Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?
Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?

Is it Time for a Biomechanical...

Two of the clinicians at the Sport Medicine Clinic, Andrea Lilley (Athletic Therapist)...

Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?

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Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?

Two of the clinicians at the Sport Medicine Clinic, Andrea Lilley (Athletic Therapist) and Briana Bradstreet (Physiotherapist), are now offering biomechanical running assessments. Biomechanical running assessments are for runners of all levels: from novice, to marathon runners and triathletes. During a recent course, they learned: how to assess running biomechanics, how to properly assess and treat injuries when they occur, and how to know when a runner should consider changing their shoes to those with less support using the minimalist shoe index.

Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation
Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation

Stay Fit this Summer While on...

Ah summer - patios, sun, fun, and, of course, VACATION!!!! Just because you have some...

Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation

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Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation

Ah summer - patios, sun, fun, and, of course, VACATION!!!! Just because you have some time off doesn't mean you should throw your workout routine out the window. You don't want all your hard work over the last few months to be compromised just because you may not have a gym or the right equipment available to you.

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

I've been thinking a lot lately about...the power of positive thinking. There is no...

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

I've been thinking a lot lately about...the power of positive thinking. There is no perfect, no 100%, no "I have to" or "should" in exercise and diet. There are lots of choices. Some of them will support your fitness and health goals and some won't. But, at the end of the day, the important thing is that you keep making the positive choices that shift the needle in the right direction.

John Frederick & the Boston Marathon
John Frederick & the Boston Marathon

John Frederick & the Boston...

Earlier this year, John Frederick, a member at the Cambridge Club, became the first...

John Frederick & the Boston Marathon

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John Frederick & the Boston Marathon

Earlier this year, John Frederick, a member at the Cambridge Club, became the first Canadian to run 34 consecutive Boston Marathons. He completed his 34th running of the event in 5:09:32 this April. Frederick says he started running marathons because he didn't have as much time to play squash, which had previously been his main sport.

Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day
Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day

Why I'm Celebrating International...

I believe yoga deserves a day of recognition because of what it has brought to my own...

Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day

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Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day

I believe yoga deserves a day of recognition because of what it has brought to my own life. Yoga not only helps with flexibility, but it also teaches breathing, core activation, and strength and stability all at once.

A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction
A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction

A Drugless Alternative for...

It is estimated that more than 50% of women experience some degree of pain with their...

A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction

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A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction

It is estimated that more than 50% of women experience some degree of pain with their period. The pain ranges from tolerable cramping to excruciating pain requiring the use of over-the-counter drugs such as Advil, Ibuprofen, and Naproxen. Symptoms are often accompanied by headaches, diarrhea/constipation, nausea, and fatigue, just to name a few.

Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path
Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path

Karen's Journey & Taking the...

When Karen Malone moved to Canada from Ireland in 1989, she had a high school diploma....

Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path

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Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path

When Karen Malone moved to Canada from Ireland in 1989, she had a high school diploma. But the CFO of the Cambridge Group of Clubs also had grit, determination, and a desire to learn. She continued adding to her education and experience (and her exercise routine) to get her to where she is today. Here's what she learned.

Lauren, Lori, & the Best Group Fitness Program in the City
Lauren, Lori, & the Best Group Fitness Program in the City

Lauren, Lori, & the Best Group...

If you've walked through the PATH near the Adelaide Club lately, you've...

Lauren, Lori, & the Best Group Fitness Program in the City

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Lauren, Lori, & the Best Group Fitness Program in the City

If you've walked through the PATH near the Adelaide Club lately, you've probably seen the Club's new marketing featuring Lauren Neal, the Adelaide's Group Exercise Director, and Lori Kirwan, a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at the Adelaide and Toronto Athletic Club.

Preventative Maintenance Massage: Why you need it & how often
Preventative Maintenance Massage: Why you need it & how often

Preventative Maintenance Massage:...

Our massage therapists, practitioners, and trainers are all frequently asked how often...

Preventative Maintenance Massage: Why you need it & how often

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Preventative Maintenance Massage: Why you need it & how often

Our massage therapists, practitioners, and trainers are all frequently asked how often our Members should receive a massage. Is it something you only need when you’re injured? Should you get a massage a couple of times a year? The reality is there isn’t a straightforward, single answer that works for everyone, but this is the perfect time for us to discuss preventative maintenance.

How to Throw a Healthy, Clean Twist on your BBQ Menu
How to Throw a Healthy, Clean Twist on your BBQ Menu

How to Throw a Healthy, Clean Twist...

We don’t know about you, but the May long weekend oftentimes acts as our...

How to Throw a Healthy, Clean Twist on your BBQ Menu

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How to Throw a Healthy, Clean Twist on your BBQ Menu

We don’t know about you, but the May long weekend oftentimes acts as our unofficial start to the summer, and, with that, usually comes a BBQ or two with friends and family. But we also know that you’ve been so great about your diet so far this year and you don’t want to lose that momentum and throw your progress out the window just for a few classic BBQ favourites. That’s why we’re here with 10 ideas to help you keep your BBQ clean and not set you back. 

