Turbo Charge Your Brain: 10 Ways to Boost Your Cognitive Health (And 2 Things You Should Absolutely Stop Doing!)

In recent years, there’s been growing interest in alternative healthcare, including its effects on cognitive health. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a unique view on lifestyle and nutrition, especially their impact on brain function. This blog post explores TCM principles and their role in boosting cognitive health. Read to the end for our favorite brain-boosting recipes, full of anti-inflammatory foods!

Understanding the Important Role of Qi and Yin-Yang Balance for Cognitive Health

In TCM, Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy flowing in the body. A balanced Qi flow is crucial for good cognitive health. TCM nutrition nourishes Qi through a balanced diet of Yin and Yang foods. Eating a variety of these foods helps maintain the brain’s health.

A Personalized Approach

One of the strengths of TCM nutrition is its individualized approach. TCM practitioners consider a person’s unique constitution, symptoms, and imbalances when recommending dietary changes. This personalized approach ensures that the dietary recommendations align with an individual’s specific cognitive health needs.


Ten TCM Lifestyle Changes to Begin With

Tip 1: Start Incorporating Nutrient-Dense Foods for Cognitive Health

TCM places great emphasis on consuming nutrient-dense foods that support brain function. Some key components include:

  1. Seafood and Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Seafood, such as fish and shellfish, is considered beneficial for cognitive health in TCM due to its rich omega-3 fatty acid content. These essential fats support cognitive function, improve memory, and help reduce inflammation in the brain.
  2. Nourishing Herbs:  TCM utilizes various herbs that nourish the brain and enhance mental clarity. Examples include ginkgo biloba, gotu kola, and bacopa monnieri, which have been traditionally used to improve memory, concentration, and overall cognitive function. Turmeric has also been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory actions on the body and brain.
  3. Dark Leafy Greens: Leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, and broccoli, are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients play a crucial role in protecting brain cells from oxidative stress and improving cognitive performance.
  4. Walnuts: Have you ever wondered why a walnut looks like a brain? This similarity is not a coincidence! Walnuts are THE nut for brain health as they hold the highest DHA content which is a form of essential omega-3 fatty acid to slow cognitive decline.

Tip 2: Engage in Mindful Eating and Food Therapy

Food is seen as medicine, and the way we eat is just as important as what we eat. Mindful eating practices, such as chewing slowly and savouring each bite, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Additionally, TCM practitioners may recommend specific food therapies tailored to individual needs. For example, warm and nourishing foods are often suggested during the winter months to support the body’s energy and circulation.

Tip 3: Promote the Gut-Brain Connection

TCM recognizes the intimate connection between the gut and the brain for cognitive health. According to TCM principles, a healthy digestive system is vital for optimal brain function. Foods that promote healthy digestion, such as probiotic-rich foods like fermented vegetables and bone broth, are often recommended to support both gut and brain health.

Tip 4: Practice Shoulder Rolls

Shoulder rolls play a significant role in promoting the free flow of Qi (energy) and blood between the mind and body. TCM believes that blockages or stagnation in the flow of Qi and Blood can lead to imbalances and health issues. When we perform shoulder rolls, we activate and stimulate the energy channels that run through the shoulders and upper back. This gentle movement helps release any stagnation or tension in these areas, allowing for the smooth circulation of Qi and blood throughout the body. By facilitating the unobstructed flow of vital energy and nourishment, shoulder rolls enhance the connection between the mind and body, promoting a sense of harmony, clarity, and overall well-being. Regular practice of shoulder rolls can contribute to maintaining a balanced flow of energy, benefiting both physical and mental health.

Tip 5: Stretch your Gallbladder….(yes, that’s a thing)

According to TCM principles, the Gallbladder meridian is associated with decision-making, courage, and mental clarity. By performing specific stretches that target the Gallbladder meridian, it is believed to promote the flow of Qi (energy) along this pathway, thus enhancing brain function. These stretches typically involve gentle movements and stretches of the neck, shoulders, and sides of the body. By relieving tension and promoting Qi flow in the Gallbladder meridian, these exercises may help alleviate stress and promote a clearer mind, ultimately supporting overall brain health.

