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Good day to you. I'm glad you're here to visit my site and get more information. The current status of the world is quite ... scary, interesting, different, and its only March!
I have stopped seeing patients as of March 17 - St. Patricks day! This will be memorable for years/decades to come!
All seriousness though - Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's Provincial Health Officer, the CMTBC (College of Massage Therapists, BC), and OsteopathyBC have sent orders to suspend practice indefinitely.  The orders for social distancing - staying 6 feet away conflict with the type of services I provide and make it impossible. So to be compliant with this and not become a vector with which to spread this virus, I will not be seeing patients until this changes. It is unknown when this will change as the numbers of infections continue to grow exponentially on a daily basis.

If anyone has had or has an appointment with me coming up in April, it will be suspended until further notice. I'm still accepting new patients for my waitlist - but understand this could be several months to a year for an initial appointment.

Please stay healthy, go for walks, spring is here and nature doesn't care if you're going for a hike at the beach or in the mountains, please practice distancing, wash your hands, have a coffee and call your family and loved ones. There are many in our community that are alone, check in on your neighbours - leave them a note to say hello, meet for a coffee across the street from each other. Thank the medical staff daily at 7pm by clapping and/or clanking pots/pans/lids...let them know we are supporting them by staying home by keeping the spread of this virus to a minimum. Just a few suggestions on keeping cabin fever at bay! See you on the other side....

Welcome to another new year! It’s time for a restart, fresh start, clean slate…however you refer to it, the whole world keeps turning, but with a turn of a calendar page, the ritual of starting over is a mental state of mind. 
All those things on your to-do list have suddenly risen to the top of your awareness and the rush to do it all comes back into focus – the workouts, the weekly meal planning (do you really do this? wouldn’t this be great to do? does it last for a few weeks then you loose steam and then weeks go by…), the list of house reno’s and upgrades, new furniture, old furniture and clothing to go through (do those jeans still fit? or are you waiting to loose weight to wear them again?)….etc! It’s so overwhelming! And you thought December was busy!?? 

So you want to try out something new instead of the same old exercise routine? Here are some suggestions: 

ELDOA – http://eldoavictoria.com/ – a mat class for spinal alignment and a stretch of the fascia/connective tissues from fingers to toes. 

Bungee fitness – https://studiofitnessvictoria.com/classes/bungee-fitness-am/ – a little support while you jump, and stretch? 

Aerial yoga and hoops? http://www.amethystdanceandfitness.com/classes.html – another way to “hang out” 

Bellyfit https://www.bellyfit.com/ – yoga and aerobics and movement with a DJ! Created in Victoria, BC, and it’s gone International! 

Kundalini yoga – At Oak Bay Recreation, Monterey Center. Breath work and movement and chanting all in one. https://www.oakbay.ca/parks-recreation/programs-registration

Rebounder – http://www.jumpingfitnessvictoria.com/ Fitness class on a mini trampoline…get bouncing! 

I could go on, but you get the idea. Mix it up during the week, try out a new workout once a month, you might find something new to play with. You will do exercise if its fun, it makes you feel good, and makes you smile all the way back home. 

As for my work schedule, its getting pretty full, thanks to all your referrals. I truly am grateful for this! I call it “job security”. I am currently booking new patients at the end of February through March. 
Current patients, book in early, get on the cancellation list, or contact me directly if there are certain days and times that you need but don’t see on my schedule. 
I’m also working on my schedule to take new courses for my continuing education, as I am never bored with learning something new or refreshing some of the old!

All Hallows Eve – another fun holiday that is prominent here in North America. But I’ve heard that its gaining popularity in the UK and Asia. The funniest trend to me is the costumes for dogs and other pets. I’ve gotten lost in the internet checking out the hilarious costumes created for our furry friends. My favorite is the taco! Did you know that Taco Cat is Taco Cat backwards?! 

Taco Cats

But seriously here. This 4 video playlist from Buteyko Clinic International with a presentation about the importance of nasal breathing, why nitric oxide is important to the lungs, what happens with obstructive sleep apnea, why we need breathing retraining, and lots of research to support his nasal exercises and why we need to learn to breath through our nose during the day and, very importantly, at night as well. There is an associated reduction with rhinitis, asthma, OSA, apneas, anxiety, and other breathing disorders. Please check them out. 

August ended with a lot of haze from the fires in BC. I hope your lungs did well despite the air quality! Did you know that air filters sold out in many places on the island? It’s kind of a bummer that some needed to resort to that, but the breath is so important to us all. We still live in a very lovely part of the world and sometimes we just need a little help with our health. There are many reasonably prices home air filtration systems for under $200 that help keep the air inside the home free of dust, mold, and other particulates. You might want to consider a HEPA (High efficiency particulate air) system as well, as its the level of filtration that hospitals use. Some people report sleeping better and breathing better while sleeping with it in their bedroom.

And now comes the “F word”….yep, I’m going to type it: FALL. It used to be my favorite time of year, especially Halloween! But I feel that we were denied a bit more warmth in August because of the smoke in the air. Schools have started so the 30kph is in full effect around schools, but we should be aware of all reduced speed zones in our neighborhood and especially as we commute. There are lots of cyclists around and keep an eye out for the random pedestrian! They come out of nowhere sometimes. Next will be the leaves falling and raking the yard. Gardening is never boring. I’ve found a few random bulbs thoughtfully replanted by our neighborhood squirrels and find a couple of nice surprises in the spring with tulips popping up in places I know we (my husband) didnt plant.

I like to say that our bodies and minds are high maintenance – there is always something to work on. I introduce to you !Logosynthesis https://www.logosynthesis.net/(Logosynthesis https://www.logosynthesis.net/)!. I’ve been working with a Life Coach over the past year and she introduced me to this very simple and easy to use system for getting rid of attachments, that is the simple explanation. 
Here is more: “Imagine saying a simple sentence and feeling how fear, anger or shame are being pulled out of your system. Imagine how the causes of pain and sorrow stop hurting you.

Logosynthesis is an amazing new system of healing and guided change. It uses the manifesting power of words and phrases to resolve negative beliefs, to let go of fear and trauma, and to lift the burden of grief or physical pain.

Dutch/Swiss psychologist Dr. Willem Lammers has transformed ancient knowledge and modern theory into an elegant model for guided change, for personal and spiritual development: Logosynthesis.”

Have you seen the bounty of berries? Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries…yumm! Great time to stash some away in the freezer for fall and winter breakfast oatmeal or pancakes. Berries are full of summer sunshine energy and antioxidants.

And speaking of berries…have you practiced your kegels lately. Do you do them the right way? Do you even need to do them? This youtube.com channel from Kim Vopni, the Vagina coach, has lots of great tips on keeping your pelvic floor in shape. As well as learning how to contract and relax the pelvic floor. All women need to learn how to do this the right way. Some of you are over contracting, some need to learn where to contract, and some need to learn how to incorporate it into your daily lives so that you dont leak when you sneeze, pick up your kids, or jump on the trampoline! She also talks about diastasis recti – when the linea alba is stretched from pregnancy and how to check yourself for it. Check out her channel here: Vagina Coach Channel .