Sage Wellness Blog

Sharing our knowledge and recommendations for a better lifestyle.

Why is Shoveling Such a Pain in the Back!? by Qasim Sadiq DOMP

Who else is feeling a little achy from shoveling all of this snow? I mean, it does make everything pretty, but moving it out of the way sure can be taxing on the back. But, why? If not done properly, it can put undue pressure on back bone discs leading to Disc Herniation And Ruptures! […]

Hypermobility, and How Osteopathy can help!

Hypermobility: How it can affect you and how Osteopathy can help Hypermobility is a term used to describe when joints move beyond their normal range of motion. Have you ever seen an acrobat bend in extraordinary ways? They are most likely hypermobile. Hypermobility is however common in the general population AND it can lead to […]

Make yourself a cup of love :) with Lailee

Immune Boosting Tonics There is something so soothing about a warm tonic!  Nevermind the ingredients, even the ritual of making and drinking it can foster a deep sense of well-being.  These three recipes below are just examples of tonics you can whip up to bring yourself & your family a little piece of peace.  Hopefully you […]

Self care for Spring Runners

with Phoebe Matthews AT Ottawa race weekend may be cancelled, BUT self-isolation has created runners out of many of you! It’s been so great to see people being so physically active on their social media. Whether its running, home workouts, yoga, or even just going out for walks. If you’ve been hunkering down on the […]

We are in a Collective Initiation.

With Shelley Harrison I’ve been quiet since the covid-19…what do I even call it…scare, epidemic, pandemic, revelation, interruption, incident…INITIATION. I’ve watched my inbox fill up with all kinds of responses, reactions, comments, interpretations. I’m not much of a bandwagon person, so I’ve just sat back and watched, listened.  I spent 2 full days navigating my […]

Time to Self Care

Oh my goodness. Can we all agree that things are kind of crazy right now? Everyone is experiencing their own challenges right now with the current COVID19 situation, and every challenge is valid. Some folks are unable to work (current company included). Others are trying to work from home while they now have children home […]

Spring Equinox: Shamanic Journey w/ Acupuncture

Treat yourself to a unique combination of traditional Energy Medicines for healing. We will plant seeds of intention for growth & expansion to coincide with the start of Spring. Tania Frechette will be leading the journey and Lailee Mussivand, RAcu, will be providing the acupuncture experience. $50 | Saturday, March 21 | 3-4pmBook online through […]

Post Concussion Syndrome – How Osteopathy Can Help

A concussion can occur from any impact or motion that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull. Mild, moderate, or severe concussion can result in changes to normal brain functioning and cause symptoms such as: nausea Issues with thinking and remembering headache blurred vision dizziness balance issues fatigue emotional upset Those who have […]

Foam Rolling With Phoebe

I’m here to answer your questions about foam rolling: its benefits, how to use it, and when to use it! Benefits: Foam rolling can be a great tool to relieve tension and tightness in muscles and fascia. Applying pressure to certain tension points can break up adhesions in the muscle and can help improve blood […]

Our Summer of Self Care is BACK!!

During the month of July 2019, for every treatment you receive at Sage Wellness, you will be entered to win a 60 minute Massage Therapy a MONTH for the next 12 months! 🙌 Massage Therapy Osteopathic Athletic Therapy Chiropractic Naturopathic Medicine/Nutrition Registered TCM Acupuncture/Cosmetic Acupuncture Nutrition Energy Healing 🙌Book you appointments by calling (613)235-7243 or […]

Meet the Thorax with Carolyn, Manual Osteopath

Breathing Sit still, take a deep breath and fill your rib cage. Now do it again and begin to notice where your air is moving. Is your rib cage expanding in the front and sides? What about the back? Are the sides equal? If expanding your rib cage is hard for you or you lack […]

Keep on Cycling with Jason, RMT

Summer is on full blast and I hope everyone is having a great time outside! Just a friendly reminder to all who enjoy exercise via cycle power: keep your muscles loose and limber using any of these stretches and look forward to a healthy, adventure-filled summer! Anterior and posterior forearms (flexion and extension) after gripping […]

