Volume 3, Number 4
The trials and tribulations of day to day life build up with time. It is easy to fall into the habit of taking health for granted and expecting our body to support the various aspects of the rigorous lifestyles which we submit ourselves to. However, with time, our body begins to feel the negative effects that are brought about by our unhealthy habitats or habits; such as stress, overeating, processed foods, sleep deprivation etc., and it begins to take its toll. Whatever the culprit may be, there is a continuous need for regular cleansing. Look at it as though you are the computer and your organs are the system by which you rely on to keep the system operating. If you keep putting harmful data into a system without any form of filtration, without running some method to catch or cleanse the system of harm, there will be a buildup of toxins within the system until there is some form of collapse. The goal is to remove any and all foods that the human body treats as toxic, irritating, or de-vitalising in nature. The best way to prevent compromise of health is to provide your body with nutrients that are essential for it to thrive, grow, work, and repair. Detoxification is therefore essential in allowing our bodies to recuperate.
Benefits of Detoxifying
- Improved digestion and metabolism
- Overall health and well-being
- A stable and healthy level of blood sugar
- Increased mental focus and concentration
- Renewal and rejuvenation
- Clearer more vibrant skin
- More energy
What Detoxification Means to You
There is no standard method of detoxification. There is not one individual who is exactly alike, and, each of our bodies react in different ways. Some may feel they need to detox more or less frequently than others. There is no right or wrong method.
Some individuals may feel that cutting out all processed or packaged foods and incorporating raw natural foods into the system is the best method of detoxification while others will cut out sugar all together for a week. There are various methods of detoxification, the best way of discovering your method is to look inwards.
Ask yourself the following to kick start the discovery of which method is best for you;
- What am I trying to accomplish?
- How have I been feeling specifically? And why?
There is not one form of detoxification, nor an allotted amount of time you must designate towards it. Find what works for you, become aware of your actions and your body’s reactions and you will be able to better understand what needs to be done to aid in its recovery. This will also lead to the prevention of further problems in the future. Do not stress out over the details, pick something that works towards what your body needs or what you are aiming to achieve. Keep in mind; you have to start somewhere and any form of detox is better than none. Base it on how you feel and embrace the fact that you are taking time to restore yourself. It is the greatest gift you can offer your health, mind, body and soul. Your health is your responsibility, follow your instincts and you will see results.
Here are a couple of resources to explore that will help to guide you on your way through the detoxification process;
http://www.heel.ca/Heel-ca-Detox-Kit.homotox (Ask Dr. Ting about it, she is on it right now!)
Focus on Health: 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions by my Patients
Written by: Dayle Tengnagel, RMT
As a Massage Therapist one has to be able to read their patients to gauge if they are in a talkative mood or a quiet mood. On a regular basis I have found myself involved in a conversation during a treatment because the patients want to get to know their therapist better. If your job is to promote health and healing, patients generally want to know who has their well-being in their hands. These are 5 of the most common questions I am asked on a regular basis by my patients.
5. Do you plan to be a Massage Therapist for a long time?
I hope to remain in the Massage Therapy/health-care world for a long time. In my agenda for the future, I would like to become a professor at a college for Massage Therapy. While I was in school, I was surrounded by peers on a regular basis prior to exams, this was because I knew my information and was able to break it down for others to understand better. I would also make practice exam questions, where if I knew a professor planned to have a 100 question exam, I would make 100 practice questions. I began to notice early that a lot of my practice questions were fairly similar, or in some cases, almost the exact same questions used by the teachers in their exams. It was a very helpful learning tool for myself and for many others in my class as well. I also tutored while in college, and many those students found my tutoring very helpful.
4. Who takes care/treats you?
In May of 2009, I was involved in a car accident, where my car was rear-ended, and because of this I sustained injury to my left shoulder, neck and low back. During my rehab from these injuries, I was treated a few times by a RMT named Michelle Zurek. Michelle helped me quite a bit during my healing process and wished to continue treating me after my motor vehicle accident claim had ended. I still see Michelle to this day to maintain my health so I am able to continue treating my own patients.
