On February 20th, Vancouver enjoyed another successful Vertality event. Every year, Vertality brings together top-changemakers to celebrate everything green. Check out some photos of this year’s event, which had New Beginnings as the theme:
Did you know that the body contains 6 to 10 litres of lymph fluid? In comparison, the circulatory system has only 3 to 5 litres of blood. When the lymph circulation stagnates, fluids, protein, cells and toxins accumulate and cellular functions are significantly compromised. This opens the way to many physical ailments and may hasten cellular degeneration, eventually allowing cancer to develop.
Lymphatic massage is a very gentle and relaxing preventative therapy that addresses the whole body, but especially the breast area. This light massage around the breast drains the fluid to the 35-50 nodes in the axilla area (armpit). By cleansing these tissues we initiate proper circulation and eliminate stagnation, toxins and cellular breakdown. In the treatment we first clear the clavicular nodes (front of the neck) and the axillary nodes so that lymph fluid can drain into these nodes for complete cleansing. We then gently move around each breast in the proper direction to allow the lymphatic fluid to drain and flow to the pectoral and mammary nodes (around bra line), which we then drain into the axillary nodes. If breast cancer runs in your family or if you want good preventative care, I would recommend lymphatic drainage massage therapy.
By Marie Manuchehri, RN
I’m sitting in a coffee shop writing about the heart, when I overhear soft cries coming from the table next to me. I witness the stressful exchange on my way to the restroom. Two women are sitting across from each other, one tries to suppress rolling tears; wiping her creaming cheeks quickly, then whisking the moisture onto her jeans. The other woman makes direct eye contact with her distressed companion, never diverting her compassionate stare. I told myself I would turn the volume up on my Pandora jazz, as soon as I returned to my laptop, and muffle her heart wrenching sobs. I did my best not to look in their direction. But it was a little too late. My empathic pulse could feel her anguish of a love lost.
by Stephen Jenkinson
“Many among us now are crazy for meanings, and crazed by seeking them out. The meanings of life aren’t inherited. What is inherited is the mandate to make meanings of life by how we live. The endings of life give life’s meanings a chance to show. The beginning of the end of our order, our way, is now in view. This isn’t punishment, any more than dying is a punishment for being born. Instead, the world whispers: All we need of you is that you be human, now. Our work is to sort out what being human should be in such a time. ”
BY STU KIDSON, Rugged Fitness
When I first started dreaming up Rugged Fitness three years ago, it was in response to my own dissatisfaction with my personal training job at the time. I worked for a locally owned, well-established private fitness club whose sales driven focus and cold, artificial setting left me questioning the efficacy and suitability of indoor training for much of the general population. I kept meeting people who despised working out in a gym, but kept trying it out as they believed it was the only way to get in shape. Lifting weights in a gym had always been an effective and enjoyable experience for me but I could see where these folks were coming from as well. “Why can’t you simply adapt the same gym workouts for a more private and stimulating outdoor setting?” I asked myself. After playing with the idea for several months I reached my breaking point with the private club and decided to leave the greed driven, sales-machine to forge my own path dedicated to people, not wealth.