Slide Cupping with Dr. Sarah ND

Naturopathic doctors are a pretty eclectic bunch – so much so that even our patients don’t always know everything we have to offer! This month, I wanted to share some information about one of my favourite hands-on treatments for muscle and joint concerns. Cupping is an ancient form of treatment, and one frequently used by […]

Fire Element with Renee, R. TCMP, and R. Acu

Continuing on our journey of learning about the elements, we have now entered into the season of Fire Summer is the time for the fire element. This is a time of high energy, joy and warmth. Unlike the cold stillness of winter (the Water Element) where we should do less, sleep more and move inward […]

Feet Feet Feet! with Jessica RMT

If your feet could talk what would they say? Would they thank you for caring for them and including them in your daily routine? Or would they scold you for locking them away for 8+ hours a day in a wet, wet, smelly cage? These structural works of art are often neglected even though they […]

What’s the Deal with Cholesterol? with our Holistic Nutritionist Christiane!

Cholesterol is a waxy substance found naturally in the blood. Predominantly produced in the liver, but also found in animal products, refined carbohydrates & trans fats. There are 2 types of cholesterol: LDL (low density lipoproteins) & HDL (high density lipoproteins). HDL, known as the “good cholesterol,” picks up cholesterol from the blood and delivers it […]

Should I be sore after my Massage? with Christine Anderson RMT

Even though you are passive during a massage, the muscles are being stimulated in a way that is similar to a workout; cycling through a repeating pattern of stretch-contract. This creates micro tears in the muscle, increases blood flow and eventually results in inflammation. The inflammation is what causes the soreness and is also what […]

What does self-care look like for you? With Teresa RMT

Something we all strive to find in life is balance – or so we say, but what does that even mean in today’s busy world? Seems like every time I pay attention there are newer, better ideas of things I need to be doing to help me better my life, and better myself. We have […]

Introducing Muscle Energy with Phoebe our resident Athletic Therapist

Hey Everybody! A couple weeks ago, I took a course on muscle energy of the pelvis and lumbar spine. Throughout my athletic therapy career the most common injury I’ve come across are low back injuries. In my experience, hip alignment has a huge impact on the occurrence of low back pain because it can cause […]

Thai Massage 101

There is something deeply relaxing about being on the floor. It seems as though the support and firmness of the floor allow for the body to yield more fully to gravity, encouraging a much longer and deeper breath which in turn allows muscular tension to dissipate.  Thai massage differs from regular massage in that no […]

The Power of the Inner Core by Phoebe Mathews, Athletic Therapist

The Power of the Inner Core Back, hip, and knee pain are so common in this day and age because many of us have major weakness in our inner core muscles. We spend so much of our time sitting that many of us have lost the ability to properly stabilize our spine and hips. The […]

The Inner Landscape of the Human Body – Volume 1 with Christine Anderson, RMT

Experiences in human dissection by Christine Anderson, RMT.  What is so great about having a massage therapist who is obsessed with anatomy? Have you ever visited the Genius Bar at the Mac Store? These dudes know their shit, and when I have a problem with my electronic device, I trust they will know exactly how to […]

Visceral Manipulation – What you need to know with Carolyn Smith

Visceral Manipulation: What you need to know Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a manual therapy with the specific goal of encouraging normal tone and movements both within and between the internal organs, their connective tissue, and other structures of the body where normal motion has been impaired.   Why is motion of the organs so important? […]

The Five Elements Theory, Where Fall means Metal – Renee Osborne R.TCMP, R. Ac

  As we find ourselves in the midst of this slow to arrive Autumn – I’d like to share some ancient insights about this season, and how it relates to our lives, health, emotions and nutrition. In 5 element theory – there are seasons, organ systems, emotions, foods/ flavors and specific body tissues that relate […]

All about that booty!

