An oasis in the city, the Octopus Garden Clinic offers a wellness space that combines healthcare with the philosophy of yoga. Our patient-centred, multi-disciplinary clinic offers a wide variety of healthcare practitioners to meet your rehabilitative and wellness needs.
Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments, including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.
Chiropractic is safe for all ages as it uses gentle, effective, non-invasive treatment techniques. Furthermore, chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and biomechanical faults that can accumulate in our bodies over time. Our spines change and accrue damage just like our teeth, eyes, and heart. Left unchecked for an extended period of time, these changes may lead to pain, stiffness, or other more serious problems.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
CranioSacral therapy (CST) uses an educated, precise, nonintrusive touch that supports your body’s innate ability to heal. It is a respectful and gentle hands-on method of enhancing the functioning the craniosacral system, which is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that protect, cleanse, and nourish your central nervous system.Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams (about the weight of a nickel), CST restores balance in the core of the body, your central nervous system. When the nervous system has more balance and ease, your body can devote more of its resources to healing and tissue repair.
CST is unlike any other body therapy. In CST, we listen to what’s happening in your tissues, seek to understand how and why your body behaves as it does, and aim to support the healthy impulses already at work. We recognize that with adequate resources and support, your body will move toward greater health in a way that’s customized to your unique circumstances.
Life experiences are processed through your body; when overwhelming, they are held there. We have a remarkable ability to store what we can’t deal with in the moment, and then to work around what we’ve stored. During a CST session, your body may choose to release an old holding pattern, as the treatment allows your body to process the effects of held life experiences.
CST can help bring relief from headaches, migraines, concussions, TMJ issues, chronic pain, joint pain, stress and anxiety, fibromyalgia, as well as many other conditions.
Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.
Massage therapists in Ontario must be registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario
Naturopathic medicine is a health care system that combines traditional philosophies with modern scientific knowledge. It is the art and science of treatment and prevention of disease. Your wellbeing is best supported when the underlying causes of health and disease are addressed, and when all aspects of you as an individual are included in this process.
NDs use botanical medicine, acupuncture, solid nutrition, homeopathy, and lifestyle counselling to support your unique healing process. Traditional methods of assessment and laboratory tests are used to guide the choice of therapies.
Your individualized treatment plan will be created with the goal of helping you feel informed, connected and cared for as you optimize your health.
Osteopathic manual therapy is a holistic, hands-on approach to treating pain and dysfunction that focuses on restoring proper function and movement within the body.
It is based on the understanding that all systems of the body operate together to create and sustain health. Osteopathy views the body as a whole and aims to identify and treat the source of the pain and dysfunction rather than the symptoms with the goal of providing permanent rehabilitation.
An osteopathic treatment begins with a specific assessment to identify the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction. This is achieved by taking a thorough medical history and by performing a postural assessment, orthopedic and other manual tests.
Treatment is based on this assessment and consists of gentle manipulation of the skeletal system, soft tissues (muscle, ligaments, tendons, and fascia), the viscera (organs), and the craniosacral system.
Orthopaedic physiotherapy is a proven, effective method of successfully treating muscular, joint, neurological and fascial symptoms and conditions. Your physiotherapist will work with you to identify the imbalances of these structures that may be contributing to your symptoms and will suggest a home program. In addition to traditional physiotherapy exercises, the physiotherapists at Octopus Garden are able to incorporate the principles of Pilates and yoga into your home program, if this is compatible with your current practice. Your physiotherapist may also include manual treatment such as joint mobilization/ myofascial mobilization, or acupuncture.
Pelvic health physiotherapy, a subset of orthopaedic physiotherapy, is becoming more widely recognized as an effective first-line catalyst toward increased pelvic and overall well-being. Your pelvic health physiotherapist has been specifically trained to assess your pelvic floor muscles in relation to one another and to the rest of your body as a whole, including your fascia, organs, nervous system, hips, and spine. Informed by your story and by an external and internal physical assessment, where appropriate, your pelvic health physiotherapist will work with you to develop an effective personal treatment and practice plan designed specifically for your needs.
What are the symptoms of pelvic floor imbalance? Imbalances occur in the pelvic floor in a variety of ways, and the map of your pelvic floor is uniquely yours. Our physical, mental and emotional experiences in this area, considered by some to be our ‘area of survival’, can deeply affect the optimal balance of our pelvic floor. Imbalances may occur as you move through the experiences of pregnancy and delivery or may occur in conjunction with disruptions in your physical or mental health.
Psychotherapy is primarily a talk-based therapy and is intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being. In the therapeutic relationship, both client and therapist work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Individuals usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships and the ability to enjoy life.
Reiki is spiritually guided life energy that stimulates the body’s innate healing response. This energy transfer technique is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner’s hands placed on or above the body in a series of positions along chakra energy centres and meridian lines. It promotes healing on all levels of the whole Self: physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual.
- Induces deep relaxation
- Relieves emotional stress
- Improves circulation of chi, stimulating internal organs and boosting the immune system
- Relieves fatigue
- Calms the nervous system
- Clears stagnant or dull chi, removing blocks to energy flow in the body
Relational psychotherapy is a powerful, effective model for working with people who suffer from emotional, psychological, and/or relational distress. Relational therapists help clients understand their own patterns of thoughts and feelings about themselves, as well as the power of significant relationships, past and present that shape this self-experience. Through the interpersonal process of therapeutic interaction, relational psychotherapy strengthens and transforms a client’s sense of self, which in turn enhances her/his/their confidence and well-being in the world. Empowerment and growth through interpersonal connection are both the process and the goal of relational psychotherapy.
Rolfing Structural Integration
Named after its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing® Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body.
More than fifty years ago, Dr. Rolf recognized that the body is inherently a system of seamless networks of tissues rather than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues surround, support and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Rolfing Structural Integration works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the whole body, thus potentially resolving discomfort, reducing compensations and alleviating pain. Rolfing SI aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body.
The work rests on Dr. Rolf’s insight that the body is more at ease and functions most effectively when its structure is balanced in gravity. Athletes, dancers, children, business professionals, and people from all walks of life have benefited from Rolfing SI. People seek Rolfing SI as a way to ease pain and chronic stress, and improve performance in their professional and daily activities. Research has demonstrated that Rolfing SI creates a more efficient use of the muscles, allows the body to conserve energy, and creates more economical and refined patterns of movement.
Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Massage is a 2000-year-old Ayurvedic holistic bodywork. Thai massage therapists stretch and massage their clients in propped restorative yoga postures to enhance the deep relaxation effects. Work is done on a mat on the floor for a grounding effect. The client remains comfortably clothed throughout the treatment.
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We are available Monday to Friday, however, our appointment hours will vary depending on the therapist.
Please contacts us with any questions you might have or for assistance with scheduling an appointment.
- Phone: 416-515-8885
Please note: There is a staircase leading up to the clinic. The front desk staff will be happy to provide assistance with getting up the stairs, if and when needed. If this is an issue for you, please contact the clinic to find out if your practitioner can offer a phone consultation or an alternate, accessible space.