Happy New Year! Bringing in 2023…

Let’s make 2023 the best year ever! What better way to start it off, but with a plunge in the sea and a cleanse?

This has become my new years tradition and I believe it keeps me youthful and motivated to take action and responsibility for my life and health, to be ready for whatever challenge should come my way. When I plunge in the super cold water, I make an intentional ritual that I am washing my body and spirit of the last years residue. Optimal health and function of all organs and systems, is all about circulation, balance and flow of energy. When you flush out the old, it stimulates bringing in the new and healthier. If you have done cold baths, you know exactly what I am talking about with the tingling sensation of the skin and surge in vitality! (There are tips on how to do it, so you might need coaching to do it safely. For example, I get Raynaulds, so I have to prepare with exercise and breathing).

Tonight we will have our last meal before going on a cleanse for … I’m aiming 10 days. If you want to join in with us, leave a message below and we can support each other in the fast. Fasting the body is not just about giving your digestive system a rest. It will also strengthen and balance (all) hormones’ function, metabolism, stimulate autophagy, and mental toughness! Each one of these are huge in the effects of fighting against serious chronic and fatal diseases (cancer, diabetes, arthritis, metabolic disorders, chronic fatigue, any autoimmune disorders, obesity…), mental disorders and promoting a better quality of life with vitality.

We are going to start tomorrow with lemon water (organic lemons and living well water from the camp), and the Amazing Grass Greens Blend. Tomorrow will just be the preliminary day before the water fast.

Stay tuned for how Daniel holds up ūüėČ

Happy Holidays and Changes for 2023

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

It’s truly a time to wind down and reflect on the year and life in general. For me, the chaos of 2020’s health politics, sent me into a whirlwind of uncertainty and finally, I feel like I am settling in. I’m grateful for my new life in New Brunswick and the community here to make life beautiful and colorful.

Since starting my practice again, just a few months ago, I thank everyone who has trusted me in supporting you on your health journey. I work hard and my efforts are sincere in helping you reach optimal health. It is the reason why I’m always learning, so I can pull from my hat something specifically suited for your situation.

Right now that consists of:

  • Therapeutic massage: deep tissue, sports, myofascial, craniosacral, cupping, scraping, moxibustion, stretching (shiatsu/Thai yoga), cold laser, aromatherapy, visceral manipulation, acupressure and hara treatment, joint manipulation, Trager, trigger point, Tuina, hydrotherapy, Swedish relaxation and so much more of my own techniques I’ve adapted over my 20 years as a massage therapist.
  • Yoga Therapy: dosha diagnostics, asana sequence suited specifically for you, nutritional planning, holistic lifestyle analysis (physical/emotional/spiritual), pranayama, mantra therapy, meditation…
  • Phytotherapy & Nutrition: Using herb and food chemistry to assist your organs and body to heal and thrive, for whatever condition you may be experiencing.
  • Life Coaching: As a certified life coach, I use hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistics Programming to dive deep into rewiring your old stories with healthy productive ones. The key distinction between coaching vs. therapy is that coaching is future oriented. Essentially we direct your perspective to where you want to go.
  • Naturopathy: This is the general umbrella for which I wrap up any of the tools I have to best assist you.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Because I didn’t start my practice until late this year, I haven’t made enough to charge tax, but starting in 2023, I will have to start charging tax, and so please notice the rate increase in the booking website includes the tax. If you do not have insurance coverage, I have a different rate; please message me personally. I’m also actively trying to learn French and want to accommodate the predominant Francophone community here, so the booking site is in French for the time being. I may switch it up every month or so…

I have many exciting workshops, retreats and courses planned for 2023. Please stay tuned for upcoming events, share with your friends and if I’ve helped you, please leave me a positive review.

En Francais…

Joyeux No√ęl et Joyeuses F√™tes!!
C’est vraiment le moment de se d√©tendre et de r√©fl√©chir √† l’ann√©e et √† la vie en g√©n√©ral. Pour moi, le chaos de la politique de la sant√© de 2020 m’a plong√© dans un tourbillon d’incertitude et finalement, j’ai l’impression de m’installer. Je suis reconnaissant pour ma nouvelle vie au Nouveau-Brunswick et la communaut√© ici pour rendre la vie belle et color√©e.
Depuis que j’ai recommenc√© ma pratique, il y a quelques mois √† peine, je remercie tous ceux qui m’ont fait confiance pour vous accompagner dans votre parcours de sant√©. Je travaille dur et mes efforts sont sinc√®res pour vous aider √† atteindre une sant√© optimale. C’est la raison pour laquelle j’apprends toujours, donc je peux tirer de mon chapeau quelque chose de sp√©cifiquement adapt√© √† votre situation.

