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9 Midwives and Birth Doulas


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10 Synergy Bookshelf 11 Preventing Adolescent Depression and Suicide

Defining the professions


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Dedicated Relaxation

Bridging the gap between exertion and relaxation

Are you finally serious about improving your financial fitness?

20 Protect Your Child from Bullying

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21 Dedicated Relaxation

Bridging the gap between exertion and relaxation

25 Tastes of Winter

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16 Get Off Your Assets!

Midwives and Birth Doulas

Valuing our children

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Defining the professions

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e have all met people who seem to work really hard, yet are unfulfilled and don’t understand why they just can’t get somewhere worthwhile. It may be that they haven’t spent much time thinking about what they truly want from life. It reminds me of the adage that insanity is doing the same things over and over again, expecting different results.

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I believe we are all capable of creating the life we truly desire. Understanding the fundamentals behind our intention may help to provide the clarity we need as we look for ways to become more fulfilled. In an article published on, “Is Your Attention on Your Intention? How to Create the Life You Really Want,” Mike Robbins states, “Your intentions are states of being and authentic desires. In other words, you may have an intention to be peaceful, grateful, joyous, loving, successful, healthy or wealthy. Your intentions are your high ideals and are usually at the root of your motivation for any of your specific goals.” The next step is setting goals that support our intention. I know through my own experiences that having detailed, clear and measurable goals definitely improves my results.

and desire. Chopra says, “Relinquish your attachment to the outcome. This means giving up your rigid attachment to a specific result and living in the wisdom of uncertainty. It means enjoying every moment in the journey of your life, even if you don’t know the outcome.” Chopra also suggests, “Let the universe handle the details.”

The final crucial move to realizing our full potential and life desire is putting it all into action. In my opinion, the support of a life coach who holds us accountable can make all the difference. The coaches I have worked with have been dedicated to keeping me accountable; my goals and action plan are clear, measurable, tangible and documented.

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t’s safe to say that Alberta is booming, as many couples start or expand their families! However, not all women know how midwives and birth doulas can care for and support them in their birthing experience. As a birth doula, I have realized that the roles of these professionals need defining. Both the midwifery and the doula models of care trust in and promote birth as normal. Registered midwives and birth doulas are experienced, trained professionals. However, the specific roles they play differ. Midwives, considered experts in normal pregnancy and birth, provide care to mothers and babies during the prenatal, birth and postpartum periods. Midwifery care has been fully funded by Alberta Health Services since 2009. In addition to delivering babies, midwives can perform other clinical tasks, including screening their patients’ physical and emotional health, ordering tests and making referrals to specialists when needed. Their care is based on evidence and is woman centred. Midwives collaborate with each other, often working in teams, and with other health professionals.

Studies have shown that having a trained doula present during labour and birth provides the following benefits: • 50% reduction in the cesarean rate • 25% shorter labour times • 60% reduction in epidural requests • 40% reduction in Pitocin use • 30% reduction in pain medication use • 40% reduction in forceps deliveries In addition, research has shown that parents who receive care from a doula can have fewer negative feelings about their birth experience; feel more cared for, secure and self-confident; experience greater success in adapting after

to provide compassion, support and informed guidance to help their clients through this transformation. Because each situation is different, they tailor their care to the unique needs of each woman and her family. As a professional birth doula and prenatal childbirth educator, I strive to promote and preserve maternal and infant safety during childbirth. I recognize that in areas without a practicing registered midwife, the safest option is hospital birth. I am hopeful that the Alberta Association of Midwives will grow and that an increase in registered midwives, in both urban and rural settings, will offer families safe alternatives for prenatal care and birth.

In contrast, birth doulas do not undertake medical tasks or deliver babies. As part of a woman’s birthing team, which may include a midwife, doctor and nurses, birth doulas offer continuity of care to the mother and her partner by providing information and emotional and physical support before, during and just after the birth. The unbiased information they give enables women to make informed choices about their care. A birth doula stays with the mother throughout her labour, providing nonmedical physical and emotional comfort, and, if needed, facilitates communication with her other care providers. The fact that the doula focuses on the needs of the mother can be especially helpful in a busy hospital environment. The doula can also encourage the woman’s partner to be as involved in the birth experience as desired. Some partners report enjoying the birth experience more because they don’t feel solely responsible for coaching and supporting the mother.

the birth and in breastfeeding; and have lower incidences of postpartum depression and abuse. Their babies tend to require shorter hospital stays. As support professionals, doulas recognize that birth is a transformative experience for women, as well as for their families. They aim

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had a conversation with some young adults about the suicide of a teenager who had reenacted the death of Kurt Cobain. I asked them how big a factor they thought Cobain’s music might have been. They replied that there were many other factors that were likely more important. In my experience, clients who are sad or depressed may be drawn to lyrics expressing hopelessness and despair—in many different types of music. It’s easy to blame something that we find bizarre, like a certain style of music, because suicide seems so irrational and is difficult to understand. But it’s more complex than that. What actually often happens when depression lingers and individuals cannot find satisfaction in life is that they begin to go into a kind of suicidal trance. Their focus becomes increasingly narrow, so that all they can see are the problems, the sadness and the hopelessness. They gradually withdraw from all life support, including family and friends, and spend more time alone, experiencing the emptiness within. It’s like slowly reducing your supply of oxygen. The process is often so gradual that no one recognizes that the person is letting go of life. A sudden change in someone’s behaviour is obvious, but those that happen slowly are not so easy to recognize. And when it happens during adolescence, it is extremely difficult to assess whether the withdrawal is a part of growing up or is due to problems with peers or school, hormonal changes or a natural uncertainty about the future. Children at that age often distance themselves to some degree from parents anyway, and we don’t want to pry too much into their lives out of respect for their individuality. How, then, can we prevent such tragedies? There are many answers, depending on each situation, but there is one overall shift that would make a difference. We must truly recognize that within every child is a soul that knows no age. A soul that may be more advanced than ours.

