Aromatherapy: Essential Oils to Support Your Health

Friday, June 21, 2024, 01:45 PM

Aromatherapy (sometimes referred to as essential oil therapy) is an ancient practice that uses essential oils to promote physical and mental well-being. Aromatherapy uses essential oils or oil blends to help improve symptoms associated with specific health concerns like, stress, anxiety, digestive issues, depression, chronic pain, and skin conditions. 

In this blog, we explore which essential oils are effective for which health concerns, how to apply them, the origins of essential oils, and how they are created. 

A woman inhaling from an essential oil bottle

Understanding Informed Consent in Holistic Health Care

Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 03:30 PM

In massage therapy and all holistic health practices, ensuring that clients are fully informed about their treatment is a requirement and a fundamental aspect of providing quality care. Informed consent is crucial in establishing trust and transparency between clients and their practitioners. This article explores what it means to be fully informed, why it matters, and your rights and role as a client.

Client completing an intake form

Exploring Reiki for Pain Management, Anxiety, and More

Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 04:43 PM

Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive practice where practitioners invoke reiki energy to identify hot spots (areas where energy is needed) within their patient's body. The practitioner lightly lays their hands on or above these points to address areas with energy disruption. While some individuals may be skeptical about trying an energy-based treatment, research shows that energy treatments can be just as effective as more hands-on therapies like massage. 

A reiki practiitoner holding their hands over a patient's torso.

My Massage Therapy Career Journey

Thursday, December 14, 2023, 06:02 PM

To mark the end of our 35th anniversary celebration, we are excited to share a special guest blog with David Bergmark, one of the inspirations behind the NHPC. David shares his journey pursuing a massage therapy career before the NHPC existed and during the Association's early years. Thank you, David, and to everyone who helped us celebrate our 35th anniversary in 2023!

NHPC member David Bergmark

Four Holistic Health Treatments to Melt Away the Winter Blues

Tuesday, November 07, 2023, 01:50 PM

The winter is a tough time for many Canadians. As temperatures drop and the days get shorter, it's no wonder many Canadians suffer from the winter blues or even the clinical condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Use these four tips to get out of that dreaded winter gloom using holistic health treatments.

Massage being performed on client's lower back.

It Starts with a Touch: Esalen and Infant Massage

Thursday, October 05, 2023, 05:04 PM

With a focus on the mind-body connection, Esalen massage can be uniquely applied to the practice of infant massage to benefit both infants and caregivers. By incorporating the principles of Esalen, infant massage practitioners can guide caregivers to create a nurturing environment that supports the development of their infants. 

A baby lying on its back, being massaged.

Four Ailments That Can Benefit from Massage Therapy

Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 03:52 PM

Massage therapy is a widely accessible treatment that can significantly benefit your well-being. From treating acute and chronic conditions to improving your body's healing process and releasing stress, massage therapy has potential beyond relaxation. In this blog, we discuss how massage therapy can significantly improve four health conditions: planar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome (and other digestive issues), and vertigo.

Practitioner massaging a client's arm for carpal tunnel syndrome.

How to Make Your Practice Environmentally Friendly

Tuesday, July 25, 2023, 03:15 PM

As a holistic health practitioner, workplace responsibilities may demand more paper, water, and energy usage, so you may find it challenging to reduce your environmental footprint.
But, you have the unique opportunity to provide relaxation and healing to your clients while reducing your impact on the environment. You can create a sustainable and environmentally conscious workplace by adopting climate-friendly practices.

Practitioner doing laundry

Four Reasons to Book a Massage During the Summer

Monday, June 26, 2023, 12:17 PM

Summer is a busy time of year! Between summer sports and activities, kids out of school, and plenty of yard work to go around, it's easy to forget to take a moment and listen to your body. Here are some reasons that you should take some time for yourself and book a massage this summer.

Massage therapy session with NHPC therapist

When and How to Fire a Client

Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 09:25 AM

Practitioners should never disregard their own safety when working with clients. NHPC members have the right to terminate a client if the client’s behaviour is inappropriate or threatening or if the client refuses to comply with the clinic’s stated policies. Terminating a client can be a difficult decision that should be made with careful consideration and consultation with colleagues, supervisors, or professional guidelines. 

A practitioner in a white shirt holding up their hand to stop.

Holistic Health Treatments to Help You Sleep Better

Friday, April 28, 2023, 01:15 PM

Sleep disorders like insomnia, sleep apnea, Restless Legs Syndrome, and narcolepsy impact a number of Canadians every year, with chronic stress contributing significantly to insufficient sleep. While many of these require additional support through medication or lifestyle changes, holistic health treatments may help address the symptoms and improve your daily life.

Man sitting on the edge of the bed unable to sleep.

Here's Why You Should Join the NHPC

Friday, March 24, 2023, 11:29 AM

2023 marks the Association's 35th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, we sat down with a few Life Members to hear about their NHPC experience and holistic health journey. They shared why they joined the Association, how it benefitted their career, how it helped them grow as a practitioner, how the industry has changed in the last 35 years, and other insights into the NHPC and being a holistic health practitioner. 

