A talk based psychological treatment addressing emotional suffering or distress. Working with the client to make significant changes in how they feel, think, act, their interpersonal relations, personality and/or mental health.
Issues addressed at the Yellow Umbrella Wellness Center include:
Developing sense of self
You might benefit from psychotherapy if…
You feel depressed, or anxious
You feel stuck in your life.
If you aren’t able to relate to others in a satisfying way.
You suffered a physical and/or emotional trauma and struggle as a result.
You want to develop insight and move towards making change in your life
What to you look for in your therapist?
Most importantly you want to work with someone you feel comfortable and safe enough with.
Remember that you are the consumer, it is ok, if somewhat challenging to shop around!
Feel free to ask the individual to describe their training, and their proposed way of working with you.
You may want to check that the person has the qualifications to help you. You can verify their practice on the Order of Psychologist’s website.
Reflexology is an ancient natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears which correspond to every muscle, joint, gland and organ of the body. By applying pressure on specific reflex points a Reflexologist can stimulate the corresponding organs or glands, thus helping to restore normal functioning of the various systems of the body. Reflexology aims to improve your health by reducing tension, inducing deep relaxation and increasing circulation.
How does Reflexology work?
When a reflexologist acupresses (applies pressure with his/her fingers) specific points on the hands or feet, this excites the nerve endings, sending an electric impulse to the particular organ, gland or part of the body this particular nerve serves. Reflexology thus works through the “autonomic nervous system”, and the effect can be compared to that of an internal massage. Reflexology is also known to stimulate the release of endorphins (feel good hormones) in the body.
When can Reflexology help me?
Because Reflexology is safe for most people at any age and has no negative side-effects, it is an ideal therapy which can help relieve numerous chronic and stress-related issues. You may try reflexology to help:
Relieve stress and tension
Promote deep relaxation
Relieve pain, headaches, migraines
Relieve anxiety, improve mood
Relieve digestive problems
Relieve PMS, symptoms of menopause, hormonal issues
Improve cardio-vascular and lymphatic circulation
Boost immune system
Increase energy level
Help body restore its natural balance (homeostasis)
Plantar fasciitis, sciatica
Relieve chronic foot pain
Issues affecting the brain: ADD, ADHD, degnerative disorders
How do I know whether a Reflexologist is well-qualified?
Ask your reflexologist if he or she is a member of a recognized association such as the Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC), which has set standards and a code of ethics and conduct for its members. Also, check whether he/she is registered in an ongoing training program, such as RCRT, which require a certain number of hours to be completed in continuing education.
Check RAC's website www.reflexologycanada.ca, or www.reflexquebec.com for a list of certified reflexologists in your area.
Over the past couple of decades, massage therapy has become very popular and many people are now regularly having massages. Massage comes in many styles. While we often think of massage as addressing muscle aches and pains, massage is also very beneficial in helping with stress, anxiety, poor circulation, and ADHD among other things.
Some forms of massage are done while clothed (such as Thai) while other styles are done with oils on the skin (such as Swedish). Massage can be done on a table, on the floor, or on a special chair.
In all styles pressure can be adjusted to suit the needs of the client. Some people prefer a deeper pressure while others might like a gentler touch.
Kinetic Swedish Massage
Thai table massage
Our massage therapist will discuss your preferences with you prior to your appointment.
How do I know if I need or could benefit from a massage therapist?
Everyone can benefit from massage, some need it to alleviate muscle pain and others just enjoy the relaxing feeling of a good massage.
Massage can be done on people of any age. Children with anxiety, ADHD, or muscles aches will benefit from massage as much as an office worker with a stiff neck and stressful job or an elderly client with poor circulation.
Massage could help you or your child if:
You experience stiff muscles or limited range of motion, or if you feel like you need a good stretch
You find that you are stressed out, that your mind is always racing, or you are not sleeping well
You have ADD or ADHD, Anxiety, or Depression
What do I look for in my massage therapist?
