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

What Inspires Your Health and Wellness? A Patient Profile

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One of my favourite aspects of working with clients is that I learn something every day. I am always grateful for the opportunity to interact daily with our inspiring and motivating clientele.   Sometimes, if I’m lucky enough, in the midst of helping others with their health and wellness I stumble across someone who gives me as much insight as … Read More

Post-Partum Exercise: 6 things You Can Do in the First 6-Weeks

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So you’ve had, or are about to have a baby – congratulations! The first few weeks post-partum are an exciting time to bond with your baby, focus on recovering and see your body start to make some exciting changes. Getting back to exercise is on your mind but you may have read or heard that you should avoid all exercise … Read More

How To Boost Your Fertility

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The number of individuals and couples facing infertility issues has shown a rise over the past few years. Today, the infertility statistics have increased from 5.4% in 1984 to 16% today (1) – that means almost 1 in 6 couples today are facing fertility issues. Besides taking measures to monitor your menstrual cycles and ovulation, below are some simple lifestyle … Read More

How to Fit In Exercise Without Carving Extra Time From Your Schedule

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In a world where busy is celebrated and we are constantly over booking and overwhelming ourselves, it is no surprise that one of the most common challenges I hear to maintaining an exercise program is lack of time.    Realistically most people should be incorporating 30 minutes of intentional movement daily to stay healthy, maintain a healthy body weight and … Read More

5 Things Every New Mama NEEDS to Hear

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You are a new mother. You have not slept in days. You have not showered. You cannot even gather enough strength to eat. You thought working after a night of partying was tough, but nothing quite compares to the fatigue you are currently experiencing.     As a pre and postnatal movement specialist and Osteopathic manual practitioner specialized in women’s health, … 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

How, Who and What Gets to Define “Natural Birth”?

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You discover you are pregnant! Hopeful, excited, nervous, elated and a little terrified, you go to your Doctor. Maybe, you elect and are fortunate enough to gain access to a Midwife. You find a birth Doula and establish your ideal birthing team. You desire the most holistic birth plan, one without any type of fetal monitoring, medical interventions, medication or … Read More