Summer is here! Indicators? The kids are out of school and the Queensway is moving well due to parents being on vacation with them and out of the morning rush. Below are some tips to enjoy a safe and healthy summer. Enjoy the sun, the rain, the grass under your feet and the crickets in the evening…
Speaking of vacation, I will be traveling up the shores of Lake Superior and enjoying some home time here in Ottawa from Friday, July 19th to Monday, August 6th.
There has been great feedback on the ease and convenience of the online booking system. For those of you who haven’t tried it yet, please go to www.erinwhyte-rmt.com and you can click on the “Book Now” link to make an appointment.
For those that have tried it, here is an easier route to my schedule alone:
1. Once you login, click on the ‘HOME’ tab (upper left of screen)
2. Click in the open area beside ‘SCHEDULE’ and highlight ‘Erin’
3. Click ‘GO’
You can also call Kneaded Touch at 613.725.0988. There is no administrative staff so please leave a message and one of the therapists will return your call.
389 Danforth Ave.
Danforth Ave. is the small street between Richmond Rd. and Byron Ave. that runs behind Mountain Equipment Co-op. Street parking is available on Danforth for 3 hours, in the MEC parking lot for $1.00 and up the sides streets on south side of Byron Ave. Parking is not available in the driveway for clients…sorry!
Starting in June I will hold the following hours:
Tuesday 12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (until further notice)
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Until further notice, I will not have hours available on Monday afternoon/evenings. If you have an upcoming appointment booked on a Monday in June, I will be contacting you personally to reschedule this time. I apologize for the inconvenience.
1. Drink lots of water. Hydration helps to reduce muscle cramps, regulates body temperature and helps to boost energy. Recommendations vary and most people don’t get enough of it so by trying to get at least 2 L you are at a minimum replacing what you naturally lose in a day.
2. Get outside and exercise! Be active. Walk for 20 mins, 3 times a week, rollerblade or bike along the Parkway (or ON it on Sundays, they close it down for you to use between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. during the summer), hike up in the Gatineaus, swim in Meech lake. It will benefit your heart, your joints, and your spirit all in one. Just remember to wear sunscreen!
3. Stretch or warm up! Don’t be a weekend warrior than sits sedentary at a desk all week with little movement and then demand of your muscles to canoe down rapids, bike up hills or throw footballs for endless hours. Your muscles will be tired and tight from the week and will not appreciate the quick, powerful contractions you demand in your activity. This sets up an environment for strained muscles, dislocations or at best post activity muscle soreness for a good 2-3 days on the job! Warm up the muscles before being too demanding on them and stretch afterward to cool them down.
4. Eat properly. Make sure you have eaten enough before activity and continue to get food into you throughout the day. You may not always FEEL hungry but your body needs those calories and nutrients to optimize output. When you get fatigued, your mental alertness decreases which can then set the stage for physical injury. Energy bars are a quick and easy way to get fuel during the day. Protein and carbs is a great way to replenish the body post-activity as it will helps to repair tissue damage and restock your energy supply.
5. If you do hurt yourself or have re-occurring injuries then seek professional help. The sooner you deal with an injury (yes, even a day or two after) the better the chance of a quicker, more complete healing process. Ice helps to keep down inflammation and pain. Massage can reduce swelling, maintain range of motion, address tight muscles that are compensating due to the injured area and alleviate pain. It will get you back outside and enjoying the sunshine more quickly!