What is Foam Rolling ?

Sascha Boulet

What is foam rolling?


Truth is, you’ve probably seen them laying around at the facility you exercise at, in the gym or even at the store. Foam rollers are common in the exercise world and help you recover from strength and conditioning training.


Foam rolling is a self massage technique used as a cool down to help you feel looser and more relaxed. It is recommended to use self-massage at the end of your workout as it relaxes you and therefore helps you transition from intense activity to more normal activity. Some people may use it at the beginning as “pre-warm up” before moving into a dynamic warm up. This approach is fine if you prefer it.


Why and when should I use a foam roller?


The by-products of exercising at a high intensity create micro-damage and waste production in your muscles (where muscle soreness comes from). A cool down allows the body to flush away the by-products from your muscles into your bloodstream.


A foam roller is used for the management of muscle tightness. If you’re looking to increase your flexibility, it is recommended to do static type stretching to increase the length of the muscle.


Foam rolling can be used on the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals, calves, adductors, abductors and back muscles with the proper technique to reduce the risk of injury.


Benefits of foam rolling


§ Releases tight muscles (myofascial release)

§ Improves circulation

§ Injury prevention

§ Improves flexibility and range of motion

§ Reduces muscle soreness

§ Rehabilitation after exercise

§ Breaks up oxygenated fibers

§ Helps move oxygenated blood into muscles


If you believe you could benefit from foam rolling after reading this blog, call us at 473-7064 and we will teach you how to use a foam roller properly so you can reduce your muscle tightness.

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Training Tips by Pat our Kinesiologist

Sascha Boulet
New year, new me. 2020 is here and most people have a different resolution
for this new year. Perhaps one of the most popular ones every year is to
exercise more, to be more active. It is a good resolution, but can be hard to
achieve. Some lose motivation, some didn't get the expected results, etc. I'm
not saying I have a 100% working method of making it easier for you to stay
active this year, but I have some alternative methods to exercise in the gym
that might help you stay motivated.

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My Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Back to Routine with Meal Planning!

Sascha Boulet

September is here and with this new season you are finally going to get into a routine of taking care of yourself – starting with a meal plan! That’s great! So, where do you start? 

Start with making a list of meal ideas. Consider meals that you know you (and your family) enjoy. They can be simply chicken with Italian seasoning, rice and broccoli with cheese, or they can be more complex recipe like a Mexican rice casserole. Write these meals ideas down to refer to, and try to list ideas for each type of protein you consume, i.e. chicken, beef, pork, tofu, chickpeas, lentils, etc. or perhaps different types of cuisine such as Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, etc. You may also decide to make a list of snacks that you enjoy for quick reference.

If you would like to add new recipes to your list of meal ideas, choose recipes that have at least a few familiar ingredients to better your chances of wanting to make it again. Want help discovering new recipes? Call the clinic to book a FREE 15-minute mini phone consultation with me to find out the different services I offer and receive a complimentary recipe. 

To create a balanced meal for long lasting energy, include 3 things:

  1. A source of protein – meat, fish, beans & legumes, eggs, dairy products, etc.
  2. A whole grain or starchy vegetable – rice, whole grain pasta, quinoa, whole grain tortillas or bread, potatoes, sweet potato, squash or corn
  3. Vegetables and/or fruit – aim to have an equal amount of vegetables to fruit throughout the day

Now that you have your meal ideas, it’s time to pick which meals you are going to have this week. Set aside 10-15 minutes each week to decide what you want to eat. Start by taking inventory of what you have in your fridge, freezer and pantry and if there is anything that should be used soon, include it in your meal plan for the week. Next, check the sales and ask the members of your household for their input. You may also decide to assign a theme to each night of the week to help make this process easier, such as Mexican Tuesday, pasta Wednesday or pizza Friday. Set reminders to remember to take foods out of the freezer as needed, or to put your ingredients in the slow cooker.

