May 02 2017
We hope everyone is enjoying their transition into a beautiful spring!
We are very pleased to be welcoming two new therapists to our team at Soma, and are excited to have such skilled RMTs joining us! To help you get to know our therapists here at Soma we are happy to kick off our RMT Spotlight with one of our lovely new team members, where they share a bit about what makes them tick and ways they find balance in a fast paced world!
Introducing: Tess Halldorson
Tess graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, where she learned to effectively address a variety of conditions. She is proficient in several modalities, including Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and joint mobilizations, and believes in keeping up to date on the latest treatment techniques, obtaining measurable outcomes before and after treatment assessment. She is passionate about helping her patients reach their therapeutic goals, whether it be injury recovery, stress related, or maintaining general wellness.
What are some of your favourite ways to unwind?
Relaxing in the bath with a good book is the ultimate way to unwind. As long as you don’t mind all your pages starting to curl!
Things that you must always have on hand in your kitchen?
My fiancé, haha! I’m not allowed in the kitchen anymore, I’d burn water if I could.
Preferred exercise style and why?
Honestly, taking my dog for long walks. I’m much more of an outdoorsy exercise girl. The constant change of scenery, the fresh air, with the added perk of giving my Puggle a good workout!
3 words that come to mind when you think of massage therapy?
Tranquility, Good-pain (I’m counting that as one!), Preventative
A favourite quote?
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
Thanks for sharing! Give us a call of have a look online for Tess’ next availability.
Apr 19 2017
As the skies fill with less clouds and more softly floating cherry blossom petals, energies that have been hibernating are now taking the stage, offering new life into all that we have been creating over the last few months. This is a time when we shed our layers, literally and figuratively, and make way for new and exciting moments. It’s important that not only on the surface we feel prepared for this seasonal and energetic transition, but within ourselves and the subtle layers of our beings. Here are some ways you can ready your body, mind, soul, (and house!) for what lies ahead.
1. Ditch the Un-used.
This is one of the biggest ways in which we impede the natural flow of growth and change. Holding on to physical items that we no longer use or care about not only clutters up our visible space, but contributes to maintaining ties with the past and getting in the way of our mental and emotional clarity. What’s better is that often these items can go to homes where they would be much more appreciated, helping more than just the state of our closets but those in need.
2. Do the Lemon Water Thing
Just try it and see how you feel. Warm water with lemon every morning is a super easy and superbly beneficial way to clear toxins, reset the digestive system and you may notice clearer and more vibrant skin among other pluses! You may have heard the term ‘alkalization’ or ‘alkaline’ among one of the many health blogs circulating, and for good reason. What this basically means is that we are choosing foods and drinks that are going to bring our ever-changing chemical levels into a pH balance where our physiological processes run at their smoothest and our bodies become a place where disease is less likely to occur. Nowadays with the amount of toxic foods and lifestyles we are constantly surrounded with, our bodies can become too acidic, allowing health problems to develop because, quite simply, nothing is running the way it should. On top of giving you a Vitamin C boost, though it seems acidic, lemon is alkaline forming.
3. Clear your E-Mess
This may sound funny (or a scary task) but those hundreds (or thousands) of emails that don’t seem to affect us to contribute as a bit of a dragging weight on a subconscious level. This goes for all those desktop icons that need purging, old voicemails, pictures that need archiving. Get rid of the bulk and see how head first you dive into upcoming projects.
4. Get Fresh
Comfort foods have provided us with the strength and sustenance we’ve needed through this chilly time of year, but we’re moving on to fresher and brighter things. Incorporating bright, fresh whole foods into our warm recipes will ease us into more lively summer meals and pack a serious nutritional punch that will fire us up to get going. Go for the rainbow, and don’t be afraid to get creative with fruits and veggies you wouldn’t normally use!
5. Banish the Dust Demons
In addition to looking desirable and creating a welcoming environment from which to grow, giving our nests a proper scrub will get rid of all the unseen dust, bacteria and allergens that take a toll on the immune system. The last thing we want is to be stuck with a cold when the sun’s shining!
