North County Water & Sports Therapy Center - July 2020

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PHONE A FRIEND

THE ONES WHO ARE THERE FOR US WHEN WE NEED THEM MOST

H uman connection has been a hot topic over the last few months, which seems ironic because there’s physically been so much less of it. But if there’s anything the world going sideways has shown, it’s that “connection” takes on a whole new meaning when it’s put in jeopardy. Marlene, Melissa, Kelly, and I all grew up in the same little New England town. Some of us met in kindergarten and some in elementary school, but none of us really became good friends until we joined our cheerleading squad in middle school. I can’t tell you exactly the moment we all realized we had become best friends — it was one of those connections that happened so naturally that its inception doesn’t matter. What matters is how strong our friendship has remained over all these years. Even though our lives took different routes that would have made it easy for our friendship to fade, we’ve instead remained just as close today as when we were young. Every year, we plan a trip to see one another and catch up on life. Even though we’ve been to Nashville, Las Vegas, Miami, and many more places, the location itself never stands out most in my mind when looking back. It’s the time spent together, picking up like we never left off in the first place, that always makes me look forward to those trips the most. Time has never changed our dynamic, and I know it never will. But more important than our ability to come together without missing a beat is our ability to be there for one another even when we’re miles apart. I planned to travel to the East Coast recently to visit my parents, and that trip always includes dinner plans with all the girls. But when travel plans had to be canceled, that meant time spent with loved ones had to be canceled, too. Well, not if my girlfriends could help it.

something special about the pure joy I feel when we jump on those calls together. There’s a lasting sense of comfort and love I feel long after we’ve had our last sip of wine and ended the call. We talk out rough weeks and share funny moments, just like we would in person. The way we get together doesn’t change anything about our friendship. In fact, these video calls have only made our friendship stronger because we’re now spending even more time together than before our busy lives prevented us from taking more than one or two trips a year. In a time when loved ones are kept apart and all the negative news in the world can drag our emotions through the mud, it’s friendships like the ones I have with Marlene, Melissa, and Kelly that give us those pockets of light we need in our lives. It doesn’t matter if a friendship has lasted decades or is brand new. No matter their length or location, our friendships shape our lives and give us memories. Friends become our second family and provide us with human connection when we need it most. I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to slow down and truly appreciate all the things the friends in our lives mean to us. I know mine have given me so much over the years, and I can only hope I’ve returned the favor. We don’t know if another one of our trips together will happen anytime soon, but that’s the beauty of friendship — it doesn’t need milestones to prove just how meaningful it truly is.

Like many friends around the world, we’ve adopted a weekly Zoom call with one another. Saturday nights are for our virtual happy hour, and there’s

–Beth Scalone

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FEEL BAD ABOUT THROWING AWAY PHOTOS?

4 RULES FOR GUILT-FREE PHOTO DOWNSIZING

If you’ve reached a point in your life where you’ve started to downsize, then you’ve likely grappled with the difficult task of getting rid of photos. After decades of life, how are you supposed to choose which memories are important enough to keep and which aren’t? These four rules can help make this daunting task easier. RULE NO. 1: CUT SCENIC VIEWS You don’t need dozens of photos of that campsite you went to on vacation one summer. If a location was really meaningful, like the beach at your honeymoon, then keep a few, but pictures of the places you’ve been to are far less special than pictures of the people you love. RULE NO. 2: TELL A STORY When you look at a photo, does it make you want to tell a story about the people or places in the image? Could you share plenty of stories about riding around in Dad’s old truck or about how funny your best friend from college was? Keep those photos. Pictures of people whose names you can’t remember or blurry photos you can’t make out can all go.

RULE NO. 3: EDIT WELL If you have a lot of photos from a specific event or part of your life, think about how long each “chapter” of your life story would be. How much time would you spend writing about your cousin’s wedding or high school prom? If a certain event didn’t have that much meaning in your life, why dedicate pages and pages of a photo album to it? RULE NO. 4: THROW PHOTOS AWAY If a photo isn’t important enough to put in an album or frame on the wall, then it doesn’t need to stick around. Don’t put them in a box you’ll have to sort through later. Let the rejects go.

After all that hard work, treat yourself to a photo album shopping spree so you can start organizing the meaningful photos you have left.

