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Ja-On’s Recommended Reading Material

For anyone that has been to see me for sessions, there are typically a few books that I’ll recommend as fantastic resources for health.

Pain Free is a great book for postural education.

Supple leopard is great for anyone interested in developing mobility, not just flexibility.

The Bulletproof Diet books are an easy approach to removing sugars and processed foods from your diet.

Finally, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is my go-to book for great food. This one is definitely NOT low carb or Bulletproof style, but it really can help those afraid of cooking good food step into the kitchen.

If you have questions, feel free to ask!

 

 

Stress and Massage

An instructor of mine once said that our generation is far more stressed out than our parents, entirely because in today’s world we simply don’t let things go. We dwell on them, we hold on to things and never let them go. Whether it’s trying to decide on the color of fabric for our furniture or that driver that ran a stop sign in front of us, we simply don’t get over things.

A major part of that problem is the massive amount of stimulus around us at all times. We have immediate access to all information at all times on the television, the radio, internet and cell phones. Our lives are constantly plugged into the world and everything in it. And because of this, our nervous systems are stimulated and overstimulated.

This constant bombardment of information to our nervous system stimulates our sympathetic nervous system, also known as the fight or flight system. It’s what encourages the release of hormones that keep us on edge, ready to run at a seconds notice. It’s also the system that can prevent us from having a restful sleep at night, properly digest our food, and cause us to be anxious.

The balancing mechanism to this is the parasympathetic nervous system, also called the rest and digest system. As the name suggests, its what helps us calm down especially at night when we need to rest and to help us properly digest our food.

It isn’t a simple matter of living in balance between the two since the sympathetic nervous system will always be the more powerful of the two simply out of self-preservation. But, with a little help, we can make sure that we don’t exist entirely in a fight or flight state. Massage therapy is a wonderful way to calm down the system and ease the tensions of life as it stimulates the calming receptors of the muscles to decrease tone as well as help the body enter a relaxed state.

Massage therapy isn’t a miracle cure that will remove all stress from the body, but it is a powerful and accessible tool. Combined with other methods of relaxation such as meditation, yoga, or tai chi, it can break the cycle of anxiety that many of us live in and help us regain a little more inner peace.

But what the Heck is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy(Current Study)

My favorite question is, “But, what the heck is osteopathy?” Partly because I get asked that daily, but also because I am still learning what it is myself! I’m being honest, I still have a lot to learn, but what I have learned is amazing.

There is a lot of misinformation and dubious claims put forward about osteopathy, and it’s usually done by the misinformed. It’s too bad really, since Osteopathy has a genuine benefit to it. But, when I hear people claim that it cures disease, and heals the body… I cringe.

The Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners states that the “Osteopath applies the knowledge of the structure and function of the body, to all diseases, disorders, and dysfunctions.” An Osteopath doesn’t cure or heal, but we can help the body. They don’t replace a Medical Doctor, massage therapist, physiotherapist or any other professional. They simply use their knowledge to help people.

Osteopaths help people, and isn’t that what life is really all about?

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