Wellness

Wellness is a connection of paths:
knowledge and action.

– Joshua Welch

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Massage Therapy Aurora

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.
(Massage Therapy Act, 1991)

Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body:  muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments as well as joints for the purpose of optimizing health.

Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems.  Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.

Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700s and the development of Swedish massage, the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology.  Today’s Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat their clients.

Before a treatment, your Massage Therapist will propose a personalized treatment plan based on an initial assessment and health history.  The assessment may consist of various tests to determine the condition of your muscles and joints.  Follow-up treatments may also include re-assessment as part of the overall treatment plan. 

Massage therapy is not covered by OHIP, but many private insurance companies cover treatment from a Registered Massage Therapist as part of their extended healthcare plans. Please consult your policy.

MASSAGE THERAPY FEES

90 min Massage Therapy – $120
60 min Massage Therapy – $85
45 min Massage Therapy – $65
30 min Massage Therapy – $50

All fees subject to HST.

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Naturopathic

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopaths are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions. Their aim is to discover the underlying cause of disease and treat the root rather than simply suppress symptoms, as these are an expression of the body’s attempt to heal.  Naturopathic Doctors focus on disease prevention, patient education, and health maintenance.  They treat patients with the aid of safe, gentle and often non-invasive natural therapies. Naturopathic medicine works to support the natural healing ability of the body.

Naturopathic Principles:

Naturopathic doctors are guided by six principles. These principles outline the Naturopathic approach to health and healing and form the foundation of Naturopathy.

  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
  • Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
  • Treat the whole person (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
  • Prevention
  • Health Promotion

Naturopathic Doctors can treat a variety of acute and chronic health conditions including (but not limited to):

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Arthritis
  • Colds, flu, and fever
  • Digestive complaints
  • Ear infections
  • Fatigue and insomnia
  • Hypertension and high cholesterol
  • Men’s health (prostate, etc)
  • Pain management (back pain, sports injuries, etc)
  • Skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc)
  • Endocrine disorders (thyroid, diabetes, etc)
  • Weight management
  • Women’s Health (premenstrual symptoms, fertility, pregnancy menopause, etc.)

 Naturopathic Doctor Linda Shih, utilizes a number of Naturopathic therapies and selects the most appropriate ones for each patient after taking into account the individual’s needs and what they would most benefit from. After taking a thorough medical history, performing a physical exam and recommending/assessing specific laboratory tests Linda formulates an individualized treatment plan.

What to expect

On your first visit with Linda at Spine Stretch Studio, a very detailed intake of relevant medical history will be taken in addition to a review of current complaints or acute conditions.  The goal is to get a thorough picture of you and the factors influencing your health.   Initial visits run approximately ninety minutes in length.  You may also receive treatment on the first visit depending on the health concern.

 The second Naturopath visit is typically 60 minutes in length, and includes a physical exam.  During this visit your individualized treatment plan is reviewed and implemented.  Subsequent visits range from 15-60 minutes and vary depending on your needs and health issues.

Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by OHIP?

Naturopathy is not currently covered under OHIP.  However, it is covered by many group health benefits under extended healthcare and/or through a health spending account. Please check with your insurance provider for more details.

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Acupuncture by a registered Naturpath

Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture Visits

On your first visit to see Naturopath Linda Shih at Spine Stretch Studio in Aurora, a very detailed intake of relevant medical history will be taken in addition to a review of current complaints or acute conditions. The goal is to get a thorough picture of you and the factors influencing your health from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine.  Your pulse and tongue diagnosis will also be taken. After the intake, your first acupuncture treatment will be administered focusing on acupuncture points on your body that are the most indicated for alleviating your symptoms. 

Subsequent acupuncture visits run roughly 45 minutes in length.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Cosmetic acupuncture is a natural alternative to surgery to help you look younger and more refreshed!

