Profile: Hasina Ireland, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

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Working in Brampton, ON Canada, for the last ten years, Hasina incorporates the Meridian Stress Assessment System, Reiki & Chakra sessions into her practice.  She is able to assess food sensitivities and perform organ assessments, hormonal/vitamin and mineral deficiencies or excesses while also recognizing the importance of how energy (using Reiki and Chakra Assessments) plays an important role in the health of her clients.

Hasina has been using alternative health care to varying degrees since she was a child.  Her parents and grandparents (from Jamaica) have been using herbal remedies themselves for years.  She was able to go deeper in learning the uses and nutritional benefits of healing plants and foods ultimately becoming a Holistic Nutritionist herself.

Hasina lives with a debilitating condition called Sickle Cell Anemia.  It is through her own experiences benefiting tremendously from the proper guidance of a Holistic Nutritionist that she knew she wanted to share and educate others who are suffering from complex conditions and pain management.  Her desire to help others, herself and family comes from a deep appreciation for life.  Hasina says,

 “If you are blessed with life, you must protect your health.  This belief is manifested through my deep gratification when others improve with their health concern.”

Hasina is her own healing success story.  During the past few years she has facilitated her own healing greatly.  Sickle Cell Anemia is a condition where those who are affected by it have varying degrees of severity.  She moved away from treatment through medical doctors (although she believes they are absolutely necessary when needed) and moved towards a holistic approach entirely.  She not had any major complications that are common with this condition, nor is she on any medication.  From living in and out of hospitals each year to not having to go in anymore is a huge accomplishment.  She gives credit to the Universal powers, education, experience, as well as trial and error with her lifestyle and nutritional choices.

Everyone eats (most of the time), and so everyone needs proper nutrition for the well-being of the body.  Hasina uses the Meridian Stress Assessment System Reiki which is a form of energy healing where energy is directed toward or away from the body for well-being.

The Meridian Stress Assessment System (MSAS) is an advanced tool to help screen for meridian imbalances, nutritional support and sensitivity evaluations.  Medical doctors, Naturopathic doctors, and other health care practitioners use this modality in their practice and confirm that it is extremely accurate and non-invasive.  The MSAS is used in clinics and offices worldwide.  Hasina’s thoughts,

“Meridian Stress Assessment System just helps people get well, and takes me to another level as a holistic nutritionist which is where I want to go.”

We asked Hasina what she saw as the biggest hurdle to helping more people through her practice:

“The act of free will.  If the client is not ready, then it’s up to them to be ready to start their own health journey.  If you are ready and willing, then improved health is just around the corner.”

Hasina is a member of the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals, who are required to complete a set amount of educational or practical upgrading a year.  You can learn more about Hasina and her practice here.

Profile: Barbara Prud’homme, Holistic Health Coach

barb profile picBarbara practices in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada having earned her BScH in Life Sciences and Certification in Holistic Nutrition.

Barbara’s own journey towards health and wellness led her to develop a passion for eating real foods and regular physical activity – a love that she wanted to share with others through Healthy Peas, Happy Pod.  Her own issues with eating and food revolved around emotional eating during difficult, stressful and often tragic times in her life.  In 2008 she joined a friend for a yoga class and was hooked.  That was the catalyst towards taking yoga classes in as many different styles as often as she could, joining a gym, reading anything and everything she could about health, wellness and nutrition, and discovering a very deep love for healthy cooking.

Three years later she found the Health Coach program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition;

“I had a fabulous experience, and am thrilled that I can take what I have learned to help others – especially other moms who are struggling to keep themselves and their families healthy. I love seeing friends, family members, and clients who are happy with their results and feel that they are empowered by their new life choices.”

During her Holistic Nutrition certification training, she studied with a body of well-known teachers such as Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine and Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.  She is also a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the Ontario Public Health Association.

