Part of my natural health routine includes getting an occasional massage when I feel a little stressed or wiped out from a tough week at work. When I am really feeling sore or something feels out of place, I go to a chiropractor, but a good massage therapist can do wonders when I don’t quite need a chiropractor. In fact most chiropractors have at least one massage therapist on staff to compliment their work. Some will also have an acupuncturist as well, all though that is less common.
Since I have lived in a lot of places in Canada over the years, I have known quite a few massage therapists. Finding a good one is just like any other service where some are good, some are bad, and some are great. I think my favorite place to get a massage was a place called Gravite Massage near Dieppe NB The owner was Bob Taylor and he was a really friendly and outgoing guy. He never made me feel uncomfortable and always put me at ease before getting started. He would do things like tell me about his last vacation and then ask me about mine. Nothing gets people to relax better than talking about a great vacation since it takes them back to a place when they were very happy.
If you decide you want to try to give someone you know a massage, watch this video which gives some great directions on what to do to your wife, husband, spouse, or whoever you want to massage. Of course the results won’t technically as good as if they went to an experienced therapist, but it is a lot more intimate if you want to get closer to someone you love.
I do a fair bit of traveling and on a recent trip to Edmonton, I found myself with an injured shoulder. I was in the hotel gym trying to get in an early morning workout before starting my day of endless meetings. Anyway, I was using one of those mechanical bench press machines ( I hate those) and the range of motion just didn’t feel right. I should have done the smart thing and said to heck with this, but I didn’t. I proceeded with my reps and all of a sudden I heard and felt a crunching sound.
Not good! For the rest of the day my shoulder was very sore and didn’t have the range of motion that it used to have. I thought it might just get better on it’s own, but by day four of my trip I had had enough. I asked some of the people that I was working with if they knew a good Chiropractor in Edmonton. One older lady spoke up and said she periodically visited a Dr. Curtis Masters at Champion Chiropractic. We got to talking and she told me she had played a lot of sports in her younger years and all the wear and tear of Tennis, Baseball, and Soccer had caught up with her. Anyway, I think I made a new friend and we sometimes chat on Facebook.
Back to my injury, I booked an appointment with the Chiropractor and they were able to squeeze me in the next day. When I got there, Dr. Curtis was very friendly and pleasant, so I was at ease right away. He explained that my shoulder joint was slightly misaligned where the Humerus enters the socket and the rotation was being hampered causing movement to be restricted. He told me he was going to attempt to reset the shoulder while explaining everything he was doing.
He had me make a fist and pull my elbow to my chest with my arm totally bent, so my hand was near my face. From behind me, he grabbed my elbow and exerted upwards pressure on the shoulder joint. We heard a little bit of a snap and I felt instant relief. Wow, I thought to myself, this guy really came through for me and that put me in a great mood for the rest of my trip, even though I still had more boring work to do. Dr. Curtis even explained how to avoid getting this injury again. He said to always keep the weights as close to your body as possible to avoid any unnecessary stress on your shoulders.
So, don’t forget the Chiropractors when you are injured – they can usually help you.
People have been practicing yoga for hundreds of years since it originated in India. There are now yoga studios in every corner of every city in North America and everyone knows someone that practices yoga on a regular basis. There are several types of yoga that you can try but they are all fairly similar.
- Hot Yoga
We all need to find some inspiration once in a while and that also applies to the people that instruct, coach, and guide other people. It doesn’t matter if you are a life coach, yoga instructor, naturopath, or in a position of leadership. The simple fact is that we all need some tips on how to stay positive and laugh at any misfortune we may experience. As the saying goes – when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Here are some tips from http://oxygentraining.ca The suggestions are from a yoga instructor’s perspective but can really apply to anyone.
- Take cues from your daily life– When I am looking for a theme or topic to present in class, I often look at what lessons or gifts I am addressing in my own life. For example, if I am feeling annoyed by a fellow co-worker and all of the things that I think they should or shouldn’t do, then I can use that. I can talk about non-attachment in my class and how we can’t change anyone or anything outside of ourselves. The only thing that we have control over is ourselves and our reaction to life. I could also talk about how our perception can change everything. If I continue to see this person as annoying then they will continue to be annoying or I could change my perspective by being grateful of them and the lessons they teach me. All of these philosophies can be applied on the very basic level to our physical asana (posture) yoga practice. They can also be applied to our everyday lives.
- Read something inspirational- Read books, poems, quotes, song lyrics… really anything that is inspirational and lifts you up. You can draw inspiration from these sources or even share the words with your class. Then they can contemplate the passage and use it in their own way, for their own inspiration during the class.
- Use your students to ground you- Let’s face it, sometimes you’ve had a rough day and you really don’t feel like teaching. On these days I remember my students. I remember that my goal as an instructor is to lift them up and support them, to the best of my ability. I want to be of service to my students and the community as a whole. This always grounds me and reminds me how lucky I truly am to be a yoga instructor. Just this simple thought and a few minutes of silence always helps to get me in the zone. Also, talking to your students before class can help to bring you into the present moment and reconnect with your community, and thus with yourself.
- Share something personal with your class- If you feel comfortable sharing a personal story or thought with your class, this can be a great way to feel connected and present within your teaching. Not only with you feel great sharing but chances are a student or two will probably be really touched by your honesty. Many times they will come up to you after class to tell you how much they relate with the story or how it helped them see things in a new way. Getting this feedback from your students is always inspirational. However, be sure that you are sharing from an authentic place and not from the ego. Just offer the thought without expectation of how they will perceive it or without expecting anything in return. It is the vulnerable and authentic spirit that makes this one work J
- Keep a list of topics/philosophies/stories that really inspire you- I have a list on my computer of different topics. I also have a book when I write down inspirational stories and quotes. When I’m lacking in ideas I just look at the list and book and before you know it I’m brimming with excitement and motivation.
- Mix things up!- Feeling bored of teaching the same thing… try something new. Teach a new pose or a new variation that you’ve never tried. Or change your music. Speed up the class or slow it way down. Your students will also appreciate the energy and vitality that this brings to your teaching. And who knows, you might find a new style or flow that you really enjoy!
- Get into class- My all time favourite way to re-awaken the passion and joy for teaching, go take a class with a new instructor or at a studio that you have never been to. Sometimes we get in a rut and never leave our bubble. It is always refreshing to try something new and open our minds to new possibilities. Even if the class isn’t in your lineage or style it can still inspire your teaching and your life!
It always good to read stuff like this because it re – invigorates us and inspires us to keep going. I like to find something like this to read at least once a week – usually on a Friday afternoon when I am winding down for the weekend.
If you have never done any kind of Yoga whatsoever, this video is for you. All you need is some workout clothes and a mat, but you don’t really even need that if you can handle a hard floor.
The instructor is very good and takes it really slow you have time to duplicate what she is doing on the video.