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Relief with Reiki

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of healing and self-improvement. Reiki Healing is used for treating physical ailments, speeding recovery from injuries and illnesses, reducing pain and swelling, aiding weight loss, treating insomnia, to name just a few. Reiki has the ability to quickly produce a state of deep relaxation, similar to meditation, which allows the body to return to its natural state of balance and heal itself if necessary. There is no risk involved in this type of alternative energy therapy. It works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit. Reiki has had positive effects on all forms of illness and harmful conditions.

Kori Gordon, Finding You – Body. Mind. Soul.

To Ice or Not To Ice

The use of cryotherapy or icing in the management of acute injuries has been widely promoted, accepted and practiced. It is even part of the old, easy formula: RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) coined by Dr. Gabe Mirkin in the 1970s. The reduction of pain, swelling and improved function or return to participation have been promised through the use of this modality. However, clinical studies regarding its effectiveness are inconclusive and inconsistent at best. Although some studies indicate that icing may be effective in reducing pain, in some cases, excessive cooling may be damaging to tissues and may hasten a return to participation. Elevation, support, and controlled movements of affected area may prove more beneficial. But, if significant pain, swelling, bruising and the inability to move or weight bear persist, it is advisable to seek medical attention to rule serious pathology.

Paula Moreira, Physio4u.net

Life is Not Always Fair

If you are waiting for life to be fair and compensate you for the energies and time you’ve put into it, expecting the outcomes you had hoped to receive…you might be waiting a long time! In my experience life doesn’t tend to work that way and a paradigm shift might be required. What life does offer is an incredible myriad of gifts in the form of extraordinary people and experiences with opportunities presented to grow you in ways you would have never signed up for willingly! The choice is up to you if you choose to stay a victim or take in these new experiences. Living life fully is about loving. It’s about learning and living the fine art of embracing what comes your way with gratitude and appreciation instead of wishing you can be or have something different than what is.

D’Arcy Bruning-Haid, Souls-Journey.com

MB Hydro Offers Many Ways to Save

Did you know that Manitoba Hydro offers a low-interest loan on solar thermal heat for your pool or hot water tank or infloor system? You can have a loan for up to $7500 this will not cover the whole system but can cover a lot of the cost. This can be paid right on your hydro account monthly, while you enjoy the savings of the solar thermal system. Did you know 1 manifold of 30 tubes can provide up to 7500 BTU of heating during peak hours of sun? Converted to kw is about 7kw’s of energy you are saving per hour when it is running. Solar thermal can dramatically reduce the amount of energy you consume! The Manitoba Green Energy Tax Credit can be applied in the year you purchase your solar thermal you get 10% of the cost back on your income tax.

Lorena Mitchell, President, Evolve Green, evolvegreen.ca

How to Prevent Shin Splints

A common injury that some runners may develop in the spring is Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS also known as Shin Splints). This condition presents as sharp pain that occurs on the lower inside/medial aspect of the shin bone (tibia). It is important to take into consideration the volume of training or exercise you do during the spring season as you may have been more sedentary throughout the winter months. Following a training plan that involves slow progression will allow the body to adapt to stresses that running may impose. Performing a warm-up before exercise and a cool-down after will decrease the chances of muscle tightness and reduce the stress placed on the tibia. Additionally, exercises such as foam rolling and stretching the muscles of the lower body, particularly the calves, will help reduce your likelihood of injury. Let’s take advantage of the warmer months and spring into motion!

Jeremy LaHaie, InnovativeMedicalSupplies.com

How Magnesium Oil Helped

“I have had rheumatoid arthritis for close to 40 years. I’ve started using the Magnesium Oil a month ago, by rubbing it in, twice a day — right away I noticed a difference. I’ve been not totally pain-free, but there has been a tremendous improvement. The magnesium oil provides me super pain management and works to improve the flexibility of my joints. I have found that my sleep has improved by several hours a night, I am experiencing more energy, and I ‘m able to function much better.” Carmen Kulik. 7 Benefits of using Magnesium Oil: 1. Important for heart health. 2. Helps increase energy by regulating energy levels. 3. Calm nerves by producing ‘happy hormones’ 4. Relieves Muscle Aches and Pains. 5. Health with digestion by relieving constipation. 6. Regulates levels of calcium and potassium. 7. Prevents migraine Headaches.

DnA Wellness, DnAWellness.ca

Water Yourself to Grow Your Health

When it comes to healthy beverages, water has no equal. This tasteless, odorless thirst quencher is essential to your every physiological process and makes up approximately 45-80% of our body mass. Because we lose water as we age, it becomes increasingly important to stay hydrated, a task accomplished by both drinking and eating. Two-thirds of our body’s water volume is found within our cells, making them like mini water balloons. When adequately filled, they are effective in alleviating headaches, improving memory, flushing out toxins, regulating body temperature, hydrating skin, lubricating joints, and – importantly – reducing inflammation which is believed to be the root of nearly all illness and disease including mental illness. If you are looking for an evidence-based and cost-effective way to improve your physical and mental health, look no further: water is truly a life source.

Canadian Mental Health Association, www.mbwpg.cmha.ca

Clean Eating: Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Soft, creamy, sweet and chocolatey – this plant-based, gluten and dairy-free pudding will surely satisfy.

All you need is:

1 and a half ripe Avocados, peeled and pitted

1/3 cup of 100% pure cacao powder

1/3 cup pure maple syrup or honey

1/4 cup coconut milk

2 tsp vanilla essence

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Add Essential Oils to Your Life

More than just smelling good, essential oils (EOs) are a healthy, safe and effective way to help with many ailments that affect us on a daily basis. Anything from boosting immunity, soothing aching muscles, weight management, to calming your mind, EOs support EVERY system of the body.

