ConceptOfMovement_Give Yourself a Fresh Start in 2020

PAT I E N T S U C C E S S S P O T L I G H T

I was out of the country on vacation and something happened to me. I ended up in hospital on Tuesday evening, January 23, 2018 and was not released until Wednesday afternoon. The rest of the trip was unenjoyable as I had to take medication and take it easy sitting. I could not do any more walking the beach or tours. I was worried if I would have something else happen before I would get home. Thankfully, I made it home and went to a medical doctor, then a cardiologist, a Sunnybrook specialist, lung doctor, and several trips to RVH Emergency. I had difficulty breathing and catching my breath, symptoms of arrhythmia. I had a fast heart rate, was treated with heart medication which gave me unwanted symptoms. I could not do anything alone for the fear that something would happen. I had to walk or ride my bike with my friend. I could not play tennis, which is my favorite sport. My symptoms worsened and then I looked into natural alternatives. I went to Concept of Movement and saw Bruce. He worked with me and put me on a program with Meagan. The different breathing exercises they taught me along with the use of the PEMF machine has drastically improved my quality of life. I am getting back to normal; I can play singles tennis, ride my bike for 30km and walk. I am more confident going out alone again on a bike and with less fear that a medical episode will happen. I am so thankful Concept of Movement guided me to my road to recovery. They are all nice, caring and knowledgeable.” - G. G.

TIPS FOR YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS EXERCISE TO STRETCH YOUR BACK

Lower Trunk Rotation Lie down on your back, bend your knees and drop them to either side and hold for ten seconds. This stretch should be felt in the lower back and sometimes in the outer hips as well.

1. Consider Your Intentions. The most common resolutions are to lose weight, spend less money, and get organized. Those are all valuable and healthy practices. But why are they your intentions? Do you want to feel better about your body? Know that you won’t need to worry about money for retirement?Honoringthepersonal meaningbehindanactionhelpsus maintain our resolve. 2. Focus on Process, Not Results. Intensely focusing on results paradoxically makes us less likely toachieve them. Instead of focusing on “losing 10 pounds,” try focusing on going for walks or eating healthy salads for lunch — you will probably end up losing some weight in the process. And you’ll probably enjoy the journey a lot more. The focus of our resolution should be the process — the infinite present moments in which transformation will occur —

rather than the single instance of its attainment. 3. Consider Resolution Alternatives. If the pressure of New Year’s Resolutions is too much, consider a few alternative ways to set your intentions for the upcoming year: 4. Make a Vision Board: A vision board compiles images that represent what you want for yourself in the upcoming year. It’s a great way to have a visual reminder of your intentions. 5.ChooseaWordoftheYear: Many people have embraced the trend of choosing a word for the year — like breathe, trust, dance, fly — that encapsulates the feelings, attitudes, and behaviors they desire in the year ahead. This word can guide your choices and actions. Ask if a particular behavior aligns with your word and your intentions.

Always consult your physiotherapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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