by Jennifer Kotowicz, H.H.P, R.Ac.
Our team helps you remove obstacles in finding your shape: We help you to monitor your energy, feelings, and body’s responses in relation to your diet and exercise. This information is used to create treatment plans with you, which are tailored to your personal goals and health needs.
Being in shape is a matter of opinion. It is not a number on a scale. Your “shape” is something you move comfortably in. Regardless of society’s standards of fitness and beauty, it is important to develop goals that make sense to you, and are achievable by you. Many obstacles can get in your way of finding your shape including injuries, chronic stress, body image, hormone imbalances, digestion and metabolism.
Acupuncture, massage, and exercise work by supporting your inherent tendency to be in health, acting through many vital systems such as the autonomic nervous system, immune system, and endocrine system (adrenalin, cortisol, endorphins, oxytocin, serotonin, and others)
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Injuries can prevent you from losing weight: Injuries can interfere with an active lifestyle needed to lose and keep weight off. With appropriate exercise and rehabilitative strategies, our team helps you find your shape through acupuncture and therapeutic massage!
- Knee arthritis
- Low back pain
- Neck pain and tension
- Shoulder dysfunction
- Tennis Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Hormone imbalances can contribute to weight gain, and can come into play with those stubborn ‘last ten pounds’. Our team can help you with hormone imbalances associated with:
- Chronic stress
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Stress and hormone imbalances can contribute to weight gain: Chronic stress shifts a body’s metabolism toward depositing more deep abdominal (belly) fat, which is associated with increased risk of heart disease and other pathologies. Research shows that acupuncture reduces the body’s stress response (ie. normalizing the nervous system’s fight/flight activity). Healthy lifestyle choices aid not only in losing and redistributing weight, but also in preventing disease. Our team assists you in losing weight by:
- Decreasing your stress hormones cortisol & adrenalin, the long and short term responses of the fight or flight nervous system.
- Deactivating the amygdala, the primordial fight or flight centre in your midbrain.
Diet and Digestion: Our traditional and modern approaches to treat digestion problems can help you eat well and absorb important nutrients better. Acupuncture, massage, and herbal therapies can all influence metabolism.
We help you to monitor your energy, feelings, and body’s responses in relation to your diet and exercise. This information is used to create treatment plans with you, which are tailored to your personal goals and health needs.
Psychological and Emotional Issues: The mind and body are not separate. Modern research continues to show how metabolism and health are affected by our very thoughts. Our holistic therapy practice acknowledges the mind and body together. Patients often experience a sense of well-being after treatments, and a greater internal awareness. These positive effects can lead to further action and understanding such as:
- Seeking support & counseling
- Examining attitudes on body image
- Understanding your appetite