Vital Spark enthusiastically supports alternative health services but we cannot endorse any specific modality / practitioner and we disclaim any liability arising from the use of these therapies. However, we will make every effort to ensure that only qualified professionals are listed in this section.
When choosing an alternative health care provider be certain to spend some time researching various methods, find referrals through friends or reputable health care sources and set up an appointment to talk to or meet potential practitioners and ask all the pertinent questions.
Graeme Lynn is Canada's most highly qualified somatic educator, certified in the Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique, structural bodywork (Hellerwork) and Hanna Somatics.
He has studied in California, England, and Israel, under such renowned teachers as Thomas Hanna, John Nicholls, and Dan Armon. With his partner, Christine Ohlms, he teaches at Kinetix, The Studio for Somatic Learning, at 585 Bloor St. W. at Bathurst subway station in Toronto.For further information or to schedule lessons, please call 416-964-7026.
Jennifer Gerlitz, President and CEO of Scentsability Aromatherapy, has been a practitioner of aromatherapy for over eight years. Scentsability was established in October of 1998, its' clientele base ranges from the person next door to the United States and as far as Africa. Scentsability has enabled Jennifer to assist others in their search for pure essential oils and a high quality line of aromatic products. Scentsability products can be found through out the Alberta region through various venues (hotel spas to college campuses that offer the Aromatherapy courses). Her knowledge base has accumulated from several avenues; currently completing the International Certification through Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy (overseen by Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt) and Professional Aromatherapy Certification through Mount Royal College, hundreds of client inquires and requests and co-hosting along with presenting at a national Hydrosols - Master Class. It is one of Jennifer's beliefs that due to the ever-changing technology, overwhelming information sources and vast products in this field that the learning phase is continuous and has been a part that she has thoroughly enjoyed.
Jennifer has had the pleasure of being invited to speak at Wellness Week hosted by the Students' Association of Mount Royal College and on two occasions at the University of Calgary. She has been asked to also complete several reviews of aromatherapy products and information and has been interviewed by Lorraine Bruce at The Fulcrum to help inform the public about aromatherapy facts and falsehoods. Thorough her work with Scentsability she is able to keep up to date on information that is constantly being released in this field and as well as enable the business to grow and develop not only new products, but new opportunities for her clientele.
Scentsability in working closely with United Aromatherapy Effort (UAE) and has had the recent honour of adopting a New York firehouse to assist those affected by the devastation of September 11, 2001. This program allows Jennifer to donate products, web links and advertising to support the cause.
Jennifer was once asked "Why aromatherapy?", she responded, "because aromatherapy is my passion, it is something I truly love to do and it makes such a huge difference in the quality of people's lives."
Integrity of the product is one of Jennifer's constant and probably largest hurdles to overcome. "We are on a never ending search for the best quality and this is a very volatile market where the product can change drastically from year to year." In order to supply the products, she has done/does continuous research on the oils, the companies that supply them and their process/integrity of distillation. In order to judge this she has taken the above-mentioned courses, uses several suppliers (Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Turkey) to verify the purity and has participated in the amazing art of distillation.
The goal of Jennifer Gerlitz and Scentsability is to encouraging people to take an active role in the promotion of their health and well being, as well as, teaching others how to help themselves through the use of aromatherapy.
©2002 Jennifer L. Gerlitz
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Renée Brown is a Certified Core Belief Engineering Practitioner and has had a full time practice in Oakville, Ontario since 1995.Phone: (905) 825-5772
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A Classical Homeopath, Heather started practicing homeopathic medicine as it is a complete system of medicine and can help a wide variety of ailments with no side effects. In 2001 she was a Member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Homeopathic Association. The Association holds the highest standards for homeopaths in North America and is working to ensure quality care in homeopathy. It's goal is to educate the public about homeopathy and is currently lobbying the government for regulation to protect the public and integrity of homeopathic medicine in Ontario.
Heather earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Toronto and has completed an extensive three year program at the Homeopathic College of Canada. The program had comprehensive science training, such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, pathology and physical examination. It also required a three year clinical externship with over 1,100 hours of hands on homeopathic training.
In practice Heather Caruso uses homeopathic medicine, nutritional supplements and diet regime. Using these methods she treats a wide variety of cases from acute to chronic. She notes that homeopathy is not to replace Medical Doctors but to work with them. This way the patient gets the best of both worlds.
Heather has taken various post graduate courses on homeopathy and nutrition to continually upgrade her homeopathic knowledge and expand her clinical practice. She also works with other practitioners, like M.D.s, chiropractors, nutritionists and others because she believes there is no better way to combat illness than using an integrative approach.
Heather has two busy homeopathic practices in Guelph and Waterloo Ontario. She welcomes any questions you have about your health and what homeopathy can do for you. Contact Caruso Homeopathic Clinic by calling the numbers noted below or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Papadakis, C.Ht., C.I. a licensed Holistic Practitioner with a private practice in Toronto, Canada, is the Director of Hypno Healing Institute Inc.
