The Myths of Social Work and Psychotherapy

By Lindsey Danisch, RSW and provider of psychotherapy

Myth: Only crazy people or people with severe issues receive psychotherapy.

Everyday, people seek therapy for a range of reasons. Some pursue psychotherapy for treatment of anxiety or depression. But others want help coping with life stressors or transitions like martial strain or separation, parenting challenges, the loss of a job, stress management or conflict at work. Others may need help managing and balancing work and family responsibilities, coping with an aging parent, or improving relationship skills. By learning problem solving skills and coping strategies, anyone (young and old) can benefit from psychotherapy. I work with both adults, teens and children. […]

By |April 20th, 2017|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine, Self Care|0 Comments

Mindful Travel Tips for Families

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

The March Break is almost upon us. It is family travel time! Traveling with family members big and small can be challenging. I remember an old teacher once saying “If you think you are enlightened – spend a week travelling with your family!” Certainly, these times can test our patience but they are also the best of times for creating memories, strengthening bonds and reconnecting to the the important people in our life. If you are worried about how you will make it through, try these suggestions for mindful travel with family.  […]

By |March 7th, 2017|Mind Body Medicine, Travel|0 Comments

Introduction to Meditation – Free Workshop

With Lorraine Manners

Is the approaching holiday season and your to-do list stressing you out? We can help – join us for this free meditation workshop.Meditation has been proven to lessen anxiety, lower blood pressure, and decrease stress while increasing attention, focus, calmness and a sense of peace.Using a practical approach, Lorraine will introduce you to three different types of mediation so you can find the one that fits you best, and begin enjoying the benefits of this powerful tool.When: Monday, December 12th at 6:30 pmWhere: Innate Wellness, 5 Quebec AvenueWith: Lorraine Manners, IntuitiveCONTACT US TO REGISTER

By |November 29th, 2016|Mind Body Medicine, Workshops|0 Comments

Holiday Survival Tea Recipe

Tea is a subtle way of receiving nature’s best medicine. Herbal infusions extract medicinal ingredients through the heat of water. Just the warmth of botanically inspired water helps to melt stress, while sitting to enjoy a cup of tea promotes mindfulness. This holiday season, consider taking some time once or twice per day to enjoy this mood & digestion balancing blend.

Ingredients

You can find most of these ingredients through your local herbal shop. If you live in Toronto, Herbies Herbs is one of the best locations for bulk herbal medicines.

2 Parts Lemon Balm (1 Cup)
2 Parts Chamomile (1 Cup)
1 Part Oat Tops (1/2 Cup)
1 Part Rose Petals (1/2 Cup)
1 Part Lavender (1/2 Cup)
Optional: Cinnamon Sticks

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By |November 29th, 2016|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine, Recipes|0 Comments

The Immune System Checklist

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

 

Immunity is about harmony between the person and their environment that involves a complex web of interactions including those with other people, culture, food, work, weather…. Everything! One might say that the immune system is about relationships or how the cells of the body relate to the outside world. A person dealing with an immune issue whether it is frequent illness or autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus MUST consider the relationship between their inner world and the outside environment.

The Mind-Body-Immune System Connection

An increasing body of research supports the idea that the mind and nervous system are capable of modulating immune response. The term ‘psychoneuroimmunology’ comes from the growing understanding that our thoughts, moods and emotions affect our neurological and endocrine systems that affect our immune function. The immune system communicates with our neurological and hormonal systems to activate or inhibit immune function. Physical illness and immune system issues can also affect our mental and emotional well being. This relationship goes both ways.  […]

Innate Q&A: Meet Lindsey Danisch!

For those of you who don’t know, Lindsey Danisch is the newest edition to the Innate Wellness Team. We are very excited to have her! Counselling services are an essential part of holistic health care. As a Registered Social Worker and provider of Psychotherapy, Lindsey offers counselling services for individuals, families and children. She has a tonne of experience and couldn’t be more approachable but we think you should get to know her yourself! Read more about Lindsey in our monthly Innate Q&A…

Q1: This is the first time Innate Wellness has had a Social Worker and Provider of Psychotherapy on their team. We are very excited! How do you see your services fitting into this integrative and holistic team?

I’m so excited to be a part of the Innate team! With the pace of today’s society and the increase of expectations/demands on everyone, paying attention to one’s mental health becomes progressively important. I recognize that while it can take a village to raise a child, it can take a team to tackle the physical and emotional complexities of our clients. Psychotherapy is a great compliment to the services already being provided at Innate Wellness. I am able to dig a little deeper with clients to address and support any underlying concerns that may be creating a barrier to improving our overall health and wellness. […]

Practitioner Q&A: The Wisdom of Love with Lorraine Manners, Intuitive

Lorraine is an Intuitive practitioner at Innate Wellness who channels Spirit to offer insight, guidance and clarity to her clients on their journey as well as to restore their energetic balance. She practices at Innate Wellness High Park on one special Monday per month. Her clients love the insight they receive through her sessions so book ahead!

Lorraine Manners, Intuitive

Q1: Many clients visit you for insight and wisdom. How does your process work and what can I expect? 

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Introduction to Meditation Workshop Series with Lorraine Manners

By |September 5th, 2015|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine|0 Comments

Let Your Qi Flow with Shiatsu

with Giuliana Di Paola, RMT & Certified Shiatsu Therapist

Shiatsu is a form of Japanese body work based on the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM looks for the true root cause of an illness by understanding the patient physically, emotionally,psychologically and spiritually. This requires a scope of knowledge that goes beyond anatomy and physiology and delves into the concept of energetic flow, or Qi, throughout the body.

Shiatsu is a holistic approach to healing that also takes the energy concept of Qi into account. Qi is our life force that flows through us via channels in our body know as meridians. When Qi is blocked problems both mental and physical arise. Shiatsu massage works to remove the blockages by realigning the acupressure points along the meridians to help restore the smooth flow of Qi. Shiatsu is a non invasive form of therapy that uses deep penetrating pressure with the use of thumbs,fingers,palms and elbows to open up these channels of energy and promote blood circulation to nourish internal organs, glands, muscles and nerves.

Shiatsu promotes the bodies own ability to heal by providing a gentle, relaxing and restorative form of massage. Shiatsu is just as effective as acupuncture but adds another element, a healing touch. By merging both western and eastern views, Shiatsu can treat a variety of conditions such as insomnia, anxiety and depression, headaches, digestive disturbances, menstrual dysfunction, low resistance to infection as well as muscular tension. If the flow of Qi through the body is smooth, balance is restored and the individual is on the path of healing.

 

 

By |May 2nd, 2015|Massage Therapy, Mind Body Medicine|0 Comments

Spring Clean Your Energy

with Lorraine Manners

It’s the time of year when you turn your mind to spring-cleaning. You start thinking about clearing out your closets, cupboards and drawers of unwanted items and junk.

Did you ever think about clearing out your own energy?

We all carry around energy. Like everything else in life it piles up and becomes ill-fitting and unsuited to our overall well-being.

Why You Should

Your 7 Chakras are your body’s major energy centres and govern important aspects of your physical, mental, emotional and energetic health. Balanced Chakras mean you function optimally: feeling healthy, centred, energized and peaceful. […]

By |March 31st, 2015|Mind Body Medicine|0 Comments