Health Info & Tips

5 pillars that make up a healthy, balanced body and mind

By on February 3, 2018

1. SLEEP ~ Research shows several tasks are carried out during sleep to help humans stay healthy and functioning their best. Your brain is hard at work forming pathways necessary for learning, accessing memories and creating new insights. Lack of sleep can affect your Wellness company Calgary SEbehaviour and cause problems with mood, ability to focus, attention and reflexes. Long term, chronic lack of sleep can increase obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular issues and decrease the body’s ability to resist infection. Sleep is vital to our wellbeing.

2. MINDSET ~ Healthy mind equals healthy body. More evidence is linking mindset and being present to health and wellbeing, performing better at work and in athletic events. Nurturing ones own mental health can also help prevent mental health problems associated with a chronic physical condition.

3. PLAY ~ Humans of all ages benefit from cognitive play. Play helps release endorphins; “the body’s own feel good chemicals.” These hormones promote a sense of wellbeing and offer temporarily relief of pain. The social benefit of play helps stimulate the mind to ward off stress and depression. Play can boost energy, vitality and creativity. Find strategies to incorporate play in your life to help you feel and look your best naturally.

4. FOOD ~ Our North American diet contributes to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes psychological disorders and all inflammation related disease. Current research on the microbiome proves food is associated with anemia, depression, learning and behavioural problems and unhealthy gut. Understanding the connections between food and wellbeing is imperative in maintaining health.

5. MOVEMENT ~ Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your overall mental and physical health. By increasing activity the risk of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancers, and Alzheimer’s all decrease.

Activities that best suits your current ability, budget and lifestyle will provide the most health benefits because you will stick with them long after the New Year’s resolution!

5 Reasons to See a Reflexologist

By on June 2, 2017

Most of us have already heard about reflexology and know it is one of the most efficient methods of integrative medicine. By applying pressure on the client’s feet and hands the reflexologist affects the reflex points that correspond with different body parts and organs.reflexology Calgary SE

Reflexology can:

  • • relieve pain,
  • • reduce stress and
  • • release blocked energy.

If you suffer from any of the following problems, you could benefit from a visit to a reflexologist. There are many wellness centers who offer reflexology services in Calgary.

  1. Digestive issues

If you experience constipation or diarrhea, have irritable bowel syndrome or other form of digestive issue, reflexologist can help with focusing on the reflex areas of digestive organs such as stomach, liver or gallbladder.

  1. Stress

Stress on the cellular level equals to energetic exhaustion and it is an important factor in many illnesses. One of the most sensitive areas on our feet is the solar plexus point. Working on this point helps restore inner balance and release the expletive energy, so you should feel more relaxed.

  1. Edema

The swelling is a result of fluid accumulation under the skin. It mostly occurs in the feet and legs or under the eyes and around the belly. It shows that the body is not able to get rid of the toxins completely. Reflexology stimulates and cleanses the lymphatic system and balances the amount of liquid in different parts of the body.

  1. Headaches

 The cause of the regular headaches lays in majority of the cases in the spine. This kind of pain starts in the center of our head and moves to the front or it starts above the forehead and spreads throughout the whole head. The tricky part is that we don’t even have to have any obvious troubles with our back. Reflexology can bring you instant relief and also improve other areas of your body that were affected by the spine issues as well.

  1. Lack of energy

Reflexology is one of the natural methods to combat fatigue. According to your specific condition the therapist stimulates different points in order to restore the natural flow of energy.

There are many other areas where reflexology can help, like insomnia, diabetes and detoxification. It is also a great diagnostic method which can be helpful in situations when you can’t seem to figure out “what’s wrong with you”.

And the best thing? Who doesn’t like to get a good foot rub once in a while?

The reflexology practitioner at our wellness center in Calgary’s SE
is experienced and well respected. Schedule and appointment  online.

Also, if you have any comments or would like to know more about reflexology please comment below.

Massage therapy and your car

By on May 2, 2017

What would massage therapy and your car have in common?

Have you ever looked at buying a used car?  What sort of things were important on your list? I bet a key thing you looked for is a car that was well maintained, had regular oil changes, and wasn’t prone to breakdown.  Deep tissue massage therapy Calgary SE

If you take care of your car, have its oil changed regularly, change out the battery when needed and perform regular maintenance on it, then why aren’t you taking care of yourself in the same way?

Practicing good health maintenance for yourself can help prevent your body from breaking down.  Most people feel good until they don’t and as a result they’re always reacting instead of being proactive.  Did you know that being proactive by maintaining your body and mind can save you from unnecessary illnesses, pain, and stress?  There are many things you can do in order to maintain good health including meditation, regular exercise, eating right, and massage therapy.

Massage therapy is one way of maintaining good health.
Massage therapy is an excellent way to maintain your mind and body in good shape. This modality is increasingly being used as standard treatment for a large range of medical conditions.  Studies have shown that regular massage therapy can help:

  • • anxiety,
  • • headaches,
  • • fibromyalgia,
  • • sports injuries,
  • • joint pain
  • • soft tissue strains or injuries and
  • • countless other health issues.