Further, we must treat children’s ideas and feelings with dignity and reverence. And we must get it through our heads that just because we brought them into the world, that doesn’t mean that we own them. We are learning, but our culture and our institutions still do not honour the uniqueness of each child. Even today, children are often treated like uncivilized beings who need to be trained. When they don’t behave as we expect them to, consequences are administered or behaviour modification instituted, without any real discussion with the child about what is really troubling him or her. This is acceptable for laboratory animals, but not for human beings. We have a great need to be seen, to be understood and to be validated. When we are seen and understood, we grow strong enough to provide our own validation from within. Children cannot value themselves unless we value them. They are constantly trying to tell us this, but we’re not listening closely enough. We also cannot value them as whole individuals unless we have learned to value ourselves. It’s not a question of whose fault it is; it’s a matter of how many of us will take responsibility to create the necessary changes. Gwen Randall-Young is an author and awardwinning psychotherapist in private practice in Sherwood Park, Alberta. To obtain books or CDs, please visit Winter 2014 l Guided Synergy 11

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itness is normally associated with physical wellness, but all wellness— physical, emotional, spiritual and financial—is just an outward manifestation of the energies, beliefs and values we hold deep in our soul. The spine of my inaugural column is healing your personal relationship with money. I’m living proof that this works, and it can work for you, too. Have you ever made a financial decision (related to spending, debt or investment) that directly contradicted your consciously held beliefs and priorities, and that you later regretted? Everyone has done this at least once, so where’s the learning in this? Scientific opinions vary about how much of our overall cognitive capacity we use consciously, but it’s generally agreed that the range is from 5 to 15 percent. Since our conscious brain can handle only a finite number of activities competently and life today if so rushed and complex, that means that 85 to 95 percent of our actions are being run by our subconscious. Given that shocking fact, if we want to optimize our decision-making outcomes, we’d best get a


handle on what’s lurking in the deep recesses of our individual subconscious minds. Don’t worry, you don’t need to relive the painful details of being raised poor, feeling embarrassed because you couldn’t afford the designer clothes your friends had, or hear echoes of lies like “Money is the root of all evil.” Those may be your earliest recollections of “money differences,” but they don’t need to control your behavioural patterns anymore. Regardless of where we’ve come from, each of us is fully empowered to decide where we are going financially. While I could regale you with anecdotes of my family’s humble beginnings or my exploration and new understanding of the root causes of financial behaviour, I will focus on providing you with an effective process that you can choose to act upon whenever you’re ready to let go of the beliefs that serve as ballast. 1. To set the stage for releasing self-limiting beliefs about money, abundance and wealth, you need a system for bypassing your conscious mind’s defenses that want to micromanage everything. Your ego wants to stay in control, but it’s critical to let go of these fears to heal and open up to true, lasting abundance. Continued on page 18 ➤

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feature story 2. Since nature abhors a vacuum, two things need to happen more or less simultaneously: releasing the negative, limiting beliefs and replacing them with general, positive and limitless beliefs that support changing the old patterns that no longer serve our highest good. At the center of these negative beliefs is our perception of our own unworthiness to participate in the great abundance that the Universe has available for all of us. Our deeply held beliefs dictate every decision we make, like it or not. 3. Take mindful action consistent with your healthy new beliefs. That could be changing your investment strategy or advisor (even if that means firing yourself), speeding up the repayment of your mortgage or buying a more moderate vehicle, one that you can actually afford. Whatever it is, you need to take some form of mindful action because the Universe is co-creative. The more you give without attachment, the more you receive—it’s one of those virtuous circles of abundance. But how do you actually do this? There are many effective methodologies, but you need to have an open mind and open heart. Since my entrepreneurial ADHD brain has so many defenses guarding my core beliefs, what worked for me is a combination of modalities delivered by several extraordinary practitioners. It didn’t happen overnight, but the

recent tectonic shifts in my own outlook, the transition to healthier business partners and the inflow of open-minded affluent business owners into my wealth management practice are proof positive that this stuff works. It can work for you, too. If you’re curious to know who helped me release my own deeply held fears around worthiness, abundance and prosperity, please visit our website and drop me a note. If you want to explore more about how the values, beliefs and understanding about money that we acquire in childhood affect our financial decision making through our entire adult lives, I strongly encourage you to read and re-read George Kinder’s seminal work on this area, The Seven Stages of Money Maturity. Along with three key practitioners, this book changed my life.


Now, please get off your assets and do something compassionate for your financial fitness. Patience and discipline help manifest wealth, health and happiness—so focus on these. Andrew H. Ruhland, CFP, CIM, is the founder of Integrated Wealth Management in Calgary. The IWM team focuses on providing effective and mindful wealth-management solutions to optimistic and successful individuals, families, trusts and endowments—while being lighthearted! For more information, visit mindful-wealth-management.




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Protect Your Child from Bullying The need for intervention and support


ullying has been around for generations. In the past, children were taught that this type of damaging behaviour was something they had to live with, and they were given advice like “Sticks and stones can break your bones but names can never hurt you.” In recent years, however, mounting evidence points to the need to stop bullying in its tracks. Bullying can leave a variety of psychological scars, as we see through news stories in which it has led to situations as drastic as teen suicide and homicide. “Bullying has become a serious issue in our schools and neighbourhoods, and parents must be diligent in looking for signs of victimization,” says James Savage, executive vice president at Western Financial Group, an insurance and financial services company committed to protecting families. “Name-calling and other negative behaviours toward children and teens have proven to be every bit as damaging as ‘sticks and stones.’ Schools, parents, children and teens themselves need to stand up against these behaviours to ensure the health of our communities.” The Government of Alberta and identify four types of bullying that parents and teachers should watch out for:


• Verbal—from name-calling and spreading rumours to making threats or attacking one’s race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation;

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• Physical—hurting another, touching someone in an unwanted way, stealing or destroying belongings, etc.; • Social—from humiliation and exclusion to mobbing and scapegoating;

At school, the anxiety caused by bullying can decrease a student’s ability to concentrate and learn. At home, a bullied child or teen may become shy and withdrawn; experience physical symptoms such as stomach aches, headaches and panic attacks; or suffer insomnia, exhaustion, nightmares or over-sleeping. The good news is that parents and peers can make a difference. Studies have shown when peers intervene, most bullying behaviours stop within ten seconds. Parents and teachers can help by intervening too, and by offering steadfast support when an individual shows signs of being a victim. Call BullyingCanada toll free at 1.877.352.4497 for more information. —News Canada 20

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Dedicated Relaxation Bridging the gap between exertion and relaxation


edicated relaxation—disconnecting from the outside world to rejuvenate your inside world—is essential to achieving whole-body fitness, health and wellness. Where better to achieve optimal relaxation than a spa?

the body recover, renew and rebalance—the ultimate in pampered productivity. With the new year upon us, it’s the perfect time to chat about the advantages of combining the physiological effects of fitness with the therapeutic benefits of spa-ing.