This post is brought to you by our Certified Athletic Therapist Phoebe!   Suffering from low back, hip or knee pain? Maybe you should blame your booty! With an increase in desk jobs, and a more sedentary lifestyle, our core and glutes have become inactive, and are less able to protect our spine and low […]

Stress Induced Body Pain, Carolyn Smith

This post brought to you by our Manual Osteopath Carolyn!   Physical stress (trauma) and emotional stress can both affect the human body Physical stress can be from a sports injury, work-place overuse, or as a result of poor postural habits. These stressors can damage tissues and heighten the pain response. Emotional stress triggers the […]

Transition Sundays

This post is brought to you by our Manual Osteopath Carolyn!   Summer is around the corner and so are weekends full of vacations, weddings, and fun summer activities. Here are 6 tips to get you work-week ready after a big weekend of summer fun: Stretching You spent all weekend walking, dancing, swimming, golfing etc. […]

Athletic Therapy: Not Just for Athletes

This post is brought to you by our Certified Athletic Therapist Phoebe!   Certified Athletic Therapists are experts at injury assessment and rehabilitation. The main focus of athletic therapy is to return athletes back to their sport or activity. That’s not to say this treatment is specifically for athletes, but it provides higher caliber and […]

Osteopathy 101: A Brief History

This post is brought to you by our Manual Osteopath Carolyn! Osteopathy was founded in the 1800’s by Andrew Taylor Still in the United States of America. The profession was developed as an alternative channel to unsophisticated, dangerous medical practitioners of that time. Frustrated with modern practices, A.T. Still created musculoskeletal manipulation methods to help […]

Head Forward Posture – AKA, How we all end up by the end of the day!

Hello everyone! It’s Eric here, I am a Registered Massage Therapist at Sage Wellness, and this is my first blog post. Let’s start with something common that I get asked about all of the time: head forward posture.  There are increasing reports of health deficiencies related to 8-10 hours, 5 days a week (+) sitting […]

Locum Acupuncturist Wanted!

We are currently looking for a Locum Acupuncturist starting April 2017 We are looking for a Registered Acupuncturist to cover a maternity leave from April – July 2017, contact us with your qualifications and more info! – flexible hours; – Amazing team of NDs, RMT’s, Chiropractors with excellence in their fields; – Great reception and […]

Acupuncture for Labour Induction – Yes it works!

Acupuncture for Labor Induction 101 by Lailee Mussivand, Registered Acupuncturist Did you know that Acupuncture can be used as a natural, gentle way to encourage the onset of labour? Here at Sage, I have been inducing quite a few ladies in the past couple of months with great success. Acupuncture is an excellent alternative to […]

Get Ready for your Golf Game!

Hello Sagelings and Golflings! Summer is certainly upon us. By now we are all enjoying the heat and humidity (to a certain extent). At this point, most of us have had ample opportunity to hit the golf courses and shake the dust from our clubs. Unfortunate many golfers have run into some speed bumps in […]

Barefoot Office Workout #2!

  Hey Sagelings. Welcome to Barefoot Office Workout #2. This workout is all about cleaning the floor. Great way to earn brownie points. It’s also about stability. To complete these exercise you have to wake up the core. Your core isn’t just those pretty washboards. Your core is a 3 dimensional barrel made of several […]

Barefoot Office Workout #1!

  We would all like to add more physical activity to our day, but by the time we get home and make dinner our motivation drops off. My solution is to convert a 5-15 minute break into a workout. Tip: if you sit at a desk all day you should stand up at least once […]

Neuropathies Part 3

After a long hiatus, we’re back with the conclusion to PMA (Peroneal Muscular Atrophy) treatment ‎using massage therapy and home exercises. Here, we will explore the types of techniques to apply to your treatment of lower limb neuropathies and what to do over the long term outside of massage therapy.   It is vital to […]

ACUYOGA! Acupuncture and Yoga!

“What is it? Simply put, it is a yoga class followed by a luxurious extended savasana – which is deepened by an acupuncture & hot stone treatment. It is the ultimate in replenishing your vitality – you will leave feeling amazingly relaxed & refreshed. The concept is that after moving through yoga poses your body […]

Neuropathies Part 2!

