Acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of a system of medicine that originated in China more than 3000 years ago. Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny hair thin needles placed on specific anatomic points that restores the body's energy flow so that a perfect equilibrium and balance can exist. When the energy flow is restored blood and qi circulate and this allows the body to what it naturally is drawn to do, that... Read More

Acupuncture is part of a system of medicine that originated in China more than 3000 years ago. Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny hair thin needles placed on specific anatomic points that restores the body's energy flow so that a perfect equilibrium and balance can exist. When the energy flow is restored blood and qi circulate and this allows the body to what it naturally is drawn to do, that is come back to balance and heal it's self.

WHAT ARE QI AND MERIDIANS?
Qi (pronounced chee) or vital energy, flows through specific pathways in the body that follow distinct channels called Meridians.

Meridian based acupuncture is founded on an understanding of the body as a dynamic system able to regulate itself. When the body is in optimal health Qi and Blood flow with ease through the meridian system. However, life keeps throwing more and more challenges at us and it is difficult to maintain this natural balance. Each time we experience a physical injury or stress no matter how slight, our muscles tense. This can happen over and over again creating our own tension patterns. Over time if these tension patterns are not released the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam. The disruption can lead to pain, numbness, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture can release blocked energy in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.

DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
The insertion is relatively painless, some needles are not felt at all while others bring a slight pricking sensation, though this sensation dissipates very quickly. Be assured your acupuncturist will adjust any needles so the discomfort is minimal. Overall acupuncture is a pleasant experience. After the needles are in and the patient is comfortable and warm, it is common for people to feel so relaxed that they have a nap.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GO?
The frequency and number of treatments differ from person to person. Some people experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, usually eight to ten visits in total. After a thorough consultation and initial treatment, your acupuncturist will work out a treatment plan with you.

WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
The World Health Organization (WHO) currently recognizes more than 40 conditions that can be treated with acupuncture. However, it is important to remember that acupuncture treats the whole person, not just the condition. Even if your condition is not listed below, you may still benefit from acupuncture.

Pain is one of the most common and well known conditions that respond quickly to acupuncture treatments. It includes Back Pain (lower, middle or upper), Dental Pain, Facial Pain, Headache, Joint pain, Menstrual Pain, Migraines, Neck Pain, Post-operative Pain, etc.

Other commonly treated conditions recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) include:

Addiction
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Arthritis
Allergies
Anxiety
Arthritis
Asthma
Bell’s Palsy
Common Cold
Crohn’s Disease, Colitis
Depression
Digestive Disorders
Eye Disorders
Frozen Shoulder
Fibromyalgia
Hypertension
Hypotension

Infertility
Insomnia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Menopausal Syndromes
Menstrual Disorders
Migraine Headaches
Morning Sickness
Nausea and Vomiting
PMS
Repetitive Stress Injury
Sciatica
Sinusitis
Stress
Stroke and/or Stroke Prevention
Sprains
Tendonitis
Tennis Elbow
TMJ
Urinary Disorders


Remedial Massage Therapy

Sometimes our patients say: "It hurts so good!". Deep Tissue Rehabilitation is used for the purpose of treating both acute and chronic pain conditions. Those who choose this form of treatment may have just walked off of the tennis court with a serious injury, suffered a motor vehicle accident, or struggled with a frozen shoulder or a "bad hip" for years. Other conditions that respond very ... Read More

Sometimes our patients say: "It hurts so good!". Deep Tissue Rehabilitation is used for the purpose of treating both acute and chronic pain conditions. Those who choose this form of treatment may have just walked off of the tennis court with a serious injury, suffered a motor vehicle accident, or struggled with a frozen shoulder or a "bad hip" for years.

Other conditions that respond very well to Deep Tissue Rehabilitation include tendonitis, migraine/tension headaches, chronic low back pain, hip/knee/shoulder trauma, and any injury other within soft tissue structures. It is also top choice for those who desire a deep massage therapy treatment. Equilibrium's Registered Massage Therapists will use a firmer pressure in order to access the deepest levels of muscle tissue, but will work within your pain tolerance to ensure an enjoyable experience.


Principle Massage Therapy

Principle Massage Therapy Treatments are performed by RMT's (Registered Massage Therapist) within Equilibrium that have more than 10 years of experience, and a specialty area in which they have focused. These RMT's carry extensive continuing education hours in their specific area of focus, and are committed to remaining current in their field of knowledge and focus ie. Prenatal Massage Therapy ... Read More

Principle Massage Therapy Treatments are performed by RMT's (Registered Massage Therapist) within Equilibrium that have more than 10 years of experience, and a specialty area in which they have focused. These RMT's carry extensive continuing education hours in their specific area of focus, and are committed to remaining current in their field of knowledge and focus ie. Prenatal Massage Therapy and Myofascial Treatment.

All Principle RMT's are adept at performing Deep Tissue Rehabilitation, used for the purpose of treating both acute and chronic pain conditions. Those who choose this form of treatment may have just walked off of the tennis court with a serious injury, suffered a motor vehicle accident, or struggled with a frozen shoulder or a "bad hip" for years.