Tip 6: Massage your Yin Tang

Yin Tang massage, also known as the Third Eye Point, is a technique used in TCM that can benefit brain health. Located between the eyebrows, Yin Tang is considered an essential acupoint associated with the brain and mental well-being. Massaging this point is will stimulate blood circulation and the flow of Qi in the head, promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and improving mental clarity. It can also help alleviate headaches, eye strain, and promote a sense of calmness. Gently apply pressure or circular motions to Yin Tang to experience a soothing effect on the mind, enhancing brain function, and overall cognitive well-being.

Tip 7: Perform Super Brain Yoga

Super Brain Yoga is a practice that stimulates specific acupuncture points on the earlobe, believed to activate the gray matter in the brain. This exercise offers various benefits to the brain, including:

  • Synchronizing the left and right sides of the brain.
  • Balancing energy levels and promoting a sense of calmness.
  • Enhancing thinking capacity and mental energy.
  • Fostering creativity and cognitive powers.
  • Improving focus, concentration, and memory power.
  • Enhancing decision-making skills.
  • Alleviating stress and addressing behavioral problems.
  • Promoting psychological balance.

Super Brain Yoga has shown potential benefits for individuals with conditions such as Alzheimer’s, mild depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Down syndrome, Autism, Dyslexia, and more. It can be complemented by guided meditation for additional relaxation and focus.

To perform Super Brain Yoga, follow these steps:

  1. Stand tall and maintain an upright posture with your arms relaxed at your sides.
  2. Lift your left arm and hold your right earlobe with your thumb and index finger, ensuring that the thumb is in front.
  3. Lift your right arm and hold your left earlobe, with your right arm crossing over the left.
  4. Take a deep inhalation and gradually squat down into a sitting position.
  5. Hold the sitting position for 2-3 seconds.
  6. Exhale gently as you rise back up to a standing position, completing one cycle.
  7. Repeat this cycle approximately 15 times each day.
  8. By regularly practicing Super Brain Yoga, you may tap into its potential cognitive benefits. As with any exercise or wellness practice, consult with a healthcare professional before beginning, especially if you have any underlying medical conditions.

Tip 8: Get Horizontal and Count Those Sheep

A good night’s sleep plays a crucial role in maintaining optimal brain health. During sleep, the brain undergoes essential processes that support cognitive function, memory consolidation, and overall mental well-being. It is during these resting hours that the brain repairs and rejuvenates itself, strengthening neural connections and clearing out toxins accumulated throughout the day. Sufficient sleep enables improved attention, focus, and problem-solving abilities, enhancing learning and productivity. Additionally, quality sleep promotes emotional regulation, reducing the risk of mood disorders and supporting mental resilience. Adequate rest also helps regulate hormones involved in appetite and metabolism, which can impact cognitive performance and overall brain health. Therefore, prioritizing a restful night’s sleep is vital for ensuring optimal brain function, memory retention, emotional well-being, and overall cognitive performance.

Tip 9: Try New Things And Discover Yourself Every Single Day

The importance of trying something new cannot be overstated when it comes to maintaining a healthy brain. Engaging in novel activities and experiences stimulates the brain, promoting neuroplasticity and cognitive growth. By stepping out of our comfort zones and embracing new challenges, we activate different neural pathways, fostering mental agility and adaptability. Trying something new can range from learning a musical instrument, exploring a new hobby, travelling to unfamiliar places, or even experimenting with new recipes. These activities expose the brain to novel stimuli, prompting it to make new connections and reinforce existing ones. This cognitive stimulation enhances memory, problem-solving skills, and creativity. Moreover, the excitement and sense of accomplishment that come with trying new things contribute to a positive mindset and overall well-being. So, whether big or small, embracing new experiences is essential for keeping our brains active, healthy, and continually evolving.

Tip 10: Support Your Brain Vessel Health By Making An Appointment With Your Friendly Neighbourhood Acupuncturist

Acupuncture holds significant importance for brain health, offering potential benefits for cognitive function and overall well-being. This ancient Chinese therapy involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, stimulating the body’s natural healing processes. Acupuncture has been found to have a positive impact on brain health by promoting blood circulation and releasing endorphins, which can reduce stress, improve mood, and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

Additionally, acupuncture may enhance cognitive function by supporting neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to reorganize and form new neural connections. Studies suggest that acupuncture can help improve memory, attention, and mental clarity. It has also shown potential in addressing neurological conditions such as migraines, insomnia, and stroke rehabilitation. With its holistic approach, acupuncture offers a safe and natural method for supporting brain health and overall well-being. 