Welcome back everyone! Last time, we looked at some background information about neuropathy symptoms using Peroneal Muscular Atrophy as an example. Let’s continue with some ways to assess your own muscles in the extremities, which can still apply to you even if you don’t have an actual neuropathy. This should give an adequate setup for the actual treatment options […]


Neuropathies are very widespread conditions that make a huge impact on what we can or can’t do with our time. Most of us know someone‎ who has one. A neuropathy usually shows up as a weird sensation throughout a whole, or part, of a limb. Advanced stages can unfortunately involve loss of use of parts of the body, […]

Physiotherapy for Winter Sports

This season, our physiotherapist at Sage Wellness wants to make sure you are conditioned and caring for your body when partaking in winter sports such as snowboarding and alpine skiing. This February edition will cover essential tips and stretches to help you stay healthy and to prevent injury on the slopes! Warm-Up & Dynamic Stretch (15 minutes) The […]

Sharing The Community Love for Heart Health

We are excited to be supporting the Point for Prevention fundraiser at Point4Fitness this February 6th! Each year the Point4Fitness puts together this high energy, high impact event to raise funds and awareness for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and the importance of heart health. How much do you know about heart health, and are […]

Ceremony Of The Month

Courtesy of Sageling Tania Frechette …   Tania is offering 50% off one energy healing ceremony each month in 2016 to help you feel your best all year long. Here are more details about the ceremonies. Please contact me if you would like to book a session. January – Chakra Balancing: A subtle yet powerful ceremony […]

Interested in Joining Sage?

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity! We have just moved to our beautifully renovated space this past year, and we are looking for some practitioners to join our dynamic team. Have you worked in a multi-disciplinary environment before? Have you felt the power of working not only as a passionate practitioner, but as an essential part of a […]

Community Love

As the holiday season approaches, it’s easy to feel the excitement building around us. It is a magical time of year that gives us a reason to connect with those we have lost touch with, hosting family and friends, and revelling in the holiday spirit. It seems though that no matter how you celebrate it has become a season filled […]

Start Your Naturopathic Journey Before The End Of The Year!

Interested in seeing a naturopath? Now’s the time! Book an initial assessment with one of our naturopathic doctors between November 1st, 2015 and Decemeber 31st, 2015 and receive a complimentary infrared sauna session and a bottle of Seroyal Vitamin D Imulsion 100iu. Questions? Let us know! Book an appointment or contact us.  

Welcome Our Newest Sageling! SARAH KRISTOLAITIS ND

Hello! I’m Dr. Sarah, the newest Naturopathic Doctor to join the incredible team here at Sage Wellness. I’m new to Ottawa as well, and I must say that I’ve been blown away by the welcome I’ve received in the city. This community has such warmth, and I am unbelievably excited to have an opportunity to work with […]

Sage Wellness Presents: Tea With ND’s!

  We’re hosting a series of speaker events featuring our own naturopathic doctors over dates that start at the tail end of 2015 and continue into the spring of 2016. This is a great opportunity to hear suggestions and tips on a variety of naturopathic topics. Talks will be held at the clinic and will […]

We’re Extending Our Hours In November and December…

Y You heard that right. We’re going to be open for 6 Sundays through from November through December to accommodate our clients on weekends. November 1st, 15th, and 29th, 2015 (Teresa and Jason will be available) and December 6th, 13th, and 20th (Katrina, Jason, Lucy, Lailee, and Tania will be available). What better way to […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Craniosacral Therapy…

We field a lot of questions about craniosacral therapy, and our own Krista Budgell put together this post that includes some of the most frequently asked questions ones in an effort to explain its benefits and applications. Q: What is craniosacral therapy? Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method used to evaluate and enhance […]

Immune Talk with Dr. Ceridwen Rankin ND

Dr. Ceridwen Rankin is holding an Immune Talk session at the clinic on November 17th at 7:00pm and November 18th at 12:00pm. This is part of the Tea With Our NDs (Naturopathic Doctors) series we’re hosting through the course of the next 12 months.  Admission is a $25 fee, which is applicable to an Initial Assessment with […]

Just some feet for thought!

