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Attention Sun Runners! You work hard. Sometimes your body repays you with sheer bliss, and sometimes with blisters and tendinopathies. To celebrate your achievements this year, I’m offering all Sun Run participants 15% off a one hour massage. You can book online here, just make sure quote “sunrun2013” and bring your bib to show off for your first appointment!
Here’s an interesting article from Science Daily linking meditation and mindfulness with general well-being:
Better Living Through Mindfulness
Mar. 7, 2013 — A new study from the University of Utah shows that individuals who describe themselves as being more mindful have more stable emotions and perceive themselves to have better control over their mood and behavior throughout the day. Higher mindful people also describe less cognitive and physiological activation before bedtime, suggesting that greater emotional stability during the day might even translate into better sleep.”
Click here for the full article describing the study.
What do you do to practice mindfulness and meditation? There are a number of organizations in Vancouver that offer free meditation classes. I personally find yoga and running really meditative, but maybe I should give some stillness and quiet a shot!
Somedays at the office, my appointments are back to back for enough consecutive hours that I don’t have time for a real meal break until late afternoon. I know I’m not the only one with this problem, so here’s a great, simple recipe that’s jam packed with enough protein and deliciousness to send you out the door with a swift pat on the backside and a spring in your step.
Bring milk to a boil in a little pot. Add quinoa, boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until 3/4 of the milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes
Do you remember December when you tried to book in to take advantage of your benefits at the end of the year, and there were barely any appointments available? I do. You sure kept me busy! I care about you and I want you to be happy. This is a friendly reminder to take care of yourself now. What a relief!
True to Vancouver’s style, she’s been showing off the variety of weather she brings this time of year. The fleeting glimpses of sunshine seem to be enough to inspire people to get out of the house, into running shoes and onto bikes.
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For me, this spring means it’s time to start training for my half marathon (does telling you mean there’s no backing out?). We all need to remember to take things slow as we ease back into old activities, or take on new endeavors. Often, reminders come to us in the form of injuries, so let’s try to head those suckers off with these tips n’ tricks:
1) Start Slow
If you are starting a new activity, or have had some time away from an old favourite, it’s vital that you take things slow. I personally have a history of doing a couple short runs, then busting out a long distance trek before my body is ready, simply because it’s the challenge that makes it fun for me. Bad idea. Going too hard too soon can lead to preventable injuries and soreness, keeping you from getting up to fun stuff. Whatever the activity, ease into it with adequate rest days. Find and follow a plan/routine online from a reputable source, or talk to your massage therapist or other qualified exercise practitioner if you’re unsure of where to start.
Cross-training is a super important consideration when increasing your activity level. It can prevent injury by distributing orthopedic stress more evenly among different areas of the body. It’s also a great way to prevent boredom, which is a big reason we tend to fall off training/exercise schedules. Mix things up to stay engaged by throwing in some yoga, pilates or swimming. My running has certainly improved since I started subjecting myself to regular warrior sequences in my yoga practice. All that said, not every activity is well-suited for every body. If you’re planning on switching things up, talk to your health care practitioner. RMTs are trained in therapeutic exercise, so we’d be happy to help you develop a plan, or refer you to helpful resources.
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3) Take Care
So far, we’re having a swell time getting sweaty and strong, but do NOT underestimate the importance of treating your gorgeous self to the good stuff— guilt-free. Eat a brownie. Sleep in. Read a book in your pajamas on a sunny morning. Get a massage. Be someone’s hot date. Choose your own adventure.
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In the past, I’ve kept my fees below the recommended fee schedule as outlined by the Massage Therapists’ Association, despite our accessible location and subsequent higher overhead costs. Though I strive to remain as fiscally accessible to my clientele as possible, the time has come for me to increase my rates. This increase has been in the works for a while, but I decided to implement it at a time where it would impact my patients the least, specifically April 1st, in order to coincide with the changes to our provincial tax legislation.
The fee changes are as follows:
Previous Fees (incl HST) New Fees (incl GST)
30 minutes: $56.00 30 minutes: $58.00
45 minutes: $78.40 45 minutes: $80.00
60 minutes: $100.80 60 minutes: $103.00
90 minutes: $145.60 90 minutes: $147.00
As the year starts to wind down, the clinic schedule tends to get increasingly busy. In order to accommodate the extra hurting bods, Sarah has expanded her office hours.
As previously, there may be some deviations in the schedule, but as you can see, there are certainly more early morning and later evening appointments. To schedule your appointment, please call the clinic at 604-568-7655 or book online using Genbook.