When asked why Barbara chose Holistic Health Coaching as her modality she shared;

“I love being able to work directly with people who have personal wellness goals that they want to work towards.  I like that that I can help people become healthier and happier in all areas of their lives by addressing all of the facets of their health in addition to eating – relationships, exercise, career, and even spirituality. Being a Health Coach allows me to educate and support people as they build healthy new habits and create sustainable lifestyle changes.”

Last year, Barbara had the pleasure of taking on a good friend as a client. Her client had a very busy schedule and many family demands and felt that she wasn’t eating well and wasn’t exercising consistently. She also faced the challenge of preparing meals for a picky-eating teenaged son and husband. Her personal goals were to increase energy and to shed some extra stubborn pounds.

Barbara able to show her that small changes in her own daily routine could have a significant impact on her and her family’s health. She provided easy to follow tips and new recipes to try, and even took her family on a grocery store tour to introduce them to lots of new healthy foods to try.

Upon completing the program, her client reported that she had lost several inches and it was clear to her, and everyone around her, that she had a ton more energy.

Just some of the areas a Holistic Health Coach can help are:

  • Excess weight
  • Lack of energy
  • Lack of knowledge about eating well
  • Negative emotional and health impacts due to chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes

A health coach can also help to bridge the gap between physician and patients assisting those with chronic illnesses in making informed decisions regarding their medical care, and may even serve as a liaison helping to insure that patients are making well-informed decisions

Like so many others, Barbara turned to alternative therapies when she felt that traditional conventional/medical approaches didn’t resolve some of the symptoms or issues – like fatigue, weight gain, and lack of energy she was experiencing. She explains;

“I value the connection of body, mind and spirit and the importance of treating the whole person rather than separate body parts.”

Barbara’s business is growing steadily as she continues to help her clients to create happy, healthy lives in a way that is flexible, fun and free of denial.

You can learn more and contact Barbara on her Vitalitylink profile located here.

Profile: Jili Hamilton, Reflexology, Reiki, Candling, Spiritual Healing


Jili Hamilton lives in Geneva, Switzerland where she practices Ear and Body Candling and hands on healing with Reflexology, Reiki and Spiritual Healing.

Seeing how badly her parents were served by, well-meaning but ineffective, doctors began her healing journey by studying Reflexology in 1987.  Jili explains, “I am very keen to help people to find gentler and less dangerous methods of healing.  I meet so many people suffering from over-medication, the wrong medication or surgical procedures that have gone wrong or have been unnecessary.  There are many people who tell me; “there is no cure, I have to live with it”.  This is not true, there is a solution for everyone, it just needs finding and it may not be the one you think of first.”

After receiving her Reflexology diploma, Jili was looking through a magazine and found an article on candling.  She discussed it with a couple of therapists, one of whom swore by the candles and so she started treating her colleagues.  Back living in London a year or so later she decided to launch them on the UK market and was present at all the major exhibitions in the UK for several years

Her dentist in London suggested she write a book about the candles back in 1999 and the first edition was published in 2003, first in French and then in English.  The ups have been fantastic; seeing the candles work for something she would never have envisioned, seeing people getting well naturally;  this summed up by a patient who said that whoever would have thought a simple little candle could do so much.  The down side came from people who assumed that anyone can candle which resulted in unintentionally caused problems. This lead to candles being heavily criticized by members of the medical profession and being banned in certain places.  When asked if she would change anything Jili answers “No, probably not because the ‘down’ moments tended to be learning experiences and often spurred me on to greater efforts to have my therapy understood and appreciated.”

In Jili’s book Candling for Optimal Health there are anecdotes about several conditions and healing: Age-Related Deafness; Cancer; Candida; Constipation and Hemorrhoids; Ear Infections; Excessive Ear Wax; Flying; Glaucoma; Glue Ear; Hay Fever and Other Allergies; Hearing Problems; Mastoid Discomfort; Migraines and Headaches; Painful Periods; Relaxation; Sinus Problems; Skin Disorders; Sleep Apnea; Stress Relief; Swimming and Diving (Water Lodging in the Ear); Tinnitus.

