“Self –Care” is the new black (the hottest trend, new fad or style of the moment) - by Shelly MacGregor

Shelly: Let’s be honest, there is nothing trendy with the idea of taking care of yourself.
It is not a fad to eat a balanced meal, sleep 8 hours or move your body in an attempt to care for yourself. What self-care is not, is another demand to keep up with society or even try to be better at it than your insta-followers.

As we move into the month of indulgence and celebrations I want to ask you: how do you describe self-care? Is self-care a simple bubble bath or lighting a candle at the end of the day to recognize your heart's gratitude? Most of us feel like our tank is empty at the end of the day, some would reflect and wonder when it was last full. We drain ourselves with to-do lists, external and internal pressures, demands, and time restraints; all while trying to be perfect or at least completing all we said we would.

Here are two great businesses helping us live a life of wellness. They offer one-on-one coaching or information about what it means to live with self-care in mind.…

Muscular System - by Sarah Gehrke, MSN, RN

It twists, it bends, it can cup, it helps suck. The tongue is an essential part of human anatomy. Many of us grew up believing the playful tongue is the strongest muscle in the body.
But, is it really?
There is no straightforward answer to this question. To understand the tongue’s strength and movement, it is necessary to first examine basic muscle anatomy, the muscular system’s relationship to the body, and disorders of the muscular system.
Balance of Body SystemsEvery movement in the body involves each body system. Without the active cooperation of the nervous, circulatory, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, immune, skeletal, and muscular systems, just to name a few, the body cannot create movement. Every system of the body overlaps and is interdependent.
Without the nervous system, it is impossible to coordinate the muscles of the body or to modulate the dilation of the blood vessels that supply the brain, heart, bones, or muscles with oxygen-rich blood.
Without the circulatory system, …

"Are you tired all the time? - 5 possible causes; try these 3 lifestyle changes and then seek medical advice" by Shelly MacGregor

Are you tired all the time? 

Make simple changes and then rule out serious illness:

You know that feeling when you wake up, get going and start asking “why am I tired I just got out of bed”? Or is it midday when you search for a sugar high to boost your energy because you can barely keep your eyes open? We have all felt like something needs to change because we feel tired every day. It is time to give yourself permission to try a few lifestyle changes for the next 3 weeks and if nothing changes, seek medical advice to rule out more serious illnesses (CFS, Depression, Anemia, Thyroid disease, Diabetes, Sleep Apnea to name a few from the website
The first thing we need to look at is why we might be feeling tired.

5 Causes:
·Less than 8 hours of sleep leaves us wanting more ·High fat foods make us feel tired minutes after consumption ·Highly processed foods disturb sleep patterns and they don’t provide the body with vitamin and minerals needed for a healthy lifestyle ·Lack of…

"Does massage therapy have an effect on muscle growth?" - our RMT Jared Isaac answers one of the questions submitted by our clients.

Jared: Research has proven that massage therapy can help the recovery cycle of muscle growth and can actually improve the range of motion of soft tissues and joints. Massage therapy reduces the recovery time of soft tissues by promoting improved circulation to damaged muscles. Massage therapy can also greatly increase the flexibility of soft tissues with the breaking of adhesions. 
Massage after an intense workout affects two different but specific genes within the muscle cell. As a result of working out, your muscles will produce and inflammatory response, massage has been proven to decrease this inflammation and help eliminate lactic acid build up. This greatly reduces soreness within damaged muscle tissues. The second gene affected is the mitochondria of the cell. Mitochondria use oxygen and the broken down proteins of food to generate energy needed by our muscle cells. Massage has been proven to flush muscles of blood and lactic acid in turn being replenished with new oxygenated b…

#LoveYYC Day - Saturday, November 4th

Why we love this city!  We are privileged to live in a great city!  It is not a surprise that Calgary has been voted several times in the last few years as one of the best cities in the world to live in.

We couldn’t agree more! As a business operating in this city since 1994 (for over 23 years now) we are being reminded every day how privileged we are to work with such a wonderful and loyal group of clients. We truly love you!

Apex is fortunate to work with and care for a very diverse and multicultural base of clients. This broadens our horizons and teaches us tolerance, we learn from you!

Calgary's constantly growing population is very self aware, active, health conscious and passionate about well-being. We love caring for and treating our “weekend warriors” participating in all kind of activities the weekend or day before!

We encourage you to join in! Let others know why you love this city! Get engaged, shop locally and become an advocate for the city you live in!  #LoveYYC

The benefits of having a massage team at Apex - our Junior Therapist Tanya Thomlinson explains

Tanya: What could possibly be better than having a skilled professional massage therapist whom you trust, to help you achieve your best health? How about having an entire team of skilled professional massage therapists, like our team at Apex Massage? Apex therapists are encouraged to pursue continuing education training. Although all of our therapists offer Relaxation and Deep Tissue massage, many of them also specialize in other modalities such as Hot Stone, Cupping, Myofascial Release, or Orthopedic Massage.
Having a massage therapist whom you love and trust is key to your wellness regime. But sometimes, life circumstances change, and as a result, so do our needs as clients.

When a woman is pregnant, the type of massage she receives will need to change, and she will need a therapist who is comfortable with Prenatal Massage, which accommodates the unique physical changes expecting mothers experience. 

A client who has been injured (by playing sports, or in a motor vehicle accident, for e…