Master Time Line TM Practitioner
National Guild Certified Instructor
Debbie has combined her creative skills, empathy, understanding and her ability to communicate with the unconscious mind, together with her training in various modalities, to work in synergy towards the release of painful feelings and emotions stored in the body, thus allowing it to regain its health. She focuses on healing the body through the MIND. She is dedicated to empowering her clients by helping them reach their full potential and overcoming the emotional blocks which hinder the full enjoyment of their lives. Debbie's goal is to awaken the fearless self.
She has been a lecturer at Centennial College and Humber College in the Toronto area, and most recently was a featured lecturer at the annual convention of the National Guild of Hypnotists in Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.A.
Debbie is constantly upgrading her skills and is presently pursuing further studies at American Pacific University, in California, U.S.A., for her Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy.For a detailed description of Hypnotherapy click here
Karen Johnson, CHt. MHt. is the founder of Awakening Heart & Soul in Toronto, Canada where she conducts private sessions, researches, writes and teaches on a variety of consciousness-raising topics.
A Certified Specialized Kinesiologist whose area of expertise is Behavioural and Energy Kinesiology. She is also certified as a: One Brain Practitioner, Edukinesiology, and Touch for Health Practitioner; Movement Re-education, Creative Vision, and Brain Organization Therapist. By drawing on these resources as well as through continuing research and development she has developed her own unique approach to the kinesiology system of healing.
She is also a Certified Hypnotherapist, Master Hypnotherapist and Regression Therapist. Practicing Energy Medicine, Esoteric and Metaphysical Healing, Spiritual Psychotherapy and is an Intuition Consultant. She is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and Canadian Association of Specialized Kinesiologists.
Her mandate is simple. "To enlighten and empower the individual: healing body, mind, and spirit."You can call her office for more information 416.466.6225 or visit her website. Located: The Carrot Common
320 Danforth Ave., Suite 202
Toronto, ON M4K 2N8
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Anna Ambrosio is a Natural Health Therapist, member of the National Association of Naturopaths and the Canadian Order of Practitioner's in Naturopathy. Her areas of speciality are nutrition and reflexology. She is a registered Holistic Nutritionist and is a certified Reflexologist by the Reflexology Association of Canada. Studies and training at the Institute of Natural Health Consultants and the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition ensure that her approach to health care is natural and holistic for harmony of body, mind and spirit.
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Ken Kizer is a professional Rebirther and Astrologer. He was born October 27, 1949 at 12:24 p.m. in Lawton, Oklahoma. His sun sign is Scorpio,
He has done group and client work with Astrology since 1982 and with Rebirthing since 1986, primarily on the East Coast of the United States. He has written numerous articles and essays on personal growth, leads professional Rebirther Trainings, has owned and run a personal growth center/bookstore with his wife Renée, and writes and travels with his wife, Renée, leading workshops in the US and Europe.
Early influences were RamDass and Alan Watts, as well as Gilbert Shelton, R. Crumb, The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Some experience with yoga and Eastern thought in college, delayed by a ten year marriage and career in the automobile parts business, ultimately led to hearing the word "Astrology" in his head while at work one day. Some initial reading led to a full-time commitment to growth work, personally and professionally. Astrology was a life-saver at a time when little else was making sense. Rebirthing is the process that integrates it all.
In between first exposure and professional work, he spent time learning various healing tools, such as polarity, kinesiology, Tarot, massage, and chanting and mantras, in addition to the primary interests in rebirthing and astrology. Exposure to an East Indian guru in 1983 (Satguru Sant Keshavadas, whose Indian ashram is in Karanataka, 20 miles from Bangalore) opened up the experience of unlimited possibilities, confirmed and integrated by his rebirthing work.
His specialty is in assisting people in resolving unhealthy beliefs and behavior patterns. The conscious insight provided by Astrology and combined with the emotional healing power of Rebirthing is an especially potent combination, and accelerates a person's growth markedly. He and his wife Renée are both astrologers and rebirthers who often share leadership of their work with each other.
His intention is to share the gift of these tools with others who also seek joy in their lives and meaning to their existence.
Renée Kizer created the WomanPower Series. She leads workshops and seminars on relationships and rebirthing with her husband Ken, and works with individual clients. She is known for her power, love, humor, and compassion for others in identifying and resolving the challenges in all our lives.
She has combined studies toward an MS in Sociology with accredited Clinical Pastoral Education training, hospice volunteering, and work with abused women's groups. She has studied with Sondra Ray, Bob & Mallie Mandel, Jim Leonard, Leonard Orr, Ellsworth Chytka, Twyla Nitsch, and others. Currently she is writing a book on women's relationships with men.
Renée has always been involved in community service fields. While raising two children, she was an active volunteer director for church Sunday schools, Meals-on-Wheels, and a trained facilitator for the Junior League of Richmond, Virginia.