Other conditions that respond very well to Deep Tissue Rehabilitation include tendonitis, migraine/tension headaches, chronic low back pain, hip/knee/shoulder trauma, and any injury other within soft tissue structures. It is also top choice for those who desire a deep massage therapy treatment. Equilibrium's RMT's will use a firmer pressure in order to access the deepest levels of muscle tissue, but will work within your pain tolerance to ensure an enjoyable experience.


Prenatal Massage Therapy

Equilibrium has three Registered Massage Therapists on staff (Jenna McMahon, Dana Sawatzky + Mary Neufeld), that each specialize in the treatment of the pregnant body. This means they have made the choice to direct their clinical focus towards aiding and abetting the many soft tissue responses that the human body experiences during pregnancy. They have taken post-graduate training and certifica... Read More

Equilibrium has three Registered Massage Therapists on staff (Jenna McMahon, Dana Sawatzky + Mary Neufeld), that each specialize in the treatment of the pregnant body. This means they have made the choice to direct their clinical focus towards aiding and abetting the many soft tissue responses that the human body experiences during pregnancy. They have taken post-graduate training and certification to deepen their understanding of both the physiological and anatomical structures involved in pregnancy.

WHY CHOOSE A PRE-NATAL MASSAGE THERAPIST?
Pre-Natal Massage Therapists have chosen to specialize in the treatment of the pregnant body. In order to do this, a Pre-natal Massage Therapist must have taken post-graduate training and certification to deepen their understanding of both the physiological and anataomical structures involved in pregnancy. Through this they also gain knowledge of the many pathological conditions that can arise during pregnancy. This allows your Pre-Natal Massage Therapist to tailor your therapeutic treatment specifically for your own changing body. While a Registered Massage Therapist can deal with standard imbalances within the body with competence, it is recommended that you choose a Pre-Natal Massage Therapist for the duration of your pregnancy.

WHAT SYMPTOMS CAN BE TREATED?
Some women find pregnancy particularly challenging as they are forced to discontinue the usage of medications utilized prior to becoming pregnant. Whether these medications were used for chronic pain management, allergies, or even the common cold, your Pre-Natal Massage Therapist can offer you many natural treatment alternatives.

The following conditions (to name a few) can be addressed though massage therapy:

sinus congestion due to colds + allergies
migraines + tension/hormonal headaches
muscle cramps + spasms
pain in both groin + pubic bones due to overstretched ligaments (pubic symphysis disorder)
low back pain
mid/upper back pain due to added weight of breast tissue + growing abdomen
sciatica
edema (swelling expecially in the lower limbs)
pregancy-induced carpal tunnel

Another important benefit of massage therapy is the relief of stress. As the body changes, regular daily living patterns have to be altered, and as your hormones fluctuate, it is important to nurture yourself. Your Pre-Natal Massage Therapist can not only assist in providing you with physical therapeutic support in this regard, but educate you on self-care techniques as well. This will help you to enjoy your pregnancy and prepare for a successful labour and delivery.


Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese energy healing technique that works on the body holistically; on the whole mind, body and spirit.. Reiki is a relaxing technique that uses the laying on of hands with the intention of transmitting healing energy from practitioner to patient. The purpose is to relieve stress and pain, induce relaxation, release emotional blockages, and accelerate natural healing. it combines ... Read More

Reiki is a Japanese energy healing technique that works on the body holistically; on the whole mind, body and spirit.. Reiki is a relaxing technique that uses the laying on of hands with the intention of transmitting healing energy from practitioner to patient. The purpose is to relieve stress and pain, induce relaxation, release emotional blockages, and accelerate natural healing. it combines well with other modalities supporting necessary change in a gentle and non-invasive way.


Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on technique that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain, dysfunction and improve overall well-being mentally and physically. This is achieved by addressing the bones of the head, spine, and sacrum. Patients often report a feeling of deep relaxation during and after the treatment. Craniosacral therapy works well with other modal... Read More

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on technique that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain, dysfunction and improve overall well-being mentally and physically. This is achieved by addressing the bones of the head, spine, and sacrum. Patients often report a feeling of deep relaxation during and after the treatment. Craniosacral therapy works well with other modalities to speed up healing both mentally and physically.


Hot Stone Massage

Come to a place of harmony and balance within. Beat the chills this winter with a luxurious Hot Stone Massage. With heated volcanic basalt stones, a specialty trained RMT will knead away winter’s cold in a grounding 90 minute appointment. The heat seeping out of the smooth stones causes deep relaxation of your muscles, and rids your body of the stress and tension that can come from the busy... Read More

Come to a place of harmony and balance within.

Beat the chills this winter with a luxurious Hot Stone Massage. With heated volcanic basalt stones, a specialty trained RMT will knead away winter’s cold in a grounding 90 minute appointment. The heat seeping out of the smooth stones causes deep relaxation of your muscles, and rids your body of the stress and tension that can come from the busy pre-holiday season.

Hot Stone Massage will calm your nervous system, allowing your body to rest and digest. The heat and pressure from the stones increases your overall circulation, providing the important fuel to keep your body functioning at maximum capacity. Improved immune function through the movement of lymph will assist you in fighting off that winter cold or flu, and increase your body’s ability to detox and cleanse. Feel your tightly knotted muscles release faster and more efficiently, through the application of damp penetrating heat.

Equilibrium currently has three therapists specially trained to provide you with this total body experience, each with their own unique style.


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