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Me and high blood pressure

I recently discovered that my blood pressure was elevated to 150 (systolic) over 85 (diastolic).  This is given the ominous definition of Stage 1 Hypertension.  My previous readings for all of my adult life were a classic 120 over 80.  What was happening with me?  I felt that I was doing the right things in life, was feeling fit and full of energy, was exercising regularly and had a good diet with not much animal fat.  I didn’t feel that I was stressed.  This should not be happening, especially since I had just come back from 16 days in Mexico.  For the first couple of day I went into a fun

Pain is a combo of the physical and emotional

We tend to take our good health for granted until we are reminded that truly we are all human, with all the advantages and drawbacks that accompany that.  It is remarkable that we can be affected by emotion.  Pain can be the result of a combination of both the physical and the emotional.  It does not always take great physical trauma to experience an injury or physical discomfort.  We will quite often know immediately if we have overexerted at the gym or lifted something that is beyond our natural strength or ability to handle comfortably.  In these cases we kind of expect to feel sore.

Developing a spirit of curiosity through yoga

As part of my program of personal wellness I have been taking a yoga class here at the clinic for the past year.  It fits with my schedule and because it is a morning class helps positively to determine my mood for the rest of the day.

I have always bemoaned my lack of flexibility, especially in my hamstrings and hips.  It has seemed that even if I were to hold a stretch for a whole day, nothing substantial would change.  This is perhaps one reason why I had never taken to yoga previously and had dismissed myself as a hopeless case.

Changing my diet for the New Year

Following the Christmas holiday season and all its accompanying excesses, I start to think of what I might do to put myself back on a path of moderation towards better health.  Besides proper exercise, the right diet is always important.  The trouble is that there is so much conflicting information out in the marketplace.  Who should one believe?  I personally don’t want to be taken in by “information” that might be the latest fad supporting the production, marketing and sale of the next bestseller.

Treatment of Sprains - explained and treated

When learning massage, I could never remember the difference between a “Strain” and a “Sprain.”  The words sounded so similar.  An easy way to remember is that the word Strain has the letter “t” in it.  So, a strain is a damage to the tendon.  By process of elimination, a sprain is a damage of the ligament.  The common denominator is that both Strains and Sprains cause pain and reduce mobility.

A cooperative business model

In my clinical practice increasingly I see people who are highly stressed.  On the roads here in Toronto, I see many aggressive and angry drivers.   I don't think that the latter is in reaction to something that I have done although, I will not deny that perhaps sometimes my thoughts when on the road are elsewhere.  It is very difficult to remain in the present moment when one is worried about the future.  Why the anger?  I think it is because people are feeling out of control without a real say in the direction of their lives.

Summer into Fall

Now that we are in mid-September, we may realise that warm balmy weather is but a temporary phenomenon. For some this may be a happy prospect that signals the return to more mild temperatures. Others may be waiting for the crispness of winter and all that that brings. Probably everyone has a favourite time of year. However, we should welcome all the seasons and rejoice in the contrast. In all aspects of our life we need balance. We need the four seasons to provide rest and rejuvenation for the soil and so that the right nutrients can be provided for new growth.

Fall activities at Healing on the Danforth

I always experience some regret at this time of year.  Although we are still in the middle of some reasonably good weather we know that summer is almost over.  I know that I have always said that we should be grateful of all the seasons and welcome them for the balance in nature that they provide.  That said, I still can’t help playing favourites and I must admit that I don't exactly relish the arrival of winter.  That is definitely a good excuse to head for a shiatsu teaching gig in Mexico.

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