• Guelph, Ontario Chiropractor Dr. Robert Evans

    Dr. Robert Evans is a Guelph, Ontario Chiropractor that has been a primary health care provider since 1999. He has had the opportunity of seeing 4000 new patients while delivering over 20,000 treatments in that time.

    He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.) in kinesiology and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) with over a decade of post-secondary and continuing education in medical sciences and biomechanics; as a result, he is able to utilize this knowledge to diagnose and treat nerve, muscle, and joint conditions in a safe, effective manner.

    Extensive and diverse sports background includes hockey, baseball, professional motocross and supercross racing, competitive bodybuilding, and national level speedskating. Understanding the physical and mental challenges that sports and competition presents to the competitive or recreational athlete is extremely important. Dr. Evans has over 30 years of personal and academic knowledge regarding: nutrition; diets; weight loss and gain; strength and endurance weight training; endurance, lactate threshold, VO2max, and speed specific workouts all delivering high performance results. He utilizes chiropractic, medical acupuncture, and dynamic soft tissue techniques to help athletes and individuals looking to improve health and performance.

    Dr. Evans also has a love for music and the art of drumming where he plays in the local Guelph band The Rolling Blackouts.
    Dr. Evans is there to help you gain control of your health through evidence based practices to better your personal performance and improve your life now, and for the future.

    To learn more or to book an appointment contact Tranquil Therapeutic Solutions by calling (519) 265-3799.

    Tranquil Therapeutic Solutions
    650 Scottsdale Dr, Unit 2-C
    The Scottsdale Centre
    Guelph, ON N1G 4T7 Canada
    Phone: 519-265-3799
    Fax: 519-489-1467
    E-Mail: info@ttsguelph.com

  • Expanding our Healthcare Team to Better Serve You

    Warm welcome to the following new members to our family healthcare team!

    Dr. Robert Evans, B.Sc. (Kines), D.C.
    Chiropractor,Medical Acupuncture

    Dr. Robert Evans provides natural, evidence-based health care including chiropractic, active soft tissue techniques, medical acupuncture, orthotics, posture advice, and athlete care. He has over 20 years of personal and academic knowledge of: nutrition; weight loss-gain; strength and endurance weight training; endurance, lactate threshold, and VO2max running workouts; lactic acid testing for heart rate training zones. Dr. Evans is a member in good standing with the College of Chiropractors of Ontario, the Ontario Chiropractic Association, the Canadian Chiropractic Association, and the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences Canada.

    Tanya Rempel
    Registered Massage Therapist

    Tanya enjoys building positive therapeutic relationships with a wide variety of patients. Tanya utilizes multiple techniques including myofascial release, trigger point release, PNF stretching, petrissage, and joint mobilizations. She also understands that therapeutic exercise and home care is of great importance and strives to use it in every treatment.

    Naomi Fountain
    Registered Massage Therapist

    Naomi has been a registered massage therapist since graduating from Centennial College in 2000. Naomi is experienced in treating all ranges of clients in different stages of healing, including aiding in the rehabilitation of individuals who have suffered from bodily trauma caused by motor vehicle accidents. Naomi is competent in all Swedish styles of massage, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, pre and post natal massage, sports injury treatment, and treating every day aches and pains from headaches to overall muscular tension. She is committed to continue to learn and grow in the massage profession.

    Cameron Powell
    Registered Massage Therapist

    Cameron is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), with a personal training background. He has dedicated most of his life to helping others achieve their personal fitness and wellness goals. Recognizing that the body and mind work together to maintain balance, it is the intention of massage therapy to remove any blocks that may compromise the system.

    To learn more or to book an appointment contact Tranquil Therapeutic Solutions by calling (519) 265-3799.



    Tranquil Therapeutic Solutions
    650 Scottsdale Dr, Unit 2-C
    The Scottsdale Centre
    Guelph, ON N1G 4T7 Canada
    Phone: 519-265-3799
    Fax: 519-489-1467
    E-Mail: info@ttsguelph.com

  • Purchase a Massage Therapy Gift Card for your Valentine!

