IG: What do you give someone who already has it all?πŸ˜¨πŸ’­ So I finally got the opportunity to treat one of my mentors Dr. J at #THI It took days of mental prep convincing myself that it was going to be OKπŸ™ˆ I was very nervous about treating him, I mean where do you begin when the person already knows their issue, what their diagnosis is and all the selfcare needed for recovery…πŸ’­πŸ˜¨ Needless to say, I was wrong about how it would all go down. Dr. J is an educator, peer and mentor. He welcomed me at the level of my knowledge and experience by allowing himself to be the client, and me the therapist. He remained open to my approach and left his therapist mind at bay (a little) for the duration of the treatment. At the end of it all, he survived the session☺️ and I made it through all the cursing mentally unscathed.πŸ˜žπŸ˜… All in all, I learnt a lot and I appreciate all the input and feedback you offered. #noted #mentor #massage #massagetherapy #RMT #THL #thehealinglotus #thehealthinstitute #manualtherapy #bodywork #learn #knowledge #rehabilitation #fitness #health #wellness #toronto

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What do you give someone who already has it all?πŸ˜¨πŸ’­ So I finally got the opportunity to treat one of my mentors Dr. J at #THI
It took days of mental prep convincing myself that it was going to be OKπŸ™ˆ
I was very nervous about treating him, I mean where do you begin when the person already knows their issue, what their diagnosis is and all the selfcare needed for recovery…πŸ’­πŸ˜¨ Needless to say, I was wrong about how it would all go down. Dr. J is an educator, peer and mentor. He welcomed me at the level of my knowledge and experience by allowing himself to be the client, and me the therapist.
He remained open to my approach and left his therapist mind at bay (a little) for the duration of the treatment.
At the end of it all, he survived the session☺️ and I made it through all the cursing mentally unscathed.πŸ˜žπŸ˜… All in all, I learnt a lot and I appreciate all the input and feedback you offered. #noted
#mentor #massage #massagetherapy #RMT #THL #thehealinglotus #thehealthinstitute #manualtherapy #bodywork #learn #knowledge #rehabilitation #fitness #health #wellness #toronto

IG: It takes immense courage to look at oneself honestly & critically, but it takes just as much strength to treat oneself lovingly and with self respect. It’s only from that open and honest space that you can truly look to place real attention towards actions that inspire change. This past week has been inspiring. Inspiring conversations with peers, mentors and unexpected encounters along the way. #stayopen πŸ™πŸΎπŸ’­ thank you all for your time and wisdom… #namaste #growth #perspective #shift #selfdevelopment #knowledge #power #treepose #yoga #yogi #practice #read #meditate #learn #inspire #stayopenminded #awareness #consciousness #THL #thehealinglotus

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It takes immense courage to look at oneself honestly & critically, but it takes just as much strength to treat oneself lovingly and with self respect.
It’s only from that open and honest space that you can truly look to place real attention towards actions that inspire change.
This past week has been inspiring. Inspiring conversations with peers, mentors and unexpected encounters along the way. #stayopen πŸ™πŸΎπŸ’­ thank you all for your time and wisdom… #namaste #growth #perspective #shift #selfdevelopment #knowledge #power #treepose #yoga #yogi #practice #read #meditate #learn #inspire #stayopenminded #awareness #consciousness #THL #thehealinglotus

IG: Dead Man TwistπŸ’€πŸ™†πŸΌ This Thai stretch is great for anyone with back stiffness, thoracic postural imbalance and a tight shoulder complex. It can help improve mobility in your spine giving you freedom to move and sit better within your own body. Thoracic mobility (lack thereof) is a possible contributing factor to shoulder dysfunction and lower back/hip pain. A simple test to find out where you may be limited is so sit upright on a chair, keep your hips neutral without arching your lower back, cross your hands against your chest and rotate your torso to one side. Come back to neutral and repeat for the other side. Ensure NOT to stretch/force yourself further to gain more range. Your torso can only rotate so much. The goal of that test is to help clue you into where you feel tension. When does your body want to stop you from rotating? What sensations do you feel? Which side rotates further than the other? Once done, perform a lateral bend test (seated or standing). Hips neutral and torso upright (no slumping). Lean over to one side and observe. Repeat for the other. It’s not simple to say now you can start stretching your shorter side, but it’s a great test to help you gain more awareness as to your postural habits, and work on unwinding those patterns through further inquiry and diligent self care. #themoreyouknow #thai #thaimassage #THL #thehealinglotus #massage #RMT #massagetherapist #health #manualtherapy #holistic #thaiyoga #yoga #yogi #wellness #selfcare #knowledge #rehabilitation #movement #therapy #mobilitywork

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Dead Man TwistπŸ’€πŸ™†πŸΌ This Thai stretch is great for anyone with back stiffness, thoracic postural imbalance and a tight shoulder complex.

