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October Newsletter

This month’s theme: Sleep!
Happy Anniversary – Time to Use Up Your Benefits!
October is a wonderful time of year at YG, because it marks our anniversary (yes, we’re FOUR years old now!) and it is also a great time to remind you to start using up your extended health benefits before it’s too late. Think you might qualify fordirect billing? Check to see if your insurance company is on the list. And let us know if you need help calling your insurance company for more info on your coverage. Let’s have a great fall season together!
Video: Osteopathy and Sleep Issues

Manual osteopathNazanin Eshghi Moghaddamdiscussesosteopathy in terms of the difference between treating sleep concerns with infants and with adults. Watch to learn more about the practice of osteopathy, and how it might help you sleep better.Check it out.
Podcast: Acupuncture for Insomnia
AcupuncturistRichard Lobbenberguses this podcast to shed light on howacupuncture can help with insomnia. Listen and learn how this ancient modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine can affect your energy flow and help you get the rest you need.Listen here.
There’s still time! The Toronto Waterfront Marathon is October 16th, and there’s still time to register and run to supportHumewood House. Don’t have the time or energy? Donate to this great cause on your own by visiting their website today.
Video: Massage Therapy to Help With Sleep Concerns

Massage Therapist Amy Tracey Sarfati describes how massage can be beneficial for those with sleep concerns. Beyond relaxing your body, learn how massage therapy can affect you on a deeper, subconscious level.

Watch here.

Video: Introducing Daniel Choudhury, Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist Daniel Choudhury sits down with Richard and talks about his physiotherapypractice. He explains how what he does differs from other physiotherapy clinics, and how what he does might help you.

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Video: What is Massage Therapy at Yellow Gazebo?

As with many natural medicines, massage therapy is regulated by the government yet can have a wide range of meanings. At Yellow Gazebo, massage therapy is always performed by a registered massage therapist, but can be vastly different depending on who you see. This video with clinic owner Richard Lobbenberg helps give you an idea of the types of massage therapy you can enjoy at YG.

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The YG Sleep Program

Sleep trouble? You’re not alone! 30% of Canadians struggle with insomnia at some point, and we have a program with a proven track record for success. Judith Mendoza (occupational therapist) and Olja Keserovic (naturopathic doctor) have designed a special sleep program using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and naturopathic strategies for re-balancing your stress levels. You can break the downward spiral of insomnia, and we can help!

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July Newsletter

This month’s theme: Cancer Prevention and Management
Video: Chiropractic for Cancer Patients

Thanks to chiropractic care’s ability to calm the nervous system, patients suffering from the side effects of cancer treatment can find relief. Watch this video with Dr. Jordanna Clarfield-Henry and learn more.Check it out.

We Won!
YG is proud to announce that we have been selected as the York Guardian Reader’s Choice Awards, Best Acupuncture for 2016! Of course, we could not have won the award without the unending support of our community, and so we at YG thank you for being a part of the effort we make everyday to bring natural healthcare to the St. Clair West neighbourhood.
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Video: Acupuncture for Cancer Prevention and Management

Acupuncture (and Traditional Chinese Medicine) is excellent for the treatment of imbalances in the body and the prevention of disease. Watch this informative video with acupuncturist Richard Lobbenberg to learn how this ancient medicine can help with cancer prevention as well as cancer management.

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Video: Introducing Doctor
Belinda Chan, Chiropractor

Our newest addition to the YG team, Dr. Belinda Chan joins us to provide chiropractic alongside our already well-loved team of therapists. Watch this video to learn more about Belinda and the way she practices chiropractic care!

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The YG Cancer Recovery Program

Your recovery from cancer will not necessarily be like another’s due to the wide range of cancers, treatment plans, and symptoms.  Our cancer recovery program is designed to start you back on the path to good health and well-being so that you can regain your energy and vitality, and prevent any recurrence.

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April Natural Health News

This month’s theme: Stress!
Video: Psychotherapy and Stress
Yellow Gazebo’sMargotte Kaczanowskais not just knowledgeable when it comes to stress, she’s also a personable, easy-to-talk-to professional who has a great approach to therapy. Watch this video to get to know herpsychotherapy methods (and her approach to stress) a little better.
Video: Massage Therapy FAQ

RMT Brian Murraytakes on some common and potentially personal questions in this interview that’s intended to educate as well as entertain. Ever feel like farting in themassage therapyroom? Let’s ask Brian!

Get your FAQ.

Wake Up Wednesdays! 
Physiotherapist Amy Gildner wants to see you bright and earlyWednesday mornings– 7am if you can swing it, or earlier if you want to challenge her! So set that alarm for sunrise and come get some good ol’ hands-on physiotherapy to start off your day.