En ce moment, cela consiste en:
Massage th√©rapeutique: tissus profonds, sport, myofascial, cranio-sacr√©, ventouses, grattage, moxibustion, √©tirement (shiatsu / yoga tha√Į), laser froid, aromath√©rapie, manipulation visc√©rale, acupression et traitement hara, manipulation articulaire, Trager, point de d√©clenchement, Tuina, hydroth√©rapie, relaxation su√©doise et bien plus de mes propres techniques que j’ai adapt√©es au cours de mes 20 ann√©es en tant que massoth√©rapeute.
Yoga Th√©rapie: diagnostic dosha, s√©quence d’asanas adapt√©e sp√©cifiquement pour vous, planification nutritionnelle, analyse holistique du mode de vie (physique / √©motionnel/spirituel), pranayama, th√©rapie mantra, m√©ditation‚Ķ
Phytothérapie et nutrition: Utilisation de la chimie des herbes et des aliments pour aider vos organes et votre corps à guérir et à prospérer, quelle que soit la condition que vous rencontrez.
Coaching de vie: En tant que coach de vie certifi√©, j’utilise l’hypnoth√©rapie et la programmation Neuro Linguistique pour me plonger profond√©ment dans le rec√Ęblage de vos anciennes histoires avec des histoires saines et productives. La principale distinction entre le coaching et la th√©rapie est que le coaching est orient√© vers l’avenir. Essentiellement, nous orientons votre perspective vers l’endroit o√Ļ vous voulez aller.
Naturopathie: C’est le parapluie g√©n√©ral pour lequel je r√©sume l’un des outils dont je dispose pour vous aider au mieux.

ANNONCE IMPORTANTE

Parce que je n’ai commenc√© ma pratique qu’√† la fin de cette ann√©e, je n’ai pas gagn√© assez pour facturer des taxes, mais √† partir de 2023, je devrai commencer √† facturer des taxes, et veuillez donc noter que l’augmentation du tarif sur le site de r√©servation inclut la taxe. Si vous n’avez pas de couverture d’assurance, j’ai un tarif diff√©rent; veuillez m’envoyer un message personnellement. J’essaie aussi activement d’apprendre le fran√ßais et je veux accommoder la communaut√© francophone pr√©dominante ici, donc le site de r√©servation est en fran√ßais pour le moment. Je peux le changer tous les mois environ‚Ķ

J’ai de nombreux ateliers, retraites et cours passionnants pr√©vus pour 2023. Restez √† l’√©coute des √©v√©nements √† venir, partagez-les avec vos amis et si je vous ai aid√©, laissez-moi un avis positif.

Chinese Goldthread

How to coexist with Germs

I recently returned from 2 weeks in Mexico, specifically Cancun. Most people, even the locals recommend that you should not drink the tap water there. However, showering, brushing your teeth, boiling or heating water enough for drinks such as coffee are fine. So, that is what I did. My hotel room however, did not have a coffee maker or a kettle. Instead I had to microwave my coffee water. I’m sure that was the cause of my gassy abdomen. Towards the last few days of my time in Mexico, I would awaken in the middle of night with slight cramping and loud uncomfortable gurgling. Fortunately, I’m educated enough to know what was going on. Gases such as CO2 and CH4, the biproducts of germs (bacteria/ microorganisms) were growing or colonizing inside my abdomen. I know that sounds scary, we’re conditioned to be scared of germs. The reality is that we as human beings are primarily made up of germs, bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc. The amount of foreign microorganisms outnumber our own cells by 10 to 1, it is said. Most of these germs are either beneficial and/or have no effect on our health status whatsoever. Sometimes we come into contact with a strain which will cause an unhealthy balance to our normal microbiome. And that is exactly and simply what happened with me.

When I travel I always take a few choice herbs. I bring along some essential oils which have antimicrobial properties. I also wanted oils which act as decongestants since the Corona scare is so prolific; I do not want to risk any excess build up of mucus being misconstrued as symptoms for this supposed pandemic. So I tucked away small vials of peppermint and eucalyptus…. and some chamomile for the sleep and nerves. Therapeutic grade essential oils, which I always use, can be administered internally by experienced and knowledgeable practitioners. Since I self administered, and just telling you my story, it goes to say, that you need to be responsible and informed for your own situation and usage.

