Chiropractor and Pilates Instructor for the Athlete, Performing Artist and Wellness Seeker. Outside of the clinic, I am a mother, a dancer and a teacher. Realign. Strengthen. Live your life. www.drblessyl.com

Mid back Release.⁣⁣
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That slouching life reduces mobility in the opposite direction👉🏽👉🏽 Thoracic Extension. ⁣⁣

When we slouch (thoracic flexion), we put excessive strain on the muscles in the mid back and the neck because the weight of our bodies is held forward.

We slouch when we do office work, social media, housework and raising small children.

However, thoracic extension (standing up straight and the ability to extend backwards) is important for healthy posture.⁣⁣
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When lifting things, you need to set your scapula (shoulder blades) back and down and this can only really be achieved if you have healthy mobility in this area.⁣⁣

Not only that, long-term slouching can lead to chronic pain that can manifest as headaches, migraines, rib pain, shortness of breath and tension in the neck and upper traps.
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Using the B roller by B Yoga I am doing a dynamic release of my midback while also opening up my chest muscles and working on core.

⁣⁣It is a self-massage, stretching and strengthening exercise all in one.
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I love this product because it has a smaller diameter than a foam roller and it is made of cork! ⁣⁣

The design is compact and it’s aesthetically pleasing.
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Try this exercise with tools around your house and let me know how much taller and energized you feel.⁣⁣
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Video by ivivi media

As we step forward to vocalize and advocate for diverse and true representation in this world, it is important to learn how to press forward with the work while feeling uncomfortable.⁣

The Momentum Series was created to create a platform for Creative High Performers to talk about their practices behind Mindset, Drive & Sustainability.

Last year in season 1 of Momentum, I sat down with Nicole Hamilton, Artistic Director of Inica Dance Industries and Host of Turn Out Radio. ⁣

Nicole talks about the following steps she uses to overcome discomfort on the path to achieve her goals.⁣

  1. Ask the questions to prepare for success⁣
  2. Create Positive Inner Dialogue-consistent positive messages to boost mindset. ⁣
  3. Just jump in and DO IT.⁣

There is always room for refinement for those who are not growth averse.⁣

Growth is not perfect. It’s messy, but you have to be willing to take the chance.

The world needs you to thrive.

Watch the full interview on youtube here.

What do you think? ⁣

Are you on the path of building muscle to work in the zone of “uncomfortable”?⁣

Comment below👇🏽⁣

Music “Faded” by Corey Gagne

A Dance Offering: Amplifying Melanated Voices.

TRAUMA

is EMBODIED.⁣

Generations of traumatic memory is⁣

stored in the fascia.⁣

The connective tissue that encapsulates your muscles and your organs,⁣

CONSTRICTS⁣

Movement.⁣

Fear becomes embodied.⁣

Voices are silenced.⁣

We must MOBILIZE. ⁣

Dance express our emotions.⁣

Transcend the fear and use it ⁣

as drive for change. ⁣

The world needs you to THRIVE.⁣

So generations can survive. ⁣

God’s beautiful creation,⁣

I SEE YOU.⁣
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Danced, shot and edited by Blessyl Buan
Music by Snoh Aalegra “Worse”

I don’t own the rights to this music
#amplifymelanatedvoices

After two and a half months of clinics being closed because of COVID-19, Chiropractors and other Regulated Health Professionals were given the “green light” to gradually re-open.

In-Person Chiropractic available.

Fridays from 10am-4pm
Proactive Pelvic Health Centre 
235 Danforth, Unit 405

Before booking, you will be asked if you have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 2 weeks.

Reception will send you a COVID-19 questionnaire to fill out 2 hours before your appointment and you will be provided with information regarding the new clinical protocols to keep you safe.

WATCH the video below to learn more about the new protocol.
Virtual appointments have been helpful for many to get the information that they need and will continue to be available.

I look forward to seeing you!

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Community, this month has been quite a change hasn’t it?

What I’ve learned is that we can continue to thrive and heal as a community.

I’ve made some strong collaborations this month and created content that I want to share with you. It’s all inside my latest e-newsletter.

FREE Printables, Videos, Podcast and more.

Take a look.

The world needs you to THRIVE.

With care,

Dr. Blessyl

In this month’s edition of news, learn important information of changes that will be implemented starting December 1st:

Recap:

  1. Location change for MWF clinic hours. I’m headed to Metro Movement
  2. New Tuesday hours as I joint Proactive Pelvic Health Centre
  3. Jumps & Turns Workshop at Joy Booth School of Dance
  4. New Video on How to get rid of Hunched Neck
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Stylists have a physical job.

In order to get your hair to look like perfection they are gripping brushes, tugging on long locks, colouring , cutting and blow drying.

