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Musings about movement therapy and therapists, proactive and preventative health care, ideal clients and client outcomes

When a client dies

blog Aug 12, 2021

It was 2:30 pm on a Friday afternoon when the phone rang. It was Fred, my client’s son. ‘Mom’s asking for you. Can you come?’ Twenty minutes later I was perched beside my client on her bed and holding her warm soft hands in mine. Her extremely furry Himalayan cat named ‘Beaux’ was lying across her belly.

‘Are you ready to go soon Ethel? Is it time?’, I asked. The last couple of days had shifted her condition very quickly for some reason....

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‘Stack’ Nutrition Habits for Healthy Change

blog diet lifestyle nutrition Aug 05, 2021

Change is hard. Particularly when we need to make changes to what and how we are eating. Part of what makes these changes so challenging is that we have huge links from our food choices and habits to our family, our culture, and our sense of comfort and safety. When we get ‘advice’ about how to reach our health goals by making nutritional changes, well, I can hear the alarm bells from here!

Changes to how we nourish ourselves must be adopted slowly and carefully.

For best success,...

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Canada needs a new food guide (already!)

In our new course introduced this past weekend, ‘Nutritional Counselling for Kinesiologists’, we talked about Health Canada’s recommendations for a ‘healthy’ diet. As you can imagine, there were lots of questions!

Canada began publishing food guides way back in 1942. In January 2019, Canada released its most recent guide. I believe that, in Canada we actually have two food guides - one is ‘official’ and developed and published by Health Canada, and...

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The Obesity Code - Book Review

blog diet nutrition obesity Jul 16, 2021

It’s official. Obesity is now an epidemic. We already know that obesity is the root cause of many chronic autoimmune diseases. It makes us more susceptible to ill health. And yet it is one of the most challenging health issues for us to manage in the present day.

According to a report by CBC News in 2014, obesity rates tripled in the period from 1985 to 2011 going from six percent to 18 percent.

TRIPLED. In about one generation!

Toronto nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung wrote three very well...

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5 Ways to Improve Your Diet…That Have Nothing to do with Food

diet lifestyle nutrition Jul 12, 2021

Guest blog post by: Katherine Prior, B.A. (Hons) Kinesiology, Co-Instructor of Nutritional Counselling for Kinesiologists at First Line Education 

As the dietary supplement industry continues to see steady growth and diet fads become more and more pervasive in social media, it’s easy to assume that achieving the most optimal diet simply requires choosing the most nutritious foods and eliminating “bad” foods. 

As fitness and healthcare professionals, we often look...

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5 Simple Lifestyle Shifts You Can Try Today

Sometimes the simplest of shifts can produce profound results. We tend to believe that the changes needed to improve our health must be radical, uncomfortable and take incredible amounts of patience, willpower and time.

What if I told you it doesn’t have to be that hard? That you can make tiny steps in the right direction and create remarkable improvements to your health?

‘Crazy!’ You yell.


‘I don’t buy it!’ You cry.


‘If it was this easy everyone would...

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Just Breathe

As I worked with two different clients this week, I realized something that I hadn’t thought about in a while. Both clients presented with very similar chronic pain patterns. And this week for some reason their pain seemed to be much worse than usual.

What if I could help them lower the activity of their ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response - the activity of their sympathetic nervous system?

While we spoke about their past few days, I realized that their pain was idiopathic -...

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Sensory Motor Amnesia: Our Bodies Are Wiser Than We Give Them Credit For

In Greek mythology there is a riddle attributed to Sophocles who composed the riddle of the Sphinx:

‘What is it that has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed? Oedipus replied, ‘The human body.’

From crawling to walking on two feet to eventually needing a cane, our bodies are a beautiful riddle to be enjoyed, explored and to sometimes solve as we journey through life. For some of us this means exploring the very upper limits of human...

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Five Things That Might Surprise You About Fascia

Fascia is the term used to describe ALL the tissues throughout our bodies. Most of us picture fascia as a Spider-Man suit worn just under the skin. We imagine fascia surrounding our muscles, organs and bones - but it’s really so much more!

Some fascia is incredibly dense, like bone. Other fascia is very delicate, like the tissue surrounding our organs. This almost magical substance serves us like a highway. It transmits biochemical signals that control the sensory and motor pathways in...

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Have You Done A Self-Movement Screen?

Have you ever tried to do a test of your own functional movement? Good luck.

Maybe you're trying to figure out how to do a movement screen on a client using Zoom on a small laptop screen? How’s that working for you? 

Our body’s ability to be both stable AND move at the same time is quite a trick! How objective do you think your movement assessment measures can be as you squint to see your client as closely as possible from afar? You’re likely looking at your client in a...

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