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BC Athlete Wins 2010 BMO Skate Canada Junior Nationals
Nearly two years ago Skate BC Figure Skating Coach Lorna Bauer referred one of her top male skaters to Lifemoves to improve his flexibility, aid his recovery and prevent injuries. Fascial Stretch Therapy has been an integral part of Liam Firus' Figure Skating training program for nearly two years. Firus says that "Alfred has helped me become more flexible, and has also helped me stay free of injury as I train pretty intensely 5 days a week."
On January 14th, Liam's dedication to his sport and hard work paid off with a win at the BMO 2010 Skate Canada Junior Nationals. Lifemoves congratulates Liam for this outstanding accomplishment.
Labels: fascial stretch therapy, Recognition
Getting Ready to Host the World in 2010: Transportation and Commuting Ideas
We have been having casual conversations with many of clients over the last several months regarding their plans and concerns during February 2010. Although, it is difficult to know exactly what the city will be like during this time, the 2010 Commerce Centre is anticipating the city to be buzzing with activity 24 hours a day.
Some of our clients are leaving town while others are kindly hosting Volunteers or friends. Since Lifemoves is part of the 2010 Business Network, the 2010 Commerce Centre sends us periodic updates about transportation and other issues surrounding the
Lifemoves and Fitness World will be open during this time. Alfred is volunteering as an Anti-Doping Chaperone for Biathlon from February 10th to 28th. Alfred will be available on a limited basis due to his volunteer schedule, while Sahba is taking 1 week off at the end of the month. We are booking for January and February NOW.
What does VANOC say?
Since we are located very close to Lion's Gate bridge, traffic is going to be affected. VANOC is encouraging people to take public transportation more, add additional travel time and change their work schedule (eg. work from home if possible) during this time. While downtown is ope, please join in the effort to reduce downtown and commuting traffic by 30%. Since, most events happen in the afternoon start work early and end early or telecommute if possible.
There are many buses including the 240, 255, 239 which drop off right outside Fitness World if travelling East or just across the street when travelling West. Get accurate bus information and plan your route on the Translink
website. Another way to stay active is use your bike. Figure out your bike route during the Olympics at Getting Around
Busting 2010 Travel Myths
- Myth: All of downtown Vancouver will be closed to traffic
- Fact: Some roads near venues will be closed for security, but most of downtown will be open. There will be some road network changes; have a look at the Games time map to know what to expect in February 2010.
- Myth: You will need a special pass to make deliveries around downtown
- Fact: Local businesses will be able to make and receive deliveries 24 hours a day, but the City of Vancouver is recommending that all deliveries be planned between 12 midnight and 12 noon. Click here for more information on deliveries.
- Myth: You will need a security pass to go through the Sea-to-Sky Highway
- Fact: A Sea-to-Sky check point pass is required only if you are traveling northbound from 6am to 6pm. This is not a security pass; it is only to ensure that you have a guaranteed parking spot in Whistler. If you are a resident or business in Whistler, you will be issued passes. Click here for more information.
- Myth: Pedestrian Corridors will be closed to traffic all day
- Fact: In downtown Vancouver, pedestrian corridors will be in effect from noon to midnight only. Access for vehicles will be maintained between midnight and noon. Click here for more information on pedestrian corridors.
Republished from an email dated Dec 8th, 2009 from the 2010 Commerce Centre. Find out more information about getting around Vancouver.
Labels: 2010, Commuting, Olympics, Transportation, Travel
Students Produce Short Film for Business Excellence Awards
On a rainy day in September Alfred Ball became a finalist for the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards in the category of Young Entrepreneur.
While introducing himself to all the other finalist he was surrounded by a group of enthusiastic Capilano University Students who were there to produce a short film on all the finalists for the awards gala in October.
John and Chris introduced themselves by saying that they chose Lifemoves, because they were given only words to describe each business, our was "fitness" and it sound more exciting than some of the others.
After several phone calls and a couple of delays due to difficulty getting the proper equipment we arranged to film on a Monday afternoon. They arrived full of enthusiasm, but the last person to use the video recorder forgot to charge the battery. While Charlie went to retrieve a cable and new battery, John and I discussed exactly what and where we were going to shoot. I had carefully arranged several clients to take part and arrive in 30 min intervals, however they came almost all at once. An hour later, with patient clients, we were under the bright lights as shooting took place. They had over 30 min of video to choose from during editing, so I was both eager and nervous to see the results, but had to wait until the business awards' gala.
