About Mahaya Health Services
Established in 2006, Mahaya Health Services is an integrative health clinic in downtown Toronto. With a variety of practitioners each drawing on their own modalities, you’ll find a well-rounded team that can help you with your health concerns.
Clinic directors Ariella Meinhard and Dr. Elena Rossi are committed to educating, empowering, and serving the Toronto community.
Whether you know what you’re looking for, or you know you just need help, Mahaya Health is here for you.
We’ll pair you with the right practitioner based on your unique health needs.
What To Expect From A Naturopathic Doctor
Your first appointment with a naturopathic doctor will be between 60 minutes to 90 minutes in length. This is because your ND needs to get as full an understanding of your health history as possible.
Expect your naturopathic doctor to ask you a wide variety of questions, including:
- Current health concerns & goals
- History of diseases, illnesses, or trauma (physical, mental, emotional, etc)
- Genetic/family history of health concerns
- Current emotional state
- Dietary and sleep habits
- Current regimen of vitamins or natural supplements
- Any pharmaceutical medications you’re taking
From there, you and your naturopathic doctor will discuss the next steps for your treatment plan.
Follow up appointments may range from one hour to even 15 minutes, depending on your needs.
What To Expect From An Acupuncture Appointment
Acupuncture visits are 60 minutes, whether it’s your first visit or a follow-up.
For your first visit you’ll fill out an intake form, which your acupuncturist will go over with you to better understand your goals and health needs. From there, your acupuncturist may examine your tongue as well as your pulse in both wrists. This will help them to make a traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis related to your concerns.
Your acupuncturist will then insert sterile, disposable needles into your skin along specific acupuncture points. You may feel slight pain, but most describe this as a pleasant, relaxing experience. You’ll then relax for the next 20-30 minutes while the acupuncture needles remain in place.
After that, your acupuncturist will remove the needles. You may feel slightly dizzy or lightheaded afterward, depending on your body’s response to the treatment so it’s a good idea to keep some time open after your appointment.
Frequency of follow up appointments will be determined based on your particular health needs.
What To Expect From An Osteopathic Manual Therapy Appointment
Your first appointment will be 60 minutes.
During that time, your osteopathic manual practitioner (OMP) will take the time to discuss your health history with you. You’ll discuss your current state of health and concerns, as well as your health history and lifestyle.
From there, your OMP will conduct a physical assessment of your body. This helps to determine where your primary problems lie and how your body has adapted to them. This involves observing your posture, as well as hands-on palpation and gently testing your mobility.
OMP treatment is hands-on, and may include bodily movement exercises and gentle manipulation of your organs and tissues (from the outside, of course). Where your OMP focuses on might not be the area where you’re feeling symptoms. That’s okay – osteopathic manual therapy focuses on addressing the underlying causes of your symptoms, which might not be where you feel them.
Follow-up treatments can be 45 minutes to 60 minutes. During that treatment you’ll review any changes or progress, either positive or negative, since the last treatment. Your OMP will quickly re-assess where you stand, and then begin treatment.
The frequency of follow up visits will vary depending on your particular concern and your practitioner’s recommendations.
What To Expect From A Psychotherapy Appointment
When you first arrive at a therapy appointment, you might be full of anxiety and nervousness. That’s okay – your therapist is used to dealing with that. They will work hard to provide a calming, relaxing environment for you to feel at ease and confident in letting your guard down a bit.
Your first session with a therapist is mostly focused on information gathering.
Your therapist will ask you a lot of questions to get a better understanding of your current mental state, as well as your history. The point here is to evaluate your concerns, as well as their potential causes.
Your therapist will work hard to create an atmosphere of non-judgmental listening. Because you are the primary expert on yourself, your therapist will want to know your history, and how you’ve reacted to it.
You’ll be evaluating your therapist during this session as well. Because of how personal a relationship it is, it’s important that you feel comfortable with treatment.
At the end of this appointment, your therapist will have a better idea of the problems you may be facing. This will help dictate what your treatment plan could look like.
What To Expect From A Registered Massage Therapy Appointment
During your first session, your registered massage therapist (RMT) will discuss your health history with you, paying particular attention to what your health goals are, as well as any injuries or lifestyle factors to take into consideration. They will also ask about your treatment preferences.
From there, they’ll leave the room for a moment, giving you time to remove your clothes. If you’re not comfortable with that, that’s okay. You can still receive RMT treatment while fully clothed, just be sure to wear loose-fitting clothing.
During your massage, your RMT will periodically check in with you. They may ask you if the pressure is okay, or if you’re experiencing any pain or tenderness. Otherwise, your RMT will remain completely silent, unless you prefer to chat.
At the end of your session your RMT will provide you with any follow-up advice, which may include home exercises, stretches, or other self-care recommendations.