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Maegan returned in October and is working Tuesdays and Saturdays.
A Registered Massage Therapist since 2006, Maegan offers visceral manipulation, myofascial release, scar tissue release, and craniosacral therapy.
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Elizabeth will return to working Fridays in January 2020.
Born and raised on Salt Spring Island, Elizabeth went straight from high school to the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She offers general Swedish massage, myofascial release, and scar tissue release.
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Stephanie Dempster, CAT, will be increasing her availability on Fridays and Sundays as of January 2020.
Stephanie is a Certified Athletic Therapist with 17 years of experience in her field. Her practice focuses exclusively on manual therapies (i.e. hands-on assessment and treatment) rather than the use of electrical modalities or the creation of reconditioning programs.
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Desiree DeRuiter, RMT, is adding Fridays to her schedule as of January 2020.
Desiree graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2018 and joined Vitality shortly after. She specializes in visceral manipulation, myofascial release, scar tissue release, and craniosacral therapy.
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After two years and considerable deliberation, we are increasing our Registered Massage and Registered Acupuncture rates slightly to meet the rising costs of providing our healthcare services. Certified Athletic Therapy rates will remain the same. Fortunately, most extended health plans have already increased coverage amounts, so this will likely represent only a minor increase in out-of-pocket expense to you. Thank you for trusting us with your on-going care needs.
RMT rates include 5% GST. Acupuncture is exempt from GST.
|HOT STONES THERAPY with RMT|
|Initial Visit:||70 min||$105|
|MEI ZEN COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE|
|Initial Visit:||90 min||$135|
Is there a difference between the air dryer and the paper towel dispenser? Yeah, we know about environmental footprint – the need to reduce single use items. And the financial argument is completely understandable; hand dryer manufacturers assert air drying can cut costs by as much as 99.5%. But the big issue is hygiene.
So, the answer: Yes. A review of twelve different studies shows it's all about bacteria. Granted, it's often the individual's fault who doesn't stand at the air dryer long enough to eliminate bacteria. Wet hands are likely to lead to cross-contamination.
Discovery Channel's Mythbusters also sought to prove or disprove the difference, with significant results. They swabbed 16 subjects' hands three times: once after going to the bathroom, once after washing their hands, and again after drying them. The experiment was performed twice: once with the air dryer, which reduced bacterial load by 23%, and again with the paper towel, which reduced bacterial load by 71% – almost three times as much! The environments around each piece of equipment were also tested: 41 colonies of bacteria surrounded the air dryer versus a total of 3 around the paper towel dispenser.
So the science says paper towels win over air dryers, but don't forget about washing properly in the first place. Use soap, up and over your wrists, and sing a stanza of Happy Birthday – that's how long it takes to wash bacteria from your hands!
Read full article on McGill University:
Hand Dryers or Paper Towel? »
Serious conditions such as sinus infections, bronchitis, meningitis, strep throat and asthma can present like the common cold. If you have severe symptoms, or don't seem to be getting better, visit your doctor.
Read full article on WebMD:
12 Natural Treatment Tips for Colds & Flu »