Meet Amy.

Podcast: Acupuncture for Anxiety 
Acupuncturist Richard Lobbenberg uses this podcast to explain howacupuncture can help feelings of stress and anxiety taking a natural, holistic approach. When the mind can’t be calmed, sometimes the body needs to get things started.
Vote For Us
We’ve been nominated!Yellow Gazebo has recently been nominated by the York Guardian’s 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards for Acupuncture, under the category of Best Business and Service. So if you’d like to participate in voting for us, just make sure you get your click/vote in by Sunday, April 24th at 11:59pm. And thanks!

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Video: Naturopathy for Stress
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Olja Keserovicoffers some great insight into how naturopathycan help you to reduce your stress levels and feel better. Her intelligent answers may just open up a few ideas for you.
Until May 31st, 2016, enjoy a Shiatsu sessionwith Andrea Gerhardt for 30% off!
YG Stress Management Program

Give yourself the gift of letting us guide you. Our Stress Management Program is designed to free you from having to decide what therapy you need the most. In the program, we choose the right therapies for you to help you get started on a transformative journey to reduced stress.

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…and see the YG Articles Page for more!
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January Natural Health News


This month’s theme: Fitness!

Podcast: Acupuncture and Weight Loss

Fitness and weight loss often go hand-in-hand with reducing pain in joints and muscles. This great podcast by Richard explains how acupuncture approaches weight loss, and how it’s natural approach might be right for you.

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3 Easy Exercises for Knee Pain 

Despite the amazing results we see treating knee pain with natural therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, osteopathy and physiotherapy, sometimes the best medicine involves doing the right (often therapist-prescribed) exercise. Check out this great article on a few key exercises that your therapist might recommend to you.

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We Have a Winner!

The results are in…

Thank you to everyone for your participation and interest in our 2015 Holiday Raffle. Because of your support, we helped raise hundreds of dollars for Out of the Cold, a local community organization that helps the homeless stay fed, warm and clothed during these cold winter months. Runner-up prize winners include Diane and Mala, who each won $400 worth of free treatments at the clinic, while Ruth won the grand prize valued at over $900 – a gift basket overflowing with prizes donated from businesses in the area. Thanks again, and stay tuned for the next great fundraising event at YG!

Learn more about the prizes.

Video: How to Help Your Elbows With Exercise
Elbow pain can be stubborn because you need to use this joint with almost every arm movement, and you use your arm almost constantly throughout the day. If you’re suffering from this type of pain, watch this video and learn how the right therapy, with the right exercise, can relieve your elbow issues.

The YG Weight Loss Program

Now only $799!

6 sessions of assessment over a 6 week period that includes professional recommendations, advice and support along with a homeopathic dietary supplement called “Chirothin.” This nutritional support formula is made of natural, homeopathic ingredients that:

  • aid in fatty acid transport and metabolism
  • help with blood sugar stabilization
  • assist in increasing metabolism and detoxification

This weight loss program helps make your body more efficient, allowing you to eat a low calorie diet that enables you to lose weight quickly, effectively, and safely.

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December Natural Health Newsletter



This month’s theme: Headaches

Aromatherapy Massage!

Now at Yellow Gazebo, you can add aromatherapy lotion to your massage therapy for only an extra $5, or purchase the lotion in 4oz or 8oz bottles for $13.50 and $22.50 respectively. The organic essential oil blends we use in our massage lotions will help you reach new levels in your massage therapy session!Read more.

Massage Therapy and Tension HeadachesWant a safe, relaxing way to fall asleep and treat those headaches at the same time? Massage just might be the answer for you. In this informative article, registered massage therapist Diana Bellissimo talks about the potential causes of tension headaches, and how massage can help calm them.  

Holiday Raffle Update!

As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, YG is hosting a raffle to help raise money for Out of The Cold, a local organization that helps the homeless stay warm, fed and clothed during the cold winter months. Update: so far we’ve raised hundreds of dollars! And prizes keep being added by other local businesses, i.e. from the great shops and restaurants in the St. Clair West area. So come in today and buy a raffle ticket, or give us a call and we’ll help you buy one over the phone. And good luck to you! Prize draw is December 18th!

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Video: Physiotherapy for Headaches
It’s not your mom’s physio…That’s right, the physiotherapy you might be used to might include some fancy machines that work on you while you just lay there, but at Yellow Gazebo physiotherapist Amy Gildner isn’t going to just sit and watch! Check out this informative video on how her effective brand of physio can help rid you of pain – in this case pain of the headache variety. And then book an appointment!

Watch carefully.

