Fix Your Netflix Posture!

Fix Your Netflix Posture!

Orange is the New Black. Ozark. Sharp Objects. The list goes on. We’re certainly no strangers to binge-watching our favourite shows. But what does that have to do with posture? Think back to your last binge session – lounging there as minutes turned into hours. Were you maintaining a healthy seated position? Growing up, you might have heard from your parents to sit up straight and keep your shoulders back – but having good posture is no less important to us as adults than it is to kids. In fact, posture can significantly impact your overall health. So, enjoying your favorite shows actually can have positive health effects as long as you’re seated properly. What is Good Posture and Why Is It Important? Put simply, posture is the position in which someone holds his or her body when sitting or standing. Our posture impacts how the force of gravity is distributed through the body. With good posture, stress gets properly distributed to the right muscles and ligaments for our bodies to work efficiently. The end result of this is decreased wear and tear on our bodies lowering the risk of injury. Further, your vital organs remain in proper position and your internal systems are then able to function as intended. Our bodies know a thing or two about efficiency! Benefits of Good Posture We’re certainly not judgemental of our clients who struggle with bad posture – we’re the first to understand that slouching isn’t something that’s done purposefully! Bayview Sheppard RMTs can help address the physical reasons behind poor posture, including inflexible muscles and low muscle strength, so together...
From Conception to Birth… Massage Throughout All Stages of Pregnancy Can Ease Your Mind and Body Into Motherhood

From Conception to Birth… Massage Throughout All Stages of Pregnancy Can Ease Your Mind and Body Into Motherhood

It pretty much goes without saying that pregnancy is indeed life changing.  And for each expectant mother, changes to the body and mindset can be quite different throughout each trimester, and sometimes vary week-to-week or even day-to-day! Regular therapeutic massages by professional registered massage therapists throughout pregnancy are a safe, nurturing and effective way of alleviating many stress, discomfort and symptoms that expectant moms experience. In addition to increasing relaxation and improving circulation, therapeutic massage can address many of the aches and pains common to pregnancy including: reducing muscle cramps relieving muscle tension particularly lower back and gluteal region improves/maintains range of motion reducing fluid retention relieving headaches A common fear about massage during pregnancy is whether the positioning or pressure from a massage could affect the unborn baby. RMT’s are specifically trained how to adjust the position of a pregnant woman during the massage as well as how to adapt the pressure applied to certain areas of the body. There are certain pillows and positions for each pregnancy stage to make women comfortable and the treatment safe.  It’s important to share your concerns and experiences with your RMT at each visit so they can focus your treatment accordingly. It may be an overall full body in first trimester, then as the body changes through the second and third trimester, the focus could be hips and low back, or upper back as the breast enlarge and shoulders round forward. It is up to the client and RMT to decide a plan that suits these changing needs so the benefits are maximized with each treatment. And the relief doesn’t stop...