GentleCore

GentleCore Helping women find comfort and confidence in their body through massage therapy and perinatal wellness.

Just in case you don't have me on Instagram ๐Ÿ˜‰...โœจ B I G  N E W S โœจI'll see you all on the table in the new year ๐Ÿ™ŒI'm ver...
11/15/2019

Just in case you don't have me on Instagram ๐Ÿ˜‰...
โœจ B I G N E W S โœจ
I'll see you all on the table in the new year ๐Ÿ™Œ
I'm very excited to announce I'll be coming back to massage therapy in 2020 for mobile treatments. I'll be firing up the Relaxi-Taxi and visiting you in home, bringing along all the comforts you'd find in my old treatment space. Prenatal, postpartum, remedial exercise, relaxation, sports injury, chronic pain... you name it - I'm on it โœ…

As I am still spending time with my two little ones before school starts up in September, I'll likely be taking Fridays to zip around town to get you back on your treatment plans. More details to come, but message me for any questions or advanced booking.
A big, huge thank you to all my patients who have followed me and waited for me over the last year. I so appreciate your support, and look forward to seeing you all in the new year! ๐Ÿ™

I'm back in the saddle for another colab with my good friends at @fitbarrehamilton ๐Ÿ‘ฏโค๏ธ!April 27th, join me to learn abou...
03/27/2019

I'm back in the saddle for another colab with my good friends at @fitbarrehamilton ๐Ÿ‘ฏโค๏ธ!
April 27th, join me to learn about perinatal fitness myths, how to workout safely and effectively before/after pregnancy, and meet other mamas in your neighborhood. Babies are welcome! Head over to @fitbarrehamilton on Instagram to get your tickets!

This is why we kegel ๐Ÿ’ชWhen you do a proper kegel you also engage your transverse abdominal muscles - the corset of muscl...
01/17/2019

This is why we kegel ๐Ÿ’ช
When you do a proper kegel you also engage your transverse abdominal muscles - the corset of muscles that wraps around your core and gives you an hour glass shape. Having strong transverse muscles saves your back from chronic pain and is a huge factor in healing diastasis recti - your mummy tummy๐Ÿคฐ

It's true! You know how I know? I've seen a lot of bodies in a lot of different states - old, young, pregnant, postpartu...
01/10/2019

It's true! You know how I know? I've seen a lot of bodies in a lot of different states - old, young, pregnant, postpartum, strong, frail, big, small... I've seen and felt a lot of rolls, wrinkles, cellulite and loose skin on the hardest and softest of bodies. I'm willing to bet that your body is normal and beautiful, too! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘

It's been just over a week since Emerald's birth ๐Ÿ’–This experience was vastly different from two years ago when Elliott w...
01/08/2019

It's been just over a week since Emerald's birth ๐Ÿ’–
This experience was vastly different from two years ago when Elliott was born, and for those women struggling with the thought of a c-section, I will tell you that you CAN have a beautiful birth experience in an operating room.
When I chose to have a repeat c-section I knew I needed to put measures in place to get the experience I wanted. I waited extra time just to get the phenomenal OB I met (but wasn't under the care of) during my last pregnancy, and he put me in touch with the team of professionals that would create the warmest welcome possible for Emerald. With the help of my OB and midwife, Emerald was birthed and placed directly on my chest and experienced delayed cord clamping. She stayed there for half an hour while my operation wrapped up, and my husband and I gushed over her full head of hair. From there, my lactation consultant met me in the recovery room where Emmie crawled up my chest and latched via baby-led breastfeeding. We stayed in hospital for three nights, worked out some feeding kinks and have been settling in nicely at home. My recovery for this c-section has been smoother than the first time around, as my body isn't exhausted from labour and I have a way better understanding of what to expect. While I'm not looking forward to my first few weeks of self massage on my scar (๐Ÿ˜–), it's healing quiet nicely and there's minimal pain. I hope this helps the mamas who might be worried about a cold and sterile c-section birth experience. Advocate for yourself and find the people who can help bring your birth wishes to fruition. It can 100% be a positive experience with the right team and mind frame from everyone involved. Happy one week birthday, Emmie! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅณ

tldr: a crunchy/granola/beautiful/positive/fulfilling birth experience is ๐Ÿ’ฏ possible for a #csection

