Farewell to Meghan!

We wish her the best as she moves on,
and thank her for the time she spent with us.
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 My dear clients,


Happy New Year!!! I hope you’ve all had wonderful holidays!  It was definitely an exciting time for our families this year with Linden and our two little nephews.  I feel blessed to have had the last 6 months at home with him, but I am now planning a slow return to work.

I am extremely grateful to Christie, Roxane and Meghan for stepping up in my absence and I hope that many of you who are enjoying your treatments with them will continue to do so.

Most of you are aware that my practice focus has been shifting in recent years and I will now be allocating some time specifically for treating babies and pregnant mamas.  Since my availability will be quite limited in the beginning, I will be triaging and reaching out to clients individually as space becomes available to welcome you back into my care.

I’d like to thank you all for your patience and patronage during this transitional time in my life.

I hope we’ll be seeing each other again soon!


Sincerely,

Krista


It's been a while since our last update... life sure is busy with a little one! 

As requested, here are some more pics of the little guy. He's definitely on the larger side for his age especially in height, sporting 12 month clothes at 6 months old.  He's a pretty hilarious little character with his Daddy's long feet and his Mama's fire ;) 

He is very observant and curious about his surroundings and an excellent traveller. Linden was the sweetheart of our trip to Punta Cana in November getting rave reviews about his good nature and overall cuteness. We have just recently started solid foods which he absolutely loves. 

In short, we are having a blast with him!

Linden has been having a pretty exciting first summer!  

First cottage trip to Algonquin Park and first boat rides...

 

Relaxing poolside after his first swim in Grandpa's salt water pool..

 First big smiles and first beach day in Calabogie..

It's hard to believe that Linden is 5 weeks old already! Our little family is doing really well (aside from the lack of sleep for Mommy and Daddy) The little man weighed in at 10lbs at his last visit and is in the 100th percentile for length at 23.5 inches! Looks like he's going to be long and lean like his parents. We are starting to get some coos and smiles from the little cutie, although we've yet to capture one on camera yet! I'll be sure to post when we do.


We are pleased to welcome Linden David to the world! He was born June 24th at 4:08am after only 4 hours of active labour. He's a happy, healthy boy weighing in at 7lbs 7oz and measuring long at 21.25 inches.  

We couldn't be happier!

 

 Krista returned to Portland OR for the

Craniosacral Therapy for Infants course with Carol Gray

March 9th to 13th, 2015

 

 Welcome new RMT Meghan to the Kent Massage Team!

January 2015

Krista traveled back to Portland Oregon for another amazing Craniosacral course November 9th-15th. The focus this time was on treating women during pregnancy and postpartum.  A great group of ladies and Carol's such a fantastic teacher!

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Krista had an awesome time in Portland, OR studying Craniosacral Therapy with Carol Gray!

June 4th - 7th


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Kent Massage hosts 'Cranial Sacral Therapy : Intermediate Level' training

May 16th - 18th, 2014 with Gary Keeling


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 Kent Massage Therapy joins facebook!

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 Roxane and Christie doing free demos at Lululemon Rideau

 

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Postural Awareness Tip For June!

By Christie Keeling, BA, RMT

(As published in the June edition of the OSCAR newspaper)

 

Are you suffering from a sore mid-back?  Try stretching your chest muscles!  In the cold winter months we often pull our shoulders inward while trying to keep warm underneath scarfs and heavy jackets.  We also tend to spend more time on the computer rounding shoulders to type while avoiding the cold outdoors.  As a result rounded shoulders become a postural habit by spring-time and an actual pain in the back! 

At Kent Massage we see a lot of clients with these exact symptoms and complaints.  Mid-back pain is often caused by elongated rhomboid and mid-trapezius muscles (the muscles that work to bring your shoulder blades toward your spine) and shortened pectoral muscles (the ones that work to round your shoulders into your chest).  By properly stretching your pectorals you are working through your nervous system to help re-train your mid-back muscles to their proper size and place. 

To stretch your pectorals correctly there are three positions.  Hold each stretch for 30 seconds or until you feel a release, remember to breathe calmly and please do not force the stretch.  If you feel pain back off, if the pain continues stop the stretch completely. 

Perform these stretches 2x a day on each side of your body. 

1.       While standing in a doorway, raise your arm to shoulder level and place the inside of your arm with your elbow flexed 90 degrees against the frame of the door, lean forward from your torso until you feel a stretch in your mid chest area. 

2.       Slide your arm upwards on the door frame, like you are raising your hand in a class room, this time keep your elbow straight and lean forward until you feel a stretch in your lower chest.   

3.       Finally, slide your arm down the doorframe, like you are reaching down to hold a child’s hand, keeping your palm against the frame lean forward until you feel the stretch in your upper chest. 

If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us!

Yours in Health,

Christie


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Getting Back On Track

-How self-massage can improve your running-

By Roxane Walsh, RMT

(As published in the May edition of the Glebe Report)

While many of us will be greeted with the occasional ache and pain as we return to our outdoor running routine, consider adding self-massage to prepare your muscles for race season. Between stretching, training and resting I will show you how simple self-massage techniques have a place in even the most established running routine.

The following are basic techniques that are easy to learn and, if added to your running program, promote proper muscle health by helping to flush toxins such as lactic acid build up, improves blood and lymph circulation and assist in scar tissue breakdown as well.

1.       Effleurage

What it is: This quick, superficial technique is a great way to discourage lactic acid build up in your lower legs after a long run.

How to do it yourself: Sit in a comfortable area with one leg slightly elevated. Start your long superficial strokes near the ankles and work your way up your leg using both hands. There is no need to use deep pressure here, the trick is to start very lightly and, within your pain tolerance, build up to a medium pressure. By repeating your stroke several times (about 20 a minute) this will help the blood and lymph to flow from your legs to your trunk for filtration.

 

2.       Petrissage

What it is: This technique is used to help flush your tissues of toxins and to encourage blood flow to overworked muscles. However, since this type of kneading is used with more pressure, it’s best to apply it to healthy tissues.

How to do it yourself: You can apply this technique on any muscle or muscle group, but I find the quadriceps and the calf muscles are easiest. With both hands, gently start kneading your muscle, alternating direction and pressure starting from minimal to deeper. Be creative here, you can use your palms, fingertips, thumbs and even your elbow. Always massage towards the heart, but feel free to use circular movements as well.  A few minutes pre-race will warm up your muscles. 

1.       Skin Rolling

What it is: Under your skin, there is a continuous sheet that envelops all tissues including muscle called; fascia. Think of it like strong and pliable “saran wrap” covering your muscles. For runners, fascia can become shortened and create problems with muscle movements in certain areas. Skin rolling helps to break down these restrictions mechanically.

 

How to do it yourself: Though you can do this anywhere, a great area to try this technique is on the outside of the knee. Start by pinching a good area of skin (and fascia) with both hands just above the knee. Slowly start rolling the skin between your thumb and index finger. As you move down towards your knee the sensation of mild burning is common; this means the restrictions are releasing.

 

Need an extra hand?

While these self-massage techniques are great for a little “pick me up” between races, I believe that finding a good registered massage therapist in your area is essential for long term tissue and muscle health.  A massage therapist has been extensively trained to assess soft tissues and joints to help maintain and rehabilitate your body.  Whether it’s after a long run, to help flush your system of toxic metabolites or every few weeks prior to your race to stimulate and prepare your muscles, a massage therapist can prepare a treatment plan specifically for your running needs.  In the meantime, continue taking care of your muscles at home and above all; happy running!!