Spa-ing refers to taking treatments or therapies in a spa or wellness centre setting. It complements any fitness routine, helping

Like many of us, you might be setting new fitness goals for the year ahead (see sidebar pg. 23). Once you’ve decided on those goals,

consider how you can support them by incorporating dedicated relaxation time into your schedule. It’s important to strike a healthy balance between exertion and relaxation. The more you exert yourself, the more fuel, fresh air and quality rest your body requires to recover and prepare for the next challenge. Set aside as much time for dedicated relaxation as you do for exercise. Continued on Page 22

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wellness Relaxation at Home Here are some simple things you can do at home to support your relaxation and wellness goals: • Budget for a new pillow every year and rotate your mattress quarterly to improve sleep quality. • Use flannel sheets in winter and crisp, cool cotton sheets in summer for optimal comfort. • Make sure that electronics with lights (such as digital clocks) are not pointing towards your bed. • If you can handle it, keep the window open a crack while you sleep to circulate fresh air. • Take a candlelit bath before bed, either with Epsom salts to soothe sore muscles or with bubbles or bath oil; like a spa robe, a bath gives your brain permission to shut down. • Be conscientious about your diet. Eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. • Keep your immune system strong and vibrant by detoxifying regularly, perhaps with a juice cleanse. —Leah Podollan

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Spa-ing refers to taking treatments or therapies in a spa or wellness centre setting. It complements any fitness routine, helping the body recover, renew and rebalance—the ultimate in pampered productivity. Spas are an ideal setting for dedicated relaxation; therapists can help you choose treatments based on your particular needs. To fully reap the benefits of a visit to a spa, unwind in a steam shower before your treatment. Just wrapping yourself in a robe sends a message to your brain that this is rewarding downtime, so give yourself time to sit and relax in the lounge. Rushing in or out of treatments can dramatically reduce their effectiveness. Each treatment addresses the needs of your active body. For example, the therapeutic benefits of massage are many, including ridding the body of toxins such as lactic acid, improving circulation and relieving pain and stress. Your body will not be able to fully absorb these benefits without time to process the massage’s effects. Therefore, massage is often followed by a far infrared sauna, which gives your body time

to relax. Far infrared sauna is also believed to detoxify the body much more effectively than a conventional sauna, assisting with weight loss, improving immunity and skin conditions, elevating your mood and helping you sleep. Pedicures are underrated as a supportive spa treatment, especially given how much time we spend on our feet and how hard some sports can be on our tender toes. A proper pedicure, with massage and grooming, can do wonders for the mind as well as nurturing the very soles that make our fitness goals possible. A body wrap is like a full-body tune-up. After all the sweating during a workout, a body wrap cleanses and nourishes the skin and body, leaving you feeling renewed, rebalanced and ready to continue along your fitness path. Continued on Page 23

wellness Setting Fitness Goals

At this time of year, many of us set a fitness goal, whether that’s establishing an exercise routine, running a 10K race or completing an extreme event like the Tough Mudder Race. Goals are not achieved instantly. Success is the result of a series of incremental changes applied with consistency and patience.

Combining a commitment to fitness and relaxation can be costly, but so are designer coffees and beautiful bottles of wine. Incorporating spa-ing into your life might be less about finding extra money than about redefining priorities to support your goals. See the sidebar on pg. 22 for some ways to augment your relaxation efforts at home. Also consider that many spas offer memberships to encourage you to visit frequently and take advantage of the entire facility for a reduced rate. Many people don’t realize that a spa and wellness centre can meet both your fitness and your relaxation needs, so you don’t have to fork out extra money on a gym membership. The workout space in a spa is much different than a traditional gym, but it may be just what you need. The key to whole-body wellness is to strategically bridge the gap between exertion

and relaxation. A popular approach is a sauna either before or after a workout and spa treatment. Some prefer to check in after a long workday for a sauna and an hour of relaxation in a tranquility lounge. However you decide to balance fitness and relaxation, dedicated time for recovery and relaxation is essential. Let the art of spa-ing improve your well-being and help you reach your fitness goals for 2014. Your body will thank you. Leah Podollan is the founder of L Spa and Wellness Centre and is a member of the board of directors of the Spa Industry Association of Canada. She is a wife and a mom, as well as a dietary, allergy, anaphylaxis, wellness and culinary enthusiast. She devotes time to several philanthropic projects and loves to travel and to seek adventure and athletic challenge. In her spare time she blogs about recipes, health and her adventures on Leap Blog, at

The key to whole-body wellness is to strategically bridge the gap between exertion and relaxtion.

Wellness—physical and mental— is perhaps more challenging than other goals because it is a state of being that must be maintained to reap its rewards. If you’re just starting your fitness journey, it’s best to begin with a small goal— incorporating a few hours of exercise into your weekly schedule or tackling the first few kilometres. If you want to take your efforts to new levels, vary the intensity of your goals throughout the year. For example, try a 10K in the spring, a half marathon in the summer, hiking or biking in the fall and weight training or yoga in the winter. This will not only strengthen and tone different muscle groups, it will also allow you to release different energy stores, prevent the plateau effect and try new things. Remember to celebrate your milestones and keep things fun. —Leah Podollan

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Tastes of Winter On a cold winter’s day, a bowl of hot soup comforts and warms those you love. Meat or cooked rice can be added to this recipe (you may need to add more liquid), or make a vegetarian version by using vegetable stock.

Lentil Soup Original recipe makes 8 servings Ingredients 2 large onions, cubed 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic ½ teaspoon paprika 2 stalks celery, diced 3 carrots, diced 3½ cups crushed tomatoes 7 cups chicken stock 1½ cups lentils, soaked, rinsed and drained 2 bay leaves ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper ¾ cup white wine 1 sprig fresh parsley, chopped ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese Directions In a large stockpot, sauté the onions in oil until they are glossy. Stir in garlic, paprika, celery and carrots, and sauté for 10 minutes. Once the vegetables have sautéed for 10 minutes, stir in tomatoes, chicken stock, lentils, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Stir well, then add the wine and bring the mixture to a boil. Slowly reduce the heat and cook for 1 hour on low to medium heat, or until the lentils are tender. Sprinkle the soup with parsley and Parmesan (optional) before serving. – Recipe by Gabriella,

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Book Review Belief Re-patterning assist you in moving past fear and other emotions.