Once you have decided your meals and snacks you can make your grocery list, go shopping and the most crucial step is done – you have decided what you are going to eat and you have the food in the house that you need to make your meals for the week!

From there, the amount of meal prep that you do depends on what your needs are and how much time you have on the weekend to prep, or how much time to have to get meals ready during the week. You’ve already completed level 1 just by creating your plan and setting reminders, and maybe that’s good enough for you. Level 2 consists of some basic meal prep. Level 3 includes basic meal prep plus some additional lunches to add variety, and level 4 is 100% pre-prepped meals so that you only have to reheat them throughout the week. This is where I can help come up with a customized plan including recipes to suit your needs and the needs of your household, and help you organize your meal prep to use your time wisely.

For the month of September we are offering a FRESH START package that includes an initial assessment with myself, your Registered Dietitian and one of our Kinesiologists, a follow-up including a customized exercise plan and nutrition plan to help you manage your health, your time and/or any food intolerances you may have. Finally, you will get to meet again with each health professional to evaluate your progress and guide you in making any necessary changes. And as an added bonus, you will receive a free punch card for the gym and pool for four 30-minute sessions. Give us a call we will happily go through all the details with you and discuss the different follow-up options.

Talk soon,

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Prenatal Massage - Taking Care of Mommy

Sascha Boulet
Massage can help a pregnant woman deal with the changes in her body throughout the duration of the pregnancy. Making time for an hour massage means time away from life stresses and a way to connect with your growing baby, which can be very beneficial during this special time in your life, both physically and mentally.

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K-Taping - Common Q & A

Sascha Boulet

1. What is K-Tape?

K-tape is a water resistant, breathable, elastic cotton tape. Its design and properties allows freedom of movement, long wearability and a great level of comfort.

K-tape can be applied to most body part and is a form of supportive therapy that goes home with the patient and which will work for as long as the tape remains on the body.

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Dizzy Talk with Sascha

Sascha Boulet
Have you ever had a brief dizzy episode where you said to yourself: “The room is spinning around me”; “When I get out of the bed in the morning I always get dizzy” or “ I can’t go down the grocery store aisles without feeling like my head is spinning”; then chances are you are experiencing a specific type of vertigo called  Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV

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Cupping Therapy - Massage Therapy

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What to Expect?    

Most patients find it hard to describe how it feels, it's simply an odd feeling.
Cupping can be uncomfortable in some areas that are more restricted. 
Although these areas might be more uncomfortable, it may be where you need it the most in order to release those tissues and increase range of motion.
You will feel a painless, tight/pulling sensation in the area where the cup is placed or moved along.  Keep in mind, the amount of suction is adjustable based on your tolerance, and your massage therapist will ask you about your comfort level throughout. There are also different sizes of cups depending on the area being treated.

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Introduction to Gabby!

Sascha Boulet
Our society has constructed the idea and made you believe that if you are in a larger body that you are lazy, unhealthy, unworthy of what you desire, ugly, and you need to change. Let me be the first to say that you your size does make you any of those things, you are beautiful, and it is diet culture that needs to change – not you! Diet culture teaches us that we can’t trust ourselves when it comes to eating and food selection because of how we look, and therefore we need to follow a set of rules. These rules usually start with a list of “good and bad foods” and restricting food intake by either reducing the amount of food or eliminating food groups, followed by ignoring our body’s signals that it’s time to eat because we need to stick to the plan...

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Concussion - Watch your Head

Sascha Boulet
A concussion is a serious injury and may result in a variety of non-specific signs and / or symptoms and most often does not involve loss of consciousness. If you’ve suffered a concussion, here are some symptoms you may experience: headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to noise, difficulty remembering, fatigue or low energy, more emotional. 

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Pelvic Health & Women's Health

Sascha Boulet
Today I'm going to talk about the importance of physiotherapy during your pregnancy. At PhysioFirst, we have a program where we follow our ladies throughout their whole pregnancy. Once a month or more frequently as to match your personal needs. 

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