Two Things You Should Stop Doing Right Away

Tip 1: Stop Ignoring What Your Body Is Telling You

Our bodies have a remarkable way of signaling when something is amiss. Paying attention to these signals allows us to catch potential health issues early on. Regularly monitoring changes in our bodies, such as unusual pains, changes in appetite, or alterations in sleep patterns, empowers us to seek medical advice promptly. Early detection increases the chances of successful treatment and can potentially prevent more serious conditions from developing. Listening to our bodies cultivates a trusting relationship with ourselves.

Tip 2: Take a “Pause” Before Reacting to an Event or Situation

The brain takes a direct hit from chronic stress and negative emotions because we trigger excess cortisol, a stress hormone, that causes inflammation in the body and the brain. If you are finding yourself constantly sitting on the edge of your seat, feeling anxiety in your chest or your stomach, or feeling your blood coming to a boiling point, recognize and acknowledge how you’re feeling. Then take a “pause”, take three slow, controlled breaths in and out, and reevaluate where you are feeling those emotions and stress in your body. Taking down the chronic stress in your life preserves brain cells and stops brain shrinkage.

 


Our Favorite Brain-Boosting Recipes

Welcome to a collection of our favorite brain-boosting anti-inflammatory recipes for their potential cognitive benefits! In this curated selection, we have gathered a range of delicious and nutritious dishes that prioritize ingredients known for their potential cognitive benefits and anti-inflammatory properties. These recipes are designed to nourish both the body and the mind, promoting overall well-being and supporting brain health. From vibrant salads packed with antioxidant-rich vegetables to flavorful main courses featuring omega-3 fatty acids, every recipe has been thoughtfully crafted to provide a delightful culinary experience while harnessing the power of ingredients that may support brain function and reduce inflammation. Whether you’re looking for a breakfast to kickstart your day or a comforting dinner to unwind, these recipes offer a wonderful opportunity to savor the goodness of brain-boosting foods while enjoying their enticing flavors. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that nourishes your brain and delights your taste buds!


Next Steps

Traditional Chinese medicine and nutrition offer a holistic and personalized approach to promoting cognitive health. By incorporating the principles of TCM nutrition, such as balancing Yin and Yang, consuming nutrient-dense foods, practicing mindful eating, and addressing the gut-brain connection, individuals can optimize their cognitive well-being. While TCM approaches can complement conventional medical practices, it is important to consult with a qualified TCM practitioner or healthcare professional before making any significant dietary changes. By embracing the wisdom of TCM nutrition, we can embark on a journey toward better brain health and overall well-being.

Book your appointment to speak to a member of our team today and begin getting your health back on track. 

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Categories: Acupuncture, Addictions, Administration, Allergies, Amputation (Phantom Limb), Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Auto-Immune Health, Back Pain, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Cardiovascular Health, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Inflammatory Disease, Chronic Pain, Cupping, Cycle Health and PMS, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Health, Electrostimulation, Emotional Health, Fertility, Fibromyalgia, Functional Medicine, Gender Reassignment, Guillain-Barre, Headaches & Migraines, Herbal Medicine, HIV and AIDS, Hormone Health, Inclusive Health, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Lupus, Men's Health, Menopause, Moxibustion, Musculoskeletal, Myasthenia Gravis, Neurological Health, Oncology, Pain Management, Post-Covid Syndrome, Pregnancy, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, PTSD, Respiratory Health, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sciatica, Seniors Health, Service, Sexual Dysfunction, Soft Tissue Injury, Specialization, Stress, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ), Thyroid Disorders, Vasculitis, Whiplash, Women's Health