Massage therapy is a great tool in preventing illness. 
When you receive a massage treatment, it reduces your stress hormones and detoxifies your body, allowing your immune system to function better and in turn allows your body to fight off viruses and colds in a much more efficient way. Massage also helps circulate blood through your body bringing oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and organs. It helps your lymphatic system drain body toxins and other harmful materials.

Massage therapy helps prevent muscle injury and pain.
In addition to preventing illness, massage therapy is also very beneficial in preventing muscle pain.  We are talking about muscle injury and acute pain from:

  • • working out,
  • • taking part in sports,
  • • physically demanding jobs, or
  • • even from desk jobs, where your shoulders and lower back are strained from sitting too long.

These injuries and related pain are preventable by making sure your self-care regime involves regular massage therapy.  Far too often people seek a massage once they are in pain from straining their backs or other muscles. You can avoid acute muscle pain and strain by maintaining good health through massage therapy.

You would never let your oil changes go so far that your engine would break down and you should never let your body go so far that you find yourself sick and in tremendous pain.  Regular health maintenance is an important part of being and staying well

If you want to know more about massage
or would like to schedule an appointment please contact us.

Bad posture?

By on January 7, 2017

It begins with structure and we are here to help with Osteopathy, Massage therapy, Acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy. ostopathy, massage, craniosacral, acupuncture, wellness center Calgary

Here’s some tips:

~ Muscles to Stretch~
1. Suboccipitals
2. Pecs
3. Hip Flexors
4. Hamstrings

~Muscles to Strengthen~
1. Mid- and Lower-Trapezius
2. Anterior & Posterior Core
3. Glute Muscles

Poor posture can cause a variety of problems such as back pain, neck pain, poor circulation, joint degeneration and more.

When improving your posture, our health practitioners at Relaxing Wellness (osteopathic therapist, acupuncturist, massage and craniosacral therapist) will work with you to determine the cause and decide on a course of treatment.

Contact us to book an appointment.

CranioSacral Therapy Benefits

By on March 16, 2016

Chronic neck or back pain?

Have you tried deep tissue massage, acupuncture and myofascial cupping to release the adhesions, with incomplete success?

Craniosacral therapy in Douglasdale, Calgary, Douglasglen, McKenzie Lake

CranioSacral therapy is a light touch therapy that works to release restrictions from the connective tissue around the brain and spinal column. This allows for easier movement of the fascial system throughout the body and more efficient flow of spinal fluid around the brain and spinal column.

This is a good indication the deeper levels of connective tissue inside the spine need to be stretched and balanced. And because we are working with a tissue with such an intimate relationship with the brain,

CranioSacral can also be beneficial for a wide variety of conditions including:

  • headaches,
  • concussions,
  • hormone imbalances,
  • vision problems, and
  • post traumatic injuries.

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Interview – How can Osteopathy help?

By on September 21, 2015

A brief interview with Dan Renaud,
in training to be a Manual Osteopath

Question: There is a new service you are providing at Relaxing Wellness Company,  in Douglasdale, Calgary, called Manual Osteopathy. I was wondering if you could elaborate more on what is Manual Osteopathy.

Dan: Osteopathic Manual Practice is a form of manual therapy that looks at the body as a whole in mind, body and spirit. The osteopathic treatment philosophy seeks to identify areas of the body that are restricted or constricted and then gently ease these restrictions so that normal function can resume.

Question: Let’s say I have back pain, how can you help me with the use of osteopathy?shoulder pain, Calgary, neck pain, Calgary se, Douglasdale, McKenzie Lake, knee pain, lower back pain, chiropractor

Dan: Absolutely, if you came into our clinic and were experiencing low back pain, I would ask you some basic questions to identify a history. Questions may include:

  • How it did it happen?
  • How long have you had the injury for?
  • Did you recall anything unusual that precipitated the low back pain?

I will do range of motion testing to see if there are any restrictions. I will palpate to see what the muscle tissue feels like under my fingers.  I will also do orthopedic testing to find out if the issue requires more diagnostic testing and evaluation.

Once I determine it is safe to proceed I will apply the joint mobilizations to loosen up the area. When I say joint mobilization, it’s a softer and slower approach that is different from chiropractic manipulation.

After I have mobilized the area,  I will apply muscular energy technique and help the individual gently stretch to further facilitate muscular or myofascial release. From here I will work above and below the area of complaint and repeat both the mobilization and muscular energy technique.

Based on the findings and outcome of the treatment I will suggest a stretching routine for the client to work on at home. Once I see some improvement in a clients range of motion and a decrease in pain, I will start engaging in muscular strengthening to aid in rehabilitation of the affected areas.

Question: Ok, so this is a softer approach. So whoever is afraid of going to a chiropractor, or doesn’t want to, this may help.

Dan: Yes.

Question: We always have to take care of ourselves so the homework will help, right?

Dan: The homework is key. At the end of the day I’m a facilitator of health, I do not cure. It is my goal through education and communication the clients will take ownership in their healthcare, and be committed to the healing process.

UPDATE: Dan Renaud is a fully licensed osteopath now.


Please contact Dan if you need more clarification on Manual Osteopathy or

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