Purple Hemp Co on-site Practitioners
Ann Currie: Massage Therapist at the Purple Hemp Co
After a career centered on skiing in Alberta's best ski areas, ie. Powder King, Lake Louise, Banff and Kananaskis during the 1988 Olympics, Ann moved to the Okanagan and worked for a number of years at both Ray’s Sports Den and the Bike Barn.
Ann has been a First Aid attendant on several job sites in the Okanagan and also found the time to go back to school for her Education Assistant certification. She started working with the children in school district 53, subsequent to receiving her certification.
Ann's formal education includes completing her CEA program, Level II Industrial First Aid and she also completed five terms out of eight in the RMT program.
Ann Currie has been a volunteer at the Women's Health Auxiliary Store in Summerland, as well as a Sun Run Leader and also coached volleyball at the local high schools. She also was a volunteer with the Sunshine Club - a Disneyland organization for special-needs children.
Active in many sports since her youth, Ann has a keen understanding of sports injuries and stresses to the human body. She has played volleyball for years, participated in Ironman, Peach Classic Triathlon, Vernon Sprint and the Challenge. She also plays baseball, and was a member of a running club and will soon be starting up a walking club in Summerland.
Since its inception, Ann has also been a volunteer with the Test of Humanity Bike Race and in 2017 will be doing massage therapy on-site on race day.
After a serious knee injury playing volleyball Ann made the decision to teach and mentor people, which is why she became an education assistant. Five years later she went back to school to become a massage therapist. Being an athlete all her life and going for treatments helped her recover faster and allowed her to train harder. Ann especially likes to work with and help treat children in wheelchairs who do not get a lot of mobility.
Ann's approach to physical well being is simple – she finds it rewarding to teach people about their bodies, and to help them with their daily activities as well as motivating them to keep moving. She encourages people to stay healthy and achieve an active lifestyle. Watch for news on her new walking club coming soon.
For appointments with Ann Currie please text or call 250-494-6466
Michelle Cristante: cranio-sacral reflexologist
Michelle Cristante is a cranio-sacral reflexologist; practitioner and teacher.
She began her training in reflexology in 2006 under Beverly Barker (formerly of Stepping Stones clinic in Penticton, BC) and certified in the Reflexology Association of Canada's training – in foot reflexology. Practicing on friends and family, Michelle took a special interest in Dr. Martine Faure-Alderson and cranio-sacral reflexology in 2008 and began studying and practicing her passion, full time.
Michelle offers full time availability for cranio-sacral reflexology clients in Penticton, BC, Canada and now in her hometown of Summerland, BC, at Purple Hemp on a part time basis. She plans to teach cranio-sacral reflexology as a 2 year post graduate diploma by early 2018.
Please contact Michelle directly to book an appointment for cranio-sacral reflexology in either location.
Victoria Laine R.H.N. nutritionist consultations
Victoria Laine, R.H.N. is now available for private one-on-one whole-food nutrition consultation at the Purple Hemp Co. Victoria is a nutrition and whole-food educator, yoga and wellness instructor, cookbook author and speaker. Passionate about food and health, Victoria began her career as a registered holistic nutritionist in 2001. She has been a yoga instructor since 1999. Victoria worked as the resident nutritionist for The City of Edmonton Fire Rescue Services Health & Wellness program. She has led workshops, and spoken to numerous groups and corporate events. Combining her love of whole-food with nutrition education she developed the curriculum and recipes for “Eating Healthy, Naturally” at NAIT’s culinary program.
What are whole-foods?
Whole-foods are those that have not had components removed. (For example - white refined wheat flour that has had the fiber-rich bran and nutrient-rich germ stripped with only the starchy endosperm left.) Whole-foods are those that have not had anything denatured or added. (For example - preservatives, food dyes, etc.) They are “as nature intended” and minimally processed, if at all.
Can transitioning to a whole-food intake make a difference to my health?
Yes! Hippocrates said - “Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.” Whole-foods, including whole-grains, legumes, veggies, fruits, seeds, nuts, herbs, and spices in the correctly balanced intake for your individual needs, can create the right environment for cellular healing and optimal health. How foods and ingredients are prepared is also a critical part of whole-food health.
How can nutrition counseling help me achieve my health goals?
Whether you want to overcome digestive orders, inflammation, blood sugar and weight imbalances, mental health challenges, cellular damage, or heart disease - Victoria will support and guide you on your path to vibrant health - by providing assessments, education, resources, and encouragement. Victoria has worked with hundreds of clients who have transformed their health, choosing delicious whole-food to overcome “dis-ease.” Optimal whole-food nourishment will provide your body the best energy, immune system health, hormonal health, digestive health, skin health, respiratory and heart health. Holistic nutrition counseling considers the whole person - our activity level, our constitution and life force, the type of work we do, even our motives for wanting to engage in a private 1:1 whole-food program.
Ready to invest in your long-term health? Here’s how to get started!
STEP # 1 :
Email to set up an appointment:
(Victoria will contact you personally about your goals for the program, fees, and available appts.)
STEP # 2 :
Fill out the in-take form.
(Victoria will email the form, or leave a printed copy at Purple Hemp for you to pick up.)
STEP # 3 :
Start documenting your food intake.
(Write down everything you eat for a minimum of 3 typical days. This is part of the data Victoria will use to determine where to begin your program.)
Note: Victoria will also be offering mini-nutrition presentations at Purple Hemp so check out the Facebook page for upcoming dates and topics.
Jen Dunne RN BScN
Jen received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004. She is a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and is currently enrolled in The Medical Cannabis Institute Medical Cannabis Curriculum for Nurses. Jennifer has studied medical cannabis for the past several years and is the co-founder and Medical Director of Vital Alternative Healing Association. Jen and her husband are the owner and operators of Vital Cannabis Inc.
Jen is a very strong patient advocate and has offered numerous community education sessions with proceeds going directly to Kyla's Quest Medical Cannabis for Sick Kids. She has provided medical cannabis consultations and has spoken for local organizations including the MS Society.
To book your appointment or for further information please contact Jen at email@example.com.
The Purple Hemp Co. is proud to be able to offer you saunas in our brand new far-infrared sauna. This type of sauna is one that uses light to create heat and is sometimes called a far-infrared sauna — "far" describes where the infrared waves fall on the light spectrum. A traditional sauna uses heat to warm the air, which in turn warms your body. An infrared sauna heats your body directly without warming the air around you.
The appeal of saunas in general is that they cause reactions similar to those elicited by moderate exercise, such as vigorous sweating and increased heart rate. An infrared sauna produces these results at lower temperatures than does a regular sauna, which makes it accessible to people who can't tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna.
Several studies have looked at using infrared saunas in the treatment of chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, headache, type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, and found some evidence of benefit.
No adverse effects have been reported with infrared saunas. So if you're considering trying a sauna for relaxation, an infrared sauna might be an option.
Call or email us to make an appointment to try out our relaxing and rejuvenating far-infrared sauna today.