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Mind Body Connection

The Mind-Body Connection Uncovered in the Brain’s Structure

A groundbreaking study conducted by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found a connection between the body and mind in the brain’s structure. The study, published in Nature on April 19, 2023, utilized modern brain-imaging techniques to explore the brain’s motor areas map, replicating Wilder Penfield’s work from the 1930s.

The researchers discovered that the brain areas controlling movement are connected to networks involved in thinking, planning, and controlling involuntary bodily functions such as blood pressure and heart rate. They named this newly identified network the Somato-Cognitive Action Network (SCAN).

The SCAN was found to be present in a 1-year-old and nearly adult-like in a 9-year-old but undetectable in a newborn. In monkeys, a more minor and rudimentary system was observed. These findings offer insights into phenomena like anxiety-induced pacing, depression alleviation through vagus nerve stimulation, and the positive effects of exercise on mental well-being.

The SCAN discovery could have significant implications for understanding the mind-body connection and its impact on mental health and well-being. It may also provide a scientific explanation for the benefits of HRV Biofeedback training, hypnotherapy, meditation, and mindfulness practices in reducing anxiety and promoting mental well-being.

This breakthrough helps us understand the benefits of holistic treatments that help improve mental health outcomes and overall well-being for countless individuals worldwide.

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Chronic Pain Relief Moncton

Soothing Hands: Chronic Pain Relief through Massage Therapy

Living with chronic pain can be a life-altering experience, transforming even the simplest tasks into daily challenges. Massage therapy is one of the many ways we help our clients find relief from chronic pain. At Naturology Centre Moncton, we understand the importance of a holistic approach to wellness. As an eco-friendly wellness centre, our commitment to the environment extends to our selection of natural products and creating a serene space our clients enjoy adorned with live plants from MacArthur’s.

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The Science Behind Massage Therapy for Chronic Pain

Massage therapy is known for its relaxation and stress-relief benefits, but did you know it can also be an effective tool in managing chronic pain? Research has shown that massage therapy can positively impact pain levels, muscle tension, and overall quality of life.

When we experience chronic pain, our muscles become tense and tight, contributing to discomfort. Massage therapy alleviates this tension by increasing muscle blood flow, promoting relaxation, and improving flexibility. This, in turn, helps to reduce pain and improve overall well-being.

Types of Massage Therapy Offered at Naturology Centre Moncton

At Naturology Centre Moncton, we offer a variety of massage techniques to address the specific needs of our clients suffering from chronic pain.

A few tyles used commonly:

Swedish Massage: This classic massage technique uses long, gliding strokes to promote relaxation, ease muscle tension, and improve circulation. It’s an excellent choice for those new to massage therapy or anyone seeking a gentle, soothing experience.

Deep Tissue Massage: As the name suggests, this type of massage targets deeper layers of muscle tissue to release chronic muscle tension and knots. It benefits those with chronic pain related to muscle imbalances or overuse injuries.

Trigger Point Therapy: This specialized form of massage therapy focuses on releasing tight knots, or “trigger points,” in the muscles that can cause pain and discomfort. By applying targeted pressure to these points, our therapists can help to relieve pain and improve the range of motion.

Myofascial Release: This gentle, hands-on technique focuses on releasing tension in the connective tissue (fascia) surrounding the muscles. Myofascial release can be particularly effective in addressing chronic pain related to fibromyalgia or postural imbalances.

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Benefits of Massage Therapy for Chronic Pain

Incorporating regular massage therapy sessions into your pain management plan can provide benefits!

Pain Reduction: Massage therapy helps release tight muscles and improve circulation, reducing pain and discomfort.

Improved Mobility: By working on muscle tension and stiffness, massage therapy can help to improve flexibility and range of motion, making daily activities more manageable and less painful.

Stress Relief: Chronic pain can contribute to increased stress levels. Massage therapy promotes relaxation and a sense of well-being, helping to reduce stress and its negative impact on your health.

Better Sleep: Pain and stress can disrupt sleep patterns. Regular massage therapy can help improve sleep quality, allowing your body to rest and recover more effectively.

Enhanced Overall Well-being: By addressing chronic pain’s physical and emotional aspects, massage therapy can contribute to greater well-being and improved quality of life.

Taking the First Step Towards Relief

If you are struggling with chronic pain and want to explore the benefits of massage therapy, the first step is to schedule a Therapeutic Massage Therapy (New Clients) appointment with the therapist of your choice. During this initial appointment, we will discuss your pain concerns, medical history, and wellness goals to create an individualized treatment experience and plan for moving forward.

To further enhance your healing journey, consider incorporating other holistic treatments and services offered at Naturology Centre Moncton, such as acupuncture, naturopathic counselling/hypnotherapy, osteopathy, and personal fitness training. Our comprehensive wellness approach ensures you receive the support and care needed to improve your well-being.

