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Spring Mindfulness Meditation Class

Mindfulness Meditation: the art of seeing clearly what is happening and how we are relating to it.
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Mindfulness Meditation Class

Mindfulness Meditation: the art of seeing clearly what is happening and how we are relating to it.
(more…)

Tips For Getting A Better Sleep

Sleep, everybody needs it, but not everyone can seem to get enough of it. People often fill their day with too many tasks and don’t leave enough time for quality shut-eye. But then there are people who have the time to sleep, but still wake up feeling tired and not well rested. This can happen for a number of reasons and it can be frustrating, but the good news is there are steps you can take to provide yourself with a better sleep every night.

Sleep vs.Good Sleep

You might be sleeping, but are you getting a good sleep? Sometimes we don’t sleep as well as we should, for a variety of reasons. A common problem that many people experience is that they are not sleeping deeply enough or are wakeful throughout the night.

There are a number of reasons why a person might not be getting the deep rest they need. Sometimes those problems are biological. Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea may interrupt normal sleep cycles, reducing the quality of sleep and causing the person to still be tired in the morning. Often sleep is restless because of environmental factors. Things such as excess lights and sounds or uncomfortable temperatures can cause wakefulness throughout the night. Anxiety and stress can also reduce sleep quality. If your mind is not relaxed, you may become restless and wakeful throughout the night, which reduces your quality of sleep.

Setting Up a Good Sleep Environment

If your sleep issues are environmental, there are steps you can take to improve your environment for sleeping. For instance, if light bothers you, you might want to consider a blackout shade in your bedroom. The light from a streetlight might seem fairly dim and distant, but it can be enough to compromise your sleep quality.

If noise is the issue, you might want to consider getting heavier curtains to filter out outdoor sounds. A white noise machine may also be effective in covering disruptive noises, providing for a more peaceful sleep.

Dealing with Health Issues

If your inability to get a good night’s sleep is related to physical or mental health, don’t assume those problems will just go away or that you can fix them on your own. Any health issue requires attention from a doctor. By avoiding the doctor, you might actually be worsening the problem as your lack of sleep will be making matters worse.

A Good Sleep Routine

If the problem is that you’re having a hard time getting to sleep, get yourself in a sleep routine. Try turning off the TV or any other screens an hour or two before bed time to let your mind de-stimulate. Try to relax yourself further with mediation or a warm bath. Make sure your bedroom is a clean and peaceful environment that you enjoy being in.

It may take time, but by establishing good sleep habits and taking care of any health issues inhibiting your sleep, you will improve your sleep quality and your overall quality of life.

Meditation, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy Can Help

If you are having trouble sleeping, meditation is an effective and easy way to set yourself up for a successful night’s sleep. Some techniques for meditation that are proven to be effective in helping people fall asleep include deep breathing, guided visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness exercises.

Further, acupuncture and massage therapy are successful treatment options for many types of sleep disorders and promotes relaxation. Click here to learn more about how acupuncture, massage therapy, and meditation can improve your sleep!

If you have any questions on our mind body medicine, acupuncture, and massage therapy and how to improve sleep quality, please do not hesitate to contact us today!

Mindfulness Meditation Class

Mindfulness Meditation: the art of seeing clearly what is happening and how we are relating to it.
Whole Family health is now offering an intimate 6-week Mindfulness Meditation Class where we explore the healing power of present moment awareness and acceptance. In a cozy, warm room for 6 participants, you will receive intimate, personalized one-on-one instruction focusing on developing different Meditation techniques, mindful movement, deep­-relaxation. and self-compassion.

Monday Evenings, 6:00 pm – ­7:00 pm
Jan 9 – Feb 13
Space is limited, to register please contact 780 756 7736 or info@wholefamilyhealth.ca

Cost: $150
Registration must be paid up front to reserve spot it in class. 

*Registration limited to 6 participants per class series. Intimate, personalized instruction.

Contact us now to register: 780-756-7736

What causes us to feel overwhelmed and pressure in life, is not our busy lives or any other external factor, but how we are navigating these circumstances. Join us for a 6week mindfulness meditation program – which will teach you how to relax, center and reboot in your hectic life. During the session you will be taught various meditation techniques to incorporate into your daily life as well as how to find space in your day to be still and quiet. Mindfulness has been proven to alleviate the side effects of physical pain, mental discomfort as well as emotional distress. It is a simple and accessible practice to be used by anyone at anytime.

Culminating the knowledge of Vipassanā meditation and the evidence based approach of mindfulness-based stress reduction, this class offers a unique wealth of information and training that creates great space for cultivating deep healing and higher awareness within yourself.

Join us for our 6­-week series, Mindfulness Meditation, where we will work with formal practices of sitting, body scan, and guided self­-compassion Meditations. A series of classes intended to support healing and well­-being with limited space; be sure to reserve your spot today.

This series will be instructed by Kat Boehm, Yoga and Pilates Certified Teacher who has studied Mindfulness Meditation practices and Yoga Philosophy and Cecil Horwitz, founder and clinical director of Whole Family Health who is Harvard trained in the field of Mind Body Medicine.

What is Mindfulness Meditation and what are the benefits?

Mindfulness Meditation is defined as: present moment awareness with non-­judgmental attention. It has been proven to be a great support for the natural busyness of our lives, as well as to create space for difficult emotions and thoughts. When we are not living fully in the moment as it is, we are reacting to life, instead of being engaged with it. Mindfulness has the capacity to teach us how to slow down, pause and respond to what life is presenting.

In this series of classes we will explore simple but effective meditations that will enhance our ability to live life fully, no matter what is happening. Some call it mindfulness; it is also known as mindfulness-based stress reduction, awareness, or meditation. There are active and passive forms, and they are virtually accessible to anyone – that’s right, we can all do it!

Anxiety, stress, depression, exhaustion, and irritability all decrease with regular sessions of meditation. Memory improves, reaction times become faster, mental and physical stamina increase, thinking becomes clearer, sleep improves, blood pressure lowers, which all leads to fewer doctors visits; the benefits to mindfulness meditation are endless!

If you are interested to learn more about how mindfulness meditation can help reduce the physical and mental impact of stress on your life, contact us today!

Mindfulness Meditation Class: Self­-Compassion and Presence

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Mindfulness Meditation Class: Self­-Compassion and Presence

Want a moment of calm? Who doesn’t! Let’s face it, we are getting busier, doing more for others and less for ourselves. But, there is a way to create a moment of calm in your busy week, that’s right just for yourself. (more…)

Mitigating the Harmful Effects of Stress

There are times when stress is completely unavoidable, such as a high demanding job, training for a competitive sport event, dispute with your partner or friends, or caring for a sick parent, etc. (more…)

Mindfulness Meditation Class: Self­-Compassion and Presence

Want a moment of calm? Who doesn’t! Let’s face it, we are getting busier, doing more for others and less for ourselves. But, there is a way to create a moment of calm in your busy week, that’s right just for yourself. (more…)

Mindfulness Meditation Class: Self­-Compassion and Presence

Want a moment of calm? Who doesn’t! Let’s face it, we are getting busier, doing more for others and less for ourselves. But, there is a way to create a moment of calm in your busy week, that’s right just for yourself. (more…)