Category Archives: Wellness & Alternative Care

Massage 101 for Newbies

Nice quick run through for any newbies left out there 😉

Orchid Bloom Spa

We LOVE massage and immerse ourselves in it each day.  Many of our customers have been with us for years and have a deep appreciation for all that massage therapy can do for them.  But what if you are new to massage?  Maybe you’re a bit nervous or unsure of what to expect.

Don’t worry!  Massage is all about relaxation and relieving any stress that you have cooped up in your body.  When your mind is working like a steam engine, hauling around stressful cargo that you can’t seem to unload, you’re not functioning at your optimum level.  You may have trouble focusing or even sleeping.  Here are some tips for your first trip to the spa:

  1. Arrive as relaxed as you can be.  Make sure you arrive ahead of your appointment time so that you do not feel rushed. Listen to peaceful music on your way to the spa so that your…

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Holding your head high

Could this be where your headaches are coming from?

Body Poets Massage Therapy

Muscle of the Month: Suboccipitals

There are eight tiny muscles that have the huge job of keeping your head up, but they can cause a huge headache too! These are your suboccipital muscles. Resting in the nook at the base of the skull, these muscles are essential to fine head movements and in relaying proprioception of your head (where your head is in space and time) to your brain. When out of balance or strained, these muscles can cause temporal headaches and pain with neck movements.

Suboccipital - ottawa massage blog Rectus Capitis Posterior Minor

Suboccipital - ottawa massage blog Rectus Capitis Posterior Major

Actions – 

Rectus Capitis Posterior Major: Rock and tilt head back into extension, rotate head to same side

Rectus Capitis Posterior Minor: Rock and tilt head back into extension

Suboccipital - ottawa massage blog Oblique Capitis Superios

Suboccipital - ottawa massage blog Oblique Capitis Inferior

Oblique Capitis Superior: Rock and tilt head back into extension

Oblique Capitis Inferior: Rotate head to same side

Common pain culprit – Eye…

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Posture Ponderings

How’s your posture right now?

Stone Massage Health Benefits

Our own miss Michael gives the best Hot Stone Massage I’ve ever had! Just had me one yesterday 😀

Giving Yourself A Break From Negativity

Good advice. Negativity can have many adverse effects. Be happy 🙂

10 Common Habits That Cause Back Pain, Part 2: Poor Posture

Back Pain Part 2

White Oak Family Wellness

spinal curves The human spine illustrated with “neutral” curves

This is part 2 of a 10 part series about common causes of back pain and what you can do about them. Click part 1 for the first post which was about sitting too much.

For part 2 we are going to discuss your:

Poor Posture

That’s right, when your mom told you to sit up straight, she knew what she was talking about. Poor posture can play a large role in aches and pains as well as your psychological well-being (depression and decreased energy as indicated in this study). Many people don’t realize the damage that they are doing with their slouched sitting,  slumped forward shoulders and forward head posture.

On a musculoskeletal level, sitting in a slouched posture greatly decreases the activity of two of your most important spinal stabilizers (the multifidus and the internal oblique muscles). On the other…

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10 Common Habits That Cause Back Pain, Part 1: Too much sitting

Are you causing your own back pain?

White Oak Family Wellness

Modern sitting habits lead to back painIt has been estimated that 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives (1). In fact, low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide according to the Global Burden of Disease. With staggering statistics such as these it has become ever more important to not just treat back pain but to teach those with back pain how they can help themselves. This is a 10 part series in which I will discuss some of the most common habits that lead to back pain and what you can do about them.

In part 1, we are going to discuss one of the most prevalent habits in the modern world:

Too much sitting

Think about it, you spend most of your life sitting. You’re probably sitting right now (that’s a freebie since I know you’re reading this). You sit at your desk and work…

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