Caring for people is my passion and one of the greatest callings life has to offer.  I am a seasoned Paramedic and Acupuncturist with extensive experience assisting patients as they cope with obvious and invisible injuries. I have been there for those in desperate medical, psychological or traumatic situations, delivered beautiful babies in vehicles parked along the side of the road, and administered care in such odd locations as on a domestic airliner at 30,000 feet or when flying emergency medevacs over Arabian desertscapes. I know full well how to care for those in true crisis but have also witnessed so many more whose illnesses and injuries could be traced back to their treatment of the body as a whole, whether through their diet, fitness levels, or neglect. As my career has evolved, so has my focus, which has shifted to helping a greater number of people early on to prevent minor issues from evolving into larger and costlier illnesses.  In my practice I have found a niche offering by pairing these strengths in emergency care and women’s health with the respected skills and techniques from top practitioners in oriental medicine. All care is focused on returning the body, mind, and spirit to a whole.

My academic preparation closely incorporates oriental medicine with Western healthcare. My passions build on natural strengths in highly stressful complex interactions, care management, and treatment of anxiety, depression and PTSD – particularly amongst Armed Forces and Emergency Services personnel. Within North America and the Middle East I have enjoyed a long standing career as a respected clinician, clinical educator, fire and emergency medical dispatcher.  I hold active licensure/registration with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA), the California Acupuncture Board, and the Alberta Herbalists Association (AHA).  I am a past Board Director with the Alberta Pain Society and a present member of the CAA Competence Committee.


Education:

  • Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Master of Science (MS) – Traditional Chinese Medicine, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Master of Science (MS) – Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, cum laude, South Baylo University
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) – Holistic Science, South Baylo University
  • Diploma – Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic), Augustana University

Licensure

  • RAc – Registered Acupuncturist of the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
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  • LAc – Licensed Acupuncturist of the California Acupuncture Board
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Dr. Michell Winton, Registered Acupuncturist

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Position: Acupuncture, Massage
Categories: Acupuncture, Back Pain, Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Pain, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cupping, Cupping, Depression, Digestive Health, Electrostimulation, Gender Reassignment, Gua Sha, Headaches & Migraines, Inclusive Health, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Massage Therapy, Moxibustion, Musculoskeletal, Pain Management, Pregnancy, PTSD, Relaxation Massage, Respiratory Health, Sciatica, Seniors Health, Soft Tissue Injury, Sports Injury, Stress, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ), Therapeutic Massage, Whiplash

Massage Therapy Pressure Scale 5-8Helping people comes naturally to Michelle! As a highly skilled Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, and Advanced Care Paramedic she is widely recognized for developing unique care plans which draw on her knowledge and therapeutic touch gained across each of these specialized disciplines. Having over twenty years of combined expertise in caring for her patients, Michelle has had a front row seat to observe how stress and emotion affect the mind and body. Complementing her acupuncture services at Red Leaf Wellness, Michelle offers a variety of therapeutic and relaxation massage therapies, including pregnancy massage, myofascial release and myofascial cupping.

Michelle began her health career as a massage therapist, graduating the 2200hr Massage Program at Macewan University in 2001. Being active in competitive sport in her youth, Michelle understood the benefits of massage on sport performance, recovery and injury prevention. She subsequently branched into emergency care and became an Advanced Care Paramedic where she was able to offer a calming presence in stressful, emergent situations. Michelle has always believed that soft skills, an extra moment spent with family, or a hand to hold on the way to the hospital, can be as healing as the specific medical interventions themselves. Working as a Paramedic Michelle saw, and began to question, how it is that people differ in disease and the aging process and why the same drug benefited one person, but not the other. Her lifelong learning journey had her begin to look for these answers in the time-tested practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture, thus kicking off another quest for knowledge at MacEwan University’s Acupuncture Program.

Education:

  • Diploma – Acupuncture, Macewan University
  • Diploma – Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic), Augustana University
    • Honors standings
  • Certificate – Massage Therapy Grant MacEwan College

Licensure:

  • RAc, College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
  • RMT, National Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC)
  • ACP, Alberta College of Paramedics
Dr. Michell Winton, Registered Acupuncturist

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Dr. Yoko Masuda is a master practitioner – skilled in the rare craft of Japanese style acupuncture – where she incorporates and tailors gentle needling, moxibustion (specific deep heat), therme (heat massage) and cupping into her acupuncture treatment plans. These skills, as well as her reputation for delivering tangible results, make her a sought-after provider, especially in the areas of pain management, sports injuries, orthopaedic injuries and emotional health. Yoko firmly believes that the mind and the body are intertwined in healing and she continually advocates for a healthy lifestyle alongside of the care she provides.

