Due to recommendations from our Government and from the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), my practice will be closed until further notice.
The following is from a statement issued by our governing body and encompasses the same concerns I have towards client care and your safety.
I apologize for the inconvenience and encourage all of you to take similar precautions at work and in the public to limit the spread of this virus. The sooner we can slow the spread, the sooner we can all get back to our normal lives.
"With recent developments on the pandemic and in accordance with our mandate to protect the public, CMTO is currently reviewing practice questions that we are receiving from Ontario’s Massage Therapists (“RMTs” and “MTs”), and assessing how best to protect the public. CMTO will continue to monitor the current environment, but has the following recommendations for RMTs at this time.
1. Suspend All Non-Essential Massage Therapy Treatment
Public safety is our number one concern. CMTO is strongly recommending that all non-essential Massage Therapy treatment (using your professional judgement for what you deem as essential to the client) be suspended immediately, until further notice.
CMTO believes this is an important step in protecting the health of Ontarians, and aligns with social distancing recommendations made by the Government of Ontario and Government of Canada."
There are two important changes happening at the Local Fix clinic this fall:
First, Saturdays I am available again between 10am and 3pm downtown. It is approaching year end for benefits so spaces are filling up fast. Don’t forget to look into your own benefits plan and book in those last minute treatments before time runs out!!
Second, Local Fix will be adopting a slight increase in its treatment fees. You can see the new pricing under my booking tab. Local Fix will be adopting this new fee schedule starting November 15th for all new clients, however as a thank you to all my long standing clients, I want to offer our current treatment fee to you for the remainder of the 2018 year.
Thank you for your ongoing support over the last five years!
Colin Baird, RMT
The Local Fix Clinic
I am currently on the hunt for a motivated and friendly RMT to join the LOCAL FIX team!
This is an excellent opportunity to grow or expand an existing practice within an established massage therapy practice downtown. I am open to all applicants but prefer a RMT who has a sports or Kinesiology background and that works well with deep tissue focused client care.
For more information email me directly at email@example.com.
Almost four years to the date, Colin Baird RMT - now known as the Local Fix Clinic - is taking on a second location under its new name.
After a successful beginning at our Carlton Street location, I am happy to say we are now working out of a second wellness clinic in the Summerhill area of Toronto called the Optimum Health Centre. It is located at 1246 Yonge street in suite 303, and similar in its routes to the Zentai Wellness Clinic, the OHC is a multidisciplinary space geared toward encouraging health and wellness through many types of therapy.
With this new expansion the schedule at my downtown location will be a bit tighter but I thank you in advance for your patience and I encourage clients to start booking in advance. My new schedule will be Wednesdays and Fridays as usual, as well as Saturdays until 3pm. We are also in the process of hiring a second RMT for the downtown location so stay tuned for an introduction coming shortly!
Thank you to all my loyal clients for your business over the last four years. We wouldn't be here without your support and friendship.
Recently my friend Laura Losos, who is also the Director of Health Education at the Springboard Clinic here in Toronto, had the chance to sit down to discuss an article she was writing for Village Living Magazine‘s online publication. Her goal was to educate people on ways to be more mindful in their massage therapy experiences. From talking to people about what I do, I already knew that people just aren’t as familiar with the massage therapy experience as you would think, and still associate it with a “spa type” of treatment. What we wanted to do is to help people realize that like any other manual therapy, massage can cater to many of our healthcare needs. This includes treating symptoms of ADHD, something the Springboard clinic specializes in. By coming up with 10 “tips” to help people get more out of their massage, we hope that everyone can be more mindful in their massage experiences.
Mindfulness and Massage – Getting the Most Out of Your Massage
1. Ankle Mobility
2. Back Pain Relief
3. Hip Strengthening
4. Glute Strengthening
5. Posture Correction
Check out their website for more information on the squat and it’s full body benefits!
The general consensus among most professionals is that stretching is good for prevention of injuries, and will help with a person’s performance. For me, I typically prescribe stretching to my clients as a form of self-care to extend the benefits of a massage treatment.
Although the benefits are obvious, most people are not stretching as much as they should be. Studies have shown that muscle that is stretched 30seconds per day over the course of a month, have actually resulted in muscle hypertrophy, or an increase in its size.
What does this mean? It means there is a corresponding increase in the contraction force and contraction speed of that muscle. But are all stretches the same? No. All stretching is not one and the same and it is important to know what you are doing in order to ensure you avoid injury or over-stretching. Here are a few important parameters to keep in mind:
1) Make it a routine – stretching once or twice a week “when you have time” isn’t going to cut it! It needs to be consistent and a part of your regular training program in order to see the benefits.
2) 30 seconds is key – studies have shown that at 30 seconds is the optimal length of time to hold a stretch. Any less will result in a smaller increase to your ROM, and on the flip side, any longer will not elicit any greater improvements in ROM.
3) One time is enough – studies suggest that there are no advantages to stretching 3x per day as apposed to 1x per day, if done on a regular (daily) basis. So don’t worry about stretching 10 times on a given day. Do it once, do it right, and do it daily.
4) Don’t stretch prior to your activity – stretching will strain the muscle fibers involved and actually weaken them if done prior to your activity. Plan to stretch after your workout or activity to ensure your best performance.
5) Warm your body up with functional movement – well if you can’t stretch how do you prep before a workout? The key to “warming up” is to increase the temperature of your muscles and tissue to a sufficient level without causing fatigue. Try walking, light jogging, swinging your limbs, skipping, or stairs to increase your body temperature. 5minutes should be adequate in most cases.
Massage therapy has been shown to reduce our body’s level of cortisol – the stress hormone – by almost half. Why is that important? In today’s high-stress culture, our body’s level of cortisol tends to be higher than ideal causing impacts on everything from blood pressure, to immune system health, to blood sugar regulation. In addition to helping to reduce cortisol levels, massage also helps to elevate our body’s levels of serotonin and dopamine which are key in regulating mood levels.
So there you have it, massage = happy
Email me to start booking in for the fall and winter season before your benefits run out!
Wishing everyone a very happy upcoming Easter weekend!!
I will be available 10am-8pm as usual on Easter Monday for anyone looking to round out their long weekend with some well deserved deep tissue maintenance!! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
A lot of clients have been asking about swimming, its benefits, and about using it as a means of active recovery from heavy gym days and classes. Here is a great drill to add some technical work to your next workout for people who find swimming lengths tiresome or boring (and many of you do). Break it up and don’t be afraid to try some drills! The more efficient and comfortable you are in the water, the better your workout and the more likely you will be to take advantage of this amazing, low impact exercise!
Colin Baird is the owner and principal RMT at Local Fix Clinic Toronto.