Ken & Renée have made numerous media appearances in support of Rebirthing and personal growth. They continue writing and teaching. They have been happily married and working together since 1989.Website: www.mindspring.com/~kizer/
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Paul Naras is a counsellor / life coach, a writer, a mystic, a jester, a pundit, a lone wolf, a fast friend and a walking question mark. In 1974 he arrived in Toronto with a university degree and one hundred Canadian dollars. In other words, the small town kid brought nothing of value with him when he made the move to the big city. He was also a stubborn, supercilious, cynical child. But he's feeling much better now.
Since 1979 he has worked with young offenders, federal / provincial parolees and the homeless. He is presently a supervisor/counsellor in an Independent Living Program for street youth.
He has been interested in metaphysics and New Consciousness movements and organizations for over 25 years. He has self-published four books and written articles for a number of publications.
He is the Coordinator of VITAL SPARK - Canada's New Consciousness Network and he is a Reiki Master-Teacher.
Jo-Ann Valentine is a Level 2 Niei Chi instructor with Classical Martial Arts Canada. She started training in 1996 at the Toronto Tsunami Dojo, began assisting with classes in 1997 and became an instructor in 1999. Since 1996 she has participated in many seminars and training camps to supplement her regular training.
She has taught classes at CMAC Tsumani Dojo, CMAC Etobicoke Dojo, the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, Thistletown Community Centre (Toronto Board of Education), The Delisle Fitness Club and Bloor Valley Fitness Club. In addition to teaching, she has participated in Martial Arts demonstrations at the Skydome, Tech Data, Toronto Street Festivals, International Qi Gong Day and appeared on Canada AM.
In 1978 she became a member of a fraternal organization in order to study mysticism and metaphysics. During the course of these studies she became interested in energy work, particularly as it relates to health and healing. She practiced Hatha Yoga for several years and conducted seminars in meditation and visualization techniques.
She is a graduate of the Chow Qi Gong intensive training program and presented a seminar on Qi Gong and Daoist healing techniques at a metaphysical conference held at Williams Lake, New York in 2001. Jo-Ann has been interested in colour therapy for several years and is currently studying new techniques. She finds that the internal martial arts of Tai Chi Chuan, Bagua Chang and Qi Gong are perfect compliments to her other pursuits.
On her third career, after serving as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and working as an Industrial Engineer, she works full time for a social marketing agency which promotes social change while serving the needs of various not-for profit agencies and charities.
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Sacred Loving is what we do full time, both in our living together and in our working together. We are following our bliss. Everything we teach is what we actually do in our own relationship to keep it fun, hot, emotionally rich and spiritually evolving. We have been practicing Tantra since 1987 and teaching since 1997. We offer Tantra weekends for couples monthly in our home near Ottawa Ontario and in exotic (mostly tropical) locations around the planet. People travel from all over the world to attend our Tantra workshops because of our unique emphasis on Tantra in the context of monogamy-committed long term relationship. Much to our delight, so far every couple who has attended our weekends has loved the experience (www.tantra-sex.com/testimonial-photo.html).
Our first book "Soul Sex: Tantra for Two" (www.tantra-sex.com/soulsex.html), is published by New Page Books
Our web site features a rich variety of sex-positive, sex-education resources from around the world. We review a selection of books, music and videos especially suited to helping you learn the art of sacred loving. We also feature a selection of excellent sexuality instructional articles.Contact Al and Pala by phone, fax or email.
Toll Free in Canada and USA: 1-800-684-5308
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G Kumar is a graduate in Chemistry with a diploma in COBOL from the National Computing Centre of the UK.
From childhood onwards, he had been a student of Astrology. He has studied both the Sidereal and the Tropical Systems of Astrology that is the Vedic and the Western Systems. He is a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and Integral Yoga. In March 1988 he started a Vedic Astrology Centre, Zodiac Computers at Guruvayur, Kerala, India. In 1997 he developed Astrology Software for both Dos and Windows. Along with Astrology he also developed software for Vedic Numerology, Planetary Gemology and Astro Match Finder ( a software for finding matches according to the birth star and the planetary positions ) . His aim is to integrate both the Western and the Indian systems. The Western system has scientific depth and the Eastern philosophic depth.
He had studied Transcendental Meditation under HH Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He has studied Hegel, Kant and Goethe & also the Indian philosophers Aurobindo, Vivekananda & Tagore. He is a writer of articles on Astrology and allied sciences to magazines.
In March 1999 he started his own website - www.zodiaccomputers.com providing Consultancy Services and Software. He also has created a massive Matrimonial data bank and now he is the Editor of the Z Files rightly called the "Encyclopedia of the Philosophic Sciences" Ezine.
In July 2002, he started www.eastrovedica.com to provide comprehensive information about Vedic Wisdom and sciences.
He was selected as a Planetary Gem Advisor by the Planetary Gemologists Association (www.p-g-a.org) . He has written more than 52 articles and 6 e-books. His Ezine, the Z Files has a subscriber base of more than 13000 subscribers. He is known as an astrologer, writer and programmer. He has more than 20 years' research experience in the psychic sciences.For a detailed description of Vedic Astrology click here