    February 14th is around the corner. If you are looking for professional, customized and conveniently located massage therapy clinic to purchase a gift card for your Valentine, we welcome you to come visit us at Tranquil.

    Make this the most relaxing Valentine’s Day ever — for your Valentine and your loved ones. Our professional massage therapists will customize a massage to fit their needs.

    A massage therapy gift card is the perfect way to say “I love you” in an unexpected way. So relax, let us help you show how much you care.
    You can purchase a massage therapy gift card at the clinic located at 650 Scottsdale Dr, Guelph, ON (Corner of Scottsdale Dr and Stone Rd). You can also reserve a gift card over the phone on your credit card by calling into the clinic and providing us with your details.

    Gift Cards:
    30, 45, 60, and 90 minute massage therapy gift cards available.

    Massage Therapy Services we offer Include:
    Swedish Massage: Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you’ve never had massage before, this is a good one to try first.

    Deep Tissue Massage: Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury.

    Sports Massage: Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to have one-it’s also used by people who are active and work out often. The focus isn’t on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. A combination of techniques are used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.

    Pregnancy Massage: Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage know the proper way to position and support the woman’s body during the massage, and how to modify techniques. Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The massage is customized to a woman’s individual needs.

    How Long Is A Massage?
    For a stressed-out Valentines, a 1 hour massage is ideal for mild stress and relaxation. It provides essential therapeutic relief with a combination of full-body massage, or focus on tense areas. For tight muscles or persistent pain, a 1 ½-hour massage allows for dedicated relief of key areas that cause tension, stress and pain.

    The best part of Valentine’s Day is that it applies to everyone you love. Not only sweethearts, but also to best friends, family members, and even co-workers or your favorite neighbors.

    To learn more or to reserve a gift card please  contact Tranquil by calling (519) 265-3799.

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  • We are thrilled to welcome Naomi Fountain, RMT to the team!

    We are thrilled to welcome Naomi Fountain to the team!

    Naomi has been a registered massage therapist since graduating from Centennial College in 2000. Naomi is experienced in treating all ranges of clients in different stages of healing, including aiding in the rehabilitation of individuals who have suffered from bodily trauma caused by motor vehicle accidents.

    Naomi is competent in all Swedish styles of massage, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, pre and post natal massage, sports injury treatment, and treating every day aches and pains from headaches to overall muscular tension. She is committed to continue to learn and grow in the massage profession.

    Naomi looks forward to meeting you and being a part of your healthy lifestyle!


    2:00pm – 7:00pm

    If you have any questions, or would like to book an appointment on Monday, please call the office at 519-265-3799.

  • 9 Yoga Stretches to Help Relieve Hip and Lower Back Pain


    Tight hips can be debilitating. When things aren’t working right down there, even sitting or walking can cause pain. Luckily, a little (proper) stretching can ward off this pain, increase the fluidity of mobility, and decrease chances of serious injury in the lower region of your body. It can also take pressure off the lower back, decreasing chances of pain in that area.

    These 8 simple poses can help both stretch and strengthen your hips, but keep in mind when moving through them to listen to that internal voice of your body that tells you if you are in pain or just feeling a stretch. A stretch may feel a little sore but inevitably it feels like a release of tension. When you feel sharp pain, back out of the pose and consider using a prop or moving on to another stretch.

    Lizard-Lower Lunge
    Apparently, lizards have loose hips and this hip opener’s moniker is testament to that. Step your left foot forward several feet in front of the right foot. Bend the left knee until it lines up perfectly with the ankle. Drop the right knee to the ground and keep the toes curled under on that foot to stretch the calf muscle. Walk the left foot out to the side and place both elbows on top of blocks on the inside edge of the left foot. Keep hips lined up parallel to each other. You are opening the right psoas muscle and the left inner thigh. To get deeper into the right psoas, lift the right knee into a high lunge.