Acupuncture to facial points can:

  • Eliminate or reduce bags under the eyes
  • Decreases the tendency toward sagging and jowls
  • Eliminates or reduces puffiness of the face
  • Can help to eliminate fine lines of the face and has a diminishing effect on larger wrinkles
  • Improve complexion
  • Reduce double chins
  • Brightens the eyes
  • Helps lift drooping eyelids
  • Promote overall health and well-being!
  • Each treatment, facial along with whole body, is tailored to the individual. The end goal is not only to rejuvenate the look of the face, but also improve health in general.

There are some contraindications to this type of treatment, so if you are interested but have concerns please do not hesitate to book a 15 minute consultation to see if this is an appropriate avenue for you.

Appointments for facial acupuncture are roughly 90-120 minutes, with exception of the first visit which will run roughly 2.5 hours. An ideal schedule is twice per week for 3 weeks and then weekly after that for 6 weeks (plus or minus 2 weeks), however this can be flexible and will be discussed during your visits.

Naturopathic Acupuncture Services:

Acupuncture Initial (90-120 min) $150
Acupuncture Follow-up (45 min) $90

Child/Student and Senior Naturopathic Acupuncture Services:

Acupuncture Initial (70-120 min) $135
Acupuncture Follow-up (45 min) $80

Facial Rejuvenation:

Initial Visit $170
Follow-up $150
Package of 6 $810
Package of 12 $1,500
All fees subject to HST.

Child: 16 years of age or below
Student: must have valid student card
Senior: 65 years of age or over

Cancellations made within 12 hours notice will be charged a $50.00 cancellation fee. Fees are subject to change.

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Osteopathy

Osteopathy

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Fascial Stretch Therapy

Fascial Stretch Therapy

FASCIAL STRETCH THERAPY

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a unique, table-based assisted stretching technique that focuses on decompressing the joint capsule to effectively restore mobility and function to the myofascia.  It combines gentle traction with active and passive stretches in multiple planes of movement to unglue restricted tissues and optimize flexibility gains without pain. Fascial Stretch Therapy is different from other stretching systems in that it aims to effect the entire myofascial chain, rather than individual muscles.  
Fascial Stretch Therapy can help:

reduce muscular soreness and tension
improve body alignment and posture
improve recovery time
promote mental and physical relaxation
promote stress reduction
improve mobility
reduce the risk of injury
reduce back pain or discomfort
What to Expect

The assisted stretches are performed on a massage table by a certified Fascial Stretch Therapist.  Comfortable straps are used to stabilize the parts of the body not being stretched to better facilitate relaxation and increase the effectiveness of the stretch.  Clients should wear comfortable clothes that do not restrict motion.  Socks or bare feet are recommended.

FASCIAL STRETCH THERAPY FEES

30 minute Fascial Stretch Therapy – $50

60 minute Fascial Stretch Therapy – $85

All fees subject to HST.

*Please note that FST is not recommended for individuals with arthritis.

Infrared Sauna

Infrared Sauna Therapy

Infrared Sauna Therapy

At Spine Stretch Studio, far infrared sauna therapy is used for the following benefits below.

Detoxification

Skin is our largest organ and plays an important role in eliminating undesirable toxins. Infrared sauna therapy aids in the removal of toxins stored in fat cells, heavy metals, alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulfuric acid and cholesterol.

Ease Joint Pain and Stiffness

Infrared energy can penetrate up to 1.5” deep into muscle tissue. By heating muscle tissue vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels occur reducing muscle spasms, joint stiffness and pain. Infrared sauna therapy can alleviate discomfort due to conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Improve Injury Healing

Infrared sauna therapy used 24-48 hours post injury can reduce overall injury healing time for sprains and strains and reduce muscle tension of chronic soft tissue conditions. Stretching heated tissue allows for superior treatment when working with ligaments, tendons, fascia and joint capsules that have become scarred, thickened or contracted. Lengthening and flexibility is increased and maintained long after your treatment.

