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Events at Wellness for the Body
Back Pain, Intimacy, and Chiropractic Care
The Aging Muscle

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September 2015

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Join us in celebrating our 10th Anniversary!

Monday, September 21, 2015
BLUE room @ The Harbour Banquet & Conference Centre
2340 Ontario Street, Oakville

Celebration from 7pm to 9pm - Drop in anytime!

Silent Auction closes at 8pm. All funds will be donated to
The Oakville Humane Society.


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10 yr party


Events at Wellness for the Body

Wellness for the Body is running events and workshops to help connect our clients and broader community with health and wellness information. If you’re looking to try something new without making any commitments, join us for one of our free workshops! Upcoming workshops include Intro to Yoga, Foam Roller Exercises, and Infant Massage. If you would like to receive email notifications when we add new workshops, simply click here!

Here’s a list of workshops and other events happening in the next couple of months:

September 5 – Intro to Yoga Workshop
Have you tried yoga before? Now's your chance! Andrei Neagoie is joining Wellness for the Body for this special FREE Introduction to Yoga Workshop on Saturday, September 5th at 2pm. The workshop will be held in Taste of Colombia's "El Salon" studio space that they have generously donated (67 Bronte Road - Unit 3, Oakville, L6L 3B7). This workshop is free for everyone, but advanced sign-up is required as space is limited. Call our clinic at 905.465.4595 to reserve your spot.
intro to yoga

September 21 – Wellness for the Body’s 10th Anniversary Party!
Join us in celebrating our 10th Anniversary on Monday, September 21st in the Blue Room at The Harbour Banquet & Conference Centre (2340 Ontario Street, Oakville). Drop in anytime between 7pm and 9pm to celebrate with us. In addition to live music, door prizes, drinks and appetizers, there will be a silent auction will all funds being donated to The Oakville Humane Society. We hope to see you there!

10 yr party

October 24 - Foam Roller Workshop
On Saturday October 24th at 12pm our Chiropractor, Dr. Tara Brown, is holding a FREE community workshop. Participants will learn the proper technique to foam roll both the upper and lower body.

The workshop will be held in Taste of Colombia's "El Salon" studio space that they have generously donated (67 Bronte Road - Unit 3, Oakville, L6L 3B7). This workshop is free for everyone, but advanced sign-up is required as space is limited. Call our clinic at 905.465.4595 to reserve your spot.

foam roller workshop


For more information feel free to call us (905.465.4595), email us ([email protected]), or check out our events page (www.wellnessforthebody.com/events.html).



Back Pain, Intimacy, and Chiropractic Care

Dr. Shima Shahidy, (Hon) B.Sc., DC
Doctor of Chiropractic
Acupuncture & Graston Technique Provider

dr shima shahidyNote: This article is intended for mature readers.

You may or may not be surprised to know that as chiropractors, we get many questions about sex -- positions to be exact. Patients with back pain, especially chronic back pain, often ask how on earth they can have pain free intimacy again. This problem can become a big deal -- some of you reading this article may be nodding your heads already. Why is this important? Intimacy is an important part of a relationship and the loss of it can be detrimental for both partners. Fortunately, there is new scientific research on which we can base our recommendations.

Earlier this year, Dr. Stu McGill and his team at the University of Waterloo published pioneering research on the best positions for different kinds of back pain. This ground breaking work debunks myths such as spooning is the one size fits all position for anyone with back pain, and it also offers some great advice. You can read about it by clicking here, and find the full text of the study itself here.

Here's what you need to know: The positions best suited to you depend on what triggers your back pain. For example, if forward bending is a problem, then spooning is not appropriate. A better option is kneeling behind one's partner. Both men and women use their spinal muscles a lot during sex, so whoever is controlling the movement should use more of their hip and knees in order to spare the back, which might take some practice!

If you have questions about your health or are suffering with pain, come talk to us and we can work together to come up with a solution.


Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information and to book your appointment.

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The Aging Muscle

Lisa J. Rutherford, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Lisa Rutherford RMTThe inevitable is happening as you read this article - as we get older, aches and pains start setting in and impacting our daily activities. Perhaps you have habitual poor posture from many years of working at a computer, or maybe your job has you standing on cement floors; not many jobs help our muscles to be healthy and pain free. What can we do to keep our muscles healthy, so we are not overcome with pain and stiffness as the years pass? I have a few suggestions.