    Bound Ankle Pose

    This pose requires that you bind your ankles—and by doing so you’ll unbind your hips. Bring the soles of your feet together, pulling the heels close to your groin, bending the knees, and butterfly flare the legs open. If you notice your knees are set too high to relax, simply place a blanket right under the sit bones to prop the hips up. You can also take the feet out further from the pelvic cavity to create a diamond shape with the legs. Keeping your spine straight, lead with the chest, pull your shoulders back, and fold toward your feet. This pose will open and relax the inner thighs and groin.


    Cow Face Pose

    Begin by threading the left leg under your right leg. Work toward stacking the knees, while keeping both sit bones on the ground. Tuck the toes in to protect the knees. Sit in the pose for several minutes. When the muscles start to loosen and you no longer feel a stretch, fold forward with a straight spine. If this stretch is too intense, you can situate both sit bones on a blanket and place a block or blanket between the knees.


    Pigeon Pose

    Starting in downward facing dog, lift the right leg and step it forward between the hands. Drop the left knee down and untuck the toes. Slide the right foot over toward your left pelvic bone placing the outside edge of the right leg on the floor. Tuck the right toes in (flexing the foot). Line up hips parallel to each other, continually pressing the left hip toward the floor. If this position is too difficult, place a blanket under your bottom. To intensify the stretch, move the right foot away from the left side of your body and drop to the elbows or chest. To make this pose less intense, move the right foot closer to your right leg and stay on the hands instead of folding. This is a profound stretch to the psoas, shin, glutes, and outer hips.


    Happy Baby

    It’s not likely you will ever hear a baby complaining about hip pain. So, make like a baby and lie flat on your back, grab hold of both feet with each hand, bend the knees and pull them toward your armpits. Once in the proper position rock side to side, keeping your head on the floor. This will externally rotate and stretch the hips, loosen the inner groin muscles, and help realign the spine.

    Beachbody Blog Happy Baby Pose Hips


    Fire Log Pose

    This pose should put the fire out in your hips. Sit on the floor with a straight spine, both sit bones pressing against the ground. Take the left leg out in front of you and bend it until it is in a straight line and parallel with your body, knee, and ankle. Stack the right leg on top of the left, lining up the right ankle to the left knee and the right knee to the left ankle. If you find the final position too difficult, you can use blocks as support to lighten the pose. This is a deep stretch to loosen the outer hips and glutes. It also stretches and strengthens the groin, calves, thighs, and abdominal muscles.

    Beachbody Blog Fire Log Pose Hips


    Goddess Pose

    Gentlemen, do not be deterred by the name of this pose. It will help you open your hips regardless of your gender. Step your feet out very wide, turn the toes outward, bend the knees so they line up with your ankles, and tuck your butt in to engage the core. The further the toes are pointed outward, the deeper the stretch. This will give your groin, inner thighs, and hips a deep stretch. Note: Avoid this pose if you have a knee or hip injury.


    Half Lord of The Fish Pose

    Sitting on the floor, extend both legs out in front of you. Keep the left leg straight and bend and pull the right leg in. Line the right heel up approximately 2 inches away from the back of the right leg and 2 inches away from the left thigh. Sit up very tall, avoiding sinking in the lower back. Wrap the left arm around the right leg, creating a spinal twist. Move the left shoulder forward as you move the right shoulder back, attempting to line the shoulders up. Take your gaze over the right shoulder. This pose stretches out the hips, glutes, lower back, spine, chest, shoulders, and neck.

    Beachbody Blog Lord of the Fish Pose Hips


    Garland Pose

    This pose is so effective for opening the hips that it’s the position most women use to give birth. Turn your heels so they line up with your hips, turn your toes outward. Bend the knees until you reach a squatted position. Place a blanket under the heels if they have to be lifted while squatting. You can also stack two blocks to sit on to work up to the full integrity of the pose. The Garland Pose increases fluidity in the hips, and stretches the ankles, knees, and lower back. It also strengthens the core muscles.

    Thanks to http://www.Beachbody.com for content

    Beachbody Blog Garland Pose Hips

  • 5 Easy Ways to Avoid the Holiday Weight Gain


    But have you ever been successful in doing that? How many times have you gazed miserably at the dessert table, avoiding it like the Plague, only to eventually give in? Come January, you’ve eaten everything you said you wouldn’t – and then some.

