What is Functional Nutrition?

Functional nutrition is the practice of considering every aspect of one’s health, diet, and overall lifestyle when giving nutrition recommendations. While the standard approach to “health” in medicine is to suppress symptoms, functional nutrition will view these symptoms as clues for understanding the underlying issues within your body as a whole and seek to find the origin of the symptoms.

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One on One Nutrition Counselling

This service is designed with the individual in mind.  Upon receiving intake forms and lab analyses, Dawn will review them and will discuss her findings with you.  She will also ask about your goals and design a program to meet them in a realistic, timely manner.  She incorporates a “whole body” approach, meaning she doesn’t just focus on nutrition or a single lab marker or diagnosis.  To heal the body effectively, all areas of one’s body and life should be addressed.  If referrals to other practitioners are necessary to achieve your goals, they will also be given.

This can be purchased  as a package of 6 or more and there are different payment options available.  It is recommended that you follow recommendations and have follow-ups for a minimum of 6-12 consecutive months for best results.

Small Group Nutrition Counselling

This is designed for people with similar goals who want accountability and support.  As we know, often, people will reach their health goals and maintain them when they have a great support network.  These small groups will consist of no more than 4 people.  We will have group meetings to discuss successes, difficulties, areas of improvement, better ways to support each other, and topics members of the group want to learn more about to make the best of the program.  Recipes will be provided, as well as sample shopping lists and Dawn’s recommendations for specific products.  This program will typically last 3 months; however, it depends on the participants and the group’s goals.

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table full of healthy food

Group Nutrition Classes

Group classes are for those who want general nutrition information.  These classes will not cover case or disease-specific information and will meet once or twice a month to cover nutrition and “whole body” wellness-related topics.  There will also be a Facebook group to ask questions and share information amongst participants.

Emotion Code Practitioner

Some particularly intense emotional events from our past can still haunt us in the form of "frozen emotions", real charges of emotional energy that literally inhabit our body. These trapped emotions can have a negative impact on our physical health and are often responsible for chronic pain and illness.

But frozen emotions can also be a heavy mental and emotional burden, influencing the way we think and the choices we make. Perhaps the greatest threat is the blockage these frozen emotions create at the heart level, impairing our ability to give and receive love.

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What is Medical Massage Therapy?

Medical massage, also known as clinical massage, is outcome-based and target specific massage that is based on a thorough evaluation prior to the first treatment.  It is typically used when a patient presents with a specific complaint and often times has a diagnosis from their physician (MD, PT, DC, etc).  It is intended to resolve the condition the patient presents with.  The massage therapist can use a variety of modalities or techniques but will focus the medical massage session on the areas of the body related to the diagnosis.  

Medical massage has been shown to be highly effective at reducing future cases of chronic pain conditions by effectively dealing with the root cause of the problem. Current studies have shown that over 80% of pain associated with chronic conditions is the result from soft tissue injuries and over 74% is directly related to trigger points. Medical massage therapy not only eliminates the root cause of the pain and helps the individual to live a pain-free or nearly pain-free existence, it is also very cost-effective. By working to reduce the pain through medical massage, less time is spent away from work, and often times, less pain medication is required.  

Massage Therapy

Benefits of Massage

Many people know some of the benefits of massage, such as relaxation, reducing stress, and releasing sore, tight muscles.  Did you also know massage improves circulation, stimulates the lymphatic system (which can only be moved by physical movement through massage, skin brushing, or exercise), improves skin tonicity, reduces anxiety and depression, and increases joint mobility and flexibility?  This is why touch is not a luxury, it is essential.  Massage should not be an afterthought in your wellness routine or only added when you are in pain.  You can prevent aches and pains and ensure your body stays mobile with regular massage.

Dawn giving a massage
Dawn giving a massage

Modalities Dawn Practices

Note Currently, all massages (except for Reiki) can only be scheduled when she is in the US. She practices at Ultimate Family Wellness at 1995 Jefferson Davis Highway Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Please send her a message for further information and scheduling.

• Medical Massage    
• Swedish Massage    
• Deep Tissue Massage    
• Sports Massage    
• Prenatal Massage    
• CranioSacral Therapy    
• Cupping    
• Hot Stone Massage    
• Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization    
• Reiki    
• Reflexology    
• Chair Massage

Massage Duration

The duration varies based on a few factors; however, the average time for a massage is 60 minutes.

First and foremost, your personal preference – maybe you prefer longer massages because of the type of work you do.  Second is your availability when you schedule – can you only fit in 30 minutes, or do you have more time for yourself?  Third, is, what type of massage are you receiving?  A chair massage is best at 5-15 minutes, other types are good in as little as 30 minutes, yet others may require more time as they require more work on the patient’s part.

No matter what, Dawn can accommodate you  from 30 minutes to two hours to fit your needs.  She does not advise having, and will not do, more than two hours in a session.  You will actually feel worse afterwards if you do this.

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