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.
5 Myths Regarding the Pelvic Floor
Nupur Panchal BPT – Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist
When we hear the term Pelvic floor related concern, we often associate the problem with pre/post pregnancy. Although pelvic floor therapy is very helpful for pre/post pregnancy, there are several other areas of focus that Pelvic Floor therapy can effectively address. Reliable and accurate information is essential as it can help dispel myths about the pelvic floor.
Read on to learn about the 5 most common pelvic floor myths and the truth about them.
4 ways that alternative medicine can help to prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke
Did you know that stroke has become the third leading cause of death in Canada, and the second leading cause of death globally? It is also a leading cause of adult disability with over 400,000 people in Canada living with the effects of having had a stroke.
According to a poll commissioned by heart and stroke, less than half of Canadians were aware of their specific risk factors to strokes. Those who were poled recognized poor diet, smoking and lack of exercise as primary contributors to stroke. Only 10% of Canadians recognize high blood pressure as a risk, even though it is one of the most significant risk factors for these conditions.
You’re pitching the bottom of the 9th inning, your team is up by 1 run, bases are loaded, one out to go, and you’re literally holding the ball that can be the difference between winning or losing. You throw your first pitch…it’s a ball. Another pitch…another ball.
How do you maintain focus, and perform the skills you have practiced countless times before? Regardless of your opponent or the playing field, how do you bring your A-Game every time you step into your ‘field-of-play’?
Understanding sport-psychology is similar to understanding behavioural-psychology. How do we control our thoughts of fear, self-doubt and failure to allow us to achieve our goals? First we must understand where these thoughts are coming from, and why we choose to pay attention to them.
If one structure is out of alignment, It can affect all the surrounding structures.
If you have ever been to an advanced yoga class where the instructor launches their class into a series of deep back bends, forward folds and exaggerated spinal twists, you may have found yourself mesmerized by the body’s ability to contort into pretzel- like positions and hold for extended periods of time.
The last 17 months may have been extremely trying, but there have also been positives. Many learned a better work life balance or found comfort working from home. Although you may be excited to be back in the office, socializing with your colleagues, it is important to maintain what was gained, and our wellness team at Natural Alignments, can help.
How can we improve our work life balance now that we’re no longer working from home?
There are 3 main areas of focus to create our perfect work environment: your physical desk set up to reduce the strain of working from a desk setting boundaries to improve your mental health, and nutrition for long sustained energy.
Natural Alignments – Letter from the Owner of Natural Alignments. Grand Re-Opening
Oh what a year this has been. As Natural Alignments officially launched this past Sept 2020, Mississauga’s mayor Bonnie Crombie presented this wellness clinic and yoga studio with a congratulatory letter, red ribbon cutting and memorable speech! She spoke on the importance of taking care of our bodies both physically as well as psychologically. She also commented on the quality of service, aesthetic of the clinic/yoga studio and state-of-the-art equipment that we have available for our patients. Emphasis was placed on the fact that we are in the midst of a global pandemic and paying attention to our overall health is of the utmost importance.
Right after our grand opening Ontario continued a series of lockdowns in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. This shut down most of our clinic until we were able to reopen in July 2021. We did our best to hold on over the past 10 months and through practicing patience and dedication we made it! This Sept 2021 we are preparing to re-launch our wellness clinic and yoga studio!
We will be launching the yoga studio with complimentary yoga classes, discounts for initial appointments -if applicable, and complimentary one of one info sessions with our therapists!
If you are part of the Mississauga Gateway community please join us in October for our breakfast/ information days! Dates TBD!
Yours in health and wellness
Natural Alignments -Clinic Director