One example is a patient who was suffering from sleep apnea who consulted Jili two years ago and after three sessions was able to dump the oxygen mask she had needed to use at night.  She still sees Jili every 4 to 6 weeks and has found not only the improvement has been maintained but her diarrhea has lessened dramatically using Candling and Reiki.

“Sometimes I wonder if my role is to be the way-shower – after all, candling is not new – and to take the arrows, getting publicity where I can and thereby smoothing the way in time for the therapy to be totally accepted.  Perhaps it’ll be when I am no longer on this planet, but I feel I’m laying the foundation stone.”

Jili is an avid user of holistic therapies herself.  She has had regular colonic irrigation for over 20 years, regular massages and Cranial Sacral therapy.  If anything happens to her, she connects it to what’s going on in her life and tries to work from there.

Jili keeps herself very busy with her practice as well as having just completed a diploma course as a baby massage instructor.  She is also a writer and has had articles published in several magazines.  She has a regular spot in an on-line magazine and her book A Seeker’s Guide to a Life Worth Living includes around 70 articles, although she is still writing; every time she gets inspired.  You can read some of her articles linked to her Vitalitylink profile as well.

Jili concludes, “I am sure people have read my posts and if that has helped them to get good information, then that is my goal and I plan to continue.  I think the only way to do something is to be passionate about it and I am passionate about what I do.  I will always go the extra mile whatever the job anyway, but it just so happens that candling and writing fire me with such enthusiasm I don’t notice the time passing.  And probably being passionate about something is necessary for success.”

Click here to contact Jili on her profile.

Profile: Coach Rita, Law of Attraction Life Coach and Chakra Therapy

rita picRita Hurry, IPHM, is a Law of Attraction Life Coach who also practices Myers Briggs and Chakra and Aura therapy in Hornchurch Essex, United Kingdom.  She is a member of the British Association of Psychological Type (BAPT) & International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine (IPHM).

She has always been the person that friends and family members went to, to discuss their problems. Her calming nature and guidance made them feel good, sometimes just be being there to listen, and when she learned about Life Coaching it seemed to be the perfect fit for her.

Rita shares, “One of the fulfilling things that I love about the work that I do, is seeing that ‘light bulb moment’ in individual’s eyes, when they discover the clarity within them and realize that the answer lies within them and yes, they can do it. I love it when individuals discover themselves and let go of the fear that often holds them back.”

When she first read about Chakra Therapy, she wasn’t convinced, but something within her was intrigued, so eventually she bought a program and gave it a try; after the first session, she was hooked. Law of Attraction and vibration work, along with the Chakra work she implemented helped her turn things around in a big way. She is a great believer in ‘walking your talk’ and felt that she could only be successful in the work she does with her clients, from having gone through the experience herself.

Rita had always been searching for something outside herself, to find that true meaning to life. She pursued three of the major religions completely giving them her all, but still felt something was missing. Her faith in God was something that would never leave her, but she felt religion wasn’t the way for her to nurture this relationship with God or herself. Taking some time to rediscover who she really was she took a break from her business and during that time Coach Rita, her business was reborn. “It had been called various names over the years, but once I found myself, Coach Rita just seemed right. Why? I was my brand and my business, my baby (as I like to call it) was what I wanted to share with the world, to help them too find their essence.”

“I specialize in Law of Attraction (LOA), as it is me. It allows me to follow me and connect with the universe and God that feels right, without any judgment. It still has the elements as religion does – ask and you shall receive, but with Law of Attraction, you ask and you enjoy life. It’s in the enjoyment of who you are and life, that brings the manifestations to you. I love the fact that my thoughts and how I feel, control my world. It’s not dependent on others. No more seeking from others, just a complete trust and love in myself. This is what I coach others to gain.” explains Rita.

