Why Restorative Bodywork Matters

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Today, the market is flooded with so many types of group exercise classes. It’s difficult to know what is good for you and what you should avoid, what is ‘healthy’ for your body and what might hurt it. There’s yoga in its many forms, including flow and hot yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, boxing, strength training, and spinning classes. There’s mom & … Read More

92% of People Will Fail to Keep Their Resolutions. Here’s How to Make Your’s Stick.

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Right now you are living in the land of good intentions.   Everywhere you look people are declaring their resolutions for success in 2020. It is hard not to get swept up in the momentum as this decade draws to a close.   The reality however is that the inspiring resolutions you are dreaming of will likely never come to … Read More

Don’t Let the Travel Spoil the Trip: 5 Ways I Travel Healthier

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Do you feel it? The cold in the air?   For me that can only signal two things:   Move over pumpkin spice…it is holiday season! It is time to get on a plane and get out of the cold.   Winter is my travel season and with good reason. I don’t travel much for work but you better believe … Read More

Stop Promoting Pain for Gain and Start Listening to Your Body

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Listen to your body.    Growing up I was extremely active. I loved to play. I played any sport I could, I would run often, go outdoor adventuring, and basically move any chance I could. During my very active childhood at some point that I cannot seem to remember, I started to experience pain. Real pain; not muscular pain, which … Read More

12 “Silly” Questions You Will Want to Know the Answers to Before Your Pelvic Floor Exam

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I was recently asked to sit on a panel about pelvic floor and in preparation for the event I was asked what kind of topics women would most want to discuss.   I knew what I wanted to discuss immediately.   I want to talk about why we don’t talk about pelvic floor.   In Europe, pelvic floor is a … Read More

Stool Withholding: How to Help your Child Let Go

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If you know me, you know I love to talk about bowel movements (BMs). The shape, the size, the frequency. Yes, I know you’re probably cringing right now (as most of my patients do when I ask them to point out what their stool looks like on a chart) but perhaps I can convince you why bowel movements are today’s … Read More

FASCIA, SCARS and  THERAPEUTIC RELIEF

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In my previous blog, I discussed the stigma around labeling childbirth as “natural birth”. More specifically, I examined the introduction of the surgical procedure of caesarean sections in the 19th century and other medical interventions during childbirth. If you haven’t already read the previous blog post, you can here . As a brief summary,  caesarean sections account for 18.6% of … Read More

3 Stretches Your Body Can’t Live Without

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To stretch or not to stretch. You may have recently read, Jordan Fortuna’s recent blog where he discussed the science behind stretching and whether or not it has an impact on performance. Spoiler alert, the evidence doesn’t say so. So should you give it up completely? Heck no. Flexibility is important and is critical in maintaining good posture and proper … Read More

Meet the Team: Heather Heaney, Registered Massage Therapist

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One of our team members who has been with us the longest is our registered massage therapist, Heather Heaney. After being away for the last month, it seems like the perfect time to reintroduce this talented practitioner. A passionate advocate for women’s health, a dedicated mom and an animal lover, Heather brings a ton of experience to our team. Here … Read More

Pregnancy-Related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PPGP) – Is it Normal?

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to take a refresher course on the Pelvic Floor and Pregnancy, with a specific interest in Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP). Pregnancy-related PGP is something that I see often in the clinic and I usually hear a similar story from my patients- “It’s taken me a while to come in because I thought/I was … Read More