Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners use eastern healing modalities to provide holistic care. This may involve Chinese herbs, acupuncture for energy healing, or other treatments.
Chinese Medicine Practitioners
Ziji Acupuncture Clinic
Five Element Theory Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of very thin needles into areas of the body described as acupuncture points, to promote wellness, this healing method has existed for thousands of years. It is used to treat various kinds of pain conditions, systemic illness, and imbalances of the energy system and more. Providing long term vitality and wellness can be the goal of an acupuncture treatment plan in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
SERVICESAcupunctureAndrea McKee, R.Ac works with you to help find the root of the problem by tongue and pulse diagnosis and looking at the individual as a whole. Andrea’s knowledge developed through Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine will help restore balance and heal naturally. Healing using acupuncture points can be stimulated to regulate the circulation of qi, which influences the health of the entire being.Acupuncture points can also be stimulated with different methods including:Acupuncture, the deepest level of stimulation;Acupressure, stimulation with the hands;Qigong, stimulation with no touch;Herbology, to balance the chemistry of the body’s systems, naturallyAcupuncture can help with: stress and anxiety, insomnia, fertility, menstrual irregularities, weight loss, pre-menopause, menopause, fibroids, endometriosis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating. As well as, acne, candida, psoriasis, eczema, allergies, colds, asthma, sinus conditions, addictions, fatigue, depression, and much more.60 minutes, $85Acupressure MassageAcupressure seeks to remedy illness through the application of deep finger pressure at points located along an ‘invisible’ system of energy channels called meridians. Acupressure massage can be used over general areas of the body to promote the flow of qi and blood through the stagnation in the meridian system. A wonderful treatment for those looking to detoxify and feel lighter, harmonized and more balanced.60 minutes, $80Auricular TherapyA type of acupuncture applied only to the ears. Ear acupuncture therapy is to treat diseases by stimulating certain points of the ear with needles. It is held in Traditional Chinese Medicine, that the ear is a microcosm connected with channels and collaterals and zang-fu organs, and is a part of the body as an organic whole.30 – 45 minutes, $45Hot StoneIf you are in need of something to help you relax, relieve muscle tension or to help forget about the rough day, then hot stone massage is right for you. The therapeutic benefits of hot stone massage have been around for centuries, ancient cultures have used this technique to improve overall mental, spiritual and physical wellness. It also helps to rejuvenate, relax, detoxify, harmonize and restore balance in the body’s system. Andrea works with movement of basalt stones over the entire body to help your body and mind relax at the deepest level. Some ailments that Andrea works on treating are, muscular aches and pains, MS, arthritis, fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety, circulatory problems, insomnia, depression and facial rejuvenation. Through treatments working with post natal care, is one that is highly beneficial to the new mother.90 minutes, $125ReflexologyWhen we are stressed our body’s defences break down and we become more susceptible to illness and disease. Reflexology reduces stress by generating deep tranquil relaxation, helping the body balance itself and allowing healing energy to flow. By stimulating more than 7000 nerves in the feet, reflexology encourages the opening and clearing of neural pathways. It interrupts pain pathways, reducing pain. Patients will notice improved circulation, improved immune system, and increased energy.30 – 60 minutes, $45 – $75Fire cuppingBy creating suction, fire cupping removes blockages in the flow of fluid in the body’s connective tissues to free themselves up. The sensation that you experience is similar to certain types of professional massages, instead of pushing, the fire cupping creates a pulling sensation. You will literally be able to feel tension in your body, particularly in your back muscles, beginning to free up. Very relaxing and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi to internal organs as well as a great way to detoxify and release pain. Great treatment for pulled hamstrings, neck