Suze Casey Hay House Insights Reviewed by Dan St.Yves

With an abundance of practical (and often personal) examples, plus well-defined techniques to practice throughout, the book walks readers through Casey’s steps to making this process successful and lasting. Like a motivational speaker in print form, the book finishes by reminding you of what you have already read and what you need to do as you move forward. There are even more resources provided for furthering re-patterning.

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was just starting to make my way through Bob Doyle’s Follow Your Passion, Find Your Power when I got an invite to a Calgary book launch. Happy to support a local author, I attended Suze Casey’s introduction of her transformational Belief Re-patterning, and quickly moved on from my earlier reading, delving instead into Casey’s informational “owner’s manual for the mind.” Filled with comprehensive techniques to “flip the switch to positive thinking,” this guidebook moves quickly from the author’s personal background in developing her program to the specific nuts and bolts of how you can overcome your fears, find forgiveness and work seamlessly with your inner coach. You’ll even find ways to come to terms with your pesky, deflating inner critic. After years of wrestling with a chronic illness, Casey was inspired to develop the belief re-patterning technique: “I wondered how I could consciously flip the switch on my inner conversations, and then train my subconscious mind to do it automatically.” An educator at the time, she was perhaps better prepared than most to make a positive change; Casey was able to apply her techniques in the classroom. After almost a dozen years, belief re-patterning evolved into what she uses consistently with adult clients in her personal practice and offers on her weekly Internet radio program and now in this book. If you’ve ever grappled with personal doubt or inertia in your life, you know that circumventing years or even a lifetime of conditioned belief is a complex process. In

the preface of the book, Casey compares the process to approaching an exit ramp, but staying stuck in long-held fears that won’t allow your mind even to consider exiting. “Beliefs gather in layers,” she writes. Casey recounts an exercise with one client that ended up uncovering five separate emotions, each holding that individual back. Belief re-patterning is ultimately designed to gently remove those layers of beliefs and create a foundation of new supporting beliefs that

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Casey references Louise Hay early on in the book, specifically her enduring classic You Can Heal Your Life. Hay House, the publishing group that Oprah Winfrey has long been a fan and promoter of, is “Hay Home” to enduring authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Esther and Jerry Hicks and medium Sylvia Browne. Casey joins the ranks of those writers with Belief Re-patterning, continuing Hay’s mission to enlighten people and improve their lives. In a recent interview with Casey, I mentioned the seemingly congested— although nonetheless fine—company this book falls into: The Law of Attraction, The Magic Of Thinking Big and arguably the granddaddy of them all, The Power Of Positive Thinking. You will certainly see familiar words from those books in hers: forgiveness, choice, possibilities. She was quick to acknowledge those great manuals and was thankful to be considered in that company. In Casey’s case, it was the intersection of seemingly disconnected circumstances that inspired the educator to compile a comprehensive manual for “flipping the switch” from self-defeating negative thoughts to “positive thinking auto-pilot.” Dan St.Yves interviews authors, actors, musicians and more for his podcast series. His writing appears in major market newspapers and he writes a monthly national magazine column for the Canadian real estate industry.

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Pollo Fajitas Ingredients 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 clove garlic, minced 1 dash hot pepper sauce 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into strips 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, thinly sliced 1 green bell pepper, sliced ½ lemon, juiced

Tastes of Winter Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to save money by eating out less often. How about making fajitas at home. Wrap this mixture in a warm tortilla and serve with salsa and sour cream. If you’re following a gluten-free diet, see our Fall 2013 issue for a recipe for gluten-free tortillas. 28

Directions In a medium bowl, combine Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, chili powder, garlic and hot pepper sauce. Place chicken in sauce, and turn once to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature, or cover and refrigerate for several hours. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add chicken strips to the pan, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the onion and green pepper, and sauté another 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and sprinkle with lemon juice. – Recipe by Teresa C. Rouzer,

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Wired for Sound Using sound to support your health


or tens of thousands of years, music and sound have been core elements of every culture human beings have created on this planet. Why? Because the human body is a natural resonator for sound. We are deeply and intimately wired for sound—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Our wiring for sound is deeply rooted in every atom of our body and throughout the energetic networks.

breathing, your brainwaves and your entire nervous system. Water sounds contain a wide range of frequencies, from low to high. The low frequency sounds cause your nervous system to discharge excess emotional energy. What does that mean? You relax! Your heartbeat slows down. Your breathing slows down. Your mind

sounds and fast rhythms charge your nervous system, which, for example, allows your mind to become more focused. With birdsong and water, we have the best of both worlds! Stress is one of the biggest health problems we face these days. Many companies around the world have started playing the sounds of water and birdsong softly in the background

We are wired for sound even before birth. Hearing is the first sense that develops in a fetus, and sound stimulates the growth of the nervous system in the unborn child. Let’s take a closer look at what sound is. Science has shown that everything is constantly moving and vibrating at the atomic level. Sound is a type vibrational energy. It affects how matter itself vibrates. Sound is a physical energy that pushes atoms and molecules around as it travels in a wave through a medium, like air—and like you! It travels through the more fluid parts of your body four and a half times faster than through the air, and twelve times faster than through your bones. Physically, rhythm changes your heartbeat, breathing and brainwaves. It takes only minutes for the music playing in the grocery store or the mall to change your heartbeat, whether you’re paying attention to it or not. We have no off switch for this response. And whenever we play music or sing together, our bodies release feel-good hormones that keep us healthy and bond us into communities. The right types of sounds can soothe us. Why do people relax when they sit by a babbling brook? What is so mesmerizing about listening to the ocean’s waves? Why are water fountains found practically everywhere these days? We are intuitively drawn to these sounds. The fact is, they are some of the healthiest sounds for human beings. When you hang out around water sounds for a while, they affect your heartbeat, your

slows down. And you move into a relaxed state, dissolving many symptoms of stress. While you listen to the brook’s bubbling water, enjoying your relaxed state, do you notice the birds singing? Birdsong is another healthy sound for humans. Its high frequencies charge the nervous system. You never know when birds are going to sing; they are totally unpredictable. The human brain loves patterns and constantly looks for them, but there are no patterns in birdsong. As a result, the brain becomes alert, focused and productive. There are two principles to remember as you work with sound to support your health. First, low-frequency sounds and slow rhythms discharge emotional energy from your nervous system. Second, high-frequency

of their work environments. These sounds are effective stress-busters and promote a natural, healthy response in the body and greater productivity. You can try this at home by softly playing recordings of water sounds and birdsong. Notice how this simple technique both calms your mind and allows you to focus. Sharon Carne, BMus, MFA, is an author, speaker, musician, recording artist, sound healer, Reiki master and consultant. She is the founder of Sound Wellness, in Calgary, Alberta, whose programs are at the forefront of education in how sound and music can be easily applied to your everyday life to reduce stress, help you concentrate, energize you, inspire you, support your health and so much more. Winter 2014 l Guided Synergy 29


