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Pure Body Health Victoria’s Virtual Counselling Services for Holistic Health

Author: Emma Sloan

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Here at Pure Body Health Victoria, we pride ourselves on offering a variety of health-related solutions. One of our most accessible during 2020 (and, now, 2021!) Virtual counselling services for holistic health.

Held via our partner business, Pure Body Health Online, keep reading to learn how and why our nutrition counselling, wellness counselling, and life coaching are helping people just like you get the most out of their everyday lifestyle.

Virtual Nutritional Counselling

Our virtual nutritional counselling comes in three variants:

  • Initial 60-min. consultation
    • Good things take time, which is why we ensure that our initial 60-min. consultation is as thorough as possible. This includes:
      • An evaluation of the client’s health history
      • An overview of past and current supplements, as well as daily eating habits
      • A discussion about food records
      • Outlining a goal-based plan and nutritional condition
      • Recommending recipe plans and tactics to strengthen your immune system long-term
  • 40-min. follow-up session
    • Built-in to the standard 60-min. consultation
    • A nutritional audit with one of our virtual counselling specialists
    • Analyzing the status of your provided nutritional plan in order to make any recommended adjustments
    • This is to monitor your progress and set you on the path for long-term results
  • The Advance PBH Package
    • The full-package experience for those seeking an in-depth nutritional counselling experience
    • Includes an initial consultation, three monitoring sites, 21 days of meal planning, evaluation and tracking of all health changes, and a laboratory assessment

Balancing emotional and physical health is key for a happy, healthy life; that’s why our dedicated team of experts offer an array of athletic therapy counselling, wellness coaching, life coaching services, and naturopathic and Chinese herbal medicine guidance alongside our nutritional counselling.

Athletic Therapy

Each virtual athletic therapy counselling appointment encompasses your detailed physical history, a comprehensive assessment, specified treatment, one-on-one patient education, and a customized home-treatment program. Our virtual athletic therapy services are covered by insurances such as, but not limited to, All Sport Insurance, Marketing, the Canadian Hockey Association, Greenshield, Manulife, and Sunlife.

Wellness Coaching

Divided into an initial 60-min. consultation and a 45-min. follow-up session for patient convenience, we here at Pure Body offer a unique mentorship experience with one of our very own wellness experts. These sessions entail personalized step-by-step walkthroughs for topics like overall bodily health, lifestyle, and holistic wellbeing.

Life Coaching

Kicking off with a free initial 30-min. consult, our virtual life coaching offerings uncover recommended changes that can be made to both your professional and personal life. What is the most important to you in life? What are you looking to achieve in both the short-and-long term? These one-on-one coaching sessions are inspired by Pure Body Health’s founder, Gavin Henderson-Peal, who, in addition to overseeing the activities here at Pure Body Health, runs a successful business coaching company here in Victoria.

Naturopathy and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Counselling

While two separate services, our virtual naturopathy and traditional Chinese herbal medicine counselling work in tandem to holistically heal many chronic and astute conditions.

Enjoy the Best Health of Your Life With Pure Body Health’s Virtual Counselling

Whether it be virtual nutritional counselling, athletic therapy coaching, guidings on the topics of health and wellness, or even the integration of naturopathic and/or traditional Chinese herbal medicine into your everyday life, you’re in good hands here at Pure Body Health. Contact us today!

Why a Hot Stone Massage is the Perfect Winter Treatment

Author: Emma Sloan

Beautiful Woman Getting Stones Massage in Spa Salon.

Victoria, it’s true: a hot stone massage is the perfect winter treatment, especially after the year we’ve collectively had!

As one of our most popular massage services here at Pure Body Health Victoria, we are experts when it comes to hot stone massages.

Keep reading to learn what a hot stone massage treatment at Pure Body Health Victoria entails, what its benefits are, and how it works to alleviate tension during the winter months.

First Things First: What Does a Hot Stone Massage Entail, Exactly?

A hot stone massage is exactly what it says on the tin: by utilizing heated stones (most commonly smooth river rocks that do well to retain heat), your massage therapist will heat the stones until they are within an ideal temperature range. Your massage therapist will then place the stones on specific parts of the body to loosen muscles that are sore and tight (as well as balance energy levels). These hot stones will be periodically swapped with cold stones to yield the treatment’s full therapeutic benefits.

