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Natural Treatment Modalities & Services

We strive to motivate our clients to adopt holistic and natural strategies that will support them in every day challenges. Our mission is to assess our patient or client’s individual needs while guiding them towards a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. Our focus is on overall wellbeing whether physical, spiritual or mental. We hope to share our passion and knowledge with you!

Learn More About Us

Our clinic is now open and we are seeing patients and clients in person by appointment only. Strict COVID-19 protocols are in place to ensure your safety and the safety of all our practitioners. We will continue to offer services online as well. You can book your appointment online or by emailing your practitioner directly.

Upcoming Events

7-Day Summer Fresh Meal Plan

Summer is the time to eat fresh and seasonal foods. Our menu includes our favourite grilling recipes, summer drinks and… Read more…

When: Available until August 31st

Fee: $9.99 + tax

Click here to register.

Mindful Meditation with Helen

Join Helen for a 45-minute online guided meditation session every Wednesday evening at 8pm during the month of August. Be… Read more…

When: Every Wednesday in August, 8:00-8:45 pm

Fee: $20 for all 4 meditations

Email Helen directly to register. Meditations start Wednesday August 5th.

Online Mindful Yoga with Sonja

Sonja is offering a number of FREE live yoga and meditation sessions via Zoom. Unroll your mat in the comfort… Read more…

When: Weekly schedule posted above

Fee: Prices vary between $60 to $150 depending on option chosen.

Email Sonja for more option or to register.

Park Market & Refillery

Time to Reduce and Reuse

Bring your empty container and refill on all your home essentials and beauty care products with Erika, of Park Market… Read more…

When: Sunday August 16th, 11am to 1pm

Fee: Cost will vary according to the products you purchase

For a list of their products, click here. Parker the van will be in front of the clinic, at 88 Nelson St in Bronte. Don’t forget your empty refillable containers.

Reflexology with Lucy

Reflexology with Lucy

Reflexology is deeply relaxing and very enjoyable, but it also can help manage a host of health issues. Your body… Read more…

When: Thursday August 13th & Sunday August 16th

Fee: $45 - $79 depending on the length of treatment. ***$10 off all treatments during the week of August 9th-16th.

Email Lucy to book your appointment or phone her at 647-856-0003

The Learning Centre

Mango Ginger Smoothie

 

On a hot summer day, nothing is more refreshing than a smoothie, especially our Mango Ginger Smoothie. Packed with nutrients and freshness, our Mango Ginger Smoothie will keep you satiated for a few hours. It is a meal in itself or can be used as a post-workout snack. Adding ginger gives it that extra zest and spiciness. If you are new to using fresh ginger in a smoothie, you may find it a little strong. So start small until you get used to the taste, then increase the amount as you feel more comfortable. 

Ginger – A Powerful Nutrient

Ginger is a healthy ingredient to add to any meal, including smoothies like our Mango Ginger Smoothie. Ginger is known for its gastro-intestinal benefits. It can help alleviate intestinal gas and be quite soothing and relaxing for the intestinal tract. It has also been studied for its effective way of relieving nausea in general, as well as symptoms of motion sickness. It is safe to use, even in pregnancy.

Gingerol, an active component in ginger, has also been studied for its effectiveness at reducing inflammation, including joint pain in arthritic patients. 

Some studies have shown, that the anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects of ginger may be effective at reducing or preventing various types of cancers. More studies need to be done in that area but it certainly looks promising. Its antimicrobial properties may also be effective at fighting colds and flus.

Include Ginger Daily

Want to increase your intake of ginger? Apart from this Mango Ginger Smoothie, we have many other recipes on our website that include this amazing ingredient, from soups such as our Carrot Asparagus Ginger Soup, or even a healthy snack like our  Ginger Macadamia Balls . Next time you make a smoothie, remember to add a little ginger for a lot of healthy benefits. 

Click here for the printable version of this recipe.

1 serving
Prep time: 5 minutes

Nacho Soup

If you are feeling a little Mexican, then this Nacho Soup is the perfect way to warm you up on a cool summer night. At C’est La Vie Wellness, we love soups because it is a great way to use up any leftover vegetables. In the case of this Nacho Soup, we also used chili walnut meat that was left over from our Sweet Potato Nachos recipe.

Turmeric – The King of Anti-inflammation

Turmeric is what gives our Nacho Soup its nice golden colour. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is know for its numerous health benefits, especially for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that curcumin can help with the management of conditions such as metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, cholesterol, muscle soreness, and exercise-induced inflammation.