First, how much water are you drinking? In college I was taught that if we feel thirst, we are already in a state of dehydration. How does dehydration affect your health? Water is an essential part of healthy muscles. If there isn't enough water in the body, the structures are not properly lubricated or functioning at their best. Water also dilutes toxins in our body and helps to flush them out. We should consume at least eight ounces of water, eight times a day. Does coffee count? Caffeine dehydrates your body; therefore you should increase your water intake to counteract any caffeinated beverages you drink. Do you play sports or work out regularly? If so, you should keep hydrating and not include the water consumed during this time towards your daily amount.

It is also important to consider that while we are perhaps raising a family, our health and wellbeing can often be put on the back burner. Keeping up good habits is especially important for newlyweds who settle into love and happiness, and then may let health and wellness slip away. However, if our children and/or partners see us taking good care of ourselves with daily exercise and a healthy diet (including plenty of water), they too will be inspired and may adopt our healthy ways.

The health of our bodies and muscles can also be affected by old injuries and repetitive strain, especially when rehabilitation has been neglected. Perhaps you have a sports injury from 20 years ago and you did physiotherapy at the time, but never kept up with the exercises and stretches assigned. Or maybe you are spending long hours at a computer where you compromise the health of your shoulder and neck muscles on a daily basis. Are you just getting used to living with a certain degree of pain and/or stiffness? Do you feel you don't know where to start the healing process? The good news is there are things you can do to help increase your quality of life and decrease the amount of pain you are experiencing. In fact, even small changes can make a world of difference. 

From the time I was 20, up until I was in college in my 40's, I suffered with low back pain. Throughout my massage therapy program I learned much about the body, including its physiology and anatomy. Coincidentally, I found that the physical element of my training at college was helping to strengthen my core. At that time, I also increased my water intake. I am now happy to say I rarely feel pain in my low back. Now I often suggest to clients who suffer from low back pain to work on core strengthening, as this was essential to my recovery. As well, I encourage them to utilize the seat warmer in their car while driving, as heat helps loosen chronically tight muscles. 

So what role does massage therapy play in all of this? To start, regular visits to your massage therapist can help you stay ahead of the game when it comes to your sore, aging muscles. Here are some reasons why:

  • Massage Therapy brings out better body awareness: When a massage therapist is working on tight muscles, it brings your full focus to that area.
  • Massage Therapy increases circulation, both directly and overall: Different techniques used by a massage therapist will help bring fresh blood flow to the area, which will help remove any metabolites loosened out of the muscles during the massage.
  • Massage Therapy can help turn around chronic conditions: Home care (such as stretching, strengthening, and letting you know when to apply ice or heat) assists in properly caring for your muscles. Also, during massage, your therapist may be able to access deep muscles that are contributing to your pain and/or postural issues.
  • Massage Therapy can help break pain cycles: Perhaps by the end of each work day you are constantly feeling sore and stiff. Regular massage therapy treatments (including home care tips) can assist by stopping and preventing these pain cycles.
  • Massage Therapy affects all systems in the body due to the increase in circulation: During a massage therapy treatment, feel good hormones, such as oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin, are released in your brain. As well, hormones associated with short and long term stress are lowered. These stress hormones include epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol.

The above benefits of massage therapy are best achieved through open communication with your massage therapist. At the start of a treatment, a therapist will ask questions to better understand your concerns and set goals for that day and as well as moving forward. During the session your therapist will gather more information, both physically and verbally, to ensure that your body and its muscles are receiving the full benefit of the treatment.

Wellness for the Body is committed to the aging muscle; we offer a discounted rate for clients who are 65 years and up. For more information, and the most recent rates, please refer to: wellnessforthebody.com/services.html 

No matter what age you are now, massage therapy can help your aging muscles and improve your quality of life. And remember the healthy habits below, which will contribute to your overall health and well-being:

  • Drink more water
  • Keep healthy no matter what life brings you
  • Keep moving because physical activity helps increase circulation and is really motivating to those around you, especially your family
  • Deal with old injuries and do not succumb to pain and stiffness
  • And remember that a healthy balance of wellness includes massage therapy!


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