The Importance of Taking MICRO Breaks
Andrea Lee, Osteopath M.OMSc
It is 3pm... we are 3 coffees in and slowly starting to feel sluggish and slightly unproductive. Aside from indulging in those sugary-delicious holiday cookies that have been taunting us in the lunchroom all day, what else can we do to increase our energy levels and gain focus?
How our bodies carry stress, and 5 Yoga stretches you can do to manage physical stress
Andrea Lee M.OMSc, Osteopathic MT, Yoga Instructor
Charu Shankar Yoga Instructor
Have you ever noticed the amount of tension that our bodies hold due to stress? You may have noticed after an exceptionally stressful day, that you have a headache or are fatigued, but did you notice any physical pains that may have increased due to your stress? Our body often tenses up after a stressful experience as part of a psychosomatic stress response. This is a normal response to stress and is often paired with a typical sympathetic response such as increased respiratory rate, increased heart rate, or increased sweating. There are a few key areas of the body that are most affected by this psychosomatic response:
1) Shoulders, neck, and jaw
3) Hips and pelvic floor
The Importance of Restful Sleep
Andrea Lee M.OMSc Osteopathic MT, Yoga Instructor
According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), a restful night sleep plays an important role in our overall physical and mental health. However, millions of people world-wide do not get enough sleep and suffer with symptoms associated with lack of sleep. A survey conducted by NSF (1999-2004) revealed at least 40% North Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders, and that 60% of adults report having sleep problems two or more nights per week. A large percentage of these sleep related problems remain undiagnosed and untreated.