Each of Activa Clinics' five locations have brought together a staff of area-experts that include trained chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, and kinesiologists. When it comes to wellness, these teams take a distinctly multidisciplinary approach toward health-improvement. After a free consultation, the staff may prescribe any number of treatments that range from chiropractic adjustments and rehabilitative physiotherapy to laser therapy and custom-crafted nutrition plans in order to create a treatment plan that is effective for any individual that walks through their door. Activa's crew is particularly adept at helping those who are suffering from pain as a result of accidents, chronic health conditions, or as a result of surgery.
A trained hypnotherapist taps into clients’ subconscious to retrain the brain. While patients are in a relaxed state, the hypnotist uses positive suggestions and reinforcement to combat depressed thoughts, manage pain, and fight addictions to smoking or biting strangers’ fingernails.
Whispering Willows co-founder Tracy Bester practices and teaches internal energy medicine as a certified holistic therapist and supply vendor at her tranquil Waterloo location. Spirit-placating services at Whispering Willows include an hour-long reflexology treatment ($50) designed to beat tension demons and negative stressors into submission through pressure applied to reflex points in the hands and feet. Reiki, an energy technique that aims to remove physical and emotional blockages from corporeal forms, helps relieve chronic pain, depression, and crippling bouts of swimmer's ear ($65 for a one-hour treatment). Hypnosis ($120 for 90 minutes) and past-life regression therapy are also available, taking guests down a memory lane paved with images of embarrassing talent show dance routines. Rounding out Tracy’s menu of spiritual desserts is the peanut butter-chocolate triple-blast fudge milkshake equivalent: the 30-minute IonSpa Foot Cleanse ($39.99), which uses the healing power of ionized water and magnetic energy to draw negative hype away from paparazzi-stricken toes.
Formerly a professional in the hospitality industry, Tricia Batliwalla founded Light Side Up as a way to guide others toward self-awareness and a better life outlook through hypnosis. Her journey has led her to seven countries throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and toward an accreditation from the National Guild of Hypnotists Canada. She draws from all this experience each day in her office, where she eases clients into her process with a private consultation and, if needed, games of telepathic patty-cake. As she works with clients to reveal their needs, she may complement hypnosis with other therapies. In each session, she lulls clients into a deep state of relaxation and plants suggestions aimed at helping them overcome the root of issues such as addictions, hidden phobias, and damaged relationships.
Lakeview Health Centre's skilled staff work to help their patients find drug-free solutions to pain. Drs. Choi, McDonald, and Bednarczyk cater to clients with their unique skill sets. Dr. Choi offers chiropractic care and acupuncture, Dr. McDonald performs hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, and Dr. Bednarczyk specializes in homeopathic medicine. In addition, the centre treats clients through shiatsu massage and other massage modalities, skincare and spa services, and orthotics, which can help adjust irregular walking patterns or improve one's professional hopscotch career.
Treatments at Physiomed range from ancient to practically futuristic. When it comes to time-tested techniques, the team’s acupuncture and Chinese medicine methods help ease patient ailments in a more traditional manner. On the other end of the spectrum, patients can choose shockwave therapy to relieve joint and muscle pain with energy waves traveling faster than the speed of sound. For patients making lifestyle changes, the clinic’s naturopathy practice combines dietary changes with homeopathy to keep bodies humming. Other therapies are grouped by their intended effect, with clinicians offering auto-injury and sport-specific treatments to aid specific wellness goals.