Energy Therapy and energy work in general are proving to be very popular all over the globe. Many people are now gaining knowledge that they are more than their physical bodies and the way to heal themselves, is to be in touch with their energy fields.

The main symptom Rita sees in many of her clients and those that come to LOA, is that they feel there is more to life and feel this niggling feeling that they want more, but not sure if they can have it. “LOA gives them the power to realize that their thoughts create their life. Therefore, it gives them a focus and energy that they can really have what they want from life. By doing some LOA work, they too will realize that only they can achieve a positive result through focus on the result of what they want and trusting in themselves that they create their own reality.”

Rita continues, “Chakra has many benefits and I often use it when it becomes obvious that someone I struggling from moving forward and taking action due to fear. Fear is deep rooted and stems from the subconscious, therefore by doing some inner healing work on the 7 Chakra’s, this unblocks the energy and releases the negative energy, to replace it with positive energy. The benefits give clarity and help the individual to start over.”

The internet has been a great resource for getting Rita’s work out into the world. She loves the fact that she is able to reach audiences all over the globe, so everyone can reap the benefits of Alternative Therapy. She thinks sites like Vitality Link play a great role, in educating the masses, on Alternative Health Care, and enjoys being able to write articles that give information freely to many, as a positive resource to helping people live better and healthier lifestyles in body, mind and spirit.

For her own healing, Rita has used acupuncture, attended mindfulness meditation classes and sought holistic approaches to medical conditions a number of times. She doesn’t believe that taking medication and focusing on the illness is the way to get healed and has always believed that our emotions and energies play a huge part in the healing of our bodies and the answer always lies through this.

Rita encourages people to ‘think out of the box’ in relation to health and emotional issues and limiting beliefs. Many individuals believe that things are not possible and follow others, even though they want to break free and be their own person and live life the way they want and still maintain happy relationships with others. Teaching individuals to be aware that their healing starts with inner work first before results are shown in the external world.

Rita recently completed her certificate as a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner. This involved studying the Myers Briggs Personality Preference concept, based on Carl Jung’s work on Personality differences. Rita elaborates, “The MBTI module looks at how we all have particular personality preferences, which we use on a day to day basis and how identifying these preferences, can help us to have a better understanding of ourselves and others.”

The MBTI work is kept quite separate to the more holistic work Rita uses with LOA and Chakra Therapy, but there are some times that the client may benefit from understanding themselves a little more externally. Getting to know how and why they deal with things differently for some, can be quite life changing, so it can work together with her other modalities.

Having the opportunity to reach out and help people across the globe through Vitalitylink has been very beneficial to Rita.  As she says “I have so much to share and offer clients to lead a fulfilled life, which is full of vitality!”

Wondering if Rita’s LOC coaching is right for you?  Rita suggests that initially, find out some information about LOA (reading the book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is a good start) and then book an initial FREE session with her. Either in person or via Skype, she will go over how things in your life are at the moment and give you feedback on how you could move forward using LOA.

Click here to contact Coach Rita through her VitalityLink profile.

Or visit her website

Profile: Nancy Turcich, Natural Massage Therapy and Polarity Therapy

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Nancy Turcich discovered the power of natural healing when she suffered a traumatic spine injury that left her paralyzed from the chest down.

The year was 1982 and Nancy was a computer science student hiking with friends when she tumbled off a cliff. Doctors worked their magic, saving her life and repairing her spine with metal rods. But she left the hospital debilitated, facing an unclear future.

Shocked by her physical state, she thought, “Whose body did they give me in the hospital? This isn’t mine.”

Although Western medicine dealt with the initial trauma, Nancy quickly came to realize the rest of her healing was in her own hands. Desperate to reclaim her mobility, she began to experiment with natural therapies

She began with massage therapy, which in the early 80s, wasn’t yet mainstream. It helped to calm her tight, spastic legs.