    You’re not alone. The average American ate 32% more over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend alone. Despite your best efforts to keep unhealthy food out of your line of sight, with all of the social events, candy corners at the office, and tasty sabotages (i.e. gifts, from friends), you simply cannot control your environment as well as you can during the rest of the year. Regardless of all the oaths and intentions, most of us still gain weight during the holidays.

    So how do you stay 100% committed to your nutrition plan during the holidays? You don’t!Trying to stay completely on track during the holidays may be the exact thing that causes you to gain weight.

    There are several possible reasons for this. The first is the Forbidden Fruit Effect (or Theory of Psychological Resistance). You always long for whatever it is you can’t have. The deprivation itself makes holiday food all the more tempting. Your brain also perceives that you’re being punished and you end up in an battle between the side of you that has promised to stay in control and the side that wants no part of the food restriction. Guess which side typically wins?

    The second cause is the Law of Dominant Thought, which says the focus of your thoughts will affect your choices, behaviors, and achievements. There is a reason why health experts recommend you clean out your cupboards of unhealthy foods. Out of sight, out of mind right? Unfortunately, during the holidays, indulgences are constantly in your sights—and therefore at the forefront of your mind. When you spend the day obsessing over not snacking on peppermint bark, you can’t be surprised when you go through the whole tin in one sitting. Where your mind goes, energy flows. Constant exposure to unhealthy foods, combined with the alcohol that often flows freely at holiday events, can make you more likely to overeat.

    The third culprit that contributes to holiday binging is stress. The planning, cooking, decorating, and managing schedules of the holidays may push you to crave comfort foods – anything high in fat, sugar and/or salt – that temporarily calm your nerves. But, in the end you end up more stressed from the disappointment of not being able to fit into your “skinny” jeans.

    So, now you know what’s going on in your head during the holidays. So how can you overcome all of these influences and keep off added holiday pounds?

    The solution is the Holiday Hall Pass. This sweet indulgence allows you to make the most of the holidays, with five safeguards to prevent you from getting too crazy. These safeguards—let’s call them holiday helpers—create an environment that evokes positive emotions that calm the negative ones you experience when you attempt to deprive yourself.

    Holiday Helper #1: Exercise a little bit every morning.
    The first little helper is a pre-performance morning exercise routine. Spend at least 20 minutes doing anything active: T25, PiYo, walking the dog, whatever it is that you do. During typical weeks, fitness experts recommend one day of rest, but during the holidays, it’s best to be active every single morning to stay consistent. It can be an all-out workout or a simple physical activity to create a positive tone for the day, helping you keep off the stress.

    Holiday Helper #2: Keep a journal.
    If you simply write down what you do and feel throughout the day, you’ll become aware of your choices, causing you to continue to make good ones. Through writing, you bring a little logic back into the equation, which helps you overcome your emotional tendencies.

    For maximum results, journal immediately before you show up to a holiday event. Write down what you’ve already eaten that day and how your choices have made you feel. If you’ve already chosen to eat unhealthily throughout the day, the awareness you bring through this journaling process will help you to create a plan of action for the upcoming event. It’s not about saying to yourself “Well, I’ve already ruined this day so I’ll start again tomorrow,” but rather asking yourself what one positive thing you can achieve at this event to feel good about yourself and the choices you made.

    On the other hand, if you have been eating healthily so far and are energized and proud of yourself, bringing those thoughts and feelings to the present moment will enhance your opportunity to be mindful about what you choose to eat at the holiday event.

    Holiday Helper #3: Don’t let yourself get hungry.
    You should graze every 2-3 hours. Whether it’s a full meal or just a light snack. Keeping your metabolism up and your stomach satisfied will prevent you from becoming too hungry. You won’t end up with plates of food you have to haul away with a forklift if you aren’t starving when mealtime finally rolls around.

