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

 

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. Naturopathic Doctors 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 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 Doctors use a variety of Naturopathic therapies and select the most appropriate ones for each 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, your naturopath will formulate an individualized treatment plan.

What to expect

On your first visit, you will receive a detailed intake of relevant medical history, 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 are approximately ninety minutes in length. You may also receive treatment on the first visit depending on the health concern.

The second visit is typically 60 minutes in length, and often may include 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 health care 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 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 are approximately 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
  • Decrease the tendency toward sagging and jowls
  • Eliminate 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
  • Brighten the eyes
  • Help 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 60-90 minutes, with exception of the first visit which will run roughly 2-2.5 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.

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

Manual Osteopathy is a form of drug-free non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine. Its aim is to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.

These basic principles are:
 • Our body is a unique biological unit
 • The body has the inherent ability to defend, heal, correct & regulate itself
 • Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated. Any structural changes affect function and vice versa

When a body is injured or not functioning 100% it compensates in negative ways. Osteopathic treatments restore the normal functioning of the affected areas of the body by stimulating a more appropriate healing process. It focuses on the relationships between different systems of the human body (musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, pulmonary, digestive system etc).  The patient is assessed and treated as a whole unit with the goal to bring the body back to a healthy state of balance.  Techniques are soft tissue and joint based and also include cranial sacral therapy.

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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.

 

Yoga Tune Up®

Yoga Tune Up®

Duration 60 |

Yoga Tune Up® is a corrective exercise format that improves overall strength, flexibility and co-ordination. It has a scientific approach to movement, with a yogic perspective. In class we will use therapy balls to help release and activate the tissues and muscles we will be focusing on, then we will use classical yoga poses and specially designed exercises to strengthen our muscles and joints through proper alignment and muscle engagement.

Yoga Tune Up is beneficial for everyone and EVERY BODY! Whether  you are new to yoga, or interested in exploring a different approach to your regular practice, this class is for you!

This is an all level class.  Drop in and class packs available. 

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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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Angela Greco

Holistic Therapists

Angela Greco

BScPT, D.O.M.P., BAPE, CAT(c), SPC(c) Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Athletic Therapy, Integrative Healing
 
Angela has been practicing in the field of sports physiotherapy, consciousness and the healing arts for 31 years. In 1993 she was struck with lightening and since became sensitive to subtle energies. She now integrates body work from osteopathy, athletic therapy, visceral and myofascial bodywork, polarity therapy, craniosacral therapy, zero balancing, manual physical therapy and yoga therapy/meditation with energetic and consciousness work. Her intention is to help her clients be free within themselves and bring a natural state of harmony and well being to their entire organism.
 
She has a B.Sc in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto, a B.A. in Physical Education from UWO, is certified in Athletic Therapy and Sports Physiotherapy and a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Therapy from the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto. Her research thesis was a quantitative study on circulation and venous drainage from the cranium. She studied Classical Osteopathy with Dr. John Wernham, a 100 year old osteopath in Maidstone, UK and continues to study Biodynamic Osteopathy with Dr. Jealous in USA completing phases 1 – 9 and 3 levels of Pediatrics. She has trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and is certified to teach mindfulness meditation for stress reduction and yoga a teacher since 2000 and restorative yoga since 2009.
 
Her impressive work experience includes sports specific treatment and training with elite/Olympic level athletes around the world as a member of the Canadian Medical Team at the Pan American, World University FISU Games, Maccabia, Commonwealth and Olympic Games; working full time with performing artists/dancers with the National Ballet School of Canada for 3 years and Billy Elliot, musical for 1 year, and 5 years with acrobats, gymnasts, trampolinists and contortionists while touring internationally with Cirque du Soleil. She specializes in working with hypermobile syndromes and concussions.
 
It is her passion to work with artists and those seeking true healing and depth in their expression of themselves in the world. Angela has done extensive work and travel around the world and integrates this diverse educational background with life experience to help facilitate healing of the whole person.

