The Which Doctor Guide to Wellness Gifts (Online!)
by Catherine Morris | December 2, 2020, updated about 1 month ago
There’s been a push over the last few years to gift experiences, and not items that may be discarded after one, or no uses. We definitely vibe with that, but how do you do that when all of the experiences are shut down (thanks Covid). How do you gift to the people who are outside of your bubble, reduce postage costs, and also keep your commitment to gifting-green?
Turn to online experiences!
Our eclectic mix of practitioners and services means that we have the perfect gift for everyone and anyone—no matter their interests, personality, circumstances, or health goals. An amazing online healing, or personal betterment experience is just a click away.
We have so much to offer, so you'll have no trouble picking the right present for the right person. But if you don’t mind some unsolicited advice—we gotcha....
1. For that friend who needs to know what 2021 has in store
Bye bye 2020! We won’t miss you! Okay, so 2020 is soon to wrap up, and we're all hoping that 2021 knows how to act, but why leave the future shrouded in mystery? If you've got someone in your life who's looking towards the future, setting new goals and challenges, or who’s open minded and interested in what lies ahead, treat them to an unusual experience by gifting them a session with one of our forward-looking practitioners. In our network you can:
- Book a tarot card reading to get guidance from the cards
- Consult with an astrologer to see what's in the stars
- Get an angel reading to set a New Year affirmation
- Gift the opportunity for your friend to consult with their inner compass through crystal mapping
2. For your science nut brother, who loves collecting data
How’d that get there? How can that be a thing? Sometimes our bodies are kind of bizarre and mysterious. Get a glimpse of what's going on under the hood with DNA testing. It will delight your science-minded relatives, and give them more data to fiddle with when adjusting and perfecting their personal wellness routines. Which Doctor practitioners can help:
- Order and decipher genetic testing to help build a customized meal plan
- Test for specific conditions such as food sensitivities, IBS, Crohn's or Celiac Disease
3. For the pet parent who is OBSESSED with their fur baby...
Pets need presents too, and there are lots of alternative health services to keep our beloved animals in top condition. Some of our practitioners offer services for your non-human companions, such as:
- Energy healing with a remote reiki session for furry clients
- Holistic healing with an animal Bodytalk session
- Light-worker healing protocol to bless and heal pets
4. For the spouse or partner who's feeling Grinchy...
If your significant other is more Grinch than Santa at this time of year, maybe it's time to reconnect and help them relax. Even if they can’t get down with the Christmas spirit, they can probably get down with you. Online couples-based therapies in our network include:
- Talking to an intimacy counsellor (your relationship doesn’t need to be struggling!)
- Working it out together with couples therapy from your own home
5. For your Dad, who can't get up from a chair without complaining
Your parents and other relatives may be slowing down as they age, but it's not too late to get them moving...and it doesn't have to involve the gym. They can workout safely from the comfort of their own home with one of our fitness professionals, so this Christmas, why not give them the gift of supple joints, improved health, and better longevity. Fitness practitioners can help them:
- Try a few gentle asanas, at their own speed, with restorative online yoga
- Ease old injuries and increase flexibility with stretch and strength therapy
- Give Clinical Somatics a go—a movement-based therapy to correct posture and soothe muscle pain
6. For the creative cousin who's lacking inspiration
It's been a tough year for creatives, what with the economy taking a turn and mental health issues on the rise. If you know someone who's put away their paintbrushes or abandoned their art, get them back on track with our experienced creative practitioners who offer services such as:
- Drawing, painting or sculpting under the guidance of a supportive art therapist
- Rewilding dance workshop to let loose and connect to a higher power
7. For your workaholic colleague
We all know what it's like to struggle with the work-life balance. Stress is a big contributor to disease, so if you know someone who's been pulling too many all-nighters, or is taking on more than they can handle, help them invest in wellness this Christmas. They can:
- Talk to a performance coach about reaching their full potential
- Book a session with a 'burnout coach' to help align priorities and reduce stress
8. For your mum, who worries about feeding the family properly
With so much conflicting health advice out there, it's hard for home cooks to know exactly what a well-balanced meal looks like. Get help from the professionals to craft a diet that works for everyone in the house, no matter their age or issues. Our services include:
- Customised advice on what to eat, and how to eat it, from a holistic chef
- A beginner's guide to the plant-life with a vegan kitchen reset
- Herbalist consultation to find out how herbs can help your health
9. For your sister, who hasn't gotten off of the couch for like, six months
We get it, the pandemic put a halt to everyone's fitness regime. No more gyms, no more classes, and no more workout buddies. All's not lost though—we've lots of exercise experiences to choose from, including:
- A virtual personal trainer to plan a workout that works for you, and keep you motivated
- An online pilates mat-work session
- A women's self-defence course for an empowered workout that offers protection and strength.
10. For your possibly moody, maybe angsty (nothing to say that angst isn’t earned) music-loving teen
Sound can do amazing things, it can change your mood, change your outlook, and change your health picture. So, if you know someone who raves about rhythm, why not treat them to something a bit different that’ll be good for their mental health too? Which Doctor practitioners can help them:
- Try a sound healing session with cleansing vibrational energy
- Tune into meditative music therapy
- Relax and release to the sound of Tibetan singing bowls
11. For your younger sister who is obsessed with smelling good
Just as sound is powerful, so is smell. We're not talking about perfume and aftershave though, essential oils give the same pleasing scents, but with a whole host of health benefits. Scent-based experiences include:
- Meeting with one of our qualified aromatherapists who can create a specially-made custom blend
- Consulting with an essential oil specialist to see how scents can improve your wellbeing
12. For your uncle who can't quit smoking
New Years Eve and all the resolutions that come with it, are just around the corner, many of us are thinking about leaving our bad habits behind as we enter into the new year. Whether trying to quit smoking, junk food, alcohol or any of the other million and one bad habits we [i]all enjoy, you don't have to go it alone. So give someone a helping hand this Christmas. Through our network you can:
- Talk to a therapist about sustainable strategies for quitting
- Let a hypnotherapist break bad habits for good
BONUS: And One For YOU (because self-care matters)
You've been frantically holiday shopping, planning dinner, wrapping presents, decorating the house, and generally falling headlong into the Christmas rush. It's time you took a break. Centre yourself for the season with our meditation coaches and take a mindful moment amid the rush.
Alternatively, snap up a Which Doctor gift card so you (or your lucky friends and family) can browse our network and choose your own healing experience.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Which Doctor, our practitioners look forward to helping you achieve your best health—this season, and all year long!
Catherine Morris is an award-winning journalist with a bad case of wanderlust and a passion for all things health and wellness. Originally from Northern Ireland, she worked as a news and feature writer for media outlets in the UK, South Africa, France and the Caribbean before settling in Canada. Catherine now lives in Alberta with her husband and rescue mutt and spends her time happily exploring the great outdoors with both.