Over the past few months we added some new services to our studio and grew our team so that we can better cater to all your needs. As such, we sat down yesterday with physiotherapist Lamiya Zaidi, Chiropractor Dr. Elisa Petricca and Yoga Mama's Founder Jamie Kalynuik. They were here to help us learn more about Physiotherapy and Chiropractic Care, know who to see when, which conditions they treat and much more.
Together they answered questions like:
What's the difference between Chiropractic Care and Physiotherapy?
When should you see a chiropractor?
When should you see a physiotherapist?
If you didn't get a chance to catch us live, that's alright, you can still watch our video. Check it out below:
If you enjoyed this video, join us for another Facebook Live on Monday December 10th at 3:00PM. We'll be joined by Childbirth Educator Adrienne Cote and Founder Jamie Kalynuik who will be showing us how to make some delicious Holiday Mocktails!
Link to our Facebook page here.
It’s December Mamas… time to deck the halls, dust off your favourite tree decorations, and fill your home with the sweet smell of Holiday treats! Yes, this is a crazy time of year, and yes, by December 26 you’ll feel like you’ve been carried away in a flurry of tinsel—but, isn’t that all part of the fun? If ever there was a time of year to reconnect with your inner child, the holidays are it, and we guarantee your kids will be ready to jump on board! Today we’re sharing 12 fun and festive ways your family can get into the holiday spirit--our take on the classic Twelve Days of Christmas. Whether you plan one of these activities per day, or pile them into a few cheerful weekends, your countdown to the holidays is sure to be merry & bright!
Day 1: Sweet Cookie Baking
Can there ever be too many sweet treats during the Holidays? Just ask your kids—you’ll find the answer is a unanimous “NO!” Get your aspiring bakers to help with classic family recipes, such as spicy gingerbread men, or sugar cookies dusted with glittering sprinkles. Just watch you don’t get bumped to the naughty list for sampling the cookie dough!
Day 2: Holiday Specials Watching
Frosty the Snowman, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, Love Actually… whatever feel-good holiday special you're into, why not make it a full-fledged family movie night. Don your coziest pyjamas, eat all the salted caramel popcorn, and snuggle up together like two—or three, or four—birds of a feather.
Day 3: Festive Music Dancing
Get rockin’ around the Christmas tree with your Littles! Everyone loves an impromptu dance party and with dozens of Holiday playlists on Spotify, there’s no reason not to show your kids how to move to Mariah’s “All I Want for Christmas”!
Day 4: Christmas Market Strolling
Looking for a hand painted nesting doll? Dutch delicacies? Or peppermint scented candles? There’s a good chance you’ll find them at your local Christmas market. Holiday bazaars large and small will be taking place all month long where your family can listen to carollers, nibble freshly roasted chestnuts, and of course, shop!
Day 5: Tree Ornament Crafting
Whether you have craft-loving kids, or you’d simply like to DIY a few decorations to trim your tree, making ornaments is a lovely way to add a personal touch to your holiday décor. Consider asking your kids to make one special ornament each December; your kids will love building their own unique collection year after year!
Day 6: Holiday Card Writing
With the price of a single domestic stamp being a dollar apiece (yikes!), you may be tempted to swap all your handwritten cards for e-cards. Try sending a small handful of old fashioned snail mail to your nearest & dearest; your kids can make the cards and they’ll delight in knowing it will make someone’s day!
Day 7: Santa Claus Parading
On Dasher, on Prancer, on Donner, & Blitzen, it’s time to bundle up the babes and join the crowded sidewalk of Main Street for your local Santa Claus parade. Let your Littles stuff their pockets with candy canes passed out by elves, and watch their faces light up as Mr. Kringle himself glides by on his glittering sleigh—Ho Ho Ho!
Day 8: Snowy Hillside Sledding
Wherever there is snow, you’ll find kids trudging up hills to go tobogganing. The speed, the bumps, the puffs of powdery snow that blow into their faces, it’s thrilling! Even the youngest of children will brave the cold for a few rides… you might even go once or twice yourself. If you’re pregnant and prefer to supervise from the hilltop, be sure to cheer on your budding bobsledders!
Day 9: Hot Cocoa Drinking
Follow-up your outdoors adventure with winter’s coziest beverage. Whether you melt chocolate, concoct a unique cocoa blend, or opt for a tasty pre-prepared version, everyone will agree that hot cocoa is best paired with rosy wind-chilled cheeks!
Day 10: Local Charitable Giving
Tis the season to be generous, not only towards those we hold dear, but also towards ALL people! Show your Little Ones how to foster their giving spirits by letting them choose and support a local charity. Maybe they offer a few dollars of their allowance, or pick a special toy for a child their age; giving doesn’t need to be grand to be meaningful.
Day 11: Neighbourhood Carol Singing
Carol singing is one of the most quintessential Holiday rituals aground, but alas, it’s a fading tradition within our neighbourhoods. Let’s bring it back, shall we? Practice one or two songs with your kids, then tour the block! A simple “Fa-la-la-la-la” is enough to warm many a heart—and you might even make away with some Figgy Pudding!