6. Get a Massage
When we’re freezing and stuck indoors, not only do we have a tendency to round our backs and shoulders as we shield our faces from the rain and get into poor postural grooves at the computer, but we can often hold onto this tightness long after the cold is gone. Think about how the body feels almost instantly softer when laying in the sun. Treating yourself to a tension-freeing session is the perfect way to jumpstart your momentum as we spring into the sunnier wave of the year.
Apr 07 2017
We all know that warm, relaxed (and of course sometimes a bit sore) sensation we’re left with after an appointment with an RMT. Tension that earlier in the day was the centre of attention is now taking the bench, and hey, our stresses seem to be over there too.
While nothing beats the skilled touch of an RMT, here are a few restorative yoga postures you can do at home to give you that ‘back to balance’ feeling in between sessions.
1. Child’s Pose
The one yoga pose to rule them all, and for good reason! Not only are you alleviating spinal pressure in Child’s Pose, but you are simultaneously bringing openness into the hips, thighs and upper and lower back muscles, all the while in a passive position that can invoke a deep sense of calm and security. Child’s pose can also help activate your digestive processes, and provides us a welcome opportunity to turn inward and enjoy a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle.
2. Legs up the Wall
A favourite of many, legs up the wall is one of the most beneficial and effortless postures in yoga and is considered deeply therapeutic. Simply inverting for a period of time everyday allows gravity to help regulate tension, promote circulation of fluids within all extremities, as well as maintain healthy blood pressure. You may find that holding this position for an extended length of time provides intensely relaxing effects. Try 5-10 minutes to start, and increase to as long as you feel comfortable with. Try placing soft pillows under the arms, lower back or neck for even more support. *Note: You do not need to lay on the hard floor for this to take effect. If your bed is up against a wall, do it from here for maximum comfort!
3. Reclined Twist
They say you are as young as your spine is flexible. As the fluids in the spine don’t move by themselves and can be a storing ground for built up toxins and free-radicals, this is a great reason to bring a gentle spinal twist into a relaxation routine. Lie on the floor with your knees bent and arms out to the sides. Softly lower your knees to the right, looking over the left shoulder. Pause here and breathe deeply. Repeat on opposite side.
4. Seated Forward Bend
All the feels of a morning stretch but at any time of day. Seated Forward Bend targets the back side of the entire body, while promoting digestion and washing away stresses as we turn inward. Approach this posture lightly, your body will do the rest. Close your eyes.
Although it is a pose of complete surrender and relaxation, this can make it slightly more challenging. Still the mind by focusing on each part of the body you are hoping to bring ease. Mentally relax this part, and move onto the next. If you feel the mind wander, just come back.
Enjoy knowing that with only a bit of effort, these poses are helping to revitalize the body and mind, restoring balance and promoting your wellbeing from the ground up.
Jul 07 2011
Swedish massage therapy: Therapists use long, smooth strokes, kneading and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.
Aromatherapy massage: Massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs. The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing or balancing. Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions with an emotional component.
Hot stone massage: Heated, smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body. The massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them. The warmth is comforting. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension, but prefer lighter massage.
Deep tissue massage: This massage targets the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.
Shiatsu massage: A form of Japanese bodywork that uses localized finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians. Each point is held for two to eight seconds to improve the flow of energy and help the body regain balance. People are normally pleasantly surprised when they try shiatsu for the first time. It is relaxing yet the pressure is firm and there is usually no soreness afterwarsds.
Thai massage: Like shiatsu, Thai massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points. Thai massage also includes compressions and stretches. You don’t just lie there — the therapist moves and stretches you into a sequence of postures. It’s like yoga without doing any work. Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It also reduces stress and improves flexibility and range of motion.
Pregnancy massage: Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage know the proper way to position and support the woman’s body during the massage, and how to modify techniques.
Reflexology massage: Although reflexology is sometimes called foot massage, it is more than simple foot massage. Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that corresponds to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day, or just have tired, achy feet.
Sports massage: Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity, but you don’t have to be a professional athlete to have one — this type of massage is used by people who are active and work out often. The focus isn’t on relaxation, but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. A combination of techniques are used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.
Back massage: Some massage clinics and spas offer a 30-minute back massages. If a back massage is not on its menu, you can also book a 30 or 40-minute massage and ask that the massage therapist focus on your back.