While they are standing, they accumulate repetitive strain in the neck, shoulders and wrists.

Here is a perfect warm up that stylists can do easily at their work station to prep for a day of clients.

Not a stylist?

No problem!

Do this before you go to work or if you are prepping backstage. Whatever the context, you can do this too!

Did you find this video helpful?

Please share in the comments below!

My Dance Goal Worksheets

After working with many dancers privately and in an group session over the years, it became evident that accountability is a huge determining factor on the success of the dancer.

A major roadblock for the developing and professional dancer is comparison. This is not surprising since training hours are for the most part in front of mirror.

Mirrors have a powerful influence to feed a dancer’s negative bias. This stunts a positive growth mindset. I’ve experienced this personally in my dance journey and also observe this in clinic and in the studio.

To offset this, I designed My Dance Goal Worksheets.

My Dance Goal Worksheets were designed for the developing and professional dancer who are looking to find clarity in their goals for their mind, body and dance movement. It is important to be able to track daily progress, create positive affirmations and to map out short-term, mid-term and long-term goals. This accountability is what turns the dream into a reality.

These sheets improve communication between the dancer and their conscious awareness, the dance teacher, parent, colleagues and health practitioner.

It brings the focus on what the dancer can do for themselves instead of prematurely “pigeon-holing” their baseline skills into a self-perceived trajectory.

Download My Dance Goals Worksheet Package and share with your students, friends or child!

In exchange for this resource, please take a picture of you using the sheets and post it on social using #mydancegoalworksheets and tag @drblessyl to help spread the word to other dancers who can benefit.

My goal is to create a workbook to make it easier for the dancer to track their progress. I would love to hear your feedback! Email me at info@drblessyl.com.

 

 

Magnesium Supplementation is often recommended to my patients for self-care. In truth, we don’t get enough of this important mineral in our diets even if healthy and balanced.

Magnesium is naturally found in green leafy vegetables, coffee and chocolate to name a few. Due to soil depletion and the fact that most of us just don’t consume enough leafy vegetables, supplementation is a viable alternative to ensuring that we get enough of this important mineral.

Magnesium can be found in many chemical forms, but Magnesium Bisglycinate has been found to be more bio-available. Most health food and pharmacies carry this supplement in pill, powder or liquid form to suit your preference.

Here are the reasons why I recommend this important mineral.

Muscle Recovery

Magnesium help to reduce muscle pain when you are dealing with chronic pain and inflammation or recovering from overloading from physical activity. I’ve run distance races and used magnesium to help with delayed onset muscle soreness and found it very effective.

Better Sleep

I always say, “Leave your bottle of Magnesium by your toothbrush”. That way you won’t forget to take your dosage. Within 30 minutes, you will start to feel drowsy. Remember, better sleep means better recovery, less stress and improved healing times.

Better Brain

Well, you know that if you are in less pain and have improved sleep, you will have an increased ability to focus during the day. When you feel good, you feel better. This also affects your mental health.

Overall, magnesium is important for general well-being.

When you are in the lifestyle of high performance or thriving for a new level of a better you, add magnesium supplementation.

Speak to your health care provider for how this can affect any medications you are taking.

What I’ve noticed with working with many dancers over the years is at times, ankle mobility, hip mobility or lumboplevic stability can negatively affect alignment during dance movement.

The plie is a fundamental movement not only in ballet but in all dance forms. It is the preparation for jumps, turns, acoustic sounds and all propulsion.

This is why regardless of the dancer’s main discipline, I assess plie.

Another common misconception is that turnout (external “outward” rotation of the hip joint) is generated equally by both hips.

This is not the case. The favoured gesture leg and vs supporting leg can present with contrasting mobility.

In this dancer, the right ilium has an anterior tilt due to tightness in the deep hip flexor (iliopsoas). What most forget is that the deep hip flexor is also an INTERNAL rotator of the hip. In other words, it opposes turnout.

During her dance conditioning session, we focused on the engagement of turnout from the deep external rotators of the hip joint using bands and tactile cues in addition to focusing on foot, spinal and pelvic alignment.

The result was level heels at the bottom of grand plie which improved a balanced turnout generation from not hips as well as stability from the lumboplevic area.

The awareness gained from this can continue to dance training in class and can prevent any injury from developing in the ankle, knee, hip or spine in the future.

Here is another example of dancer demonstrating similar alignment issues on the opposite side.

Being aware of these alignment issues can be overlooked in a class setting when the dance educator is responsible for a general overview of the movement. This is why private dance assessments and conditioning in conjunction with manual therapy by a knowledgeable practitioner is key to the success of a dancer with serious goals.

Unlock facility to unlock artistry.

If you are or have a dancer that would like to be assessed, book your appointment online.