Eventually she added chiropractic, naturopathy and osteopathy into the mix. Along the way she was introduced to a form of energy healing called polarity therapy.

Until then the concept of energy healing was entirely foreign to Nancy and she struggled to understand it.

She says, ‘It seemed too mystical to me. Too out there.’

Quickly though, its impact was evident. She noticed that the results of her chiropractic adjustments would last longer when accompanied by polarity therapy. She noticed her body finally relaxing into the healing process, allowing her to slowly rebuild her body’s natural patterns of movement.

The crux of this story is that today Nancy is an active, fully mobile, healthy woman, and she has been for decades. She credits her health to polarity therapy combined with physical therapies like massage and chiropractic. It’s interesting to note she had no further medical treatment for her injuries after 1982.

By 1985, Nancy was studying at the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics. Today, with nearly three decades of practice behind her, she lives in Prescott, Arizona offering a combination of healing styles including polarity therapy, massage therapy and craniosacral…to name few.

She describes her typical clients as ranchers, cowboys and college students. Most arrive wanting physical intervention for pain or injury but leave understanding the power of energy work and bodywork in tandem.

A construction worker client she describes as a cowboy-rodeo guy came to her after getting bucked from a horse. He was hunched over, unable to stand upright, and shaking uncontrollably from the trauma. Nancy told him to let his body shake, not to fight it.

She said, “This is your body releasing the trauma, just be with it if you can.”

Nancy worked with him as his body shook violently, discharging energy from the injury.

He left her office walking upright and was back at the rodeo before long.

She says every time she treats a client she’s helping them tune into the potential for how healthy their body can feel. She says her treatments are about initiating new patterns in the body and giving people the ability to move beyond their limitations.

Contact Nancy Turcich in Prescott, Arizona at:

Click here for her VitalityLink profile.

(928) 717-1251(928) 717-1251 or


Profile: Jacquilen Foster Tomas, Naturopath

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Dr. Jacquilen Foster Tomas is a Philadelphia-based naturopath who has helped people cope with problems as wide-ranging as broken bones, weight issues and toxicity.

About her clientele Jacquilen says, “I work with people who have tried several different ways – mainstream treatments and other healing modalities – and they’ve had limited or no results. I’ve come to realize that the patients that come to me are those that are ready to make changes in their lifestyle.”

For some people that might mean adjusting their eating habits. For others it might be about adopting new patterns of thinking.

Jacquilen uses an unusual billing model. “I don’t charge a fee for service because I saw there were clients that wanted help but didn’t have money for the fee. My services are based on donation.”

This approach seems to fit well with the philosophy of her practice. As she says, “I’m not doing this to get rich. I’m doing this to help people heal.”

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Her inspiration to help others hits close to home. She was motivated to take an intensive 5-year naturopathic program while her husband, mother and father all fought cancer simultaneously.

“When I was studying to be a naturopath, I was also taking care of my parents and my husband. Everyone was sick at the same time.”

She had always had an interest in medicine and already held a certificate in natural healing. But with her family members suffering, she says, “I knew I wanted to do more and I finally said I had to go further and become a full-fledged naturopath.”

And although her career direction was born from adversity, she has no regrets. “I love what I do. I really love it with a passion.”

Jacquilen sees most of her clients in-person in Philidelphia but she’s also started treating long distance clients using Skype.

A first session typically takes at least 2 hours – her approach is to deeply get to know each client and to give them the space to open up.

Based on what she discovers in the first session, Jacquilen may recommend specific herbs and nutritional changes to help manage physical discomfort. All of her clients receive at least one BodyTalk treatment to get to the energetic and emotional root of the ailment.

Bodytalk is a form of energy healing in which the practitioner asks the body to reveal what healing needs to happen.

Jacquilen says, “With BodyTalk, it’s the person’s own healing energy doing the work. It’s not me. I’m helping them but they’re doing it. The speed and process they take is based on the needs of their own body.”