Research Report: Circle of Life Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder


2xy-wellness, in Red Deer, Alberta, is participating in ground-breaking research involving hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and the treatment of autism spectrum disorder. They are working with a boy named Xaven, Xaven’s family and James Neubrander, a medical doctor from New Jersey who specializes in the biomedical treatment of autism. The project is called “Circle of Life” to honour Xaven’s grandfather, who left an inheritance that provides funding to help Xaven fulfill his potential. Over 18 months, Xaven will undergo more than 300 HBOT treatments, or “dives.” During each treatment, which lasts an hour and fifteen minutes, he receives 100 percent oxygen at 1.5 atmospheric pressure in a hard-shell Sechrist Monoplace chamber. Our treatments are usually one hour, but Dr. Neubrander requested the additional fifteen minutes to compensate for Red Deer’s high altitude. Xaven’s mother, Moira, does much of the analysis work, directed by Dr. Neubrander, and is the backbone to our success. She and her husband track changes in over one hundred different markers related to areas such as focus, comprehension, memory, language use, independence, cooperation, calmness, flexibility and appropriate behaviour, among others. After the first forty treatments, Xaven has shown significant improvements in several areas. He reads faster and more expressively, engages more with the story and remembers more of its events. His arithmetic skills have also improved. Moira says, “His subtraction is quicker, more consistent. He can verbally produce the answers before I’ve written them down. More often, I’m hearing ‘This is easy!’” Xaven’s printing is smaller and more controlled, and his drawing skills have developed. Moira reports, “He drew a gingerbread man independently that wasn’t a stick figure! He drew, without prompting, a picture with a tortoise, a bunny, the ground and the sun. Before, he would have been satisfied with just a tortoise. He made a point of delivering his picture to his teacher.” 30

Xaven is no longer withdrawn and, as his father says, “has more bounce to him.” He engages with others at a new level. His grandmother notes that Xaven’s conversations are clearer than ever before and he asks questions about what her life, such as “How are the cattle doing?” and “How’s Lola [her dog]?” Moira describes a night when she and her husband were going out: “Xaven piped up, ‘Are you going on a date?’ and when we returned, he asked, ‘How was your date?’” His executive functioning has matured. Moira notes, “Xaven has started to ask ‘What day is it?’ and then ‘What does that mean?—his way of asking what’s going to be happening today. It used to be that asking him to collect the wastebaskets on garbage day was met with tears and resistance. Recently, when the garbage truck was coming and we’d forgotten to get the garbage to the curb, he raced around, helping. He’s happier to do his schooling and transitions from one task to another easily.” Xaven is asking thoughtful questions, such as “How was the mall made?” and “Did the developers get help?” He attempts to give explanations and perceives others’ strategies, like his dad letting him win a video game. He tells jokes modelled on ones told to him.

The improved focus seemed to taper off around the thirtieth treatment. “This might parallel how he’s getting bored easily,” Moira says. “The day after he finished his fortieth dive, he challenged, ‘What are we going to do besides stand around here?’ Whereas before he’d amuse himself in the chamber, now he wants to converse with the technicians.” Xaven is working to adapt to new situations and try new things, like using chopsticks. When told that his bed would be replaced with a bunk bed, he approached his dad in a deliberately nonconfrontational way: “I heard I was getting a bunk bed.” Given the improvements Xaven has shown so far, this gift from his grandfather appears to hold great promise. While Xaven knew intellectually that his grandfather had passed away, it wasn’t until he stood in his grandfather’s kitchen and realized that the man he had known all his life couldn’t give him any more goodnight hugs that his face crumpled. The deep pressure of the hyperbaric chamber is, in a way, Xaven’s grandfather giving him a hug that will help him gain all that he can from life. Allan Evans, along with Christine Evans, owns O2xy-Wellness. He has a strong clinical background in health care and feels that traditional therapy can be augmented with complimentary modalities.

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Tastes of Winter Have you made a resolution to improve your diet in the new year? This recipe is a great way to start!

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A Dedication to Taoist Tai Chi Experience the benefits of this exercise and art form


hirteen years ago I began my journey with the arts of Taoist Tai Chi™. I am now an instructor and dedicated member of the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism. I was first attracted to Taoist Tai Chi because of its beautiful flowing movements; I have stayed for many reasons, including a lovely community of people, the chance to learn an ever-evolving art form and consistent improvement in my health. The Taoist Tai Chi arts, developed in Toronto in the 1970s by Moy Lin Shin, are based on a rich Taoist tradition. The body and mind are inextricably linked; they can’t be separated. The goal of this exercise form is to return both the body and the mind to their original state. Each of the movements helps you regain clarity, stillness, and wisdom in your mind and create a relaxed, balanced, healthy body.

Taoist Tai Chi goes beyond exercise and highly values volunteerism and community. Instructors, who receive regular training at their own expense and must undergo annual accreditation, are volunteers. Membership dues are used to run and develop the organization and allow members to take part in activities and classes. With members in 25 countries, the Taoist Tai Chi community is a global one that connects

is inspiring and makes me realize that continual practice of this art is what will keep me young in my old age. I began learning the form in the Grande Prairie club, a smaller club where I was given as much attention as I needed and was encouraged to experience Taoist Tai Chi beyond the movements. Opportunities to chant at the shrine and to become involved in the administration

