Welcome to Toronto's leading prenatal and postnatal wellness centre. Since 2012 we have been partnering with the city's leading wellness practitioners specializing in maternal health. Our centre focuses on fertility wellness, prenatal wellness and postpartum wellness.
All of our naturopathic medicine, massage, chiropractic, pelvic floor physiotherapy, acupuncture, holistic nutrition and counselling treatments are performed by registered and certified practitioners with a focus and love on pre and postnatal care.
"Dr. Aliya is a fantastic and thorough chiropractor. When my son was 9 weeks old, he was colic, unconsolable and overall very fussy. I felt beside myself until someone at a yoga class mentioned bringing him to a chiropractor - of course! It made perfect sense. I'd been to see Dr. Aliya while pregnant for various reasons (including headaches, tailbone pain and a breech baby - you name it!) so I called and she was able to see us the next day. The change I saw in my baby was immediate. The crying and his sleep improved after one gentle adjustment and has continued to improve with every treatment. I would highly recommend Dr. Aliya to any new or pregnant mama." ~ Rhiannon Hogan
"I love coming to yoga mamas for many reasons; the incredibly friendly staff, the complimentary water and tea, the relaxing atmosphere, the beautiful store, and the fact that there is pelvic physio on site. I feel like yoga mamas is my own private health club: I come in and I’m known by name! Love it! It’s also wonderful to meet other mamas through all the classes; yoga mamas fosters connection and creates a community, and they truly care about women’s health and wellness. I absolutely love everything about it!” ~ Natalie R
"Everything from the moment you walk in to the moment you walk out is designed to put you at ease and keep you calm. There is never an urgency placed on me and I feel comfortable in the environment. Sandra is an incredible Massage Therapist."~Amanda T
The Mama Wellness Bundle
Expecting? Looking for some extra care for your body and your baby? We have put together a beautiful wellness bundle for mamas-to-be that includes an initial assessment and treatment for each of our wellness services PLUS two free yoga class AND a free luxury wellness basket.
A must have for expecting mamas. Calm the mind, increase energy and relieve discomfort. This relaxing massage enhances comfort by improving circulation, alleviating pressure on the joints, reduce swelling in the legs and relieving lower back pain.
It is just as important to get massage after baby arrives as it is during pregnancy. This relaxing and restorative massage eases muscle aches and fatigue, reduces swelling, relaxes the mind, reduces stress and helps you handle the physical demands of a newborn.
RELAXING AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE
Enjoy pure relaxation. Heal the body, regulate mood, blood pressure, digestion, and stress levels with this ancient healing therapy using aromatic essential oils with natural fragrances. Circulation and flexibility are improved while easing tension in the mind, body, and soul.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Using a special blend of peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary, this deep tissue massage will naturally release muscle tension found in the deeper tissue layers through slower strokes and more direct pressure.
POSTNATAL MASSAGE WITH BABY PRESENT
The challenges of taking care of yourself after baby arrives is finding the time, energy, and child care needed to step away for an hour. At Yoga Mamas, we understand the importance of self care and encourage moms to book a postnatal massage with baby. Our wonderful massage therapy team can tailor a massage while baby is nursing, sleeping or snuggling with mom. A half hour may be all you need to alleviate the tension in your neck and shoulders, decrease some tiredness and swelling in your legs and arms, or allow you to relax with an amazing scalp and face massage.
INITIAL CONSULTATION & TREATMENT
Your first visit is typically an hour and a half, this will include an in-depth assessment and initial treatment.
From the information gathered, a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis and treatment plan will be developed for you. Many commonly used points are located on the arms and legs so please wear loose comfortable clothing. Delicate needles are lightly inserted and remain in place for about 20 minutes while you rest with quiet, soothing music playing in the background. Many people fall asleep while they are being treated and are left with a calm relaxed feeling.
Acupuncture is a safe and gentle way to successfully treat many common problems that may arise during pregnancy such as morning sickness, fatigue, aches and pains, and emotional imbalance.
LABOUR PREP & INDUCTION ACUPUNCTURE
Pre labour acupuncture has been shown to reduce rates of medical induction, intervention and caesarean, resulting in faster and less painful labour and reduced levels of anxiety. Ideally starting at 36 weeks, receive weekly acupuncture until birth. The pre-labour treatments focus on softening the cervix and preparing the pelvis for labour and delivery.
Traditional Chinese Medicine places great importance on caring for a woman after she gives birth. It is an important time to heal and restore your energy as well as treat any new complications such as mastitis, insufficient lactation, pain, and emotional imbalance.
BREECH POSITION PROTOCOL
Most babies turn to a head down position between week 28 and 32. If your baby hasn't turned, Traditional Chinese Medicine has a reliable and non-invasive approach. Moxibustion is a chinese herb that is burned over an acupuncture point to encourage your baby to turn. During this appointment our acupuncturist will instruct you on how to perform this take home treatment.
PRENATAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can relieve and even prevent the common discomforts experienced in pregnancy. Imbalances in the spine become stressed during pregnancy. The weight of a growing uterus has a tendency to change a woman’s biomechanics, shifting the center of gravity and putting pressure on joints of the hips, pelvis and lower back. Specific adjustments (such as the Webster technique) eliminate the causes of stress in the spine.
LABOUR PREP CHIROPRACTIC CARE
If there is intrauterine constraint as birth approaches, the baby is prevented from getting into the best possible position for birth. Even if the baby is in the desirable head down position, often intrauterine constraint prevents the baby’s head from moving into the ideal presentation for delivery. This may slow labor and add distress and pain to both mother and baby. Using the Webster Technique, a chiropractor gently opens up the pelvis, allowing baby space or room to move into proper positioning. If the baby is in correct position, the technique also helps to maintain that ideal positioning leading up to delivery.
POSTNATAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Chiropractic care after delivery is incredibly beneficial for all mamas, regardless of they type of delivery they had.
BABY/CHILD CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Chiropractic adjustments for adults differ greatly from those performed on babies and are very gentle using light fingertip pressure. Colic or irritability, poor sleeping habits, developmental delays, digestion issues, lethargy or low energy, difficulty breastfeeding may be relieved with chiropractic care.
INITIAL CONSULTATION & TREATMENT
At your first appointment you can expect that we will do a lot of talking. I want to hear all about what you are experiencing and how it is impacting your life. I will ask about your health history and your current lifestyle. If you have any recent blood work, test results, or any other pertinent medical information, please bring it along with you to your first appointment. I will do any necessary physical exams that are related to your health concerns. If applicable, we may decide to run some additional diagnostic testing. Together, we will discuss a treatment plan that will work for you and your busy lifestyle. By the time you leave, I hope that you will feel empowered to take your health into your own hands. The initial visit runs anywhere from 60-90 minutes.
FOLLOW UP APPOINTMENT
At your follow up appointments, we will track your progress. We will determine if you need to continue with the current treatment plan, or if modifications need to be made. The follow up appointments vary in length, and can be anywhere from 30-60 minutes.
I believe that simple changes can result in amazing health outcomes. I often look at diet and lifestyle first, as these two things are the foundations for our health. Making changes to your diet and lifestyle are cost-effective and profound. However, I may also recommend nutritional or herbal supplements and acupuncture to help correct for any deficiencies, combat any underlying infections, or to “reset” processes in the body that may not be running as smoothly as they should. I use supplements strategically, meaning you won't leave my office with a laundry list of things to take. I do not believe that there are any “magic pills” or single “super foods” that can cure all that may ail us in a sustainable way, but I do believe in the power of making a daily commitment to making healthy choices.
Initial Consultation and Appointment
Prior to your first appointment you will be emailed an online questionnaire that will help to better understand your health history, lifestyle habits and any foods or specific nutrients that may be out of balance. During the appointment we review this information, discuss your nutrition goals, address questions or concerns, and most importantly, determine how we can work together as a team to support your success! We’ll cover the key nutritional principles based on wherever you are (pre-conception, pregnancy, postpartum or feeding your baby), and discuss a plan for how to begin to make healthy adjustments in your diet and lifestyle.
Follow Up Appointment
Following our initial consultation you’ll be given personalized suggestions based on your goals. These may include specific foods to introduce or remove, food swap ideas, specific brand or serving recommendations, a simple meal plan or recipe suggestions, referrals or references. During these sessions we will check in on progress, review your food journal, answer questions and move forward with the specific action steps and strategies you’ll need to take to reach your goals.
Pregnancy can be a challenging time if you are trying to stay active and exercise. The demands placed on your body are constantly changing and it is important to tailor your exercise routine to better suit those demands. Our physiotherapists can help you manage pain and discomfort and help you find safe and suitable exercises trimester by trimester.
Prenatal Physiotherapy can also help with preparing for birth and the management of common conditions which often occur during pregnancy, such as swelling that occurs in the lower arms and legs, lower and upper back pain, posture misalignment and more.
Postnatal Physiotherapy can guide you through a faster and more effective recovery after birth. It can help you safely get back to your normal daily activities, as well as help you manage other physical aches and pains that can arise when taking care of your newborn.
General physiotherapy helps to promote your overall health and rehabilitate muscles and bones in the body that have been suffered from injury or trauma.
This includes sprains, strains, the rehabilitation of fractures, inflammation of tendons, arthritis, osteoporosis, scoliosis, repetitive injuries and post surgery conditions.
Our physiotherapists will assess your needs and work with you through a variety of treatments such as
We are proud to be expanding our breastfeeding services to now include lactation consulting directly in our wellness centre. You can now book an appointment to see a lactation consultant directly in our space. Appointments can be made easily online in real time - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
With over 10 years experience, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Taya Griffin will be at Yoga Mamas Monday mornings offering one-on-one education and hands on assistance in a supportive and non-judgemental environment.
At our breastfeeding clinic, mamas and mamas-to-be will feel empowered to reach their unique breastfeeding goals.
You may benefit from investing in a Lactation Consult if:
Our counsellor has experience working closely with women and has an in-depth understanding of women’s health issues. She will listen and work with you to address personal and mental health concerns that may be impacting you and your family's lives. She describes the experience below:
Your Initial Therapy Session
At your first appointment, we will focus on creating a comfortable and safe space for you to share and talk about what has brought you to therapy. First sessions can move slowly, as we build trust and begin our therapeutic relationship together. I will support you if you are not sure where to start or what to talk about – this is common in therapy. We will begin to get a sense of what therapy will look like for you as we move through the session. Ideally, you will leave the first session with either increased clarity about what you have been feeling or with a specific strategy to practice in your daily life.
Your On-going Therapy Work
Therapy work is highly individual. Sessions tend to unfold naturally, as we move toward your goals/needs. Some things we may work on include: connecting to and naming emotions, processing emotions in healthy ways, building trust with yourself, learning how to create boundaries or navigate certain relationships in your life, learning how to feel greater intimacy in your relationships, understanding the impact of different experiences you’ve had, identifying the role of anxiety and/or depression in your life, understanding and feeling grief or anger, supporting you to feel more understanding (and thus more control) of your mind and body.
My approach is relationship-focused, gentle, and creative. I use evidence-based modalities to help us in the work: