Services offered at Westmount Wellness Centre
Complementary, holistic and spiritually based health and wellness therapies have witnessed astounding growth over the past 20 years. The Westmount Wellness Centre has assembled an outstanding group of practitioners offering various treatments and therapies tailored for each client. The clinic provides a wide spectrum of different services related to Health and Wellness. The practitioners not only treat illness, but they proactively change the lifestyles of their clients to prevent illness. Recognizing the popularity and preventive nature of complementary health services, most private health insurance funds now provide coverage for the cost of many complementary therapies and modalities.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical hormones are identical in molecular and chemical structure for the hormones produced in the human body, and for this reason they can usually provide patients the benefits of balancing hormones without the dangerous side effects. This therapy has revolutionized the way that people replace hormones because choices were limited in the recent past, and women and men could only obtain hormones for replacement therapy that were not identical to the hormones made in the human body.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for healing. Although the word ‘aromatherapy’ makes it sound as if the oils are inhaled, they can also be massaged into the skin or rarely taken by mouth. You should never take essential oils by mouth without specific instruction from a trained and qualified specialist. Whether inhaled or applied on the skin, essential oils are gaining new attention as an alternative treatment for infections, stress, and other health problems.
Essential oils are concentrated extracts taken from the roots, leaves, seeds, or blossoms of plants. Each contains its own mix of active ingredients, and this mix determines what the oil is used for. Some oils are used to promote physical healing, for example, to treat swelling or fungal infections. Others are used for their emotional value; they may enhance relaxation or make a room smell pleasant. Orange blossom oil, for example, contains a large amount of an active ingredient that is thought to be calming.
Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Essential oils were also commonly used for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes.
Homeopathy is a system of medical therapy that uses very small doses of medicines, or remedies. These remedies are prepared from substances found in nature. Nevertheless, homeopathy should not be confused with herbal medicine. These two systems of medicine are very different. Herbal medicine uses tinctures of botanical substances, whereas homeopaths use ultra dilute “micro” doses made from not only plants but minerals or any other substance found in nature.
The homeopathic doctor chooses the proper remedy by following a special rule of nature called the Law of Similars. This law states “like cures like,” or that a medicine can cure a sick person if it can cause similar sickness in a healthy person. For instance, if you peel an onion, your eyes burn, itch and water. You might also have a runny nose and begin to sneeze. If you had similar symptoms during a cold or allergy attack, such as a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing, a homeopathic micro-dose of the remedy Allium cepa (red onion) would help your body heal itself. The word “homeopathic” is derived from the Greek words homeos meaning “similar” and pathos meaning “disease” or “suffering.” Thus, homeopathy means, “to treat with a remedy that produces an effect similar to the disease or suffering.”
Massage is one of the oldest healing arts in the world dating back over 3000 years. The Chinese, Hindus, Egyptians and Persians documented their use and knowledge of this ancient art. Positive physical touch always creates an energetic shift in the body towards healing and relaxing both body and mind. Therapeutic massage helps to release tension, relax tight muscles, improve joint mobility, impart a sense of calm and relaxation, and increase blood and lymph circulation (thus improving immune function).
Massage is also known to stimulate endorphins, morphine-like chemicals that positively influence thoughts and feelings to align with healing at the cellular level. Massage has been proven effective in the treatment of a host of chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, stress, depression, and more. Many clients comment on having increased clarity after a massage. Emotional balance and wellbeing can be as valuable as the physical benefits derived from massage therapy.
Naturopathy is a complete system of natural healthcare that believes the body has the wisdom and power to heal itself, if given the right conditions. Naturopaths (NDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to ward off and combat disease. NDs view the patient as a whole person with interrelated systems. This entails treating the person, rather than merely the disease or symptoms. Symptoms serve as clues that lead you to the origin of the imbalance in the body. This could be a physical injury, an emotional upheaval, a mental trauma or a combination of these. Naturopaths are trained in the use of treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.
Nutrition, from a holistic perspective, focuses on consumption of natural, wholesome foods and the elimination of toxins from our bodies. It is the study of nutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals that are essential for human life.
From our infancy to our golden years, sound nutrition supplies the very building blocks of our DNA. Nutrition also involves the study of food availability and how the food choices we make affect our health, our vitality and our longevity.
Nutrition professionals teach their clients how nutrients are digested, absorbed, metabolized, stored and excreted. The absorption of nutrients begins the moment we begin to digest our food. These nutrients are needed to assist every metabolic process in the human body. Most health issue stem from improper nutrition and our inability to process toxins. Though many of the hundreds of toxins to which we are exposed to on a daily basis come from our environment and personal care products, the foods we ingest are responsible to an even larger extent for the burden which they place on our organs of elimination. Having nutrition knowledge and making smart choices about the foods you eat will help you achieve optimum health over your lifetime, and be a key to avoiding obesity, illness, and many of today’s chronic diseases.
Dating back thousands of years ago in Japan and China, foot reflexology was also practiced in ancient Egypt as evidenced by some photographic representations on papyri. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, our feet encompass strategic crossroads with a tangle of roads leading to a particular organ of our body. Besides supporting the entire weight of our bodies throughout the day, our feet offer up to the Foot Reflexology practitioner a road map of the body where each point corresponds to a specific organ. Modern Foot Reflexology is the studied practice of applying pressure to relevant zones and reflex points of the feet utilizing specific thumb, finger and hand techniques in order to promote a positive change in the related part of the body.
Due to the accumulation of stress in the feet, Reflexology is a de-stressing massage that allows the whole body to feel a deep relaxation. This ancient practice requires training in the precise techniques in order to yield powerful healing and relaxation. Mastering this art requires guidance by a professional. Specific points must be included in the massage for the treatment to be truly effective. Foot Reflexology Massage has become a favorite therapy for ultimate wellbeing.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words, Rei, which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki, which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.” A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including the body, emotions, mind, and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.