Contact Dr. Jacquilen Foster Tomas at (215) 360-4110 or Or you can find her via her VitalityLink profile.



Profile: Elise Robine Yohm, Medical Intuitive

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Elise Robine Yohm is a medical intuitive based in Vancouver, BC who serves clients around the world by Skype and phone.

She describes her unique specialty as using intuition to see the emotional cause of a medical problem.

She says, “There’s an emotional root to every problem. The body is waving a white flag, communicating something to you…I work on finding that emotional root and allowing the body to be in a state of healing itself.”

When she’s working with a new client, she says, “I begin to pick up what’s going on with that person. The problem might not be where they think it is.”

She tells the story of an entrepreneur suffering with a perpetually stiff jaw that needed extensive dental work. Elise was able to see that the real issue was rooted in the woman’s gut where she held emotional pain from childhood trauma. The woman had ignored the problem in her gut for so long her body found a new way to convey its emotional pain to her: a still jaw that was hard to ignore.

After two sessions with Elise to heal the original emotional injury, the client’s jaw healed on its own. No dental work required.

Elise says it’s common for people to avoid the messages their bodies send  about emotional pain. She believes allowing this communication is life changing and opens up the path to self-healing.

And it’s certainly changed her own life. Elise’s journey to become a medical intuitive began when she lost her father to pancreatic cancer.

At the time, Elise was in university studying computer science. She says, “He was diagnosed in April, gone by August. I couldn’t believe I was so naïve about cancer.”

She was dismayed traditional medicine offered no hope to her father. “This was the first time in my life there was a problem and no solution offered by the medical system – even though the doctors were great and did everything they could.”

Her grief inspired a new passion to understand the deeper causes of disease. After years of self-study, she decided to take a medical intuitive training program in Vancouver. Now, she practices full-time and trains new practitioners.

She says the first step to developing your own intuition is simply to start listening to your body.

“See how your body is feeling. Take the time to check on it throughout the day…am I tired? Am I hungry? Am I thirsty? Even though this seems very simple, it’s a crucial first step. You need to hear your body’s basic needs – then you’re more able to know when something is really going wrong.”

Special Offer: Elise is offering 15% off your first treatment and 10% off medical intuitive training; just mention Vitalitylink when you book your appointment.

You can contact Elise Robine Yohm at 604-317-6676 or

Here is her VitalityLink profile.

Profile: Tami Stackelhouse, Fibromyalgia Coach


tami stackelhouseMeet Tami Stackelhouse, a fibromyalgia coach who helps people find relief by discovering the right combination of nutrition and natural treatments.

Tami’s specialty was born from her own journey with fibromyalgia, which started when she was in junior high. She describes herself as one of those kids who was always going to the doctor, constantly tired and in pain.

But like most fibromyalgia sufferers, she wasn’t diagnosed quickly. It took more than 15 years. Tami says this stems from the sheer complexity of the condition.

“Even experts don’t understand why we get it, where it comes from or why it hurts,” she explains. “It seems to be involved with the nervous system and how we process pain. Also, our immune system doesn’t function the same way…there are many components.”

To be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you have to hurt in all four quadrants of the body. And, there are 18 ‘tender points’ on the body that indicate the condition, including the base of the neck, base of the skull and inside of the elbow. To be diagnosed, you need to experience at least 11 out of 18.

She compares the experience to being elderly. “You have this feeling like, ‘I’m becoming an old woman’. Your body hurts, you walk slow. I thought, ‘My grandma gets around even better than I do!”

By the time she was diagnosed at the age of 35, she was barely getting through the day. Her doctor immediately broke out the prescription pad. “She put me a bunch of medications all at once so I could start functioning and manage my pain.”

Then Tami began a slow and steady journey to understand how to manage the condition without drugs. Over the course of 2 years, with careful collaboration from her doctor and a small team of natural healers, she weaned herself off 9 medications.