Physically, the movements are designed to exercise the entire body, from internal organs to joints, tendons, and connective tissue. Mentally and spiritually, they help you tame your heart, develop calmness and compassion and reduce self-centredness. These benefits continue even when you’re not actively practicing, as you go about your everyday life. Regular practice of Taoist Tai Chi can improve a wide variety of health conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and other joint problems, back pain, high blood pressure, digestive disorders and depression, as well as the long-term outcomes of stroke, trauma and aging. Taoist Tai Chi also helps concentration and memory retention—learning the 108 movements is good for your brain. The most noticeable health benefit I experienced when I began to practice the form regularly was the cessation of tension headaches. My overall fitness level benefits as well; I am not a sporty person but through my practice I continue to feel physically fit. I have better flexibility and balance, as well as improved circulation and body awareness. I also love the grace of the movements and the sense of flow I feel in the form.

people from diverse cultures. The sense of connection that being part of this local and global community provides has been cited as a source of its emotional health benefits. Taoist Tai Chi has given me the chance to travel to week-long workshops; I come away from them with rejuvenated excitement to be part of such a caring, bonded organization. It is amazing to be in a crowd of more than five hundred people from all over the world, all sharing experiences, volunteering side by side and learning together to improve our form so that we can take our knowledge back to our own clubs and share what we have learned with our students. Hearing members’ stories about recovering from poor physical or mental health

enabled me to grow and learn in many areas. The Grande Prairie branch recently celebrated its 25th anniversary—a true celebration of Master Moy’s vision in action. We invited everyone to join us in recognizing not only the hard work of so many wonderful club members but also in celebrating the choices we make to be healthy, to inspire health in others, to be open to growth and to share the wealth of knowledge provided to us. More information about classes near you can be found at Susan Hauser is an elementary school teacher and Taoist Tai Chi™ instructor in Sexsmith, Alberta. She loves to attend Taoist Tai Chi workshops, quilt, read and be creative with her daughter. Winter 2014 l Guided Synergy 33


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Cou r s e s & C l a ss e s THE L SPA & WELLNESS CENTRE

Many of our treatments can be customized with pure essential oil blends taking your experience to the next level. Featuring Comfort Zone Aromasoul (Oriental, Mediterranean, Indian & Arabian)…a path to discover your ancient soul. 10612 – 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB



B ir th ing


Beauty-Well Inc. offers private in-home prenatal education classes, certified birth doula support, certified postpartum doula services and breastfeeding support. No matter where your journey leads we will be your unfailing support every step of the way! Now booking Fall/Winter 2013 Clients.


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Trinity Goddesses available for you to purchase, as well special orders are accepted. Each Goddess comes blessed 3 ways – Mind, Body & Spirit, connecting them together in a unique figurine that will bless you and your home. Call Tracy for more information.


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The science of Astrology is a whole-souled approach to living. Answers are captured by your time of birth, your birth date and geographical location of your birth. Samantha lives, breathes, eats, sleeps and loves her work. Caring in-depth consultations instill a deep sense of peace, turn complexity into simplicity and make the impossible possible by understanding that unique mystery the tapestry of your soul! Discover your resilience, find the answers you seek and achieve resolution.



I am passionate about helping professional women who are struggling with chronic neck and back pain, find relief and feel amazing by gently removing the layers of pain that have been built up over the years using Bowen Therapy. Bowen Therapy is a gentle non-invasive technique that releases muscle tension and creates a new sense of inner peace and balance. Contact Dixie Bennett, CBT


C h a k ra B a l a nc ing CANDACE MCKIM

Private Chakra Therapy determines which chakras are out of balance, are re-balanced and provided with tools to maintain optimal health. Grande Prairie, AB


Who can tell your story better than you? Join Personal publishing consultant Kareen Havell as she walks you through the art of creating personalized keepsakes that are not only useful and look great, but will also tell the world of your personal journey. Why just have a memory to share when you can have a legacy. Offering individual and group classes. Call or email today for more information. Grande Prairie, AB






Focusing on, and approaching birth, and parenting, as normal. You deserve to be educated by a certified childbirth & certified lactation educator in a fun, relaxed and informal atmosphere. Registration is now open. Grande Prairie, AB



Private Chakra Therapy determines which chakras are out of balance, are re-balanced and provided with tools to maintain optimal health. Grande Prairie, AB



Our Synergy Holistic Directory has become a valuable and trusted resource for natural health & alternative medicine, fitness & yoga, spiritual inspiration, body, mind & soul. Contact us today and become part of the Guided Synergy community! Grande Prairie, AB



This certification course includes two days of theoretical and practical instruction. Certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the course. You will learn how to do a relaxing 30 minute Indian head massage treatment while your client is seated in a simple fold up chair. Anyone can study Indian Head Massage – no experience in massage or body work is required. For more information call or visit us today! Edmonton, AB



This certification course includes two days of theoretical and practical instruction. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the course. You will learn how to do a relaxing 1 hour Rejuvenating Face Massage while your client is laying on a massage table. Anyone can study Rejuvenating Face Massage! No experience in massage or body work is needed. For more information call or visit us today!



Discover the power of healing energy with Quantum Touch, Aura/Chakra, Colour Energy, Reiki, Guided Meditations and Healing Circles. Release mental, physical, emotional and spiritual blocks that restrict your healing. Workshops and Individual sessions. Leanne Van Wagner, Pain Relief Specialist



Giving You Back To Yourself. Move through limiting beliefs and past experiences and into a joyful life. Every session is uniquely tailored to fit you and your personal experiences. Providing tips and tools to maintain your own health and happiness. Phone and Skype sessions also available. Guiding your healing journey, universal development and personal growth through Workshops and Individual Energy Therapy. For more in-depth information and prices, please contact Tanis McRae, Intuitive Healer/Instructor


D e t ox i f i c a t i on MIRAGE HOLISTIC SPA

Our seaweed baths, steam baths and marine body treatments detoxify and exfoliate your body for enhanced health. Located in the Holiday Inn – where it’s all about you! 9816 107 Street, Grande Prairie, AB


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On our new Vibra Pro 5500 you can shake your way to a healthier you OR enjoy our 5 person Far Infrared Sauna (benefits: improve your immune system while relaxing, stress relief, healthier skin, weight loss, pain relief & heart health). Members enjoy complimentary benefits. 10612 – 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB


E m o t io nal He al i ng JOURNEYS WITH THE HEART


I invite you to light a candle, gather with family and friends, create memories, and celebrate! PartyLite is the #1 seller in the world with many scented and unscented choices including LED Flameless Candles, ScentGlow Warmers, Aromatherapy Soy Candles, Zodiac Jar Candles, Diffusers and more. Contact Leader & Independent Consultant, Helen Moore! Grande Prairie, AB