Weight Management

During an infrared sauna session, your body works hard to maintain a constant core temperature by increasing peripheral blood flow and by sweating consequently using energy. A single infrared sauna session can burn 300-900 calories. Water and waste trapped in fat cells break down and are eliminated through sweating decreasing the appearance of cellulite.

Improve Blood Circulation

Blood flow, circulation, and oxygenation are stimulated as the capillaries expand in the body during your infrared sauna session.

Cardiovascular Conditioning

Vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels increases your heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate providing a workout for your heart as the body attempts to cool itself by diverting blood from the internal organs to the extremities and skin.

Skin Care

Increased blood circulation to the skin brings fresh nutrients improving skin tone, texture and elasticity. Sweating assists in removing toxins that accumulate deep in the pores such as make-up, dirt, and lotions.

Enhance Immune System

As your core body temperature rises, your immune system inducing an “artificial fever” killing many viruses and bacteria. A fever is the body’s natural mechanism to strengthen the immune system.

How is An Infrared Sauna Different from a Conventional Sauna?

Energy emitted by an infrared sauna offers an astounding range of possible therapeutic benefits and effects according to research studies conducted around the world.

Infrared saunas are ideal in their design as they operate as safer, lower temperatures compared to conventional steam-based saunas. This feature makes breathing more comfortable and is considered safer making infrared sauna therapy a better alternative for a greater variety of individuals. Although an infrared sauna operates at only 110o F to 140o F, compared to a conventional sauna which operates at 180 F to 210 F, radiant heat from an infrared sauna can help the body produce two to three times more sweat.

Radiant heat is also very therapeutic for your overall well being. It helps to support your body’s natural “defense” system to easily ward off harmful contaminates. An infrared based system can warm your body to a much greater degree and in a much more efficient manner than a conventional sauna. The energy output from the infrared sauna is primarily used to convert energy directly inside the body and not to create excessively hot air which then only superficially heats the skin. This radiant heat is absorbed by your body to a depth of over 1.5 inches below the skin. The effect will increase your heart rate and metabolism burning 300-900 calories per session. These crucial differences help to explain why the health benefits available through infrared therapy are not attainable through the use of a conventional sauna.

Your private infrared sauna session is booked by appointment. Shower facilities are available.

INFRARED SAUNA SESSION FEES

45 min Infrared Sauna Session 25.00
Package of 5 – 45 min Infrared Sauna Sessions 90.00
Package of 10 – 45 min Infrared Sauna Sessions 150.00
Package of 20 – 45 min Infrared Sauna Sessions 200.00
1 Month Unlimited Sauna Sessions 100.00

All fees subject to HST.

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ELDOA

ELDOA

Duration 60 min | Cost $200.00 or 30.00 drop in rate + HST | 8 weeks

ELDOA is both a stretch & an exercise where you sweat and you aren’t even moving! The ELDOA are a series of static postural exercises that decompress joints and allow normalization of function locally and globally across many body systems.  It was developed by world renowned French Osteopath Guy Voyer, DO.   

ELDOA is a French acronym that stands for Entirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation Osteo-Articulaire. In English, the translation is LOADS, for Longitudinal Osteoarticular Decoaptation Stretching. ELDOA is both a myofascial stretch and a static strengthening exercise that helps normalize fascial chains and decompress targeted joints.

Some of the benefits include:

  • toning the intrinsic muscles of the spine for more stability and less injury risk
  • normalizing nerve function through spinal disc decompression
  • stretching the suspensory muscles and connective tissue for organs.
  • Increase postural health
  • Reduced back and joint pain
  • Increase stability
  • Enhance athletic performance

Posture IS health. The spine houses the nerves that feed our organs, and the connective tissue that suspends the organs enhances their function and attaches to the spine.