Enhancing Bioavailabily

There are two ways to increase the bioavailability of curcumin in our body. First, because curcumin binds to fats, it is suggested to take it with a source of fat. Our soup contains avocado oil and almond meal, both of which are great sources of healthy fats. The second way is to combine it with some black pepper. The active ingredient piperine, found in black pepper, has been shown to enhance the absorption of curcumin (the active incredient in turmeric). 

Other Turmeric Recipes

Want to increase your intake of turmeric? Apart from this Nacho Soup, we have many other recipes on our website that include this amazing ingredient, from Turmeric Pumpkin Pancakes, to many of our soups such as our Carrot Asparagus Ginger Soup, or Healing Turkey Noodle Soup, . Next time you make a soup from scratch, just add a few tsp of turmeric to the mix and reap all the healthy benefits.

Click here for the printable version of this recipe.

4-6 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes 

Understanding Inflammation

By Lyne Desforges, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Culinary Expert

The Body’s Natural Inflammatory Response

Inflammation is a popular word in the wellness industry, however its overuse may have given the wrong impression about its purpose. Being inflamed is not always a bad thing. It can mean that the body is working normally to fight off pathogens and infections. The problem occurs when you are in a constant inflammatory state.

Acute Inflammation

The body has a natural inflammatory response to any injury or trauma.  For example, if you hit your toe, your body will mount an inflammatory response by dilating blood vessels. This enables extra blood to go to the region, which explains the hotness and redness. This blood carries immune system cells (white blood cells) that will help with the healing process. These cells also signal the body to move fluid to the area of the injury, hence the swelling. Your nerves are sending you pain signals so you know to be careful with your toe, possibly resting it so it can heal. This is an acute inflammatory response, the body’s natural response to an injury or a trauma.

Symptoms of an acute inflammatory response:

  • Heat
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Loss of function 

Colds and Flus

Seasonal allergies, or cold and flu symptoms are signs that the body is having an acute inflammatory response to an allergen, a pathogen, a virus, or an infection. Mucous membranes release more fluid when they are inflamed. For example, a stuffy nose is a sign that your body is trying to flush out a pathogen from your nasal passages.

Chronic Inflammation

The problem occurs when your body is in a constant state of inflammation, in response to a recurring trigger. It is like you keep hitting your toe over and over again. This is chronic inflammation. This will translate in symptoms that show up in different ways according to different people, usually a point of weakness often pre-determined by your genetic makeup.

For example, if your point of weakness is in your joints, inflammation will show up as arthritis. If your point of weakness is in your lungs, inflammation will show up as bronchitis. If it in your colon, then you may get colitis. (Note that any condition that ends up in “itis” is an inflammatory condition).

Symptoms of chronic inflammation:

  • Body pain
  • Constant fatigue & insomnia
  • Depression, anxiety and other mood disorder
  • Gastrointestinal issues – constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux
  • Weight gain
  • Frequent infections 

Auto-immune diseases

With chronic inflammation, the inflammatory response is not helping the body heal but causing harm. The immune system is fighting against its own cells  and acting as if regular tissues are infected.  These conditions are referred to as auto-immune diseases . Examples of auto-immune diseases are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis & other skin rashes, MS, type 1 diabetes, and pulmonary fibrosis.

Testing For Inflammation

Depending on your condition, your healthcare practitioner will be able to determine if your body is in an inflammatory state or if you have an auto-immune disease.

Some of the tests or tools used can be:

  • Looking at symptoms
  • MRIs and/or X-rays
  • Blood test for these markers: C-reactive protein (CRP), Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and/or Serum protein electrophoresis (SPE).

Conventional vs Alternative Medicine

Conventional medicine tends to treat the symptoms rather than the cause. You have pain, let’s give you painkillers. Don’t get me wrong. There is certainly a place for them when the pain is extreme, but the pain will keep coming back if the trigger is not dealt with.

Alternative medicine will look for the cause of your inflammation and work at reducing or eliminating those triggers. You keep hitting your toe? Maybe you need to move a table out of the way, so you stop hitting it over and over again.

Triggers can be from foods, your environment, your lifestyle, or stress. Working with our naturopath Dr. Sofie, I found out what my triggers were and worked at eliminating those while working on healing and repairing my gut. This is a long process and will take time, but often the body has been inflamed for a long time as well. You need to be patient.