Video: The Side Effects of Acupuncture
Overthinking the reasons to not come in and try acupuncture for your health concerns? You just might be! Watch this candid yet informative video on the potential side effects of an ancient (and incidentally very safe) medicine.
Need Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are inserts for your shoes, designed to help re-align your body to its most physically efficient state. They can help reduce pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, and even in your neck. To find out if orthotics are right for you, book an assessment with either our chiropractor or our osteopath.
The YG Pain Care Program
Pain is manageable when you have the right people working with you, giving you relief as well as the tools you need to live your life. At Yellow Gazebo our comprehensive Pain Care Program will help you feel better by reducing your pain and by opening up opportunities to truly live again.

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7 Exercise Myths Debunked


As human beings, we tend to hear something that sounds plausible, and so we believe it. Or we hear something that actually sounds doubtful, but we hear it so many times that eventually we figure it must be true. And sometimes what we hear from friends (or people who are supposed to know what they’re talking about) we carry with us for a long, long time. Oftentimes believing false facts about our health doesn’t really hurt us, but usually it doesn’t help us either. Here are some exercise myths debunked – you may have heard one or two of them yourself:

1. Out Damned Spot! You may have heard that spot training, i.e. exercising certain muscles excessively to achieve optimal results, is the best way to reduce abdominal fat. The truth is, you would have to train your abs non-stop for more than 30 minutes each time, and even then it would only do a minor amount of improvement to the area. Truthfully, the best way to cut abdominal fat is to do a full-body weight workout, followed by some high intensity interval training. And like any muscle in your body, your abs should only be trained every other day – it is also a myth that you can train your abs daily. That just doesn’t make physiological sense since your abdominal muscles are the same type of muscle tissue as the rest of your body’s skeletal muscle, which you take days off from training.

2. No Sweat. Many people have believed for decades, if not longer, that sweating more while you work out will make you lose more weight. These people will wear heavy clothes while they work out, or even worse, won’t work out at all and will instead just sit in the sauna thinking that they’re burning calories. The truth is, sweating more only causes you to lose more water, which puts you in danger of being dehydrated. And replenishing the water can potentially help flush out your organs, but not nearly as well as just plain exercising and eating well. And while we’re talking about hydration, stay away from electrolyte drinks unless you’re doing a seriously heavy workout – otherwise you’re just adding unnecessary calories to your body.

3. Yoga Good? No, Yoga Bad! Okay, this feels a little like blasphemy, but the truth is that yoga isn’t for everyone. If you’re in pain, there’s probably some type of yoga you can do, but that doesn’t mean that yoga is necessarily your answer to getting relief. In fact, some poses may even exacerbate your symptoms. The best solution? If you really want to do yoga, book a private session with someone who knows how to handle injured people – they’ll be able to steer you away from the dangerous poses and towards the helpful ones.

4. Rage Against the Machine. It’s fairly commonly believed that the exercise machines at the gym are safer to use than dumbbells, barbells, exercise balls, and so on. But the truth is, unless the machine you’re using is properly adjusted for your weight and height, chances are that you could injure yourself on a machine just as easily as you would with free weights. And another potential for injury that free weights don’t have is that exercise machines have no give, that is they are fixed to a certain spot to move in a certain plane of motion. If you don’t move precisely in that plane of motion as you use the machine, you could injure yourself. A better idea? Train with someone who knows what they’re doing, or hire a personal trainer for 5 or 6 sessions to show you – it’ll be worth the money.

5. No Pain, Good Gain. Perhaps the most tenaciously held onto myth, the idea that you have to be aching, sore and generally feeling horrible the day after a workout is actually not true. Sure, some soreness is to be expected, but severe pain suggests injury, and that’s just not a safe way to exercise. It can also be a huge de-motivator! If you want to see benefits, follow a reasonable plan that doesn’t leave you feeling too sore afterwards. Then slowly build on that, giving yourself a week off every six to eight weeks. And while we’re on the subject, if it ever hurts while you’re doing the exercise, stop immediately – otherwise you might just injure yourself to a state that will keep you out of the gym for a long time.

6. Just Let Go. Stretching is an often-confused area of exercise, and it’s no wonder since there are different and sometimes adamant schools of thought on the subject. Many believe that you should stretch before exercise, and that this stretch should be held for 30 to 60 seconds at a time. Let’s tackle the former first: many studies show that stretching before a workout can lead to injury since your muscles are not warm, and at the very least does not do you any good, even if you don’t hurt yourself. The best idea is to warm up doing light movements that get your blood moving, including things like tossing a light medicine ball around. As for how long to hold a stretch, it is actually healthier for your muscles and tendons (and better as a stretch) if you do your stretches in 3-5 second holds only, repeating them 7-10 times. This is called active isolated stretching, and is a much safer and beneficial way to stretch.