In fact, stones have been used for therapeutic purposes worldwide; the Japanese, Scandaniavians, North American Indigenous Peoples, Chinese, and Buddhist Monks have all used stones for alleviating muscle pain for centuries. This, coupled with expert Swedish massage techniques, work to efficiently release pain and/or tension that has built up over the winter months. We here at Pure Body Health are proud to offer hot stone massages, cold stone massages, and contrast stone massages (during which both hot and cold stones are used.)

The Benefits of a Hot Stone Massage

By applying hot stones to the body first, toxins and muscle tightness are released; the application of cold stones then encourages said improved blood flow. This alternation also improves overall relaxation.

Other benefits of a hot stone massage include:

  • Bettered lymphatic drainage throughout the body
  • The lowering of blood pressure
  • Enhanced immune response
  • The release of stress, pain, muscle aches, tightness, and fatigue
  • A sense of relaxation
  • Reduced muscle spasms and acute inflammatory reactions
  • Soothing of burns

Book Your Hot Stone Massage At Pure Body Health Victoria

Pure Body Health Victoria’s team of registered health professionals are here to deliver on our promise of providing Victoria with the tools for optimal living.

We are located on Yates Street (beside Fol Epi, between Bulk Barn and the Odeon Theatre) and have two nearby parkades for easy visitation. We like to notify clients that first-hour parking is free, along with ample metered street parking on the blocks of Yates Street, Johnson Street, and Blanshard Street. For those who cycle, we encourage parking at our bike racks stationed outside of the office!

Treat yourself this winter with the healing powers of a hot stone massage. Book yours today!

What are the Health Benefits of Infrared Therapy?

Author: Christine Foy

Infrared Sauna Entrance

Infrared therapy has been shown to have numerous benefits for your health and well being, including:

  • Weight loss
  • Treatment for chronic pain
  • Relaxation of muscle tension
  • Detoxification
  • Skin purification

Infrared technology is a wonderful addition to your wellness routine as it gives you the benefits of time spent in the sun without exposing yourself to harmful ultraviolet rays.

Imagine the feeling of refreshment and relaxation after a day in the sun without having to be concerned about the adverse side effects on your skin and health.

Infrared light has been shown to promote faster healing and relief for muscle tension or chronic pain by initiating the circulation of oxygen-rich blood in the body.

It’s a safe and effective rehabilitation method, demonstrated by its use for infants in neonatal intensive care.

What are Infrared Saunas?

Infrared saunas are similar in structure to traditional saunas – they are both typically small enclosed rooms – however they differ in how the heat is transmitted to your body and the resulting benefits.

Traditional saunas heat the body through the conduction of warm air – as the air in the room warms up – your body begins to heat up.

Infrared saunas heat your body directly with 80% of the heat going into your body and 20% warming the air around you.

The infrared light is absorbed by photoreceptors in your cells and is converted into heat energy, which then begins to warm up your body.

When the light energy is absorbed it triggers a series of metabolic events and natural processes in your body.

Do Infrared Saunas Burn Calories?

Infrared saunas promote weight loss as they produce conditions that mimic exercise.

As you begin to sweat, your heart rate increases and this kickstarts a caloric burn. The same is true for traditional saunas, however, if you find the intense heat of a traditional sauna overwhelming, infrared saunas are a great alternative.

Since infrared saunas warm your body, not the air – the thick feeling or heaviness of air that can be felt in traditional saunas doesn’t occur, so you are able to receive the benefits of calorie loss without discomfort.

Detoxification and Infrared Saunas

Infrared saunas are effective at detoxifying both your body and mind. The induced sweating has been shown to help eliminate heavy metals, BPA’s and other toxic chemicals from your skin.

BPA’s are an industrial chemical that has been used since the 1960’s to make certain plastics and resins. It’s common to absorb these chemicals in your day-to-day life and therefore important to detoxify them from your skin.

Infrared saunas are also excellent places to detoxify your mind. In the sanctuary of the sauna while your body is receiving the benefits of infrared wave energy, it provides a powerful space for meditation, reflection and relaxation.