More significantly, she got her life back and her pain under control. Her crowning achievement happened two years ago when she and her husband walked a 5K event. She was momentarily discouraged when a woman in her eighties jogged past, but then she remembered her purpose.

“My whole thing was just to finish. And I did. We finished and we were last. It’s amazing to be able to say I walked a 5k with fibromyalgia…and it didn’t lay me on my back. It showed me how far I’d come.”

She believes that every person with fibromyalgia will need a unique combination of treatments and nutrition to restore their health. Her personal regime includes acupuncture, massage, chiropractic and a high-protein, gluten-free and dairy-free diet.

About her approach Tami says, “I don’t believe we’ll be cured, but I believe we can manage it extremely well. I would say the number one thing is good self-care. You can’t put yourself last. You have to do things to honor your body.”

She works with her clients over the phone offering counsel about how to manage the condition. She guides her clients through their own learning processes about practicing good self-care and coping with the obstacles of the condition.

Tami says, “We talk about practical ways to get through life right now.”

She also coaches her clients through major lifestyle changes. One client who was using heavy doses of opiates and wine to dull her pain is now using acupuncture and EFT (emotional freedom technique) instead.

Another client who was overwhelmed by a doctor’s recommendation to eliminate gluten and dairy from her diet, is now gluten-free just a few months later. Tami’s now working with her to tackle dairy.

About her coaching service, Tami says, ‘You’re not alone. It’s an isolating condition to have – doctor often don’t understand you. Family and friends don’t understand you. But there are people out there like me who do and you don’t have to walk through this alone.”

Special Offer: Tami is offering a sampler of her services called ‘A Taste of Hope’ for $39. This includes 2 individual coaching sessions, a chat session, a goal-setting workshop…and many other benefits. Check out the package here.

Contact Tami at: (971) 832-9322 or on her web site.

Check out Tami’s VitalityLink Profile.

Profile: Leif Sigurdson, Chiropractic & Active Release Technique

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Dr. Leif Sigurdson, a chiropractor in BC, knew from a tender age he wanted to spend his life helping people, but he also knew he didn’t want to sacrifice his own health working 80 hours a week as a medical doctor.

As a kid he’d watched his father run a medical practice and saw him refer patients to chiropractors. Something about this struck a chord.

Leif says, “I was just drawn to it. Everything in my life connects to chiropractic. I even met my wife at chiropractic school.”

He describes the practice as, “…a hands-on or manual therapy directed primarily at the spine but also at other parts of the body. It restores normal biomechanics to get pain relief and healing.”

Leif says patients seek out chiropractic for different reasons. “For some, it’s only about reducing pain. But for most it’s about having a sense of well being…to do your job easier. To do your sport easier.”

He talks about a patient who recently came in for a treatment so he could make an 8-hour drive to the Kootneys for a weekend getaway. Another has regular adjustments to prepare for marathons. Leif also works with the Simon Fraser University hockey team as head trainer and team chiropractor, ensuring the athletes are game-ready.

As he puts it, “I help people do what they want to do with comfort.”

What’s distinct about Leif’s practice is that in addition to traditional chiropractic adjustments, he employs a method called Active Release Technique. It involves using hand pressure and stretching motions to work on soft tissue like muscles.

Even for patients that struggle with lifelong back pain, Leif says Active Release Technique can often deliver better results than chiropractic treatment alone.

And, even skeptics can get results. Leif tells the story of a 50-year old engineer with arthritis who wanted to fulfill a dream of climbing to the base of Everest. The scientifically-minded man was openly unconvinced the treatment could help, but he came in for 5 visits anyway. Leif didn’t hear from him again until 2 years later when he showed up with a photo of himself reaching the base.

Leif says, “Things went well right from the beginning with him. I can work with healthy skepticism.”

