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Safe Winter Adventures

Winter is almost here and with that comes the cold and wet weather. Wearing warm clothing helps prevent frost bite, achy muscles and getting a cold or the flu. Proper warm insulated boots with good grips will keep your feet warm so you can still be outside to do what you love to do! A good pair of Walking Poles can be a key part in your outdoor adventures. They keep your balance inline, provide extra stability and give you a light workout! Our physiotherapists can show you proper poling technique and help you with all your Poling needs.

Celebrating the Holidays After a Loss

Dealing with grief can be twice as hard during the holidays. The first holiday after the loss of a loved one changes the way a family celebrates. Although family traditions and rituals are sacred events, they can be adapted to the changing dynamics in the family. Planning for the change, whether it be starting new family traditions or updating old ones, creates realistic expectations around significant events. It is important to acknowledge that things are going to be different. Adjusting to a family member passing is a big transition; accept it for what it is – an opportunity to create stronger family bonds and traditions.

Community Profile – The Laundry Fairy

Are you tired of endless laundry? Do you wish your dirty clothes could magically appear washed and folded? The Laundry Fairy can do that for you. Your time is valuable so don’t waste it doing laundry. Simply schedule the Laundry Fairy’s pick-up and drop-off time and they will do your laundry for you. They pick it up, wash, dry and fold it, and then deliver it back to you the next day at your scheduled convenience. FREE pick up and drop off is available in Nanaimo and Lantzville with 24 hour turn around, 7 days a week.

Problem Gambling vs Entertainment

Problem gambling is defined as any gambling behaviour that compromises, disrupts or damages one or more areas of a person’s life. This can include problems with personal relationships, family, friends, finances, school or work. Problem gambling can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race or social status. The gambling continuum illustrates how, as a person spends more time, money and energy gambling, the risk of developing a problem increases. Likewise, the risk for problems increases when, instead of viewing gambling as purely a form of entertainment, a player feels compelled to gamble either to make money or to win back lost money.

Open House – Canadian School of Natural Nutrition

The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition has a curriculum that is a balance of both hard science such as Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Chemistry, and Social Sciences, (study of people, individually and in groups, their customs and relationships) in courses such as Symptomatology, Pediatrics, Sports and Ecology. Symptomatology, with its focus on the individual’s identification of health-concerns and symptoms, is a perfect blend of both hard and social sciences. This allows the holistic nutritionist to assess the whole person and make recommendations to improve his or her health. Find out more at the Open House on November 16th.

Benefits of Improved Hearing

There’s a lot of research on the impact of hearing loss and how it can affect your quality of life. The benefits of improved hearing are substantial and can include: * Reduced fatigue, frustration and stress. * Greater confidence in the ability to communicate. * Improved personal relationships. * Enhanced sense of awareness with one’s surroundings. *Renewed ability to hear sounds that have been forgotten. Early hearing loss detection is key to finding the right solution so you remain confident in your conversations and continue getting the most out of life. Call your hearing professional today to book your complimentary hearing test and consultation.

The Final Tribute; The Eulogy

An eulogy can be difficult to write. The person you loved will be remembered through the words you write and in the memories shared. A couple of things to keep in mind; * Who are you addressing? A small group of close family and friends, or a large gathering, including unknown associates and distant relatives affects how you write the eulogy. * Which style (Formal/Solemn, Spiritual/ Religious, or a lighter touch) feels right for your loved one’s personality, for those grieving, and for the circumstances of the death? Your eulogy is that tribute, that celebration of life, and the final word in praise of a life fully lived.

Are You Suffering Digestive System Problems?

Acupuncture for digestive problems has an excellent track record of success. Specific Acupuncture points on the body are well-known to reduce abdominal pain, bloating, intestinal inflammation, increase gastrointestinal strength, regulate stomach acid secretion, stop chronic diarrhea, or in the case of chronic constipation, increase bowel movements. It can assist in regulating overall digestive function with no negative side effects. Treatments combined with nutritional and lifestyle changes have been proven to aid digestion. Acupuncture is highly effective at treating most digestive disorders including: Acid reflux, heartburn, ulcers, GERD, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, colitis, Crohn’s, celiac disease, and more.

Skin Care for Healthy Aging

Using skincare filled with nasty chemicals has been a way of life for young people for generations as we fall for glossy advertisements and cheap skincare products. The damage only becomes apparent as we age; in the wrinkles and pigmentation spots on our face, lips and neck. What we put on our skin today will either haunt or reward us years later. Using skincare products with certified organic essential oils and natural ingredients to protect your skin from daily pollutants is a good habit to start from a young age. Look for products with no nasty chemicals, preservative or artificial fragrance.

Good Posture Can Prevent Pain & Injuries

Having good posture not only makes you look strong and healthy, it’s also a critical factor in preventing pain and injuries. For recreational activities like golf, skating, yoga or running, posture actually plays an important role in performance. Posture is critical in preventing workplace injuries that come from repetitive stress or sitting at a desk in front of a computer all day. Physiotherapists can help you discover how to improve your posture by demonstrating positions and stretches for when you start to feel the tension in your body. Make the move to see a physiotherapist!

Stay Active with the Active Pass

With the weather getting cooler and the days getting shorter, it’s easy to make excuses for ditching the spring and summer exercise routine. The City of Nanaimo Active Pass will keep you moving. It allows unlimited access to all public drop-in sessions, including swimming, skating, gymnasium sports, weight rooms and more! One of the best ways to end the day is by relaxing in the sauna or steam room at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre or Beban Pool – also a benefit to your Active Pass purchase. For more information, please see the Fall and Winter Activity Guide.