Guide to Vegetarian Protein

IS VEGETABLE PROTEIN ENOUGH? We see it everywhere – friends and family taking part in “Meatless Mondays”, “Tofu Tuesdays”, or converting to full vegetarianism or veganism. Those meat advocates that have stayed strong claim that these people are not getting enough nutrients in their veggie diet, the key one being PROTEIN. Well I’m here to tell you that it IS possible to get adequate amounts of protein on a vegetarian or vegan diet (as long as you’re smart about it!) and that these vegetarian sources of protein can actually have additional health benefits over meat-sourced protein. What are the Health […]

Healing Male Pelvic Pain and Erectile Dysfunction

Road to recovery with male pelvic pain and erectile dysfunction Male pelvic pain is literally, ahem, a pain in a** and not often discussed or acknowledged for its impact. Men often suffer in silence and shame with pelvic pain and erectile dysfunction, and don’t know where to turn for help with these delicate topics when conventional methods have not provided relief. Treatment protocols have come a long way since the use of leeches inserted into the rectum, electric shock therapy to the prostate and even castration – so barbaric! Thankfully there’s been significant strides forward in treatment of male pelvic […]

Low-Cost Community Counselling Services now at Empower Health!

Save money on counselling at Empower Health! CIEL Community Counselling is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Empower Health! Low-cost counselling sessions are happening at Empower Health on Wednesdays (1pm-4pm) and Thursdays (9am-3pm). The fee is $40 per 55-minute session. Meet your Counselling Intern: Christina Christina Bialik, CIEL’s counselling intern, is the counsellor delivering this low-cost community service. Christina is only a few months away from finishing her Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. Her internship is supervised by Ishtar Beck, RCC, who is an experienced individual, couples, and family counsellor. In other words, clients consulting with Christina have two therapists supporting […]

Align Your Uterus! Ancient Maya Abdominal Therapy for Women

  • Maya Abdominal Massage

Maya Abdominal Therapy for Women “The female pelvis is a powerhouse of energy transformation; the very throne of creation through which universal creative energy patterns course and flow.  This depends on balance within the system.” — Dr. Rosita Arvigo, D.N. from “Sastun: My Apprenticeship with a Maya Healer”, HarperOne: Reprinted edition (February 1995). In the early 1980’s Dr. Rosita Arvigo moved her family from Chicago to Belize where she began her apprenticeship with a traditional Mayan healer, Don Elijio Panti. He agreed to teach her about the healing properties of the local plants and hands-on healing massage techniques. She studied with […]

Parenting Tip: CONNECT and then DIRECT

Right Brain, Left Brain? Children are operating  in a “right brain” state, they are functioning from an emotional and physical state. Trying to engage their “left brain” with words, reason and often threats won’t work, and it could damage your attachment. Here’s a tip to keep the attachment CONNECT and then direct. Meet their eyes, so they feel “seen”. Connect emotionally so they feel “safe”. Let them “see “ and ” feel “your acceptance of who they are and what they are doing. When their right brain state feels “met”, redirect them with your left brain tools, such as a gentle reminder of […]

Empower Health Welcomes Commercial Drive’s Midwife Team!

Spring has sprung just in time for mother’s day here in Vancouver!   Making it the perfect time to announce that Empower Health and On the Drive Midwives have come together in the spirit of collaboration to share our beautiful clinic space here on Commercial Drive, East Vancouver! As many new and soon-to-be-mothers already know, we are very fortunate in BC to have access to the pregnancy and post-natal care that midwives have to offer.  Midwifery is an essential part of a truly integrated health model, which looks at health right from preconception all the way until death. So far, […]

Benefits of Pre-Birth Acupuncture

  • Pre-Birth Acupuncture Benefits

Acupuncture does it again. Acupuncture is a highly effective, safe and natural method for many pregnancy concerns women face almost always. In recent years this ancient technique has been gaining more and more recognition for helping pregnant women maintain optimal health. As it should.  Pre-birth acupuncture is used during final weeks of pregnancy, the 36th week until the end of the pregnancy. Acupuncture helps in preparations necessary to gently and safely welcome baby in the world in a timely matter by promoting a safe, efficient and natural labour. A study has found that pre-birth acupuncture resulted in the following: 35% reduction […]

Inherited family trauma and healing through Family Constellations

If you don’t know what it is you’re looking for, how could you possibly find it? Anxiety, fear, financial worries, depression, illness and unhappy relationships can all be forms of inherited emotional trauma. Our current therapeutic models rarely identify the unconscious family dynamics that underlie many of the physical, emotional and psychological symptoms that we experience. Left unresolved, these traumas, some going back two or three generations, can ensnare you in feelings and situations that don’t belong to you. They can forge a blueprint for your life, and are passed onto your children. How is the blueprint made? Unconsciously, we […]

Synergy with voice therapy in an integrated health clinic

Voice therapy within an integrated health clinic setting works together with a variety of modalities to support health and wellness. A Synergistic approach to healthcare is one of the special attributes of Empower Health. Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. The term synergy comes from the Greek word synergia meaning “working together”. Synergistic health care: Where two or more healing modalities used together create a greater outcome than when the modalities are used alone. An Example of synergy in integrated health care at work: Because singing intimately involves breathing, […]

Personal Reflection on Community Acupuncture

Reflecting on my personal experience doing community acupuncture: By Kevin Scrimgeour As an acupuncturist , I’ve working for over 15 years in dozens of settings and seeing thousands of patients. My practice has evolved, surprisingly, to be a better fit in a community setting. Looking back over my experiences and case histories some things I could never seem to have good luck with are now easily treated in a community setting. These are often things of a more psychological nature like depression and anxiety. As well complex pain conditions are well managed in long running weekly sessions, provided in community acupuncture settings. […]