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Training for a Half Marathon with Network Chiropractic Care

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on Training for a Half Marathon with Network Chiropractic Care

Training for a Half Marathon with Network Chiropractic Care

I love running. I love the freedom of starting my exercise regime as soon as I leave the house. It’s also a gratifying way to explore Toronto’s neighbourhoods in a way I would never have the patience for while commuting from place to place. I used to run regularly – my favourite route was through the Wychwood Park neighbourhood and around Casa Loma. That is, until I got injured. One day, I ran too far too fast after a brief hiatus with a worn out pair of old running shoes and I got a major case of shin splints. Running was never the same after that. Every time I ran, I developed aches and pains that made me feel too old for my age – like lower backaches, sore knee joints and even numbness in my limbs. I stopped running and opted for “lower impact” exercise like cycling, rowing and yoga. This summer, my good friend asked me to run a half marathon with her in Nice, France this upcoming November. It was a “bucket list” item we’ve been talking about for years and the opportunity was serendipitous so I took on the challenge. Luckily for me, since the time I stopped running regularly, I discovered the benefits of network chiropractic care. Before training for my half marathon, I would typically see my network chiropractor for a general tune-up once a month as a part of my personal stress management regimen. It feels like the combined effects of a relaxing deep tissue massage and invigorating 1hr yoga class. I started training at least once, sometimes twice a week, after seeing my chiropractor. I find it a vital part of my training regime to help keep me injury free. It’s also helpful to talk to my chiropractor about specific aches and pains – he gives me specific stretches to do at home so they don’t escalate to bonifide injuries or even permanent damage over time. I feel great. I feel invigorated to go for a two-hour run after a session with my network chiropractor. It also feels great after a particularly painful run to speed up my recovery. I’m so glad I’ve rediscovered my love for running. Network chiropractic care is my key to staying injury free and optimizing my performance for my half marathon!...

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Dancing Chipmunks

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Events, Featured, Quotes & Thoughts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dancing Chipmunks

Dancing Chipmunks

“I know dance is good medicine for me at these times. Especially at these times.” – Cate Laurier I started my dance “career” as a dancing chipmunk in an elementary school production of The Sound of Music. That was because I didn’t get selected for the chorus, which is what I’d really craved. After recovering from the disappointment, I found myself backstage in a precocious moment of Zen clarity. I chose to dive in fully.“Well gosh darn, I’ll be the best dancing chipmunk I can possibly be”. I danced my heart out. It was exhilarating. What I learned in my 15 seconds of fame is the power of presence. It’s a lesson I find myself needing to return to time and time again. Dance is one of the places I feel most at home. Dance is a way to be with myself. It’s a powerful path to connect and transform. Putting on a high energy song can instantly change my mood. Sometimes astonishingly. But not always. Dance is also where I meet some of my “gnarly knots”. I can’t always look to dance as an escape or instant energy boost or way to transcend troubles. It’s not always about flying high. Sometimes, vexingly, it’s a place to meet myself in all my messiness. And it can feel very tempting to run away from that! I know dance is good medicine for me at these times. Especially at these times. I don’t always take it. I love exhilaration as much as anyone. But sometimes I need to dive deep into the turbulent river or stagnant waters. Trust the power of transformation. The invitation to being present in dance is a funny paradox. Dance with where I’m at, no matter where I’m at. AND trust the power of transformation. But don’t DEMAND it. I need to hear my own soul words inside and really take them to heart: “Come, come, whoever you are, however you are, bring your joy, bring your struggle, bring your power, bring your tenderness, bring your weariness, bring your energy, bring your playfulness, bring your tears. All are welcome here.” By: Cate Laurier (Cate Laurier is a member of the Source Centre community and loves to dance and explore inner landscapes. She facilitated the June Monthly Groove dance party.)...

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Enjoy Life Better with a Gratitude Journal

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on Enjoy Life Better with a Gratitude Journal

Enjoy Life Better with a Gratitude Journal

“I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your personal vibration. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you’re aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots.” – Oprah Winfrey It all started a few years ago when Oprah began a gratitude journal each day. Despite her busy schedule, she made gratitude her daily priority. It allowed her to enjoy the simple moments in life, when money nor fame brought her happiness. And her life became more aligned with her vision. You can read her story here. Or watch a video of her story here. Writing a gratitude journal is a simple and great way to start appreciating and expressing gratitude. It can brighten your day and give you a better mood when you notice more things that are going well. Each day, write down 5 things that you are thankful for. It can be simple things such as appreciating someone opening the door for you, or the beautiful flowers that you saw on your way to work. Show your appreciation and gratitude everyday by starting your own gratitude journal. You will be amazed at the results and how your life will change. By: Amelia...