Day 12: Friends & Family Skyping
You may not be able to see all your loved ones face-to-face this season, but with Skype, FaceTime, and Facebook Video Chat, it’s never been easier to convey your good tidings! Gather your family around the screen to “ring up” someone special; the merry exchange will leave everyone with a full and happy heart!
Having young ones in your life always makes the holidays extra special. They wonder at glittering snowfalls, stand in awe before towering Christmas trees, and wait in gleeful anticipation of Santa’s arrival. Planning holiday activities is more than just a way to occupy the kiddos as the weather drops below zero, it’s also a way to spend quality time as a family building traditions you’ll look forward to year after year. Use our ‘12 Days of Holiday Cheer’ as a guide to make this December purely magical!
1. Take Some Time To Yourself
Take some quiet time to yourself, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Regardless of if you give yourself 5 minutes or 5 hours, you are sure to feel better after realigning with your authentic self.
Remember, the holidays are supposed to be fun, so release any pressures around what you should or shouldn't be doing and instead relax and enjoy!
2. Schedule Self Care In Advance
Often the times when we are our busiest are the times we need self care the most, so be proactive and schedule your self care in advance! Register for a yoga class, book a relaxing massage or plan a date with yourself and put it in your schedule the way you would any other task you need to complete. When the time comes you will be thankful to have a break where you will return refreshed, grounded and ready to take on the next round of festivities!
3. Set An Intention
Setting an intention is a powerful tool in helping to manifest your desired outcome and can be used as a gentle reminder of how you wish to feel when you get thrown off by stress. An intention can be as simple as a word such as 'harmony' or can be a sentence such as 'I intend to lead from a place of compassion this holiday season.'
4. Get Organized
Whether you are an old fashioned list writer, or Google Calendar enthusiast, set aside some time to get clear about everything you need to complete this holiday season. Break down each item into bite size tasks with realistic due dates that you feel comfortable with. By having the information stored in one place you will feel more in control and better equipped to deal when the busyness of the season takes over.
5. Do Less
Once you have a better understanding of all the things you need to do, ask yourself which ones are absolutely essential and what could be either delegated or skipped altogether. The holidays are about being present, having fun with your loved ones and practicing gratitude, if you don't make your famous gingerbread cookies or colour coordinate your tree perfectly, is it going to take away from any of that? Probably not. So, don't stress! Do what you can and be in the moment.
6. Be Mindful Of What You Eat
The work parties, family gatherings and social events are sure to temp you to indulge in endless snacking. This is an important time to consider what it is that you are eating (and not eating!) and make some swaps and changes. Taking the time to carefully select what you put in your body is going to positively impact both your health and mood. You might have to miss out on some of your favourite festive treats, but your mind and your body will thank you!
We want to hear from you. What are some of your favourite ways to sneak in some downtime during this busy season?
Written By: Dr. Shannon Vander Doelen, ND
There are lots of natural remedies that are safe in pregnancy (and while breastfeeding) that can help you feel better, faster!
How do I know if I have a cold or a flu?
While both colds and flus are viral illnesses (meaning taking an antibiotic won’t be helpful), there are a few symptoms that might suggest what you are dealing with is the influenza virus as opposed to just the common cold. If you think you may have the flu and you are pregnant, it’s important to be in touch with your Midwife or OB/GYN. These are some ways to differentiate:
Is there anything I can do to prevent getting sick?
Absolutely! As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! In addition to prioritizing good sleep, healthy diet and physical activity, I often recommend patients take probiotics and vitamin D on the regular throughout pregnancy. Not only do these serve important roles in supporting the baby’s growth and development, they are superheros at boosting the functioning of your immune system. There is also a growing body of evidence that suggests that taking echinacea during cold and flu season can prevent you from getting sick (it might not be that great once you actually are sick though) - echinacea is one of the few herbal medicines that is deemed safe in pregnancy, but still be sure to run it by your primary care provider or Naturopathic Doctor before you start taking it.
It happened, I got sick! What can I do now?
I highly recommend staying home and resting your body - it’s already working super hard to build a baby, so it needs all the help it can get! Sleep is one of the best ways to support your immune system’s ability to fight off a viral infection. If you haven’t been already, consider starting to take a probiotic and Vitamin D. A bit of extra Vitamin C and some Zinc may also be additionally helpful to giving your immune system a kick in the butt. One of my favourite herbs to consider when you are sick, specifically with the flu, is Elderberry - it not only helps boost your immune system, but also acts as an antiviral agent to kill off the influenza virus (and it tastes delicious!) Again, while these are all considered safe in pregnancy, be sure to speak with your primary care provider or Naturopathic Doctor before starting any new supplements to make sure they are safe for you.
With winter on the horizon, start to make a plan to support your immune system and prevent yourself from getting sick this cold and flu season. Curious about how working with a Naturopathic Doctor during pregnancy can help you? Book yourself in for a complimentary 20-minute meet and greet to discuss your health concerns and goals, and what options might be available to you.