Volume 2, Number 5
Focus On Health – Isidora Romantini, RMT
Written by: Correne Omland
In this month’s Focus on Health, you’ll have the chance to get to know one of our resident massage therapists Isidora Romantini. I was able to sit down with Isidora and talk about how massage is vital to an active lifestyle, why she loves her job and what the future holds.
Her introduction to massage therapy started on the table as a patient herself. Isidora and her husband both maintain a very active life, from hiking and cycling to yoga. Whenever they needed care for injuries they always sought out massage therapists, chiropractic care and acupuncture. She firmly believes that these treatments should be a part of any active life.
Time for a Change
Her own journey from patient to therapist, started at a time when she was feeling unfulfilled by her career. “I was working in retail management and I was really unhappy with my job at the time”, she told me. After a lot of self-reflection and journaling, she decided that it was time for a change. Being so active herself, Isidora knew that she wanted to do something involving the body and helping people reach their full physical potential. With this goal in mind, she decided to become an RMT.
Hitting the Books
Isidora enrolled in Elmcrest College’s two year Registered Massage Therapy course. Her most vivid memory about school are the lifelong friends she made while she was there. Isidora also found the curriculum to be very intense and in depth, which is exactly what she was looking for. “All the instructors were phenomenal, but my favourite has to be Remo Bucci!” That name may sound familiar to some of you as he was one of the RMTs for the Torino Olympics in 2006.
The Facts of Life
Isidora’s favourite aspect of her job is the ability to help people to live their life to its fullest. “When one of my patients tells me that they were able to run an extra 5km or swim three extra laps… well it’s very gratifying. To hear that you’ve changed someone’s life is a very rewarding feeling.” As with all aspects in life, you must take the good with the bad. The most challenging aspect for her is dealing with people who don’t really want to get better. Isidora is a firm believer that her patients must be part of the healing process. “I can only do so much. If they don’t exercise and don’t eat right they won’t see the improvement they expect to.” Isidora’s approach to this challenge is one of honesty and education. “I can’t fix everything and I tell them that.”
What the Future Holds
“I will always be an RMT, but I really want to explore the teaching aspect.” In every treatment Isidora finds she incorporates teaching – talking about stretches, exercises and diet. This part of her job is very fulfilling and she plans to expand on it. She also has plans to enrol in the Moksha Yoga training program in the near future. Isidora believes that it’s very healthy to admit that there is something more to learn. “If you think you know it all, then you don’t!”
Incorporating Exercise into Your Busy Life
We all want to live long, healthy and vital lives. An important aspect of a healthy lifestyle is engaging in physical activity on a regular basis. Our bodies were designed to bear weight, be active and in motion. With an increase in sedentary lifestyles, exercise is more important now than it ever was.
Benefits of Exercise:
- Reduction in stress and tension in the body
- Regulation of blood sugar levels
- Increases blood flow to all areas of the body including the brain, keeping it healthy and active
- Helps to reduce incidences of certain cancers and inflammatory diseases
- Keeps your lungs and heart healthy and strong
Exercise Tips for a Busy Life:
- Break it up! It can be difficult to find a spare 30-45 minutes to dedicate to exercise. New research has shown that you will still receive benefits if you do 10 minutes of activity 3-4 times a day. Take a walk at your lunch break, take the stairs instead of the elevator and walk the dog after dinner!
- Get up Earlier. Although it may feel painful at the time, you will be glad that you got up 45 minutes early to work out before starting your day. You will have more energy during the day and sleep better that night.
- Take the Stairs & Park Further Away. If you have a very busy and hectic life, try squeezing in exercise whenever you can. Walking 4-5 flights on stairs multiple times a day will equal a 30 minute walk. Park far from your destination and enjoy the stress-relieving walk to and from the car.
- Take a Break! On your coffee break take a short walk. You might be surprised at the boost of energy it gives you!
- Do something you like. Remember being active doesn’t mean you have to hate it. Think of the activities you enjoy like biking, swimming, walking, rollerblading, hiking etc. and incorporate those into your exercise routines.
- Exercise while watching TV. When your favourite show is on try to incorporate activity by doing a floor routine, crunches, push-ups or running on the treadmill.
At the end of the day your total activity/exercise time should be 30-45mins for the maximum health benefits. Remember, every little bit counts!
Recipe: Black Bean and Quinoa Salad
Recipe is courtesy of http://vegweb.com
As we mentioned last month, spring is often a time of detoxification and cleansing. One way to add to the benefits of your detox is to make dietary changes such as cutting out refined sugar, dairy and gluten. These food groups are often the culprits to symptoms such as digestive upset, fatigue, mood swings etc. Therefore, in honour of our April Detox challenge we are providing a recipe that is sugar, dairy and gluten free. Enjoy!
- ½ cup quinoa
- 1 cup white corn
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- ½ cup chopped celery
- ½ cup chopped green bell peppers
- ½ cup chopped tomatoes
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 3-4 tbsp light vegetable oil (your choice)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Parsley or cilantro, minced – to taste
- Salt & pepper – to taste
- Soak quinoa in water for five minutes, then drain. Cook either in vegetable stock or water for 15 minutes.
- During the last five minutes of cooking, put in corn if using frozen. Drain and cool.
- Dressing: Thoroughly mix together vegetable oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley/cilantro, salt and pepper.
- Mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl (black beans, celery, green bell peppers, tomatoes and scallions) with quinoa and corn.
- Pour dressing in and mix well.
Serves 4 to 6 people. Best served cold.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the oldest known disease in the world is leprosy?