#motherroasting in full force today ๐Ÿ™Œโค๏ธElliott is with his grandparents and I have been firmly planted on the couch with...
01/06/2019

#motherroasting in full force today ๐Ÿ™Œโค๏ธ
Elliott is with his grandparents and I have been firmly planted on the couch with nothing but Netflix on the TV and little Emmie Rose on my chest. I'm using the Bellies Inc Ab System again to support my core for the next seven weeks, and despite feeling near normal post-op, I'm keeping at a slow pace. African peanut stew for dinner tonight! #freezermeal success!

๐Ÿ’š Welcome to the world, Emerald Rose ๐Ÿ’šBorn December 31st, 2018 at 8:51amIt's a Happy New Year, indeed! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿค—
12/31/2018

๐Ÿ’š Welcome to the world, Emerald Rose ๐Ÿ’š
Born December 31st, 2018 at 8:51am
It's a Happy New Year, indeed! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿค—

#40weekspregnant with Elliott and just over #36weekspregnant this time around. She's likely not a bigger baby, but rathe...
12/04/2018

#40weekspregnant with Elliott and just over #36weekspregnant this time around. She's likely not a bigger baby, but rather I have less muscle tone in my abdomen - the reason why we "pop" early with each subsequent pregnancy๐Ÿคฐ
There's four weeks and over 10lbs difference in these two pictures (gained more with Elliott), so it goes to show how much variation there is in each pregnancy!
This is also with my transverse abdominals engaged in both pics (this is NOT the same as "sucking in"). With poor muscle tone in TVA, your belly will hang much lower and your back will likely be rather achyโšก

I hate to break it to you, but it's true. Your OB or midwife has a wealth of knowledge in pregnancy and birth, but it's ...
11/23/2018

I hate to break it to you, but it's true. Your OB or midwife has a wealth of knowledge in pregnancy and birth, but it's not their job to care for you postpartum. Instead of pointing the finger and laying blame, let's chalk it up to it not being their wheelhouse ๐Ÿคท A dentist doesn't treat you for nutrition issues, even though it directly relates to dental health. The same goes for your primary care provider during pregnancy. Their job to to keep you and baby healthy during pregnancy and birth, and then it's time for a perinatal manual therapist to take over! I'm still referring out to the best of the best for my patients who will miss me while I'm on maternity leave๐ŸคฐIf you need the name of someone who can help you postpartum, let me know and I'll point you in the right direction๐Ÿ‘‰

11/16/2018

Way sped up with boomerang, but this is what engaging your transverse abdominal muscles looks like ๐Ÿ™Œ this (not so) simple exercise, coupled with pelvic floor engagement is key for prenatal exercise and postpartum rehabilitation. These muscles go around you like a corset and support your trunk during all your fun new activities of daily living as a mother! Without TVA strength, you're at risk for chronic back pain, a poochy belly, and poor posture. TVA is the new six packโœŒ๏ธ

11/12/2018

Referral contact information went out via email today! Check your inbox for a list of top quality manual therapists that can help with your continued care in my absence ๐Ÿ™Œ

Tonight I said my final goodbye to this beautiful space I called work ๐Ÿ‘‹โ™ฅ๏ธ To each and every person I treated in this his...
11/07/2018

Tonight I said my final goodbye to this beautiful space I called work ๐Ÿ‘‹โ™ฅ๏ธ To each and every person I treated in this historical beauty, thank you so much for trusting me with your body and emotions. I'll be taking a fair amount of time off to raise my babies, enrich my family life, and plan my next steps in my career. I'll be sending out emails regarding continued care in the next week, so each one of you will be in good hands during my absence. ๐Ÿ™Œ In the meantime,
โ™ฅ๏ธ BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELVES โ™ฅ๏ธ

Massage, yoga, juice, soups, diets, supplements... They don't detox your body. You have vital organs for this very job. ...
10/15/2018

Massage, yoga, juice, soups, diets, supplements... They don't detox your body. You have vital organs for this very job. Don't believe the hype. If you feel like you need to "detox", up your water intake and your body will know what to do ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Time is flying by, and I'll soon be closing up shop to begin my maternity leave๐Ÿคฐโ™ฅ๏ธIf you have benefits to use, aches to ...
10/14/2018

Time is flying by, and I'll soon be closing up shop to begin my maternity leave๐Ÿคฐโ™ฅ๏ธ
If you have benefits to use, aches to soothe, or some time to relax, be sure to book in!