In regards to chiropractic, I currently see a chiropractor name Dr. Clark, who is located in Keswick, ON. He has helped me with my on-going low back and hip injury from my car accident. I first met Dr. Clark when he was assigned to my motor vehicle accident case to do my in-home assessment. I took his card, and kept it on my fridge. It came in handy one day a few months later when I injured my back horseback riding. I stopped by his office, made an appointment and now visit regularly to help with my on-going low back and hip issues.
For chiropractic as well, I regularly visit Dr. Trina Ting at Advanced Chiropractic and Wellness Centre. I receive treatment to assist with my low back issues for my car accidents well as neck and shoulder tension/discomfort.
3. What got you started in Massage Therapy?
I got introduced to Massage Therapy at a very young age, and I have had a passion for health and well-being ever since. A close family friend actually took the program at the main private school while is was located in Sutton, ON and graduated in 1993. I got to see my now colleague, go through the education process, business process and patient health process, and as I got older I began to show more interest in the profession. Ten years ago, at the age of 15, this friend offered me to take her Equine (horse) Massage Therapy course. After taking this 5 day course, I was officially hooked into the world of health-care and Massage Therapy. I was amazed at the benefits one could see in a horse’s movement, attitude and spirits following a massage. Horses need to be viewed as athletes, they can receive the same injuries that any human can, therefore they are capable of receiving the same treatments a human can. At this point, I knew with being able to see the reaction a horse had to treatment, where they have a harder time communicating to the therapist of their injury, I knew I could help people with their injuries to a greater level.
2. Where did you go to school?
I went to Georgian College in Barrie for their Massage Therapy Program. I started my schooling in the fall of 2005, and graduated with honours in the spring of 2008. The program I entered in was a 3 year program, with school semesters in the fall/winter, and winter/spring. I chose Georgian College because the Massage Therapy program was a new program to the College. I figured all of the courses had to be current and up to date for the program to be allowed to start. This appeared to be a better opportunity to have the best education I could hope for. Also, Georgian College is located close to where I live, so I commuted for the first two years and then lived in Barrie for my final school year.
1. How do yours arms and hands not hurt at the end of the day?
This is one of those simple yet complex answers. While we are in school we are trained to use proper bio-mechanics to help in the knowledge to prevent injury in the work place. Massage Therapy is a very physical job, and it does take its toll on its practitioners. The average ‘burn-out’ time for Massage Therapists is 5 years. So to prevent ‘burn-out’ we are taught how to use our body-weight, our arms and hands in different ways to decrease chance of injury. Of course, first time Massage Therapists have not built up the stamina to work a full day of 30min-1hour treatments. At this stage it is common for therapists to come home with achy muscles, sore arms/hands and they are usually pretty tired. But, like any job, as you continue to work with it, your body becomes stronger, arms and hands can maintain pressures longer and the body does not seem to tire as easily.
In the cases that there is injury or discomfort in the arms and hands, Massage Therapists will tend to use cold hand baths to help with any pain or inflammation. Self-massage to the forearms, different stretches and strength exercises. For the hands specifically, it is common that many Massage Therapists will use paraffin hand wax at home or in their offices to help with joint discomfort.
Recipe: Carrot Cupcakes
This recipe and other delicious Easter desserts can be found at www.marthastewart.com.
For the cupcakes
- 1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
- ¾ cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp plain low-fat yogurt
- ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups grated carrots (from about 4 medium carrots)
For the frosting
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
- ¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1-1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp grated orange zest
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.
- In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg; set aside.
- In another large bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, egg, yogurt, and vanilla. Stir in carrots. Gradually add dry ingredients to butter mixture mixing until well combined. Divide among muffin tins. Bake 25-30 minutes, rotating pan halfway through until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a cupcake comes out clean.
- Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting. To frost: using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, and confectioners’ sugar until smooth; beat in vanilla and orange zest. Top each cupcake with 2 tablespoons of frosting and spread to cover.
Did You Know?
Vitamin B6 (biotin) is essential for vital metabolic functions in your body. You can find it in legumes!