This week were able to share the results with the public and the wonderful clients who were very patient during our filming session. This video is also the first one we are posting on our new YouTube Channel
: Get Moving For Life: Lifemovesca. Post your comments to let's us know what you want to see and learn about in 2010.
Labels: Awards, Entrepreneur, Recognition
A Deeper Exploration of Upper Body Flexibility
August 2008 was when Alfred attend the Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) Level II Lower-body in Arizona. Using the techniques he learned there he helped his clients reduce hip, knee and ankle pain, move more freely and perform better in sport and walk better. Since then, he felt there was something missing; by mostly focusing on the lower-body he was leaving people feeling like a rolled tube of toothpaste, nice and loose in the lower-body, but still tight in the shoulders and neck.
He finds that as an actively aging population, his clients, tend to have restricted movement in the shoulders. Poor posture, rotator cuff injuries and frozen shoulders which have never fully resolved leave women having trouble doing up their bra, others have trouble reaching or lifting over head or throwing balls to their grandchildren.
In mid-October, Alfred flew down to Arizona to complete the Level II certification and be with an amazing group of ten other health professionals from Canada (Toronto) and the United States. They all want to positively impact the well being of their clients and spread the word of Fascial Stretch Therapy
As his third time to the Stretch to Win Institute
, he was still excited to experience the hands of others, reconnect with who he met in previous courses and bring back new techniques to affect his clients.
The developers and instructors of FST, Ann and Chris Frederick (front of photo), are a very dynamic and engaging couple. Each class member was
able to be part of the demonstration so that we felt and experienced their hands. The movements broken into components, demonstrated and then we had the opportunity to practice on each other. We switched partners often as it was important to be able to 'feel' individual differences in tissue and mobility.
The days went by quickly, lunch was at Whole Foods and dinners at various locals near Arizona State University. After group dinners we studied for our practical and written exam on Sunday morning. Ann and Chris provided us with some of the most current information on Fascia, who they study with, such as Thomas Myers. After our exams we refined our techniques by continuing to practice on each other and our instructors while asking many questions related to our current clients.
What Alfred found most fascinating about the course was how to access the deeper layers of shoulder fascia by liberating the outer layers. To unwind the spiral line, he learned techniques where the client drops their knees to the opposite side. He also learned side-lying positions that really help to open up the chest and bring the shoulders back to their proper place. Lastly, face-down stretches get the shoulder blade unstuck, after-all it needs to float freely for optimal function and mobility.
His clients noticed a difference after a just one session of being him being back to Vancouver; one even commented "Have you been back to school?" He finds that he is now able to better facilitate the body's natural ability to heal and move efficiently. Alfred's philosophy is to reduce soft tissue pain it is important to first get muscles back to their more efficient length.
If your arms and shoulders are feeling stiff, or you suffer from chronic tendonitis, or upper-back is feeling sore from working a computer book Fascial Stretch Therapy
session today, call 778.839.2348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Labels: chronic pain, continuing education, fascia, fascial stretch therapy, flexibility, myofascial pain, rehabilitation, trigger points
Kinesiology Week Raises Awareness of Organ Donation, Lifemoves and Kinesiology
If, you saw all the blue and green balloons in Fitness World North Vancouver a couple of weeks ago it was Kinesiology Week
October 19th - 24th, 2009. On October 21st we opened our doors to celebrate Kinesiology Week, Lifemoves' second anniversary and the achievements of our clients.
At the front doors of Fitness World we set-up several tables, one for Beyond H20, who compared total dissolved solids in their water to that of others. They also precipitated these solids so that the audience could see what was in the dissolved in the water.
We hosted Margaret Benson and the Canadian Transplant Association. Margaret brought her books full of photos of her motivating life and the she medals won at various transplant games to show, while she spoke to people about the value of being an organ donor. We also intorduced clients and guests as they arrived to Sven Winter, aspiring Olympic Champion.
The Lifemoves table was full of great tidbits, including BCAK
brochures explaining who Kinesiologists are, our own information explaining some of our services and some neat stickers for people to take home as an appreciation for coming. We also had a slideshow showcasing the development of Lifemoves, client achievements and our services. At the end of our table the draw prize box sat waiting for people to enter for their chance to win many fabulous prizes that were generously donated by businesses on the North Shore. A North Shore News photographer was gracious to attend and take of photo of Sahba and Alfred at our table before he had to dash off to another event happening on the same evening.