For anyone needing support this month โ™ฅ๏ธ
10/13/2018

For anyone needing support this month โ™ฅ๏ธ

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ
10/07/2018

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ

Don't forget! Only a few more weeks left in the month before I'm on maternity leave in NovemberโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿผ book online via the l...
10/05/2018

Don't forget! Only a few more weeks left in the month before I'm on maternity leave in NovemberโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿผ book online via the link in my bio! Can't wait to see you all ๐Ÿ˜

Looking forward to more time with this little muffin in the couple months before baby girl comes. Assuming I don't run o...
09/27/2018

Looking forward to more time with this little muffin in the couple months before baby girl comes. Assuming I don't run out of steam before then ๐Ÿ˜ด @ Mohawk Park Pavilion and Picnic Shelters

My office will be closed next week while a movie is being filmed. I have one space available tomorrow evening at 6:15 wi...
09/27/2018

My office will be closed next week while a movie is being filmed. I have one space available tomorrow evening at 6:15 with your name on it! Message me directly, or book online via the link in my bio ๐Ÿ™Œ October is my last month before maternity leave, and I hope I get the chance to say my goodbyes in person โ™ฅ๏ธ see you on the table!

09/19/2018
These ads keep popping up for me and they are driving me insane ๐Ÿคฏ don't believe the Kardashians... Waist trainers don't ...
09/14/2018

These ads keep popping up for me and they are driving me insane ๐Ÿคฏ don't believe the Kardashians... Waist trainers don't work and they will only create more harm than good. We have enough risk of pelvic organ prolapse after birth, let's not give our uterus, bladder and rectum a one way ticket South ๐Ÿ˜ถ

"Go do your kegels" is simply not enough. This is often the advice women get from doctors when they tell them about pelv...
09/09/2018

"Go do your kegels" is simply not enough. This is often the advice women get from doctors when they tell them about pelvic pain or dysfunction. Nearly half of all women do kegels incorrectly - and often do the opposite of a kegel - just because they've never been taught how. On top of this, kegels aren't a magical cure-all for pelvic floor dysfunction. They can often exacerbate a person's symptoms ๐Ÿคฆ Moral of the story: see a pelvic health manual therapist for your pelvic floor dysfunction. We'll point you in the right direction ๐Ÿ™Œ

While off work on mat leave I'll be doing another perinatal certification in fitness ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿ’ชThis should yield some interesti...
09/04/2018

While off work on mat leave I'll be doing another perinatal certification in fitness ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿ’ช
This should yield some interesting new developments for the future, so I can continue to keep all the mamas fit and functional! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ

๐Ÿ‘ถโ‡๏ธMATERNITY LEAVE ANNOUNCEMENTโ‡๏ธ๐ŸคฐI'm sad to say I'll be packing up my space by the end of October, but very excited to ...
08/31/2018

๐Ÿ‘ถโ‡๏ธMATERNITY LEAVE ANNOUNCEMENTโ‡๏ธ๐Ÿคฐ
I'm sad to say I'll be packing up my space by the end of October, but very excited to prepare for baby girl on the way ๐Ÿ’• book your appointments for September and October via the link in my bio, and use up those insurance benefits if you have them!