The other herb I carry with me on overseas travel is a Chinese herb called Coptis chinensis (Chinese goldthread). This herb is effective for many GI problems as it contains the bitter alkaloid berberine. It’s so effective and extremely safe. So I took three tiny pills on my last two days and immediately felt about 50% less gassy.

Coptis chinensis

when I returned, I was able to add another herb I had in my herbal pantry. That herb is Artemisia vulgaris, plain mugwort. Mugwort is also a very bitter herb useful for many GI conditions. There was a possibility that it was more than just bacteria festering inside my abdomen; it could have been parasites. Mugwort, like it’s cousin wormwood, another Artemisia is very effective as a vermicide (parasite killer). So, now about one and a half day later, I feel 100% back to normal!

I should mention that it’s not just about consuming medicine, I also made changes to my diet and was strategic in certain activities. Bacteria generally thrives when fed sugar, the more refined the faster they colonize. So, I was mindful to not feed these disruptive germs and avoided sugary foods and drinks as much as possible. Parasites on the other hand generally love protein, and so I also avoided excess protein just in case I had parasites. I also noticed that they were most active at night, and so I was deliberate with when I took my berberine pills and oils (on an empty stomach before bed and upon waking).

So you see, it’s very simple to coexist with germs. The bottom line is you must be intuitive with your body, know your herbs and respond normally! There is no need to panic or act drastically. Germs are normal and keeping the balance of our microbiome is a normal everyday, every second activity. It’s just sometimes we need intentional support.

Staying Healthy by Adapting to Seasonal Changes

Sadly we’ve lost much intuitive knowledge of nature and what it means to live natural and healthy. The more time we spend away from the source of life, which is nature, the more we loose touch with ourselves as we are also part of nature. We are made of the same essence which fuels the cycle of birth and death. And so we are meant to use the teachings as a guide to lead a healthy path.

So what does this mean in terms of how to stay healthy? It means that we must observe nature, observe the seasons and how our bodies respond to seasonal changes. If we look at our lives and ourselves as part of life, it is inevitable to think with the perspective of inclusion or connection, that we are an integral part of life. The danger is thinking we are the masters of life, that we have ultimate control. It’s dangerous because it separates us, leading us further away from what is real. We start living in the world of delusions. We start forming groups to support our position. We create wars and empires. We hoard wealth, harm others and pillage the land all because we are separate from that which is not us.

This post was meant to educate on certain foods and herbs to take to build the immune system with winter approaching. It’s normal that we adjust our diet, protect our tissues and organs, by wearing more clothes, eat certain foods etc. However, this post has become more philosophical in what it means to live as a spiritual, natural being in today’s world. I think it’s a very important subject as we have increasing, looming technologies and dogmas which encourage unhealthy foods, unhealthy activities, social distancing and self absorption. My next post will go into the specifics of foods and activities for naturally preparing for the season.

For now, we must remember that the foundation of knowing how to be healthy in today’s world is understanding that we are part of nature, made of the same essence. Nature tells us all the time what is the right course of action by showing us cause and effect, the cycles of life and what works and what doesn’t. As long as life exists, this knowledge will never die. We just need to pay attention.

Mantra Therapy

Some people are naturally more vocal than others. My ex for example, was on the never-stop-talking extreme, while I may have appeared on the mute-and-wish-I-was-deaf extreme. Perhaps it was just the dysfunction of our relationship which triggered this dichotomy. Our personalities definitely had a part in shaping it and the personality also evolves because of it as well.

The voice is a powerful instrument of self expression. It is also the gateway of prana exchange between you and the world. I never realized this so fully until I was forced to recite mantras for hours and days on end during my yoga therapy training. I fought against sitting still in meditation and I fought the judgemental ideas I had towards chanting. I learned that Sanskrit is a language based on vibrational sounds, and that these sounds correlate to different energetic centers of our body (chakras). This may sound bizarre if you’ve never studied any Eastern philosophy and medicine and if you’ve never looked at life from an energetic perspective before. Through my studies of Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, this idea of vibration affecting and carrying prana struck a cord with me. I realized it as common sense and wondered why I never thought about it before.

Before in the dysfunctional relationship and growing up in a rather traditional Chinese family, my voice was not as important as my actions. It was not as important as others’. And so I talked less, and I expressed less, and I thought less of myself. The person with the voice gets the most attention. There is obvious danger here, but there is also potential in cultivating the power it can have.

Mantra therapy is reciting certain Sanskrit words/sounds with intention. When you can harmonize emotion with vibration and intention, you have a recipe for manifesting possibly anything. You gain self confidence through the simple act of taking up space in this vibrational time. You gain expression by hearing and moving the sounds within and throughout you and the space. It clears the mind of stagnant thoughts which may not benefit you. Instead fills the mind with vibrations and literally massages your brain and entire nervous system.

