Chrystal

New Services – Personal Training & Nutrition Coaching Coming Soon

Hi everyone!

It’s been a long time!  Who knew when you signed up for these periodic emails with me, what you were actually signing up for where the extremely rare notes I’d send out, if and when I felt I had something of value to share with you?  I think the last email I sent you, was in March!  While I’ve been doing a lot of valuable things, I haven’t felt it the time to share until now.

I’m planning for a fair bit of growth over the next little while – a lot of it may be of interest to you as much of the growth is based on things some of you have suggested or asked about. I’m soon to add the following services to my practice:

Personal Training
I will be offering one-on-one personal training right here in our clinic gym.  I’m designing an Introduction to Functional Fitness personal training package that offers methodology and instruction of basic foundational functional movements – the movements you need to get right, in order to move onto the bigger stuff, or just to help prevent personal injury in day to day life.  Each session will last 45 minutes and will include a generalized warm up, skill instructions and then a measured workout.

The functional movements we’ll start with are:

  1. Air squats: front squats, back squats and overhead squats – this is the functional movement that ensures you can get back up, every time you sit down. Squatting should be as important to you as being able to get yourself up off the toilet without any help is!
  2. Deadlift: regular, Romanian (straight-legged), sumo & snatch grip – to deadlift is to use the proper lifting mechanics any time you bend down to pick something up.
  3. Shoulder Press: dumbbell, barbell, and handstands – this functional movement is necessary for lifting objects above our heads.  How many storage shelves in your home are higher than you?
  4. Pulls: Bar hang, pull-ups, ring rows, high pulls – necessary for any time you need to pull something to you. Ever struggled with a very big, very excited dog on a leash?
  5. Bodyweight: sit-ups, crunches, push-ups & jumps – technically these movements are not one in of the same, but having foundational mechanical knowledge of each can only increase your proficiency in all of the other movements.

We can then move onto more advanced dynamic movements like:

  1. Push-press, push-jerk & split jerk: barbell, kettle bell & dumbbell
  2. Clean (squat, power, muscle): barbell, kettle bell, dumbbell, medicine ball
  3. barbell, kettle bell & dumbbell
  4. Clean & Jerk: barbell, kettle bell & dumbbell

And/or of course, individualized personal training sessions can be designed to meet your specific needs.

**Personal training will be billed at $75 per session, billed & booked in advance. However, I will offer the1st 5 people who sign up for the 1st 5 sessions, a discounted rate of $250 with the understanding that I’m using my work with you to help design this package. If you are interested in personal training with me, please let me know and we can set it up!

Nutrition Coaching
I am currently in the process of earning my Working Against Gravity (WAG) Nutrition Coaching certification. I’ll look be offering nutrition coaching.  I believe all wellness starts with how we fuel our body and that good nutrition isn’t nearly as difficult, complicated or as expensive as most of us believe. I want to help coach people on making the right decisions for their bodies.  I do not have an exact  certification date in view yet, as I’m taking my time to get the most I can out of this program, but I expect to be taking on clients of my own for nutrition coaching, within the next 2 months.

**Nutrition coaching pricing has not yet been determined.  But please do let me know if you’re interested in this service so that I can be sure to let you know when I’m ready to offer it!

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I think that’s about it for now. I’m sure you’ll hear from me sooner than later next time as there are still a lot of exciting things in the work that I’ve yet to share.

I look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Wishing you only good health,

Chrystal

2019 Falcon Breeding Seasons Is Here!

Hi everyone!

Most of you already know my family’s primary occupation is falcon breeding.

Bright and early this morning I was called to the farm for this breeding season’s 1st artificial insemination.  As every year, this means I’m now officially on call for the farm and I will be called away from the clinic, at multiple times throughout the day for the 3 to 4 months.


This notice is just a reminder that like each year past, if you arrive for your appointment a few minutes earlier than scheduled and I am not around, please know that I will here on time as scheduled!   Make yourself comfortable while you wait.

As usual, I very much appreciate your understanding with this.