NHPC's 35th Anniversary Logo

Why English Language Proficiency is Important for Holistic Health Practitioners

Monday, February 06, 2023, 01:35 PM

Communicating with clients effectively is essential to maintaining a professional practice. Successful communication can improve client-practitioner relationships, reduce the likelihood of rejected claims, and reduce barriers to helping clients meet their wellness goals. Considering this, English Language Proficiency (ELP) is central to a holistic health practitice in Canada. 

Close up of pen against ELP form.

Tuina and Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy®

Monday, December 12, 2022, 05:30 PM

There are many holistic health therapies to explore that enhance your well-being and provide relief from a variety of symptoms. In this article, we explore the difference between pressure points and trigger points using two different holistic health practices: tuina and Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy®.

a pressure point on the hand

Breaking Down Misconceptions About Massage Therapy

Thursday, November 17, 2022, 02:12 PM

Between differing stages of regulation in the provinces and territories to multiple sources of information across the country, the massage therapy industry often appears complex to those who are new to it. Our Membership, Industry Relations, and Practice Management teams collaborated to answer a few commonly asked questions about the massage therapy industry and the NHPC.

An NHPC massage therapist consults with a client.

Why Choose a Career in Massage Therapy?

Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 02:55 PM

Choosing a career path can be difficult. As you will be spending many hours a week in your chosen profession, it's essential to get it right! Massage therapy is quickly becoming more popular among students and professionals looking for a career change. Some benefits of pursuing a career in massage therapy include flexible work hours, steady income, and shorter education and training — all of which contribute to a healthier work-life balance.

A massage therapy practical demonstration in class.

How to Become a More Intuitive Practitioner

Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 02:50 PM

Becoming intuitive to another person's needs is a skill that takes refining, especially concerning body treatments through holistic health care. Many practitioners are already intuitive in their practice, but there is always room to grow our consciousness to the whole person.

NHPC member Suzanne Belanger performing cupping on a client

Meet Tendai Nzuma, NHPC CEO and Registrar

Thursday, July 28, 2022, 10:50 AM

This month, we met with our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Registrar Tendai Nzuma to learn more about her background, her desire to work in holistic health care, and her outlook for the NHPC. In our discussion, Tendai shared the challenges, opportunities, and goals set for our association.

Tendai Nzuma, NHPC CEO and Registrar

All About Mobile Massage

Thursday, June 30, 2022, 10:45 AM

Individuals may choose mobile massage for comfort, convenience, or health-related reasons that prevent them from commuting to a clinic or a spa. We spoke with NHPC Member Michèle Somer to help explain mobile massage, its benefits, uses, and other considerations.


Exploring Hawaiian and Japanese Massage Techniques

Monday, May 30, 2022, 12:45 PM

There are many holistic health therapies practised worldwide. Some of the most well-known types include massage therapy, reflexology, and aromatherapy. When booking a massage therapy session, it's not uncommon to stick to the most popular or convenient ones. This article explores different types of massage therapy, each with its own set of techniques, refined to improve your physical and mental health.

Celebrating Volunteers With Ronald McDonald House Charities

Monday, April 25, 2022, 02:20 PM

April 24 to 30 is National Volunteer Week in Canada. To celebrate, we'd like to introduce two of our members doing some amazing work in their local communities. Jeanette Bruce and Kanchana Todamrongrat are NHPC members and active volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta (RMHC Alberta). The Ronald McDonald House supports families across Canada seeking medical treatment for their seriously ill or injured children.


Misconceptions About Yoga

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 09:55 AM

If you think doing a handstand or being able to wrap your leg around your neck is what it takes to be a master yogi, we challenge you to think again! Yoga is more than just complicated poses, deep breaths, and meditation.  We asked NHPC member and yoga instructor Kathryn Bonner to help demystify the misconceptions about yoga and why some first-time yogis hesitate to hit the mat.

Two practitioners in a forward lunge position.

Myofascial Cupping: What to Expect at Your First Appointment

Monday, March 21, 2022, 12:15 PM

Myofascial cupping is a soft tissue therapy that encourages healing by creating suction on the skin using plastic or glass cups. The suction pulls up underlying tissues, blood, and other fluids close to the surface of the skin. To get an inside view on myofascial cupping, we spoke with NHPC member Winona Mondor, who has been practising cupping since 1999 and teaching cupping across Canada since 2012.

Myofascial cupping performed on a client's back

Awkward Moments from the Massage Table

Thursday, February 10, 2022, 12:10 PM

Many of us have had what feels like an embarrassing moment during a holistic health treatment. From a growling stomach to snoring on the table, massage therapists and other holistic health practitioners have heard and seen it all! Whether you are new to holistic health care or a regular client, these "embarrassing" moments can happen to anyone.