and shoulder tension and general back pain.GuashaGua is to scrap or rub and sha is the blood stasis in the subcutaneous tissue before and after it is released, appearing in the form of reddish, elevated skin ‘rash’. Guash is a Traditional Chinese healing art that dates back to over two thousand years. Guasha also helps to promote qi and blood circulation as well as removes heat, toxins and stagnant blood and lymph fluid from the body to improve one’s health. Great healing art for toxins, stagnation of blood and lymph fluid, fatigue and emotional stress. Red spots that appear on the skin indicate that toxins are being released, if the area is deep purple it indicates blood stagnation, dark green discoloration is a sign that the blood and toxic qi are being released from the system.Medical Qi GongA healing art that naturally reduces stress and calms the shen. No touch therapy. Promotes relaxation and natural healing. If one qi and vital energy are in good balance we are better able to respond to acupuncture treatments and are more likely to feel more at peace and healthy. About AndreaAndrea is passionate about helping others to live their lives free from health barriers. With her gentle spirit and compassionate nature, she strives to help each person in achieving their physical, mental and emotional goals toward wellness.Andrea has experience in working with an array of health conditions including migraines, arthritis, stress, anxiety, depression, upper respiratory infections, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, menstrual disorders, infertility, etc. She particularly enjoys the areas of internal medicine, women’s health, psychiatry, and pediatrics.CredentialsAcupuncture Diploma: Canadian College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (CCATCM)Total 2200 hours of instruction, including 660 hours of clinical practiceAcupressure Massage Level 1, 2,3 CertificationAtsuikuroishi (Japanese) Hot Stone Massage TherapistAuricular TherapistReflexology CertificationMedical Qi Gung CertificationLife Coach, CertificationAcupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of NS (ATCMANS) memberChinese Medicine & Acupuncture Association of Canada (CMAAC) memberAs many of us do, I once lived a stressful life, never taking time to slow down always on the go, working 40+ hours a week and solely responsible for raising my child, I felt lost with myself, stressed and exhausted. I didn’t stop.I soon discovered firsthand how important it was to take care of myself and take time to breath. I was more tired than usual and lost a significant amount of weight. Too busy to notice, too busy to care. Until I found a lump. I was given less than a year to live, and my chances of surviving stage 4 cancer were slim to none. I had to stop.I have always had an interest in finding natural ways our bodies can heal, now more than ever I needed to dig deep within and turn this interest into knowledge, this knowledge into power. I underwent my chemo, graciously appreciating Western medicine, but I also felt strongly that my body would survive, despite what I was told. I was then introduced to Eastern medicine through the hospital. When your power is taken away, you do what you can to fight for it back. And I did. I found that, although my body was not meant to survive, it did. My spirit not broken, my mind more intrigued than ever. I started fresh.I quit my job, I enrolled in school and discovered how my interest, was now my passion. I need to do my part and help others prevent from getting sick, keep connected with themselves and heal with preventative care through living a balanced life. My hematologist told me the cancer would return, I am happy to say, I am seven years cancer free. I attribute this to living a balanced, peaceful life filled with natural preventative care.I practice Qi Gong and meditation regularly and take time to live in my moment. I feel happy and I choose to live with peace, love and joy over stress and chaos. .
Indigenous Therapist (Acupuncture
As a Indigenous therapist I understand the importance of looking at the client as a whole. Meditation allows me to listen to nature, and the life you are experiencing. Allowing me to understand the joys, and fears of your own nature. Chinese Medicine is a medical knowing of the body, mind, emotion, and a therapist of Chinese Medicine is skilled at assisting the body holism for maintaining health, and restoring health. We take our client relationship to a whole new level as practitioners that empower wholeness, balance, Yin and Yang, and the colors of your life by understanding the Five Elements.
