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Thursday, October 11, 2018, 4:58 PM
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to improve a person's overall emotional and physical state. Essential oils are derived from aromatic plants, and have been known for their healing properties. These chemical aromatics are extracted from the plants and then applied directly to the skin in a diluted form or used aromatically. Aromatherapy can be an effective way to treat anything from anxiety and stress to digestive issues and headaches.
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Thursday, September 27, 2018, 3:18 PM
On September 30, 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.
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Friday, September 14, 2018, 10:28 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.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 12:26 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.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 11:34 AM
With so much to do during the summer months from hiking, gardening, playing summer sports, or chasing your kids around the playground, it always seems like the summer is the busiest time of the year. When life becomes crazy and exciting, we forget about self-care and how important it is. Here are some reasons that you should take some time for yourself and book a massage this summer:
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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.
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Monday, June 25, 2018, 3:28 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.
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Monday, June 11, 2018, 2:40 PM
Many therapists maintain their membership simply to have their treatments reimbursed by insurance companies; however 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!
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Thursday, April 12, 2018, 2:41 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.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 11:52 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.
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Thursday, February 8, 2018, 10:22 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.
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Monday, January 22, 2018, 11:56 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.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 3:34 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.
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Monday, December 4, 2017, 3:30 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.
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 3:00 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.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 9:30 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.
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Friday, September 29, 2017, 12:38 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.
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Monday, September 11, 2017, 12:45 PM
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 essential to keeping runners active and healthy.
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Friday, August 4, 2017, 3:53 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.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 11:16 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.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017, 4:25 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.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 5:14 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.
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Monday, May 1, 2017, 2:45 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.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 12:48 PM
The Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) 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.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 1:20 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.
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Friday, February 17, 2017, 9:15 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!
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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.
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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.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 3:09 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.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 12:14 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.
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Friday, December 9, 2016, 3:00 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.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016, 2:00 PM
The winter can be a tough time; temperatures seem to drop every day, darkness comes faster and faster, and as always, the roads are a nightmare. Many Canadians suffer from a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Use these four tips to get out of that dreaded winter gloom using holistic health treatments.
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Thursday, November 17, 2016, 2:00 PM
Movember is back, where men sacrifice the clean-shaven look and embrace a little hairiness in order to raise aware 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.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 4:00 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.
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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).
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Friday, September 2, 2016, 3:45 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.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 2:30 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.
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Monday, July 25, 2016, 3:00 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.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 3:00 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.
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Monday, June 13, 2016, 9:00 AM
Jin Shin Do® translates as "the way of the compassionate spirit." Nothing could more accurately describe Kim, 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.
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Monday, June 13, 2016, 8:00 AM
NHPC members came together with members from the Massage Therapist Association of (MTAA) and the Remedial Massage Therapists Association (RMTA) to give complimentary treatments to Fort McMurray evacuees from May 17 to May 19 in Edmonton and on May 16 and 21 in Calgary.
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