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.
Elizabeth Perez and the team at Integrated Holistic Wellness work to balance the body not through drugs, surgeries, or balsa-wood shims, but rather with mind and body therapies such as massage, reflexology, and yoga. Reiki sessions draw upon the positive energy of the universe, whereas meditation hones in on the potential of one's own thoughts and energies. The practitioners here also turn to forces such as sound, vibration, and color to promote self-healing and relaxation.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular service: Weight loss; smoking cessation; anxiety
Pro Tip: Come with an specific situation you'd like help with. Keep an open mind and success will be yours.
A team of highly trained homeopaths use alternative therapies to bring bodies to total wellness. Yoga, hypnosis, and reflexology sessions help alleviate aches, and reiki treatments aim to rebalance the chakras. A nutritional analysis helps clients discover the most beneficial supplements and diets for them, such as a plant-based diet or a diet with only foods that are yellow.
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.
The director at the Burlington Hypnosis Centre, Robbie Spier Miller, has been using hypnosis to thwart chronic pain, stubborn pounds, smoking habits, and other personal demons without drugs or exorcisms. As a certified hypnotist and instructor, she knows the main ingredient in hypnosis is the power of suggestion. By reshaping the way the subconscious mind approaches a particular habit or stress, she helps clients change behaviors that, left to the conscious mind, might persist. Along with helping clients, Robbie is on the International Hypnotism Training Consultants, LLC team coaching others in the practice of hypnotherapy and hypnosis.