You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You Need to Know
You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You Need to Know

You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You...

The muscles of the pelvic floor, how they function, and their importance seems to be...

You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You Need to Know

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You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You Need to Know

The muscles of the pelvic floor, how they function, and their importance seems to be all over the media lately. The fitness and wellness industry loves to latch onto some part of the body or some dietary fad, and make everything we do centre around that one thing until the next hot, marketable trend appears on the scene.

The Truth Behind the Keto Diet
The Truth Behind the Keto Diet

The Truth Behind the Keto Diet

Over the last couple of years, trendsetters, famous actors, and popular food and...

The Truth Behind the Keto Diet

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The Truth Behind the Keto Diet

Over the last couple of years, trendsetters, famous actors, and popular food and nutrition blogs have all highlighted different types of low-carb/high-fat diets, including Paleo, South Beach, and Atkins, but no diet has caught fire quite like the keto diet...

Putting the Spring in your Cycling!
Putting the Spring in your Cycling!

Putting the Spring in your Cycling!

Spring is finally here. The roads are clear enough to dust off our skinny bikes and...

Putting the Spring in your Cycling!

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Putting the Spring in your Cycling!

Spring is finally here. The roads are clear enough to dust off our skinny bikes and head north for some longer training rides. Whether you're currently increasing your riding volume for fitness reasons, to see more of the beautiful countryside, to contemplate an autumn cycling event or - like me - to prepare for the RTCC, there are so many important things to remember and consider.

The 20-Minute Rule for Mobility
The 20-Minute Rule for Mobility

The 20-Minute Rule for Mobility

Chairs have become the biggest rival to pain free movement: hips shorten, glutes...

The 20-Minute Rule for Mobility

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The 20-Minute Rule for Mobility

Chairs have become the biggest rival to pain free movement: hips shorten, glutes deactivate, hamstrings press together, back begins to round, core disengages, and head sits foward. It's no wonder we often experience back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, and carpal tunnel agony after sitting on a plane, in a car, or at a desk at work. As hard as we may try, we can't avoid sitting. So, how can we fix this? Enter the 20-minute rule...

The GYROTONIC Method: How could it help you?
The GYROTONIC Method: How could it help you?

The GYROTONIC Method: How could it...

Have you hit a wall with your workouts? Are you struggling to rehab a lingering injury?...

The GYROTONIC Method: How could it help you?

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The GYROTONIC Method: How could it help you?

Have you hit a wall with your workouts? Are you struggling to rehab a lingering injury? Do you simply want a new exercise to add to your regular routine? It might be time for you to integrate a new form of movement – one that will improve your range of motion, strength, and balance. Enter, the Gyrotonic method.

Bracing & Shockwave Therapy at our Clinics
Bracing & Shockwave Therapy at our Clinics

Bracing & Shockwave Therapy at our...

Members visit our Clinics for a number of reasons: whether they've been recently...

Bracing & Shockwave Therapy at our Clinics

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Bracing & Shockwave Therapy at our Clinics

Members visit our Clinics for a number of reasons: whether they've been recently injured, they're suffering from regular aches and pains, or they need treatment to help with a chronic condition. Two of the most common ailments we see at the Clinics are ligament and tendon injuries.

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer: Benefitting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer: Benefitting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer...

We're pleased to announce that The Cambridge Group of Clubs is this year's...

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer: Benefitting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

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The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer: Benefitting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

We're pleased to announce that The Cambridge Group of Clubs is this year's official Health & Wellness Sponsor for the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefitting the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, now in its twelfth year.

Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine
Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine

Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine

Spring is finally here! After a long, cold winter, it's pretty exciting to get...

Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine

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Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine

Spring is finally here! After a long, cold winter, it's pretty exciting to get outside again and experience new life. The birds are singing, the sun is warm, and the trees are starting to bud! During the winter months, a lot of us tend to hibernate, which leads to a lack of motivation around our wellness routine - that may mean we eat more calories, partake in fewer workouts, or spend more time with the TV and Netflix.

Refreshing for Spring: Supporting Your Liver through the Seasonal Transition
Refreshing for Spring: Supporting Your Liver through the Seasonal Transition

Refreshing for Spring: Supporting...

Spring is a time of reset and rebirth; it is when we shed our winter layers, transition...

Refreshing for Spring: Supporting Your Liver through the Seasonal Transition

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Refreshing for Spring: Supporting Your Liver through the Seasonal Transition

Spring is a time of reset and rebirth; it is when we shed our winter layers, transition from nesting and resting to spending more time outdoors being active and enjoying the extra hours of sunlight. In order to achieve and maintain optimal health during this transitional season, it is important to align ourselves with the changing climate by making the appropriate shifts in diet and lifestyle.

5 Minutes with Meg: Surprises
5 Minutes with Meg: Surprises

5 Minutes with Meg: Surprises

I've been thinking a lot about...the power of the unexpected. We spend - I think -...

5 Minutes with Meg: Surprises

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5 Minutes with Meg: Surprises

I've been thinking a lot about...the power of the unexpected. We spend - I think - too much time focused on the future and not enough time engaged in the journey. There's lots of evidence to suggest living more of your life in the moment leads to a richer, healthier, more fulfilled life. But I digress.