An ELDOA creates decompression, traction and normalization of fluids and tissue.  Where there is dysfunction, ELDOA can normalize muscles, ligaments, nerves, fascia, organs, proprioception and therefore the function of the nervous system and even endocrine systems is noted. Using the idea that mirco movement enhances macro function, ELDOA affects local and global body systems bringing them into harmony. It’s not unusual for a client with back pain to do ELDOA and experience less back pain, but also have normalized digestion, reproductive function, better sleep, less heart palpitations and more due to the effects of an ELDOA practice.

Understanding ELDOA takes more than just memorizing what the ideal postural position for that joint segment would look like. It will look different for each person based on their limitations.  An understanding of complexity and systems theory is taught in ELDOA courses to help the practitioner truly understand how the body works as a whole and where to intervene. A functional understanding of the body’s fascia system is necessary to understand how to put the fascia chains into tension for each person’s body limitations. The wonderful thing about ELDOA is that it can be used as a tool for assessment as well. Upon getting a client into the position for a specific ELDOA we can see the dysfunction in areas that give us clues to further help this person experience better health and function in their body.

 

Everyone benefits from ELDOA. The posture itself is a static hold for one minute that creates an aerobic metabolism and the byproducts of which are heat and water- sweat! That’s right, you’re not moving, but you’re sweating. This building up of heat and kinetic sense in the spinal joint creates a polarity change at the disc membrane level allowing sodium ions and water to flow back into the disc, rehydrating it and increasing space in the joint by normalizing supporting muscle tone. In some cases a fluidic model for performing an ELDOA may be used where the person goes in and out fluidically holding only for 10-15 seconds a few times to release adhesive patterns and move more fluid initially before attempting, as a progression, the full ELDOA.

 

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Pilates Instructors Richmond Hill

Holistic Therapists

Lisa Bender

Holistic Therapists

Lisa Bender

D.O.M.P., RMT

Lisa Bender is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Registered Massage Therapist and STOTT® Certified Pilates Instructor.  Lisa believes that optimal health begins with intelligent exercise and unifying body and physiological function.

Lisa has been practicing Massage Therapy since 1998.  Determined to become more educated in movement therapy, Lisa completed her training to become a STOTT® Certified Pilates Instructor and continued her education in therapeutic Pilates training by The Pilates Process.  Using her anatomy background, Lisa continued her path of healing with rehabilitation through Pilates.  Lisa opened Spine Stretch Studio in 2002, offering STOTT PILATES® training and Massage Therapy.  The studio grew quickly as members experienced the benefits of these two disciplines.  Taking a leap, Lisa moved into a large facility expanding into a fully equipped Pilates Studio and Wellness Centre incorporating Pilates training, Massage Therapy, Naturopathy, Acupuncture and other holistic therapies.  Through hard work and dedication, Lisa was awarded a Business of the Year award from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce in 2009.   

In 2015, Lisa graduated from Southern Ontario College of Osteopathy with an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner diploma and received an award for the highest grade on the final examination.   Bridging her expertise in Pilates and 17 years of clinical experience, Lisa extensively researched the connection between the psoas muscle (primary hip flexor commonly misused, mistreated and mistrained), stress and adrenal fatigue.  Her mission is to empower, educate and create passion in the process of healing and feeling your best.

 

 

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Rebecca Alton

Holistic Therapists

Rebecca Alton

Rebecca’s love of dance and sport led her to pursue a career in health and fitness.  After graduating from York University with a degree in Kinesiology, she became a CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist, working in corporate fitness as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and facility manager.  While looking to further her training, Rebecca was introduced to STOTT PILATES® and loved it!  She has been certified in Mat and Reformer since 2007.  Rebecca strives to give all her clients an enjoyable and challenging workout while helping them achieve their personal goals.

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Sascha Kerr

Holistic Therapists

Sascha Kerr

BA(Kin), RMT

Sascha is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where she earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology in 2004.  She furthered her studies in Massage Therapy and graduated with honors from the Canadian Therapeutic College in 2006.  Sascha has also completed additional training in the application of therapeutic ultrasound, soft tissue release, hot stone massage, and craniosacral techniques with the Upledger Institute.