Ever wondered why practitioners (physiotherapists, massage therapists and chiropractors) are always taking a look at your gait (how you walk)? Well, here are a few things that your therapist can learn from your walking pattern, and how we can help! Everyone walks differently, and most of the time it’s normal. Other times, your gait changes because of an […]

Introducing Lucy Nguyen! Our newest member to the Sage Team!

Hi Everyone! My name is Lucy Nguyen and I am the new Physiotherapy Resident at Sage Wellness. Just a little about myself- I graduated from Queen’s University where I completed my Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy, and earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences. I am currently a member of […]

Massage for the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

What is TMJ Dysfunction? Simply put, TMJ Dysfunction refers to an impairment of the mechanics of the temporomandibular joint (jaw). This joint is integral in chewing and speaking; dysfunction in this region can be highly disruptive to these basic activities of daily living. TMJ discomfort is widely experienced, and it seems as though many individuals normalizing symptoms, not […]

Introducing Physiotherapist Tanya Singhal – Sage’s Newest Addition To The Team!

We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Physiotherapy to our list of health care options! Tanya Singhal will be joining us starting in July, bringing her many years of practical experience as a Registered Physiotherapist with her. Tanya has many tools that she uses to help her clients to restore range of motion, strength, and reduce pain, as […]

When is it just too much?

I love race weekend in Ottawa. I mean, I really, really love it. I spend hours by the side of the course cheering for each and every runner, feeling an odd sense of pride for each of them for the commitment it takes to train and run in a race. Feeling inspired by each set […]

The Multiple Benefits Of Massage Therapy…

Came across this great article in Women’s Health recently, that’s certainly worth a read. The piece surveyed a group of registered massage therapists on how to get the most of a session with an RMT and elaborates with some tips on getting your money’s worth and maximizing the benefits of the therapy. While this is a […]

Construction on Sage 2.0 has begun!

Big things are brewing at our new clinic! Many of you may have already heard about our move. Well, today is the first day of construction at Sage Wellness 2.0! We are so excited to watch our space come together piece by piece and we look forward to sharing that journey with you. We are still functioning […]

Race Weekend Tips From Dr. Chad!

Ottawa Race Weekend is coming up soon, and avid recreational runner Dr. Chad  has learned many lessons through running. His personal experience, combined with his education as a Chiropracter and Massage Therapist make him a great resource. As such, he’s put together some useful tips for everyone participating in Canada’s largest running weekend. Running Injury Prevention tips: […]

Christine Northan RMT is now a certified Foot Reflexologist!

You heard that right! Our very own Christine Northan (RMT) just successfully completed her certification in foot reflexology. Reflexology is ancient Holistic Therapy that promotes your body’s ability to self heal.  Foot Reflexology is based on the principle that there are reflex areas in your feet that correspond to every area of your body.  Therefore […]

A Referral Is Our Greatest Compliment!

Name Dropping; It Can Be A Good Thing When you send someone our way, make sure they let us know it was YOU who sent them! We will send you a Thank You e-mail and your name will go on our list, where you can redeem your complimentary infrared sauna at your leisure. Add it […]

Put A Little Spring In Your Step!

Take a break from your spring clean to book in some self-care time this long weekend. We’re closed on Friday, April 3rd, 2015 and Monday, April 6th, 2015 – however –  we will be open on Saturday April 4th, 2015.  Christine, Enrique and Heather will be here with their healing hands! -Happy Easter from all the […]

Massage When Pregnant Is The Best Idea In The World

It sounds like a bit of a given that if you’re pregnant, getting a massage is a good idea. You’re generally not in your most comfortable state of being as you grow another human being, but receiving massage prior to having a child has proven benefits that are difficult to ignore. Tiffany Field, PhD is the […]

