Cliff’s Journey – Rolling his way to pain relief!

A few years ago when Cliff did his initial assessment with me, the first thing he desperately wanted was to wake up without back pains. If anyone out there is living with any kind of daily nagging aches, you know exactly how Cliff was feeling. The main point I stressed was stretching. Many times aches and dull pains are caused by tightness of muscles from our regular daily routines. So you may be asking, what is rolling and how does rolling help with pain relief? Rolling is exactly what it sounds like, using rounded objects (foam roller, rolling pins, tennis balls, golf balls, etc.) to roll along fascia lines to break down adhesions. Another way to put it is, finding the really tight knots in your body and putting pressure on those trigger points. Similar to the experience of a...

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The hot weather is finally here.  Hope everyone is getting out there and basking in the sun.  I hear it's also pretty toasty in Ontario.  Yesterday morning, a friend and I attempted to do our first grind of the season.  I for one, don't really like doing the Grouse Grind.  Every time I start it, I wonder why I start it but every time I finish, I feel a great sense of accomplishment.  Hiking to the top just over 1100 meters and 2.9km in under an hour, 57mins to be exact, is something that I am proud of.  Plus I averaged a HR of 165 and burned 1134 calories while doing so.  I'd like to get it below 50mins by the end of summer.  So that only means that I will have plenty more mental battles of "why am I...

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