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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.

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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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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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Massage Therapy and Boosting Your Immune System


You probably know that massage therapy can help to relax your muscles, improve your sleep, and even reduce your stress levels, but did you know that it can also help to boost your immune system? It’s true! In fact, stress and the effect it has on your immune system is a big reason why massage therapy can be so beneficial for helping you fight off colds and the flu. But that’s not the only way massage helps boost your immunity; massage will certainly help lower stress-causing hormones like cortisol and increase ‘feel good’ hormones like serotonin, but it does even more than that.

Have you ever wondered why some people get sick more often than others? And then there are those people out there who never get sick! What’s going on with them? Well, it could be that they handle stress better than others, and that may be because genetically their bodies naturally produce more ‘good’ immune system fighters, and have a better ability to decrease the ‘bad’ guys who can cause all that pain and discomfort. Alas, we’re not all built that way: some of us need a little extra help.

Clinical studies have shown that massage therapy on a regular basis can actually affect your levels of naturally occurring antibodies, increasing their levels to help fight off bacteria and viruses (that’s right, get a massage and you can skip your blueberry-banana-wheat-grass-protein-smoothie for once!). Not only that, but regular massage will help reduce your body’s production of cytokines, which encourage inflammation and pain throughout your body.

Furthermore, massage therapy helps to improve your blood’s circulation and lymph drainage, two systems that help to flush out those nasty little invaders that can hamper your immunity. Note, however, that it’s not good to get a massage once the bad guys have gained control and you’re feeling sick! Once their numbers are high enough, increased circulation can help them get around your body faster and wreak more havoc. If you’ve already come down with something, wait at least 3 to 5 days until your symptoms have dissipated before resuming your massage therapy sessions.

If you work really hard you deserve to relax. Even better, taking the time to get regular massage therapy from a registered massage therapist can help keep you from having to take sick days off and miss all that hard work you love to do! It’s hard to lead a stressful life when a weakened immune system gets in the way. So get proactive and get a massage today!

By Richard Lobbenberg, BSc BHSc DAc

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A Good Massage – from a TCM Perspective

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Chair Massage at Yellow Gazebo

Although acupuncture is my specialty and not massage, I’ve been lucky enough to have had some great training in massage, and I’ve worked with massage therapists for several years. I’d like this blog to talk about what I think a good massage should be, according to what I’ve learned in school and in practice.

Just to give you some background, I am an acupuncturist trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and I have had my formal training in Tui Na, which is Chinese massage based on TCM principles of healing.  In China one will usually have basic training in TCM and then go on to specialize in either herbs, acupuncture, or Tui Na.  My program here in Toronto focused on acupuncture, but as a four-year course was still able to give us good training in herbs and massage as well.

So although I do not do Swedish Massage, which is the form taught to registered massage therapists in Ontario, I nonetheless have extensive experience massaging people and have had the opportunity to learn from RMT’s and to hone my skills to become what they are today – likely quite different from what I was taught nine years ago in school.

What I’ve learned is that massage is very different from person to person.  One therapist may be loved by one patient, yet has another patient who does not enjoy their work.  Luckily for me, massage is only a small part of what I do, and my work focuses on healing a specific ailment.  If those symptoms decrease, and my patient feels better, then (more often than not) I have succeeded.  RMT’s, on the other hand, sometimes have a much more difficult time going about their work.  A patient may describe a set of symptoms, yet be expecting a relaxation massage and not want ‘real work’ done.  Thus relief of their symptoms becomes secondary to their perception of what they had expected.  And so the communication between RMT and patient in terms of expectations becomes very important.

My experience in dealing with people has also taught me something that I now apply to my practice, and indeed my life as much as possible: you can say or do pretty much anything to anyone as long as it’s done the right way.  Easily said, not easily put into play in life!  But it holds true, and the more I believe this and apply it, the more this comes back to me with verification of my beliefs.  How do I apply this to massage?  Simply that – call it ‘confidence’ – applied during massage.  No one wants to be touched in a timid, non-confident way, and most of us who are expecting to be touched by another will enjoy it that much more if it comes with a measure of confidence.  In fact, the more confident and positive the touch, the better we will feel!

So it comes that my massage is indeed the same in principal as the RMTs’ massages with whom I practice.  In order to give a good massage, we must all do it with a certain type of energy: one that is confident and positive in nature.  Done in this way, we will surely have more patients like us or not, regardless of how much we heal them.  Or perhaps that positive energy is indeed healing them more than a repaired muscle healed with timid, negative energy would.

By Richard Lobbenberg, Acupuncturist and TCM Practitioner

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