MEET JOE MCINTIRE

OUR INTERN EXTRAORDINAIRE

J oe McIntire has big aspirations in the world of physical Under the guidance of Beth and a few other physical therapists, five days a week Joe helps us examine and evaluate a variety of patients, spending a majority of that time working in our pool with water therapy cases. “The team has been so welcoming, and being in a place that treats everyone like family makes this opportunity even better than it already is,” says Joe. “This environment is filled with people who want to help me succeed by teaching me everything they can, and the patients are so understanding. I’m truly lucky and plan to make the most of my time here.” As a former junior college baseball player who did a lot of pitching and catching, Joe understands the importance of taking care of your body and seeking physical therapy as a means of upkeep or addressing injury. But more than that, Joe wants to become a physical therapist because therapy, and that’s why we’re so excited to show him the ropes during a 12-week doctoral student internship. Joe is currently working his way through his final year of the physical therapy program at the University of St. Augustine at San Marcos, but don’t be fooled by his green status. We see natural talent in Joe that we know will take him far.

of the pure good it can do for many people in tough situations. “Physical therapists make a true difference in the lives of people who come to them for help,” he explains. “It’s inspiring to think that I’ll have the opportunity to make an impact, and it doesn’t just have to be by my knowledge or skills. Sometimes, people just need someone to listen to them and understand what they’re going through. That’s one of my favorite parts of the job.”

It’s been exciting to see the progress Joe has already made in helping our clients. He has a few other programs to finish before he graduates in December, so we won’t be able to hold on to him forever, but we’re eager to make the most of the time we have. We can say with confidence that our patients should be eager to work with Joe, too.

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BE YOUR BEST SELF WITH THE HELP OF OTHERS

HOW TO IMPLEMENT A VIRTUAL WELLNESS CHALLENGE

A lot of people struggle to keep up with a regular wellness routine because they lack accountability to hold them to it. Whether it’s exercise, meditation, or healthy eating, if you go through the process alone, it’s that much harder to will yourself to see it through. But at a time when isolation is still one of the best ways to stay healthy, how can you involve others in your wellness plan? The answer is simple: Create a virtual wellness challenge!

for 15 minutes every day are all great examples. Whatever it is, the target should be clear and reasonable in order to encourage maximum participation and low burnout.

Understand the Process

Stay Accountable

A wellness challenge cultivates healthy competition among participants that keeps them motivated to stick with their wellness regimens. Challenges can be fully customized depending on the goals and abilities of those participating, and when the challenge is carried out virtually, participants have more freedom and flexibility in their routines without missing out on any of the social interaction that makes it fun.

Treat the challenge like you would a weekly book club. Set a time every week to meet via a video call to share wins and setbacks, discuss necessary changes to the challenge, plan for the next week’s challenge, and offer encouragement. If you really want to up the inspiration, determine a prize to be awarded to the person who actively participates the most. Just be sure you have a tangible way to record and share those results, like video evidence of the activity. A wellness challenge shared among friends and family is a great way to work on your physical or mental well-being and stay connected with loved ones when you aren’t able to visit them in person. That kind of consistent personal connection can be wellness in and of itself.

Get Started

Every challenge should have a quantifiable goal depending on the theme. Challenges like working out for 30 minutes a day, getting seven hours of sleep at night, eating 1 cup of leafy greens with every meal, or meditating

TAKE A BREAK

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INGREDIENTS

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1 tsp salt

red bell peppers, baby carrots, and yellow squash are great on the grill)

1/4 tsp pepper

1 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning

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5 tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 tsp garlic, minced

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 lbs assorted vegetables, trimmed and halved (asparagus, mushrooms, red onion,

1/4 cup parsley leaves, chopped

DIRECTIONS

1. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic. 2. Brush vegetables with olive oil and place in a large bowl. Top with lemon juice and seasoning mixture. Toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes but no longer than 2 hours. 3. Prepare the grill at medium-high heat. 4. Grill vegetables in batches, cooking 3–5 minutes on each side until browned and tender. (Carrots will cook longer, 6–9 minutes per side.) 5. Remove from the grill, sprinkle with parsley, and serve hot. 3 (858) 675-1133 Inspired by DinnerAtTheZoo.com

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

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Friendship Knows No Boundaries

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4 Steps to Finally Sort Through Old Photos Meet Joe, Our Doctoral Student Intern Stay Accountable With a Virtual Wellness Challenge The Secret to Delicious Grilled Veggies

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Seek Out San Diego’s Public Art