    Holiday Helper #4: Set holiday indulging intentions for yourself.
    Remember, this isn’t about denying yourself anything delicious; your intentions simply set the scene for an enjoyable-yet-controlled feasting experience. You can choose to allow a small indulgence with each meal, whether it be one piece of cake or a few little cookies. You can also choose to go ‘all out’ for one special night. Also use attentional cues—pre-made questions pre-programmed and scheduled in your smartphone to help you stick to your intentions. Some examples of attentional cues are: Are you proud of your food choices so far today? Would the people who want you to succeed be happy with your choices? Are you giving all the effort you can to following through on your plan? Does this food taste better than how your body looks/feels when you’re healthy?

    Holiday Helper #5: Be easy on yourself
    Feeling guilty about indulgences only amps up the stress, leading you right back to the second and third serving of turkey and cranberry sauce. Enjoy your holiday and indulge without beating yourself up.

    Thanks To beachbody.com

  • 10 of the World’s Weird & Wacky Christmas Traditions

    Christmas is a time of joy and peace, love for all mankind, and yearly rituals that bring out the spirit of the season. However, some Christmas traditions may have most of us scratching our heads in confusion. In fact, many of them feature witches, spiders, or hobgoblins. From wooden logs that poop presents to machine gun-toting Santas, the world can surely be a strange place.


    Santa and Machine Guns: Arizona, USA

    Santa and Machine Guns: Arizona, USA

    The state of Arizona has a reputation for right-wing politics and a distaste for gun control laws. So is it any big surprise that Arizona’s Scottsville Gun Club would host one of the most bizarre yearly Santa Claus meet and greets that has probably ever existed?

    “Santa and Machine Guns” allows families, including children and babies, to take their pick of weaponry from a large arsenal of pistols, shotguns, AK-47s, grenade launchers, and machine guns and use them as props in a cozy Christmas photo with dear old St Nick. Families grin from ear to ear, with automatic weapons poised and ready, as they take photos for their holiday cards with a friendly, white bearded Santa Claus. A team of elves is on hand to give gun safety instructions to the uninitiated before the photo is taken. This event is so popular that it has many hundreds of folks lining up around the block for this annual opportunity for strangeness. (Source | Photo)


    A Christmas Log that Poops Presents: Catalonia, Spain

    A Christmas Log that Poops Presents: Catalonia, Spain

    For most of us, the thought of holiday fun and defecation definitely do not go together. Sure, rich holiday foods can often cause a troubled digestive system, but most of the time relieving one’s bowels is nothing to celebrate. That is, unless it is Christmas time and you are in Catalonia, Spain, home of the extremely odd Caga Tio. Literally translated, Caga Tio means Pooping Log and this hollowed out, smiley-faced piece of wood brings laughter and joy to Catalonian children in a long established tradition. It is cherished because it “poops” out presents.

    Beginning on the night of December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Caga Tio is placed by the fireplace, covered with a blanket, and treated as a pet. Each evening the children of the household feed the log fruit, nuts, and chocolate in hopes that it will grow bigger. Loving parents secretly swap out the log with a progressively bigger one until magically, by Christmas, it is full grown.

    On Christmas day, the children of the household gather round their Pooping Log pet and sing songs to urge it to release its loot. The song lyrics translate as “Poop log, poop candy! If you don’t poop well, I’ll hit you with a stick. Poop log!” The children then beat the little log with sticks to force it to defecate traditional presents like Turon nougat candy, small toys, and coins.


    Krampus, the Christmas Beast from Hell: The Alpine Region of Europe

    Krampus, the Christmas Beast from Hell: The Alpine Region of Europe

    While Santa Claus rewards good little children who dream peacefully of dancing fairies and sugar plums, there is an ancient demon afoot in parts of Austria, Germany, Hungary, and some neighboring countries. This hairy, evil beast has horns, hooves, a long tongue, and sharp claws. He is known by the name of Krampus.

    His job is to wreak general havoc and dish out well-deserved punishment to the bad little children of the world. He carries a large wicker basket on his back, similar to Santa’s sack. Instead of delivering presents in his basket, however, he uses it to kidnap the naughtiest children and deliver them straight to hell.