Here in Quebec it is important to look for a massage therapist who is accredited with a reputable organization and is capable of giving receipts.
It is important to find a massage therapist who will listen to your needs and who can adjust accordingly. A massage therapist who practices several different styles of massage can provide you with an assortment of options, depending on what your needs are on a given day.
Acupuncture is one of the 5 branches of Chinese Medicine alongside pharmacopeia, dietetic, exercises (Qi Gong) and massage (Tui Na). Even though acupuncture is more than two thousand years old, it is a rigorously documented medicine and its workings and physiological foundations are increasingly uncovered through top notch medical technologies like brains scans and understood by the means of complex scientific models.
Acupuncture consists of the insertion of fine needles into the skin in order to relief pain, release tension or influence different functions like hormone production. Besides the needles, there are other means of stimulation, like heat (moxibustion), suction cups, acupressure, TuiNa massage and laser. Electrostimulation can also be applied to needles. Acupuncture is a holistic medicine that does not only treat symptoms but considers the person as a whole. Diagnosis is made through pattern discrimination and treatments are tailored to the client’s needs due to an in-depth interview, examination and pulse and tongue analysis. Acupuncture helps the body regulate itself in a noninvasive manner and without negative side effects, thus empowering the patient to take his health in its own hands.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of health problems. The WHO has published a list of 31 symptoms, conditions and diseases have been shown in controlled trials to be treated effectively by Acupuncture, among them especially pain relief , digestive disorders, allergies, migraines, hyper- and hypotension, pregnancy-related problems like nausea and vomiting, morning sickness, breech birth presentation and induction of labor, and also depression. Effectiveness of acupuncture is not limited to this list, other conditions have simply yet to be proven in controlled trials.
Acupuncture is one of the 46 Board-certified professions of Québec and has been regulated by the Ordre des acupuncteurs du Québec (OAQ) since 1995. All acupuncturists must be registered with the OAQ.
Our compassionate, professional counsellors assist individuals in improving their emotional well being and quality of life. They work with clients to help them make positive changes in how they feel, think and act. That are members in good standing of their Professional Orders.
Issues they address at the Yellow Umbrella Wellness Centre include:
Developing sense of self
You might benefit from Professional Counselling if….
You experience distress in your life
You feel stuck
You feel unable to relate to others in a satisfying way
You want to make positive changes in your life
What to look for in your counsellor:
Someone with whom you feel comfortable and safe discussing your issues and concerns
Remember that as the consumer it is ok if you want to shop around!
Feel free to ask the counsellor to describe their training and experience and their approach
There are moments when we simply don’t want or need to use words to express ourselves. Movement through Tai chi not only allows for a different form of expression but it also helps harmonize and ground us by healing any blockages that hinder the fluidity of our energy (chi). The health of our body, mind and spirit is restored as our energy circulates more freely. This martial art strengthens us from the inside out which fosters a true sense of empowerment..
The Meditative Experience
It comes as no surprise that a meditative experience brings down blood pressure and regulates heart rate while you relax into it. Even one experience – fully engaged – can do that.
It might be a bit more intriguing to learn that a regular practice can also improve the systems that extract nutrients, build and repair tissues, fight infections, cleanse toxins – in short improve the whole functioning of your body. That’s primarily because meditation gets ‘you’ out of the way and lets your body mind do what it needs to do.
Where are you right now?
I mean yes your physical surroundings, the position of your body, sights, sounds, smells…. All the sensations you take in when you scan your environment represent a tiny percentage of all sensations you’re subjected to any given moment. Bringing conscious awareness to them is one gateway into a meditative experience. In it’s highest form that’s called Vipassana, in which “the meditator is trained to notice more and more of his own flowing life experience” to become increasingly aware of the truth of what’s happening – inside and out – at any given moment. We also call that mindfulness.
Where is your mind right now?
Are you still reading these words – taking in any subtleties, looking for meaning and connection - or are you planning, rehearsing, re-hashing - so only half your attention is on this page? Words exist to create connection around meaning. Are we connecting?
