Meditation & Breath

Breathing is one of our most important tools in life. For some, they might use it during a massage to stay relaxed, others as a way to center themselves when things are too much. Practicing your breathing helps to avoid stress and promote relaxation, which is why meditation is so great; it’s a great way […]

Couples Relaxation Massage Training Course at CE!

Attention Couples! 4 spots left for February 10th!!! Call to book before they are gone! Do you or your spouse ever try to give one another a massage or a back rub, only to have your hands get tired after 5 minutes? Do you think, how does my RMT do this all day, everyday? Well, […]

Winter is here! CE’s top 5 tips for snow shovelling to save your back!

Winter is here and so is the snow….Already!!! We might not be used to an Ottawa winter starting in November but the snow shovelling season has begun.  Many people suffer from muscle fatigue, low back strain, vertebral disc damage and even spinal fractures during the winter months. These injuries can be brought on by excessive […]

The world of Massage Therapy with Dawn Oehring RMT & Adrienne Ireland RMT

Dawn Oehring RMT and Adrienne Ireland RMT had a chance to be on Rogers daytime television to inform their audience about the world of Massage Therapy and what to expect before, during and after a treatment.  Core Elements is a focused and therapeutic clinic that gears all treatments specific to each client needs. Watch the […]

What’s the deal about cupping and those bruises that come from it?

Brittany Pastorek RMT and trained cupping therapist explains the questions our clients have asked about the bruising that can occur with cupping therapy. Sometimes clients come in and are so fascially restricted that deep tissue muscle release won’t work. And then we need to think fascia and layers under the skin. Rather than applying pressure […]

Deep Tissue Techniques with Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage

At Core Elements our therapists are trained in different modalities to bring your rehabilitation or massage experience to a more advanced level.  RMT Alex D’Aoust specializes with her deep tissue and myo-fascial release tool. She explains what instrument assisted soft tissue massage is all about and its benefits! How is this performed? I use a […]

What Wellness is to Me -Brittany Pastorek RMT

This past September I attended a Can-Fit conference in Toronto and with the many courses I took while there, I had one with Tosca Reno, the well known fitness leader and author of the “Eat Clean” diet series. Her lecture was on the 3 E’s of wellness Eat Clean Exercise Emotional Wellness Eating clean and […]

The Benefits of Massage Therapy for Children

The holistic benefits of massage are not confined to patients of any particular age. In fact, the ancient practice of massage has been shown to improve overall health in people at every stage of life, regardless of their background, age or occupation.  The medical community is increasingly cognizant of the particular ways children may benefit […]

Give the gift of the Senses this holiday season!

We have the perfect gift idea for family and friends with our Essential Oil Gift Baskets!   For the Christmas season we have put together some of our teams favorite essential oils to share with you. The Wellness Box contains 4 essential Oils that will help with everyday aliments at $29.99 Eucalyptus- For the cold […]

Are you SAD? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and how Massage Therapy can help.

The Winter season is fast  approaching…… shortened days, cold, snow, icy rain, and lack of sunshine.  When the seasons change many people, 1 in 5 to be exact, can suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD) which is serious mood altering state and can be rather intense during the late fall/winter season due to the lack of […]

Is training for your race causing you a pain in the knee?

This weekend is Ottawa’s Army Race weekend! The popular event brings out thousands of runners to the 5 km and half marathon (21.1 km) distances.  Many hours of training are put into the preparation for this run and with the over use of muscles comes pain and dysfunction at with many athletes.  Have you ever […]

What sets Core Elements above the standard? We focus on the core elements of care.

At Core Elements we understand that choosing the right Registered Massage Therapy clinic can be a daunting task. What sets Core Elements above the standard?  We focus on the core elements of care.  Above the Expectation in Client Service and Care  Our clinic provides exceptional attention to detail regarding service and your health.  You are […]

Self Massage home care with Yoga Tune Up balls

At Core Elements Registered Massage Therapy we believe that continuing your care at home is just as important as a massage itself.  A little home work is good for everyone:) We sell many therapy products that help with the home care exercises your Core Elements therapist may give you.  YTU (yoga tune up) therapy balls […]

Core Elements transition to a new online booking calendar!

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR OUR VALUED CLIENTS!! NEW ONLINE BOOKING CALENDAR- Starting June 8th, 2016 At Core Elements we are always striving to improve our services and client care. We are pleased to inform our valued clients that starting on Wednesday June 8th our clinic will be transitioning to a paperless accounting and booking system.  We will […]

Have you joined us on Facebook?

We love communicating with everyone on Facebook! Our posts consist of informative information for your health and well being. Keep up date on our community events and contests as well! Join our Core Elements Facebook page and be ready for all the helpful topics that you can share with friends and family. See you online! […]

Mother’s Day Gift Certificate Package

Mother’s Day is this Sunday May 8th!! Give the gift of Health and Wellness with our Core Elements Serenity Package. She will Enjoy a 60 minute Lavender Orange aromatherapy massage with a therapeutic paraffin wax foot treatment and a special take home gift!   Only $100 +HST The perfect gift to show Mom how much […]

Stress Response System – Fight or Flight

When we have stress in our life, our brain receives a signal that registers alarm.  When this alarm bell is rung, there are many actions that take place, one of them being the release of hormones that will create a response. These hormones are specific in affecting certain aspects of our body to allow us […]

How stronger stomach (abdominal) and buttock (gluteal) muscles can aid in reducing back pain.

