The Properly Positioned Pelvis

By: Sarah Million
Sarah Million is a registered massage therapist at Body Poets who believes that correcting postural imbalances is key in providing long term pain relief.


Some people may be surprised to realize that the pelvic region is composed of several bones and many muscles.

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Running Pains: Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome

Genevieve Ward 2015By: Genevieve Ward
Genevieve is a registered massage therapist at Body Poets who mixes other activities with running to keep her IT band happy.


If you run, cycle, or walk for exercise, you know about the iliotibial band, or ITB, on the outside of the thigh, and during exercise you might have suffered from pain at the knee that is known as Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome or ITBS.

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Hot or cold?

One of the most common questions people ask their massage therapist about any injury is, “Should I use hot or cold on that?”

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Please try this at home!

Ellen Symons 2015By: Ellen Symons, RMT
Ellen is an RMT and owner of Body Poets. Her pyjamas look a lot like her running clothes.

Ellen’s Super-easy Self-care Tips

Tip #1 – Wear leggings and sleeves at night

So you just completed your first 5k. Or, you started a new cardio-step class … wearing a 25-pound backpack. Or, you spent the afternoon trimming raspberries and deadheading echinacea.

Whatever it was, all you know is that your quads are achy, your forearms are weary, and the thought of tomorrow’s stiffness looms over you like a cloud.

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A dry-brush a day, Part 2!

Ellen Symons 2015

By: Ellen Symons
Ellen is a registered massage therapist, the owner of Body Poets and a dedicated daily dry-brusher.

Three years ago, after taking a workshop that persuaded me of the benefits, I started a daily dry brushing habit. Mainly, at the time, I wanted to improve my immune system and to have softer, less dry skin in winter. My shins were flaky and itchy, my arms were rough, and as a friend once said about himself, “I didn’t think at 50 I’d have to deal with grey hair AND acne!”

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One’s Own Sense : A Guide to Proprioception Exercise

Proprioception is the sense that allows our body to organize itself based on how we are oriented in time and space. It is the sense that allows us to coordinate our movement. From multitasking in the kitchen, to a smooth stride when we hit the pavement for a run, proprioception protects us from enduring injuries, and improves our body’s functional efficiency.

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Making habits stick

It’s that time of year again. January is right around the corner, and resolution time with it. And often, it’s the same story. You set a good intention, you start out putting your best efforts towards it; but somehow, it just doesn’t stick.

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