An empty massage table.

Four Stress Management Tips for Holistic Practitioners

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 02:50 PM

Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by the inability to cope with the ongoing demands of daily life. Setting personal and professional boundaries can help reduce the risk of burnout. To learn how therapists and healers can care for themselves, we reached out to Denise Cambiotti, BioEnergetic Wellness Facilitator and course developer and trainer for Muscle Tuners International Inc.

A masked person looking stressed out

Seeking Holistic Health Care for Diabetes

Wednesday, December 01, 2021, 11:00 AM

To learn more about diabetes and holistic health care, we spoke with Candace Pichonsky, Holistic Health Practitioner for 15 years and Practice Competency Manager at the NHPC. As a diabetic, Candace sheds light on what both holistic practitioners and diabetic clients should know before giving or receiving treatment.

Diabetic pricking their finger to check blood sugar

Relieving Stress Using the Trager Approach

Wednesday, November 03, 2021, 06:10 PM

November 1 to 5 is International Stress Awareness Week. Stress can be caused by many factors in our everyday lives, and its negative effects can be far-reaching. To help explain the impacts of stress on the body, we spoke with Nadine Feldman, an NHPC practitioner specializing in Reiki, Shiatsu, and Trager. 

Craniosacral Therapy: What It Is and What You Can Expect

Monday, October 04, 2021, 05:05 PM

Craniosacral therapy (CST) involves soft-tissue manipulation techniques that focus on musculoskeletal health and function. CST practitioners use their hands to release built-up tension within the body and fascial tissues. Nicole Ainscough, an NHPC member and practising craniosacral therapist, defines craniosacral therapy as "a whole-person approach to healing, which is achieved by acknowledging our physical and emotional interconnectedness."

Craniosacral therapist working on a client

Entrepreneurs in Holistic Health Care

Monday, August 30, 2021, 12:50 PM

NHPC members are passionate about advancing the industry and finding new ways to support the health and well-being of people in their communities. Whether it's a product, a service, or education, our members are innovating in the health care landscape. We recently spoke with three members to learn more about their inspirational experiences as entrepreneurs.

Summary Picture

Working from Home and Its Impact on the Body

Tuesday, August 03, 2021, 09:45 AM

As provinces continue with their reopening plans across Canada, many are navigating new working environments. Whether you are working from home or heading back into the office, your ergonomic environment can wreak havoc on your postural muscles. Explore what you can do as a client to improve postural strength, how massage therapists can help you find long-lasting relief, and other treatments that may complement massage therapy.

Finding Relief for Asthma

Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 10:40 AM

Asthma is a chronic condition that affects the airways and makes breathing difficult. There are many holistic health practices that may provide relief from symptoms and help improve your quality of life if you suffer from asthma.

Yoga practitioner performing the upwards dog

What to Expect for Temporomandibular Joint Massage

Monday, March 29, 2021, 10:55 AM

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) massage is growing in popularity as we continue to wear masks regularly and live with increased levels of stress and anxiety. We spoke with NHPC member Deanna Hannem, owner and operator of Dinosaur Valley Massage and Wellness, about TMJ massage and what clients can expect going into a session.

Older woman with TMJ dysfunction

Stretches to Relieve Neck Tension at Home

Thursday, February 04, 2021, 11:40 AM

If you experience neck pain regularly, take note of the exercises and stretches your practitioner shares with you to do at home. Keeping up with the home care they recommend can help reduce pain and improve range of motion. If you don't have at-home stretches from your massage therapist, try these four stretches to help relieve neck tension between appointments.

Side Stretch Rotation

Ways to Support Your Local Practitioner This Holiday Season

Thursday, December 17, 2020, 11:25 AM

The holidays can be a hard time for some, and this year more than ever people need extra love and support. Support your local holistic health practitioner this year by refering a friend, leaving them a positive review, interacting with them on social media, or buying gift cards from them.

Practitioner leaning on massage chair

Massage Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 01:05 PM

When cells in the breast stop behaving as they should or stop growing, this can lead to non-cancerous breast conditions such as cysts, intraductal papillomas or hyperplasia. In some cases, these changes can cause breast cancer. While massage therapy will not treat cancer itself, it is a great complementary therapy to help cancer patients improve their overall health and well-being while going through treatment or post-treatment. 

Women in pink for breast cancer awareness

Meet the New President of the NHPC Board of Directors

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 12:00 PM

Our new Board President's most distinctive features are her never-ending smile, sense of humour, and love of life. With Shauna, family is always first. In fact, at the Annual General Meeting last year, her newborn child joined us as our latest recruit! In her professional life, Shauna is dedicated to making her holistic health treatments convenient, empathetic, and effective.

Board President Shauna with her baby

Three Ailments Reflexology Can Help Alleviate

Friday, September 25, 2020, 10:45 AM

Reflexology is growing in popularity as a source of healing, but there are still people who are unaware of the practice and its benefits. Three NHPC reflexologists share different ways the practice helps their clients with issues like injury rehabilitation, shingles symptoms, and pain from uterine fibroids.