Presentations started with Margaret Benson telling her very moving story how as someone with Cystic Firbrosis, she was once read her last rites and now she is is double lung transplant recipient, motivational speaker, accomplished athlete and dedicated teacher and advocate for organ donation.
The crowd started to grow around our make shift auditorium in the personal training studio as Sven Winter, another sponsored athlete, compared ski cross to a combination of downhill skiing and wrestling. He also revealed that until starting Fascial Stretching sessions he wasn't aware that his heels spurs were limiting his performance. He is always finding ways to help others reach their dreams as he pursues his goal of Olympic Gold.
Celebratory branded cupcakes sat next to a nutritious vegetable platter for people to snack on. We finished with a bit of chemistry. Stephen Bohn of Beyond H20, had a bit of difficulty with his battery for the dissolved solids demo (look on the side of the bottle for 'TDS'), however he was able to reveal what was in some of the common bottled water we drink and compared to Beyond H20's, which is produced in Richmond. Unfortunately a miscommunication between us and Beyond H20 meant there wasn't any for sale to raise money for the Canadian Transplant Association, something we will correct for next year.
Overall we had over 30 people attend our open house and 40 more take part in the draw. Prize winners have been notified. Some comments included "I didn't know you were here in Fitness World, I usually go straight to the Ladies area" (when passing the service desk members either go left to the ladies area or right to Lifemoves' offices and the Co-Ed workout area) and "the event was well put together, I enjoyed the speakers."
We enjoyed hosting this event and look forward to next year. We achieved two of our goals. Firstly, we raised awareness of the Kinesiology profession and the value of organ donation . Secondly, more peolple know that Lifemoves Health and Rehabilitation's Kinesiologists are available to help members and non-members get moving for life
(contact us today at email@example.com
to book a complimentary consultation).
Thank you to all those who attended and to our draw prize donors: Moveo Sport and Rehabilitation Centre
, Fitness World
, Stretch to Win
, Cultivate Your Health
, Beyond H20
, IMPACT Magazine
, Grouse Mountain Resort
, Galiano Inn and Spa
and Twist Conditioning
Remember Kinesiology Week happens every year. Mark your calenders for mid-October 2010 for another great event.
Labels: Kinesiology Week
Kinesiology Week Fundraiser for Canadian Transplant Association
Lifemoves Health & Rehabilitation is holding an open house, anniversary party and fundraiser as part Kinesiology Week October 19th - 24that our North Vancouver location. We are partnering with Beyond H20 water to raise funds for the Canadian Transplant Association with proceeds of water sales going to the Canadian Transplant Association.
Come join us for an evening of guest speakers, draw prizes from Grouse Mountain, Moveo Sport and Rehabilitation, Stretch To Win, Send Sven 2010, Fitness World and Lifemoves and information about Kinesiology and Lifemoves Health & Rehabilitation's services. You will also have an an opportunity to meet our sponsored athletes
, Sven Winter and Margaret Benson.
This event is constantly evolving please visit our event page
for more details.
We look forward to meeting you.
Alfred Ball & Sahba Seifi - Practicing Kinesiologists
Labels: events, Fundraiser, Kinesiology Week, Open House
Understanding Trigger Points to Reduce Soft-Tissue Pain
Kinesiologists, Alfred Ball
and Sahba Seifi
were further introduced to trigger point techniques in a workshop taught by William Hunh
and hosted by Healing Through Movement
on September 26th at Douglas College.
The first part of the course explained what trigger points are and how they produce more than just referral myofascial pain. During the second part we briefly explored how to discover trigger points on our clients' bodies using different hand techniques and varying levels of pressure.
We learned that muscles need up to two-weeks to heal once they are relieved of trigger points; chronic and/or hypersensitive trigger points need multiple treatments and respond to very little stimulus (1-3/10, no more than 6). Often, they may be made temporarily worse if they are over stimulated, so be gentle. We were also intrigued by the idea of addressing both latent and active trigger points.
Trigger points are an often forgotten about source of chronic of pain and other symptoms such as dizzinies, headaches, muscle weakness and back pain. They can mostly be relieved using self-treatment with hands or tools such as tennis balls, foam-rollers and movement re-education.
Labels: chronic pain, continuing education, fascia, myofascial pain, trigger points