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Why I Became a Zen Shiatsu Therapist

January 7, 2021
Walking by the lake

I just came back from my morning walk with Bentley, my chocolate Labrador. We went by the lake where gentle waves rolled on the sand. The sound relaxes my mind and spirit. I thought about how different my life is today than thirteen years ago.

I used to be a busy executive working downtown Toronto with no extra energy for morning walks or time to care for a dog. For my parents, it was important I obtain a big professional title coupled with a big salary.

As an ambitious young professional, I often felt sick. The superficial personalities of my colleagues and the culture of my work environment drained my energy. When the weekend rolled around, I could take time to relax but would feel worse. I went to my family doctor who said nothing was wrong, so I started to go for Massage Therapy just to relax. One day the spa concierge suggested Shiatsu. I did not know what Shiatsu was. I pronounced it “Shih Tzu”, like the dog.

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Relax! New Spa Services at Braeside Estate

November 5, 2020
Felicia uses PAYOT

Located in a charmingly restored 1862 Irish settler house on a rural County Road of Fenelon Falls,  Braeside Estate (BE) Wellness is the most exciting luxury spa in the Kawartha Lakes. An oasis of tranquility and relaxation, Braeside Estate is a new sanctuary of splendid escape in nature providing an uplifting environment and serene atmosphere.

Julie is one of a few Canadians certified in Zen Shiatsu, Bamboo-Fusion and trained in aesthetic in France. With more that 20 years experience in the spa industry she performs  “The most luxurious Zen Massages and Anti-Aging Facials on the planet!” BE Wellness main clientele is often artists, actors, writers, musicians and experienced massage-goers who need to maintain or enhance their well-being by harmonizing the flow of Qi in their body. Her treatments  increase synchronicity between the physical, mental and emotional aspect of the self.  You will feel remarkably at ease after any of her treatments, in both mind and body.

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PAYOT From Paris

November 4, 2020
Payot Together

PAYOT is a cosmetic brand with an international reputation, born in 1920 of the extraordinary vision of one woman: Nadia Payot.

In 1913 Nadia Payot became the first female doctor of her generation. She was a generous woman who demonstrated her commitment by using her medical expertise and knowledge to contribute to the beauty of women. In 1917 during a trip to New York, her curiosity and optimism found a new focus: the fascinating world of Beauty Institutes and a fantastic opportunity to provide well-being and happiness to all women. New York was also the stage for a life-changing encounter which paved the way for the PAYOT brand: a friendship with the Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova. This meeting led Nadia Payot to understand that if a body sculpted by exercise can stay young why couldn’t the same be true for a face?

History of PayotThis simple observation led the young visionary to create an exclusive facial massage technique which earned her an international reputation. The massage is composed of 42 choreographed movements, in which the pressure applied to the skin releases tension and restores radiance. In addition she created a line of unique treatments which act in symbiosis with a specific application technique. So interestingly  in 1920 PAYOT, an avant-garde beauty brand, was inspired by the scents of plants and knowledge of herbs. Nadia Payot demonstrated her difference and boldness by presenting her creams in packages whose shapes were inspired by the female body.

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What About Emotions

November 4, 2020
Fall Landscape by Moore-Cantieni

I believe that the importance of “understanding emotions” is under rated in our society. Medias and self-help books try to promote Emotional Intelligence but at the end of the day it is often addressed as trend. Emotions are often featured a bit like fashion accessories or home-décor tips and tricks…

I consciously started to travel the world of my emotions in my forties. As a girl, I studied at private school with the nuns and loved it. I recalled learning about French, English, Latin, Religion, Math, Biology, History, Geography, Chemistry, and Physique. I learned all kind of sports and had fun with arts and craft! Did someone taught us about emotions? No, I had never heard of it.

Every night of the week, I was going to ballet school and loved it. Dance always have been my true passion and my first love. When I stopped dancing fifteen years later, I sheltered dance in my heart. I locked it and threw away the key far behind my back and never looked back. For the next twenty years, when I encountered anything “dance”, I ran away as fast as I could to avoid it. I was feeling “deep emotional pain” but I had no clues what to do with it. Therefore I repressed it and moved on.

Creative Heart By Moore-CantieniFor me, dance has never been a channel of self-expressions. I love dance because it was an intense amazing trip where I could escape for hours, forget my unhappy home life and stayed focus in the beautiful world of dance. It gave me the feeling of freedom. On the other hand, it was a fantastic experience of “Being One”! One with the moves, one with the music to the point I became the music. I was one with the floor, space, movements, rhythms… This unique feeling of “being one” with the universe was exhilarating… I never dance to express my emotions and I never really understood why other dancers would say that. In retrospect, I must say that I did not know what emotions really were other than happy or sad.

Later on, I studied visual art at Cegep for two years. I had to take two courses just on “colours” for 12 weeks each, three hours per week. Why was I mixing colours for three long hours week after week? Well as an artist, you have to understand colours… The more you play with it, you learn what they are and how to use them… At university, I had to pick a few course outside my faculty. I chose a course on winter camping. Now that was fun! I studied all kind of topics like nutrition, management even philosophy… But I never signed up for the course about “Emotions” because it did not exist. It just fascinates me to see how “Emotions” aren’t in school curriculum… It is interesting to notice that school created space for sex education, but not for emotions… Hmmm… If we want the world to be a better place and reduce the cost of healthcare and reduce the divorce rate; let’s start by teaching “Emotional Intelligence” in primary school!

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