Managing Client Files When You Leave a Clinic

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 03:10 PM

Holistic health practitioners work in many different environments, and they often move locations or choose to open a home-based business as their practice grows. Whether you are an employee or a contract worker, here are some things to consider before you leave a clinic and tips to avoid the awkward conversation about what will happen to your client files when you leave.

A card file cabinet with an open drawer

Alternatives for Sports Recovery This Season

Saturday, July 25, 2020, 02:30 PM

Sports are an important part of many people's lives. Whether in an elementary gym class or a professional sports league, most people have played a sport. For those who do play sports, it almost seems that getting injured is inevitable. Here are three alternative ways to prevent and help alleviate sports-related injuries.

A weight lifter working out in a gym

Thai Massage: What it is and What You Can Expect

Thursday, July 09, 2020, 11:15 AM

Thai massage is a series of stretches and strokes performed on clothed clients who are positioned on floor mats or low tables. It is used mainly to open the client's joints and stimulate blood flow. An NHPC life member and well-known Thai Massage expert, Paul Buffel explains the practice as "a dance between the client and the practitioner."

NHPC Thai massage therapist Paul Buffel treating a seated client

What to Expect at Your First Massage Therapy Appointment

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 07:35 PM

Massage therapy is on the rise as viable treatment for many conditions, from pain to stress and anxiety. With that is some uncertainty about what to expect during a massage therapy session. There are several things to consider when going to your first appointment, including what to wear, prior conditions or injuries, oils and lotions being used, and most importantly, consent.

How to Survive Your Winter Vacation Holistically

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 04:35 PM

February is a common time of the year for many Canadians to escape to a tropical place. While you are sure to enjoy yourself once you arrive at your destination, the time it takes to get there can be filled with stress, illness, and many other unfortunate occurrences. We took to research and our members to create a holistic survival guide to travel.

Shows where acupressure point L14 is on the hand

Aromatherapy for Alzheimer's Disease

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 12:55 PM

Alzheimer's Disease is a progressive brain disorder that affects memory, basic abilities, communication, and behaviour. Some symptoms include a changes in mood and a lack of motivation to take part in regular social activities, accompanied by depression, anxiety, irritability, or fear. Aromatherapy can help alleviate some of these symptoms through therapeutic use of essential oils. Essential oils can affect general mood to relax, calm, or stimulate.

Essential oil bottles interspersed with plants

Women Who Made Advances in the Holistic Health Field

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 02:10 PM

October was Women's History Month in Canada, an opportunity for Canadians to celebrate the achievements and contributions women and girls have made throughout history. This month we are honouring the achievements and contributions of women in the holistic health field. Throughout the last century, women have advanced holistic health by developing new and innovative therapies to better serve their clients. Notable women in the holistic health field include Dr. Ida Rolf, Bonnie Prudden, Janet Mentgen, Marion Rosen, and Dr. Janet Travell.

Bonnie Prudden

Trust your Gut: Visceral Manipulation for Digestive Disorders

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 02:20 PM

From chronic constipation, nausea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and acid reflux, to lactose intolerance, more than 20 million Canadians suffer from digestive disorders every year. Visceral manipulation can help relieve those digestive disorders. It is a gentle hands-on therapy that works through the body's visceral system, including the intestines and other internal organs, to alleviate abnormal points of tension.

An NHPC therapist performing visceral manipulation on a client

Complementary Health Care Challenges in Northern Canada

Monday, September 30, 2019, 01:45 PM

With much of the northern Canadian population living in small communities hundreds of kilometres away from urban hubs, gaining access to basic health care is challenging and expensive. Finding a massage therapist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, or even yoga instructor can be next to impossible. We recently spoke to Chloe Larmand, an NHPC massage therapist, craniosacral therapist, and yoga instructor about her plans to address the lack of holistic health care options in the Northwest Territories. 

Chloe Larmand in her treatment room

How to Market your Holistic Health Practice

Friday, August 30, 2019, 10:25 AM

As business owner or self-employed practitioner, marketing your business is essential to gaining new clients, getting referrals, and developing brand recognition. Successful marketing can support financial stability and business growth. Despite the benefits of marketing, many practitioners and business owners are extremely busy and do not have time to research marketing strategies. There are also ethical guidelines to consider when advertising. Here are some ideas to help you ethically and successfully market your holistic health practice.

Ten Ways to Avoid Practitioner Mistakes and Misunderstandings

Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 03:10 PM

Everybody makes mistakes. It is a normal part of life, and it is how we learn and grow. Even in your practice as a holistic health practitioner you will make mistakes. However, some of these mistakes are avoidable, and some can affect how your client perceives the treatment. Making mistakes too often can make clients unhappy and cost you business. 

