• Congratulations Catalina

    Everyone at Soma would like to congratulate Catalina Ip on the birth of her son Ryan who was born January 9th at St. Paul’s Hospital at 8:26pm weighing a healthy 7lb 1oz. Big brother Patrick, husband Chris and Catalina are all very excited and blessed to have Ryan in their lives.

    Catalina would like to send her thanks to all her clients for their thoughtful and warm wishes and messages.


  • Crispy Kale Chips

    Kale is a food that you can count on for some unsurpassed health benefits, if for no other reason than its exceptional nutrient richness.

    Kale is overflowing with calcium, lutein, iron, and vitamins A, C, and K, plus beneficial phytochemicals and antioxidants. Tahini is rich in calcium, protein, vitamin E and the B vitamins, as well as essential fatty acids. And nutritional yeast is like the vegan dream food – it’s high in protein and has B vitamins including B12, as well as folic acid and zinc.

    This kale chip recipe is easy to make and is so tasty you’ll want to make a double batch!

    2 big bunches of kale
    1/2 cup raw tahini
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1/4 cup wheat free tamari
    1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
    1/4 cup nutritional yeast
    2 cloves garlic
    1 teaspoon onion powder
    1 tpsp maple syrup
    optional 1 tsp of chilli flakes

    Rinse, de-rib, and rough tear the kale into a giant bowl.
    Put all of the other ingredients into a food processor or blender and mix until smooth or use a hand blender
    Pour the mixture over the kale, and use your hands to toss it all together. Squish Squish! Get it good and covered.
    Spread the kale out evenly on lined or oiled cookie sheets.You want them to be as ‘dehydrated’ as possible, instead of baked.  250º for 4 hours (ish). Every oven is different so you’ll need keep an eye on it and be your own judge. Just remember that too much heat will change the flavour.  Don’t overcook them!
    If you are lucky and have a dehydrator you can use that instead of your oven.

  • 5 Fun Fitness Ideas











    Has your typical fitness routine has become stale and boring?
    It happens to the best of us: that new healthy lifestyle that was so energizing and filled with promise a couple of months ago starts to lose its appeal and our motivation falters.

    Whether you prefer to exercise at home, outdoors or in a class, our health oriented city offers something for everyone.  From yogasilks to archery-here are 5 fun fitness ideas to reignite your motivation to stay active.

    Off your mat, into the air, with a hint of Cirque du Soleil! Che Baba is the first yoga studio to offer this experience in Vancouver.  Yogasilks enable you to work with gravity – less pressure on the joints allows you to create more space within and release more tension. Securely fastened above, zero compression inversions come with ease. Build your core by using the little muscles that you don’t use while being restricted by gravity while standing.

    They offer a Foundation Series where you flow through a series including standing poses, hip openers and inversions. They also offer a Restorative Series where the silks are dropped lower to the ground in order to support the body in restorative yoga poses. In this series, poses are held for up to 5 minutes with the intention of releasing, unwinding and deep relaxation. Open to all levels. Please contact Che Baba to reserve your spot. Ten silks available.

    The sport is easy to learn, virtually inexpensive (compared to other winter sports), poses little risk of injury and is a great way to exert energy during the cold winter months. Snowshoeing can be a lot of fun and great exercise if done with proper technique and in a safe area.
    A number of ski areas near Vancouver offer trails and guided tours for snowshoers. Trek on pristine trails at   Cypress Mountain or explore the developed snowshoe parks at Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour. For a special treat, book a guided evening snowshoe fondue tour. Trails weave through alpine forests, past frozen lakes, and to high points where snowshoers can enjoy a view of the city and the water. Snowshoe equipment rentals are available at many of the larger snowshoe areas; many outdoor stores also have rentals.

    Ugi Fit
    Looking for a workout you can do right in the comfort of your living room? UgI is a local fitness company start up that has appeared on the CBC’s Dragon’s Den and has been named one of the Globe and Mail’s “…favourite small businesses of 2011”.
    The Ugi ball works as a functional fitness training tool because it challenges the exerciser to use entire muscle groups at one time. A lifetime of professional training experience went into creating the Ugi 5 day a week, 30-minute, total functional fitness program. The series of one-minute exercises are efficient enough to change your body completely – from warm up, cardio, strength conditioning, balance to cool down, and flexible enough to be done anywhere – from home, gym, beach to office.

    Body Rolling
    Body rolling is a workout, a massage and a chiropractic adjustment rolled into one! As you roll through your body on a 6″ to 10″ inflated rubber ball, you essentially tone and lengthen muscles, stimulate bones, and release energy blockages. You let go of unproductive patterns in your body. Body rolling allows you to work specific muscles in detail, to create suppleness in tight areas and optimize range of motion.  For classes and workshops being offered in Vancouver check out Vancouver Body Rolling by Micheline.

    Archery is ideal for giving your upper body a workout. It improves upper body strength as well as coordination and balance, which is important. If your balance and coordination are good you are less likely to trip over your own feet, colliding with the floor and breaking a bone in the process.
    The physical benefits of archery include increasing flexibility in your hands and fingers and developing your arm strength. In addition, hand-eye coordination improves, as does mental concentration and mental strength. A successful archer must know how to free his mind from distractions and focus on his target, which makes archery both a beneficial mind exercise as well as a great form of physical exercise.  To find archery classes in Vancouver check out Academie Duello  or North Shore Archers

  • Soma Studio Welcomes Susan Macrae, RMT

    Sue Macrae has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 1994 and during this time she has worked in various clinical settings as both a registered massage therapist and clinic owner. For the past 11 years, Sue has worked at Port Moody Integrated Health as one of the founding practitioners. A long-time East Vancouver resident, Sue is extremely excited to bring her practice and patients to the neighbourhood she loves to call home.

    Sue earned her degree in physical education from the University of British Columbia, and graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy.

    Her post-graduate courses and studies have focused on myofascial release, a specialized technique that focuses on the fascia of the body. By treating
    individual or groups of muscles and fascia concurrently, Sue can effectively release muscle tissue and improve stability, coordination and compensations in posture or movement. Other courses she has taken include core strengthening and stretching, and physioball exercises.

    Sue and her family (husband, two daughters, one fuzzy dog) lead an active west coast life. She’s an avid trail runner, cyclist, hiker, skier and camper. She also has an extensive background in aquatics. Sue also is an active volunteer in her daughters’ school, and also serves on the board of the Exceleration Triathlon
    Club operating at Templeton Pool.