For health and wellbeing
Hi, I'm glad you're here.
I'm Maya, I'm a naturopath and before I take you through exactly what that means, I wanted to tell you what I do, and how it can apply to you.
I often hear from my patients that they wish they could achieve the major concepts of "wellness" and a "healthy life-style" and "wellness", but unfortunately they view them as being unachievable, expensive, complicated, unavailable, or have a host of other misconceptions that keep us away from our goals.
What I do is meet with you, listen, and learn, and then I get to do my favourite thing: I translate these big, important, life-changing concepts into simple practical steps you can take.
I work with you to discover how we can make a healthy lifestyle fit your life. Yes - that's right. I don't try to get you to fit into a box, I make the box fit your life.
We decide together what are the goals you want to achieve, and then we find the simplest and most convenient way to get you there.
So if you're looking for a treatment plan tailored to suit you, a plan that offers you the most accurate answer to your needs, without turning your life upside down, progressing at a speed that suits you in order to help you achieve your health goals, you are in the right place.
You may want a 180 degree transformation, or you may be ready for small baby steps and testing the water: either way, when you feel you are ready to get the ball rolling, I would love nothing more than to support you along this road.
Even a thousand mile journey begins with a single step.
What is naturopathy
Naturopathy is a holistic approach to western medicine. As a naturopath, I base my treatment on the same western diagnosis and lab test results as your GP, but I also look at the whole person, who is more than just a collection of symptoms. My aim is to try, together with my patients, to reach the root of the problem.
Naturopathic treatment may include a dietary change or improvement, the use of herbal medicine or supplements, aromatherapy, bach flower remedies, and more. Treatment is personally tailored to each individual, and so it suits a wide range of health and sickness situations - weight loss or healthy lifestyle adjustments, strengthening the immune system, managing emotional situations or adjustment difficulties, through to treating chronic or accute conditions.
What does an appointment look like
Essentially, the treatment can be broken down in to two parts.
The first part is more clinical in nature. The first thing I do is try to look at the person before me in a clinical way, without emotions. I work with the patient to identify what are the imbalances in their body? How is their sleep? How much stress do they experience on a regular basis? I look at different test results, but also at the hair, skin, nails and more, in order to assess how they are doing. I try to identify what the person before me is missing in order to return to balance and achieve their goals.
In the second part of the treatment, I try to look deeper, to understand who is standing before me: what are their dreams and aspirations? How can I help the person achieve them? I believe that you have to meet a person where they are, and create a realistic plan. I try to understand how I can help the person without turning their life upside down.
At this point we work together to build a treatment protocol, in order to achieve the physical and mental goals in an easy and seamless way.
Treatment sessions take place at varying frequencies according to the patient's requirements, until we are both confident that we have solved the issue with which they came in, and that now they have all the tools required to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
When we eat healthfully, everything changes. Our food nourishes every cell in our body- including our brain. That's why with good nutrition our mind clears, our motivation grows, energy levels rise, and we may gain a sense of pride. I believe the best way to look after ourselves is by eating food that we have prepared. This food will be what nourishes our relationships, our work, our family, and our lives.
Herbal medicine is one of the oldest and most efficient forms of medicine in the world. Medicinal herbs include some of the best treatments for acute or chronic illnesses. These are plant extracts which can be used in our food, as infusions, or in more "medicinal" forms of tinctures or capsules. They can also be used in topical forms for skin ailments. Today herbal medicine is one of the best researched fields, and is safe and efficient.
Bach flower remedies may be useful in a wide range of problems, including depression and anxiety, stress, adjustment issues, and any condition where emotion is a key element. The central theory is that at the heart of any pain or illness there is an emotional trigger, and by addressing that, we may find physical relief. Bach flower remedies help our body retrieve balance and harmony, allowing us to get back a calmer, healthier life.
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese form of gentle exercise, based on series of movements, incorporating posture, breathing and focus. Qi is the energy of life, and Gong means practice or art. Qi Gong therefore means the art, or practice of life's energy. Qi Gong is a physical and mental practice, and a moving meditation, suitable for everyone - in any condition and in all walks of life.
Nutritional supplements can be vitamins or minerals which, for various reasons, we may be lacking or need more of at certain times. This could be due to a problem with absorption, a nutritional lack, or a specific need for higher levels of a particular element (during pregnancy, for example). For the most part, supplements are given to treat a specific situation while we treat the cause of the deficiency, and are not intended for long term use.
Aromatherapy is the use of the essential oils of different plants. Aromatherapy may help maintain mental and physical health, and may involve the use of a burner, or creams or oils used in a specific or systematic manner, according to need.