It can help improve mobility in your spine giving you freedom to move and sit better within your own body.
Thoracic mobility (lack thereof) is a possible contributing factor to shoulder dysfunction and lower back/hip pain.
A simple test to find out where you may be limited is so sit upright on a chair, keep your hips neutral without arching your lower back, cross your hands against your chest and rotate your torso to one side. Come back to neutral and repeat for the other side. Ensure NOT to stretch/force yourself further to gain more range. Your torso can only rotate so much.
The goal of that test is to help clue you into where you feel tension. When does your body want to stop you from rotating? What sensations do you feel? Which side rotates further than the other?
Once done, perform a lateral bend test (seated or standing). Hips neutral and torso upright (no slumping). Lean over to one side and observe. Repeat for the other.

It’s not simple to say now you can start stretching your shorter side, but it’s a great test to help you gain more awareness as to your postural habits, and work on unwinding those patterns through further inquiry and diligent self care.
#themoreyouknow #thai #thaimassage #THL #thehealinglotus #massage #RMT #massagetherapist #health #manualtherapy #holistic #thaiyoga #yoga #yogi #wellness #selfcare #knowledge #rehabilitation #movement #therapy #mobilitywork

IG: Kolapore Uplands: Rock climbing & Caving…πŸƒπŸ‚πŸŒ± This conservation area has a vast amount of cedar trees that seem to defy all odds for survival. The area has a lot of Boulder rocks and less ground “ideal” for the trees to grow. These cedar trees have gone beyond what seems like an obstacle and borrowed through/around the rocks to reach the nutrient rich soil. This Mother of Unity I am standing on is believed to be about 600+ years old. The braided roots signify strength as per the native elders, and the only thing that is bringing her down are the rocks that have shifted away from her with time. Most of the cedar trees are very small in comparison to the braided tree, but ironically, they are the oldest, dating all the way back to the 1600’s. (This was actually tested across the entire Bruce Trail up to Tobermory by a professor + scientist years ago out of curiousity – Thankyou!) It’s an amazing hike, climb, bike ride or kayak location. When you first enter the trail from the Kolapore side, the trees are so tall and green with a fresh dewy forest feel, makes me imagine what the true Amazon may be like…πŸ’­πŸ’­πŸ’­ #nexttrip Morning….😊 #Kolapore #bluemountain #collingwood #brucetrail #hiking #rockclimbing #outdoors #explore #nature #learn #meditation #zen #namaste #treepose #yogi #yoga

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Kolapore Uplands: Rock climbing & Caving…πŸƒπŸ‚πŸŒ± This conservation area has a vast amount of cedar trees that seem to defy all odds for survival.

The area has a lot of Boulder rocks and less ground “ideal” for the trees to grow.

These cedar trees have gone beyond what seems like an obstacle and borrowed through/around the rocks to reach the nutrient rich soil.

This Mother of Unity I am standing on is believed to be about 600+ years old. The braided roots signify strength as per the native elders, and the only thing that is bringing her down are the rocks that have shifted away from her with time.
Most of the cedar trees are very small in comparison to the braided tree, but ironically, they are the oldest, dating all the way back to the 1600’s. (This was actually tested across the entire Bruce Trail up to Tobermory by a professor + scientist years ago out of curiousity – Thankyou!) It’s an amazing hike, climb, bike ride or kayak location. When you first enter the trail from the Kolapore side, the trees are so tall and green with a fresh dewy forest feel, makes me imagine what the true Amazon may be like…πŸ’­πŸ’­πŸ’­ #nexttrip

Morning….😊 #Kolapore #bluemountain #collingwood #brucetrail #hiking #rockclimbing #outdoors #explore #nature #learn #meditation #zen #namaste #treepose #yogi #yoga

IG: Sink into that space… Take a deep breath in through your nose, hold for 5secs, and LET IT ALL GO! Let go of your day… Let go of your present feelings… Let go of past feelings… Let go of opinions…about yourself or others…. Let go of expectations in any regard…. Let go of the desire to let go…. Take a deep breath in, hold for 5, let go and observe… ——————————– Now that your mind is calibrated, let’s focus on this selfcare stretch to your gluteal region. This posture opens you up fascially and gives your external rotators some breathing space for you to move better. If you experience any tightness in your hips, if you struggle with sciatica or go hard/low with physical activity, this is a good stretch to implement within your selfcare routine. Try this… Get used to it… Repeat! #namaste #breathwork #yoga #healing #stretch #selfcare #health #fitness #manualtherapy #massage #RMT #body #work #THL #thehealinglotus #toronto

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Sink into that space… Take a deep breath in through your nose, hold for 5secs, and LET IT ALL GO!

Let go of your day…
Let go of your present feelings…
Let go of past feelings…
Let go of opinions…about yourself or others….
Let go of expectations in any regard….
Let go of the desire to let go…. Take a deep breath in, hold for 5, let go and observe… ——————————–
Now that your mind is calibrated, let’s focus on this selfcare stretch to your gluteal region. This posture opens you up fascially and gives your external rotators some breathing space for you to move better.
If you experience any tightness in your hips, if you struggle with sciatica or go hard/low with physical activity, this is a good stretch to implement within your selfcare routine.
Try this… Get used to it… Repeat!

#namaste #breathwork #yoga #healing #stretch #selfcare #health #fitness #manualtherapy #massage #RMT #body #work #THL #thehealinglotus #toronto