Don’t Waste Your Time and Money – Learn How to Choose A Great Therapist

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Do you ever eavesdrop on someone’s conversation?   This morning as I was waiting to play tennis I found myself doing exactly that. Two gentlemen beside me were comparing notes on their recent knee surgeries.   Gentleman number one was saying how he was pleased to be back to tennis and had been religiously going to physiotherapy. I was about … Read More

Just Breathe

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Do me a favour. Have a seat. Sit back in your chair. Relax your arms on your your lap. Quiet your mind.   Now, inhale through your nose for a count of four. Fill your belly with your breath, like a balloon fills with air.   Pause.   Slowly, let the breath out through your mouth for a count of … Read More

How to Conquer your First Spring Run Safely

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It was ugly, dirty and it hurt but oh my, it was glorious.   It was my first run of the Spring season.   I used to run all winter, pre-kids, pre-business, pre-paranoia of slipping on icy sidewalks. Now I elect to do something inside, and let’s face it, warmer and safer, in the winter. That means come spring, I … Read More

Get the Skinny on the Low Fat / High Fat Debate

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Ah, the dreaded diet. It hits the top of our New Year’s Resolutions. It is revisited a few more times throughout the year with goal weights set for birthdays, vacations and high school reunions. The weight loss industry has an estimated value of 68 billion dollars (1) and there is every reason to believe that trend is going to continue … Read More

What Does Your Poop Say About You?

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I’m my house, with two small children, poop is a regular topic of discussion. Poop jokes, poopy diapers, conversations about how frequently each child pooped. Needless to say we are not shy about discussing our poop.   However, if that is not your reality (and lucky you) you may not be paying close attention to a vital marker of health. … Read More

Self Care in Crisis: The Health Scare That Left Me Challenging My Beliefs About Self Care

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This blog was supposed to be about all of the glorious things I learned through a week of unapologetic self care in Panama. A few weeks ago I wrote about how I had come to desperately need some time to recharge so I left my family and job in search of some space to recharge and devote some time to … Read More

Pre-Season Prep: 6 Golf Drills to Get You ‘Below Par’

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Though the winter may seem endless and unforgiving right about now, let us take it as an opportunity to physically prepare for the upcoming golf season… though really the tips here would benefit other sports such as tennis, hockey and beer league softball.   Golf is a skill sport and skills require practice, so don’t neglect this early in the … Read More

Everything You Need to Consider About Pelvic Floor – A Poem

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Pelvic Physiotherapy. Have you heard that term before? Well let me tell you all the wonderful things, That we can do for your pelvic floor.   Have you had a baby? Maybe two or three? Do you find yourself running to the bathroom, Because you can’t hold in your pee?   Or maybe it happens with coughing, Laughing, jumping, or … Read More

You May Be Mentally and Financially Ready To Relaunch Your Career But Is Your Body Ready To Go Back To Work

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Amid the anxiety of getting your child to daycare and the anticipation of jumping back into a career, there is one thing that often gets overlooked when women return back to work…themselves. While we may prepare for the mental load of going back to work, very few people plan (or train) for the physical load that comes with working an … Read More

Why I Left My Family and Job to Run Away To Panama

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I’m not proud to share this. I yelled at my son.   Not a slightly-raised-voice yell but a foot-stomping-fists-clenched-teeth-bared yell.   My son is not yet two. It was neither his fault nor my finest moment.   After yelling at him I sank to the floor and ugly cried. I did not comfort him despite his quivering bottom lip. Instead … Read More