Prior to becoming a massage therapist, Sascha worked as a personal trainer and kinesiologist at a private physiotherapy clinic.  Upon personally receiving many massage treatments from a young age, her interest in the profession grew and she decided to pursue massage as a career.  With her background in exercise rehabilitation, Sascha’s primary focus is to assist her clients in achieving an optimal state of health and wellbeing by using a therapeutic approach to prevent and treat a variety of conditions.

As a commitment to personal and professional growth, Sascha continues to expand her knowledge by attending a variety of courses and workshops.  She is currently enrolled in the Acupuncture Diploma Program at the SSC Acupuncture Institute in Toronto.

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Michelle McDonough

Holistic Therapists

Michelle McDonough

RMT

Michelle has worked in the wellness industry for the past 18 years, first obtaining her Massage Therapy license in the US in 1998.  She has work experience in New York, Utah, as well as throughout Europe and the Caribbean.  Michelle returned to Canada and registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario after graduating from the Sutherland-Chan School of Massage in 2014.

As a therapist, Michelle’s focus is to help people to reconnect with their bodies and bring them back to good health. She has experience in both relaxation and rehabilitation massage utilising techniques such as deep tissue, myofascial release, manual lymphatic drainage, Swedish massage, sports massage, TMJ, trigger point therapy, joint mobilization and pregnancy massage.

Michelle approaches treatment with a preventative aim in mind.  Treating people with a wide variety of ailments such as;  a need for stress reduction, repetitive use injuries, tendinitis, sprains, tension/migraine headaches, sciatica, fibromyalgia and much more.  Michelle believes that one of the most important aspects to healing is through education.

“An understanding of ones’ body helps us to maintain good health and prevent further issues.”

Having worked in many different countries over the years, Michelle has gained a world of experience and has become certified in many modalities which include Reflexology, Reiki, Hot Stone, Thai and Aqua Massage.

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Linda Shih

Holistic Therapists

Linda Shih

Hon.B.Sc., N.D.

Linda Shih, N.D. received her B.Sc (Hons) at the University of Toronto with a Major in Psychology and Minors in Physiology and Zoology. She continued to complete her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Diploma (ND) at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. In addition to this education, she holds number of certifications (not limited to those mentioned.)

Linda is a full body and long nerve tract Active Release Technique practitioner.  Active Release Technique (ART) focuses on treating musculoskeletal conditions such as sport injuries and nerve problems such as carpal tunnel or sciatica for example.  Additionally, she is also certified in and practices advanced Neuro-meridian Acupuncture which is an acupuncture technique that, like ART, specializes in treating nerve and muscle conditions.  Linda is also certified in Applied Kinesiology.

Linda is also certified in and practices Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.  This acupuncture technique focuses on improving the esthetics of the face and is always combined with body points to treat underling conditions.

Linda is trained in the following natural techniques and therapies including (but not limited to):

  • Acupuncture / Asian medicine
  • Botanical medicine
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Physical medicine
  • Lifestyle counseling
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Homeopathic medicine

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Chris King

Holistic Therapists

Chris King

Chris studied Soma Training and Somatotherapy at the Sutherland Academy of Osteopathy in Montreal making him one of a small elite group internationally who use Osteopathic principles for therapeutic exercise.  He is currently studying Osteopathy at Toronto’s Academy of Osteopathic Science, a unique school that blends therapy, Functional Neurology and Osteopathic exercise. He is also a Seneca College Fitness Leadership graduate, CHEK Practitioner 1, Holistic Lifestyle Coach, CPAFLA CSEP Fitness Assessor and certified Personal Trainer.  Chris has been working in the fitness & wellness industry since the year 2000.

His mission is to educate about health, fitness & lifestyle so you can truly live the life you want. Combining fitness expertise with his Osteopathic studies, Chris loves helping people improve the quality of their life, alleviating their pain or improving their athletic performance.

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