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I always had this thought that physical therapy and chiropractic treatments were for the seriously injured. My mom visits a physical therapist regularly to help her manage her slip disc, but other than that, I know next to nothing about it. Recently, I have been encountering these terms more often as some friends would recommend it for joint and muscle pain. I didn’t actually realize that some of my complaints could be considered injuries, until I was discussing these with some athletes. So when I was offered the chance for a physiotherapy session at Polarity Physiotherapy Center in QC, I was immediately eager to find out what it could for do to me.
A little background on my activities. Even though I don’t really go to a gym, I consider myself a somewhat active person. The nature of my work in styling means I walk around and carry a lot of things (sometimes in heels). I also do some Arnis, Capoeira (although I’ve been on a break for a while), and every now and then, hike, swim, surf or wall-climb. I don’t easily get tired, at least not anymore, but ever since I turned 30, I’ve become a lot more conscious about how my body reacts to certain activities and how long it takes me to recover. For example, it was only recently that I realized the creaking in my joints when I rotate my arms was apparently an injury. I didn’t know this before, because I didn’t feel it hindered me on anything–but I have noticed that I can’t stretch my arms nor shoulders further than the average person.
When I had this checked with Ella, my therapist at Polarity, she immediately noticed how tight my shoulders were. I’ve also explained about the part where I used to have a really hard time bringing my elbows to the back of my ears. I did some yoga for a while, and though it improved a bit after that, I still find it a difficult task. When Ella asked what I did for exercise, I told her everything I said above, plus that I do push ups and handstands, especially in the years that I did Capoeira, where I was supporting my body half the time with my arms and shoulders. She confirmed that weights, lifting and most of what I just mentioned were often the cause of this tightness in the shoulders.
To address this, Ella did Myofascial Release treatment on me, which meant she applied pressure on target areas without the use of machines. It was all very hands-on. I have to say, it felt really good and satisfying–although I’ve been told this isn’t often the case, as physical therapy may hurt depending on your injury and pain threshold. I had gone to an El Nido trip last June where I had a hard massage almost everyday, thinking this would address that knotted feeling between my shoulder blades. None of it did. Who knew it would have to take physiotherapy? I think a lot of us don’t realize that the aches and pains we deal with on a daily basis need to be addressed with more than just a day at the spa.
I was so amazed that after the treatment, Ella would roll my arms and shoulders and push them back and forth–and I didn’t feel that tinge of pain anymore and they reached farther than what I was used to. So yeah, even if it did hurt, I would say it was OH SO WORTH IT. That nagging feeling in my back and shoulder blades was gone and my mobility improved a great deal.No Comments »
Fashion and StylingApr122016
Tags: fashion, rtw, shopping, styling, The Penthouse PH, work, Zalora
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Romper: Thrift Manila / Shoes: SM Parisian Photo: Noel Salazar / Makeup: Rae V. Salazar I love rompers. They're much like your reliable LBD, just a tiny bit more tedious (I'm talking about that ...
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Tags: L'Oréal, le bunny bleu, menina step, online shopping, outfit of the day, shoes, topshop, Zalora
I used to pride myself in standing by my high heels (pun intended) the entire day. I could work, walk, dance, and occasionally run in a pair of pumps that I'd wear just before going out of the house a...
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Tags: ballet, Ballet Manila, dance, events, people, theater
I'm quite sure a lot of my female peers can relate when I confess that ballet was part of my childhood. A good three, maybe four years of it, in fact. When people ask me if I took up ballet because of...
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Tags: bazaar, bloggers united, fashion, sale
STOP EVERYTHING: The biggest style blogger event of the year is happening on May 28--just a week from now! I can hardly believe that I've done this about 10 times, but it just never gets old. This tim...
No Comments » ...Apr132016
Bravo, Oxygen! I've always loved this local fashion brand and their previous collaborations that have catered to the stylish, artsy crowd. Their newest collaboration is pretty mainstream this time but...
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As luck would have it, a Physiogel kit arrived on my doorstep a day before I was set to leave for El Nido, Palawan. In it was a bottle of their Calming Relief Face Cream, which I’ve never tried befo...
No Comments » ...Jan122016
Céleteque has always been my go-to skincare drugstore brand since my teenage years. In fact, whenever someone asks me what skincare they should start with (usually a curious male or an uninitiated yo...
No Comments » ...Nov32015
Having been a fashion and beauty writer and an avid fan of eco-friendly and hypoallergenic products, I've heard of Zoya, of course. But it wasn't until last September that I've actually gotten to try ...
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I've long wanted to pen something impressively profound this month for the blog, as March is International Women's Month. But like what always happens with life, it's been an absolute shitstorm of wor...
No Comments » ...Oct102015
You know those quaint cafes and restaurants with an honesty system in place? I've always wondered if those could work in Manila. Heck, even the concept of paying bus fare or toll fee in a box without ...
4 Comments » ...Sep112015
I like short shorts. I have no qualms about a neckline that plunges almost to my navel. I love cropped tops--they're a staple in my closet. And I adore barely-there fabrics and cutout designs that rev...
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