S an Diego is a city abundant with art museums, installations, and ongoing projects that enhance the cultural experience of our city. One of the best artistic elements in nearly every county is the display of public art for all to see, so here are just a few favorites to whet your artistic appetite. ‘FAULT WHISPER’ Where: Fault Line Park A shallow rupture of the Rose Canyon fault system runs diagonally across Fault Line Park, serving as inspiration for this interactive piece created by artists Po Shu Wang and Louise Bertelsen. Two stainless steel spheres stand on opposite sides of the fault, and the west sphere has a viewfinder through which visitors can see the center of the east sphere at the time of its 2015 installation. Movement in the fault causes intentional offset of this eye line and also creates an amplitude data stream that’s processed into musical notes gently broadcast by the west sphere. FUEL YOUR ARTISTIC FIRE SAN DIEGO’S INCREDIBLE PUBLIC ART PIECES

Fault Line Park

a 15-foot vine-covered pedestal, making it a towering site to behold. This notable figure was erected in 1983 and has become an extended mascot for the university students, even inspiring the annual Sun God Festival on campus every year.

‘COLOSSUS’ Where: Chicano Park

Chicano Park has long been hailed as a cultural treasure for public art decades in the making. There are over 80 works to see across the 7-acre space, one of the most notable being “Colossus,” painted by artist Mario Torero in 1975. The mural of a large golden man stretches up across a concrete pylon supporting the Coronado Bridge, and Torero describes the piece as the “reawakening of the Sleeping Giant, setting off the imagination of all pass-byers.”

SUN GOD Where: UC San Diego Campus

A monumental statue located on the university campus between the faculty club and Mandeville Auditorium, Sun God was created by French-American sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle. It’s a 14-foot multicolored bird perched atop

If you’re inspired to go on an outdoor art-viewing adventure, you can find lists and maps of public pieces at VoiceOfSanDiego.com.

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MATCH POINT: STAYING IN THE GAME PART 3 IMPROVE YOUR GAME WITH PILATES “A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.” –Joseph Pilates

Did you know Andy Murray and Serena Williams practice Pilates? Why is Pilates so good for tennis players?

IT CREATES BALANCE. Pilates is a great way to keep muscles balanced. Due to the nature of the game, people who play tennis are regularly prone to imbalances that can lead to injury, pain, and decreased efficiency. Pilates works the body in all planes and directions, developing balanced strength and flexibility of the muscles and joints.

IT DEVELOPS CORE. A strong, flexible torso is a formidable tool, especially in power-based sports like tennis. Pilates develops your body’s core power, which translates into stronger serves and shots.

IT FOCUSES THE MIND. Pilates involves concentration and focus on each movement, stimulating your mind-body connection. This builds mental stamina and allows you to stay focused during a match.

IT’S LOW-IMPACT. Tennis requires spine rotation and extension and places high-impact and high-speed stress to shoulders, hips, and knees. Working deep stabilizing muscles while moving limbs though a full range of motion in a low-impact manner makes Pilates a perfect cross-training program for tennis players.

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WANT TO GIVE PILATES A TRY? JOIN US FOR A BASIC PILATES MAT CLASS FOR TENNIS! When: Thursday, July 30 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, August 1 at 10 a.m. Fee: $10 Reservations: (858) 675-1133 All proceeds will go to the San Diego Food Bank to help those in need. You don’t have to be a tennis player to join us. Anyone can benefit and is welcome to join. For safety and physical distancing, we are limiting in-clinic spots to six people during each time slot. But don’t worry if you can’t make it into the clinic. We will be also providing a link via Zoom for anyone who wants to join. Just call and sign up. Can’t make the time slot? Let us know! You can register, and we will send you a link after. All those who attend live will also get the link to watch again to do at home if they wish. Don’t take our word for it. Check out what one of our happy clients had to say: “I am well into my 60s and have enjoyed playing tennis, both socially and in league competition, for many years without injury. I credit the pairing of my tennis practice with a weekly Pilates session (mostly under the gifted instruction of Beth Scalone!) to keep me out of harm’s way. Core strength has been an invisible gift, one that I would not have understood had it not been for wise counsel, encouragement, and experience. To quote (or paraphrase) Dr. Scalone: ‘Pilates keeps you strong and secure so that you can enjoy the sports you love without injury.’ Thanks, Beth!” –Shauna

TRUNK ROTATIONS ON REFORMER: This exercise works hip and arm stability while developing core strength and trunk flexibility. It also helps improve your forehand, backhand, and volleys. SALUTES ON REFORMER: Working with springs from the reformer, use this overhead press to work the triceps and core for a more powerful serve.

MERMAIDS: This develops trunk, shoulder, and hip mobility; prevents imbalance in the spine; and helps you gain range in your overhead reach.

Shauna and her tennis team

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