To start mantra therapy, sit upright with your spine erect. If you need to use a wall and chair go ahead and do so. Traditionally you would sit cross legged, chest open for unobstructed breathing, and in a quite room where you can feel comfortable and uninterrupted. You can use a mala (beaded necklace) with 108 beads for keeping track of your chants. Counting and moving your finger over each bead is good for the person who needs to keep busy and active. Take comfortable full breaths and start reciting whatever mantra you want. Sanskrit mantras come in short to long phrases, as well as just one syllable sounds. These one syllable sounds are called bijas. They may be the easiest way to start your mantra therapy program. The bijas which correspond to the chakras are:

Root-1st Chakra¬†‚ÄstLAM (Pronounced¬†lum¬†in lump )

Sacral-2nd Chakra¬†‚ÄstVAM¬†(vum¬†as in thumb)

Solar Plexus-3rd Chakra¬†‚ÄstRAM¬†(rum)

Heart-4th Chakra¬†‚ÄstYAM¬†(yum¬†as in¬†yummy)

Throat-5th Chakra¬†‚ÄstHAM¬†(hum¬†as in¬†humming)

Third Eye-6th Chakra¬†‚ÄstU¬†(¬†ooo this is the beginning of the Om sound)

Crown-7th Chakra¬†‚ÄstOm¬†(this is where the aum disappears and is just silent vibration)

Practice reciting each bija in order for the cycle of your mala, 108 times and let me know how you feel.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is not just about losing weight. That is a nice side effect if you do need to lose weight, which is most of us in North America. However, intermittent fasting is great for many other important things to:

  • Regulating organ functions, including hormone levels and blood sugar
  • Autophagy and detox
  • Mindfulness and emotional detachment from food
  • Food reduction for health and the pocket book

First of all, everything in nature has a cycle. Nature itself is a cycle, of creation, growth, resting, aging and dying. Without getting techie, just remember that during rest cells can regenerate and everything can find it’s balance. Many people report that blood sugar levels decrease and this helps to prevent insulin resistance. Blood pressure, inflammation and cholesterol have all been reported to be lowered. I believe also that while fasting, the nervous system can also rest. It does not have to process or react to chemicals, food sensitivities or intolerance, and so everything simplifies, calms down and balances out.

Autophagy is when a cell ‘eats itself up’. A certain amount of autophagy, especially certain cells we don’t need lingering around is, a natural and healthy process in cell development. Imagine it is a form of detox which also helps to strengthen your immune system. Cells which may undergo autophagy are varied depending on other factors such as exercise, nutrition, drugs, etc. The key is that when you stimulate autophagy, you need to create an environment for healthy cells to take the place of the dead ones. This is a complex issue, but generally understand that every cell in your body, healthy or not, has a life cycle and when it is not in the stage of being productive and efficient, it must come to end. With death, comes regeneration of new healthy cells.

Fasting for a minimum of half the day can be therapeutic because you are exercising strength and will power. Honestly once you fast regularly, it is very easy to not eat for this duration and will power is not an issue. But if you are craving all the time or worse, just eating without being hungry, chances are you are emotionally attached to food, or using food to distract yourself from boredom, or whatever other emotion you are uncomfortable with. Fasting can help you to become more mindful of your situation and when you do eat, it is that much more enjoyable.

And lastly, with a shorter window to eat food, you may be eating less food, hopefully. Eating less calories is said to extend your life. We really don’t need to be eating all the time and so much food. So once you feel 80% full, stop eating. This reduction of food will put more money into your pocket book and put less burden on the planet. You could then use that extra money towards higher quality foods: nutritious nutrient dense foods such as fresh organic fruits, vegetables, seeds and grains.

To start intermittent fasting, I recommend you go for 12-14 hours each day. I find most women find this method easiest. Regular fasting is easier to make a lifestyle routine when it’s daily also. You can increase to 16-18 when you feel like it, and you can always go back to 12 or 14 as well. I found that some months during my menstrual cycle, 16 hours of fasting was too much and I needed to go back to 12. This is alright. It’s important to listen to your body, be gentle and intuitive with what you need (not crave). So say you eat your last meal at 6pm, start your fast at 7 and then eat your next meal at 9am. That would be 14 hours of fasting. I have some clients who I’ve suggested this to, and they reported that their blood sugar is more stable and lower. If you do take insulin or other Rx drugs, make sure you talk with your doctor so that adjustments and changes can be made accordingly. Let me know how it goes.