7. Don’t Be Naughty! You might feel like rewarding yourself with a cheese burger and fries after a workout. Why not? You’ve earned it, right? Sure, but having exercised, even with an intense workout, cannot make up for the ingestion of several hundred calories in a meal. In fact, you can consider eating right about 80% or more of what you’re doing to get into shape. The exercise may feel like the work, but it’s the discipline with your fork that’s really going to make all the difference. Best idea? Exercise in fun ways that don’t feel like work, and take a cooking class to learn how to cook healthy meals for yourself.

By Richard Lobbenberg, BSc BHSc DAc

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Warming Up Your Body’s ‘Spheres’

ImageIf you consider your body to be made up of 4 spheres, you can think of them as: 1. your neck, 2. your shoulders, 3. your hips, and 4. your knees. Warming up each of these spheres daily can go a long way to reducing stress and tension in your body. Note: be sure to do these warm-up exercises carefully (preferably in front of a mirror), after having been properly trained in their use. In addition, if something hurts, please stop doing the exercise and see your trainer.

Do 5-10 repetitions of each of these, per side/direction. Be sure to work each side/direction the same amount of repetitions.

1. Neck: Warming up your neck should be done in three parts: First, look at yourself in a mirror and draw small to medium-sized circles with your chin. This will help move your neck without going too far. Next, draw figure-eights with your chin, still watching yourself in the mirror (don’t go too fast!). Finally, turn perpendicular to the mirror, and turn your head towards the mirror. Make sure that you turn only enough so that you can see your opposite ear, no farther. And most of all, think of it as movement rather than actual stretching – this will help you prevent injury.

2. Shoulders: To warm up your shoulders, imagine drawing circles in the mirror with your elbows. Try not to bring your elbows up much higher than your shoulders, in an effort to prevent constriction of your shoulder and neck muscles. Nonetheless, draw big circles, focusing on your elbows as the part of you that’s drawing the circles.

3. Hips: Now the circles you’re going to draw are on the floor. With your pelvis as the focal point, draw circles on the floor, keeping your hands on your hips and your feet about shoulder-width apart. Keep your feet planted through this exercise, although you may find that they will want to lift a little from side to side.

4. Knees: Still on the floor, the circles you’re going to draw are just in front of your feet. First, put your feet together, and place one hand on each knee. Then draw circles as indicated on the floor, first in one direction and then the other. If you hear cracks and groans in your knees, don’t worry – this is normal. Be sure to make small circles with your knees, in order to prevent pain afterwords.

By Richard Lobbenberg, Acupuncturist and TCM Practitioner

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Working Out While Sick – Good Idea or No?

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If you exercise regularly, you know what it’s like to wake up and feel sick, then immediately wonder if working out that day is a good idea or not. If bed rest and fluids are a generally prescribed plan, how can exercise make sense? And yet, some doctors say that it won’t have any effect on the severity or duration of your cold symptoms. Some will tell you yes, go exercise, but others will say no – what’s the right answer?

Exercise is commonly known to be good for boosting your immune system, and certainly when you’re sick it’s your immune system that needs boosting. However, there are times when a workout might have a negative effect on your body. When you exercise, your heart rate increases, no matter what type of exercise you’re doing, i.e. yoga, weights, cardio and so on. Your core body temperature also increases, causing you to sweat more, thus depleting you of water. When you’re healthy this is all right, of course, but when you’re sick it can have a negative impact. Fluids when you’re sick help you to flush out the toxins, to cool down a fever, and to carry away other germs that might cause a future illness (remember that when you’re sick you’re even more vulnerable to other germs!). Plus, increasing your core body temperature when you’re already running a fever can be dangerous – even deadly.

But if you’re clearly not running a fever, it might be okay to do a light workout, according to some. If you’re merely congested and sneezing, light exercise might help you feel a little better, but be sure not to over-exert yourself. And if you think you might be contagious, consider others around you – sneezing on your fellow yogis might not be appreciated! And this is a good time to get in the habit of wiping down the machines you’re using at the gym – before AND after you use them. Decreasing the spread of germs helps everyone.

And certainly if you have symptoms such as chest congestion, muscle aches, chills, and abdominal upset, you may have the flu. In this case it is definitely advisable to rest until your symptoms disappear – exercising while you have the flu can prolong the illness or even make it worse. Skipping a workout or two might get you better faster than if you were to workout with the flu.

If you’re not sure how bad your symptoms are, whether or not you have a fever or think you might be contagious, just take some time off. It could be better for you in the long run. Pun intended.

By Richard Lobbenberg, Acupuncturist and TCM Practitioner

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