Please note, although unavailable for online booking, 90-minute massage therapy appointments are available. Please enquire by phone or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a re-post from How Stuff Works:
If you’ve ever laced your fingers together, turned your palms away from you and bent your fingers back, you know what knuckle popping sounds like. Joints produce that CRACK when bubbles burst in the fluid surrounding the joint.
Joints are the meeting points of two separate bones, held together and in place by connective tissues and ligaments. All of the joints in our bodies are surrounded by synovial fluid, a thick, clear liquid. When you stretch or bend your finger to pop the knuckle, you’re causing the bones of the joint to pull apart. As they do, the connective tissue capsule that surrounds the joint is stretched. By stretching this capsule, you increase its volume. And as we know from chemistry class, with an increase in volume comes a decrease in pressure. So as the pressure of the synovial fluid drops, gases dissolved in the fluid become less soluble, forming bubbles through a process called cavitation. When the joint is stretched far enough, the pressure in the capsule drops so low that these bubbles burst, producing the pop that we associate with knuckle cracking.
It takes about 25 to 30 minutes for the gas to redissolve into the joint fluid. During this period of time, your knuckles won’t crack. Once the gas is redissolved, cavitation is once again possible, and you can start popping your knuckles again.
As for the harms associated with this habit, according to Anatomy and Physiology Instructors’ Cooperative, only one in-depth study regarding the possible detriments of knuckle popping has been published. This study, done by Raymond Brodeur and published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, examined 300 knuckle crackers for evidence of joint damage. The results revealed no apparent connection between joint cracking and arthritis; however, habitual knuckle poppers did show signs of other types of damage, including soft tissue damage to the joint capsule and a decrease in grip strength. This damage is most likely a result of the rapid, repeated stretching of the ligaments surrounding the joint. A professional baseball pitcher experiences similar, although obviously heightened, effects in the various joints of his pitching arm. But assuming you haven’t signed a multimillion dollar contract to constantly pop your knuckles, it hardly seems worth the possible risk to your joints.
On the positive side, there’s evidence of increased mobility in joints right after popping. When joints are manipulated, the Golgi tendon organs (a set of nerve endings involved in humans’ motion sense) are stimulated and the muscles surrounding the joint are relaxed. This is part of the reason why people can feel “loose” and invigorated after leaving the chiropractor’s office, where cavitation is induced as part of the treatment. Backs, knees, elbows and all other movable joints are subject to the same kind manipulation as knuckles are.Source: health.howstuffworks.com
Summer is here! Well, theoretically, anyway. I have no doubt that the sun will come out and play soon enough, so here’s some sunny advice you can soak up before donning your finest skivvies for a proverbial day at the beach.
Cover up! Pale is the new tan. You may or may not have heard, but it turns out that direct exposure to sunlight can be very damaging to our skin and can lead to a variety of cancers including malignant melanoma— the most dangerous type.
It can also lead to wrinkles; UVA, B & C can all damage collagen fibers, accelerating the skin’s aging process.It’s important to note that although sunscreen is effective in preventing some skin damage, some scientists argue that it may not effectively protect against malignant melanoma. So try to spend your time in a warm breeze in the shade, and wear that saucy sun hat of yours; your healthy, gorgeous, future self will thank you.
But wait, it’s not all bad! Sunlight is great for treating depression, arthritis, PMS, insomnia, acne, and psoriasis. It’s also great for the liver, kidneys, and circulatory system, and UVB exposure is necessary for the production of Vitamin D in our skin (which, interestingly enough, has been linked to the prevention of cancer). And here’s the thing; we only need a few minutes of sun exposure a few days a week to reap all the wonderful benefits it can provide!
Another unfortunate (and more immediate) consequence of sun-related skin damage is the dreaded sunburn. We’ve all had one. I’m no stranger to Lobster Sundays, though I’m now making a concentrated effort to learn from my mistakes. One thing you need to know is that a sunburn is a contraindication for massage. What does that mean? It means I can’t rub it. If you know you have a massage appointment booked, please take extra care out in the sun; it would break my heart to have to turn you away because you have a sunburn (although a 60-minute foot rub doesn’t sound half bad). If you are recovering from a burn and your skin is a little dry (but no longer hot, red, etc), grab a loofah or a skin brush, and give that beautiful bod a well-deserved scrub down. When your skin is dry or peeling, it can rub off during massage into tiny grey balls that I call “skint” (skin+lint). These un-a-peeling little guys can get in the way of your wonderfully relaxing massage and stick to your body— not something you want to have to worry about when you’re floating to your post-massage destination.