A Guide To Mindfulness & Personal Wellness    What does it mean to live in the moment?   Do what we want? Give into our every impulse? Enjoy each day as though it were  our last?  If you’re reading this then you’ve likely reached a stage of personal evolution in  which you know that “living in the moment” isn’t about immediate gratification. To  take such an approach to life is to make our lives very small and unrewarding in a  way that really matters. That’s not to say we throw spontaneity out the window.  Rather, we allow it to occur within a more conscious state...

  The Benefits of This Combination Healing Therapy For Anxiety, Depression & Insomnia   As a Reiki Master Practitioner and Master Hypnotist in Durham, I’ve worked with many people over the years using hypnosis and Reiki to help relieve a variety of mental and physical issues.    Since the initial COVID-19 outbreak, more and more people have reached out to me because they’re struggling with anxiety, depression, fear, and insomnia. For many, these conditions are new and unfamiliar, not part of their pre-COVID lives, so they’re scared, unsure of how to manage symptoms, and wary of taking medication.   The bottom line is that we’re all living...

  If you’re looking for a handy list of rules on how to develop a positive self-image, this isn’t it. But there are plenty available online that tackle that widespread inquiry at a surface level. I find such talk doesn’t dive deep enough to really get to the core of self-image. After all, what does it even mean to have a positive self-image? Should we feel good about ourselves all the time? Is it realistic or even warranted? Who Am I?   Everyone says, just be yourself. Easy, right? Well, who the heck am I because I swear some days I am 73 different...

Ever done a quick search on what life balance really means? Probably not! You’re likely too busy trying to offset the implications of imbalance rather than ponder the cultural meaning of the term. Indeed, the world balance is used ad nauseum throughout the wellness community. It’s even used to justify ineffective habits, in the same sense as “everything in moderation.”   If you do happen to search it out online, since you’re probably curious now, you’ll find that almost all results refer to a work-life balance, as though they were separate entities which require our constant negotiation. Indeed “work-life balance” is an...

  We all know the story of the man who smoked two packs of cigarettes his entire adult life and lived to the ripe old age of 92. It’s not unlike the story of the woman marathon runner who ate wholesome food, stayed out of bars, and died of a heart attack at age 49. Whether hopelessly optimistic or tragic, life is rarely that simple.   For starters, these stories are anomalies, but they’re used throughout modern-day culture as examples (aka excuses) of why we don’t need to go whole hog into a healthy lifestyle. I could die any day, some say, shouldn’t...

    We are living in a time that demands us to act with far more agency in regards to our health and wellbeing than ever before. This isn’t just in light of the pandemic that has swept our illusions of freedom and connectedness out the back door, never to be seen again. A demand for more conscious and compassionate health care has been rising for decades.   According to a 2019 Canadian study, antidepressant recommendations for children between the ages of 1 and 18 increased between 2012 and 2016, with SSRIs the most recommended, and fluoxetine taking the lead. (1). Fluoxetine is the...

I had a client come to me for treatments to help relieve her anxiety. She described experiencing feelings of anxiousness that washed over her like a wave, causing her to feel unstable and unable to control her body. They came out of nowhere and caught her completely off guard. She’d recently experienced some challenging events in her personal life, which seemed to coincide with the onset of her anxiety.   “I’ve never experienced anxiety before this,” she explained. “I’ve never been an anxious person. I feel stressed out sometimes, as most people do, but this is different. This makes me panic and...

When I first began learning about the chakra system, I was fascinated. As a fitness trainer, I’d learned so much about the physical body and assumed that the core workings of the body had to do with physiology and anatomy. Muscles, connective tissue, joints, and all the structures I could touch and see. Then I “met” Reiki and it opened up a whole new world. I began experimenting with feeling into the human body in a way I’d never experienced before. Through Reiki, I could sense subtle shifts in my own and another’s energy. Sometimes it felt dense, other times light...

Perhaps the question posed in this article’s title seems rhetorical. Of course you can detoxify your body! There are a gazillion “detox” diets, green juices, and clay potions that eliminate all sorts of toxins and metabolic waste from the body. Enemas, colemas, active charcoal, sweat lodges, and even frog venom are instrumental in removing accumulated toxins in the liver, parasites in the intestines, fungus in the stomach. If that sounds somewhat tongue-in-cheek––it’s intentional. These types of approaches provide more of a psychological detoxification than one that effectively serves the physical body. If you’re scratching your head, you should be. I...

I am honoured and over the moon with gratitude to be recognized by the Reader’s Choice Awards 2020. This year, Journey Within was selected as the winner in Clarington, Durham in three categories: Alternative Medicine / Healing, Holistic Health / Healing, and Massage & Wellness Centre. Thank you!   My gratitude extends to every person who has supported my personal journey and my work in Reiki, Black Pearl Technique, Hypnosis, and Complete Cellular Mind Body Alignment. They include my community, my clients, my readers, and my friends and family. I am blessed to be wrapped in the comfort of your love and...