    Although Krampus’ origins are based in ancient pagan customs, the Christians came in and made him a useful part of their holiday tradition. Since the 1600’s he has accompanied St. Nicholas on his feast day of December 6, taking on the bad cop role to Santa’s good cop. There’s no need for St. Nick to deliver lumps of coal when Krampus is ready to whip a child with the menacing lash that he carries at all times.

    Since the early 1800’s, Krampus festivals have kick-started the holiday season in many parts of Europe and it has become a holiday to celebrate with costumes, food, and strong drink. Weird and interesting Krampus-themed cards have been exchanged since that time period, as well, and have become quite collectible.

    Today, Krampus is spreading to parts of America, particularly in more urban areas like Los Angeles and New York. A new generation of people there have imported the tradition and use it as an excuse to create elaborate Krampus costumes and throw bacchanal parties. Even the best of us can have a little sympathy for the devil.


    Santa Claus World Championships: Samnaun, Switzerland

    Santa Claus World Championships: Samnaun, Switzerland

    The little town of Samnaun, Switzerland is the center of a weird competition called ClauWau, also known as the Santa Claus World Championships. Here, teams from all over the world, dressed to the nines in snazzy red and white Santa suits, meet at a local ski resort to compete in holiday-themed contests.

    There are snowshoe relay races, a wooden rocking horse obstacle course, sled races, a gingerbread decorating contest, and more, all with the goal of crowning the best Santa team. In the chimney climbing contest numerous St. Nicks throw bags of toys over their backs andrace to ring a bell at the top of of a chimney structure. Seeing hundreds of red Santa suits contrast against the gleaming white snow is truly a strange spectacle. The object here may be to win, but having some jolly holiday-inspired laughs is the real goal of this event.


    Chasing Santa with Whips and Cowbells: Kussnacht, Switzerland

    Chasing Santa with Whips and Cowbells: Kussnacht, Switzerland

    Switzerland seems to take the cake with their oddball Christmas festivities. In yet another small Swiss town, an age-old pagan celebration to ward off evil spirits has evolved into thetradition of Klausjagan, which literally means “chasing the Klaus.” In this two-hour festival, which begins after dark on December 5 and is celebrated as St. Nicholas Day, villagers proceed by cracking 8-foot-long whips, all with the intention of harassing Santa Claus.

    Afterwards, a procession of 200 locals dressed in giant illuminated stained glass-style bishop hats follow in line, while over 20,000 spectators ogle the offbeat pageant. The lighted hats glow gloriously in the dark, giving watchers a sense of awe and peace. The festival concludes with a march of over 1,000 locals who are loudly blasting deafening cow bells, instruments, and horns. While this strange celebration makes sense with its original intent as a protection from evil, it is quite strange that Santa Claus has become the focus of the chase. When early Christianity found it necessary to merge old pagan customs into their theology so as to gain more followers, some odd customs were definitely created.


    La Befana, The “Good Witch” Who Brings Presents: Italy

    La Befana, The 'Good Witch' Who Brings Presents: Italy

    In addition to Santa Claus, who is known as Babbo Natale in Italy, good Italian children are doubly in luck. Eleven days after Christmas, on January 5, the eve of the Ephinany, a haggard, old, and dusty witch named La Befana flies by on her broomstick and delivers additional toys and candy to well-behaved children. Soot covered, wearing shoes with holes and patched clothes in tatters, this well-intentioned witch enters houses by flying down chimneys in order to deposit loot in kid’s shoes or stockings. Children who have misbehaved are threatened with lumps of coal or perhaps just a sweet lump of coal-colored sugar.

    Originating from an ancient year-end pagan custom which burned an effigy of a withered old woman on a pyre to symbolize death and rebirth, La Befana was recreated in the 13th century with Christianity in mind. The established legend tells us that La Befana turned down an invite from the three wise men to visit baby Jesus in his manger. Feeling guilty, she now travels the world on the eve of the date when the wise men reached the manger, forever delivering presents to children to make up for her regretful mistake.


