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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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Healthy Travels

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Healthy Travels

Healthy Travels

Want to enjoy the sightseeing, the company with fellow travelers, and the local cuisine while staying healthy along the way? I found myself in this very scenario while travelling to Beijing in October 2012 (and wrote about it on my previous blog post here). Beijing is an amazing place full of countless opportunities for touring, shopping and enjoying the local food and culture. There’s the Great Wall of China, numerous palaces and tombs of emperors and empresses past, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and more. For the destinations that were nearby, the commute was swift and effortless. The destinations that were further off, however, were much more of a challenge and needed a little more attention.  Add the 12 hour flights to and from Beijing, and you can really imagine what impact such a vacation could have on well-being! Staying healthy in Beijing was easy, simple and rewarding. The key was to continue practicing my daily healthy habits and modify them to fit the circumstances. Here’s are 3 ways I stayed healthy during my week-long trip through Beijing:   Regular Network Spinal Care before and after the trip Drs. Allison, Anita, and I all benefit from getting regular Network Spinal Care. Kiva Bottero, Natural News (link), calls Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) “an innovative approach to chiropractic that focuses on communicating with the nervous system in order to release the underlying tension that keeps the spine misaligned.”  NSA is a powerful way for us to have a well-functioning nervous system and a body that is resilient, flexible and free to heal itself naturally (read more from our website here). During my week of travels, I still benefited from all the NSA Care that I have received. My body-mind has strategies to stay calm and connected, and to practice healthy travel habits needed by my body.   Yoga during the trip During the trip, I practiced 15-20 minutes of yoga each morning before breakfast. I performed a short routine that includes standing postures and floor poses for strength, endurance and flexibility. Yoga is great for awakening our bodies and for preparing us for our first meal of the day. I find it always helps me clear out my lungs and airways of anything accumulated the day before. It’s also easier for me to be still physically and mentally on long bus trips after moving my joints, breathing deeply and stretching my tissues in yoga. With a bit of practice it can be very easy to do your own yoga practice! Stay tuned for a future article on building a personal yoga practice. In the meantime, our Monday night yoga class (click here for schedule) with Rupel Pandya is a great step to having more yoga in your life.   Make healthier food choices Beijing is brimming with food choices that span the entire spectrum of healthy nutrition. I looked for plant-based whole foods wherever possible – vegetables, fruits, legumes and grains and leaned towards dishes that were lightly seasoned and oiled (or even better unseasoned and un-oiled). That meant I was enjoying dishes such as millet congee, freshly made unsweetened hot soy milk, stir-fried vegetables and tofu, and plain white rice. On some days, I’d eat a meal of simply watermelon, Chinese Hami Gold melons, Chinese fresh dates, and mandarins / clementines. Eating whole foods helped me maintain steady energy levels and regular elimination. It also helped me ensure I was getting all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are so abundant in plant-based foods.   Staying active, eating well and getting regular Network Spinal Care are 3 of the ways I got the most out...

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Gentle Chiropractic

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Gentle Chiropractic

Gentle Chiropractic

[Image: smokedsalmon/freedigitalimages.net]  C hiropractic has the amazing capacity to heal and facilitate proper functioning of the nervous system by specific adjustments performed by hand. There are a lot of misconceptions regarding this form of healing which can be done in a very safe, effective manner. So, I’d like to help you understand how gentle chiropractic adjustments to the spine along with soft tissue therapies can help to alleviate everyday musculoskeletal and joint conditions. Chiropractic adjustments and mobilizations to the articulations (spinal and extremity) help restore optimal movement and maintain alignment of the joints.  Keeping proper movement of the joints intact is very important, especially with so many stressors that we encounter everyday. Chiropractic adjustments help to keep joints in motion, relieve compression of the nerves and reduce muscle tension.  A nervous system that has no interference can work maximally and allow proper signals to be conducted throughout the body, leading to health and wellness. Gentle chiropractic adjustments to the spine along with soft tissue therapies can help to alleviate everyday musculoskeletal and joint conditions. My approach to gentle chiropractic care includes the following therapies: Manual adjustments to the joints. I palpate to feel if there are restrictions along the vertebrae of the spine. I then apply a controlled precise movement with gentle pressure along the joint in coordination with your breath to help release the misalignment. If at any time there is discomfort, I ask you to let me know, as there are many modifications that I can make to release a joint fixation. The process is to help relax your system, not to cause any more tension.  Soft tissue therapy to the muscles. I use trigger point therapy and myofascial release techniques to help reduce any muscle tension knots that have developed due to buildup of toxins, adhesions or scar tissue. Heat therapy helps to relax and elongate your muscles, and feels so soothing! I will guide you through breathing techniques to facilitate the release of these tender points in the myofascial connective tissue. To top it off, you will learn range of motion and muscle stretching/strengthening exercises to help sustain the release and effectiveness of your chiropractic sessions. I promise that the exercises I recommend are totally do-able and easy to incorporate into your daily routine. I want to help you learn to use the tools to keep your body healthy! That is my goal for your wellness. Gentle chiropractic can help keep your nervous system healthy. Be active and stay proactive! Dr. Anita...

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