Yoko received her acupuncture degree in Japan and, after working at several clinics in Tokyo, she accepted a staff acupuncturist position with the world renowned Cirque du Soleil touring show. For nearly twenty years, she went on to travel the far reaches of the globe, working on several other productions, and earning the respect of an international group of artists, staff and athletes before eventually selecting Edmonton for her permanent clinical practice. As a former high school physical education teacher, and also as an alumnus of the Japanese national rhythmic gymnastics team (where she competed internationally on numerous occasions), she has amassed an impressive background in sports therapy and physical education, uniquely positioning her to address all manner of orthopedic and performance related concerns.

Outside of work, Yoko enjoys travelling, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband and two elementary-aged daughters.

Education:

  • Diploma of Acupuncture, Hanada College, Tokyo, Japan

Licensure:

  • RAc, College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)

Fluency: 🇬🇧 – English |  🇯🇵 – Japanese

Yoko Masuda, Acupuncturist

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Acupuncture

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With a foundation in Psychology and a certification in Holistic Nutrition, Shannon is also a level III Reiki practitioner and an aspiring Registered Massage Therapist. Her diverse skill set allows her to adopt an integrative approach to promote holistic well-being for her clients.

Currently, in the final year of her massage therapy studies, Shannon is committed to creating an environment where clients feel safe and free from judgment as they embark on their healing journey. She customizes each session to meet individual needs, drawing upon a wide array of techniques she has acquired through her educational journey. Whether you’re seeking therapeutic relief or relaxation, Shannon employs a variety of massage methods, with a special affinity for fascial and non-Swedish modalities. She eagerly anticipates the mutual learning experience that each session brings.

Education:

  • CERT – Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant

Licensure:

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Shannon Camarta, Administrative Assistant and Nutritional Consultant

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Massage, Nutrition, Reiki

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Manuela Hofer, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Somatic Movement Therapist & Qigong Instructor

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Manuela provides a sanctuary for her clients, a place where they can relax and rejuvenate. As a dedicated somatic practitioner, she believes in the body’s inherent wisdom and intelligence. Her compassionate approach and healing touch set the stage for relaxation, vitality, and energy flow. She is committed to optimizing your health in the most effective ways possible.

The therapeutic techniques Manuela specializes in—Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Massage Therapy, and Qigong—emphasize the interconnectedness of our physical, mental, and emotional states. Through her gentle Craniosacral touch, she helps to release long-standing tensions and restrictions. She places a special focus on balancing the central nervous system, enabling your body to achieve a state of rest, recovery, and optimal functioning.

Having recently graduated from the 2200-hour Massage Therapy Program at Reflexacademy in Sherwood Park, Manuela has broadened her range of services. She now offers Massage Therapy as a standalone treatment or in combination with Craniosacral Therapy. Her nurturing touch and massage skills work to dissolve muscle tightness and tension, restoring your energy and vitality to a harmonious state.

Beyond her hands-on treatments, Manuela offers additional resources to support your well-being. She consistently provides body meditations, exercises, and practical tips to help you maintain your health between sessions. Her extensive background in somatic techniques, which focus on the internal experience of movement and bodily awareness, equips her with invaluable tools to help you manage day-to-day stress and self-regulate both body and mind.

Schedule an appointment with Manuela to experience a range of benefits: from stress and anxiety reduction, pain and muscle stiffness alleviation, to enhanced relaxation and improvements in digestive, respiratory, and joint health, as well as circulation, energy flow, and immune system function. Her treatments aim to deepen your connection with your body, leaving you feeling peaceful and revitalized.

