Month: August 2019

  • 6 REASONS WE LOVE FACIAL REJUVENATION ACUPUNCTURE

     

    Hands up if you want to look good and feel good at the same time! We have a saying at TMB: vitality is the new vanity. To us, this means that although it’s more than okay to care about your physical appearance, what’s most important is feeling energized, vibrant and rejuvenated on the inside. Why? Because if that’s how you feel when you wake up in the morning, it’ll show!

    toronto facial rejuvenation acupunctureIt’s no secret that at The Movement Boutique, our signature facial provides a natural face lift without going under the knife. It incorporates facial rejuvenation acupuncture, fascial release of the face and scalp, and finishes with a lymphatic detox boost. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture, also known as cosmetic acupuncture, is a 100% natural anti-aging treatment that targets the skin on a cellular level from the inside-out. Our experienced clinicians use ultra-thin, luxurious needles to synergistically address fine lines/wrinkles, age spots, discolouration, acne, dark circles, jowls, and create an overall sculpting and lifting of the face. We’re not the only ones who are obsessed – It’s also a fan favourite by many A-list celebrities like Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Anniston.

    A Natural Approach

    Our skin is our largest and most porous organ, so it’s very important that we take care of it not only for aesthetic purposes, but to support our overall health.

    Although we can’t stop the clock, facial acupuncture treatments can definitely help slow down the aging process naturally! Here are some reasons we’re confident you’d love it:

    1. It’s a natural alternative to Botox

    We’re all for natural and holistic ways to move, feel and look better! If you want wrinkle-free, “fresh-faced” skin, look no further. Acupuncture has been shown to be ultra-effective when it comes to reducing signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles, but without the chemicals/toxins attached to Botox. When needles are gently inserted, it breaks the skin’s barrier and stimulates the body’s natural healing response. With all the tiny micro-traumas that are created during the process, the body needs to repair what it thinks is ‘damage’. Opposite to Botox, this sends the signals to flood the area with fresh blood and new circulation. The results? Fresher, younger looking skin!

    2. It helps balance stress hormones

    Some people are skeptical when they hear the words “stress relieving” and needles in the same sentence. But our needles are so ultra-thin and high-quality, that any “pain” experienced during our facial acupuncture treatments is ULTRA mild – even less than a blackhead extraction during a regular spa facial, for example. Acupuncture helps to balance cortisol levels, our main stress hormone, putting us into our parasympathetic state (aka rest and digest mode). We also use myofascial “massage” techniques, calming essential oils and soothing meditative music to enhance the stress-relieving benefits of the whole experience.

    3. It can be a preventative treatment

    Not only can it help reduce wrinkles, it can also prevent them from ever forming in the first place and can also help keep breakouts and acne at bay. Since it works on more than just the superficial layer of the skin (remember, inside-out!) it can help influence the health of our skin for years to come. It also stimulates an increase in blood flow to the face, improving the delivery of oxygen & nutrients, which in turn can help create an overall enhanced “glow”.

    4. It can enhance sleep quality

    They call it beauty sleep for a reason! Sleep is essential not only for the health of our skin, but is also important when it comes to memory, focus, stress levels, mood and so much more – Hello, vitality! Since acupuncture puts us into our nervous system into parasympathetic mode, many patients use it to help promote deeper sleep. Some of our patients have even coined the term “acu-stoned” after feeling a sense of extreme “zen” following their facial acupuncture treatments!

    5. It boosts collagen production

    You might have heard that supplementing with collagen powder is great when it comes to having healthy hair, skin and nails. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture takes it to a whole new level – the cellular level, to be exact! Collagen is an important protein our body naturally produces and it’s one of the primary proteins that give skin its structure and elasticity. When it starts to deplete (which happens as we age), signs of aging in our skin show up. Through giving us an internal collagen boost, facial acupuncture can give us that bright, smooth and vibrant skin we’re all looking for.

    6. It addresses the deep layers of our fascia

    Since we make the same expressions over and over, it’s important to inhibit overworked areas and wake up underworked areas to optimize our skin. Although there are other natural methods out there that help with this, like facial massages, Gua Sha, and even jade rollers, none of these options work the deeper layers of our fascia and facial nerves the way acupuncture does. At TMB, we work with the fascia to release any blockages and address deep nerves and circulatory system to get to the root cause of your skin concerns, release tension and create symmetry & balance within the face and body.