What are Essential Oils? Essential Oils are nature’s volatile (evaporate quickly) aromatic compounds generated within shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, and seeds. They are usually extracted through steam distillation, hydrodistillation, or cold-pressed extraction with minimal pressure and heat in order maintain their most beneficial properties.

How do they work? The power of an EO lies within its complex array of chemical constituents. These constituents have the unique ability to penetrate cell membranes and travel throughout the blood and tissues quickly. Not only are the molecules of EOs small but their lipid-soluble structure is very similar to the makeup of our cell membranes which allows them to penetrate more effectively. For example, when topically applied to the feet or other soft tissue, EOs can be absorbed and travel throughout the body in a matter of minutes!

How do you use EOs? We commonly think of EOs in terms of aromatherapy (inhalation), but therapeutic grade 100% pure EOs can also be used topically or diffused into the air with a diffuser. In fact, depending on your ailment, one form of use may be more beneficial than another!

Topically- As mentioned above because of their molecular structure, EOs are rapidly absorbed by the skin. Some EOs can be applied directly to the skin, but for most it’s best to dilute in a carrier oil (grape seed oil, coconut oil, almond oil, coconut oil, etc). If you have a localized issue such as sore muscles or chest congestion, EOs work best when blended with a carrier oil and then applied directly to the area. However, for general health applying the oils to your feet is a great way to absorb the oils into your body. With over 2,000 pores in each foot, they have some of the largest pores on your body and this helps oils absorb faster.

Direct Inhalation- Research shows that when inhaling the pure constituents in these oils, it can stimulate the olfactory receptors and activate regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind. Hence, in less than a second, a scent has the power to activate a number of physical and emotional responses. This causes the pituitary gland to be stimulated and release chemical messages that travel via the blood to your glands and organs that create physical body responses. That is why inhaling the oils can have a great effect on emotions.

Diffuse- Using a diffuser to disperse EOs into the environment will work to purify and cleanse the air of impurities including odours AND germs! It’s nature’s air freshener! But freshening the air isn’t the only useful thing about diffusing EOs, it’s also a great way to absorb an EOs beneficial properties without applying directly to your body! It also covers a wider area so more than one person can benefit from the effects. For example, if you are feeling stuffed up, diffusing Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint by your bedside can help relieve congestion while you sleep and can reduce snoring!

Common Uses for Essential Oils:

Here are the most common and versatile EOs and few surprising uses for them that you probably didn’t know about.

Lavender: The “Swiss Army Knife of essential oils”. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. Which is why it’s commonly used as an aid for relaxation. But did you know that it is also a natural germ-fighter and is great for healing wounds and cuts?! Lavender also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help quiet down allergy symptoms.

Peppermint: Most people think of peppermint as purely an uplifting aroma, one doctor Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati even studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. But other uses for peppermint include soothing digestion problems or calming heartburn or an upset tummy. Its cooling nature can also bring down fevers. But my favourite use of peppermint is when applied topically to the temples or forehead to relieve headaches!

Lemon: Due to its sunny and citrus smell, Lemon is often considered as a mood booster! But its beneficial affects go beyond smelling cheery! Lemon is a powerful purifier and astringent, great for DIY cleaning products. In terms of health, Lemon contains dlimonene, which is a powerful antioxidant linked to healthy immune system function. Even more, in his book, The Practice of Aromatherapy, Dr. Jean Valnet, M.D. wrote that “lemon is a tonic for supporting the nervous and sympathetic nervous system.” He also stated that the essential oil of lemon acts as a liver decongestant and diuretic and is a powerful body cleanser.

To learn more about Essential Oils and get started with a starter kit that contains these three EOs PLUS 8 other useful oils AND a household diffuser contact Sylvia at 204-720-5348 or sprovenski@gmail.com

Does Your Pet Have Allergies?

Pilates – How it Works

Pilates is great for strengthening and toning your core and for increasing your flexibility and posture. The moves may look simple but take a lot of precision and control. Areas that Pilates targets are your core muscles and legs with focus on stabilizing and strengthening your abdominals and back. Pilates is great for strengthening and toning your core and for increasing your flexibility, but it’s not a comprehensive strength building program. You will need to supplement it with some other exercises if you want to build up your arm or calf muscles. Talk to your trainer to see what would be best. And don’t forget your cardio, as it won’t fit your needs if you are looking for an aerobic workout. Pilates can be very demanding, so start slowly. Instructors do not have to be licensed, so it’s best to get recommendations before selecting one. Come and join us for classes beginning March, 2017!

Marita Dowsett, B.P.T., Physio4U, www.physio4u.net

Does Your Pet Have Allergies?

Spring is in the air! Along with all the lovely tree, grass and weed pollens! Allergies are incredibly common in our pets, especially here on the coast, and can be divided into four known categories; Contact, Flea, Food and Inhalant. When discussing inhalant allergies, we can’t forget mold or mildew, and of course our favourite tiny cosmopolitan pyroglyphid, the dust mite! Unfortunately, the clinical signs of all allergic reactions are commonly shared, and in cases tend to overlap, but each type can manifest its own unique characteristics. The most common type of allergy in our region, next to flea contact dermatitis, is the inhalant type, also called ‘atopy’. For reasons obvious to the seasonally suffering human, allergies are just as misery-inducing in our pets. Itchy, raw and irritated skin, watering eyes, nasal discharge, and congestion make up but a few symptoms that should inspire a visit to your veterinarian.

A Pet Lovers Warehouse, www.apetlovers.com