An NHPC practitioner working on a client

Holistic Treatment for Symptoms of Muscular Dystrophy

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 02:35 PM

Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder that can affect anyone at any stage of life. Symptoms of muscular dystrophy include progressive wasting of muscles, weakness, fatigue, pain, and loss of function. Common signs of muscular dystrophy include poor balance, frequent falling, difficulty walking, limited range of movement, and drooping eyelids. While there is no cure for the disease, holistic heath practices like aquatic therapy, qigong, and massage therapy can help improve the quality of life for people with muscular dystrophy.

How Holistic Health Can Support Addictions Recovery

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 03:25 PM

Holistic health practices are used to support various types of healing and recovery, including addictions recovery. Massage therapy is a valuable addition to addiction treatment because of its therapeutic effects and the added benefits of stress and anxiety release. We recently spoke with Dan Agapi, an NHPC massage therapist and the executive director of Recovery Acres, an addictions treatment facility located in Calgary, AB.

A massage therapist treats a client's shoulder

Ease Cancer Treatment Side Effects with Therapeutic Touch

Monday, May 06, 2019, 04:55 PM

Approximately half of all Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer sometime in their life. There are numerous treatments available that aim to kill cancer cells or stop them from spreading, but these treatments are extremely hard on the body. Alternative therapies are recommended to help patients cope both physically and emotionally with the side effects of conventional cancer treatments. Therapeutic Touch® is one holistic treatment that is recommended by the Canadian Cancer Society and supported by research.

NHPC therapist performs Therapeutic Touch on a prone client.

Alternative Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 10:00 AM

April is IBS awareness month. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a common gastrointestinal disorder affecting 13% to 20% of Canadians. People who suffer from IBS often have chronic symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, indigestion, and bowel function irregularities.  There are many ways to treat the symptoms associated with IBS, including dietary changes, stress reduction, and different medications. Alternative options for treating the symptoms of IBS are also very effective. 

Yoga practitioner performing back bend

Maintaining Eligibility with Insurance Companies

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 03:35 PM

As a holistic practitioner, being an eligible service provider with insurance companies means that your clients can have treatments covered through their extended health benefit plans. More Canadians are able to access complementary health treatments, such as massage therapy and reflexology, when they are not an out-of-pocket expense. To maintain your eligibility with insurance providers, you must meet the company's expectations for professional practice, preventing insurance fraud and benefit plan abuse.

A practitioner reviews an intake form with a client

How Holistic Health Practitioners Can Reduce Workplace Stress

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 04:15 PM

Heart Month, February, brings attention to the importance of cardiovascular health and encourages Canadians to reduce their risk of developing heart disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Elevated levels of stress can strain the cardiovascular system, increasing the chance of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases. A source of stress for many practitioners may be their workplace. These strategies can help practitioners reduce their workplace stress.

What Yoga Teachers Need to Know About Eating Disorders

Wednesday, February 06, 2019, 02:55 PM

In February, advocacy groups work diligently to raise awareness of eating disorders for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Yoga is often recommended for people who have dealt with an eating disorder as a tool to promote positive body image. As a yoga teacher, awareness of how you speak about the physical body as well as how you portray it is important to offer a supportive and inclusive experience. 

Close-up of practitioner in lotus position

A Holistic Approach to Quitting Smoking

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 10:55 AM

The week of January 20 to 26, 2019, marks National Non-Smoking Week in Canada. This week is intended to educate Canadians on the dangers of smoking, prevent people from picking up the habit, and encourage those who smoke to quit. While there are many routes people can take to stop smoking, such as prescription medication, support groups, and behavioural therapy, there are also holistic approaches.  

Men: Take a New Approach to Your Health this Year

Wednesday, January 09, 2019, 12:25 PM

2019 is here, and we  are  starting the year off by raising awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer, and mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and suicide rates. Whether going through cancer treatment, recovering from treatment, or struggling with mental health, men need emotional and physical support to maintain their well-being. 

head shots of four different men

Staying Mindful During the Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 04:30 PM

While the holiday season can be an exciting time, it's no secret that it can also be very stressful. From the financial strain of buying gifts, to running between holiday parties, cookie exchanges, and holiday performances, studies have shown that many people have elevated stress levels during the holiday season. While the holidays are stressful, it is important to remember to stay mindful and practise self-care during this busy season. Don't let the stress get to you!

NHPC massage therapist works on client's neck while they are face-down

Finding Relief From Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Monday, November 26, 2018, 03:50 PM

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition that affects the hands, arms and wrists. It is caused by pressure on the median nerve, which is the nerve that passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist to the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a chronic condition and may require surgery to provide full relief. However, various holistic health practices can provide relief of symptoms and be used as a preventative measure to slow down the damaging effects that cause CTS. 

An NHPC reflexologist working on a client's wrist.