I am wishing you all only the very best of this year’s spring and summer!

Chrystal

Happy New Years!

Another year has flow by, and to me it seems they just keep getting faster!  Thank you for being a part of what made 2018 great for my clinic and me. My job is truly amazing because my patients are awesome.

I have a few announcements and I’m making some major changes in how I work in the clinic this year, mostly with how I schedule appointments. Here are the updates that you should know about:

Appointment Scheduling Changes
As mandated by our college, included in all appointment booking times is your intake interview and assessment, treatment time, homecare or remedial exercise instruction and billing.  In the past, I’ve booked myself 15 minutes off between each appointment. This was meant to give me a small break between patients, or to catch up if I fell behind in the other things, but I’m finding it’s totally unnecessary. It means my work days are much longer than they need to be, and scheduling times are complicated with start times in 15-minute increments throughout the day. (I often struggle to remember what time an appointment started!)

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October 2018, Email to Clients

Hello everyone!

Wow it’s been a long time since I sent an email out.

It’s that time of year again!
With the summer behind us and autumn at our toes, it’s that time of year again when people start looking at their calendars and thinking, “Crap! My benefits are going to run out of it I don’t use them!”  In a hustle strangers book up all the available spaces in a RMTs calendar, leaving our current patients with few options and little time.  I’m already beginning to see the trend of new people booking in, and one-by-one I’ve been trying to give you all the same recommendation as I see you: if you hope to get in anytime before the new year please book your desired appointment times well in advance in order to secure you space.  You are welcome to cancel your appointment at any time up until 24 hours prior to your appointment. I would much rather you did that, than not get in at all, when you need it.

It’s Also Bug Season
As the weather cools and kids get back to school, viruses seem to run amuck. I’m usually pretty resistant to these things, but having already been hit with a nasty head cold this year, I’d like to take this time to remind you that if you are feeling under the weather I would prefer it that you cancel your appointment with late notice over coming in and sharing any germs you may have, with me and other patients.

Early Notice of 2019 Rate Increase
In order to meet the growing costs associated with maintaining RMT registration and insurance, post-graduate education, as well as ongoing clinic maintenance, as of January 1, 2019 my clinic fees will increase to:

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2018 Pricing/Promotional Changes

Hello everyone!

Everything’s been a bit delayed this year it seems, and as such I’m later than I had hoped to announce some changes coming in 2018. I’ve talked with some of you as I’ve had a chance to see you recently, but for others this is new news. With this New Year I am pleased to share that I will not be increasing my massage therapy pricing, however, I will no longer be honoring promotional rates & discounts, with the exception of 10% off for Peninsula CrossFit members. Active Peninsula CrossFit members will continue to receive a 10% discount on massage therapy services at Aspect Health. If you’re thinking of a great exercise regime to start the New Year, I highly recommend getting in touch with them at www.PeninsulaCrossfit.ca. Let them know you’re one of my patients and they will offer you a 10% program discount. Continue reading

Clinic Construction Parking, October I’m Away but Jenny’s Back!

Hello everyone!

I hope the summer has been good to you this year, and as things settle down and get back to normal I trust you’re all well.  Once again there are a few things I thought you’d like to be aware of around here:

Driveway Construction Has Started – PLEASE Park at the Top or on the Street
The excavating for the driveway, the clinic parking and front house parking has finally been done! As with any construction project though, we’ve already faced a few delays on getting concrete framed and poured for the parking.  This must be done before the asphalt company can come in and lay the actual driveway.  We can expect for it to be a construction zone for the next 2 weeks at least.  For the following few weeks’, access to the clinic is by foot only.  I ask that clients please park their cars either at the very top of the driveway, being sure not to block construction or other vehicles from accessing, or on the street, and walk down for their appointments.  It is a bumpy walk (even bumpier than normal now that construction has started).  If this walk is painful for you, or causes you any distress please let me know and we can reschedule your appointment (without penalty) for a future date when construction is complete. Continue reading