Is Gardening Your Sport?

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Is gardening your sport? I really enjoy gardening. Full stop. For many personal reasons, it is an activity that I thoroughly enjoy and is a common topic of discussion with clients at Body Co (especially at this time of year!). Despite all of the joy that gardening brings to each individual, I am acutely aware of the challenges that are … Read More

Is Community the Medicine You’ve Been Missing?

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After a year of social distancing, it’s not surprising that many feel isolated or lonely. What may surprise you though is the impact of that isolation on your health. As researchers explore the physical and mental aspects of being apart, we are starting to understand that connection is as vital to our health as water, good food and exercise. Studies … Read More

How Motherhood Changed My Physiotherapy Practice

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There are many skills I need to acquire for my job: knowledge, manual skills and conversational skills to name a few. The most profound skill, however, is empathy. To be able to accurately assess, diagnose and treat my patients, I have to first put myself in their shoes. And of course, I have no problem doing this. From the series … Read More

5 Signs You Need to Address Your Energy and Underlying Stress

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I spend a lot of time talking to those I work with about their energy.    When people come to see me they are often feeling low on the energy scale, but this is just one symptom. Often times as dig deeper they are also very stressed out!! The low energy could well be a result of an overactive mind.  … Read More

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction 101

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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is the inability to properly coordinate pelvic floor muscle activation and relaxation. It is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide variety of disorders that occur when structures (muscle, fascia, nerve, tendon, ligaments) in the pelvic floor are not functioning optimally. Although symptoms present differently, pelvic floor dysfunction can occur in both females and males.  In order … Read More

Daily Solutions to Detox 2020 From Your Body and Mind

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Is anyone else ready to kick 2020 to the curb? As we sit on the cusp of more severe restrictions and an even deeper lockdown, I’ve noticed a shift. I no longer want to curl into a ball and hide, I want to thrive. I’m pretty done with feeling sorry for our collective selves at this point, I’m ready to … Read More

3 Essential Pelvic Health Practices for Pregnancy

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Recently I was at a mom and baby class to speak about pelvic health. I always start by asking the moms if they have had any experience with pelvic floor therapy. I am happy to report that after 6 years of doing this work, now the majority of the hands go up. Most women generally recognize that bringing a new … Read More

5 Reasons Why You Might Be Losing Your Hair

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5 Common Causes of Female Hair loss For women, increasing hair loss can be both a scary symptom and a major cause of stress. Although it is common to go through periods of increased hair loss, this is not a normal symptom for women and is a signal your body is sending that something is not right.  There are many … Read More

10 Ways to Manage Your Anxiety

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1 in 5 Canadians will deal with a mental health issue by time they are 40.  5% of Canadians suffer from anxiety 8% suffer from major depression 63% of people say they suffer from stress Both stress and anxiety are on the rise with COVID-19 and there are predictions for much higher depression rates as a result.   I have suffered … Read More