    Night of the Radishes: Oaxaca, Mexico

    Night of the Radishes: Oaxaca, Mexico

    An odd, yet creative, Christmas tradition has existed in the Oaxaca region of Mexico for 116 years. La Noche de Rabanos, or Night of the Radishes, is a somewhat surreal art festival held yearly on December 23 in which artisans compete by carving oversized root vegetables, some weighing as much as six pounds. It has evolved into a worldwide tourist attraction, drawing long lines to witness the stiff competition between artists who create elaborate sculptures.

    The custom originated with 16th Century Spanish missionaries. While converting the indigenous people of the region to Christianity, they decided to incorporate the native’s local carving practices into the conversion. The giant local radish was chosen to be honored and carved and a Christmas ritual was created. Nowadays there are cash prizes for the best radish sculpture, which feature designs that run the gamut from religious and Christmas themes to random pop art. Over one hundred annual competitors, who take this contest very seriously, provide assurance that this weird holiday institution continues to be observed.


    SantaCon: Worldwide (Origin United States)

    SantaCon: Worldwide (Origin United States)

    Started in 1994 in San Francisco by the oddball group The Cacophony Society, which is known for testing limits and pushing boundaries with staged group events, SantaCon has become a worldwide annual tradition in which hundreds of thousands of people participate. Originally created as a thinking man’s demonstration to lightheartedly protest the consumerism of the season, SantaCon has taken on a life of its own and keeps getting bigger.

    Essentially, SantaCon is a meet-up wandering party where thousands of followers dress in mandatory Santa Claus, elf, or reindeer costumes and travel around a given city in a massive pack, bursting out into planned Christmas songs, stopping at local bars, and generally stunning passersby. Lately, it has evolved into an elaborate party and drinking event with widespread rowdiness and public drunkenness. SantaCon’s website has explicit rules of conduct to try to keep the event under control.

    A record for the Guinness World Book was set in 2007 when over 13,000 Santas converged at one SantaCon in Ireland, but the SantaCon website claims that the record was actually topped the year before in 2006 when 70,000 Santas clogged the streets of Moscow.


    Spiders Mean Extra Christmas Luck: Ukraine

    Spiders Mean Extra Christmas Luck: Ukraine

    Most people think of spider webs as a spooky Halloween symbol, but in the Ukraine spiders and their webs represent a most lucky kind of Christmas. Tradition calls for Christmas trees in this part of the world to be decorated with spider webs to insure blessings and good fortune in the coming year.

    This custom is based on an ancient Ukrainian legend in which a poverty-stricken widow had no funds to decorate her family’s Christmas tree. Her desolate children were left saddened and crying. After the children went to bed, some friendly spiders who had sympathized with the children’s tears spun gorgeous, light-reflective webs to decorate the bare tree. When the children awoke on Christmas morning they were joyous to find the beautifully decorated tree. From that day forward the poor family was prosperous and lucky.


    Hide the Brooms from the Witch: Norway

    Hide the Brooms from the Witch: Norway

    Christmas Eve is regarded with great superstition in Norway. Very much like the Halloween tradition in other countries, Norwegians believe that this is the night when evil spirits taunt the living. It is customarily believed that this is when witches come out and search for brooms to steal from hapless citizens in order to fly off into the cold, dark night. In order to prevent this, it is a yearly tradition for women to hide all of the brooms and mops in a given household, lest a nearby witch might steal one of them. The men are then responsible for firing guns into the sky to frighten away evil entities.

    By Nikki Kreuzer (Strange Stories)

  • Welcome to Tranquil: “Your First Visit with your Chiropractor”

    Patient Intake Forms

    Upon entering our clinic, our assistants will welcome you as a member of our family. We will request that you complete our patient history and consent forms. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition. You can download and print out these forms in another section of this website.


    Next, you will have a consultation with your Doctor to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential care options. This initial visit is designed for your Doctor to learn more about you, your condition, and  expectations to determine how the whole Family Healthcare Team at Tranquil can meet your goals (Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy).


    After your consultation, your  will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes and flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.

