Monthly Archives: February 2013

29 Years Running: the History of the Vancouver Sun Run

The Vancouver Sun Run is a famous annual 10K event.  Attracting tens of thousands of participants and mapped out through some of Vancouver’s most beautiful streets, the Vancouver Sun Run is quite an annual tradition.

The Sun Run has been in existence since 1985 and was created by Dr. Doug Clement, his wife Diane Clement, and Dr. Jack Taunton.  Their vision for the Sun Run was to encourage healthy, active involvement in sport and also to support elite amateur athletes.

The first Vancouver Sun Run was remarkably popular, with over 3,200 participants.  Both Dr and Diane Clement had competed in running at the Olympic level, and were passionate about bringing together enthusiasts, elite athletes, and the community of Vancouver to welcome spring with a competitive event.  The Run has been an annual tradition ever since.

Sticking to this passion for bringing people together for sport, the race now includes close to 50,000 participants from Olympic qualifiers to walkers and stroller babies.  It is geared as a family friendly event but also attracts some of the most elite athletes in the industry.  The run is organized into waves based on self selected estimated finish times.  The fastest wave is “seeded,” which means the fastest runners are elite runners who have qualified to be placed in this wave.

Over the years the community involvement in the Sun Run has blossomed.  The finish line is adjacent to BC Place Stadium and is filled with vendors who sponsor the run, with stations supplying food and drink samples.  There is also an awards ceremony for the elite athletes, with prizes ranging from $3,000 to $50, and entertainment onstage.  Scattered along the course, at the start and finish line, and at the wrap party, are local bands to provide encouragement and entertainment.  The community comes out in droves to support the race, by participating, volunteering, or cheering from the sidelines.  This event has become a symbol of Vancouver’s heartfelt community spirit.

photo credit: kk+ via photopin cc

photo credit: kk+ via photopin cc

Stay tuned for our next article on the Vancouver Sun Run, scheduled for later this week.  Join Moveo as we celebrate 29 years of the Vancouver Sun Run!

 

Welcome to Moveo’s New RMT, Sonya Scheer!

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Sonya Scheer

RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Email: sonya@moveo.ca

 

 

Welcome to Moveo’s newest team member, Sonya Scheer!  Sonya is a registered massage therapist who works with chronic injury rehabilitation and pain management, and specializes in TMJ management.  We are excited about the level of experience and knowledge Sonya brings to Moveo.

Sonya trained as a RMT with the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy, graduating from the college’s notorious 3,000 hour curricular program.  She works with chronic injury rehabilitation and pain management by employing deep tissue and myofascial massage techniques to increase mobility and return the body to optimal performance.  She primarily uses fascial, trigger point release, and muscle stripping, while also incorporating Swedish techniques to aid relaxation.

Sonya has extensive training and performance experience as a ballet dancer.  Twenty years as a dancer have given her a deep appreciation for the importance of flexibility and strength conditioning, and ignited her passion for massage therapy as she received treatment for her own dance injuries.  Her athletic experience has provided her with insight and empathy for injuries, chronic pain, and the specific demands required of the athletic body.

We are excited to add to our team such a dynamic and motivated individual.

Moveo Moving in the Mountains: Tips for The Grouse Grind

The Grouse Grind is Vancouver’s most famous grueling hike, carved into the side of Grouse Mountain and rising in altitude at a staggering rate.  The trail climbs more than 850 meters in just 3 kilometers, requiring significant strength and stamina to reach the top.  It takes an average of 1.5-2 hours to do “The Grind,” but hikers are rewarded with a spectacular view of Vancouver, a sense of accomplishment, and a beautiful gondola ride down.

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Traditionally saved for the area’s most accomplished athletes and fitness gurus, recent years have seen The Grouse Grind becoming a more popular attraction with users of varying fitness levels, and over 100,000 people hiking it annually.  This hike is no joke!  We recommend a certain level of experience with hiking and a moderate to high fitness level if you are thinking of climbing this trail, to improve your experience and reduce your chance of injuries.

What are some tips for getting through this hike with a smile on your face?  Remember the fantastic four:

 

  1. Fitness.  Train beforehand.  This is not a novice hike: you will enjoy it more and have a better chance of climbing the trail injury free if you have a few less intense hikes under your belt in the weeks leading up to The Grind.  You should be able to maintain a moderate level of cardio for at least an hour to be fit enough to tackle this mountain.
  2. Fluids.  Prehydrate before you go.  This means drink lots of water the day before, and in the hour or two before you start.  Hydrate well during the hike.  Bring some water with you in a camel back, hip packs, or a plain old water bottle.  With all that hydrating, remember to use the facilities before you start.  There are no washrooms on the Grind itself.
  3. Footwear is essential.  Something with sturdy tread, running or hiking shoes with good support.  The trail can be slippery and covers a variety of terrain.
  4. Friends.  Bring someone along.  (No furry friends allowed on the trail!)  Share your snacks, your tips, and your photos on facebook after a tough but rewarding day of conquering the infamous Grouse Grind!