     

    About The Movement Boutique in Toronto – Pilates, Chiropractic, Functional Medicine

    TMB The Movement Boutique Located on Yonge Street in Toronto, The Movement Boutique serves the areas of Summerhill, Rosedale and Yorkdale with Pilates classes and much more. Our philosophy is centred on a holistic, multimodal approach to health, grounded in the latest therapeutic techniques and clinical research. Our approach: Optimal health cannot be attained through a single therapeutic lens; injuries are often the result of a constellation of lifestyle issues, including dysfunctional movement patterns, trauma, nutritional deficiencies or destructive habits of mind.

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  • HOW TO SPOT GREENWASHING

    how to spot greenwashingPicture this – you’re at a health food store looking for a new laundry detergent, and you find one that looks good enough for you to pick up off the shelf. You think to yourself “This looks promising!”. It seems to have “health” written all over it. Non GMO? Check. Green? Check. Eco-friendly? Check. So it must be an ok product to use in your house, right? Think again!

    What Is Greenwashing?

    Greenwashing refers to when companies use advertising and marketing tactics to falsely brand their products as “green” in an effort to trick consumers into thinking their products are healthier, not harmful to the environment and safe to use. Companies often use vague, misleading and confusing terms and images to brand things like food, cleaning and personal care products a certain way.

    It’s crazy what companies can get away with when it comes to not disclosing the truth of their products, which means as consumers, we have to be vigilant when it comes to purchasing these products. Now that you’re more familiar with what greenwashing is, we want to help you identify greenwashed products during your next shop:

    1. Always read labels

    The only way to tell whether or not a product is “healthy” is by carefully reading the label! Whether it’s food or a beauty product, companies will slap on whatever they can to give their product a “healthy” or “eco-friendly” appeal, whether or not it actually IS what they say it is. Marketers will use slogans and branding traps to trick you. For example, just because there are a certain number of “natural ingredients” added to a product, doesn’t make it clean and non-toxic. Reading an ingredients list fully is essential to making the best choices!

    2. Know the difference between non-GMO and organic

    Non-GMO is great, but it also creates a false sense of trust in the consumer as some will assume this gives a product the green light. In reality, non-GMO products are deceiving as they can still actually be highly glyphosated and toxic. This label tricks consumers into thinking what they are buying is natural, and it gives it that “organic” vibe without actually being organic. For this reason, it’s best to buy organic products as ALL organic products are ALL non-GMO, so it’s best to stick with these. I mean, what’s the point of buying a product that’s “non-GMO” if it’s still loaded with toxins?

    3. Don’t fall for branding traps

    Can you believe marketers will go as far as using “fake” symbols to try to deceive us? Marketers are mimicking third-party environmental certifications on their products to entice consumers to make purchases. We bet you’ve seen products with a symbol like a green circle with a check-mark through it, making it APPEAR “green” when in reality it could be far from it.

    4. Don’t always trust slogans

    Ever see a product that paints the words “all-natural” on it’s label? Well, take a closer look at the ingredients list! Although a company can’t blatantly claim to be an all-natural product if it’s full of chemicals, there’s a loop hole. Since the FDA doesn’t regulate the term (“all natural”), there are no official rules and regulations. This means that marketers can use the term as a slogan, which is very misleading! In many cases, products that appear to be natural will contain ingredients with plant compounds in combination with synthesized chemicals.

    5. Don’t let “green” images fool you

    Another trap marketers and advertisers use is to use images of nature on their products. Studies in Europe show that people respond favourably to products that have a photo of nature associated with them. When you think about it, this makes sense. Even having a picture of nature as your desktop or phone background is said to have health benefits like lowered blood pressure, improved mood and reduced stress. That same part of our brain is being triggered when we see a product associated with photo of nature. It invokes a “feel good”, relaxing feeling.

    PRO TIP: Use EWG’s Database

    The Environmental Working Group is a great tool when it comes to identifying whether cleaning products, like floor cleaners, kitchen sprays, laundry detergents and so on are green or not. EWG’s guide to healthy cleaning, helps you to decode labels, find great products for household needs and even uses the latest research/science to rate them for you based on toxicity levels.
    https://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners

     

    About The Movement Boutique in Toronto – Pilates, Chiropractic, Functional Medicine

    TMB The Movement Boutique Located on Yonge Street in Toronto, The Movement Boutique serves the areas of Summerhill, Rosedale and Yorkdale with Pilates classes and much more. Our philosophy is centred on a holistic, multimodal approach to health, grounded in the latest therapeutic techniques and clinical research. Our approach: Optimal health cannot be attained through a single therapeutic lens; injuries are often the result of a constellation of lifestyle issues, including dysfunctional movement patterns, trauma, nutritional deficiencies or destructive habits of mind.

