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.
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
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.
Naturopath and Integrative Holistic Therapist
Services offered at Yellow Umbrella
Susan Greenspan Naturopath / Holostic Integrative Therapist
Sessions are constructed to address the client’s whole being and individual needs.
The sessions begin with a Naturopathic evaluation and recommendations to assist one into the highest possible health of body mind and soul. With over 9 years in the supplement and organic whole food industry, as well as lifelong passion for herbs, I have and continue to have firsthand knowledge of the latest and best options in supplement product information. With a high intuitive and informative base, clients are recommended the best suitable protocol for their unique constitution and stage in life.
Cost: 45 minutes $75, 00
DNA kits from AOR are being distributed by Susan Greenspan. Results and recommendations are sent directly to clients from AOR. Additional advice is recommended by appointment with Susan Greenspan after results are received
Cost: DNA kit 350.00
Naturopathic consultation is requested
Cost: 45 minutes $75.00
As requested by clients for further depth of wellness, hands on energetic therapies are offered along with personal guided meditation. These modalities and meditations clear the pathways of the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies to awaken and enhance the flow of energies for the inherited and natural adjustments for optimum health to be restored.
Cost: 1.5 hours $140
This work has been a lifelong passion for me. Certified as Naturopath since 1995, I had continued to achieve my masters in Holistic Integrative Therapies as well as Shamanism which is recognized by ANN or OCPNN.
I have and continue to witness the transformations in clients. Most have been a great inspiration for the continuation of my work.
Other activities at Yellow Umbrella include:
Monthly drumming circles
The group is lead through guided meditations. The meditation is integrated and personal freedom of expression is experienced through drumming, and or rattling
The experience of drumming is known to:
Calm the nervous system
Lower blood pressure
Elevate the immune system
And relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Medicine wheel ceremonies
The medicine wheel is a pattern of stones laid out on ground. The participants are guided in sequence to walk the wheel in a manner that provides an experience of feeling of each stone. Once each participant finds the stone suitable according to the guidance or subject of the ceremony, a reading is given. This reading provides information to best utilize the stage of life the person is at.
This activity lasts 2-3 hours
ADHD coaching is a strength-based approach to thrive with your ADHD.
Why it would be a good idea to see an ADHD Coach:
You feel that you are “broken” and not living up to your full potential.
You have said that you want to “be normal”.
You feel stuck and unsure of your direction.
You would not speak to your friends the way you speak to yourself.
You struggle to manage your emotions.
You take others judgments personally.
You do not understand where your ADHD shows up and how it affects you.
You spend a lot of time stuck in your head.
You lack confidence in yourself.
You lack boundaries and aren’t sure how to set them.
You feel ashamed of your ADHD.
You are challenged in social situations.
You are easily overwhelmed and shut down.
You have a poor concept of time (time blind).
You have trouble managing tasks (organizing, prioritizing, delegating, activating, completing).
Benefits of working with an ADHD Coach:
Focused and clear action steps to achieve your goals.
Feel better about yourself using positive self-talk & mindfulness.
Uncover your strengths and discover your inner greatness.
Learn about your unique brain wiring and find the positive pieces to ADHD.
Partnership and camaraderie (you are not alone).
Celebration of your wins and successes promoting increased confidence.
Self-compassion, respect and acceptance.
Tools, tips and tricks to manage your ADHD.
Overall improvement in well-being and happiness.
What to look for in your ADHD Coach:
Professionally trained by an accredited ADHD & life coach training program.
Understands the unique obstacles that you face.
Good connection; you feel comfortable in their presence.
Book your free, 30 minute discovery session with Coach Alyssa Shaw: