happy thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Elements of Balance!!

This is the weekend where it seems to feel officially like fall. There really isn’t a better time to get back into a regular maintenance schedule of massage therapy to keep your body healthy throughout the fall and winter. If you’re looking for a treatment this weekend, we are open but have limited availability. Give us a call if you would like to book a last minute appointment.

604.576.9996

Also, here’s an article that we think you will find interesting. It’s a good reminder going into the more dreary days how much we need sleep to keep us energized.

Also, keep scrolling down for a recipe for a healthy Greek Salad!

Want to Become More of a Morning Person?

 If there’s no spring in your step first thing in the morning, the rest of the day can be an uphill battle. Those who roll instead of jump out of bed will immediately assume a lumpy mattress and flat pillow are to blame. While a decent mattress and comfortable pillow are integral for feeling rested and refreshed, the foods you eat, the amount of exercise you do and the workings of your internal clock can all contribute to a lack of healthy Z’s and a permanent bad mood first thing in the morning.
If you are constantly waking up on the wrong side of the bed, the following tips can help you become a happy and healthy morning person.


Sleep on It
Is sleep a priority to you? If you answered no, then don’t fret-you’re not alone. A large percentage of the population put sleep at the bottom of their nightly to-do list, placing just about every other chore ahead of getting forty winks. Contrary to public opinion, sleep is a necessity and not a luxury. If you aren’t getting at least six to eight hours of sleep every night, you run the risk of suffering from depleted energy levels, lack of motivation and concentration, mood swings, anxiety, drowsiness and the list goes on.
Making sleeping a priority is the easiest way to kick-start a healthier lifestyle that will reward you by infusing that little bit of extra energy needed to rise and shine first thing in the morning.


Pack on the Protein
Coffee and a stick of sugar-free gum is not an adequate breakfast to sustain you throughout the day. Turns out the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is 100 percent accurate. Remember that after waking from an eight-hour slumber, your metabolism and blood sugar levels are going to be at their lowest, so without a hefty helping of beneficial nutrients, such as protein, immediately after waking, your body will run out of fuel very quickly.


Exercise those Endorphins
Adopting a morning exercise routine will reap more benefits than simply getting your daily exercise out of the way. Getting up and active first thing in the morning will kick your metabolism into gear, and keep it working for at least 12 hours following a morning walk run or cycle, which means that your body is working overtime to eliminate those unwanted fat stores.
You might be wondering what this has to do with being a morning person. If you are not used to exercising early in the morning you are likely to find this routine somewhat tedious, but trust us, a few days into this new routine and you’ll be benefiting from happy exercise endorphins, and you will have adopted a new-found love of springing out of bed to get going with your morning exercises.

 

Battle of the Body Clock
If even the incessantly loud bleeping of your alarm doesn’t get you up and out of bed in the morning, you may be suffering from sleep inertia. Sleep inertia occurs when the body’s deepest sleep cycle is interrupted, usually by the sound of an alarm, resulting in extreme grogginess, often compared to having a hangover.
Most people don’t realize that their body’s circadian rhythms-the natural sleep/wake cycle-are ultra sensitive, and can be thrown off by the slightest disruption, such as not getting enough sleep every night or having one restless night. Keep your circadian rhythms in check to avoid bleary eyes in the morning by encouraging healthy sleeping patterns. Ways to do this include: cutting out caffeine several hours before bedtime, avoiding an afternoon nap, exercising in the morning instead of the afternoon, and maintaining a diligent sleeping routine.
Being grumpy first thing in the morning is no fun for anyone, and definitely not the makings of a healthy and rewarding lifestyle. There’s no time like the present to get your body and mind back on track so you can benefit from restful nights and energy-packed days.

Taken from: http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/how-to-become-a-morning-person.html

Here’s a recipe that’s been floating around the clinic here, try it out! It’s so easy it can hardly be called a recipe. There are tons of variations, depending on which vegetables you choose to use or have on hand.

Spicy Creamed Greek Salad:

For one serving:

3/4 cup Greek Yogurt

1/4 cup salsa

1/2 an avocado

As much or as little of each of the following veggies, or any others you may prefer:

Green pepper, diced

Red pepper, diced

Tomato, diced

Cucumber, diced

Green onion, diced

Chili powder (preferably Chipotle Chili powder) to taste.

 

Mix all together until all veggies are coated and enjoy!

 

October 11, 2013 at 6:47 pm Leave a comment

The Long Awaited Update!

So, we have finally stopped procrastinating and decided it was time to update everyone on what’s been happening at EOB over the past few months. There have been tons of changes happening, and it’s all been very exciting!

 

First of all, way back in April, we had a change in ownership. EOB said goodbye to two amazing RMTs, Leah Radatzke and Viva Schurch, and brought in Michelle Morrison and Kandace Carr. You can read about them here.  Jessika Greysen also moved on to a new location and we now have Chelsea Cavers filling in her shoes.

 

Over the summer we’ve been very busy. We now have new laundry machines put in, which probably doesn’t matter to most of you, but it’s highly exciting for us RMTs, and just another way to make EOB an even happier place—it’s practically Disneyland in here now!

 

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So, other than that, what have we been up to?

 

Amber went on a beautiful trip with her hubby (of one year already!) down the Oregon coast and has been busy doing many weekend trips throughout the summer.

Michelle completed her first HALF MARATHON, which she swears will never do again, even though she crushed it, and is headed to Vegas this month to fulfil her bucket list item of seeing Elton John live!

Kristina probably has the most exciting news—she’s engaged!! Her and her fiance, Ian, are planning the wedding for sometime in the next year or so. They also just got back from a busy trip to see their families in Ontario.

Kandace headed to the Island this summer to run the West Coast Trail, completing all 75 kms with a couple friends in just less than 17 hours. The only mishap was a little fall through a suspension bridge, no big deal…

Chelsea joined our team at the end of July and all of us at EOB are ecstatic to have her here. Between weddings, Vegas and starting at Elements of Balance, Chelsea’s summer has been crazy busy and fun.

 

As for the Fall…stay tuned for some exciting updates, including a new contest that we’ll be launching in the next couple weeks, giving you the chance to win a free massage with one of our therapists! We’ll also be updating our blog regularly with valuable information and articles that we think you’ll find interesting and helpful. Make sure you subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss out!

September 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm Leave a comment

Tina! New holistic esthetician

We are super excited to have a new addition, we now have a fantastic holistic esthetician, so we are a one stop shop!

Here’s a little bit about her, we’ll be adding prices and services offered soon 🙂

As far back as her teens Tina remembers having a passionate interest in beauty and wellness.  From teaching an aerobics class at her high school to teaching her friends about the benefits of holistic nutrition to giving her mother manicures after taking a class on grooming at camp one summer.  As time would go on Tina began to see a unique path develop where she could fulfill her desire to take care of people that would incorporate her own passions and values.

Tina comes to us with over 11 years of experience in the spa industry.  She considers it a privilege to have had the opportunity to train and refine her skills over the last decade through her travels from one end of the country to the other.  Ongoing education is an exciting part of the industry which benefits not only the perpetual student inside but her clients as well. 

She draws on her background in aromatherapy, nutrition and stress management to round out her unique practice.  As a holistic esthetician, Tina strives to incorporate healthy, natural products into her treatments and to stress the importance of not only looking better but feeling better too.  Whether its improving self esteem through clear skin or easing the symptoms of a hot flash, a great deal of job satisfaction comes from helping people improve their quality of life on some level.

Over the years, clients coast to coast have come to know Tina to have high standards in the industry, to be professional, caring and meticulous.  She looks forward to being a part of the Elements of Balance team.

 

 

June 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm 1 comment

New news!

We have lots of new changes to come in our clinic!

Viva will be going on Maternity leave as of June, and has luckily found a great RMT in Kristina to take over her clients and any of you that need to get in with a fantastic RMT. Some of you have seen Gwen around while she covered Nicole’s maternity leave and she will be helping out covering some patients of Viva’s as well as any of  you that need to get in for treatment. Both are well qualified and have varied interests,so if you are looking for a new RMT,scroll down and read up on them and see who would be a good fit,you will be in good hands either way 🙂

We also will be updating our website shortly so that you will be able to book yourself in with an RMT for treatment.

Other exciting news is that we will be getting Nicole back from maternity leave in July so im sure those of you that used to see her will be eager to see her and hear all about her little man Ethan!

Our other excitment for the summer is that Amber is getting hitched this summer to her true love,we are all excited for her and cant wait for the big day!

 

May 5, 2012 at 5:38 am Leave a comment

Meet Elements of Balance’s newest RMT Kristina!

Kristina Stajduhar, RMT

 

When Kristina was growing up, she was always involved in many different sports and outdoor activities. A knee injury while skiing in 1999 put a temporary end to her activities. The subsequent rehabilitation and long recovery fostered a dramatic lifestyle change and allowed her to shift focus onto herself. Through education in nutrition, exercise, and alternative therapies Kristina was able to overcome the barriers associated with injury and illness. A passion for health and alternative therapies began after her sports injuries and was the reason for pursuing a career in healthcare.

 

As a registered massage therapist since 2009, Kristina can directly relate with those who are in chronic pain. Every client is given an individual approach to their treatment. Whether it is a therapeutic relaxation massage, sports related injury or postural imbalance that needs correction or one of the vast number of ailments a massage therapist can treat, she always welcomes the challenge. Some methods used in her treatments are Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, hydrotherapy, sport massage and assisted stretching. Kristina is registered in both Ontario and British Columbia with the CMTO, CMTBC and the MTABC. She continues to increase her knowledge of many alternative therapies, nutrition, rehabilitation treatments not only limited to massage therapy and strives to live a holistic and healthy lifestyle.

 

As a new resident to beautiful British Columbia and after a long but amazing move across Canada from Ottawa, ON she now has a new place to call home. Kristina welcomes people with open arms and a caring heart and knows that we all can make the proper changes to be happy and healthy.

 

May 5, 2012 at 5:31 am Leave a comment

Meet Gwen!

 

 

 

 

Hello! You may have seen me here in the clinic over the past year and if I haven’t had the opportunity to introduce myself, please allow me to do so now.  My name is Gwen Valentic-Morrison and I have had the priviledge of attending to Nicole’s clients while she attended to her new babe, Ethan, and will be helping out with Viva’s maternity leave and new patients to the clinic.

I am a 2005 graduate of the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy and became a  Registered Therapist that same year.  In 2008 I received my certification as a Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapist allowing me to effectively and gently reduce edema and swelling, including edema caused by venous insufficiency or following surgery or cancer treatment. I also have additional training in scar release and treatment of the post-surgical breast, and am a 3rd Degree Reiki practioner.

 

My massage style includes a variety of techniques and the full spectrum of depth and pressure to suit the needs and wants of each person, and I am eager to learn and implement what has worked for you best in the past. My treatments generally consist of fascial release, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, joint manipulation when indicated, and Swedish massage techniques.

 

MLD is a gentle, rhythmic technique that targets initial lymphatic vessels and increases and enhances lymphatic flow. MLD alone or combined with compression bandaging can significantly reduce edema and swelling, restoring function and reducing pain.

Reiki is a Japanese holistic, light-touch, energy-based modality. Working as a support mechanism to the body, Reiki re-establishes a normal energy flow of ki (life force energy) throughout the system, which in turn can enhance and accelerate the body’s innate healing ability. Through a series of hand positions either directly on or just above the body, the energy worker allows for the flow of energy through their body. The client’s body then draws off the amount of energy that is required. The simplicity of a Reiki session may raise some skepticism, however, after experiencing it, many clients keep coming back for more of those relaxing feelings.

The most common conditions I treat with massage therapy include the following:

Sports Injuries and Maintenance

Pre and Post Athletic Event Massage

Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage

Headaches and Migraines

Growing Pains

Sinus Congestion

Joint Dysfunction

Stress Management

Sprains and Strains

Pelvic alignment

Cancer and Palliative Care

Lymphedema and Venous Insufficiency

 

Reiki has greatly benefited those with emotional or psychological distress, hormonal imbalances, habit breaking, pain, insomnia, and gastrointestinal distress.

 

I look forward to serving you in whatever capacity I can.

Gwen Valentic-Morrison RMT CDT

May 5, 2012 at 5:27 am Leave a comment

Baby News!

If you haven’t heard the clinic,well ok Nicole, had a baby boy Aug 29th at 9:55 am weighing 8lbs and 2oz and he was 21″ tall! Unfortunately nobody won the baby pool,he was a little late getting here,so everyone guessed early,but we’ll be donating the money,we’ll update you on that when it happens 🙂

September 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

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