Volume 2, Number 8
Self-Love Through Bodywork
Written by: Jodie Cara Lindley, B.A.,RMT
Many people have a love-hate relationship with their bodies. We tend to love ourselves when our bodies are happy, healthy and pain-free. But if we happen to wake up with a muscle spasm, we are ready to wage war on ourselves!
Pain in the body brings up fear. Not only because we do not feel our best, but also because we often cannot do the activities we love to do. We feel limited, helpless and down on ourselves. Our vitality feels threatened and we feel weak. It is a short spiral into self-dislike, as we often experience negative thoughts about our bodies.
Bodywork is the perfect way to make peace with your body when pain sets in. This encompasses any modality involving physical touch and manipulation, relaxation techniques, and practices that affect the body’s energy flow. Massage, Reiki, meditation, exercise and yoga promote deep calm and emotional well-being. These are ways that will help you feel good again.
When you receive bodywork or engage in exercises like meditation or yoga, the body releases loads of hormones called endorphins. Endorphins are known for their pain-relieving properties, but they also enhance the immune system, reduce stress, and retard the aging process. There is a deep sense of ease in the body and your mind will feel calm, subdued and peaceful. These are natural ways to feel positive, even euphoric, about your body!
So instead of cursing your body for its pain and discomfort, set some time aside to receive bodywork. You will be sending yourself a message of self-love instead of disapproval and disappointment. Self-love through bodywork is a natural way to believe and communicate that you and your physical, mental and emotional welfare matters.
Jodie Lindley is a Registered Massage Therapist and Reiki Practitioner. Her services are available on Mondays from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Advanced Chiropractic + Wellness Centre.
Healthy Eating: Car Trips
With the sun shining and the kids out of school, the summer months are the perfect time for car trips. It’s this time of year when the whole family crams in the vehicle and heads off to new and exciting destinations.
While car trips are a great way to spend the day, eating healthy on the road can be challenging. Here are a few tips that might help you stay healthy on your next car trip:
Plan ahead – pack food and water
- Buying water ahead of time will help save you money and avoid unnecessary stops.
- Pack easy to store foods such as hardy vegetables and fruits (carrots, celery, apples etc.) and nuts (which will serve as a great source of protein).
Pack your first meal:
- Try packing sandwiches for your first meal. They keep well in coolers, they are easy to eat in a car and they will save you money & time.
- If you don’t have ice packs try frozen water bottles!
Plan your stops:
- Often times the most convenient stops on the road have the least healthy options.
- Plan your stops and check online to see what is around that area. You might need to drive an extra 5 minutes from the exit, but having a healthier meal option will make it worth your while.
- The key is to know where these places are ahead of time! A GPS or smart phone are helpful tools when you are traveling in an unknown area.
A tidy car is a healthy car:
- Don’t forget garbage bags, paper towels and a few small plastic bags. Keep a separate bag for recyclables and dispose of everything at one of your stops.
Drink your water and stay hydrated:
- It might mean a few extra stops along the way, but it will help prevent a whole host of problems. Dehydration is common on car trips because people avoid drinking to avoid stopping!
- Tip: The first sign of dehydration is usually a headache (not thirst).
Recipe: Fresh Peach Chutney
- ½ cup cider vinegar
- ½ cup loosely packed brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 large sweet red pepper – diced ¼ inch (about ½ cup)
- 1 small white onion – peeled and diced (about ½ cup)
- 1 small jalapeno pepper – seeded and diced (2 tbsp)
- 1/3 cup white raisins
- 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ pounds firm, fresh peaches
- Blanched to remove skins – pits removed – sliced into wedges
Put the vinegar and both sugars into a non-reactive pot, place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Add the red pepper, onion, jalapeno, raisins, garlic, ginger, salt and simmer 10 minutes.
Add the peach segments and simmer an additional 5-10 minutes. If the peaches are still firm, allow to cook several minutes more.
If you would like the syrup thicker you may also increase cooking time by 1-2 minutes to reduce the liquid.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pot. Serve at room temperature. Transfer all excess to a clean container and refrigerate, covered, for up to one week. If you have a pressure or water-bath canner, you may consider canning the leftovers.
Did You Know?
Did you know that approximately a million, billion neutrinos from the Sun will pass through your body while you read this sentence?