A First Timer’s Experience of Acupuncture

A First Timer’s Experience with Acupuncture

As an arrogant, young, fairly active girl in her early 20’s, I strongly believe that any pain can be cured with rest (very minimal), ice (as in ice cream), a stretch or two (maybe for about 10 seconds), and some distraction (friends and beer). Or so I used to believe anyway. The Year 2012 was not my End of Days, but the beginning of My So-Called Migraine Life. After coining the term “whinegraine – the combination of excess whining and a brain-crushing, eye-popping migraine,” I decided to shed my pride and take action.

Now not only was going to the doctor a foreign concept to me, but I also had next to zero knowledge of acupuncture or even Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in general. Well, once, my father’s friend told me that acupuncture gave him decades of relief from his torn and shattered shoulder until his tongue became numb and slightly paralyzed. Of course, he had just finished his third sake and smoked two packs of a day, so perhaps these were the roots of his problem.

My first personal experience with treatment from Dr. Kim was back in the summer. She had given me some ear seeds after hearing me complain about constant nausea (suffice to say, I had just gotten back from a girls’ week in Cuba). She informed me that the abdomen region in my ear looked “angry” and I told her she was crazy. Then she taped little black seeds onto tiny pressure points on my ear I never knew existed, and I was left to ponder what I was about to harvest from the side of my head. Every time I started to forget about them, I would be reminded by a dull ache. But the ache was good; it distracted me from the nausea. After a couple days, they fell out in the shower. The relief from their presence actually translated right to my belly. It felt grounded— like it wasn’t about to flutter out of my mouth—but light and carefree, as though I was in a yogurt commercial. Okay, miracle medicine, you have my full attention!

So when the episodes of migraines became so frequent and unbearable, I began to wonder about the magic of needles.

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I gave Dr. Kim a call, with still very little idea of what this appointment might entail. I walked into the familiar clinic feeling very out of place, but Dr. Kim welcomed me with her usual bubbly personality. Before I knew it we were in a dim, warm room. She took a quick but thorough medical history and got to work with her needles—pleasantly chatting all the while. Beginning with my feet and working up my body, she put needles in places that seemed completely random to anyone but herself. The first prick, close to my toes, was a bit of a surprise; but only because I let it be. I didn’t know what sensation to expect: painful, tingly, nothing? It was somehow all of those things. If you have ever had a bee sting or your ear pierced, divide that pain by ten. Afterwards came a tingly, fuzzy, slightly warm feeling; then it was followed by a slight pressure, and then essentially nothing. Without missing a beat, she carefully explained each one as she worked: its target organ, the movement of Qi, how it affects the body in terms of Western medicine. This one in your foot is for your liver, which facilitates movement and flow. That one in the leg was for the stomach, which boosts your energy. This large intestine point will give you release and relief. Why are we concentrating on these when the issue is the head? Because the entire body is one system.

“The entire body is one system.” This seems to be Dr. Kim’s mantra. Concentrating on the main problem does not fix the overall issue. If you’re driving home and the major road is blocked, it will take double the time and energy to get to your destination. If there is stagnation of energy in one part of the body, it has to work so incredibly hard to circulate to the rest. In my case, my poor head wasn’t getting enough traffic because of the roadblocks set up throughout some major areas that I thought were fine.

This totally made sense to me. Dr. Kim finished up her needlework and left me to my thoughts. I lay there thinking about muddled energy and mud and mud pies and pies and apples… A soft knock snapped me out of my daydream. Dr. Kim was back, but not with more needles. Cradling my head in her hands and gently passing it back and forth, she slowly released my (incredibly tight) neck by pulling ever so slightly upward. She explained that she was making my cervical spine less sticky—that sounds and feels delightful; please continue! Once during the procedure, she asked, “Do you have problems with your left hip?” and I answered in amazement, “Um, yes! My TFL (tensor fascia latae) is incredibly tight and flicks over the greater trochanter!” How did she know?! I stand by my previous answer: magic. Dr. Kim laughed and said it’s all in the body; you can learn how to read it.

After that wonderful treat, I was left again to relax. Maybe it was my imagination but I felt more energized, not as heavy or tight. A few minutes (or ten or an hour; I really could not tell you!), Dr. Kim came back to take the needles out.

I was starting to get antsy and the removal of needles could not have come any sooner. The dull ache in my right foot had turned into a nagging pain—although this may have been my own fault, as I had forgotten where I was momentarily and moved my toes. I recommend lying still! This isn’t hard to achieve usually, as it is a very relaxing atmosphere, but I’m notoriously impatient when it comes to my own health. Also, I had started to feel incredibly giddy (endorphins, hello!) and couldn’t help but wiggle and dance. As with the ear seeds, the relief I felt when the needles were gone was worth it. I came in feeling like a cold, hard chunk of cheddar cheese; I left feeling like a delicious pot of warm bubbly fondue.

“You will probably feel a bit dazed and maybe a little tired. That is completely normal, because your body is trying to readjust and repair itself and it can’t handle external stimulation. Take some time, take it easy,” cautioned Dr. Kim. Was that a doctor’s prescription, permission, recommendation to nap? I will take it!

Oh, and my head feels light and pain-free.