Do Infrared Saunas Help Rejuvenate Your Skin?

Infrared wave energy has been shown to help cells repair and regenerate, including your skin cells, improving your skin elasticity and tone.

Infrared therapy has also been shown to be effective in reducing the appearance of cellulite, clearing acne, psoriasis, eczema and reducing the appearance of scars.

This combined with the required rehydration after time spent in the sauna results in a purification and refreshment of your skin.

Considerations

Infrared therapy can help with a number of things but it’s always important to take certain considerations into account when deciding if it’s right for you, a few of which include:

  • Avoid the sauna if you have been consuming alcohol
  • If you have heart problems, issues with your blood pressure, or pregnant it’s advised you consult your doctor before booking an appointment.
  • It’s important to rehydrate after your session to avoid dehydration

If you’re ready to try Infrared Therapy, schedule your appointment at Pure Body Health Victoria here!

Acupuncture and Blood Circulation

Author: Kayla Balfour, Registered Acupuncturist

Acupuncture and blood circulation card

Ever wondered if Acupuncture can help with your blood circulation?

Today I’m going to share some cool facts about a point called He Gu.

He Gu is Located on the back of the hand, on the web between the index and thumb.
This point is a powerhouse to help improve circulation in the body. According to the Chinese medical philosophy, this point is a strong mover of “Qi” – Qi is an energy found everywhere around you and is vital in moving blood around the body. So, when you are feeling cold all the time, especially in your hands and feet, this point is commonly used to help get that circulation moving.


Fabiana Freire from the Instituto Jing Medicina da Dor had the brilliant idea to film a client receiving this point with an infrared camera so you can see this amazing point in action. Essentially blue means cold, and red means hot – take a close look at the before and after of this client’s hands, it’s pretty spectacular!


Visit Kayla in the clinic to discover how acupuncture can benefit you!

COVID Fatigue is Real

Author: Diana Alvarez, Registered Acupuncturist

Diana Alvarez a Registered Acupunturist performing a massage for covid fatigue

In recent weeks, there has been an increase in people turning to acupuncture for support to help with stress and physical pain. In my practice I have noticed people are having trouble staying asleep as their minds just can’t seem to shut off – and they say it’s because of COVID-19.

Alongside this, there are many more tight shoulders to help release these days in clinic. Not only because posture became a concern while working from home, but because our bodies are guarded, so our shoulders are working hard to protect the “Heart” and “Spirit” from the outside world.

The use of acupuncture to support these tough times is a good idea. We need to calm the mind, help reduce its running around endlessly, and there is good help for this!

The Stomach and Spleen organ systems are recognized in Chinese Medicine as being responsible for overthinking and worry when they are out of balance. They are a Yin and Yang pair, so they easily influence each other, and if we needle a Stomach point like ST 36*, it helps bring balance to its best friend quickly. It sends an army of support to the Spleen so its pattern of ruminating can take a break.

*ST 36 is an acupuncture point which calms the mind and is a strong “QI” mover. QI (or Chi) is the energy flow created along the pathways that connect the acupuncture points on the body.

And of course, we will want to reduce the Heart and Small Intestine’s involvement in nighttime overthinking. The Heart needs to rest at night, go into its special cavity in the chest to cozy up for the night. But if it feels unsafe, after a couple of hours of sleep, it doesn’t trust it’s okay to be alone in its home. It wakes us up feeling all anxious, and the mind continues to race. With the Heart and Small intestine’s special bond of being another Yin and Yang pair, using the point SI 3 (small intestine point #3) is perfect. It helps with the Heart’s dilemma of not feeling safe while sleeping, it is the Master Point for calming the Brain, and (drum roll please!) it is the key meridian (channel of energy or QI) that opens up the shoulder! Now, we have a recipe for the overthinking, the anxiety and shoulder pain.

If you are new to acupuncture, please consider booking in for a free 15-minute consultation and issues specific to your concerns can be explained in more detail. The needles used in acupuncture are very thin, allowing for an incredibly gentle approach that calms the nervous system, and is a safe and hygienic treatment that can help make a difference.

Meet with Diana by contacting Pure Body Health Victoria: (778) 265-0043