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

What if You Could Design Your Life?

As ‘Malik The Kin’ Carby Corbett and I met with our Kin School students for the very first time last week, one thing became clear - kin students and practicing kinesiologists didn’t realize that only they were in charge of their life! 


As kinesiologists, we are often put in a place of being an assistant to another health care professional, underpaid and undervalued, not realizing the depth and breadth of our skill set and quickly feeling like we aren’t in charge...

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What is a kinesiologist?

The following article was originally written by Kristen Mayne of Lumino Health in consultation with Angela, and is reproduced here with permission.

 

Are you wondering what a kinesiologist does and if they can help you? To learn more about kinesiology and what it can treat, we spoke to Angela Pereira. Pereira is a Registered Kinesiologist and Certified Nutritional Practitioner. She is also the founder of First Line Education, an online continuing education platform for kinesiology...

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The War of Art - Book Review

blog book review Aug 19, 2021

I’ve listened to this book three times in my car in the past two weeks. It’s that good! It’s a short listen (at 1.5 speed) and each time I returned I picked up something new. I laughed out loud, rewound sections to listen two or three times and realized some of my own inner War tactics that were putting a firm lid on my Art.

This book is divided into three sections: Book One: Defining the Enemy - it’s sneaky and persistent, Book Two: Turning Pro - get a plan of action...

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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 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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