    X-Ray Studies

    Depending on your specific condition, your chiropractor may send you to have X-rays taken as well. X-rays help us develop the most effective care plan for you, and alert us of  any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.

    Report of Findings

    Once the information is collected  and examinations are performed, your chiropractor will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:

    1. How can you help me?
    2. How often do I need to come in?
    3. What will my wellness care plan cost?

    After reviewing your health history, goals, examining your spine and X-rays, your chiropractor will discuss recommendations and notify you if  your condition requires care with other providers. Your doctor will  provide the best wellness program for your needs.


    At the conclusion of the Report of Findings, you can choose to  experience your first adjustment and begin your journey to optimal health. Care is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.

    Wellness Program

    Prior to leaving, the doctor will suggest a wellness care program. If you are in pain when you first come into our clinic this may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire, our wellness team will also work with you to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve good spinal alignment, have a  healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.

    To learn more or to book an appointment contact Tranquil Therapeutic Solutions by calling (519) 265-3799.

  • Feeling stiff at your desk after the weekend?

    Chiropractic care is not just for those patients who have been involved in an accident or suffer from chronic neck or back pain. Chiropractic care can benefit many people with a great number of health conditions.  Even those with few, if any, health conditions can benefit from chiropractic maintenance care.  How, you ask? Life’s daily stressors add up impacting the human body in far greater ways than you might realize.

    As a natural healthcare approach, regular chiropractic adjustments can restore and maintain balance within your body, leaving you better prepared to live life to its fullest.  Busy parents, athletes, weekend warriors, golfers, runners-really anyone can benefit a great deal from routine chiropractic care.

    Regular chiropractic visits may help maintain bodies at the high level of activity to which they have become accustomed and even aid in function allowing the body to self-heal when proper alignment is achieved and maintained.

    Benefits of Chiropractic Care

    Want to improve neck or back pain?
    Feeling stiff after living at your desk?
    Headache blocking your productivity?
    Competitive pricing & Informative Consultations

    Our Chiropractic Specialists

    Dr. Phil McAllister
    Chiropractor, Chiropractic Sports Physician,
    Functional Restoration Specialist

    Dr. Kelvin Man D.C.
    Complimentary Modalities:
    Acupuncture, Massage Therapy , Kinesio Taping

    To learn more or to book an appointment contact Tranquil Therapeutic Solutions by calling (519) 265-3799.

  • From Your Family Healthcare Team: Time For The Annual Winter Coat Drive


    Now that the Santa Claus Parade has been upon us, I would like to officially with everyone a Very Merry Christmas Holiday Season, and to our friends and family in the U.S., a Happy Thanksgiving too.

    You may have also noticed an increased need for the heavy winter coats over the past week with the cold snap and the snow.

    Unfortunately, not everyone in our community currently has access to warm winter clothing, so it has been our privilege to team up with Vivian @ Palmer Cleaners, and Magic FM/CJOY in Guelph for The Annual Winter Coat Drive for Onward Willow Better Beginnings, Better Futures.

    So, if you happen to have any donate-able winter clothing items to help those less fortunate in our community, please drop them off at the clinic, and we will bring the items to Vivian and her team at Palmer Cleaners (and they will dry clean them) so that the items can go directly to Onward Willow in order to distribute to those who are in desperate need.

    Onward Willow, Better beginnings, better Futures.

    WANTED: Clean and gently used winter coats (Men, Women and Children in all sizes) to benefit those in need in the Guelph, ON area.

    Also, if you would like to stay in Touch, Review Health Tips, Recipes, and Exclusive TTS Offers check out the link below: TTS Wellness Blog

    Season’s Greetings to you and all of your loved ones, and stay tuned for more helpful tips and recipes from your Family Healthcare Team at TTS!

    Appointments can always be made by Phone at 519-265-3799, by e-mail at info@ttsguelph.com, or you can Book Online.

    If there are any emergencies outside of clinic hours, Dr. Phil is our on call Doctor and he is available on his mobile at 519-823-3863, or by e-mail at drphil@sentex.net


    Yours in Health & Happiness from

    Your Family Healthcare Team @ TTS