We Can Help You

So, next time you hit your toe, be thankful that your body has a natural inflammatory response. However, if you are in constant pain or have an “itis” condition, consider seeing an naturopathic doctor or alternative medicine healthcare practitioner so you can deal with the root cause and get the problem resolved. At C’est La Vie Wellness, we have many practitioners that can support you as you try to reduce inflammation in your body as I successfully did with the help of Dr. Sofie ND.

 

References

“Autoimmune Diseases.” National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/conditions/autoimmune/index.cfm

Elmer, Jamie. “Understanding Inflammation: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, M.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 19 Dec. 2018, www.healthline.com/health/inflammation

Szalay, Jessie. “What Is Inflammation?” LiveScience, Purch, 19 Oct. 2018, www.livescience.com/52344-inflammation.html

“What Is an Inflammation?” InformedHealth.org [Internet]., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 22 Feb. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279298/

Zelman, David. “Inflammation: Definition, Diseases, Types, and Treatment.” WebMD, WebMD, 13 Sept. 2018, www.webmd.com/arthritis/about-inflammation.

Reiki: What Is It & What Are The Benefits

By Helen Kwon, Reiki Master & Intuitive Healer 

Origins of Reiki

Reiki is a form of energy medicine that was founded in the early 1900’s by Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist Monk. It is a gentle and safe method of healing that fosters spiritual, physical, emotional and mental well-being.  The root of the word Reiki, comes from the Japanese word, ‘Rei’, which refers to ‘Universal Life’ and ‘Ki’, meaning ‘Life-Force Energy’. Therefore, it is the universal life force energy that flows through all beings.

How Does Reiki Work

Energy Centres or Chakras
Chakras: Your Energy Centres

Within every cell of our body, energy frequencies are continually being emitted. These flow throughout our energy centres (our chakras) and connect us with the universal life force energy. When our flow of energy becomes stagnant, sluggish or blocked due to physical ailments/injuries, emotional distress/traumas or when experiencing a spiritual disconnection, it affects our whole being.  This impedes our own body’s innate ability to heal itself, and may leave us prone to illness and emotional/spiritual distress.

Reiki works by channeling this universal healing energy through the hands of the Reiki practitioner unto the client. The Reiki Master is enabling the flow of healing energy to the different chakras located throughout the body. Reiki can be done on people of all ages and is even suitable for animals.

What to Expect During a Reiki Session

During a Reiki session, clients are asked to lie on a reiki table (fully clothed), and begin to focus on their breath with their eyes closed. I start off by scanning my client’s energy systems to get an idea of which energy centres require the most attention. As some meditative music plays in the background, my clients begin to enter a state of relaxation. Most people go into a deep meditative state and often fall asleep. I use my hands to channel healing energy throughout my client’s body, by placing them over different energy points. Although everyone’s experience with Reiki is different, during a session, you may experience some tingling sensations, body twitches, see lights and bright colours, feel heat throughout your body, notice a heightened sense of emotions or experience vivid dreams. Each session brings with it a new and unique experience. 

Distant Reiki

Distant Reiki works on the same principle as an in-person session because Reiki connects with spiritual and energetic frequencies. I often equate these frequencies to wi-fi signals. We cannot see them at work but we know they exist and what they can produce. Universal energy is not bound by space, distance or time. Due to the limitations of social distancing, Distant Reiki has allowed me the opportunity to be of service to my clients during these challenging times. The only way to fully understand and appreciate Distant Reiki, is to experience it for yourself. 

Benefits of Reiki

I know firsthand the benefits of Reiki as I discuss in my own transformational journey. Each session will provide a different experience and the benefits will vary from person to person. The scientific community has finally recognized that Reiki can contribute to a person’s healing journey and many of the benefits observed are as follows:

  • Deeper Connection to Self
  • Relaxes & Rejuvenates
  • Decreases Pain Symptoms
  • Improves Mental Clarity & Focus
  • Decreases Levels of Stress & Anxiety 
  • Accelerates Wound Healing 
  • Supports Good Immune Function
  • Improves Quality & Quantity of Sleep
  • Slows Down the Aging Process
  • Supports Good Digestive Function
  • Releases and Clears Emotional Blocks 
  • Elevates your Mood

Reiki For Your Own Healing

If you would like to experience a reiki session, in person or by virtual means, feel free to contact me. Come with an open mind, and let your body, mind and spirit completely relax. You may be surprised by the benefits it will bring to your overall well-being.