 

Education: 

  • Somatic Movement Therapist (SMT), Moving On Center, Oakland, USA
  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (BCST), BodyIntelligence, Canada
  • Qigong Instructor Certification (ASS Institute, Germany)
  • Training in Continuum Movement (USA)
  • Massage Therapy at Reflexacademy Sherwood Park, AB, Canada 2200hrs

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  • RBCST, Pacific Association of Craniosacral Therapists (PACT)
  • Natural Health Practitioner Canada / NHPC (RMT)

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Manuela Hofer, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Somatic Movement Therapist & Qigong Instructor

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Massage, Craniosacral, Qigong

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Royston Frederick, RMT

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Position: Massage, Energy
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Royston Frederick Massage Therapy Pressure ScaleRoyston is a registered massage therapist with a two-year advanced clinical massage therapy diploma from MaKami College. This program is the highest comprehensive massage therapy program of its kind in the province of Alberta, providing 3,000 hours of classroom and practical work experience.

Over a decade Royston has practiced various forms of meditations as well as energetic and vibrational modalities. These modalities include Jin Shin Jyutsu, Acupoint Therapy, Qi Gong, Reconnective Healing and a modality similar to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy which he coined “Bio-Dynamic Energetic Therapy”. Royston specializes in chronic pain management through the balancing of the body’s energy fields and various energy systems.

These modalities help:
People who are sensitive to touch therapies and needling, reduce anxiety, stress and depression, relieve acute and chronic pain, increase the body’s energy and body awareness, and promote better circulation and improve mental focus.

Royston is also a certified NMT (Neuromuscular Therapist) and holds level III certificates in both Usui Reiki and Reconnective Healing. With both knowledge and experience, Royston uses energy and vibrational therapies to invoke the body’s natural ability to heal, bringing back balance to your mind, body, and soul.

Education: 

  • RMT, Registered Massage Therapist Diploma, Makami College
  • NMT, Neuromuscular Therapist Certificate, International Academy of Neuromuscular Therapies
  • Traditional Japanese Reiki (Third Degree) Certificate – Usui System of Natural Healing
  • Reconnective Healing (Level III) Certificate
  • Craniosacral Techniques

Licensure: 

  • RMT, Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association (CMMOTA)
Royston Frederick, RMT

Royston Frederick 🇬🇧

Massage, Energy

Royston is a registered massage therapist with a two-year advanced...

Anjali Nagda, Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist

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Position: Hypnotherapy
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Anjali, a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist with an extensive academic background in Clinical Psychology, advocates for the powerful potential of hypnosis as a therapeutic tool. Anjali has a deep understanding of the power of the subconscious mind and is determined to restore the integrity of hypnotherapy, which has often been overshadowed by stage shows and pop-culture portrayals.

Her invaluable experience as a Clinical Hypnotherapist at a De-addiction and Rehabilitation Center has afforded Anjali the opportunity to work closely with individuals grappling with addiction. Through her dedicated efforts, she focuses on identifying and addressing the underlying triggers that contribute to addictive behaviours.

Anjali abides by the mantra, “A tense mind can never exist in a relaxed body,” highlighting the importance of relaxation for holistic well-being.

She employs techniques such as Breathing Awareness and Mind-Body Relaxation and guides her clients to delve into target areas of the mind at profound levels. This approach facilitates sustainable improvements, empowering clients to overcome challenges and make lasting positive changes in their lives.

To enhance the effectiveness of the therapeutic process, Anjali encourages her clients to practice with session recordings as advised. By committing to this practice, individuals can reinforce the progress achieved during their sessions and further deepen their personal growth.

Anjali’s dedication to her clients’ well-being, combined with her expertise in Clinical Hypnotherapy and understanding of Clinical Psychology, make her a compassionate and effective guide on their journey towards transformation and healing.

Education: 

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical and Applied Hypnotherapy
  • Masters in Clinical Psychology
  • B.A. Psychology, Journalism, English Literature

Licensure: 

  • Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist (RCH), Canada Association Of Counselling Hypnotherapists And Educators (CACHE)
  • Certified Hypnotherapist (CH) – National Guild of Hypnotists

Fluency: 🇬🇧 – English | 🇮🇳 – Hindi, Gujarati (fluent); Bengali, Punjabi (conversational)

Anjali Nagda, Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist

Anjali Nagda 🇬🇧 🇮🇳

Hypnotherapy

Anjali, a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist with an extensive academic background...

