Cupping Therapy in Athletic Recovery

By Dr. Kathleen Regan ND


Cupping therapy is an ancient treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been practiced for thousands of years. This involves using glass cups and heat to create suction on the skin or by using modern plastic or glass cups with a pump to create suction on the skin. This technique creates read, circular markings that can last hours to days. Cupping has recently gained media attention due to the number of cupping marks seen on athletes in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Which is great because cupping is AMAZING for athletes. […]

Acupuncture for Allergies Package

It’s finally that time of year where April showers start turning into May flowers. It is also the beginning of Allergy Season, which for many of us is the start of dealing with symptoms such as runny nose, sinus congestion, itchy eyes, sore throats, headaches and possibly skin reactions. Treat your allergies with acupuncture!!

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture has been treating allergy symptoms for thousands of years with great success. Paired with dietary and lifestyle changes, acupuncture can help treat your symptoms but will have long lasting effect reducing the chance of any symptoms returning in the future.

This year we are offering an Acupuncture for Allergies Package to help you nip your allergies in the bud (literally!). This includes:

Initial acupuncture intake
3 follow-up acupuncture sessions
Price $350 (save $50).

*Additional sessions can be bought at our regular package rate of 3 sessions for $255. Please call our High Park or Annex location to book an appointment or for more information.

Acupuncture, Fertility & Labor with Matthew Richardson, R.Ac.

Matthew Richardson, Registered Acupuncturist at Innate Wellness, High park, is an experienced acupuncturist who has spent a lifetime studying martial arts, Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. One thing many people don’t know about Matthew is his experience in fertility, pregnancy, labor and delivery. Wondering about how acupuncture can help fertility? Concerned about the labor and delivery process? Matthew has personal experience and many tips to help you conceive and deliver your baby on your terms!

Matthew Richardson, Registered Acupuncturist

Q1. For those of us that don’t know – what exactly is acupuncture and how does it work?

This is the most common question I get, and the hardest one to answer.

The textbook kind of answer is this : Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medical practice that has been practiced, passed down and improved on for over 2000 years and involves the insertion of very thin sterile stainless steel needles into very specific points on the body. The stimulation of these points have the effect of regulating blood pressure, reducing pain, regulating the nervous system and promoting proper organ function. These combined effects are useful for treating any pain, symptom or disease of the body.

Put simply though, acupuncture stimulates the body to heal itself. Health is a state of balance.  Your best health comes from you, and acupuncture is the means by which we can improve the body’s function when it has lost balance.

As a side note, when people ask me about acupuncture I often suggest they come in to experience a session. There is a look that people have when you ask them to do something they have never imagined themselves doing before like acupuncture. I don’t think people are afraid of needles so much as they are afraid of the unknown or they think it will be painful since most needles we use hurt.

Let me just say Acupuncture doesn’t hurt.

There may be some areas that are more sensitive, but you don’t feel pain. Acupuncture is safe and painless, so if you feel anxious about it, I would say try it once and you will be pleasantly surprised. Common sensations you feel are warmth, tingling, heaviness or pressure in the area or just a general feeling of relaxation. It is these sensations that let us know we are having a healing effect on the body.


Transition to Fall with Traditional Chinese Medicine

by Matthew Richardson, R.Ac


With summer winding down and the days beginning to get shorter we can all feel fall just around the corner with its cool temperatures and windy days. The seasons in Chinese medicine are not events that are separate from us, but are integrated into our lives along with the internal changes of our mind and body (organ systems, emotional selves and habits we have formed). The change in our external environment reflects our internal changes in health and balance.

“In ancient times those people who understood Tao (the way of self cultivation) patterned themselves upon the Yin and the Yang (the two principles in nature) and they lived in harmony” The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine –  approx. 475-221 BC


Banish Stubborn Cellulite with Traditional Chinese Cupping & Acupuncture

With Matthew Richardson, R.Ac.
Unwanted cellulite can be very tricky to get rid of. It occurs as a result of a build up of fatty tissue closer to the surface of the body that creates an uneven or dimpled appearance on the skin. This tissue commonly accumulates on the hips, thighs, abdomen and on the back of the upper arms. We are often looking for the right cream or exercise that can change the tone of the skin and remove the uneven look but it can be very difficult to find a cream that is actually effective.


How is it treated?


Relieve Allergies with Acupuncture

with Matthew Richardson, R.Ac.

It’s finally that time of year where April showers start turning into May flowers. It is also the beginning of Allergy Season, which for many of us is the start of dealing with symptoms such as runny nose, sinus congestion, itchy eyes, sore throats, headaches and possibly skin reactions. We often suffer silently or stock up on anti-histamines from the pharmacy and try to get through it for another year. But, there is an alternative and most importantly a more permanent solution that won’t require another trip to the pharmacy.


Meet the Massage Therapy Team!

At Innate Wellness, our Registered Massage Therapists are skilled and unique. From general relaxation to complicated medical conditions, our therapists are trained in a range of techniques to help you achieve wellness.

Xiu Hong “Nicole” Peng, RMT

Nicole is amazing at getting into painful areas and releasing tension. You will walk out with increased mobility and decreased pain after her treatment sessions! Nicole has experience in the treatment of neck pain, frozen shoulder, muscle tension and pain caused by stress, arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome and occupational-related strains. Her other specialties include:

Swedish Relaxation
Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release
Trigger Point Release
Tui na
Shiatsu Technique
Lymphatic Massage


Giuliana Paola, RMT

Giuliana provides an elegant blend of eastern and western techniques. She has a Shiatsu styled practice inspired by the healing principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Guiliana is a Certified Shiatsu Therapist and Registered Massage Therapist who strives to help her clients find balance, mind, body and spirit.

