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Flatter Belly this Holiday Season?

As we age, we often feel the middle expanding.
Have you noticed we become shorter and wider? 

Fortunately, this is reversible! Block Therapy addresses the reasons tissue ages and safely and effectively teaches you how to take your body back to a more youthful place. Although it treats the whole body, it largely focuses on the foundational component, the rib cage and the core. This allows you to access proper diaphragmatic breathing, which creates the most optimal environment for the body to function. The results are improved digestion and elimination, and a waistline you will love.

It doesn’t matter your age, sex or physical condition, Block Therapy will teach you how to use your body the way it was designed, resulting in the healthiest version of yourself.

If the Shoe Fits…

For more than 50 years, Foster’s Shoes has been providing shoes for problem feet in Winnipeg.  If you or someone you know cannot find shoes because of swelling, wide feet or foot abnormalities, or just need comfortable, supportive footwear to help maintain a healthy lifestyle, we can help.  Our select house brands including outstanding niche companies such as Ziera, Drew & Easy B., are dedicated to relieving foot discomfort and providing attractive styling. Come visit us and let our expert fitters guide you down the path to foot comfort.

Foster’s Shoes

Strengthen your Core

If you are a woman and have had children, did you go to a pre-natal course? Have you heard of ‘kegel’ exercises or ‘diaphragmatic’ breathing? Both, can help you perform better, sit better and improve your ‘core’ strength. Women and men have a supportive ‘bowl’ of muscles in the pelvis; by contracting them, tightening your gut, stopping the flow of urine, you are kegeling! When sitting, standing, or lying on the couch, do your kegels to initiate your core workouts. When you breathe deeply into your gut, you are pushing down with your diaphragm, expanding your thorax and pushing the air into the lower lungs. These lower lobes of the lungs contain the richest areas of oxygen-blood exchange. Train better, expand your belly and control your breathing effort…again, using part of your core!

Concourse Physiotherapy

Combat Depression with Acupuncture

Depression is a mood disorder characterized by both physical and psychological symptoms that can be detrimental to one’s normal daily functioning. Depressed individuals often suffer from poor sleeping habits, crying spells, anxiety, worry, poor memory, inability to concentrate, body aches, stomach disturbances and a lack of interest in activities previously enjoyed. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) does not recognize depression as a particular illness, but it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to the individual. Acupuncture works primarily on treating the underlying cause of depression and rebalancing both the body and the mind to eliminate the root of the problem. It does this by unblocking vital Qi (energy), and increases the production of endorphins, leading to deep relaxation and reduction in stress and anxiety. Acupuncture also increases energy and overall wellbeing without any side effects.

Shen Dao Community Acupuncture

Cold, Flu and Virus Protection

Would you like to minimize your risk of infection and naturally treat symptoms if you do get a cold or flu this winter? Well you can! Science has shown that certain nutrients act to block or inhibit the process that a virus needs to replicate, multiply and infect the body. Vitamin A is necessary to maintain the mucus barrier in the airways and acts as an antioxidant. It is critical in the development of white blood cells and specialized attack cells of the immune system. Selenium has been shown to be essential in the production of glutathione, which interferes and limits viral replication. Lipoic Acid also fights against viral attack and replication. Vitamin D has incredible anti-microbial effects. It produces many peptides which help to attack viruses, bacteria and fungi. These are just a few of the essential elements that the body needs to fight off a viral attack. They can be taken individually or in combination form such as, Bio-Immunozyme Forte or Ultra Vir-X. With the help of these nutrients you can boost your immune system and minimize the effects of the colds, flus and viruses that we are exposed to over the winter.

Centre for Alternative Healing

Men think it can’t happen to them

Osteoporosis, also called the “silent thief”, impacts men too!

During their lifetime, at least one in five Canadian men will suffer a broken bone from osteoporosis, a disease that can result in disfigurement, lowered self-esteem, reduction or loss of mobility and decreased independence – it may even lead to death. Lawrence McCaffrey is one of 113,000 Manitobans living with osteoporosis. McCaffrey suffered his first wrist and hip fractures at age 32, but due to the lack of information about men and osteoporosis, it was not until six years later that his doctor diagnosed McCaffrey with the disease. Osteoporosis can strike anyone at any age, so know your risks.

Contact the Manitoba Chapter of Osteoporosis Canada at 204-772-3498 or to register to attend our free Public Forum on Wednesday, November 5th at the Eastern Star Chalet in Charleswood.

Flowers Improve Emotional Health

Nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health – flowers. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed. Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. People studies feel less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction. “Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well-being.”

Stop Viruses Before They Stop You!

Viral attack? Fight back! ECHINAMIDE® Anti-Viral – Soft gels or Liquid. Anti-Viral & Anti-Cold Formulas with Clinically-Proven ECHINAMIDE®. Protect your family year round with a proven herbal formula. Contains ECHINAMIDE, astragalus, lomatium, reishi, and licorice. Effective against all viral conditions, from colds and flus to herpes, laryngitis and tonsillitis. Most potent immune support, clinically proven effective to stimulate your immune system to fight colds and viruses. Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial are your most potent ally against viral and bacterial infections. It contains the clinically tested and patented ECHINAMIDE® formulation, along with four other herbs that have demonstrated immune stimulation properties. Stop viruses before they stop YOU.

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MELT, Mat and Myofascia Program Results Are In!

What difference did you see and feel?

#1 response: I was and felt more relaxed!
2. Better posture and less chronic pain.
3. It is a program that I actually stayed with and did not give up on!
4. it is actually stuff I used i.e. keep doing the stretches that I remember, breathing when I am walking and pulling in my abs.
5. Felt less tightness.
6. Feel better and move more stable when standing.
7. Both MELT & Pilates feel good at stretching the body safely.
8. I set out to fix my bad back and scoliosis and sciatic pain and this is working!
9. I lowered my Blood Pressure and Blood sugar!
10. Feel more positive and happy!
11. MELT was a way for me to release tension on my own and fairly quickly; Pilates involves longer term regular practice and this program integrates the two nicely.
12. I actually use this for relaxation, posture and engaging my pelvic floor when my back starts to ache.
13. Definitely more energy, less headaches and less pain especially muscle tension-I met my goal I wanted to decrease muscle tension in my body and it happened!!!

Therapeutic Massage Helps

Everybody knows that Massage Therapy is relaxing and feels good, but did you know that regular Massage Therapy has many medical benefits as well? When some people think of Massage they visualize going to a spa, a way to treat yourself, maybe once a year. But many do not realize that Therapeutic Massage performed in a clinic by a Registered Massage Therapist can improve your overall health and well-being as well. Therapeutic Massage has been shown to help with a variety of conditions including arthritis, muscle and joint pain, headaches and fibromyalgia. As well, Massage Therapy can be used to treat insomnia, anxiety and depression, and stress and stress related conditions. Massage has also been shown to increase circulation, lower blood pressure and strengthen the immune system.

Clean Eating: Curry Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Chic Peas


1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large sweet potato, cubed
2 tbsp yellow curry powder
1/4 tsp cayenne
3/4 tsp salt
3 cups coconut milk

Sauté onions and garlic in oil, add in potato and spices, add coconut milk cook to boiling and simmer another 25 minutes.

Chick Peas: 
1 can chickpeas (2 cups)
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
pinch paprika

Toast in 400º oven for 5 minutes tossing often, add to soup.