner, or planning the dreaded bridal shower for a bestie. You likely spend lots of energy trying to help others feel special, but won’t spend that time, energy, or (let’s face it) money on yourself. If you want to improve your relationship with yourself, you need to put in the effort. If “me time” doesn’t seem to just happen, make a point of scheduling it. You don’t have to take a solo vacation to the Bahamas for three weeks, but I’m sure you can make a half hour happen on the weekend when you can do something that makes you feel good, whatever that is. Go for a run, cook something delicious (I mean healthy), or heck, get a manicure. If it puts a smile on your face, do it.
  • Ditch the drag. You know that thing that’s putting bags under your eyes? It’s time to chuck it from your life, or at least minimize it if complete dismissal isn’t possible. Do a scan of your schedule and make a top 3 list of the things that make you anxious/depressed/downright crazy and make the choice to let them go. As hard as it is sometimes, saying “no” can offer you so much freedom and lightness. Give it a try.
  • Go frolic in the sunshine. Okay, okay, you don’t need to do a full-on spin on the hillside a la The Sound of Music, but you may be surprised by what a little fresh air can do for your mood. As the weather improves, find a way to get outside. Walk to work or hop off the streetcar a couple of stops early. Eat lunch al fresco. Plant something. If your thumb isn’t green, check out a farmer’s market and pretend you had planted something. You may be pleasantly surprised by what a little outdoor time can do for you… and it’s totally doable.

Just because Mother Nature is a little behind schedule this year doesn’t mean you can’t get started on your personal spring cleaning. Hit refresh and see how much lighter you feel.

LaurenBLauren Berger is a Registered Social Worker providing counselling and psychotherapy at IHI. Check her out at www.laurenberger.ca, drop her a line at lauren@laurenberger.ca, follow her on Twitter: @LaurenBergerMSW, or sneak a peek at her Instagram: laurenberger_msw. Book your appointment with Lauren today. 

 

 

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Apr 11

Stress, Anxiety, Modern Living, and How Acupuncture Can Help

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By Jonathan Handel, Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Everyone has been in this position before: you are at a restaurant with a ten-page menu and can’t stop flipping through it, while your friends and the waiter wait impatiently. This is paralysis-by-analysis. With so many options, we over-think what should be a relatively simple decision.

This problem is a constant for most people. We want to make the best decisions we can, but our world is a smorgasbord of choice, and every moment we are met with another flurry of possibility.

“Do I drive or take transit to work?”

“Do I work out or cook dinner?”

“Do I get a good night sleep or go for a drink with a friend?”

All these micro-stresses add up, and leave our bodies in a constant state of agitation. In Chinese Medicine, we think of this as stagnation. By incurring small stresses, bodily energy gathers up, waiting in the ready for some kind of action. In this gathering mode, though, it is stagnant—not moving freely as it normally would, to be used as needed by various bodily functions. Western Medicine might call this the “fight or flight” mode. When in this state, everyday functions, like digestion or sleep, are put on the back burner, as your system is prioritizing readiness. This may not be a bad thing, if you are about to run a race, give a presentation at work, or have an altercation with a sabre tooth-tiger. If it becomes too constant, however, the de-prioritized functions will start to weaken, or even crash.

Our bodies work best in a state of balance. Being in this stagnant, or “fight or flight” state, is like having your system turned up to 11 all day. This pattern can lead to many different health issues, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia and poor sleep
  • Digestion problems
  • Tension and body pain
  • Headaches
  • Women’s health issues (such as menstrual disorders or menopause symptoms)
  • Acne and other skin problems

So we know modern stress and indecision can cause health problems. But what can we do about it? Most of us cannot weed every bit of difficulty or jaggedness out of our lives. Work, family, money: these have stressors built-in. The solution, then, lies not in changing the stressful input, but in managing bodily reactions better. In order to become less reactive to stress, in order to manage stress-related symptoms, the body must switch over from the “fight or flight” to the “feed and breed” (also known as “rest and digest”) mode. I often think of this state as the “healing mode.” In Chinese Medicine we understand this mode as one where stagnant energy is unblocked, so that it can circulate smoothly through the body. When energy is regulated and moving well, the body is put into a relaxed state, a state optimal for self-repair.