Sitting for long periods of time and possibly developing lower cross syndrome means that your abdominal muscles and your gluteal muscles will have become weak.  It is important to strengthen these muscles if you are going to improve your posture and reduce your low back pain. There are many different types of exercises for the […]

How are the hamstrings (muscles at the back of the upper thigh) involved in low back pain?

The hamstrings which are located at the back of your upper leg, when contracted, bring your heel to your buttocks.   These muscles attach onto the bone in your buttock region that you feel when you sit on a hard surface and travel down the back of the leg to attach around the knee region.   As […]

Muscles located in the front of the hip can cause low back pain.

 There are three main hip flexor muscles.  Two originate from the lower anterior spine and attach to the upper inner part of the femur (leg bone)   The other hip flexor is also referred to as a quad muscle.  This muscle (rectus femoris) is located on the anterior part of the thigh and travels from the […]

Crossing your legs while sitting can contribute to additional areas of pain and discomfort.

If you are an individual that crosses your legs while sitting on your chair you will add additional strain to muscles in the low back region called the quadratus lumborum muscles.   If you cross your legs while sitting, you will cause your pelvis to shift and you will not be sitting equally on your […]

How does sitting for long periods of time create the potential for low back pain?

There is a syndrome known as lower cross syndrome.  This syndrome is the presentation of weak abdominal muscles and weak gluteal muscles with tight low back and hip flexor muscles. Sitting for long periods of time can cause this syndrome.   In addition to the lower cross syndrome developing, the hamstrings are likely to become shortened […]

How do the shoes you wear affect your posture?

Now that the holiday season is upon us, many of us females like to wear shoes that accessorize our clothes rather than shoes that fit well and are practical.   Our posture is altered by the shoes we wear.    We have normal curvatures of our spine.  Our posterior neck and lower back curve inward slightly while […]

How do you effectively change a slouched posture? (continued)

The chest muscles become very short and tight if you are repeatedly sitting in a slouched posture.   The small muscle called the pectoralis minor muscle is the muscle most commonly shortened in prolonged slouched posture. Stretching this muscle is an important aspect of improving posture.  Because this muscle is attached to your ribs and part […]

How do you effectively change a slouched posture? (Continued)

The rhomboids are key muscles in the mid/upper back that that are very important postural muscles.  They squeeze the shoulder blades together which supports the upper back.   They become weak due to the prolonged amount of time people spend in seated positions.   If the rhomboids are weak you will notice that your shoulder blades […]

How do you effectively change a slouched posture?

Aside from being aware of your posture and changing bad habits you can assist your body to improve by strengthening muscles that have become stretched and weak over time and stretching those muscles that have become strong and too short over time. The muscles on the upper back are overstretched, strained and weak. The chest […]

Do you ever experience sharp pain, numbness, dull ache, tightness or stiffness in your upper back?

Take a look at your posture.  Are you slouching?  Slouching does not just occur when sitting at a computer, it can occur when walking, watching TV, playing on your iPod or laptop and so on.  This type of posture is easy to get into and hard to get out of.  When you allow your body […]

How does poor posture affect your jaw and what are some symptoms that can occur?

If you are working at a computer for long periods of time and your head is held forward additional stress is placed on the jaw joint.  The ability to open the mouth is strained and more muscle contraction is needed to perform the action.   Try it out:  Sit tall and then open your mouth.  Did […]

Trapezius trigger point

The most common trigger point that develops is the upper trapezius trigger point.   Forward head posture is a major contributor to the development of this trigger point.   The referral pattern is pain in the side and back of the neck, behind the ear and up into the temple.  The referral resembles a question mark. We […]

Causes of SCM trigger points

SCM trigger points are not only caused by forward head posture. Trigger points in this muscle may also be caused by: Awkward sleeping positions Lying on your stomach can place extra strain on these muscles. Using a pillow that is too high or using two pillows which puts your head into a flexed position Coughing […]

SCM trigger points

Forward head posture keeps a muscle called the SCM (sternocleidomastoid muscle) in a chronically shortened position.  This muscle runs from just behind your ear to your collar bone in a diagonal direction.   These trigger points will refer a headache to the front of the head, earaches and/or dizziness. What is unique about the trigger points […]

Forward head posture

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror to see how your head is actually perched on top of your spine?   Do you feel as though you are greeting people with your nose projected forward?  Have you looked at the driver beside you?  Are they driving with their head tilted up looking out of […]

HOW DOES YOUR POSTURE AFFECT YOUR HEALTH?

Posture is such a fascinating subject.  Do you ever wonder why we develop certain symptoms or why we are prone to certain aliments?  From the first day that I attended massage therapy school, I was addicted.    How could muscles affect us in such a way as to cause so many issues and why did it […]