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COVID-19 update

Active Healing Centre remains OPEN for appointments.

Registered massage therapy is considered an essential service and follows strict safety protocols defined by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Our first priority is to maintain the health and safety of our patients and staff.  Our safety protocols follow the guidelines set forth by the Ministry of Health.

  • Intensive health pre-screening during the booking of appointments and upon arrival.
  • 20 second hand washing pre- and post- treatment.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the clinic.
  • Staff wear surgical masks, scrubs, and face shields during treatment.
  • Appointments are spaced 30 minutes apart to allow sufficient time to clean and disinfect therapy rooms and common areas.

 

Work From Home (WFH)

Funny how we used to think WFH was the end all, be all. The truth is we are moving less, working more, and doing a lot of slouching. Here are a few suggestions to help you minimize neck and shoulder pain.

  • Sit at a 135° angle. Researchers have found that this is the optimal sitting
    position, producing less strain on the spinal disks, leaving the muscles and
    tendons in a more relaxed state.
  • Try sitting on a gym ball if an ergonomic chair is not available. This will engage your core while maintaining posture.
  • View your computer screen (tablet, phone) with a straight neck to prevent strain.
  • Take a 5-minute break every 60-minutes to alleviate back stiffness, refresh your mind, and ease any eye discomfort from staring at a screen for too long.

 

Zooming

One year ago, zooming meant moving quickly with a loud hum or focusing a lens on a small object.   Now it is synonymous with video conferencing.

Zoom fatigue is a real thing and has become an issue where we feel physically and mentally drained because we are spending so much time looking at screens in video conferences.  To reduce the strain of Zooming you should reduce the size of the Zoom window and turn off the self-view mode. Make sure you get up and do even a moment of stretching or gentle exercise.

 

Maintain Your Sanity

After months of a stay-at-home order, Toronto is easing into grey lockdown restrictions. While less restrictive, this still means spending much time at home especially with another month or so of cold weather.

To deal with isolation and anxiety,

  • Follow a routine to help restore your sense of normalcy.
  • Limit media consumption, especially if it increases your stress levels.
  • Find a go-to relaxation method, such as yoga or meditation.
  • Speak up whenever things are too much to handle by yourself. Reach out to someone when feeling overwhelmed. Consider calling a Toronto 211 hotline or using a crisis resource to speak with a trained professional about your feelings.

 

Vaccination Updates

Information on Covid vaccinations and schedules appear to be changing daily as more vaccine supplies are made available and distribution logistics worked out.  If you are a member of a vulnerable population in Toronto East, you can pre-register either through the East Toronto Health Partners or Michael Garron.  For the most up-to-date information, access the City of Toronto Public Health unit and/or the Province of Ontario.