Dr. Adams & Dr. Hessel's adventure summitting Mt. Kilimanjaro
Maternity Reflexology
Announcing New Practitioners and Health Services
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Summitting Mount Kilimanjaro

Principles that apply not only to climbing mountains but also to life in general...

Dr. Adams & Dr. Hessel at Mt. Kilimanjaro

Dr. Adams and Dr. Hessel achieved their goal this summer of summitting Mount Kilimanjaro on the morning of August 22nd.  Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa at 19,800 feet.  Prior to our climb, we were briefed by one of our guides about the four key principles needed to successfully reach the top.  Upon reflection, these same principles apply not only to climbing mountains but also to life in general.  These principles are as follows.
  1. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
    We are essentially made of water and we often take it for granted.  On the mountain, dehydration limits our ability to carry oxygen and adapt to the elevation gains. The thin, dry air and increased respiration contributed to a rapid loss of moisture from our bodies.  Clean water was of limited supply both on and off the mountain. We realized how much we take for granted our easy access to an abundance of clean water at home.
  2. Have good equipment
    The harsh climate and temperature made us aware that we needed a lot of gear to keep our bodies protected.  When you were cold, you added another layer.  When the wind picked up, you put on a windbreaker.  The second principle is really about listening to your body's needs and using good equipment or being aware how the environment affects our bodies.
  3. Take your time and walk slowly
    Our Tanzanian guides emphasized that one always walks slowly on the mountain to prevent getting high elevation sickness.  The Swahili phrase for walking slowly is "pole, pole" (pronounced poli, poli).  As climbers, we had to respect our own pace and not get caught up with a faster pace of another group of climbers.  Sometimes in our fast paced lives we forget to take the time to slow down and pay more attention to the world around us. 
  4. Practice “PMA”
    Charles, the head guide, mentioned that PMA is short for Positive Mental Attitude.  He believed that maintaining a PMA was the most important principle necessary to summit.  Many of the hardships we faced on the mountain were made bearable by looking at them with a positive attitude.  Getting up at midnight to climb for 7 hours uphill in complete darkness, in below freezing temperatures and howling winds does not appear positive on first blush until you think about the end result of experiencing a sunrise above the clouds. The magic of Kilimanjaro is that it makes you aware of the importance of keeping a positive frame of mind.  
The four principles of drinking water, taking care of our bodies, walking slowly and having a positive mental attitude works whether you are climbing a mountain or harvesting your garden, because they allow you to appreciate and focus on the moment no matter where it is.

We would like to thank a number of friends and family for helping us reach the summit. In particular, Renee Little was very helpful in planning our dietary requirements for optimal training.  Dr. Andre Botha for his personal insights as a veteran climber of Kilimanjaro.  Amanda Reimer for helping with personal training, and the team at the Wellness Centre for their daily encouragement.

Welcome New Practitioners

The Northwest Wellness Centre is pleased to welcome the following practitioners and team members:
  • Charlene Eckstrom, BSc (HEc), MA, RSW is a Child & Family Therapist
  • Carla Eckstrom BSc (HEc), MA, RSW is a Child & Family Therapist
  • Duretta Bradfield is a Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Jody Bujold, Office Assistant
All new practitioners are now accepting clients at the Wellness Centre and you can learn more about them here.

Child & Family Therapy

FamilyThere are many types of therapy such as play therapy, individual and family therapy, and crisis intervention. We will choose the strategies that are most appropriate for a particular problem and for the individual child and family, and work with you to develop treatment plans to address each individual problem that may arise. For more about Child & Family Therapy and symptoms it can be helpful for click here.

> Learn more about our Child & Family Therapy services

Renee Yoga PoseYoga Classes

NWWC now offers a number of yoga classes including Vinyassa Flow (linking movement of yoga posts with breath), Yoga Foundation for Beginners. Gentle Morning Yoga, and Hatha Flow. For more about our yoga instructors and class times click here.

> Learn more about Yoga Classes

Maternity Reflexology

Being pregnant is a physically demanding time as your body grow and expands to create the new life inside of you. Along with all of the beauty comes challenges as well. What if I told you there was a tool to help you through, that even DRASTICALLY reduced labour times? Reflexology is an excellent tool to help you deal with the ups and downs you face the whole way through your pregnancy.

Maternity Reflexology is a wonderful tool before you plan on becoming pregnant, while you are pregnant, and after you've delivered your bundle of joy.

During Pregnancy, reflexology has been proven effective in:
  • reducing Edema (swelling of the feet and ankles)
  • lowering high blood pressure
  • reducing back, hip and leg pain
  • controlling mood swings
  • preventing heartburn
  • reducing breast tenderness
  • drastically reducing labour times (when sessions received through pregnancy)
  • treating insomnia caused by anxiety, pain, discomfort
  • reducing anxiety
  • reducing cravings
  • increase chances of having a natural, drug free labour
As well, many women report that their Maternity Reflexology sessions help to put them in touch and keep them in tune with their bodies.

After you've given birth, your body is still adjusting and healing. Post Partum Reflexology treatments are effective in:
  • healing your body after a c-section or an episiotome
  • healing a bruised perineum and hemorrhoids
  • increasing and maintaining breast milk flow, soothing chaffed nipples, calming engorged breasts
  • can stop milk flow if necessary
  • dealing with post partum depression
  • bringing about a state of relaxation and restfulness
> See more about Reflexology


Happy Fall from the team at NWWC!

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