Down the Ladder

Down the Ladder

We mostly pay attention to odd sensations in our bodies once they’re annoying enough to be worth noting.
And we tend to procrastinate actually doing something about them until they’ve become bad enough to stop us from doing something altogether.
We, as a society, are very good at pushing through.
But pushing through just leads us further up the ladder towards injury and repetitive strain!
Being able to recognize things progressing and feeling confident about your options to intervene and give your body what it needs is crucial to good management and injury prevention.
Imagine getting to the point where for the most part your symptoms are completely resolved! You’re comfortable most days and you’re not feeling limited in any of your daily activities.
Now imagine being able to pick up on very subtle shifts in your system telling you that you’ve stepped onto that first rung of the ladder…
And being able to step right back off…
This level of self-awareness and intuitive body listening is something you can learn and hone.
It’s a lot of ‘brain-training’ – getting your brain to pick up on things and also being able to clean up movement patterns.
And this is where working with the groundwork of movement therapy is extremely effective!
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If this intrigues you and you’d like to be able to recognize your body’s subtle signals AND feel confident in what you could do to turn things around, I’d love to work with you!

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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Remember to Breathe

Remember to Breathe

It’s amazing how many people don’t breathe.

It just happens, automatically. The not breathing.

Which is ironic considering breathing is an automated function in our bodies!

But breath holding is about as helpful as turning down the volume in your car to help you read the street signs.

Ya, I’ve done that too…

I incorporate breath work into movement by having people pace their movement with an inhale, and then an exhale.

This serves a few purposes.

1. It helps you remember to breathe, plain and simple.
2. It ensures you are breathing evenly.
3. It helps you to slow down the movement, lest you hyperventilate.
4. And finally, it encourages you to make the movement as smooth as possible. Inhaling (or exhaling) into the movement, and then exhaling (or inhaling) out of the movement.

If traditional breathing exercises feel uncomfortable or awkward for you, give what I’ve just described a try.

Besides, as you’re going about your day, how often are you stopping and doing those breathing exercises?

I personally feel it’s more useful to retrain our bodies to associate movement with breath so that it happens more naturally as we move through our tasks and activities.

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If you would like to practice syncing breath to movements that are relevant to your life while cleaning up said to prevent repetitive strain injury, I would love to work with you.

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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We mostly pay attention to odd sensations in our bodies once they’re annoying enough to be worth noting.And we tend to procrastinate actually doing something

Remember to Breathe

It’s amazing how many people don’t breathe. It just happens, automatically. The not breathing. Which is ironic considering breathing is an automated function in our

Relief Vs Belief

We both know that you can get relief. A temporary reprieve from the worst of your symptoms – if not all of them. But do you truly

Relief Vs Belief

Relief Vs Belief

We both know that you can get relief.
 
A temporary reprieve from the worst of your symptoms – if not all of them.
 
But do you truly believe that you can maintain that long term?
 
More importantly, under your own power? Not dependant on someone else ‘fixing’ you?
 
Have you resigned yourself to this just being the way your life is now?
 
Understanding more about how your body moves and how joints and muscles work in isolation and coordination is a game changer.
 
Being able to give yourself relief at home through simple movements, breathing and stillness is empowering.
 
Having your symptoms slowly get less intense, less frequent, or less long lasting because you’re not ‘poking the bear’ anymore is huge.
 
And that all comes from creating space and suppleness in your body.
 
It comes from awareness, mindfulness and trust in yourself.
 
It comes from the unconscious parts of your mind knowing it’s safe to move.
 
It comes from having a variety of ways to move so that repetitive strain injuries are less likely.
 
And all of that comes from intentionally working with movement and restorative positions.
 
And THAT is why I blend movement and massage therapy.
 
Relief ~ Retrain ~ Retain
Learn your body’s language
If you would like to believe, I would love to work with you.

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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Remember to Breathe

It’s amazing how many people don’t breathe. It just happens, automatically. The not breathing. Which is ironic considering breathing is an automated function in our

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Quick to Forget

Quick to Forget

Recovery from an injury and management of a chronic condition is not a straight climb.
There are peaks, valleys and plateaus.
 
Some days are good.
 
Some days suck.
 
But the fact that you’ve HAD good days, means you can have more of them.
 
To have more of the good days for longer is a process, and it takes work and consistency.
 
But you can get there.
 
It takes a support system and guidance, and compassion and patience for yourself.
 
It takes being willing to try different things and see what works for you and what doesn’t.
 
It takes being curious and exploratory.
 
