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Preventions for Low Back Injuries

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Preventions for Low Back Injuries

Preventions for Low Back Injuries

Throughout the day, we bend our back more often than we should. Whether we realize it or not, bending our back has slowly become a normal habit in our daily lives. Many activities cause our backs to curl improperly; from picking something up to slouching in a chair. However, too much bending of the back can increase the risk of a low back injury. The damage caused to a spine from excessive bending can be compared to the bending of a tree branch: where a branch would snap – a spine would be injured. In order to prevent these injuries, there are many minor changes we can make in our daily lives. Here are three tips I would like to share with you in order to reduce the number of times you bend your back each day: 1.    Avoid Twisting Motions Twisting your upper body creates unnecessary stress to your spine. Alternatively, you can move your feel and rotate your entire body instead of twisting your upper body. Healthy exceptions include yoga or other guided physical activities. 2.    Don’t Bend 30 minutes into the Morning! Your spine is fully hydrated after a night’s sleep and therefore, it is more susceptible to injury from the stress of bending 30 minutes into the morning. 3.    Avoid Heavy Loads on the Back! If you’re trying to pick up something heavy, instead of using your back muscles use a lunge to focus the weight on your thighs. On the other hand, if you’re picking up something light, I suggest using the Golfer’s Lift. To do a golfer’s lift, stand on one leg and lift the opposite leg as you reach down. This will keep your spine straight as you bend down. It’s amazing how a few small changes will add up and prevent injury to your low back. Keeping your back injury free can be this easy. –...

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Introducing Alwynn, Pilates Instructor

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Featured | Comments Off on Introducing Alwynn, Pilates Instructor

Introducing Alwynn, Pilates Instructor

My name is Alwynn Jessica Taylor and I’ll be teaching a Pilates Foundations class every Thursday morning at 8 am at The Source Centre starting on January 9th 2014. I am a certified mat Pilates instructor and my philosophy is that students conquer personal challenges when they are gently guided towards success in a positive and nurturing environment. I do this by providing a warm, caring, comfortable and enthusiastic class setting that fosters learning and enhances success. Students feel welcomed, appreciated and accepted within their physical abilities. I spent the first part of my professional career working in several ad agencies, PR firms and working as an event planner in Toronto. I’ve had the opportunity to live in The Dominican Republic, The Kingdom of Bahrain and Mexico City. I’ve also spent a lot of time in France and Spain. Once I returned to Toronto I decided to take a new path in my career and walk away from my corporate life altogether to embrace a career in health and wellness. It was the scariest decision I made, but the most rewarding on many levels. As Anais Nin once famously said “life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” I took my teacher training certification in Pilates at the nationally recognized Body Harmonics studio. I now wake up, put on yoga pants and help my students learn to connect with their bodies through movement, breath, concentration, control and precision. These are just a few of the principles of Pilates. As an instructor, a strong focus is placed on a supportive teaching style with vivid imagery and encouraging feedback to inspire students to make the mind-body connection to become their best through their Pilates practice. Looking forward to seeing you on the mat     Alwynn Jessica Taylor Q & A with Alwynn   Describe yourself in four words? “Generous, resilient, charismatic & passionate   When you’re not teaching, you enjoy…? “Playing tennis, baking, painting and drinking caffeine”. Not necessarily in that order.   Random quote? “The mind is everything. What you think, you become”. – Buddha   Give us a random fact? “I’m left handed, but play golf right handed.   Desired travel destination? “Too many to choose, today is Mauritius, tomorrow…who knows”.   Why do you love Pilates? “I love Pilates because I can see what it can do for the body, the mind and the spirit. Really, it’s...

