About Innate Wellness

We are an integrative naturopathic health centre with a focus in women's health and family medicine. We work with you to build a program for healthier living. We help you achieve wellness.

Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND’s Experience of Natural Birth

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Some of you may know that I recently welcomed my first child into the world with a natural birth at the Toronto Birth Centre. My husband and I, along with our amazing team of midwives shared the amazing moment that our first-born son entered the world.

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By |June 21st, 2018|ND Editorial, Women's Wellness|0 Comments

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Hormonal Balance & Energy Talk! with Dr. Keara Taylor, ND 

“Tap into your boundless energy by balancing your hormones”

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By |May 30th, 2018|Workshops|0 Comments

Kaitlyn Wengler, RMT’s NEW Lymphatic Massage

Q&A with Kaitlyn Wengler, Registered Massage Therapist

Q1: Kaitlyn, what exactly is Manual Lymphatic Drainage and who can it help?

Manual Lymph Drainage (also known as MLD) is a very gentle manual technique that is used to help drain the excess fluid from the body and improve the overall function of the lymphatic system.  As the lymphatic system is our “cleaning system” of the body, it is very important to maintain a healthy lymphatic and immune system. When MLD is applied to a patient whose lymphatic system may be sluggish or compromised, it can have a great effect on the body.

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Meet Dr. Keara Taylor, Nautropathic Doctor

Q&A with Dr. Keara Taylor

Dr. Keara is joining the Innate Wellness Team in High Park. She is a High Park local and a new mom with a general family practice. She will be taking over Dr. Regan’s maternity leave and staying on to build her practice at Innate. Learn more about her style of practice!
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How to Build Mental Wellness in Kids

Q&A with Melody Leung, Psychotherapist

Q1. What comes to mind when you think of mental wellness for children’?

Just like physical wellness, everyone needs to work towards mental wellness too.  Unfortunately, mental wellness isn’t always discussed openly so children haven’t had as much opportunity to learn how to take care of their mental health.

Mental wellness represents how we are feeling mentally.  Children who are feeling mentally well are often those that feel confident, are resilient, and satisfied with their lives. […]

By |April 24th, 2018|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine, Self Care|0 Comments

Mental Wellness and Self-Care

By Lindsey Danisch, RSW & Provider of Psychotherapy

The phrase “self-care” was one of 2017’s mental health buzz terms, and for good reasons. As a society, we are working more hours, hooked into our technical devices longer, creating endless piles of to-do lists, and in a constant social media race of comparison and acceptance. It’s exhausting. To combat this reality, the term self-care pops up as a possible remedy.

Between friends or colleagues, casual discussions of wine and Netflix binges are the beginner’s version of self-help. Perhaps the goal for 2018 is to take the concept of self-care to a new level.

Let’s be clear, there is no right or wrong way to engage in self-care.  But what if the new challenge is to engage in self-care that isn’t just for immediate release but a step towards meeting a larger need. For example: instead of always choosing a Netflix binge, pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read. Instead of always choosing a glass of wine or pour of bourbon, go to bed early, so you can wake in time for a morning run.

The idea is that self-care takes on a deeper meaning, and can challenge us to engage in behaviours that aren’t just for immediate relief, but to help our overall mental wellness become more sustainable. This can be accomplished in many areas on life. Yes, this is harder than it sounds. Yes, I struggle with this the same as everyone else. […]

By |April 24th, 2018|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine, Self Care|0 Comments

PMS Success with Acupuncture

By Evelyn Cho, Registered Massage Therapist & Registered Acupuncturist

Mood swings. Headache. Tender breasts. Acne. Cramps. Back pain…

Most women will experience various degrees of these common PMS symptoms at some point.  Many thinking that’s just the way it is, reach for the pain medications or chocolate and soldier on. But it certainly doesn’t have to be so unpleasant!  Acupuncture plus a few lifestyle tweaks can go a long way to keep you comfortable when it’s that time of the month.  […]

By |March 6th, 2018|Acupuncture, Women's Wellness|0 Comments

Using Your Third Eye to Tap into Your Intuition

By Geraldine LoMonaco, Energy Healer & Intuitive Practitioner 

Have you ever had a moment when you felt something was just not right?

Maybe you had a sense of unease while walking through a parking lot or meeting someone for the first time. How did you respond? Did you shrug it off or dismiss it as illogical nonsense? […]

Perimenopausal Relief with Acupuncture

By Xianmin Yu, Registered Acupuncturist

What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause refers to a period around menopause, which marks a transition period of female’s sexual function from maturity to decline or to the end of reproductive time. This transition period usually starts in the mid-40s, but some females might even start this process as early as their late-30s. Perimenopause is actually a normal process for females to have some physiological changes. Due to body constitution differences, and social and psychological factors, females who could not adapt to this physiological transition smoothly, would develop perimenopausal syndrome accordingly.

Perimenopause involves a series of clinical symptoms caused by endocrine (i.e., reproductive endocrine and neuroendocrine) disorders and autonomic dysfunction which are triggered by decreased estrogen level. As ovarian function declines to complete loss, both blood estrogen and progesterone levels drop, which breaks up the balance of hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian axis, and thus leads to autonomic dysfunction.

Typical symptoms are irregular periods (i.e., the coming period is unpredictable as the length of time between two periods varies dramatically).

Popular clinical symptoms include sleep disorders (i.e., insomnia, shallow sleep, easy to wake up, dreaminess), sweating after hot flashes, fatigue, palpitation, dizziness, ear ringing, irritability, depression, anxiety, joints pain (osteoarthritis), low back sore, and heel pain.

Other common clinical symptoms include forgetful, breast fullness, abnormal skin sensations, knee weakness, decreased sexual desire, intercourse pain, etc.

Thee symptoms vary in severity, and may show up partially or entirely in some severe cases.

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By |March 6th, 2018|Acupuncture, Women's Wellness|0 Comments

Massage Therapy & Women’s Health

Interview with Leigh-Anne Best, Registered Massage Therapist

Leigh-Anne is one of the talented team of RMTs at Innate Wellness. Both as an RMT and as a mother, she has tackled many women’s health issues including pelvic floor health, pregnancy, labour and postpartum health. She is a wealth of information on how massage can be used for women specific concerns. We asked her to help us understand a little more about how this wonderful modality can be used for health & healing in women.

Q1: How can massage therapy help to address women’s health?

Massage Therapy is well known for its ability to promote relaxation, reduce stress and muscle tension, as well as for its role in rehabilitation and injury prevention. However, there is less of an understanding of the benefits of massage as a holistic approach to women’s health issues.

What most people don’t know is that Massage Therapy is an effective modality for treating women’s health issues, including irregular menstrual cycles, menstrual disorders like PMS and PMDD, but also for aiding with fertility issues.

Additionally, massage is an excellent means in which to support the ever-changing needs in women’s bodies during pregnancy, in preparation for birth and during labour, and, most importantly, as part of the postpartum picture for healing.
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