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Appreciation Made Practical and Easy

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Featured, How-To's | Comments Off on Appreciation Made Practical and Easy

Appreciation Made Practical and Easy

When was the last time you showed appreciation for someone? At Source Centre, it’s something we strive to do on a moment by moment basis. You’ve probably noticed the difference in your body, emotions and thoughts when you show appreciation. Maybe it’s the same when someone appreciates you? It turns out that the positive emotions experienced with appreciation are beneficial to your health. A recent study (click for link) saw that positive emotions improved physical health. Not surprisingly, greater physical health also had a positive effect on emotions. It’s called the Upward Spiral and you can start practicing it right away for the benefit of all.   Some simple guidelines and ideas: No matter what, add a verbal or written expression of appreciation. It really helps someone to see or hear your thoughts of gratitude. For example, you could say why you’re thankful. Or what you’re thankful for. A few words spoken or written can make a world of difference. You may have heard of the Five Love Languages (click to learn more). Consider showing appreciation using the one language that is most strongly experienced by the other person. The five languages are: gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, and physical touch Simple gifts include things that can be touched or tasted. Seen or smelled. Even heard. Ever wonder why flowers work so well? They are so beautifully experienced by touch, sight, and smell. My all time favourite expression of appreciation is all at once a gift, quality time spent, an act of service, and usually involves words of affirmation and physical touch too! What is it? A simple slow meal. It amazes me how one can nourish the mind, body and soul with a humble plate of food. I’m looking for more ways to show appreciation and I think you are too. Please join us on facebook and share your ideas.   Yours in appreciation, Dr. Leo   Reference: http://twileshare.com/uploads/Psychological_Science-2013-Kok-0956797612470827.pdf   Tweet...

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Celebrating and Appreciating You!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on Celebrating and Appreciating You!

Celebrating and Appreciating You!

Appreciation: Recognition of the quality, value, significance, or magnitude of people and things.  Often through showing gratitude. We practice a great deal of gratitude at Source Centre whether it’s in our daily routine of acknowledging and supporting each other or at our staff meetings where a round of gratitude is shared. Expressing appreciation and thanks is great for maintaining our health and keeping anxiety at bay. Opt for a happy and healthy lifestyle by showing your gratitude—you can express your appreciation for anything and everything! We are immensely grateful for all the extraordinary people who make up our community, and this means YOU! We thank you for your participation, your sharing, your commitment to health, and of course for your business. We appreciate the opportunity to share with you, sometimes cry with you and especially be able to grow with you. Our way of showing our thanks to you is by inviting you to our very special event, “Celebrating and Appreciating You”. We hope you and your special guests will be able to join us on Friday July 4th for an evening of complimentary Network care, raffles, prizes, refreshments, fun, and community. Please RSVP by emailing us at health@sourcentre.ca or calling...

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Dance, Dance, Dance

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Events, Featured, Health | Comments Off on Dance, Dance, Dance

Dance, Dance, Dance

This is the title of one of my favorite songs by Steve Miller Band.  Here are the opening lyrics: My grandpa, he’s 95 And he keeps on dancin’ He’s still alive My grandma, she’s 92 She loves to dance And sing some, too I don’t know, but I’ve been told If you keep on dancing You’ll never grow old… I agree!  I love to dance (and sing some too)! Dancing has been a significant part of my life ever since I was a teenager.  I have never had any formal training in dance and I don’t think it is at all necessary to develop a love of dance and enjoy the many benefits. Why do I love to dance?  I love music and I love allowing it to move me and my body.  I love to dance in community and enjoy celebrating life through music and dancing.  I love to be expressive and creative with my movements and try different moves and rhythms out.  I love how dancing brings me into my body and into the present moment.  I love that every person, at any age, with any ability can be included in dance. I love how it is a way to bring people together.  I love that I get to exercise my body while I am having fun and don’t even feel like I am “working out”. As a chiropractor, I think dance is a wonderful way to enhance health and wellbeing.  I often recommend dance as a form of exercise, whether in dance classes, events, parties, or dancing at home (this is what I do a lot of). I especially appreciate free movements when it comes to dancing.  What we know about the body is that it appreciates random, non-repetitive movements that cause many different muscles, large and small, to be firing and this helps our joints and spines be in healthy alignment.  Free, or ecstatic, dance is a way to move the body without any structured or choreographed movements. Here at Source Centre we are hosting our first monthly ecstatic dance event on Wednesday, April 23rd starting at 7:30pm.  We invite you come to dance and play with us.  We aim to create a safe space where everyone feels welcome, free to be themselves and free to move their bodies as they please.  If you feel perfectly at ease with dance, or if it is new and scary for you, just come, we welcome all of...

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