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New Year Resolutions: Achieve Your Goals for 2014

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on New Year Resolutions: Achieve Your Goals for 2014

New Year Resolutions: Achieve Your Goals for 2014

This New Year it seems that, yet again, everyone is making resolutions. Do you have a resolution for 2014 but aren’t sure how to see it through? Choosing a method or strategy for reaching your goals can be overwhelming.  Not to worry, though, Source Centre is here to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions. Read on for a list of common New Year resolutions, and what Source Centre can do to help you accomplish your goals for 2014. Lose Weight and Get Fit As the most common New Year resolution, the commitment to getting fit is the reason why it is impossible to snag a treadmill at the gym the first few months of the year. Everyone is there with the same goal, trying to lose weight and get into shape. Source Centre would like to offer other options besides the gym, where you don’t have to fight over gym equipment or a space to lay down your mat. Join us at Source Centre every Monday night at 7:30pm for Yoga with Leila. Starting January 9th, every Thursday Source Centre will also be hosting a Pilates class with Alwynn Taylor at 8:00am. Quit Smoking Quitting smoking is no easy task, especially after holiday stress. Add in the short dark days of winter, and the constant cold, and quitting smoking may seem virtually impossible. However, studies have shown that chiropractic therapy can help dissolve addiction. Brain function relies on normal structural integrity and joint movement in the spine. An abnormal position or movement of spinal vertebra can lead to nerve interference, distorting communication between the spinal cord and brain. Known as “vertebral subluxation,” it is this disruption between the brain and the spinal cord that chiropractic work focuses on. These subluxations interfere with the brain’s reward system, resulting in the need for an individual to escape undesirable feelings such as withdrawal from nicotine. At Source Centre our chiropractors Dr. Leo Quan and Dr. Allison Barriscale can help you quit smoking by restoring your spine and inner reward system to it’s full functioning state. Eat Healthier and Diet This New Year resolution has the potential to actually do your body more harm than good. It is important not to confuse eating healthier with eating less, but rather eating more nutritious foods and less empty calories with minimal nutritional value. Whether your desire to eat healthier stems from wanting to lose weight, gain weight, reduce disease risk, or live with a food allergy, our nutrition services can provide the support you need to successfully accomplish your New Year resolution. For nutritional counseling, contact Nutritionist, Fumie Yamaguchi , or our Naturopath, Tara Andresen. Get More Sleep Getting enough sleep is an essential part of keeping your body healthy. Not only is sleep crucial for brain function and memory consolidation, but lack of sleep can lead to undesired weight gain. How can Source Centre help? Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) connects the body’s inner rhythms with focused attention, gentle breath, movement and touch. By expanding your body awareness you can help your body relax, helping you not only to fall asleep, but to also sleep more deeply. Still not quite sure what SRI is? Join Source Centre January 15th, January 29th, and February 13th for introductory workshops to SRI. Be Less Stressed Reducing your stress level goes hand-in-hand with getting more sleep. If your goal is to be less stressed in 2014, Source Centre has a variety of services that can help you achieve your objective. Need a stress management plan? Source Centre will be hosting a Stress Management workshopon January 15th at 7:30pm....

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11 Tips to Make the Most of Winter

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on 11 Tips to Make the Most of Winter