PRESENCE – the core experience of meditative experience – is what we’re talking about here. It’s the ability to be fully here and now, which – paradoxically - has remarkably expansive effects on our awareness of past and present too. Presence clarifies situations, self and options. Presence eases ‘dis-eases’ of all kinds. Presence is the gateway to efficient personal growth. It too is what we call mindfulness.
Cultivating presence is what meditative practice is about.
I can teach how to experience mindfulness on a regular basis to anyone, as long as I can find the right vehicle or technique that suits them. As a professional Counsellor, I also know the incredibly therapeutic benefits of living ever more mindfully. It clears the way for each of us to live the lives we actually want, ever closer to the lightness, balance and clarity of our best selves.
There are other forms of meditation too of course – many rely on choosing and sticking to one focus of attention [a mantra, a candle flame, an icon, a chant…] and letting everything else go from your mind. That practice is called Samatha in Buddhism but is also called ‘being in the moment’ or ‘in flow’ by people from rock climbers to knitters who’ve touched it. It’s the technique used in Deepak Chopra’s Primordial Sound Meditation which I’m Chopra certified to teach. During PSM each student is instructed to use her/his own mantra.
All forms of mediation are vehicles to take us to the same ‘place’ or experience. In a strange way, the place itself IS the practice. It has stages or levels of experience but is neither competitive nor sequential. A person might practice for years before experiencing it fully, or might in an instant feel the expansive lightness of being. Regular practice, in all of life’s situations is the key. We start small, and let the experience itself draw us in.
For more about meditation, mindfulness or individual coaching/Counselling, feel free to be in touch.
Osteopathy is a touch therapy that is strongly based in the science of anatomy and physiology. Respecting in the person their fluidic flow, optimal center, and self regulation. Osteopathy addresses the mobility, fluidity and structural stability of the body, bringing the individual to a more optimal balance in the mind, body and spirit. Osteopathy’s strength is reducing pain while helping in the improvement of wellness within the individual.
Why see an Osteopath?
If you are suffering with multiple symptoms including pain.
If you have been diagnosed with a broad term like irritable bowel syndrome, pelvic dysfunction, or migraines.
If you have suffered a recent or old injury, are or have been pregnant, have had surgery.
If you have concerns with your baby/toddler/child with their movement/gate, cranial formation, nourishing, sleeping, re-occurring infections.
What to look for in your Osteopath?
It has been proven scientifically that believing in the treatment and the therapist plays a significant role in an individual healing from their ailments. Trusting and feeling safe with osteopathy and your osteopath is most important. Look for an osteopath you resonate with.
Dietetics is a branch of science concerned with the diet and how it affects health. Registered dietitians are health care professionals who are trained to provide advice and counselling about diet, food and nutrition. They use the best available evidence coupled with clinical judgment to determine the most suitable recommendations for their clients. (Individual and group)
What is a Registered Dietitian?
Dietitians are health professionals who register with the regulatory body in the province which they practice. They have a degree in nutrition from an accredited university program and undergo comprehensive training through stage placements. A dietitian can help you unlock the potential of food for your specific health needs and look beyond the fads. A dietitian does not hand out one-size-fits-all diets, give you a list of foods not to eat or sell you unnecessary supplements or products.
Should I see a dietitian?
Everyone can benefit from seeing a dietitian regularly along side their other heath care providers. Improving ones diet can prevent and manage disease, achieve a healthy weight, and improve your quality of everyday life.
ELDOA is an osteopathic stretching technique, learned through specific body positions, to assist in creating micro-millimetres of space between the joints and vertebrae.
Proven to reduce pain, prevent back pain and joint issues, reduce compression on the spinal column, improve nerve function, and increase the overall sense of body-wellness. Taught through a flow of positions, this practice allows for increased clarity and body awareness; bringing health to our spine, improving our posture, and increasing confidence and wellbeing.