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  • 5 THINGS ABOUT DAIRY YOU SHOULD KNOW

    myths about dairyWhat’s the deal with dairy? Should we eat it? Is it really unhealthy? What are the best alternatives? There’s a lot of confusion surrounding whether or not you should keep dairy in your diet, so let’s dive in!  Dairy is one of the top inflammatory trigger foods, alongside gluten, corn, soy, and sugar. In many people, it causes an inflammatory response, often leading to digestive problems like bloating, gas, constipation, and even skin issues like acne, dry skin and eczema.

    The Ugly Truth

    Believe it or not, less than 40% of people around the world can consume dairy products without showing some kind of symptom. This is in large part due to current (horrible) commercial farming practices worldwide, that only seem to get worse with time. In other words, it’s important to recognize that milk today is totally different than what your grandparents grew up drinking.

    So, as you navigate whether or not dairy is appropriate for your own personal diet, here are some facts we thought you should know:

    1. Dairy cows are injected with hormones and antibiotics

    Unfortunately, similar to other conventionally raised animals, most cows in North America are injected with growth hormones and antibiotics that consequently end up the in dairy we buy at grocery stores. Moreover, they live in terrible conditions and are fed GMO corn and grains that are covered in glyphosate (toxic pesticide), rather than grass that they would naturally eat in the wild. We recommend that if you’re having dairy, choose dairy that is 100% grass-fed and organic. These cows are drug-free and have been fed organic (pesticide-free) grass. OR, choose alternatives, like coconut yogurt and nut milk!

    2. Dairy is highly processed

    Raw dairy is a living food that contains beneficial enzymes and antibodies. For those who tend to feel bloated, raw dairy is often a better option as it’s generally better tolerated in the digestive tract. You can find raw cheeses from your local cheese shop. Unfortunately, most of the dairy we buy at the grocery store has been pasteurized and processed to kill germs, also killing off its nutrients. Don’t even get us started on other dairy items, like yogurt and pre-shredded cheese. Shredded cheese contains cellulose to keep the shreds sticking together, which comes from particle board or cotton (FYI cotton is one of the most highly pesticided crops). Yogurt is often loaded with added sugars, artificial sugars, colours and flavouring agents!

    PRO TIP: For those of you who are prone to bloating after consuming cheese, stay away from “newer” cheese like mozzarella, ricotta, cream cheese and whipped cream and stick to aged cheese such as fresh Parmesan (not the processed shakers off the shelf!).

    3. There are alternative foods just as high in calcium

    Calcium is essential not only for bone and dental health, but also plays a part in maintaining healthy blood pressure, heart health, body weight and more. For a long time, marketers and even doctors lead us to believe that milk was the best source of calcium we could get our hands on. The truth is, there are many other natural sources of calcium out there! Some examples you could add to your diet are almonds, almond milk, kale, collard greens, broccoli, spinach, coconut milk, and sesame seeds.

     

    4. Dairy consumption can cause respiratory issues

    Consuming milk and other dairy products has long been associated with an increase in mucous production and asthma. Studies show that A1 milk stimulates the gut glands and respiratory tract glands to produce excess phlegm, irritating the back of the throat. The research and opinions here are mixed, but these respiratory symptoms are often reported by those with dairy allergies/sensitivities, so it’s best to avoid dairy altogether for these groups.

    5. Skim milk is not a healthy choice

    From skinny lattes to low fat yogurt to half and half creamers, skim milk is a popular choice for some health and weight conscious people. But it’s not as healthy as you might think! Not only is skim milk the higher sugar choice, but it’s also highly processed and doesn’t contain any nutritional value. The vitamins found in milk (A, D, E + K) are fat soluble, meaning they need fat to be present to have any positive effect on our body. If you’re going to put cream in your coffee, for example, use a small amount of full fat cream. The skim versions (even half and half creamers) contain things like carrageenan and skim milk powder which are bad for our health!

