March 2011 Newsletter

March Newsletter

Volume 2, Number 3


Focus On Health – Dayle Tengnagel, RMT


In this month’s Focus on Health, you’ll have the chance to get to know one of our resident massage therapists, Dayle Tengnagel.  With tea in hand, she gave us a little peek into why she became an RMT and why she loves what she does. 

Dayle’s introduction to massage therapy began with an equine massage course (yes that means massaging horses).  She could immediately see how an animal responded to her touch without the ability to vocalize it.  Knowing how massage could help animals, Dayle had a strong desire to apply her knowledge and experience to a career in helping people as well.  With that motivation, she enrolled in Georgian College’s three year Registered Massage Therapy course. 

Life at College

Dayle had a truly unique education experience.  Her class was only the second group of students to complete the entire program at the school.  “Because the program was so new, there were some organizational issues to deal with.”  In the end, Dayle greatly enjoyed her time at Georgian.  “I loved how the instructors taught us how to adapt our technique to different situations and to help prevent injury to the practitioner.”

When asked about her favourite part of the job, she immediately replied “getting to meet a lot of people and getting to know them.”  Originally from a small town north of Stouffville, Dayle’s experience with other cultures was not as varied as someone from a larger city.  Since becoming an RMT, she has been able to meet a wide variety of people from varying backgrounds.  This experience has only enriched both her life and career. 

As with every job, massage therapy is not without its challenges.  “Shoulder injuries can be a challenge,” she said.  The shoulder is the most moveable joint in the entire body.  Because of its complexity, it can often be hard to pinpoint the exact cause of an injury. 

Spare Time!

While her job keeps her very busy, Dayle does have some hobbies that are near and dear to her heart.  Fully immersed in the horseback riding world, she competes (barrel races) and attends horse shows on a regular basis.  She also recently took up bowling, a hobby she picked up from her boyfriend.  In less than a year’s time, she consistently bowls a 155 average!  In between patients, Dayle can always be found curled up with a good book.

Do yourself and your body a favour and book a massage with Dayle today!

Keeping Your Love Alive

Two short weeks ago the stores were alive with hearts, flowers and candy to buy for your special someone.  Just because the retail world has packed away Valentine’s day for a year doesn’t mean you should!  It’s important to do something special for your loved ones year round – in fact those special surprises often mean more to us than Valentine’s day dinner.  Here are some tips to keep the lines of communication alive and the love flowing all year round:

  • Make time for one another – We all lead busy lives and it can be hard to get some quality one-on-one time.  It may take effort on both your parts to set aside some time each week for a date night but you will be glad you did.  Make it an activity you both enjoy and let this time be a chance for you to reconnect and remember what brought you together in the first place!


  • Develop Yourself – It important in a relationship not to lose sight of your own goals and dreams.  Self development is vital at any age.  It will help improve your self esteem and your spiritual and emotional well being.  If each of you takes time to nurture yourselves, you will become stronger as a couple.  It’s important to have friends, hobbies and activities that you can enjoy outside of your relationship.


  • TALK – Most of us would rather ignore the elephant in the living room than talk about it.  It takes patience, willingness and courage to talk to your partner about sensitive topics.  It may be difficult to do, but it is necessary if you want to keep the lines of communication open.  Learning to listen and really hear what the other person is saying will help you get through life’s more challenging moments.  If you’re having trouble, enlist the help of a family or couples counsellor.  There is nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it!


  • Fight Nicely – It’s easy to play the blame game but it doesn’t resolve anything.  Talk about how you feel, be attentive, loving and respectful! Give your conversation the time it needs and avoid starting them at less than ideal times like before going to bed.  If the conversation gets too heated take a breather.  Come back to it when you both have cooled off and are ready to talk and solve the situation.


Banana Bread

Dr. Trina got this recipe off of Martha Stewart’s website and said “it turned out great!” 


½ cup (1 stick) of butter (plus more for pan) – at room temperature

1 cup of granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1-1/2 cups unbleached flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup of mashed bananas (very ripe)

½ cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan; set aside
  • In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  • Add eggs, and beat to incorporate.


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add to the butter mixture, and mix until just combined.
  • Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla; mix to combine.
  • Stir in nuts, and pour into prepared pan.


  • Bake until a cake tester inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean – about 1 hour 10 minutes.
  • Let rest in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a rack to cool.


Did You Know?

Did you know the human eye blinks an average of 4,200,000 times in a year?

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