I r i d olog y

Expand your career, become a certified Iridologist. Iridology is a valuable assessment tool that provides deep insight, often uncovering the “Root Cause” of health issues. Learn how to see your physical, mental, and emotional health in your eyes. 10902-130 Street , Edmonton, AB




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Heal thy self and inspire others. Call Kareen Havell today to show you the way to share your personal legacy, preserve memories, have fun, and learn to live and laugh again. For more information call or email today! Grande Prairie, AB 780.524.8618

Eye pillows, neti pots, tranquility candles, meditation CD’s, Annual Memberships. Sign up for our “seat sale” email or text notifications. Customized gift cards in any denomination. We can deliver or mail your gift anywhere. 10612 – 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB

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He a l th Fo o d S to re s

Li fe Coa ch

Serving Northern Alberta for more than 30 years carrying a complete inventory of quality health supplements, foods, vitamins & herbs. When you visit our store, you will find that we have the time and expertise to support your families choice to live a healthy lifestyle. Prairie Mall, Grande Prairie, AB

Are you a professional woman, in a leadership position, struggling to raise your family, have a great marriage and keep yourself together? Do you know you have a place in the work world yet are starting to question your sanity? Do you want clarity, balance and growth? Try Leadership Coaching. Grande Prairie, AB

Discover the power of healing energy with Quantum Touch, Aura/Chakra, Colour Energy, Reiki, Guided Meditations and Healing Circles. Release mental, physical, emotional and spiritual blocks that restrict your healing. Workshops and Individual sessions. Leanne Van Wagner, Pain Relief Specialist.



E-motions are merely energy in motion that we interpret as happy, sad, angry, etc. Journey thru each chakra where these E-motions are experienced and move from limiting emotions to liberating emotions. Come to know yourself more deeply, find your soul purpose, and shine in the true light of your divinity. Book your session with Denise today! Grande Prairie, AB



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A systematic, gentle & effective approach for the treatment of chronic or complex health issues. Dynamic medicine, nutritional support & guidance. Appointments in-person, by phone or Skype. Michelle Haley DHHP, DMH


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M a ss a ge T he ra p y MIRAGE HOLISTIC SPA

Our specialty is our La Stone Massage. Using heated and chilled stones this Native American tradition goes beyond the physical experience of massage. Swedish, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue and Indian Head and more. Located in the Holiday Inn – where it’s all about you! 10612 – 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB



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Try our brand new Vibra Pro 5500 ~10 minutes a day can make a profound difference to YOUR health & well-being. Members enjoy complimentary benefits. We will be launching new fitness equipment in September. Come for a tour today! 10612 – 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB


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Stuck for that perfect gift idea? Give a true work of “heart”. A personalized custom creation that symbolizes a legacy, a journey, or a legend! It is rewarding, it is fun, and with the variety of gift ideas available, will be appreciated for generations to come. Contact Kareen today! Grande Prairie, AB



Clarity, Guidance, Healing and connecting with your spirit. Jenn will help you with all of these through readings in person, online, or on the phone. Offering balancing, clearing, meditation classes, intuitive gatherings with your friends, workshops and retreats.



L Spa Junkie members receive one 60-minute massage free/month & unlimited $59 (60 min) wellness massages AND a complimentary massage on your birthday. Check our website for a full listing of all of our massages. 10612 – 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB



Giving You Back To Yourself. Move through limiting beliefs and past experiences and into a joyful life. Every session is uniquely tailored to fit you and your personal experiences. Providing tips and tools to maintain your own health and happiness. Phone and Skype sessions also available. Guiding your healing journey, universal development and personal growth through Workshops and Individual Energy Therapy. For more in-depth information and prices, please contact Tanis McRae, Intuitive Healer/Instructor.


M e d i t a t i on


Now carrying meditation cd’s! “Fuel for your soul” by Tamara Loiselle is a beautiful guided meditation journey assisting with relaxation, revitalization and inspiration. 10612 – 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB



Essential Oils mankind’s first medicine have been used for their emotional, physical & spiritual healing benefits for thousands of years. And now, with a Zyto technology scan we can maximize results by helping you choose the right solution for your body at the right time. Young Living Essential Oils offers 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils that give measurable, clinical results. Contact Denise Ouellette. Grande Prairie, AB



Stimulate your body’s natural collagen renewal for incredible skin tightening results and substantial improvement in the appearance of wrinkles, try our new Tripollar Radio Frequency Treatment ~ non-invasive facial tightening and body contouring. Results are immediate & visible from the very first treatment. 10612 – 99 Avenue , Grande Prairie, AB


N u t r i t i on


Scientific Research has proven we need to eat more fruits and vegetables. I can help you bridge the gap between what you do eat and what is essential to live longer and healthier lives. Contact Leanne Van Wagner


O r g a n i c P rod u c t s HOMESTEADER HEALTH

Our healthy lifestyle stores specializes in organic fresh produce, organic dairy and local fresh eggs. We also offer gluten free products, nutritional supplements & vitamins, herbal remedies, homeopathy, and eco-cleaning products. Visit our Gateway location in Grande Prairie for beauty consultations & products.

2, 6559 Hart Hwy, Prince George, BC 250.962.7280 Toll-Free: 1.888.241.9392 20, 9831 - 98A Avenue, Fort St. John, BC 250.785.1455Toll-Free: 1.800.668.5433 Gateway Location 10320 – 111 Street, Grande Prairie, AB 780.538.9970 Toll-Free: 1.877.538.9970 Downtown Location 104, 10012 - 99th Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB 250.785.1455 Toll-Free: 1.877.538.113 THE L SPA & WELLNESS CENTRE

It is a privilege and honour to be recognized as an Eminence Approved “Green Spa”. We carry Eminence Organic Skin Care & Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup for your organic beauty needs. 10612 – 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB 780.830.0302


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Qua nt um To uch

Try our brand new Vibra Pro 5500. Whole body vibration helps combat fatigue by increasing energy, osteoporosis by building bone density, and arthritis. 10 minutes a day can make a profound difference to YOUR health and wellbeing. 10612 – 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB

I can help you Heal yourself! Many clients experience immediate pain relief for back, neck, shoulder, hip, sciatica and more. Turn anxiety, depression and fear into hope and healing. Workshops and individual sessions. Leanne Van Wagner, Certified Quantum Touch Instructor