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Dr. Zoran Jelicic

Holistic Therapists

Dr. Zoran Jelicic

R.TCMP, R.Ac, B.Med (TCM)

Zoran has pursued his interest in complementary and alternative medicine for over 20 years. In order to further his clinical knowledge he studied Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at The Michener Institute for Applied Health Science and at the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where he received his Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Honors Diploma. Zoran also holds Bachelor of Medicine (TCM) degree from the Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Additionally, Zoran was a resident Massage Therapist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner at St. John’s Rehab Hospital for 8 years where he also did his advanced training in Traditional Chinese Rehabilitation Medicine and Traumatology.

Zoran teaches Traditional Chinese Medicine at Humber College and the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a Professor and past chair of the Integrated Medicine and Chinese Manual Medicine departments.

Professionally, Zoran is also involved in the promotion of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture as a member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario. His current private practice involves the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in the treatment of Male, Female and Seasonal Health Issues.

 

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Dr. Jeanny Kim

Holistic Therapists

Dr. Jeanny Kim

Naturopathic Doctor

“No one should settle for a life of illness. I believe that, with time and personal effort, anyone can achieve great health and happiness.”

Since graduating from the Doctor of Naturopathy degree program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Dr. Jeanny Kim, ND has made it her mission to transform patients’ health through education, evidence-based treatment, and on-going support. With over 10 years of clinical experience, she can help you understand what is going on in your body, why you are experiencing a health crisis, and then create an individualized plan so you start feeling better.

As a long-time competitive athlete, Jeanny understands the importance of keeping your body – and mind – in top shape. Now, as a mom of two energetic boys and a baby girl, she is an advocate for family health, setting a good example for young souls, and wanting to be strong and healthy herself to keep up with their kids for years to come. Jeanny is currently undergoing additional training to become a Naturopathic Doula, and provide more specialized care for couples during their pregnancy and parenting journey.

“Only when we fully commit to a holistic view of health – in how we eat, think, live – can we benefit from the phenomenal power of preventative medicine.”

Aside from supporting her patients in-clinic, Jeanny can be found spending time outdoors, working out, or chasing their kids around (her second full-time job!).

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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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Dr. Linda Shih

Holistic Therapists

Dr. Linda Shih

Hon.B.Sc., N.D.

Dr. Linda Shih is a Board Certified and Licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) with additional training in many facets of the profession.  She received her B.Sc (Hons) degree from the University of Toronto with a Major in Psychology and Minor in Physiology and Zoology.  She continued her education and focused on health and wellbeing at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, graduating with a Diploma of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) in 2010.  

In addition to this extensive education, Dr. Linda has further trained in courses that help to expand as well as refine her Naturopathic practice.  These include Full Body and Long Nerve Tract Active Release Technique (ART), Advanced Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, as well as continuing education in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). 

As a Naturopathic Doctor with a dynamic practice, Dr. Linda strives to provide a welcoming and individualistic experience for her clients.  One of the primary reasons she sought to study and work within the Naturopathic Health field was a love of solving puzzles. Health and wellbeing can be incredibly complex and putting the pieces together is one area that Dr. Linda both enjoys and excels.  She sees each client as an individual and strives to approach health and wellness with this in mind.  She treats both the root cause of disease as well as her clients’ symptoms to give a well rounded, whole body solution.

In addition, Dr. Linda is passionate about preventative medicine.  She loves to empower her clients to take charge of their health to the best of their abilities.  By offering numerous treatment solutions and laboratory analyses, Dr. Linda blends both research and traditional knowledge to help her clients achieve their best health. Treatments frequently offered include acupuncture, botanical medicine, diet and lifestyle recommendations, nutritional supplements, as well as soft tissue manipulation (myofascial release, cupping, massage).

Along with her practice, Dr. Linda is an educator helping to train the next generation of Naturopathic doctors.  She currently works as a Teaching Assistant at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, training in courses including Hydrotherapy, Physiology, Acupuncture, as well as Physical and Sport Medicine. In her spare time she loves to cook, play tennis, travel, as well as spend time with friends. 

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