~ If you’re ready to get curious, and you’re wanting to have more of the good days, I would love to work with you.

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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It’s amazing how many people don’t breathe. It just happens, automatically. The not breathing. Which is ironic considering breathing is an automated function in our

Relief Vs Belief

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Poking the Bear

Poking the Bear

Unpleasant sensations like pain can stir up a whole lot of stuff once triggered.
 
Muscle tension. Spasming. Pain referrals. Headaches. Tingling and numbness… All sorts.
 
At the same time, challenge brings about change.
 
But challenge doesn’t have to hurt…
 
Soaring past your current capacity (or ‘poking the bear’) is more likely to intensify your symptoms, and trigger coping mechanisms and compensations.
 
Generally speaking, when trying to actually resolve something, you’re trying to decrease your symptoms and get away from relying on coping mechanisms and compensations.
 
Being able to approach your limit, brush up against it for a bit of challenge, but then back off before you poke the bear can have a huge impact on how you feel later.
 
If you don’t like pushing through pain – it’s ok. Don’t poke the bear.
 
If you tend to push through pain, but wind up paying for it later – Give not poking the bear a try.
 
Approach the bear. Don’t poke it.
 
If you need help learning how to do this, I’ve got you.
 
Learn your body’s language.

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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The Power Within You

The Power Within You

‘Taking control of your health’ means reminding ourselves of our innate ability to heal and feel.

You are powerful, with many defensive mechanisms allowing you to push through negative sensations, thoughts, and feelings.

Sometimes, we fail to recognize our own power, with a veil of comfort shielding us from that which would cause us distress and harm.

It becomes crucial to ‘tune-in’ and build awareness of Body, Mind and Breath – remembering what our personal ‘normals’ feel like.

In doing so, you are able to sense changed states, sensations and qualities.

Connecting with your deeper awareness allows you to take action early and move toward wellness. 

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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We mostly pay attention to odd sensations in our bodies once they’re annoying enough to be worth noting.And we tend to procrastinate actually doing something

Remember to Breathe

It’s amazing how many people don’t breathe. It just happens, automatically. The not breathing. Which is ironic considering breathing is an automated function in our

Relief Vs Belief

We both know that you can get relief. A temporary reprieve from the worst of your symptoms – if not all of them. But do you truly

WCB vs ICBC

If you are in a car accident, ICBC will automatically grant you 12 visits with an RMT, chiropractor, physiotherapist, acupuncturist… possibly others (don’t quote me on that last bit).

HOWEVER!

And this is a very big, nightmarish and important however. 

IF your car accident had anything to do with work, and therefore will likely lead to a WCB claim… DO NOT just start going for appointments willy nilly. 

Once a WCB claim is approved, they take the ‘driver’s seat’ (couldn’t resist that pun). Here is what will happen.

  1. ICBC will be notified that the accident is implicated with a WCB claim.
  2. ICBC will send you, the patient, a bill for all monies they have already paid out to your therapist(s) for treatments previously delivered related to this claim.
  3. WCB will instruct your therapist(s) to reimburse you, the patient, the money they were previously paid by ICBC. This is good, because you can use this to pay the bill ICBC sent you.
  4. WCB will then pay only one of your therapists (two, if approved) for the services already rendered.  

But here’s the kicker: Any therapists you saw need to be paid for time already spent, and only one or two will get reimbursement from WCB. This means that you, the patient, will need to pay the others out of pocket.

Additionally, WCB doesn’t cover many therapist’s full rates. So while WCB will pay one of your therapists for treatments already provided, chances are, there will still be an amount owing – and that will be paid by you out of pocket. 

It all gets very complicated when ICBC and WCB are both involved. ICBC neglects to explain how work related accidents throw their new process off. 

So in summary:

If you are in a car accident that has nothing to do with work, go forth with your 12 treatments you are allowed. 

If you are in a car accident that occurred while you were on the job, contact WCB first and go from there. Don’t accidentally rack up a big bill for yourself. It’s no fun for you, and it’s no fun for the therapists that don’t want to see you frustrated. 

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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Why Things Hurt – Lorimer Moseley

Why Things Hurt – Lorimer Moseley

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We mostly pay attention to odd sensations in our bodies once they’re annoying enough to be worth noting.And we tend to procrastinate actually doing something

Remember to Breathe

It’s amazing how many people don’t breathe. It just happens, automatically. The not breathing. Which is ironic considering breathing is an automated function in our

Relief Vs Belief

We both know that you can get relief. A temporary reprieve from the worst of your symptoms – if not all of them. But do you truly

Yellow Lights

Yellow Lights

If you consider the sensations in your body as a sliding scale, those sensations can be seen as tools rather than nuisances. 