The Floatation Centre
The Floatation Centre is a springboard for happiness and elevated levels of consciousness. We open our guest’s eyes to the endless possibilities of their human potential.The Floatation Centre offers floatation therapy and other holistic health services in a compassionate, safe and non-judgemental environment. Many folks move through their daily lives experiencing emotional, mental and physical discomfort – unaware of their potential and unable to fully relax. We provide an empowering service which allows people to elevate the quality of their lives through simple, non-pharmaceutical floatation therapy. TFC hosts complimentary wellness services such as Naturopathic Medicine, Bowen Therapy, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Financial Wellness, Counselling, Women’s Health & Fertility, and Dietetics in an environment full of positive vibrations, mindfulness, happiness and love! Many of our services are covered by extended health benefits plans. Personal growth isn’t always easy, but with the aid of our caring & enthusiastic team, we’ll gently nudge you along and support you with being your most authentic self. Naturopathic Medicine with Dr. Tara Lantz Born and raised on the West Coast, Dr. Lantz has deep roots and family ties to Nova Scotia and is happy to be practicing in Halifax and throughout the province. Her passion for connection and mindfulness informs her commitment to her patients, her involvement in the community, and all her relationships. She works collaboratively with other medical professionals to bridge the gap between standard medical care and complementary medicine. She has additional training Bowen therapy, Craniosacral therapy, Psychosomatic Energetics and IV Nutritional Therapy. As a Registered Massage Therapist, Stephanie Dort is trained in deep tissue and Ashiatsu (barefoot) massage therapy. She also specializes in sports and pregnancy conditions and is certified in cupping massage therapy. Stephanie adopts a holistic approach to her treatments and offers therapeutic homecare advice with every session. As a yoga and Pilates practitioner, runner and paddler, she learned early on the importance of taking care of your body. She is a firm believer in the best health care being one’s own self-care strategies that create a foundation for wellness. Kim Harris has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2007. With a strong belief in treating every being based on specific, individual needs, Kim provides a range of treatments from deep tissue therapy to gentle body and energy work. From her experience, Kim has learned that a holistic approach to overall health and wellness is essential. Let’s put it this way: Kim believes to make this odyssey of ours a little more enjoyable all we need is to tap into one of the grand masters, Mr. Bruce Springsteen, and find ourselves “a little of that human touch.” Virgil Muir, Registered Massage Therapist, specializes in a therapeutic approach that combines intuitive touch and deep tissue techniques. His approach matches his character, he’s a soft spoken and calm person who makes people / clients feel at ease in a professional and casual setting. Virgil’s interest in Chinese Tuina massage influences his treatment style. Virgil has more than 10-years experience as an RMT working with a wide variety of clients in a clinical and relaxation setting, his treatments are range from relaxation to therapeutically restorative. He loves helping his clients feel their best and gives a killer asian-style foot massage. Nicole Marchand, Registered Dietitian. Did you know that dietetic services can benefit everyone?Nutrition services with a registered dietitian can help you figure out the best and healthiest diet for you and your lifestyle. Whether you are a busy student, a working professional, an athlete or someone just trying to navigate all of the nutrition information found in the media, I can help you discover and understand the optimal dietary intake to meet your needs and wants. As a healthcare professional, I believe that eating well reduces the risk of developing short and long term illnesses which can lessen quality of life. I demonstrate to clients that eating well can be easy, fun, inexpensive and delicious. Brian Macaulay, Counsellor believes that the strength and motivation to change comes from within the client where the role of the therapist is to help facilitate change. Brian helps people target their innate strengths while establishing tangible goals and outcomes. He helps support people in digging deep to examine our past mental-emotional concerns that are impacting our day-to-day lives Brian has a specialty in Family Crisis and Family Dynamics and a focus in Addictions with a special interest in physical and emotional trauma; stress; anxiety; and domestic violence. With 15 years of experience, Brian has a varied background working with individuals, couples, youth, and families providing support in such areas as: General stress, anxiety, and depression Addictions counselling Domestic violence Physical injury and disability Grief and loss Family counselling Abuse and trauma Amanda Hynes, Acupuncturist, is an open-minded and welcoming individual with interest in alternative medicines and health practices, which stem from her own personal health journey. She strives to listen deeply to the needs of every patient and provides a sense of trust and compassion. Amanda strongly supports the integration of eastern and western medicine and is committed to helping others reach their utmost potential in physical, mental and spiritual health. Although Amanda is a general practitioner and has successfully treated a wide variety of conditions such as; digestive disorders, pain management, anxiety, depression, stress reduction, allergies, insomnia and many other pathologies, she has both a special interest and high success rate helping couples with fertility and conceiving naturally as well as increasing the success of IVF. Amanda worked with women of all ages to help regulate their menstrual cycles, relieve pain and symptoms of PMS, balance moods and emotions, stabilize hormone levels and support the fertility process, as well as provide pregnancy support. Heather Evans, Reiki Master. Reiki is an ancient healing technique in which the practitioner can channel the universal energy that constantly surrounds us into a client by means of touch. This process has the ability to activate the natural healing power we all possess to promote and restore physical and emotional well-being. Heather’s services not only promote the natural healing processes you have, but can promote a new sense of freedom, inspiration, awareness, empowerment, and peace. Balancing the energy field is only one step in any healing process, but it can definitely have an extremely positive effect on your well-being after your very first session! Heather is also an RHN – Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant who specializes in plant based diets, intuitive eating and finding balance in life, and eating disorder support. Her passions lie in holistic health and wellness, recipe development and cooking for the people she loves. When she is not practicing you will likely find her munching on an apple or playing her guitar.