Another anecdote points to the diagnostic side of chiropractic. A 35-year old woman was referred by her doctor for carpal tunnel syndrome. Leif conducted an assessment, asking the woman various questions about her life. When he inquired how long it took her to get dressed that morning, she said 10 minutes – a lengthy time for a woman her age.

He knew something was amiss. The woman’s condition did not align to carpal tunnel syndrome so he asked her to see a neurologist instead. She heeded the advice and was diagnosed with Lou Gerhig’s disease. The story is an unexpected demonstration of traditional and alternative medicine working in tandem.

When asked about the risks associated with chiropractic, Leif says, “There are risks in absolutely every form of healthcare. Say for neck pain, there are risks to using Advil – there’s a significant rate of ulcers and digestive problems that can lead to serious health consequences if you rely on those for pain relief. With any form of healthcare the benefits need to be considered along with the risks so you can make an informed decision.”

Contact Information for Leif:

Vancouver Office: 604-876-5515
Langley Office: 604.533.8660
Leif’s VitalityLink Profile

Profile: Harry Nichols, NLP & Hypnotherapy

Harry Nichols The track of Harry Nichols’ life in the UK changed in the early ‘90s when he started a new sales job and noticed the fellow in the cubicle next door was particularly zen-like.

Harry says, “He had it all together…he would meditate between sales calls.” Curious, Harry asked him what inspired this approach.

The fellow told him about Tony Robbins, who at that time was still an emerging talent. Harry became an ardent student, steadily consuming Tony Robbins infomercials and tapes – it was the 90s, after all.

Eventually he uncovered the source of much of Robbins’ thinking – an American author and the founder of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Richard Bandler. Believing in first-hand knowledge, Harry packed his bags and boarded a plane to Minnesota to attend Bandler’s workshop. His mind was blown by what he learned.

More astonishing was the call that arrived when he returned home, “I got a call a week later saying Richard wanted me to be his apprentice.” And that began a 5-year odyssey as Harry travelled the globe under the tutelage of a man he describes as, ‘…one of the most wonderful, powerful people I have ever met.”

Harry learned Bandler’s techniques including NLP and hypnosis, and this inspired him to also study various forms of spiritual healing. He discovered his affinity for working with people and his vocation as a healer.

Eventually he moved to Vancouver and began treating people for all sorts of problems including fear of public speaking, excessive blushing, fear of flying and addictions.

He says, “The wonderful thing about NLP and hypnosis is that it gets to mental healing. The condition of your body is the result of the condition of your mind. These are techniques for changing your mind and thereby changing your health.”

Harry is a big supporter of ‘complementary healing’ – traditional medicine working in tandem with various types of alternative medicine. For example, he works with addicts who have completed rehabilitation, but are still struggling emotionally and mentally with their addiction.

He starts by understanding the unique circumstances of each new client by asking about their background, how the problem formed and, as he puts it, ‘…how they’ve structured the issue inside their mind’. From there, he makes a determination about what treatment approach to use.

He tells the story of a business owner who sweated and stammered whenever he spoke publicly. Harry carefully tracked the exact thought process that occurred whenever the man stepped up to speak and discovered that it was rooted in a childhood incident when he was publicly shamed. As a result, whenever the man spoke, he had an image in his mind of himself as a child and the audience as imposing, large, ridiculing adults.

Using hypnosis and NLP, Harry helped him rewire that thinking to see himself as the powerful adult he actually is. Now the man speaks publicly without any issue.

In another recent case, he helped a 39 year-old Iron Man competitor achieve his best result ever by shifting his thought patterns about a dreaded stretch from mile 15 to 17.

Harry’s view is that hypnosis gets a bad rap because of Vegas entertainers (and the like) who use it for show and humour rather than healing. “We’re in a society that loves entertainment so that’s what we know about hypnosis.”

He encourages a view of hypnosis as a form of healing that can get directly to the heart of a problem.

Contact Harry at: 604-421-1722 or at his web site.

Here is Harry’s VitalityLink page.

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