08/27/2018
#itsagirl ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™Œ
08/12/2018

#itsagirl ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™Œ

With the craziness of our basement renos, my summer cold and doctors appointments, I forgot to say yay for ONE YEAR OPEN...
08/10/2018

With the craziness of our basement renos, my summer cold and doctors appointments, I forgot to say yay for ONE YEAR OPEN ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’• one year of appointments, workshops, fitness classes, new friends, and exciting opportunities ๐Ÿฅ‚ Thank you to all my patients, friends and family who have followed me from clinic to clinic and shown support๐Ÿ™Œโ™ฅ๏ธ

08/05/2018
New mums should wait 6 MONTHS before jogging after childbirth

Your six week check up is not the time to get cleared for "exercise", I'm sorry, it's just not. Need help navigating the muddy waters of prenatal and postpartum fitness? I can help you with that ๐Ÿ™‹ book online or message me directly to get your body back on track.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6026493/New-mothers-wait-SIX-MONTHS-jogging-doing-strenuous-exercise.html

Doctors are urging new mothers not to go running or do star jumps or intense exercises for six months after having a child to protect themselves from incontinence and severe pelvic-organ problems.

โ€˜Many donโ€™t realise the potentially devastating consequences of not letting the body recover after childbirth,โ€™ says Emm...
08/05/2018

โ€˜Many donโ€™t realise the potentially devastating consequences of not letting the body recover after childbirth,โ€™ says Emma Brockwell, a womanโ€™s health physiotherapist who specialises in helping women return to postnatal exercise.

Seriously. After any surgery, injury, or body trauma we need a time for rest and recovery. Staying active before and during your pregnancy will lead to an easier recovery, but taking time away from high impact exercise will do your body much better in the long run. I've posted this article on my GentleCore FB page, but reach out with any questions or appointment bookings you might have around returning to fitness after baby or keeping fit while pregnant. You have so many safe options to explore while focusing on recovery. I can help with that ๐Ÿ™‹

Check out my stories and let me know if you have any questions I can help you with! Start August off on a motivated foot...
07/29/2018

Check out my stories and let me know if you have any questions I can help you with! Start August off on a motivated foot - treat that nagging pain/get your buns back in the gym/get a better sleep/stop the leaking.
Get on track to reach a goal before the summer is done. I'll give you a hand ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ’œ

"The more she started learning about pelvic floor issues, the more she realized how much more she โ€” and the people aroun...
07/29/2018
Pelvic floor physio: Treating pain during sex and other common women's health issues | CBC News

"The more she started learning about pelvic floor issues, the more she realized how much more she โ€” and the people around her โ€” needed to know."

I hear ya, girl ๐Ÿ™Œ So happy to see the CBC talking about this! So much can be done to help women suffering from chronic pain (before and) after birth.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/pelvic-floor-physio-treating-pain-during-sex-and-other-common-women-s-health-issues-1.4763736

Pain during intercourse. Incontinence. Constipation. Pelvic floor physiotherapists help their clients with problems that are taboo, but common.

The magical transverse abdominals! ๐Ÿ™ŒThis is the corset muscle I recommend you get best acquainted with during pregnancy ...
07/25/2018

The magical transverse abdominals! ๐Ÿ™Œ
This is the corset muscle I recommend you get best acquainted with during pregnancy and beyond. See how strong it is? It makes all the difference in a strong and functional core ๐Ÿ‘Œ I don't recommend walking around with it always engaged, but rather using it when necessary - balance, lifting and posture. This muscle is key when healing diastasis recti, pelvic floor dysfunction, and reducing back pain ๐Ÿ—๏ธ and I can show you how to use it! Book a massage appointment and find out how to connect to your core!

Looking prima ballerina AF after my barre class tonight ๐Ÿ‘ฏRemember! You're paying for this class and it's your body. For ...
07/20/2018

Looking prima ballerina AF after my barre class tonight ๐Ÿ‘ฏ
Remember! You're paying for this class and it's your body. For whatever reason, if the workout isn't feeling right โœจmodify itโœจ
I just did this entire class with modified abs, which means when people were on their back, I was on my side. When everyone else was down, I was up. I was the odd one out, but no one cares and I got a better workout for me and my specific situation. Not sure how to modify your favourite workouts? Book an appointment with me and we can replace your contraindicated exercises with remedial exercise that will work all the right muscles๐Ÿ’ช

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Pretty much how I must look/sound when instructing patients on proper alignment in activities of daily living ๐Ÿ˜‚