Finding the forest through the trees – connective tissue rediscovered

Hidden from view until now – fluid filled spaces everywhere!   By Gord Grant PhD, RAc and Alina Tousseeva, RAc A medical group from New York City recently discovered something very new and interesting about connective tissue. Connective tissue (or fascia as it is also known) is the tough, gooey, elastic filler stuff between cells in and around tissues, sinews, organs and muscles of the body.  It is simply everywhere!  On…

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Sit all Day? Two Exercises to Help your Butt!

As a personal trainer, I often see clients that are unable to maximally activate and engage their glute muscles (i.e. gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus).  The glute maximus’, due to its large size and position, allows humans to stand upright and maintain an erect posture.  Besides walking, it is involved in a number of sports, from running to weight-lifting and is used in numerous exercises, such as squats, kettlebell swings,…

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Failing Forward

Here is a guest blog from Klaudia Sapieja, a Mental Health Training Coach at the University of Alberta (see her bio at the end of the blog below).  She offers us here some thoughts to provoke us to examine the idea of failure as it applies to sports….but I think the message can be applied to both health and life in general! Enjoy! “Most people dislike making mistakes. Mistakes, setbacks,…

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Hot Stone Therapy – More than Relaxation!

Hot stone therapy has been documented as far back as ancient China and Egypt, where people used heat therapeutically.  Native North Americans have long used rocks in rituals with a spiritual significance to symbolize life.  Indeed, the stones a therapist chooses can have meaning based on systems of origin from an energic perspective.  Most stones used for hot stone therapy are smooth from the action of thousands of years of…

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Taking back the essence of “leisure”

by Gord Grant, PhD., RAc. Wikipedia says: “Leisure, or free time, is time spent away from business, work, domestic chores, and education.”  It goes on to qualify it – “The distinction between leisure and unavoidable activities is not a rigidly defined one” and then further; “Certainly most people’s leisure activities are not a completely free choice, and may be constrained by social pressures, e.g. people may be coerced into spending…

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Fascia – the missing link to understand movement

The recent discovery and greater understanding of the micro-structure and possible functions of the interstitium has been getting a lot of medical media buzz recently.  It has even been called a “new” organ, the largest one in the body, representing the connective tissue such as the fascia around and between muscles, and indeed, everywhere else.  For me, this represents a very practical missing link in my education which is now…

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Are you in a fitness slump? 4 things to help

Many people who want to start getting more active feel overwhelmed by the idea because they do not feel they have enough time, do not know where to start, or have really high expectations for themselves. Unfortunately, this often results in their good intentions never materializing into any action or changed behaviour. I always encourage people to take it slow at first and to remember that something is better than…

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Massaging the right places – not always where the pain is

Why is it that when you come in for a massage, your therapist will work on a different area first before attending to where you told her you are hurting or tight? Sometimes the therapist even starts working more on the wrong side of the body! Or when the therapist gets to where it is painful, she is not spending enough time there and go even deeper and harder. Does…

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Acupuncture helps with morning sickness

Acupuncture helps with morning sickness  This blog is intended to provide information to pregnant women who are suffering from morning sickness.  Many prefer to try something else besides medications as a first line approach, or are not tolerating anti-nausea drugs well. In a 2015 Cochrane review, a respected medical journal that summarizes research over time and evaluates its quality, put together two “meta analysis” to see if acupuncture can help…

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Decreasing your stress

What to do when you’re stressed to the max….? I’m glad you’ve found me today, I’ve got something I’d like to share with you. It’s Greg here to let you know that even though you might be stressed to the max right now, there are still small, practical steps you can take to cope with that stress and stay healthy. But first, why am I talking about stress? Like it’s…

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