Though most people would peg her as just another friendly-looking lady with silver hair and glasses, Ann Carter is far more than meets the eye—she heralds herself as a conduit for guidance, answers, and energies sent from a higher power. She’s been tuned in to the metaphysical world for more than three decades, with stints as both a medium and clairvoyant under her enchanted belt. Through arts including reiki, past-life regression, and her own intuitive gifts, she helps her clients find peace, relaxation, and the missing pieces to their spiritual jigsaw puzzles.
At Shen Ti Therapy, acupressurist and reflexologist Chad Genereux soothes weary muscles using trigger-point release therapy. In two 30-minute sessions, Genereux applies precise levels of pressure to strategic trigger points in the neck and shoulders, encouraging a release of pent-up muscle tension. Commonly caused by everyday activities such as typing, driving, and armoire juggling, trigger points are taut spots in the myofascial layer surrounding muscles, tendons, and joint capsules that develop as muscles repeatedly tighten as an unconscious defense against stress. Trigger-point therapy can improve a multitude of ailments, including body aches and postural problems, and may even help conditions such as arthritis, ulcers, and Dutch elm disease. Patients also receive home-care instructions to enhance the therapy at an accelerated rate.
At Cherry Blossom Acupuncture and Wellness, dedicated health practitioners shepherd clients on a holistic path toward well-being. During acupuncture treatments, registered acupuncturist Katrina Ao gently inserts hair-thin needles at strategic points to flush toxins and encourage circulation, liberating bodies from aches that interfere with "Hokey Pokey" competitions. Body Talk treatments invite clients to discuss health concerns with healer Emily Dickins, who then applies light pressure to the head and sternum in an effort to jump-start the body's natural healing abilities. During shiatsu massage, certified shiatsu practitioner Blaire Amber traces her fingers and palms across sore muscles and guides bodies through stretches and breathing techniques to balance the body's energy flow. Those seeking liberation from stress, anxiety, and fear of children singing never-ending songs may find relief in reiki. As clients sit quietly on a massage table, Amber lightly lays her hands on body parts in an effort to transfer healing energies and calm harried minds. Immaculate private rooms and plush treatment tables ensure soothing sessions.
Dr. Ike believes that stress and tension must be countered with an interdisciplinary course of medical care, and he has the resume to back it up. Between earning certifications as a professional life coach, clinical sex therapist, and hypnotherapist, Dr. Ike somehow found time to achieve his doctoral (in natural medicine) and MBA degrees, as well as becoming a licensed psychotherapist and NESTA lifestyle and weight-management specialist. He puts his diverse skill set to use at Stress & Wellness Clinic, where his collaborative approach combines holistic wellness treatments with coaching and counselling for couples, individuals, and families. His hypnotherapy sessions communicate directly with the subconscious, tapping into the inner recesses of the mind to alter unhealthy habits, such as smoking or biting strangers’ nails. His other specialty, acupressure massage, targets specific pressure points along the feet and body to alleviate tension and heal nagging illnesses.
Laser Health Centre's certified beam-wielders lasers in rejuvenating cosmetic procedures, drug-free pain relief, and behavioural-modification regimens for substance abuse and smoking cessation. Staff members customize treatments to suit each patient, and in-office laser therapy may be reinforced by take-home nutritional supplements. An exclusive diet plan paired with laser therapy tackles weight-loss goals, and light-based medicine enhances the mind-soothing stress-relief program.
Reiki masters Jayne Williams-Aleck and Joan Scott restore their clients’ sense of well-being, reduce stress, and promote relaxation through the Japanese technique. During sessions, individuals lie fully clothed on a treatment table while Jayne and Joan work together, placing their hands on key points of the body, or hovering them above the body. The act is meant to transfer energy, balance the body’s chakras, remove blocks, and help energy flow more naturally. Clients leave feeling refreshed and calm.