Are you prepared for the move?

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We also have a new Neurochangers logo !

This year we have made some new changes with our neurological centre Aim2Walk in Toronto. With many ideas and discussions regarding our name, we have decided to go ahead and change our name to Neurochangers. Our second location in Whitby is also named Neurochangers which made our decision and transition easier. With this going forward we have also amalgamated our blog into our website. Although this Neurochangers blog has been a successful way to create and share information to our readers for the past 5 years, this will be our last post on this site. We ask kindly that you take the time to follow us at our new site where we will continue to share health tips, technology and keep you updated on the latest events and compelling client progress stories. We thank you for your love and support over the past 5 years and we look forward to having you stop by our newest site! Click here to subscribe.

From Aim2Walk’s Neurochangers Family, we thank you!

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ReelAbilities Film Festival Opens in Toronto

Unknown-2.pngThe month of May is an exciting month to be downtown Toronto. A few weeks ago I wrote about Tangled Art Gallery, opening May 4th displaying art and disability. I also shared the exciting addition of several featured documentaries providing described video technology for the deaf at this years International Documentary Festival (Hot Docs) from April 28th-May 8th.

In addition there is the opening for the ReelAbilities Film Festival (RAFF) from May 12th-19th. Toronto is scheduled to launch the first annual edition of RAFF.
This is the largest film festival in North America dedicated to promoting the awareness and appreciation of lives, stories and art of people with disabilities.

The Festival will take place in 13 other cities across the United States with Toronto being the first city in Canada. RAFF showcases films, conversations and artistic programs to explore, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

With tickets only $12 and 14 different public screenings and panel discussions to choose from, there is sure to be something to appeal to everyone. Visit the ticket box office and book your shows now. https://tytix.tiff.net/scripts/max/10.17.40.32-34000/maxweb.exe

Michelle Wolfe, RMT
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BasFoMov – The new way to exercise!

You may have noticed cleints around the clinic doing “weird” things, such as this… Dav

or this…

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And you may be asking yourself: What on earth do these therapists have their clients doing?

Well let me tell you. Since the beginning of neurochangers, we’ve been working towards building a personal training program that’s based on re-learning what might be referred to as ‘natural movements’. What are natural movements you ask? Well, essentially they’re the fluid and intuitive kind of movements that babies and young children make. In some cases, even the natural movements of animals have inspired us.

After literally years of research on the subject, we sorted through the information and took our ideas to the mat. Experiencing first hand how good this practice feels, we’re not shy telling you that most of our own therapists have taken up the practice as well for their own personal benefit!

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Of course naming a program like this presents unique challenges. However after careful consideration, we have agreed upon “BasFoMov”, which stands for Basic Foundational Movements. These movements begin from lying down and move all the way up to standing and walking. The BasFoMov movements are more functional than your traditional gym exercises. They integrate and work your body as a whole and reestablish the practical postures and movements that fill your daily life.

These movements are based on three principals:

1)Restful positions

  • The movements are meant to be relaxing and comfortable. If you are able to relax in a specific position, you have mastered that position and can begin to use it in a routine. Throughout the routines there are restful positions to relax in or continue if you feel comfortable.

2)Natural and efficient

  • The emphasis of this program is not to exercise in the traditional way that leaves your body needing that constant stimulus, but rather teaching you to use your body in a natural and efficient way so that you are able to use your body for more tasks with less fatigue.

3)Re-learning natural body movements

  • Over time, humans have learnt to make things more efficient through technology and unfortunately this has left us lazy and unable to move in natural functional postures. For example, think of a toddler you know learning how to walk. Toddlers naturally over time learn how to get themselves up and start walking around. The ways that they move their legs around and the different angles they place on their joints are necessary to get to the end point.

At the end of the day, the BasFoMov program has been designed to help you become more aware of your natural self. The natural you that can sit, lie, roll, squat, climb, crawl, sway, and of course, rest comfortably. It’s the way nature intended us to be, it’s just that sometimes we need a little extra help figuring out how to get there.

Michelle Teves
R.Kin, Director of NeuroChangers Program