The Tao of Montessori Continues…Teaching Through The Seasons

The Tao of Montessori

Last Friday, I was given the honor of speaking to and working with over 60 Montessorians from the Vancouver Island Montessori Association(VIMA). I was invited to be the key-note speaker for their Professional Development Day. I was very excited to set up my “clinic setting” in the beautiful Omega High School classroom at Maria Montessori Academy. (

“Preparing the environment” in the classroom is a key component to the Montessori philosophy. We explored the idea of “preparing the environment” within oneself. For the past 20 years, I have been exploring within myself this idea of Living / Healing Through The Seasons, the emotions and the physical patterns that evolve with Mother Nature. Just like a teacher that lives and breathes through the seasons with their students. We discovered together that we are doing the same thing! How beautiful!

60 Lovely Montessorians!

It’s Monday today and I’m still feeling the awe and the honor that was bestowed upon me and upon us all. Thank you

Gigi Vincentine

I recently came upon this wonderful documentary on the Life of Maria Montessori. Please enjoy!

BBC English Documentary 48 mins

And we can’t forget Lao Zi, the Father of Taoism

5 min video on Taoism

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

January 28th starts off the year of the Rooster.

Last year was the year of the Fire Monkey, which brought many surprises and good fortune. A lot of people felt pulled in different directions in 2016 but now in 2017, things are going to feel more grounded. (Continue reading by clicking the link below)

March 1st marks my first year anniversary in my new clinic in the Professional Building on Yates. Wow! Thank you for all your referrals and your confidence in me. I am so busy! So I have created Overflow Tuesdays. These are a few appointments not available online to help me deal with emergencies and to shorten the wait time for some of you. So if you can’t find an appointment that works for you. Text/ email or call 250.882.0659

Please note on March 1st, Acupuncture and Tuina Massage will be going up $5.

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Happy Year of the Rooster!

Gigi Vincentine Dr. TCM



Acidic vs Alkaline

lemonIn Chinese Medicine, you will often hear things like “you have too much heat in your body, we have to cool your blood or clear heat from your liver and large intestine.” I’m continually fascinated by how much the Chinese Ancient Sages knew thousands of years ago without microscopes, MRIs, or blood tests. Does heat correspond to acidity? Yes, but not always. Both the Chinese Yin/Yang philosophy and the alkaline/acidic philosophy have one thing in common; Balance! One is not good or bad, they just need to be in balance.
Yin and Yang need to be in balance just like our blood needs to be in balance at a Ph level slightly alkaline or about middle of the ph range 7.35-7.45. Qi and oxygen are produced and transported in our cells properly only if ph levels are within a healthy range. We have heard it before that disease lives in an acidic environment. Inflammation can only exist if we are acidic.  Chinese Herbal Formulas and Acupuncture work to find that balance for you.  Balancing your nervous system, endocrine system and elimination systems to reduce stress in your body and increase energy and well-being.

Here are some quick and easy tips to alkalize your body!

*Reduce your stress levels and breath deeply

*Exercise not too little and not too much. Qi Gong or Tai Chi are perfect example of exercises that calm your nervous system and increase your oxygen carrying capacity.

*Eat more vegetables and fruits (juicing is a great way to restore your alkalinity)

*Drink lemon water first thing in the morning

*Add some herbal teas to your daily routine ie Simple Remedies’ Mineral Tea

*Kelzyme For Life is another great way to increase your alkalizing minerals like calcium and potassium

In my own clinic I often suggest more of an Asian diet for this reason.  There are less acidic forming foods like meats, cheese and sugar, and more alkaline forming foods like vegetables, seaweeds, herbs, seeds and nuts. Remember we can eat some acidic forming foods. Research suggests about a 60% alkaline forming diet, although this depends on your constitution and the climate where you live. More vegetables it is!

I found this great article for more healthy tips on how to return to alkalinity through diet and lifestyle.

This is a detailed list of acidic and alkaline forming foods.

blood cellsAn image to show you how alkaline blood really has the space to move around and carry oxygen and other nutrients. They have a negative charge as to repel each other. (not clumping together like the acidic blood)