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Thank you for visiting my site. I am a Registered Acupuncturist, classically trained Taijiquan and Qigong teacher, and a meditation guide based in Toronto. In a safe and comfortable space, I treat a wide range of health issues with a special interest in chronic and acute Musculo-skeletal Pain, Sports injuries, Women’s Health, Neurological Disorders, Fertility, Mental and Psycho-spiritual Health (anxiety, loss, depression, existential crisis, transitions, trauma), Digestion, Fatigue, Insomnia, and Stress.
After thoroughly investigating the various dimensions of your presenting issues or injuries and health history, we will collaborate to design a holistic treatment plan to address your specific concerns. I use a number of tools as needed such as acupuncture, electro-stimulation, cupping, massage, nutrition, life-style counselling and more, to gently and efficiently assist your body-mind in healing itself.
With a heart-centered, intuitive, gentle and nurturing approach, I integrate traditional East-Asian medicine and meditative practices with modern research and tools for the most effective outcomes. It would be my joy to assist you in realizing your optimal state of health naturally, breaking through self-limiting beliefs, and establishing empowering and sustainable self-care practices. My passion is to assist my patients and students in thriving to their fullest capacities!
Training & Tutelage
Nada Ashkar is a Registered Acupuncturist, classically trained Taijiquan and Qigong teacher, and a meditation guide. She holds a combined Honours Bachelor’s degree in Humanities and Philosophy from Carleton University (The College of the Humanities), a diploma in Acupuncture, and is expanding her scope of practice and clinical skills through the ongoing study of Chinese herbal medicine and advanced TCM training. She has additional special training in Cosmetic Acupuncture, Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture, and Japanese Moxa (Okyu). Nada is also a faculty member at the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (OCTCM).
Nada has trained in various martial arts since the age of 10, achieving her 1st-degree Black Belt in North American Free-style Karate at 15 years of age with 11-time World Champion, Steve “Nasty” Anderson. She has more than a decade of training in the classical Chinese Internal Arts system with Sifu Dylan Kirk of Spiritwind Internal Arts. Through Sifu Dylan, Nada has learned Taijiquan (Tai Chi), Qigong, Baguazhang, Kung Fu, Lin Zi Jin Luo Qigong therapy, Dao In Yoga, Neigong (Taoist meditation), I Ching, Chinese medicine principles, and more. Having taught martial arts since she was a teenager, and Qigong, Taiji and meditation for a number of years, Nada has a love for and natural inclination towards teaching.
Nada’s approach to her work has been fundamentally influenced by a unique convergence of her upbringing by her Lebanese parents as members of a large diasporic community, her experience as a child athlete, her academic study of The Great Books, and her encounters through travel, study, and direct experiences of many spiritual traditions and ways of life. She was always naturally inclined towards Taoism as a way of living and relating to nature since early childhood and later, after a friend handed her the Tao Te Ching, became enamoured with Taoist philosophy in its profound simplicity and lucidity. Nada is passionate about traditional, holistic systems of medicine and spirituality and has a deep interest in the mind, its role in affecting health and the body, and the metaphysical process of self-discovery, as such Nada dedicates a significant amount of time studying and engaging experientially with various approaches to mental and psycho-spiritual healing and alchemical practices. She has sat through several Vipassana Buddhist meditation retreats (traditional Burmese style), and maintains a regular practice of self-inquiry (atman-vichara) through the guidance of her teacher Mooji, an Advaita Master. She is also studying traditional esotericism and the Islamic sacred sciences with various preeminent Muslim scholars from around the world.
Nada is a fully insured Acupuncturist, a registered member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) and is certified in Clean Needle Technique and CPR. She supports TCMO (Traditional Chinese Medicine Ontario), promoting Acupuncture and TCM in Ontario.
To book an appointment with Nada, or to setup a free no-obligation phone conversation, you can text or leave a voicemail message at 416-880-8059 or you can email at info[at]nadaashkar.ca.
The initial complimentary conversation is a 15-minute phone appointment to help us establish a connection and get an understanding of your health needs. It will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.