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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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March Newsletter



This month’s theme: Pregnancy

Podcast: Osteopathy During Pregnancy

From fertility to pregnancy to post-labour, and even treating your infant soon after birth, osteopathy is a wonderful medicine gaining popularity with new and developing families. This podcast interview with osteopath Nazanin Eshghi Moghaddam explores further.Listen up.
Video: Acupuncture for Labour Induction Completely safe for pregnant women and helpful for many issues one experiences in each of the three trimesters, acupuncture may also help with inducing labour when needed. Watch this video with acupuncturist Richard Lobbenberg for more insight.

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Video: Massage for Pregnancy and for Infants

You might be surprised!

Watch this informative interview with RMT Amy Tracey Sarfati as she explains the benefits of receiving massage while pregnant and after giving birth. Amy also talks about infant massage and how her work at YG can help the very young.

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Video: Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Physiotherapist Amy Gildner discusses an area of specialty unknown to many. Excellent for, but not limited to women after giving birth, pelvic floor physiotherapy is good for women with a variety of concerns.
The YG Pregnancy Programs

Whether you’re looking for Fertility help, Pregnancy support, or Doula care for the final stages – YG can help. Heck, if you’ve watched the videos and listened to the podcasts this month, you know we can even provide care for your infant! Check out these great programs and more.

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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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3 Easy Stress Relief Exercises

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Need something quick and easy to do so that you can just relax a little?  And maybe you also need something that you can do in the car or where your computer is not available (or perhaps ‘not wanted’ for that matter!)?  Well, here are 3 easy exercises that you can do on your own (or with a friend, if that helps) to enable you the ability to let go of some of the stress weighing you down.  Rule #1: these exercises only work if you give them a chance!  Rule #2: each of these exercises can be done lying down with your eyes closed in a dark room, or wide awake in your car driving.  They’ll have some effect even in the most active of your states.

1. Good Air, Bad Air.  One of the harmful effects stress has on us is that it virtually fills us with toxic elements (essentially the residue of our ‘fight or flight’ system going for too long).  This exercise will help you rid yourself of that toxicity.

First of all, take in a deep breath, imagining that the air you’re inhaling is clean, pure air – the best you could ever find.  Let this pristine air fill your whole body, from your feet to your head, and imagine it cleaning out your body’s cells.  Hold it in for a few seconds to let it do it’s cleaning, and then slowly exhale.  While you’re exhaling, imagine that the air you’re releasing is all the dirty, toxic air that the ‘good’ air has cleaned out from your cells.  Repeat two more times.

2.  Squeeze and Release.  We hold a lot of tension in our muscles when we’re stressed.  Much of this tension we’re not even aware of, which is why this exercise is so good.  Think of it almost as a self-massage – something to tide you over until you can get the real thing!

Imagine squeezing all of the muscles in your left foot, and hold this for a few seconds.  Then slowly release the squeeze, imagining that all the tension you’ve just created is being released.  Do this for your right foot as well, and then slowly work your way up your body, squeezing and releasing your calf muscles, your thighs, glutes, back, abdominal muscles, chest, shoulders, neck and even your scalp.  Then, if you’re so inclined, work your way back down to your feet.  Be careful not to over-squeeze!

3.  Energy Cycling.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s believed that your energy runs down your front and up your back.  Of course energy runs to and from your arms and legs aswell, but for the purposes of this exercise let’s just focus on your torso and head.

Do your best to imagine a warm energy traveling from the top of your head, down your face, and then down the midline of the front of your torso.  The energy should feel comfortable, possibly warm and gentle, passing through you without effort.  Don’t worry if you only feel it in certain parts of your body – this is normal and may change with practice.  As the energy reaches your perineum (the space between your genitals and anus), gently give the muscles here a gentle squeeze, and then imagine the energy shooting up your spine to the top of your head.  Repeat this cycle ten times if possible, ensuring that the energy is comfortable and easy down your front, and fast and energetic up your spine.

By Richard Lobbenberg, Acupuncturist and TCM Practitioner

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