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Month: July 2017

Come Vacay with the NSWC Team – Andrew Lin (Acupuncturist)

Come Vacay with the NSWC Team – Andrew Lin (Acupuncturist)

For the past two weeks, our Acupuncturist, Andrew Lin, has been vacationing in Thailand! Whilst in Thailand, he was able to absorb the culture and visit popular attractions. Here’s a brief breakdown of what Andrew did:

 

To begin, Andrew visited Monkey Temple. Here he was able to feed monkeys and watch them play  [Figure 1].

Did you know: There are currently 264 known monkey species.

[Figure 1] Andrew feeding the monkeys (Monkey Temple, Thailand)
Following this, Andrew was able to free his inner-Vancouverite by kayaking through caves in Amphoe Mueang Krabi. On this tour, Andrew was able to see all the different coastal ecosystems and canyons. In Thailand, the caves are a popular tourist destination for their beautiful limestone and exotic bats. Here you can see the tour group that Andrew was with, kayaking along the coast of the Mueang Krabi District [Figure 2].

[Figure 2] Kayaking through the caves of Thailand (Amphoe Mueang Krabi , Thailand)

Next up, Andrew went to Chiang Mai, where he was able relax for the day at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. This sanctuary is a great place for tourists to visit the elephants as it is both ethical and sustainable. During the day, Andrew was able to play with the elephants in the water as well as wash them in mud [Figure 3].

Did you know: Mud can act as a natural sun protectant for animals like elephants or hippos.

[Figure 3] Andrew with an Elephant at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary (Chaing Mai, Thailand)

After his day relaxing with the elephants, Andrew was able to experience some of the nightlife in Chiang Mai. In the evening, Andrew went to go see the Muay Thai fight night, where he won 5 out of 7 bets with the bartender as to whom would win each fight [Figure 4]!

[Figure 4] Andrew posing with one of the fighters at the Muay Thai fight (Chaing Mai, Thailand)

The next day, Andrew was able to attend a cooking class to make authentic Thai food. Here you can see the different dishes he made [Figure 5].

 

[Figure 5] Andrew’s authentic Thai food (Chain Mai, Thailand)

As part of his trip, Andrew made an effort to visit the “Gateway to Heaven” White Temple in Chiang Rai, otherwise known as the Wat Rong Khun. Owned by the Thai visual artist  Chalermchai Kositpipat, the White Temple was built as an art exhibition for the people of Chiang Rai and it’s visitors. It is stylized as a Buddhist Temple and features The bridge of “the cycle of rebirth”,  the Gate of Heaven, the Ubosot, and the Golden Building [Figure 6].

[Figure 6] Andrew and the various attractions at the Wat Rong Khun Temple (Chaing Rai, Thailand)

Being the main building, the Ubosot is a large white structure with fragments of mirrored glass in the walls. This building takes on many design traits of classic Thai structure, including the three tiered roof and the serpent deities whom are legended to protect the Buddhist Temples. The Ubosot is meant to convey an overall message of the wickedness in people, because of this, despite the “pure” exterior, the inside of the Ubosot features fiery colours and the grand emerald Buddha, dressed in golden robes sitting on a throne in the central hall. To reach the Ubosot, people may pass over the bridge of the “cycle of rebirth,” which  emits that to obtain happiness, a person must resist the temptations of greed and desire. These visions of greed and desire are represented in the Gate to Heaven exhibit. which is guarded by two creatures; one of death and the other of Rahu, who decides the fate of the dead. Finally, the Golden Building is the temple’s washroom area. However, it is much more than this, It symbolizes the body and people.

 

In Chiang Rai, Andrew was also able to visit the Long Neck Tribe. These women sometimes can have up to 25 of the heavy brass rings around their neck, this results in the shoulders and rib cages of the women being compressed down [Figure 7].

[Figure 7] Andrew’s visit with the Long Neck Tribe (Chaing Rai, Thailand)

Andrews final stop took him to the Golden Triangle. Known for it’s production and distribution of opium on the ghost island, the Golden Triangle is a popular tourist destination. Andrew was able to take a guided boat tour through the rivers of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos [Figure 8].

[Figure 8] Andrew with the arch of the Golden Triangle

All Photos by: Andrew Lin

Don’t neglect your health this summer!

Don’t neglect your health this summer!

Photo by: Danielle Tabo (NSWC RMT)

The NSWC team is so glad summer has finally arrived in our wonderful city known as “Raincouver”, but the sunny weather does not excuse laziness! Most of us are very familiar with forgetting our health goals over the summer months, however, this year, plan to stay in your best state of wellness with us. Here are some of our best summer tips to keep you feeling 10/10.

1. Protect Your Skin

It’s a struggle we all have, but it’s important to remember to apply sunscreen before leaving the house. Even when its cloudy, the UV rays from the sun are extremely harmful to our skin. Skin cancer is the most popular and dangerous of all the cancers. One out of every three cancers is a form of skin caner, and almost 90% of these skin cancer’s is caused by the UV rays from the sun.

We recommend at least SPF 30!
(TIP: Try finding a daily moisturizer that works for you with SPF!)

2. Stay Hydrated

A healthy person needs 30-50 ounces of fluid each day! This remains especially true throughout the summer heat. Drinking lots of water has plenty of benefits for your body:

  • Better blood circulation – By drinking water, your body is able to pump blood to your heart more easily and therefore allows easier muscle movement.
  • Clear complexion – Water often aids in flushing any toxins out of your body, which reduces soreness.
  • Keeping cool – Due to the benefits of water, your body won’t be working so hard, therefore, you will stay cooler than if your body is trying to make up for the lack of certain health benefits.
  • Preventing Dry Mouth – Drinking lots of water, works to banish dry mouth which may be causing bad breath and even promoting cavities.

It is also good to keep in mind that caffeine and alcohol dehydrate your body. When drinking coffee, tea, or any alcoholic beverage, it is smart to match each cup of the dehydrating drink to a glass of water.

(TIP: If you don’t like plain water, try alternatives like coconut water or protein shakes to keep your hydration levels up!)

3. Meal Prep

Summer can be a busy time for most people. It is important to maintain your diet and keep nutrition levels at a high. The best way to do this, is through meal prep, which is picking a few days a week to prepare food for the upcoming days throughout the week. This will help you avoid those last minute lunch trips to a fast food restaurant.

Holistic nutritionist Lauren Paton can help you with this! Her website has great recipes, as well as she offers a great selection of services to help you with your health goals.

4. Maintain Wellness

If you’re finding that each time you feel healthy and well, it only lasts briefly, it may be because you’re not maintaining your wellness. We recommend patients book in at least once a month, for maintenance appointments here at the North Shore Wellness Centre. This will maximize your health potential and keep you feeling your best. A healthy lifestyle starts with you!

Our services include:

Chiropractic Care & ART
Acupuncture & TCM
Class IV Laser Therapy
Counselling
Homeopathy
Naturopathy
Osteopathy
Physiotherapy
Registered Massage Therapy

To book in call (604) 980-4538 or access our online booking site here

 

 

Happy (belated) Canada Day!

Happy (belated) Canada Day!

Happy Belated Canada Day, everyone!

In the spirit of celebrating our great nation, remember to celebrate yourself as well. Book in with one of our fantastic practitioners today to keep your body in it’s best shape!

We offer a wide range of services here at the North Shore Wellness Centre:
– Chiropractic Care & ART
– Acupuncture & TCM
– Class IV Laser Therapy
– Counselling
– Homeopathy
– Naturopathy
– Osteopathy
– Physiotherapy
 Registered Massage Therapy

To book in call (604) 980-4538 or access our online booking site here.