Combining Reiki and Young Living Essential Oils is a powerful way to cleanse, open, and bring balance to your chakras. For your special treatment contact Denise Ouellette. Grande Prairie, AB



Spiritual Response Therapy (SRT) is a process of Soul Level Clearing that removes limiting beliefs, discordant energies and blocks to positive expression. SRT frees the soul to experience happiness and healing on all levels. Lorinne is pleased to offer her services in-person and by phone. Call to book your session today! Grande Prairie, AB


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We are Canada’s only national not-for-profit association representing the interests of natural health professionals spanning across more than 60 modalities. We recognize schools across the world and work directly with both government and insurance to further evolve the practices of natural health. 6th Floor, 10339 124 Street, Edmonton, AB

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Intuitive based healing sessions uniquely blend the traditions of old with the guidance of Spirit through Totem Animal Readings, Arabic Cup Readings, Intuitive Healing & Archetype Readings. Custom made traditional rattles, smudge, home clearings/blessings. Sacred Journey is hostess to Grande Prairie Energy Evenings & The Love & Light Fair.


780.484.2010 1.888.711.7701

Psych ic Int ui t ive s FULFILLING SOULS

Don't let your past keep you from achieving your goals, enjoying the present or enhancing your future in any area of your life. Our specialty is in intuitive psychic reading, healing, counselling and regression hypnotherapy. Change Your Life For The Better, Permanently! Calgary, AB

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Clarity, Guidance, Healing and connecting with your spirit. Jenn will help you with all of these through readings in person, online, or on the phone. Offering balancing, clearing, meditation classes, intuitive gatherings with your friends, workshops and retreats.



Nadia is a clairvoyant psychic and spiritual healer. Her gift is divinely guided to provide enlightened help in all areas of our lives. She serves her readings through psychic channeling, mediumship, tarot cards, angel therapy and different healing modalities. To know more about Nadia please visit her website or call for an appointment. Calgary, AB



Connecting Mind, Body, & Spirit Together as One. Spirit Stone Readings in person or by phone. Stone Reading Parties, invite 5 or more friends and receive your reading for free! A unique way to spend an evening with family and/or friends. Call Tracy for more information. Grande Prairie, AB

780.933.2370 780.532.2370

Guided Synergy Magazine presents the 3rd annual Experience the Peace Holistic Conference & Retreat. Rejuvenate your body, clear your mind and nurture you soul on April 25-27th, 2014 in Grande Prairie Alberta, as we enjoy knowledgeable workshops, riveting keynote speakers, mouth-watering nutritious meals, and shopping over a span of 3 days. For more information visit experience-the-peace.


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S ha ma n i s m

Reflexology neutralizes the effects of stress by inducing a deep state of relaxation that calms the nervous system and allows the body to achieve a state of equilibrium. Located in the Holiday Inn – where it’s all about you! 9816 107 Street, Grande Prairie, AB

Re-discover your authentic self from a Shamanic perspective! Explore your Totems, Roles, Clans and Inner Children. Learn the Medicine Wheel for manifestation, abundance, growth, healing, guidance and dreaming. Individual sessions and group circles. White Dove Wheelkeeper has been teaching and healing with the Medicine Wheel across Canada for two decades. Contact MaryRose Lessoway




Reflexology is the natural therapeutic practice of stimulating pressure points. The reflexes in both hands and feet can relieve body pain, reduce stress and increase overall wellness through relaxation. Contact Simone Dixon, Certified Hand and Foot Reflexologist. 8818-103 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB



Balance of the body is achieved by manipulating and applying pressure to various zones promoting feelings of calmness & serenity. Also helps the body and organs work more efficiently, thus speeding up your natural healing process. 45 min $80. Members $68. 10612 – 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB


R e ik i


Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing therapy that deals solely with our ‘chi’ life force energy. Reiki is a non-invasive energy tool that helps release the tension and stresses we encounter on our journey. Located in the Holiday Inn – where it’s all about you! 9816 - 107 Street, Grande Prairie, AB




S ou n d T he ra p y GROUND WITH SOUND

Sound therapy is a technique which uses music, sounds, tones, vibration, and breath to create a grounding, meditative space in order to promote healing.


We l l n e ss Ce n t re s BEAUTY-WELL INC.

Beauty-Well Inc. SPA offers total surrender, well-being and renewal! All of our luxury SPA services are performed by a licensed Esthetician with 15+ years in the industry. Regardless of the occasion, mobile SPA services and home SPA parties are available for a Girls-Night-In, Wedding, Birthday, Baby Shower and Corporate Events. Grande Prairie, AB



Northern Alberta’s Premier Health & Wellness Spa is a proud member of the Leading Spas of Canada, is an elite member of their coveted “Quality Assurance Program” and has just been recognized by SPAwards as one of Canada’s top 50 spas! We welcome you to experience tranquility in the spa ~ treat yourself to a luxurious massage, pampering pedicure, and sensational facial or indulge in one of our holistic therapies. In the name of “Wellness”, we’ve now grown to include whole body vibrational therapy, a far infrared sauna, and just recently we’ve added the new Tripollar Radio Frequency Therapy which is a new noninvasive facial tightening and body contouring system. Join one of our membership programs ~ we are home of the ORIGINAL “spa junkie” membership program. Spa’ing should be a healthy habit, not a luxury earmarked for once a year! We carry Comfort Zone, Jane Iredale, OPI, Davines, and Eminence and our most recent accolade is becoming a Green Spa through Eminence Organics showing that we care as much about the environment as we do about our clients. Be sure to check our website daily for “Last Minute Seat Sales”. 10612 – 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB


S p i r i t u a l He a l t h He a l i n g FULFILLING SOULS

Have you felt that something is holding you back from success? That if you could learn to let go of negative patterns you could create the kind of wealth, relationships and health you truly desire – and deserve? I am an intuitive healer and I want to help you recognize your limiting beliefs so you can replace them with positive self-affirming feelings that feed your passion and nourish your soul. I am committed to providing you with healing services that will help you change the way you see your life and how others see you. Contact me now to find out which of my healing service is right for you. Calgary, AB

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We offer Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Restorative, Yoga Chi, Therapeutic yoga and Reiki. Lil Phat Yoga is all about the journey within and being able to transform into the beings we are meant to be. Also Known as Yoga in the Valley. For a current schedule, like us on facebook. Contact Jackie Carter. DeBolt, AB


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