Swedish Relaxation
Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release
Tui na
Chinese Cupping


Patti MacGregor, RMT

Patti has been in practice 8 years. Her technique is confident and deeply relaxing. Her knowledge in women’s specific massage techniques is extensive. Patti is also trained as a Doula and Lactation Consultant. Her passion for all things ‘women’s wellness’ is evident.

Swedish Relaxation
Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release
Fascial Stretching & Release
Breast Massage
Lotus Palm Thai Massage (Levels 1 &2)
Mercier Therapy (gynovisceral manipulation)


About Our Different Massage Techniques

Massage therapy is as ancient as any form of medicine. There is archeological evidence of massage in cultures as diverse as China, India, Japan, Korea, Egypt, Rome, Greece, and Mesopotamia. This explains why there are so many different massage techniques.

Today, the most common massage techniques include:

Swedish Massage. By far the most popular form of massage, Swedish Massage is so common that it’s often referred to generically as […]

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

with Matthew Richardson, R.Ac
Facial Acupuncture is a safe and painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of aging, swelling and redness. It uses very thin needles placed around the face and body to treat acne, remove puffiness, moisten the skin, and reduce swelling or darkness from around the eyes, mouth and jaw line.

Sometimes referred to as Cosmetic Acupuncture, it is much more than just a simple face treatment. Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture can not only revitalize and nourish your complexion, but will also treat the internal issues that are the root or cause of your skin condition and health. The ‘local’ treatment will directly address any facial symptoms you may be concerned about, while the more internal aspect will address hormonal imbalance, digestive problems or emotional stress affecting your skin. This means, you will experience a more permanent, longer lasting change to your skin condition as well as feelings of increased energy, relaxation and well-being. […]

The Secret to Heart Medicine from Ancient Tradition

with Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND


Heart disease is one of the western world’s most prevalent diseases. The Heart and Stroke Foundation rates it as the number one cause of death in Canada. If you look on the Heart and Stroke Website you will see listed the following preventative strategies for heart disease:

Maintain a healthy weight
Consult a dietician for help with creating a balanced diet, monitoring fat intake, increasing complex carbohydrates such as fruits and vegetables, reducing alcohol consumption
Quit smoking or maintain a smoke-free environment
Remain Physically Active
Decrease stress

All great suggestions that we give out as naturopathic doctors every day…  lifestyle, lifestyle, lifestyle! But, our patients protest,  ‘it is so hard to change!’ WHY?

One of the BIG reason we have difficulty maintaining lifestyle is stress. Our bad habits make us feel really, really good – for a really short period of time. Yet, many of our global authorities on heart health have a hard time directly connecting emotions with heart health – or at least they have a hard time talking about it. Yet in ancient times, this connection was well understood.

 According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) one of the biggest blocks to mental and spiritual wholeness is that between the heart (feeling) and the mind (thought). Somewhere along the way, our western minds came  to believe that feelings and thoughts are separate. While in eastern medicine, the relationship is so important that a block or separation between heart and mind is considered a precursor to disease.

In TCM the ‘Heart-Mind’ is the residence of memory, thinking, consciousness, mental activity, emotions, sleep and is said to be the home of the spirit or, ‘the Shen’. A divided Heart-Mind has a serious impact on the Shen. A disconnect between the heart and the mind (between emotions and thoughts) manifests in poor memory, attention deficits, insomnia, depression, anxiety and….stress. And in turn, these ongoing ‘Shen’ disturbances – injure the heart.

 In life it is hard to change our everyday stresses, yet we can change how we respond. What is one factor that strengthens our natural defences against stress?

 LOVE. […]

Renew this New Year with Tuina Massage

with Matthew Richardson, RAc.

Tuina is good for anyone! It stimulates the bodies energies and blood to benefit the skin, muscles, tendons, joints and organs. ‘Tuina’ translates to “push – grasp” and is a traditional form of hands on body work with its roots in Chinese medicine. But, it is much more than just a simple massage for relaxation. Tuina is based on the same points and lines as acupuncture, with the same diagnostic methods. This means we use our hands to stimulate the appropriate acupuncture points and areas that will benefit each individual the most. No two treatments are the same as everyone comes into the clinic with their own unique life experiences. These experiences are stored in the body. We walk around with all that we have done during our lives inside of us. We define ourselves from our experience, and this experience in turn defines our body and how it functions. Tuina therapy considers the whole body, the whole individual and forms a treatment that captures your needs in the moment.

Tuina is performed by a trained acupuncturist. If you are coming for acupuncture, don’t worry you won’t miss out! Acupuncture and Tuina are often done together to give a complete internal/external, yin/yang treatment of the body. This is a great treatment, and you leave feeling well grounded with renewed energy.

One of the unique aspects of Tuina is the practice of Self-Tuina. This can be a complete set of techniques to treat yourself or just a few simple tips to get you through the day. There is nothing better than being able to treat yourself at the exact moment you feel your symptoms coming on!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is Tuina for Infants and Small Children?

Tuina is […]