    If you’re someone who experiences negative symptoms after dairy consumption, it’s worth looking into and taking it out of your diet. Optimizing digestion is one of Dr. Bhat’s favourite topics, especially as she herself has suffered from digestion woes! If you or someone you know is suffering, check out our 21-Day Clean Gut Detox program where she goes in depth with all her tips and tricks on bio-hacking digestion!

     

    About The Movement Boutique in Toronto – Pilates, Chiropractic, Functional Medicine

    TMB The Movement Boutique Located on Yonge Street in Toronto, The Movement Boutique serves the areas of Summerhill, Rosedale and Yorkdale with Pilates classes and much more. Our philosophy is centred on a holistic, multimodal approach to health, grounded in the latest therapeutic techniques and clinical research. Our approach: Optimal health cannot be attained through a single therapeutic lens; injuries are often the result of a constellation of lifestyle issues, including dysfunctional movement patterns, trauma, nutritional deficiencies or destructive habits of mind.

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  • BUG OFF: 7 Natural Bug Prevention Strategies!

    In the height of summer, many of us will be spending more time outdoors on patios, in backyards or up at the cottage. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? But, don’t forget about our summertime friend: The mosquito! These pesky bugs can be a real BUZZ-kill when it comes to enjoying outdoor activities. Especially if you’re prone to getting “eaten alive”! Here we dive into these “skeeters” and discuss ways to avoid bites naturally as well as highlight the caution with which conventional bug repellents should be used.

    Pass (or pass on) the bug spray?

    In an effort to avoid mosquito bites, many people turn to conventional bug sprays, which contain toxic chemical-based ingredients, like DEET. DEET is widely available and might be considered the king when it comes to mosquito repellents, but it has a major downfall. Many studies show that it has harmful effects not only on our health but especially our children’s health. Studies show it can contribute to leaky gut, add to our toxic burden, and can irritate our skin and eyes.

    Fortunately, there are plenty of prevention strategies and natural alternatives to keep mosquitoes away that don’t involve ingesting and absorbing harsh chemicals into your body:

    1. Wear light coloured clothing:

    Light coloured, loose fitting clothing offer the greatest protection. Not only are mosquitoes more attracted to dark/bright colours, but tight clothing is also easier for them to bite through. Cue, more itchy bug bites!

    2. Stay indoors at dawn and dusk:

    Mosquitoes are most active at these times, so avoid being outdoors if you can. If you are going to bite the bullet, just make sure to wear a long sleeve shirt, pants and socks to protect your skin.

    3. Keep in mind that bugs are attracted to sweat:

    There’s a chemical in our skin that’s released when we perspire that these bugs seem to be drawn to, so avoid exercising or doing any strenuous physical activity when mosquitoes are most active.

    4. Drain any stagnant water:

    Mosquitoes require water to breed, so make sure to drain any sources of standing water around your house like pet bowls, gutters, garbage bins, bird baths and so on. Plus, stay away from ponds, fountains etc.

    5. Try a wearable:

    There are wearable repellents on the market like patches, bracelets and even stickers made with natural essential oils. At least with the patches, you wear them on a piece of clothing, so you’re not touching it. Another (totally not cute) wearable… a bug jacket made of a thin netting material.

    6. Change the air:

    Turn on a fan! When a fan is on pretty high, the mosquitoes can’t fly toward you! You can also try something like a natural citronella candle, a scent they don’t like!

    7. Try an all natural bug-spray:

    Try an all natural bug-spray:
    In combination with the above prevention strategies – try looking for bug sprays made with natural ingredients like essential oils, witch hazel, aloe etc. If you can’t find one in your area, try making one. There are plenty of natural “DIY” bug repellant recipes online. Who needs toxic chemicals when there are plenty of essential oils and plant-based ingredients that do the trick?

     


    About The Movement Boutique in Toronto – Pilates, Chiropractic, Functional Medicine

    TMB The Movement Boutique

    Located on Yonge Street in Toronto, The Movement Boutique serves the areas of Summerhill, Rosedale and Yorkdale with Pilates classes and much more. Our philosophy is centred on a holistic, multimodal approach to health, grounded in the latest therapeutic techniques and clinical research. Our approach: Optimal health cannot be attained through a single therapeutic lens; injuries are often the result of a constellation of lifestyle issues, including dysfunctional movement patterns, trauma, nutritional deficiencies or destructive habits of mind.

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