Our Second Annual Clothing Swap & Bake Sale

Sage Wellness and Rama Lotus Yoga Centre are hosting our 2nd Annual Clothing Swap and Bake Sale.   All proceeds from clothing and baked goods sold will be going to Hopewell Eating Disorders Support (, an organization that is close to Sage Wellness’ heart. Hopewell is Eastern Ontario’s ONLY eating disorder support centre. A not-for-profit […]

Sweat It Up With Our Special Pricing On The Infrared Sauna

Our sauna promo is coming to an end and we are so pleased that you came in to take advantage of it! We spoke to many of you about how much you enjoyed it, and how great it was to come in and warm up from the subzero temps out there. We heard that you […]

Sage To The Rescue For Pinball Enthusiasts…

Our good friends at Metro published a piece yesterday about the Ottawa Punk Pinball Tournament that was held yesterday at The House of Targ. This was a sanctioned real-deal event with the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA). Over 40 players signed up and furiously clicked flippers thousands of times. As you can imagine, that’s a lot […]

The Definitive Guide To Acupuncture and Its Benefits

Acupuncture has been around for nearly 2500 years, but has only really gained ground in North America since the 1970’s. It’s an interesting story how that happened. In 1972, President Richard Nixon visited China diplomatically. He was travelling with New York Times reporter James Reston, who received acupuncture in China after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. He was […]

We’re Growing!

Sage Wellness is growing! After an amazing 7 years of growth and business in the same location, this summer we are going to be moving into a new space with more to offer us. That new space just so happens to still be at 340 Gladstone Avenue, only we are now on the second floor! Our […]

Infrared Sauna Special

From Jan1 – Feb28  We are offering $10 (tax included) FAR infrared sauna sessions for the month of January 2015!  Our dry heat sauna is a great way to start your New Year off on a healthy note. FAR infrared carbon heating panels produce a wider softer heat which is evenly distributed throughout the sauna. […]


    Curious about sublingual immunotherapy? February is the month to discover its benefits. Environmental allergies are a huge concern for all of us. Here’s a great alternative to allergy shots for preventing allergy symptoms. You can read more about SLIT here. Questions? Comments? Contact us or peruse our list of services.  


Bone Broth is a delicious, easy and inexpensive way of getting essential nutrients through food!  Rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium & phosphorus, bone broth supports immune function and joint & bone health.  I’ve added a few special extra ingredients in mine to give it an extra immune boosting support.  Check out my video […]

Suffer From Seasonal Allergies?

Determine your specific allergens including grass, trees, ragweed, mould, dust, cats & dogs. Sublingual immunotherapy treats the cause of allergies by giving small doses of the allergen daily under the tongue. Exposure to these small doses over time increases the immunity or tolerance to the allergens and reduces the allergenic symptoms.  This is an effective alternative […]

Give Yourself More Time to Park. Construction has begun on Gladstone!

A summer facelift is in the works for Gladstone Avenue between Bank street and Metcalfe street. Please make sure you’re allowing a little more time to find a spot before your appointment! To make life a little easier for you, this map shows where all the available parking lots are. The one right by Sage […]

How Stress Affects You and Your Unborn Baby

The following is an article that was written by Sage founder Teresa McLean for Ottawa Woman.  We hear the word stress all of the time, but seldom do we stop to think how it really affects us. Stress is often the root of illness, because when our body is in a stressful state our immune system […]

Looking For A New Team Member!

We are currently looking for a new team member, in the form of a Manual Physiotherapist or Massage Therapist. It would be a part-time position, with weekends a must. We are looking for someone to join our team who is ready to build a practice! We are a full service clinic, with full time reception, […]

Dr. Heather Eggleston Introduces Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)

Dr. Heather Eggleston has introduced SLIT (Sublingual Immunotherapy) to our clients, and effective treatment for allergy sufferers. Sublingual immunotherapy treats the cause of allergies by giving small doses of the allergen to the patient. Exposure to these small doses over time increases the immunity or tolerance to the allergens and reduces the allergenic symptoms. Read the […]