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Oxygen, we heart you!

We all know the urban legend that bad luck or death comes in threes. But have you heard the axiom that death comes by threes? Three weeks without food, three days without water, and three minutes without air. While this satisfies my theatrical brain, and the rule of three in drama and story telling, it might not actually be precisely accurate.   True, the body can survive, on average, 3 weeks without food (Ghandi lasted exactly 21 days on his famous hunger strike)....

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dem bones

By Andrea McCulloch, RMT You may be familiar with the song which describes how the “toe bone is connected to the foot bone, the foot bone is connected to the ankle bone, the ankle bone is connected to the shin bone”.  A beautifully simple and clear lesson in skeletal anatomy, but there is so much more going on!   We are born into gravity and for the rest of our lives we are in a constant relationship with it.  It is sometimes a battle, and gravity very often wins!  But...

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“What position should I sleep in?”

Does it matter to your body what position you sleep in? Well, yes and no. I would like to give you a short answer, but in order to make sense, I am going to have to take the detour route on this one.  Let’s start with a little background and a bit of a review from a prior post (May 2010 “Help Yourself Help Your Neck”). The musculoskeletal system of our body, meaning the stuff we can actually control in some manner (good luck altering the position of you liver…) is made up...

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Take a Deep Breath

By Tara Patriquin, Massage Therapist Breathing. Seems simple enough, right? For something that is so innate and natural, many of us could be doing it wrong. I used to be a shallow breather, filling up my chest and carrying all my tension in my shoulders. It wasn’t until I started practicing Yoga, and the art of mindful breathing (Pranayama), that I started to take note of how my breath was making me feel. Relaxed breathing should see a loose abdomen expand with inhalation,...

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I Heart Naps!

By Tara Patriquin, Massage Therapist One day, upon waking up from a nap, I looked to my computer for the time. There, staring me in the face, was a post-it: “BLOG”! So it hit me: I’ll write about napping. Recently, our colleagues at OneUp shared a link about the benefits of proper sleep.  There is more and more interesting research coming out supporting the idea of segmented sleep cycles. The topic of sleep has always fascinated me, from the hormonal balance of our...

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Do you suffer from headaches?

By Keltie Cheney, Physiotherapist Every visit I have with a client I ask how they are doing. I often hear, “Oh, pretty good, but I have a headache. I get them all the time but I can’t do anything about it”.  Are headaches supposed to be just a normal part of life, like tired muscles from a tougher-than-usual work-out or sore feet from standing all day?  Well, no actually.  Headaches should not be taken so lightly.  There are many kinds of headaches which mostly classify...

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