If you learn how to read this sliding scale, you will better know where you are between feeling really good, and feeling really bad. 

You will have the opportunity to choose whether you take a step back and do some self care to bring your symptoms back down. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to choose whether to continue on your path and know that you’ll likely be sore later on, but that it was worth it. 

Traffic lights can also be a helpful analogy. 

The green light is when things feel great. I’m sure you know what that feels like for you. 

The red light is when things feel awful – however that presents in your life and body. 

The yellow lights, however, are the ones to really pay attention to. There can be many, many yellow lights in between green and red. Each one tells you you’re one step closer to feeling good or feeling bad. 

Being able to recognize the yellow lights in your own system gives you options. They give you warning, and information. 

In the beginning, you may think there’s only a couple of yellow lights, and one of them is so close to the red light that it’s hard to step in and change course… 

But as you get better at listening to your body, and knowing it on a much subtler level, the yellow lights you didn’t know existed start to show up. 

And this, ultimately, is the work I do with people. 

I help them to feel their bodies. I help them to understand their unique body’s messaging system, and I teach them how to respond. I guide people to feel more confident in their abilities to get creative and exploratory, and to bring their own symptoms down.

I help people find their internal locus of control. 

What’s really cool is that this concept of learning and listening to your yellow lights can be applied to many different aspects of a person’s wellbeing and life. 

If this interests you, and you would like to feel like you have a little more say in how you feel day to day, I would love to work with you!

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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We mostly pay attention to odd sensations in our bodies once they’re annoying enough to be worth noting.And we tend to procrastinate actually doing something

Remember to Breathe

It’s amazing how many people don’t breathe. It just happens, automatically. The not breathing. Which is ironic considering breathing is an automated function in our

Relief Vs Belief

We both know that you can get relief. A temporary reprieve from the worst of your symptoms – if not all of them. But do you truly

How to: Complex movements to component pieces

How to: Complex movements to component pieces

It can be difficult to figure out why a certain action or activity is causing pain and dysfunction, or why something like a golf swing isn’t becoming stronger, more accurate or more powerful, no matter how much practice. 

It can be really helpful to take whatever that movement is and break it down into it’s component pieces. Here’s why:

  • We can identify what is moving well.
  • We can identify what isn’t moving well. 
  • We can identify which part(s) of the movement are hindering you.
  • We can come up with a plan to make movement patterns more efficient and less compensated.
  • We can improve range of motion if that’s something that is necessary and available. 
  • We can decrease pain (or other symptoms) and introduce ease into the activity. 

The result of all these things is better use of muscles, more comfort, better coordination between body parts… and more!

And from THAT comes a stronger golf swing, a more powerful stroke for swimming, better load through the legs and hips while running… Or being able to wash your own hair comfortably, get up out of bed in the morning, or get off the toilet. 

So, to give you an idea of how we do this, let’s break down a stretch that most people know and use for their tight hips.

  • Start off laying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Notice how your back and pelvis meet the ground, and try to let any gripping in your body relax. 
  • Lift one foot off the floor by flexing your hip. Notice if any funky counterbalancing or, straining or bracing happens. See if you can find a smaller range where the movement happens with ease, or bring your feet up a slightly higher starting point like I demonstrate in the video. 
  • Start to play with the rotation you have available in your hip joint, so that our foot can eventually rest on your knee or thigh. Is your pelvis moving against the floor?
  • Rest your foot on the opposite leg and notice how things settle. Does your torso want to skew? Dip? Brace?
  • If you want to bring the legs in toward your chest for more sensation, notice if this requires you to peel your shoulders off the floor or lift your pelvis off the floor. If so, either stay in the grounded position, or use a strap around the thigh to support the leg in its flexed position.
  • If in stead of bringing the legs closer to the chest, you want to add a twist, let the raised foot start to lower to the floor, and notice when you spine stops twisting and your opposite shoulder starts lifting instead. 

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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We mostly pay attention to odd sensations in our bodies once they’re annoying enough to be worth noting.And we tend to procrastinate actually doing something

Remember to Breathe

It’s amazing how many people don’t breathe. It just happens, automatically. The not breathing. Which is ironic considering breathing is an automated function in our

Relief Vs Belief

We both know that you can get relief. A temporary reprieve from the worst of your symptoms – if not all of them. But do you truly