Disclaimer: I received a free treatment as part of a press tour for the studio
Are you interested in wellness? True holistic wellness? If you answered yes to both of those questions than read on. If the hippie side of holistic health is too woo woo for you you can close out of this blog down and save yourself some time 😉
There is a new concept wellness centre in Toronto called Olistika, which is a spin on the word holistic with an Italian flare.
Olistika uses non-invasive techniques and treatments that completely balances and energizes individuals using a combination of Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Reiki. The founder Filippo Conte wants to support his patients overall wellbeing. He does this by through a trifecta of treatments and pure organic vegan products.
Filippo Conte is described as a powerful healer who empowers those around him to take control of their wellbeing by taking loving positive action and using natural time honoured techniques to balance and heal.
Filippo’s qualifications and practice fully comply with the requirements and standards of Canada’s leading Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Reiki organizations and the City of Toronto, and allow him to use the following designations. He is a Licensed Holistic Practitioner, City of Toronto, a Reiki Master Teacher Registered Practitioner (RP-ˇCRA), Canadian Reiki Association, a Registered Reflexology Practitioner (RRPr), Reflexology Registration Council of Ontario and a Certified Aromatologist Professional (CAP) and Canadian Federation of Aroma therapists.
Olistika Services include:
• Aromatherapy Product Consultation – includes expertly customized product(s) crafted using pure organic vegan essential oils. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants to improve or maintain health and beauty. Olistika’s 100% vegan organic essential oils and products are expertly customized to your needs, charged with Reiki energy and contain powerful natural compounds that impart their aroma and carry a variety of healing benefits that deeply effect your mind, body and spirit.
I left with three products in a gift bag that I’ve been using over the past week and love. The Lavender Mist is made with distilled water, organic glycerin, aloe vera gel & lavandula augustifolia oil. I spray this on my face in the morning & at night after washing my face. This morning I got an email about how I should be using all the products. The email came 2 weeks after the appointment (due some email problems from the PR company) but better late than never! Filippo instructed me that I should spray the mist in my environment (home, office) or on my body after a shower/bath, on my face after cleansing and before moisturizing, on my face to refresh, or on my pillow and face at bedtime.
The Special Blend Healer oil can be applied using one to five drops, lightly around a wounded area. The goal is to apply gently, to cover the entire wound and surrounding area (to .5-1″ around), to leave a light (dry) sheen of oil on the surface of the skin. In same cases, patting lightly to apply works best. Apply two or three times daily, depending on severity of wound. I’m going to use this on the scars on my knees from obstacle racing this year to see if I can heal the marks. And last but not least the Skin Body Blend can be applied lightly on skin of the face, neck and forehand as a daily nutritive and conditioning treatment (at night or during the day) or under the nose, around the temples, upper chest and behind the ears as an inhalation treatment one to four times daily (depending on the severity of the issue).
Reflexology is a holistic treatment that accesses the whole person (body, mind and spirit) through reflex points located on the feet, hands and head. By accessing these reflexes, we gain access to parts of your body that would otherwise be unreachable – allowing Reflexology to deeply relax, balance and encourage you to heal.
It was explained to me that each part of your feet, hands and head is directly linked to other body parts (from nervous to skeletal system) and each energy point (chakra). Using a series of techniques that release and stimulate, the corresponding reflexes are awakened, tension is released, circulation is improved and healing is induced. I loved my treatment as we found that pain points in my feet align with all the digestive issues that I’m dealing with. It was interesting to know that what my acupuncturist & naturopath are theorizing is also confirmed through reflexology. I have pain points in my spleen and pancreas so I’m glad I’m truly focused on healing this aspect of my body. It was also great to relieve some of the foot pain I experience from training for a half marathon. I will definitely be back for more of this. During the treatment Filippo placed a cloth with oils over my face which was so lovely to have aromatherapy during the treatment.
Reiki is a natural hands-on energy healing technique that deeply but gently balances you mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually by releasing blockages you carry, removing obstacles and restoring your depleted life force energy. By restoring harmony, Reiki leaves you in a state of profound relaxation and optimal vibration.
Reiki can be used to treat; Life changes and transitions (minor, major, spiritual), trauma, bereavement, loss, crisis, everyday conditions like colds, flus, allergies, burns, injuries, stress, depression, sleeplessness, anxiety, over worry, motivation, high blood pressure, mental and physical fatigue – energy, focus, clarity, chronic and acute pain and related issues, headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia and menstrual pain, weight loss, physical activity – motivation and support, reproductive issues, cancer, leukemia and heart disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, conditions of unexplained origins, rehabilitation, mental and emotional disorders and dis-eases, sports and work related injuries.
Filippo explained that he believes he has the gifts of being an impath due to incredible sensitivity and intuition. I loved sitting down with him before the appointment to hear how he has used these techniques to heal himself since he was a teenager. He explained that after the Reiki session he would give me feedback from the energy he felt through the session. After the reflexology we sat down so he could give me the feedback. It was highly fascinating. He said many statements that apply to my life, my family and things that I’m going through. I think many things he said were easily interpreted by myself. It was interesting to hear about the energy I give off and it just affirms ways that I think about my life.
For example, he said that when he had his hand over my throat chakra he could tell I do a lot of communicating daily. He knew I was a blogger but didn’t know I work in marketing for a living or that I’m writing a book so that was interesting to hear. He mentioned that I have a lot of men in my life wanting to protect me. I thought that was curious until I thought of every single guy friend at my gym facility that is always caring and there for me at races or during workouts when I deal with symptoms and it made me grateful for the friends I have. He also told me that I’m protecting my heart chakra very tightly. Which is true. Ever since I called off my wedding I’ve been open but still guarded. It was an eye opener for me to truly work on how I can be more open in my romantic relationship.
Overall, there was no miraculous healing that happened in the room but I felt rested, calm and taken care of. I was able to meditate through the treatments and de-stress. I was able to think about things going on in my life and for that I am grateful!