Craniosacral Therapy for Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 03:20 PM

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle and non-invasive practice that involves the whole body. The practitioner is specially trained to work with the spine, skull, cranial sutures, and fascia to detect disturbances in the cranial sacral rhythm. From infants to seniors, craniosacral therapy has proven to be beneficial for a variety of issues, including: infant latching in breastfeeding, learning disabilities (such as attention deficit disorder and dyslexia), autism, migraines, TMJ, insomnia, and depression. 

A craniosacral practitioner working on a client

Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 06:00 PM

On September 30, 2018, the NHPC celebrates its 30th anniversary! What started as an Edmonton-based, massage-focused social club has since grown into a national association that represents over 6,300 holistic health practitioners. To celebrate its anniversary, long-term members were asked to share why they chose the NHPC and offer some words of wisdom to new practitioners.

What to Expect From Your First Reflexology Appointment

Friday, September 14, 2018, 10:30 AM

Reflexology is an ancient therapy that focuses on healing in the body by activating different reflex points found in the hands and feet. Pressing on the different points in the hands and feet causes reflex responses in corresponding parts of the body, which can help promote healing. Reflexology is an effective therapy that can help treat various issues from headaches and tension to menstrual cramps and insomnia. So, if you have never had a reflexology treatment before, here is what you can expect.

Reflexology treatment on client's foot

A Client's Role in Enhancing Holistic Treatment

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 12:30 PM

Massage therapists, reflexologists, and other holistic health practitioners undergo extensive training to ensure they are able to provide the best possible treatment for their clients. However, delivering effective treatment is not solely the responsibility of the practitioner. As a client, there are important things to consider both before and after your appointment that will enhance the positive outcomes of the treatment.

How to Have a Holistic Summer With Your Kids

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 11:55 AM

With a little imagination and patience, you can experience a mindful summer with your children and teach them skills that will support them long-term. When we think of self-care or holistic health, we often think of going for a massage, attending a yoga class, or taking time away from the hectic demands of every day life. While these are amazing ways for adults to care for their well-being, they are not practical ways for children to experience holistic health benefits. 

A child in lotus pose

NHPC Board President Awarded Consumer Choice Award

Monday, June 25, 2018, 03:30 PM

NHPC board president, Pete Swales, recalls his journey of finding holistic health and ultimately connecting to the Association in an unexpected way. The NHPC is a member-driven association that supports and advocates for its members. A lot goes on behind the scenes to make that happen, ensuring members receive valuable benefits and services as seamlessly as possible. 

Pete Swales standing beside Consumers Choice Award

Make the Most Out of Your Professional Membership

Monday, June 11, 2018, 02:40 PM

Many therapists maintain their membership simply to have their treatments reimbursed by insurance companies, but there are many other benefits to NHPC membership. For 30 years, the NHPC has served its membership in many ways. We offer several benefits to our holistic community. Here are some ways you can make the most of your membership!

Therapist discussing with client

Massage Therapy for People with Developmental Disabilities

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 04:40 PM

Massage therapy is the leading complementary therapy used by Canadians. It can be used proactively to prevent illness, help manage mental health issues, and as treatment for chronic pain or an injury. However, for people with developmental disabilities, the positive effects of massage therapy are often overlooked.

Two people grinning at eachother

Tai Chi and Qigong

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 11:50 AM

February is Heart Month, the month in which the health community shines a light on the importance of cardiovascular health. Lifestyle factors that increase the risk of heart disease include high levels of stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, and smoking. Taking a holistic approach to managing lifestyle factors can help mitigate the risks of developing cardiovascular disease. Tai chi and qigong are two ancient practices that combine many important elements to support a healthy, active lifestyle.

Man practising tai chi in an urban setting

Back to Basics: 9 types of Yoga Explained

Thursday, February 08, 2018, 10:20 AM

Scrolling through Facebook or the news, you might come across some unusual new yoga classes: yoga with bubbles, yoga and beer, yoga raves, and even yoga and tacos. While these can be fun classes to attend, they can cloud the true purpose of many yoga practices. Each type of yoga has a specific focus and provides unique benefits to the practitioner.

Yoga practitioner in lotus pose

What is Feldenkrais? Part Two

Monday, January 22, 2018, 11:55 AM

You can practise Feldenkrais every day by being conscious of how you sit and stand, observing changes in your breathing and vision in response to certain movements, and noting pain when you move. When you find a way of moving that feels good and relieves discomfort, intentionally repeat those movements; eventually your body will adopt them as its innate way of performing tasks.

Mindful Gifts for Living Thoughtfully

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 03:35 PM

The holiday season is just weeks away! Inevitably there are a few of us scrambling to come up with great gifts for our loved ones in a short amount of time. Often the rush to purchase those last gifts is stressful and time consuming. This may ultimately lead us to buy something that "will do" instead of something that is meaningful. Supporting local businesses and craftspeople is a wonderful way to make the giving season rewarding and beneficial for both the community you live in and your loved one.