11 Tips to Make the Most of Winter

The cold weather and holiday season is fast approaching. Picturing yourself in front of the fireplace? Wrapping yourself in warm blankets while holding a mug of hot chocolate? Have you imagined yourself skating at the ice rink or putting on the skis? To make the most of winter, try these 11 tips to stay healthy, energetic and connected. 1. Moisturize – we all know to moisturize our hands and face in the colder drier weather, but did you know to moisturize the inside of your nose? Moisturizing your nose with vaseline or another non-absorbing moisturizer can protect your nasal membranes and keep you from catching a cold virus. 2. Take Vitamin D – Unless you live below the 50th parallel, you don’t get enough sunshine from October to April to keep your Vitamin D in a healthy range. It’s safe to take 2000 IU daily of Vitamin D. It’s an important vitamin that is good for a healthy immune system, healthy bones, energy, and more. Read more about the health benefits here. 3. Take Vitamin C – I’ve caught the cold virus a number of times this year and was able to fight it off with high doses of Vitamin C. I’ve taken as much at 2500mg with each meal, 3 times a day just when I started to notice symptoms and have been able to bounce back overnight. 4. See your chiropractor – As the temperature dips, it’s more likely for our joints and muscles to ache. Chances are your nervous system is under stress too. Regular visits to a Network Spinal Analysis Chiropractor can do wonders to teach your body-mind to release tension and experience greater vitality. 5. Learn something new – Spending time outdoors may be scarce these days, so why not use the extra time to learn a new activity or skill? This is your chance to exercise your mind and body and prepare yourself for the new year. 6. Be with friends and family – Health is more than mind and body. It’s the quality of your friendships and family ties. Spend time celebrating the season with your loved ones and notice how alive you feel when you’re surrounded by those you love and those who love you back. Bonus points for meeting new people, making new friends or starting a new relationship! 7. Practice your faith – Do you believe in something greater? Ever wondered if you had a life purpose? Spending time in meditation, prayer or worship can be rejuvenating and help you with gain focus, direction and certainty in life. 8. Break a sweat – The colder months make it easier to stay inside and away from the gym. This is your chance to practice Tip #5 Learn something new. Make this season your opportunity to have a new winter activity or sport. Maybe it’s living room yoga? Perhaps it’s your existing outdoor activity but with a twist… 9. Bundle up and Layer up – If this is your very first winter of outdoor physical activity, consider an investment in warm clothing. Modern day outdoor active wear has really made it possible to manage heat, cold and moisture while you move around! 10. Breathe – The holidays can be a stressful time of year. Somato Respiratory Integration is an effective way to breathe mindfully and get connected to the peace and strength within. It’s easy to learn and can quickly bring down tension and stress. 11. Enjoy the change – How monotonous would it be if we had no change in seasons? I don’t know about you, but I like bringing out the warmer sweaters,...

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Get into Your Groove with a Clear Day!

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Events, Featured, Health, Somato Respiratory Integration | Comments Off on Get into Your Groove with a Clear Day!

Get into Your Groove with a Clear Day!

On Saturday, November 23 we are co-hosting a full day healing intensive event called a Clear Day.  Clear Days are the most transformative and powerful healing events I have ever been a part of and an incredible opportunity to bust through old patterns and step into something new.  Having hosted 7 Clear Days to now, I am still amazed, inspired and thrilled about what happens for people at the event and beyond. Clear Days happen at a location external to our regular office environment.  We spend a full day in a community of like minded, open hearted people focused on healing and growth.  Doing healing work in community is a powerful way to create growth, far faster than we can do one-on-one.  We share both consciously and unconsciously with others in our healing process; just think about how you often get more out of doing a group yoga class, meditation, or exercise. Clear Days are inspired by the work of Dr. Donald Epstein who gave us the wonderful gift of the chiropractic technique called Network Spinal Analysis and the body/breath technique called Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI).  At Clear Days we have 3 “entrainment” sessions interspersed with SRI and other body centered workshops to enhance the process and add to the learning.   An “entrainment” is the word we use for the chiropractic care we provide which is designed to help your body connect and release it’s own tension and generate alignment and self healing.  At the upcoming Clear Day we will have 5 chiropractors working at once during the entrainment session with up to 15 people on the tables at once.  The group effect of doing this entrainment together provides a powerful synergy to help people create healing and learning that is not available day to do in the office. Throughout the day we will go on a journey through the “Seasons of Wellbeing”.  Our first entrainment focuses on the strategies of the season of “Discover”, where we can be authentic with ourselves, learn where we may be running from pain or problems in our lives and we get more connected to our bodies and emotions.  In the second entrainment we embrace the season of “Transform” where we can claim our personal power, commit to making changes in our lives and move into action.  The final entrainment embodies the season of “Awaken” where we move into heart space and experience expansiveness, gratitude, joy, and acceptance to inspire us to be all that we can be in our lives. This Clear Day’s theme is “Get into Your Groove”.  Our theme is designed to help you learn more about what groove you are living in your life at this time, where you want to be and how to get into your groove and flow of your life day to day by living in the moment and being authentic with yourself and your life.    We want to help you find your groove and groove with your life and with others in a way that feels, effortless, fun and enlivening. If you would like to learn more or get involved please call our office at (416) 923-4325.  Come groove with...

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