One great tool to help us get to this place is acupuncture. Acupuncture is particularly effective because it can provide short-term symptomatic relief, and also be used preventatively to manage stress, anxiety and all the related issues. This is great news for people who do not want to use medications, or those who do take medications, and need help managing side effects. Acupuncture, with its emphasis on balance, does not cause severe side effects, and often will give the positive results of greater sleep, energy and digestion (even if the health complaint being treated is totally unrelated to those things!)

Acupuncture can help you take control of your health and keep anxiety at bay—allowing you to rest, relax and heal. With regular acupuncture treatments, you can retrain the negative patterns caused by acute and chronic stress, and start addressing problems at their root.

Learn more Thursday, April 21st at Jonathan’s complimentary seminar Register Here

Jonathan Handel, R.Ac R.TCMP

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Jonathan is a acupuncturist and practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. He values a holistic approach, and seeks to treat the root causes of illness and provide symptomatic relief for people seeking to better their health and quality of life. As a practitioner, Jonathan seeks to create a positive healing environment, where patients can step away from their daily stresses. Through creating a safe and comfortable space, patients can look forward to coming in for treatment as an opportunity to seek relief and get the support they need.

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Apr 4

To Decide or Not Decide…Is that even a question?

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By Shannon Stoby

There are a lot of choices in the world today. So many decisions to make over the course of the day that it can become overwhelming. Even the most insignificant part of our day can involve a complicated choice due to the volume of selection. Then, when it comes time to make a really important decision, we are already so overloaded that it can seem impossible.

One of the biggest obstacles in decision-making is the fear of making the wrong one. We agonize over all of the variables and the worst-case scenarios, trying to determine the best course of action based on a bunch of things we’ve made up in our heads. True, there can be a lot of things to consider. Regardless of the decision, the big life ones can involve other people in your life, financial considerations, your goals, your comfort zone, and any number of other factors. The possibilities of outcomes seems endless.

Usually at this point, we start trying to gather more information. This is an age of information, after all. And while it is great to make informed decisions, at some point the only way to get more information is to make a decision. At a certain point, you realize that the question you really want answered is ‘how is this going to turn out?’ and there is only one way to find out. Until you do something, there is only the hamster wheel in your head churning out the what ifs.

What do you really want? Many times honestly answering that question can be the hardest part. Many times what we really want seems illogical or impossible or can seem selfish to even consider. Those worst-case scenarios come easily to mind, but what about the best-case scenarios? Can you imagine the solution instead of the problem?

What does your gut tell you? What does your heart tell you? Your brain is driving you crazy; what is your body saying? Do not ignore this information…it’s important.

Life is full of choices. But, more importantly, it is also full of lessons. Even if the decision you make does not have the desired outcome, is that really worse than the purgatory of indecision? At least you will have learned something and you will know how it turns out. Where you go from there…you decide.

By: Shannon Stoby, PT, MScPT
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Shannon is a Physical Therapist with an interest in helping her patients achieve holistic healing from whatever ails them and achieve optimum functioning in pursuing their passions.

Shannon graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Physical Education with distinction, and followed with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. She is licensed with the College of Physical Therapists of Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Shannon has trained extensively in John F. Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR), and this is the focus of her practice. She has worked with patients with mental illness, has trained in women’s health treatment, and is a sports enthusiast; MFR allows her a means to assist with all of these issues in a meaningful way. She has also worked across the lifespan, with experience addressing the health concerns of older adults. Through her experience in work and in life, she has come to understand that there is more to healing than just the body. While physical health is paramount, the roles of the mind and the soul in health and healing are of equal importance.

Shannon is excited for the opportunity to work with the talented team at IHI, and looks forward to working with you, in wherever the journey may lead.

 

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Mar 28

Gratitude Blog – Happy to be joining the team!

