Body & Soul February 2016 Newsletter

february is ♥heart♥ month

According to The Heart & Stroke Foundation™ (HSF), someone dies from heart disease or stroke every seven minutes in Canada. That statistic alone is quite shocking, but what's even more interesting is that in many cases heart disease is actually preventable with a healthy diet, routine physical activity and reduced stress - all by-products of a healthy lifestyle. Read more...

fitness tip: increase intensity to improve progress

It might be time to consider taking your training to the next level. Changing the intensity of a particular exercise may be as simple as increasing the weight and/or number of reps and sets or it could be achieved by increasing the difficulty. Increasing the difficulty of an exercise can be accomplished by progressing from a modified or beginner version of an exercise (i.e. push-ups from your knees) to an advanced or intermediate version of that same exercise (i.e. push-ups from your toes).

nutrition tip: add turmeric to your meals

Studies continue to show that turmeric, with its active ingredient curcumin, has many health benefits. While it is generally known that turmeric helps boost immunity and has anti-inflammatory properties, many experts believe that it may also help improve brain health, reduce the risk of cancer and improve heart disease. While further research is needed to confirm these results, why not start adding turmeric to your meals today? Note: People on doctor-prescribed medications should consult with their doctor before using turmeric-based supplements as they may counteract some medications.

club news

Physiotherapy: Body & Soul is excited to welcome Physiotherapist Michael Hales of Halestorm Physiotherapy & Sport Conditioning, to our Wellness Wing Team! Fun fact: Michael is a former Body & Soul Personal Trainer!

February 14th: This Valentine's Day, give your loved one the gift of registered massage therapy. Gift certificates are available at the front desk. Learn more about our registered massage therapist, Michael Sokalski.

Studio Closure: Body & Soul will be closed Monday February 8th for Family Day. Studio will re-open Tuesday February 9th at 6am. We hope you have a nice and safe long weekend.

New Staff Member: Nicole Britton has joined our Front Desk Team. Learn more about your favourite staff members here.

Michael Hales


In January 2016, Michael Hales' practice, Halestorm Physiotherapy & Sport Conditioning, began operating out of Body & Soul. Michael graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of British Columbia and earned a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria. He is certified in Acupuncture, Gunn IMS and the Selective Functional Movement Screen. In addition to physiotherapy, Michael is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and has been working with athletes of all levels for over 15 years. Michael applies the principles of functional movement, with a focus on preventative health and determining the underlying source of dysfunction, in his approach to treatment. Read more...


trainer's corner

Q: At what age are you "too old" to lift weights?

A: The physical gains of lifting weights are not exclusive to young people. In fact, in many cases studies have shown that the muscles of seniors respond quite favorably to a progressive resistance program.