Squat therapy

Most of us here in the West spend very little time squatting. Instead, we tend to slump into soft couches after spending most of our working day slumped in an office chair. Even if we're active, many of us have lost the ability to comfortably remain in the squat position (back straight, heels on ground, feet pointing forward with no arch collapse) for any length of time.  So why is this a problem if we're [...]

By |May 18th, 2021|Exercise and mobility|

Endometriosis and Acupuncture

Endometriosis is an issue for 5-15% of reproductive-age women and can result in chronic visceral pelvic pain and infertility. Acupuncture may be an effective treatment for pain relief associated with this condition and there is growing evidence suggesting the benefits of acupuncture in treating endometriosis. It is likely that endometriosis is caused by neuroplasticity (i.e., changes in the peripheral and central nervous system), predisposing those affected to other long-term pain disorders. Common therapies are pharmacological [...]

By |March 7th, 2021|Pain, Women's Health|

Thank you to the rabbit for this discovery

Chinese dodder seed has been long used in traditional medicines to support fertility but contrary to the name of the seed, it does not have the super power of increasing your chances of conceiving a girl (read it out loud if you missed it). Tu si zi - Semen Cuscutae, Cuscuta seed, Chinese Dodder seed Typical with many traditional medicinal practices, a technique that was common of our herbal medicine forefathers was to observe what [...]

By |February 8th, 2021|Men's Health, Women's Health|

Playing with Movement

"Kids, animals, and most successful athletes develop skill and fitness through play, not working out. The best pathway to movement health is found not by tracking huge amounts of data or following algorithms, but through curious exploration of the physical world.“  This is a quote from Todd Hargrove's newest book "Playing with Movement". He has a real knack for explaining the complex science of pain and the body in simple, easy to digest ways. In this book [...]

By |February 8th, 2021|Exercise and mobility|

Welcoming 2021 with intention

Stephanie was invited to write the following guest post for the Olive Fertility Centre: As the holiday season winds down and we prepare to begin a new year, one more holiday tradition still remains: pondering those pesky New Year's resolutions. It's interesting (and perhaps unfortunate!) that this tradition continues when research indicates only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions! One of the problems with resolutions is that they put us firmly in [...]

By |December 28th, 2020|Mindfulness|

The goodness of Goji

Super charge your chicken soup, add some mineral oomph to your trail mix, or give your cookies an antioxidant boost with this dried berry packed full of vitamins, minerals, and potent antioxidants. Referred to as Gou qi zi in Chinese Medicine, it is also commonly known as: Fructus Lycii, Wolfberry, goji berry Goji berries have been a part of traditional Chinese cooking and medicinal pharmacopeia for hundreds if not thousands of years.  They are often [...]

By |December 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Planting seeds beyond Movember

“From powerful seeds arise great crops” A sentiment that could certainly be applied to the famous Chinese medicine formula for male reproductive health and virility, Wuzi Yanzong Pian (which could be translated as Five Seeds for passing on the generations, or five seed abundant ancestors pill). This combination of five seeds has been used for at least 1200 years and is consistently being researched to determine its efficacy and benefits. Gou qi zi - Fructus [...]

By |November 30th, 2020|Men's Health|

Welcome to Movember!

Welcome once again to Movember, the month of the year when men get their lip sweaters out to draw our attention to men’s health. What started as a grass roots movement to increase awareness about prostate cancer, has now grown to a global movement for the funding of research and educational outreach programs to address both prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health and suicide prevention. I have participated in this movement for [...]

By |November 1st, 2020|Men's Health|

Pumpkin Cupcakes

There are so many ways to enjoy pumpkins this time of year and these cupcakes are a favourite in our house!  They are grain-free, nut-free and sweetened with dates so fit most people's dietary needs and best of all, they are delicious! I discovered this recipe a few years ago in a cookbook called Nourishing Meals and I cannot say enough good things about the whole book. Every single meal or soup or baked good [...]

By |October 14th, 2020|Food & Nutrition|

12min to better back health

Many people are currently working from home in sub-optimal ergonomic situations. I hear about it daily in my practice.  Not everyone is comfortable being back at the gym and the motivation to exercise and mobilize may be lacking in some. Backs and necks are protesting, butts are getting weaker from sitting so much, and things could be better. SO much better. This is an excellent 12 minute video demonstrating a few different dynamic standing postures [...]

By |October 14th, 2020|Exercise and mobility, Massage, Pain, Stretching and Strengthening|
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