Thursday, October 26, 2006

Healthy Living Show

"It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err."
Mohandas Gandhi

This past weekend Sherri and I attended "The Healthy Living Show" an alternative medicine & therapy Fair. The fair had over 55 booths that ranged from vitamin/herbal and natural supplements, to holistic therapy, physical fitness and healthy living. It was an informative show and we both came away from it with an expanded understanding on many topics.

We met a friendly & knowledgeable naturopathic doctor named Kathleen Mercer, which was great timing since we both have a desire/interest in naturopathic medicine and were happy to find out that Kathleen was available and in our area. Sherri had her first appointment today and she was very happy with the outcome....hopefully I'll be able to have a visit with her in the coming month or so.

We also stumbled across a product that struck a cord with me in particular by a company called "Health Bridges". A real simplified description of what it is, how it's used and what it does is:

What Is It? A handcrafted arch made from hardwood that has a slot down the centre for your spine.

How It's Used? For ten mins in the morning and at night you lie down on the arc, relax and can also incorporate stretches to further progress.

What It Does? Restores the natural curvature of the spine. Retrains your muscles promoting proper posture. Energizes your mind, body and spirit.

I've always had poor posture and I suffer from neck and lower back pain as well as terrible knots in my shoulder blades. The booth representative named Julian showed me the proper body position of someone with a healthy posture and had me complete a 5-10 min session on the Health Bridge. I have to admit that I felt better even after the first use. I imagine that this would be a great tool to help incorporate meditative breathing techniques at night to relax before going to sleep. Health Bridges was designed by a chiropractor and is endorsed by Canadian Chiropractic Association. I'm seriously considering in investing in this product.

Besides the above 2 booths we also found a local provider of organic vegetables and of organic Angus beef and information on Tai Chi (we might take a class in January).

Overall it was an enjoyable visit and well worth the $3.00 admission.

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