Dr. Lorraine McCarthy, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Lorraine McCarthy 🇬🇧

Position: Naturopathic Medicine
Categories: Adolescent Well Being, Adrenal Function Testing, Allergies, Anxiety, Auto-Immune Health, Back Pain, Bells Palsy, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Botanical Medicine, Bowen Technique, Cardio-Metabolic Health, Cardiovascular Health, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Celiac and Gluten Sensitivity Testing, Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke), Children's Health, Chronic Disease Management, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Inflammatory Disease, Chronic Pain, Comprehensive Hormone Testing, Comprehensive Stool Analysis/Testing, Concusssion, Dementia, Detoxification Therapies, Diabetes, Digestive Health, Emotional Health, Environmental Medicine, Environmental Toxin Testing, Epilepsy, Female Hormone Testing, Fibromyalgia, Food Sensitivity Testing, Functional Medicine, Gender Reassignment, Headaches & Migraines, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Hormonal Health, Hormone Health, Hydrotherapy, Inclusive Health, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Intestinal Permeability Testing, Lifestyle, Male Hormone Testing, Multiple Sclerosis, Musculoskeletal, Naturopathic Medicine, Neurological Health, Organic Acid Testing (OAT), Pain Management, Parkinsons, Post-Covid Syndrome, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, Respiratory Health, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Salivary Hormone Testing/Dutch Testing, Sciatica, Shingles, Sinuses, Sleep Disorders, Soft Tissue Injury, Sports Injury, Stool Analysis, Stress, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ), Thyroid Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Travel Health, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Vitamin D Testing, Weight Management, Whiplash

Dr. Lorraine McCarthy is a Naturopathic Doctor who has been serving the communities of Ottawa and Edmonton since her graduation from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2004. Her extensive background in Naturopathic Medicine has paved the way for diverse opportunities, including her involvement in the regulation of natural health products at Health Canada and her roles as a health advisor and physiology instructor at the Guanacaste Waldorf School in Costa Rica. Her current residence is in Rio Terrace, situated in the west end of Edmonton, where she lives with her husband and three children.

Dr. McCarthy’s utmost dedication lies in fostering the health and well-being of families. As a mother herself, she deeply understands the profound concern parents hold for the health of their children, and she shares the common desire of many parents to seek natural remedies and approaches. Dr. McCarthy also acknowledges the responsibility many individuals feel in providing care for their aging parents, which fuels her commitment to advocating for complementary health practices for seniors. Her extensive experience in administering Naturopathic Medicine to patients, as well as addressing the health issues of her own family, positions Dr. McCarthy to offer invaluable counsel and support.

Expanding beyond family health, Dr. McCarthy’s expertise extends to addressing a diverse range of health matters for individuals of all ages. Her particular areas of interest and proficiency encompass:

  • Offering solutions for behavioural concerns in children
  • Assisting seniors in achieving improved aging, increased energy, and overall well-being
  • Implementing biotherapeutic drainage to reduce individuals’ toxic load
  • Providing treatment for digestive ailments
  • Utilizing the Bowen Technique to facilitate healing for pain and various injuries, including concussions

Dr. McCarthy’s legacy as a dedicated advocate for holistic wellness and an accomplished Naturopathic Doctor ensures that her patients receive comprehensive support and guidance towards optimal health.

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Dr. Lorraine McCarthy, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Lorraine McCarthy 🇬🇧

Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Lorraine McCarthy is a Naturopathic Doctor who has been...

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Dr. Olivia Wiebe 🇬🇧

Position: Acupuncture, Herbalism
Categories: Acupuncture, Anxiety, Cosmetic Acupuncture, Cupping, Cycle Health and PMS, Electrostimulation, Emotional Health, Facial Cupping, Facial Rejuvenation, Gua Sha, Headaches & Migraines, Herbal Medicine, Hormonal Health, Hot Flashes, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Menopause, Moxibustion, Pain Management, Pregnancy, Stress, Women's Health

Olivia Wiebe is a dedicated practitioner of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, offering a compassionate and holistic approach to wellness. Graduating from MacEwan University in 2017 with a diploma in Acupuncture, Olivia’s journey into this ancient healing practice began during her high school years, where she first experienced its transformative effects. This initial exposure led her to a profound understanding of the body’s complex interplay with lifestyle and environment, shaping her therapeutic approach.