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Hypnotherapy for Anxiety Moncton

Unlock Your Potential: Hypnotherapy and Its Life-Changing Benefits

Have you ever wondered if there’s a way to overcome the obstacles that hold you back? Hypnotherapy is an evidence-based approach that has been helping people achieve lasting change in various aspects of their lives. Backed by research, hypnotherapy is a powerful tool that can assist with anxiety and stress management, quitting smoking or vaping, weight loss and management, enhancing self-esteem, improving sleep quality, resolving fears and phobias, stopping negative thinking, improving career performance, providing relief from chronic pain, and promoting overall health and wellness. This comprehensive guide will delve into these topics and explore the transformative power of hypnotherapy.

Anxiety/Stress Management

Anxiety and stress are common challenges that can affect mental and physical health. Hypnotherapy has been proven effective in reducing anxiety and stress levels (Hammond, 2010). Through relaxation techniques and the power of suggestion, hypnotherapy can help individuals create a more balanced and calm state of mind, enabling them to cope better with stressors in their daily lives.

Quit Smoking or Vaping

Quitting smoking or vaping can be daunting, but hypnotherapy has shown promising results in helping individuals quit these habits (Barnes, McRobbie, Dong, Walker, & Hartmann-Boyce, 2019). By addressing the underlying causes and triggers of addiction, hypnotherapy helps reprogram the mind and break the cycle of dependency, making it easier for individuals to quit smoking or vaping for good.

Weight Loss and Management

Traditional weight loss methods often fail to address the emotional and psychological factors contributing to unhealthy eating habits. Hypnotherapy can help individuals change their relationship with food and their bodies (Alladin, 2016). By targeting the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can promote healthier eating habits, enhance motivation for exercise, and improve overall self-image, leading to sustainable weight loss and management.

Enhance Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem can negatively impact one’s overall well-being and quality of life. Hypnotherapy effectively boosts self-esteem by helping individuals identify and challenge negative self-beliefs (Danilov, 2019). Hypnotherapy can foster a stronger sense of self-worth and confidence by promoting self-compassion and self-acceptance.

Insomnia and Sleep Quality

Poor sleep quality can have detrimental effects on both mental and physical health. Hypnotherapy has been shown to improve sleep quality by addressing the psychological factors contributing to insomnia (Brylowski, 1995). By promoting relaxation and retraining the mind to associate bedtime with sleep, hypnotherapy can help individuals enjoy more restful and rejuvenating sleep.

Resolve Fears/Phobias

Fears and phobias can be limiting and debilitating, but hypnotherapy can help individuals overcome these irrational fears by addressing their root causes (Choy, Fyer, & Lipsitz, 2007). Through relaxation, visualization, and desensitization techniques, hypnotherapy can empower individuals to confront and conquer their fears and phobias, ultimately leading to a more fulfilling life.

Stop Negative Thinking

Negative thinking patterns can perpetuate self-defeating behaviours and limit one’s potential. Hypnotherapy effectively breaks the cycle of negative thinking by helping individuals reframe their thoughts and develop more positive and constructive thought patterns (Shapiro, 2019). Hypnotherapy can enhance overall well-being and life satisfaction by fostering a more optimistic outlook.

Improve Career Performance

Hypnotherapy can help individuals overcome career-related obstacles and enhance their professional performance by targeting limiting beliefs, boosting confidence, and fostering a growth mindset (Grainger, 2016). Hypnotherapy can improve job satisfaction and career advancement by helping individuals tap into their inner resources and develop more effective strategies for success.

Chronic Pain Relief

Chronic pain can be a debilitating and life-altering condition. Hypnotherapy is an effective adjunct treatment for chronic pain management by reducing pain intensity and improving coping mechanisms (Jensen & Patterson, 2014). By targeting the mind-body connection, hypnotherapy can help individuals gain greater control over their pain and enhance their overall quality of life.

Health & Wellness Care

Hypnotherapy can significantly promote overall health and wellness by encouraging positive lifestyle changes, stress reduction, and emotional balance (Banyai, 1998). By addressing the root causes of various health challenges, hypnotherapy can help individuals develop healthier habits, improve their mental well-being, and foster greater harmony and well-being.


Hypnotherapy is a versatile and powerful tool to help individuals overcome challenges and unlock their full potential. By harnessing the power of the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can transform lives and promote lasting change in areas such as stress and anxiety management, quitting smoking or vaping, weight loss and management, enhancing self-esteem, improving sleep quality, resolving fears and phobias, stopping negative thinking, improving career performance, providing relief from chronic pain, and fostering overall health and wellness. With the support of a qualified hypnotherapist, individuals can embark on a transformative journey toward a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.


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