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The Healthy View
Since our team started providing virtual appointments, it has been great to connect with our patients again, and we are looking forward to being back together in person. We hope everyone is able to enjoy the summer weather and time at home.
With the city starting to reopen, are you starting to enjoy the parks and trails? Have you been to the golf course yet? Life at home has given many of us time to read, write, and work – reflecting on life and past experiences.
This week’s Healthy View highlights our therapists’ thoughts, their book recommendations for you to dive into, and a reflection on the interesting experiences that their work has provided them.
What book(s) have you given as a gift and why, or 1-3 books that have influenced your life and why?
Younger Next Year by Chris Cowley. The keys to overriding the decay code are daily exercise, emotional commitment, reasonable nutrition, and real engagement with living. But it starts with exercise!!
Dr. Lawrence's suggestions:
Atomic Habits by James Clear. This book helps people find ways to achieve their goals by making better choices through habit forming. Even if you only aim to improve yourself by 1% at a time, you will make dramatic positive change eventually by having the right habits and game plan.
One Life, One Meeting by Mike Lipkin. The title of the book is a Japanese idiom, ichi-go ichi-e, which can be translated as "treasure every encounter for it will never reoccur". To me, this should be ingrained in your subconscious when you engage with people every day. Mike enlists 6 crucial things to do with every interaction, the first of which is "Be present to being present". If you listen, they will come.
I always gift a good fiction book so people can enjoy a story and escape reality for a minute! Anything by Ruth Ware or a good mystery.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Beautifully written story of a young blind woman and in spite of having lost many people in her life, she is good to everyone in her life.
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson. Learning how to manage stress and conflict; recognizing those situations you cannot control.
Any Given Monday by James R. Andrews with Don Yaeger. This has been an influential book in understanding sports injuries and how to prevent them - not only athletes, but for parents, coaches, and those close to athletes. It is a great read as it highlights the importance of maximizing talent whilst protecting the body for a lifetime of health.
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
How to Eat Right and Live Longer by Dr Cass Ingram
Educated by Tara Westover. A memoir exploring the struggle for self-invention, and how perseverance and dedication can help you achieve more than you ever expected.
Wheat Belly by Williams Davis, MD. I am interested in nutrition and health promotion.
Joanne U's suggestions:
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A beautiful timeless story that follows a young woman as she straddles physically and mentally between two worlds, America and Nigeria.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. An amazing book that can be summarized in one word, Timshel. A Hebrew word that can be translated as thou mayest, meaning everyone has the freedom to choose good or evil.
Grit by Angela Duckworth. A life changing book that discusses the power of grit and resilience to achieve goals and live a purpose driven life.
If you could have a Billboard with your message or quote to the world what would it be?
"If you don't have your health, you don't really have anything."
Dr. Lawrence's quotes:
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided." - JK Rowling
The Golden Rule: “Treat others as you would like others to treat you.”
Recognizing when I am being judgmental allows me to be empathetic and open to other people's situations and life choices. This applies to friends, family and people around the world.
"If you know the WHY behind what you want to do, the HOW will figure itself out."
"What the mind can conceive, it may achieve."
"BE in balance, dream big and live well."
Don't let your dreams be dreams.
With my background in Dance I have often thought about this quote by Martha Graham which talks about dance and life.
"I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God. Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired." - Martha Graham
Joanne U's quotes:
"Understanding over judgement."
"Failure to plan is planning to fail."
What are some of the most interesting experiences or places that your profession has given you?
Chris' experiences & places:
Treatments in the spectacular outdoors of New Zealand.
Backstage with “The Tragically Hip” at the Gryphon in Burlington, Vermont.
Young Chris treating Wendel Clark at Maple Leaf Gardens.
Dr. Lawrence's experiences & places:
I have had the ability to work with some truly remarkable athletes and unique individuals over the years. I also feel very privileged for visiting the Arizona Diamondbacks, Brooklyn Nets and Navy Seal Special Warfare training facility to teach an FDM course to each of their medical teams.
Meagan's experiences & places:
I have been very lucky to experience a ton of travel with work. The best experience was definitely travelling on the International Ski Federation World Cup Circuit. Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Canmore, Alberta would have to be my favourites.
Joanna's experiences & places:
One of the most interesting experiences for me was working as a volunteer at an Acupuncture Clinic in the slums of Mumbai in 2014 and 2015. I had an opportunity to teach and learn in an environment unlike anything I had experienced before. I had to be creative given the resources and space to work in and change my expectations for people less fortunate.
Jocelyn's experiences & places:
The most interesting experience my profession has provided me with was the opportunity to complete my Masters of Physiotherapy in Queensland Australia. As a physiotherapist, I have also been very fortunate to travel with various athletes across the world. Most recently I traveled with the Ontario Ski Team to Sun Peaks, British Columbia as their on-hill team physiotherapist.
Rory's experiences & places:
Pro places of tour: London UK, Davos Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Cyprus, India, LA/SD California.
International work travel has provided great opportunity for learning and exploring. This has allowed observing and interacting with unique and diverse cultures to share in holistic therapies and techniques to assist in helping others on the wellness path.
Holly's experiences & places:
Working as an RMT has allowed me to work with weekend warriors, athletes, and teams of various skill-levels and it has been extremely rewarding watching my patients achieve their physical goals. One of my most memorable experiences my career has brought me was the opportunity to volunteer at the 2015 Toronto Pan-Am Games and being able to watch Canadian athletes bring home the hardware on home soil. I volunteered during the games at the Welland Flatwater Center for the canoe/kayak events because I grew up kayaking competitively so many of my friends were competing.
Briana's experiences & places:
Definitely one of the best experiences I have had was living in Australia while completing my Masters in Physiotherapy. I studied at the University of Sydney and lived in Surrey Hills in Sydney. I had some great clinical educators some of which I am still in contact with. I will definitely never forget my experience there working in a rural hospital in Cootamundra, NSW.
Joanne U's experiences & places:
Medical Basketball Team for the 2015 Pan Am Games.