Gifts adorned with pine cones

What is Feldenkrais? Part One

Monday, December 04, 2017, 03:30 PM

The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education (Feldenkrais) looks at the connection between the mind and body. It examines musculoskeletal conditions, issues within the nervous system, and recurring pain from repetitive stress injuries. From there, the therapy stimulates the nervous system's innate sensory motor activities. 

Holistic Ways to Support your Mental Health

Wednesday, November 01, 2017, 03:00 PM

Mental health issues continue to be a growing concern in Canada. However, there is a growing movement to promote awareness and end the stigma surrounding mental health problems. Various holistic practices can be used with other medical and therapeutic treatment plans to support those suffering from mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.

An outdoor yoga class with arms raised

Keeping the Edmonton Oilers Moving

Wednesday, October 04, 2017, 09:30 AM

Stephen Lines, an NHPC member, prides himself on being a competent and more than capable massage therapist. It is his job to be the best he can be for the world-class athletes playing for the Edmonton Oilers. As a therapist for an NHL hockey team, Stephen is closely involved in each player's health and strength, ensuring they can perform at the highest level for the long 82-game seasons, and even into the playoffs.

Stephen Lines standing beside a row of Stanley Cups

Massage Therapy Regulation a Reality in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba

Friday, September 29, 2017, 12:40 PM

Massage therapy regulation, or the formation of a Regulatory College of Massage Therapists, has become an important development in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba over the past years. With growing interest in the regulation of massage therapy, the NHPC surveyed its members in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta for their views. The results showed strong support for regulation in each of the provinces.

Four Holistic Treatments Perfect for Runners

Monday, September 11, 2017, 12:45 AM

Running is one of the most popular cardiovascular exercises around. Whatever a runner's relationship to the sport, be it casual or committed, there is potential for injury, muscle fatigue, and tension. Massage and other holistic health treatments are a vital part of both injury prevention and rehabilitation. The following four treatments are essential to keeping runners active and healthy.

Discovering Bowenwork

Friday, August 04, 2017, 03:55 PM

Bowen Technique is a hands-on therapy that addresses the whole body, restoring harmony to the musculoskeletal framework, fascia, nerves, and internal organs. Suzanne Daigle has been practising Bowen for five years. Bowen was the first treatment that gave Suzanne the results she was striving for and she knew she wanted to be able to help other people in that way.

NHPC Bowenwork therapist Suzanne Daigle

Yamas and Niyamas: Part Two

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 11:15 AM

Yoga is deeply rooted in history and traditionally represents a very dedicated way of life. While many of us are not able to commit to all of those practises, the yamas and niyamas are observances that we can reflect on daily. The Niyamas guide us in creating a mind-body spirit connection that fosters mindful contentment and personal growth. 

Yoga practitioner in a forward fold pose

Yamas and Niyamas: Part One

Thursday, July 06, 2017, 04:25 PM

Yoga is deeply rooted in history and traditionally represents a very dedicated way of life. While many of us are not able to commit to all of those practises, the yamas and niyamas are observances that we can reflect on daily. The Yamas govern how we interact with the outside world and how we treat those we meet.

A yoga practitioner in a forward fold pose

A Holistic Approach to Supporting Women's Health

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 05:15 PM

A less commonly known benefit of massage therapy is in the treatment of various women's health issues, including irregular menstrual cycles, menstrual disorders, and difficulty conceiving. Massage is an effective way to support a woman as her body changes throughout pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum recovery. Amanda Roth, who has been practising massage for nine years, was drawn to holistic health after exploring many other paths.

NHPC massage therapist Amanda Roth

How Rosen Method Bodywork Supports Self-actualization

Monday, May 01, 2017, 02:45 PM

Rosen Method Bodywork is a full-body treatment that uses gentle, non-manipulative touch and words to help clients drop into body awareness, allowing them to access the body's unconscious. Cinnamon Cranston is a Rosen Method Bodywork practitioner, registered massage therapist, and Reiki practitioner. Cinnamon found Rosen Method after undergoing eight years of therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Bringing Relief to Families of Sick Children

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 12:50 PM

The Natural Health Practitioners of Canada is excited to announce its partnership with Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta in the Rejuvenation Project. Practitioners of various holistic health treatments will provide complimentary holistic health treatments to caregivers and their families who are staying at the House. 

NHPC shiatsu practitioner Leisa Bellmore

NHPC Massage Therapists Vital to Saskatchewan Health Care

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 01:20 PM

The Natural Health Practitioners of Canada's (NHPC) member professionals are vital to Saskatchewan health care and provide essential services to thousands of Saskatchewan clients. Paul Buffel and Trish Cole are two of NHPC's 550 massage therapists in Saskatchewan, joining over 5,700 massage therapists nationwide. Here are the experiences of just two of their clients.

Massage therapist working on a client

Five Ways To Stay Holistically Healthy at Your Resort

Friday, February 17, 2017, 09:15 AM

With temperatures continuing to plunge, ice storms, and severe cold warnings, it's no wonder that thousands of Canadians venture to warm destinations to escape the cold. With NHPC's 2017 Conference Series kicking off in Riviera Maya later this month, we are going to share a few helpful travel tips to prepare you for your winter escape, while staying holistically healthy!