Equipped with deep knowledge in yin/yang theory, 5-element theory, meridian channels, and organ diagnosis, Olivia views health as a harmonious balance between physical, emotional, and environmental factors. Her commitment to expanding her expertise led her to pursue an additional 2.5 years of study in Chinese Herbology at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC. This rigorous training, coupled with her experience in Western Herbology, has enabled her to integrate a rich tapestry of herbal wisdom into her practice.

Olivia’s therapeutic focus includes alleviating aches and pains, addressing insomnia, stress, and anxiety, and enhancing women’s health, among other areas. She is passionate about assisting her patients in every step of their healing journey, regardless of their familiarity with Acupuncture or Chinese Medicine.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Olivia is an avid nature enthusiast, often found embracing the tranquility of the river valley or indulging in forest bathing with her beloved dog. She is also a skilled pianist, classically trained through the Royal Conservatory, and has shared her love for music by teaching piano lessons for over a decade.

At our clinic, Olivia Wiebe stands as a testament to the power of integrative care, combining her rich knowledge of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with a deep-rooted passion for natural healing. Whether you are new to Acupuncture or seeking advanced care, Olivia welcomes all questions and looks forward to guiding you on your path to wellness.

Education

  • Diploma of Acupuncture, MacEwan University

Certifications/Licensure

  • Registered Acupuncturist – College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
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Dr. Olivia Wiebe 🇬🇧

Acupuncture, Herbalism

Olivia Wiebe is a dedicated practitioner of Acupuncture and Traditional...

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Kristie Harrison 🇬🇧

Position: Massage, Manual Osteopath
Categories: Anxiety, Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Concusssion, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cupping, Depression, Digestive Health, Headaches & Migraines, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Massage Therapy, Musculoskeletal, Osteopathic Massage, Pain Management, PTSD, Sciatica, Soft Tissue Injury, Sports Injury, Stress, Therapeutic Massage, Trigger Point Release, Whiplash, Women's Health

Kristie is a dedicated massage therapist and osteopathic manual therapist, committed to enhancing the well-being of her clients. Graduating from Advanced Massage Therapy at CDI College in 2012 laid the foundation for her career, but her journey took a significant step forward when she recently completed her studies at the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada in October 2022. With this additional qualification, Kristie now practices as an Osteopathic Manual Therapist, expanding her repertoire of healing techniques.

Her treatments are versatile, ranging from soft relaxation to moderately deeper therapeutic massage. Kristie’s expertise extends beyond traditional massage therapy; she is certified in dynamic cupping, hot stone therapy, and target muscle release techniques. This diverse skill set allows her to tailor treatments to the unique needs of each individual, ensuring effective and personalized care.

Kristie’s experience spans various areas, including motor vehicle accidents, post-operative recovery, sports injuries, stress management, facial restrictions, postural issues, and mental health concerns such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety. She is also proficient in prenatal and postpartum massage, as well as pediatric massage for children over the age of six.

Her dedication to giving back to the community is evident through her involvement in various charitable initiatives. Kristie has volunteered her services at events like Bust a Move for Cancer and Road Hockey to Cure Cancer, demonstrating her commitment to supporting those in need.

In addition to her massage therapy qualifications, Kristie holds a diploma in Addictions and Community Service Work, reflecting her holistic approach to health and well-being. She enjoys delving into the root causes of pain and discomfort, working tirelessly to provide long-lasting relief for her clients.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Kristie finds joy in spending time with her child, embarking on road trips, and visiting her family dogs. Her passion for healing, coupled with her compassionate nature and diverse skill set, make her a trusted ally in the journey to optimal health and wellness.

Education

  • Manual Osteopath, Manual Osteopathic College of Canada
  • Advanced Massage Therapy, CDI College
  • Diploma – Addictions and Community Service Worker, CDI College

Certifications/Licensure

  • Manual Osteopath, Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association
  • RMT, Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association
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Kristie Harrison 🇬🇧

Massage, Manual Osteopath

Kristie is a dedicated massage therapist and osteopathic manual therapist,...

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