Reflexology is a treatment that uses pressure points on the bottom of the feet to assist in healing specific areas of the body. There are over 7000 nerves in the bottom of the feet and each one is connected to an organ, endocrine or a body part. By stimulating these specific points, it encourages that corresponding area to heal and work as it normally would. Each foot represents one half of the body, the organs that are found in the right half of the body such as the liver and gallbladder are treated on the right foot, the pancreas, stomach, spleen and heart are treated on the left. It is because if this, reflexology is considered a method of alternative



Mike and I are always excited to share our knowledge and experiences with our clientele.  This past weekend we took an energy medicine course called Accunect, and were both blown away by the power of this treatment. I first want to say how impressed we were with our teacher Dr. Don Ka’imi Pilipovich, the founder of Accunect. He is passionate about his work in energy medicine and teaches from the heart. We found that Accunect was similar to The BodyTalk System in that it works by finding the areas that are ready to shift now. And the shifts (changes) in the body can be felt immediately. Accunect is based on ancient  acupuncture theory, quantum physics, and the the connections between


Book Your Fall Appointments Now

As we get into the fall, and the busy season at Essence of Health we are encouraging all of our clients to plan ahead and book your appointments for October, November and December. As many of you know the evening and Saturday appointments go quickly during these times, as people are looking to use up their benefits before the end of the year. Book your appointments today!

Sore Throat Tea Recipe

With cold and flu season just around the corner I have been keeping an eye out for natural recipes to help us get by. Although the picture does look like an orange marmalade, it is actually a tea. The only three ingredients are: Lemon Slices Ginger slices Honey (organic if you wish) Combine all three ingredients in a jar and store in the fridge, it will form into a jelly and will keep for 2 – 3 months. To serve, spoon into a mug and pour over boiling water. Not only is this recipe great for sore throats, cold and flu, but it makes for a wonderful comforting drink after coming inside on a cold winters day.

Stress Less

Stress is the leading cause of illness today, and yet there seems to be no way around it. Our jobs have become more and more demanding, with longer hours and shorter deadlines. Leaving less time for our families and even less time for ourselves. Guaranteed all of us at one time or another have felt the repercussions of stress to some degree; muscle tension in the neck and shoulders leading to headaches and migraines, high blood pressure and heart attacks to name a few. But how many of us actually take time for ourselves? Even setting aside an hour or two a week can drastically help to reduce stress. Join a book club, go to yoga, get a massage, do something for yourself for a change,


Apricot Beef with Sesame Noodles

1 Beef Sirloin Steak 3 TBSP Dijon Mustard 3 TBSP Soy Sauce 2 PKGS Ramen Noodles Vegetable Oil 2 C Snow Peas 1 Medium Red Pepper Cubed 3/4 C Apricot Preserves 1/4 C Beef Broth 3 TBSP Chopped Green Onions 2 TBSP Sesame Seeds     •Cut beef intol strips and combine with mustard and soy sauce, store in fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. •Cook noodles according to directions. •Heat oil and stir fry the beef for 3-4 minutes. Add peppers and snow peas and stir fry for another 2 minutes. •Add noodles, broth, onion and preserves, and 1 TBSP sesame seeds. Cook for 1 minute. •Before serving, sprinkle remaining sesame seeds.   Enjoy!!!

Free Talk: Brain Food

With the kids going back to school, the daily packing of lunches begins again. But it’s not at easy as it used to be. With more and more choices being offered on the shelves of grocery stores it is so hard to decipher what is good for our children. Join Rita Mustafa as she talks about “brain foods” and supplements that have been shown to improve focus, academic scores and optimize brain function. Take the confusion out of packing lunch for your kids knowing that you are providing them with with healthy food that assists them in learning during the day.   Date: September 27, 2012 7:00pm – 8:00pm Where: Essence of Health 6060 Hwy 7 East Suite 201 Markham, ON  Please


The Price of Happiness

Ever ask yourself “How did I get here? This isn’t what I expected my life to be!” So many of us end up lost in life, struggling to get by day by day and not knowing where we lost our way. We remember a dream long ago of what we envisioned for ourselves and beat ourselves up for straying from that path. There are so many things we tell ourselves don’t we? “I have a well paying job, I have kids that depend on me, I am healthy, what more is there in life?” We are afraid of asking for too much. All of these small gifts that have been given to us are minor if we don’t have happiness


Red Pepper Sauce

Great alternative to pasta sauce, and can be made vegetarian style as well! 3 Red Peppers Halved 1/2 a cup of Chicken or Vegetable Stock 1/2 a can of Coconut Milk 2 Cloves of Garlic minced 1 tbsp grated Ginger 1 tbsp Curry Powder Half and de-seed pepper, lightly coat with oil. Place in the oven at 350 for half an hour After the peppers have cooled, peel off the outer layer Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth Place mixture in a sauce pan and slowly bring to a boil to thicken If you are adventurous, melt in some goat cheese and add to your pasta dish!

Hot Stone Massage Therapy

Hot Stone Massage Therapy once thought of as a spa treatment is becoming more and more popular in a clinical, therapeutic settings. The basics of the treatment remain the same. Lava stones are heated to a comfortable temperature and used throughout the massage to provide heat and relaxation to further losen up tight muscles. The difference I find, lies in the techniques used. In most spa treatments I have experienced, the stones are placed on the body to heat up specific areas and then removed when the massage begins. Very rarely have I noticed the stones being used in correlation with the massage techniques themselves. Massage Therapists are trained to use the heated stones along with massage techniques, alternating between the stone and their hands. Using the

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