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Hi everyone. My name is Jonathan Handel and I am the newest member of the team here at the Integrative Health Institute. Starting in April, I’ll be bringing my skills as a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCMP) and Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) to IHI. I hope to compliment the suite of holistic services already offered here by the talented, welcoming and wonderful staff.

My journey to becoming a TCM Practitioner started when I was quite young, when my parents would take acupuncture treatments for tennis elbow and other minor injuries. Having this early exposure normalized what for many people can seem like a very strange concept: that by inserting small needles into specific places on the body, one is able to improve their health and wellbeing!

In my 20’s, my sister started having severe chronic health issues, and while trying to find solutions through western medical interventions, dealt with her symptoms using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. She never did find a cure in Western medicine, but she was able to manage and greatly improve her condition with acupuncture and TCM. She went from wheelchair-bound to regaining a good deal of her life in the span of eighteen months.  Seeing this really affected me, and I wanted to learn how to help people in the same gentle, thoughtful way. I have always wanted to help people, and TCM and acupuncture has given me the tools to do that. I am grateful to have found this path.

As IHI’s first dedicated TCM practitioner and acupuncturist, I look forward to bringing a new kind of healing art to this clinic. What I love about my practice, and is central to how I treat people, is the way TCM and acupuncture allows clients take charge of their own wellbeing. A simple way to understand a lot of Traditional Chinese Medicine is to see it as a method for turning on your body’s own natural healing capacity. Over my years of practice, I have seen countless clients improve their health — regaining a sense of control and empowerment in even the most  difficult of medical circumstances. Illness and pain can be isolating and dispiriting. My view as a TCM practitioner is that, while I may know where to put the needles, it is the patient who heals themselves.

Acupuncture, which is my primary tool, is great for managing all sorts of health complaints.

What are some of the appropriate conditions where you should seek out my services?

  • You have chronic or acute pain (including neck, back, repetitive strain injury, sports injury, TMJ, carpal tunnel, post surgical recovery, etc);
  • You have anxiety, depression, or chronic stress;
  • You have insomnia or poor sleep;
  • Your have chronic or acute fatigue;
  • You have digestive issues;
  • You have reproductive health disorders (including painful periods, endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS, irregular menstruation, PMS, etc);
  • You are in need fertility or IVF support;
  • You get chronic headaches or migraines;
  • You want help managing addiction

Dealing with any of these issues affects your life, preventing you from living comfortably and happily. In joining IHI, I am happy to be part of the team, and help you move forward with your health and happiness!

In Gratitude,

Jonathan Handel, R.Ac R.TCMP

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Jonathan is a acupuncturist and practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. He values a holistic approach, and seeks to treat the root causes of illness and provide symptomatic relief for people seeking to better their health and quality of life. As a practitioner, Jonathan seeks to create a positive healing environment, where patients can step away from their daily stresses. Through creating a safe and comfortable space, patients can look forward to coming in for treatment as an opportunity to seek relief and get the support they need.

To learn more about Jonathan and how his sister’s illness led him to become an acupuncturist, read the story she wrote about it for the National Post: Mireille Silcoff: Why my brother is an acupuncturist

 

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Mar 21

Gratitude Flow

Join Natalie Marnica as she leads a gentle yoga flow that is aimed at opening the heart space and surrendering to the energy of gratitude. Breathe and move in your pain free range of motion, paying attention to the sensations in your body without judgment.

Natalie MarnicaNatalie Marnica is a passionate advocate for holistic health. As a yoga therapist and teacher she believes that yoga practices should be accessible to everyone and, as such, offers many different therapeutic-based classes to allow all ages and fitness levels to participate and fully benefit from the healing practices of Yoga.

Natalie has a strong desire to teach individuals how to help themselves. She delivers simple breath-based yoga practices that supports and empowers the individual to improve their lives on all level physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. As a person who has recovered from depression, trauma and chronic pain, Natalie believes that even in dark times there is still hope for a better future. Natalie teaches weekly yoga classes at the Integrative Health Institute in Downtown Toronto.

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