Sitting is the new smoking?

Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking? Think of all those hours we spend sitting in front of our computers, on comfy couches binging on our latest fav series, and even the hours we spend sitting in cars commuting or shuttling our kids to and from activities. Researchers have looked at a number of studies and determined that those who sit for more than 8 hours a day with no physical activity have increased risks to their health similar to that of smoking! One study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that prolonged sitting was associated with an increased risk of 34 chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Who would think that sitting could be so hard on us? But no worries – there are some strategies you can use to minimize the effects of sitting. Move More! For every 30 min that you sit – take a few minutes to stand and move. Walk into the kitchen to get a glass of water, climb a set of stairs, stand and stretch, use your breaks to go for a short, brisk walk, dance around the living room to your favourite song. Anything goes that gets you moving! Looking for a stretch to help combat the effects of sitting? Try this!     Perhaps you’ve been given a few stretches during one of our chiropractic sessions. See what you can do to fit a few minutes of stretching in during the day. It can really help you get the most out of our sessions if you stretch between visits. Keep an eye on your own... read more

Thank You to All our Unstoppable You Retreat Supporters

I am so excited that this event is unfolding for another year! This project of bringing incredible woman together in such a beautiful space, Langdon Hall, is a dream come true!  Thank you to all of the supportive companies who have helped make the experience for our Unstoppable Woman truly unforgettable.     Kelly Shane   Nikki Price  ... read more

California Dreaming, Sound good to you?

It was July 2016 and I had just finished a run listening to the Earn Your Happy Podcast with Lori Harder. Lori Harder, for anyone who doesn’t know her, is a personal growth and development coach and she runs a retreat once a year in South Carolina called, Bliss Project. She was talking about her Bliss Project Retreat and I was moved to sign up. I just knew I had to go and be there. Sure enough, during a mediation at this powerful weekend, through goosebumps and tears I had the vision of running my own retreat like this in Waterloo Region. For the Women of our area. It would be a powerful weekend like this with incredible women in one room, connecting and digging deep into self discovery work, dreaming and visioning, being inspired by incredible speakers and honouring themselves and their bodies with movement. The vision was clear, I had to bring this powerful experience HOME! I came home to tell my close group what my goal was. They became my accountability through fear and self doubt. They were the women who over the course of the next few months would check in and ask what they could do to help. They supported me and encouraged me. Kept me on track. The vision came to reality that fall (7 months after my trip to California) on October 28th 2017 at the beautiful Langdon Hall Country House and Spa. This day, made for all the women who like me, feel the call, the need for a day like this, to get clear, to dig in and peel off layers of themselves, connect... read more

“Me Time.” The Importance of Self Care.

Pop Quiz! Sum up your day in one word. I’m willing to bet that you came up with something along the lines of “hectic”, “stressful”, or “tiring”. Now, write down what you do in a typical day: wake the kids; prepare breakfast & lunches; dress the kids for school; drop the kids off at school; work; pick up the kids… STOP! Look at your list. Question: How much of what you’ve done has been for someone else? How much of it has been for you – JUST you? Answer: Probably not enough! You might be asking yourself: “Hold on, Michaela – are you actually telling me to be more SELFISH?” Well…yes AND no. Self Care… Or Selfish? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “selfish” as being “concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself; seeking or concentrating on one’s own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others”. Be sure to make note of the phrases, “excessively or exclusively with oneself” and “without regard for others”. Key: Doing things for others and doing things for yourself aren’t mutually exclusive! Caring for yourself isn’t being “selfish”. It isn’t caring any less about your family or your other responsibilities. It IS, however. about allowing yourself to do the things that bring YOU happiness/joy and about taking a few small steps to improve YOUR well-being. Just remember: Looking after your own well-being will actually make you better able to care for others! If you can fill up your self love cup first, you will be able to give from overflow instead of an empty cup.   Pop Quiz…Part 2! Remember that first list, the one that made you tired just thinking... read more

Sharing Your Vision

Why do I ask? Well, because this year something amazing is happening. My big dream, which is plastered all over my vision board, is taking form. It’s really happening!

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Is Food Freedom For you?

Like many of you, I too am thankful for my family and friends, a roof over my head and food to enjoy this weekend. I am so Thankful. But, I am even Thankful for the one relationship in my life that tests me the most right now.  At every meal, social gathering or turn in the grocery store.  It’s my relationship with Food.

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Calling All Seasonal Allergy Sufferers. Could This Be Your Solution Too?

This is a post I wrote last August. I wanted to get this message out again for anyone who can relate.

What an amazing and fun late summer day I had yesterday! It started …with a trip to the Market for fresh fruit, meats and veggies and an afternoon playing at the park with my 2 cuties. It was so special because it hasn’t been this way, at this time of year, for over 15 years!!!!

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Are You Feeling Stuck? Mornings Could Be Your Answer!

It’s 5:15am and my alarm clock is going off but instead of rolling over and frantically trying to push snooze, I jump out of bed with this image in my mind.

Last week’s memory of my son and I waking up at our family cottage, trekking down to the dock in our PJ’s and watching the sunrise over the lake is something I will never forget.

It’s a special place for me, time spent with family over the years but also where I would go to reflect and set goals for (back then) my upcoming school year and varsity cross country seasons. It wouldn’t have felt right, if I had not done some of that same goal setting and review of my life today.

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