All practitioners offer their services to Friends for Life on a strictly voluntary basis and receive no compensation. This allows our client-members to access these services free of charge. All practitioners are thoroughly vetted by Vancouver Friends for Life and are qualified and certified experts in their fields.
A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being.
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine which promotes natural self-healing and pain relief by stimulating specific anatomic sites (acupuncture points or acupoints), most commonly by inserting fine sterile needles into the skin. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine.
The healing and therapeutic benefits of human touch have been thoroughly documented in a variety of scientific journals, as has its ability to enhance the body’s own immune defenses. Massage and bodywork therapies are provided by local Massage Therapy schools, donating their time and expertise to the Society, creating low barrier access to such services for our members.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods. With the support of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, Friends for Life offer regular clinics in Naturopathic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and wellness planning.
Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion.
A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
Certified therapists work one-to-one with members to address issues including grief and loss, self-esteem, disclosure, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), relationships and stress management. Our counselors have professional experience and expertise in a variety of different areas.
Devoted to education in the art and science of cooking and food preparation. There are many different types of cooking schools around the world. Ours is aimed at amateur enthusiasts, who learn how to use the best principles of good nutrition in their daily lives.
Held three Wednesdays a month, our volunteer-led brunches are aimed at providing meals that are well balanced, nourishing and easily tolerated. The meals provided are especially crucial to many of our members who live on limited incomes such as disability benefits. Brunches also provide an important time for social interaction, countering the isolation that often accompanies living with life-challenging illness.
Art Therapy Classes
Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.