What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?

Posted: Feb 4, 2019

At this time of year, we are often caught with our heads bowed down to the ground retreating from the snow as we make our way into work, bowed down at our computers all day, and bowed down at the end of our work day. Poor posture is a sweeping epidemic afflicting almost every person in the world. The sight of a forward head position, rounded shoulders, internally rotated arms, and anterior-tilted pelvis is commonplace in offices, at restaurants, and in the gym. If these patterns are left unchecked, injury rates increase, breath and mood can be impeded, and performance diminished.

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But, let’s take a step back so you can understand the basics…

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We were given all the athletic ability and function we need as an infant, however, through our lifestyle today, our biology has changed for the worse. Fascial Stretch Therapy™ (FST) is a pain-free assisted stretch system that assesses and improves restrictions in the body originally designed for sport – beginning in the NFL and later branching off to other sports and leagues, such as the NHL and rugby. FST™ can help you to perform better, prevent injury, and reduce pain. We are pleased to have team members at all three of our Clubs who are trained in this therapy and are introducing FST™ to our Members. But, before we tell you about these trainers, we wanted to introduce you to this modality.

What is fascia & joint capsules?

Fascia is a network of layered connective tissue that surrounds your muscles, nerves, bones, organs, and joints; without your fascia, you would fall apart. A joint capsule is also a connective tissue structure that surrounds joints and is involved in optimizing the mechanical function of the joint, as well as giving it nutrients.

When fascia and joint capsules are restricted, it can cause:

  • Decreased joint space, leading to degenerative joint diseases and osteoarthritis
  • Increased muscle tone, leading to trigger points, strains, tendonitis, and tears
  • Increased nervous tissue tone, leading to headaches, trigger points, and muscle tightness
  • Increased scar tissue formation
  • Decreased blood flow and energy levels
  • …and much more…

What is Fascial Stretch Therapy™ (FST)?

Fascial Stretch Therapy™ is a pain-free, unique, complete, and complementary system of table-based assisted stretching, focusing on the fascia and joint capsule as the key elements in achieving optimal flexibility, strength, performance, and pain relief. FST™ is one of the quickest, most effective, and most pleasant methods to eliminate pain, restore function, move and feel better in activities of life, fitness, and sports!

Members of all ages can benefit from FST™, including anyone who has been cleared by a physician for stretching and active movement, fitness enthusiasts, and athletes of all levels. And one of the greatest benefits of FST™? The results are almost instantaneous. After a single session, we guarantee that you’ll notice a marked improvement.

Can you spot the difference between Micheal’s left and right shoulder? A few tractions with Fascial Stretch Therapy on his left shoulder, and this was the result!

We all carry stress in different parts of our body, like Micheal, it can be through our pectoral muscles and upper traps. FST™ has the ability to decompress the joints and through FST™, even your chiropractor can better adjunct your joints, and be more malleable for your RMT to get to those hard to reach places!

Who should consider FST™?

Those with chronic back pain: Oftentimes, chronic back pain is associated with muscle tightness and joint stiffness; general weakness, fear of movement, and certain activities; and lack of mobility. FST™ can help to eliminate your pain and restore function so you can return to your normal life.

Those who regularly train: When you’re training regularly, you need your body to recover quickly. FST™ improves blood flow to tired muscles, which helps you to recover faster from your tough training sessions with less soreness.

Those who are active: FST™ can help you to run faster, lift heavier, boost endurance, improve coordination, and increase flexibility.

Those rehabbing an injury: Through FST™, your therapist can help increase your range of motion by eliminating adhesions and allowing your body to get rid of unnecessary compensations.  

What are the benefits of stretching?

Stretching can:

  • Reduce pain
  • Reduce risk of injury
  • Reduce or eliminate tight muscles
  • Reduce or eliminate stiff joints
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve posture
  • Improve and enhance sex
  • Make you feel and look younger
  • Make you stronger
  • Make you taller
  • Healthier bones
  • Better range of motion

The best way to know if FST™ is right for you is to give it a try. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain – set it free with FST™!

Our Fascial Stretch Therapists

Adelaide Club

Adriana Renton, Personal Trainer: Level 2 Fascial Stretch Therapist

Cambridge Club

Cquen Houston-McMillan, Health Clinic Director & Personal Trainer: Level 3 Fascial Stretch Therapist

Carlos Leon-Carlyle, Personal Trainer: Level 3 Fascial Stretch Therapist

Toronto Athletic Club

Jennifer Raven, (maternity leave) Director of Personal Training: Level 3 Fascial Stretch Therapist

James Corcoran, Personal Trainer & Triathlon Coach: Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist

Dave Gascho, Personal Trainer: Level 3 Fascial Stretch Therapist

Maria Makris, Certified Pilates Instructor: Level 2 Fascial Stretch Therapist

Soo Seo, Certified Pilates Instructor: Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist; certified in head, neck, jaw, and shoulder Fascial Stretch

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