Three Holistic Health Ideas For This Valentine's Day

Monday, February 13, 2017, 11:30 AM

Do you want to step up your romantic game this year, and skip the teddy bears and the box chocolate? Check out these holistic health ideas to reignite the romantic flame with your partner this Valentine's Day: couples massage, couples yoga, DIY aromatherapy bubble bath. 

A couple lying on side-by-side massage tables

How Holistic Health Can Benefit the National PTSD Crisis

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 11:45 AM

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness preventing people from leading healthy lives with potentially devastating consequences. Several studies have proven holistic health practices successful in treating the symptoms of PTSD, including CranioSacral Therapy, Qigong, Yoga, and Tai Chi.

PTSD brain image

Three Workplace Wellness Tips for the New Year

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 03:10 PM

In order to create the balance between the mind and body, it's vital for you to stay holistically healthy — even at work! Here are three tips to help you stay holistically healthy in the New Year: daily meditation breaks, workplace fitness classes, and weekly holistic health treatments. 

A yoga class in a brightly lit room with a large window

Navigating the Holiday Season with Holistic Health

Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 12:15 PM

The holiday season is great way to take a step back from work and everyday life, to enjoy spending time with family and friends. But, as we all know, the holidays can bring some unsolicited stress. Through applying these little holistic health tips, you can ward off the stress from unwelcome guests and overcooked food, and have a tension-free holiday season.

A woman with a headache massaging her temples

Public Protection a Priority for NHPC Massage Therapists

Friday, December 09, 2016, 03:00 PM

The Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) states that a regulatory College, by law, would be responsible for the investigation of complaints from the public. "Currently the NHPC performs that regulatory function of investigation, discipline, and removing members from practice if necessary," says Kelly Sloan, NHPC's Chief Executive Officer.

Promote Holistic Health This Movember

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 02:00 PM

Movember is back, where men sacrifice the clean-shaven look and embrace a little hairiness in order to raise awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's mental health and suicide prevention. Find out how several holistic health treatments have been proven to help treat these issues. 

Holistic Health for Movember poster

CranioSacral Therapy: Gaining Recognition in Pre and Post Natal Care

Tuesday, November 01, 2016, 04:00 PM

As holistic therapies like CranioSacral Therapy (CST) become more and more mainstream, many people get the opportunity to try something they might not have otherwise heard about. Rhonda Lynn has been practising CST for six years. She credits gentle and consistent therapies like CST and Pilates with getting her moving again after a motorcycle accident.

A family session of craniosacral therapy

Combining Structural Movement and Yoga Therapy

Monday, September 12, 2016, 11:00 AM

Who says yoga isn't for everyone? Check out our latest Vlog where NHPC member, Marthe Murphy, demonstrates a structural movement and yoga therapy routine, designed to be done and modified for each individual's strengths and weaknesses (regardless of age, flexibility, or physical health).

Movement therapy session

Reiki: Channeling Universal Life Energy

Friday, September 02, 2016, 03:45 PM

Reiki is a Japanese energy technique, with Tibetan origins, where an emphasis is placed on the body's natural ability to heal itself. Helen Aikens is a massage therapist with the NHPC and a level two Reiki practitioner. She first became interested in studying Reiki as a massage therapy student.

Helen Aikens, NHPC reiki practitioner

Massage Therapy: More than Touch

Tuesday, August 09, 2016, 02:30 PM

Behind the experienced hands of many massage therapists are people with true dedication to your overall wellness. Michelle Blanchard, a Canadian Massage Therapist practising in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has always been fascinated by anatomy and all the workings of the human body, as well as driven by her innate compassion for people.

NHPC massage therapist Michelle Blanchard

Associations Unite to Lead Massage Therapy Regulation in Alberta

Monday, July 25, 2016, 03:00 PM

The Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC), the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA), and the Remedial Massage Therapists Association (RMTA) delivered an Application for Regulation to the Alberta Government Department of Health. They will be jointly consulting their members this fall about the upcoming Alberta Massage Therapy regulation. 

Learn How to Use Stress Before it Uses You

Wednesday, July 06, 2016, 03:00 PM

Stress can help us stay alive and deal with basic threats, but long-term stressors can have a negative impact on our health. It's important to learn how to handle your stress and maintain your well-being. The key is having the resources and support system to manage it.

Reiki treatment session

Jin Shin Do - Restore Balance and Harmony

Monday, June 13, 2016, 09:00 AM

Jin Shin Do® translates as "the way of the compassionate spirit." Nothing could more accurately describe Kim MacEachran, a compassionate spirit who brings balance to her clients' lives. Kim believes that harmony and balance are important for herself, as well as for her clients. 

NHPC Jin Shin Do practitioner Kim MacEachran