Four Hands News November 2014
So much for our intent of doing a quarterly newsletter! Another busy year has gone by, for our area and for us, both in business and personally. And it's been a good one! We'd like to thank you as new and continuing clients for thinking of us when you need body work. Man, we love this job!
Have been able to continue our bi-monthly trips to Haida Gwaii. Our next visit will be Nov. 20 to 28. This time of year weather sometimes delays us, but we always manage to get over and back.
Four Hands is now a proud sponsor of the Terrace Women's Roller Derby team. Check out the North Coast Nightmares at www.northcoastnightmares.ca. This is a group of athletic, fun women who contribute a great deal back into the community through fundraising and outreach. And their bouts are a hoot to attend. Talk about some tough girls!
You know how Dean has always nagged his clients about stretching out their pects on a weight bench to ease back and shoulder pain? Well he finally went and got one for himself, it's in our work room, we are using it, and you can bet he will be nagging harder now. No more "Do as I say, not as I do"¯. Even with the stretching that we normally do, both of us are feeling improvements by using the bench. Why did we not get it before this? We know better!
Have a new ad that will be running in the Park Avenue Medical Clinic and the Terrace hospital waiting room. This is
great for us. Of course, we did NOT put on the ad that it hurts a little bit, but I think the rep is already out there. J
Dean is winding up for the cross country ski season again. Snow is coming down the mountains, he's started the grooming equipment up, and if he thought it would work, I think he'd be out doing a little snow dance. If you are interested, the Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club is always looking for new members, has great trails at Onion Lake, even has some lit trails for night skiing.
Dean has found another pair of minimalist shoes that he tried out hunting this year. Ninja boots. Also called Tabi boots. He liked them like the Vibram 5 finger boots, but only one area to have the grass get between your toes. Like Vibrams, they let his feet move naturally, another 5 star rating from him.
We will be off to Victoria for the Christmas holiday week this year. Dean's sister had an accident that we were able to give her sessions to help, and we want to go see if we can give her some more, check on her condition, and make sure that she is doing what big brother Dean tells her to do. Hah, like that is gonna happen!
Dean and I wish you happiness, health and prosperity. Thank you again for all of your support. Like the economy in this area now, let's keep things rockin' but keep our values.
All the best in 2015.
Four Hands News December 2013
Wow. It has been waaayyy too long since we sent out a newsletter. Here's hoping all is well with you, health, wealth and happiness.
We have gotten back on track with our working trips to Haida Gwaii. This past year has seen us on the islands every two months. Even the weather cooperated. Even on this last trip in November. Who knew that could happen! We are planning to keep up with our trips to Haida Gwaii in the coming year as well. Can't let our peeps over there forget about us.
We had the extreme pleasure of attending a Neural Mobilization Course in Pitt Meadows in April of this year. Jon Martine was instructing, both Dean and I have had him as a teacher before. He is one amazing rolfer. Our education has always been to get off the nerves, don't work them. Jon and others have experienced great benefits from working directly with nerves and are now teaching others. This is a way of calming inflamed nerves and relaxing the tissues around them. We have been mixing this new education in our sessions and have been getting very nice results.
For those of you that might be suffering from vertigo/dizziness, we have discovered a product that might work for you called Dizzy Fix. If you'd like to try it, we have one here for you to try.
Another thing we have found, finally, is a good Bunion Strap that can help hold the toe in the proper position while you sleep. After putting the tendon in the right place, this helps hold the toe properly for the tissue to adjust. Again, give us a call if you'd like to try it.
If any of you have been thinking of or heard about "almost barefoot"¯ shoes, Dean went hunting in a pair this year and LOVED them. From a rolfing perspective, the Vibram 5 finger minimalist shoes let his feet move naturally and he felt like he could walk even more at the end of the day than on previous trips. He gives barefoot¯ shoes a 5 star rating. And he would be happy to talk endlessly to anybody about these shoes and why he thinks they are good for you.
We actually took a summer holiday this year. Took all five of our grandkids to Manitoba for a family reunion. No parents, 5 kids aged 9-13, 3 weeks, (well, ok, 6 kids counting Dean). Do you know how much fun you can have acting like a kid for 3 weeks? One big, long, sleepover. It was awesome. Did you know the Burrowing Owl in the prairies is an endangered species? Did you know they found a new dinosaur in Alberta? Did you know there is less than 300 of the old wooden grain elevators left in the entire prairies and there used to be over 5800? Did you know 9 year olds get sick after doing too many West Edmonton Mall rides? It was a holiday none of us will forget. Had to do some bodywork while in Manitoba but we kept it to a minimum.
Four Hands wishes all a Happy New Year. With the way our area is speeding up, we hope everyone takes the time to look after themselves a bit. And we hope to continue looking after our clients and meeting many new ones. All the best in 2014.
Andrew is a Rolfer's dream; healthy and well defined hydrated muscles, superb balance and easily felt center of balance, and a self sensing ability when his center is off. Combine this with his bush experience and you can see why his book "Trails to Timberline" came about as naturally as Andrew is in his body, and the nature he experiences on a daily basis! Dean Bergstrom
May 2010 - As a part of Four Hands Body Renewal moving to its new location I was asked if I would provide a testimonial for their new website. I was more than willing particularly as they have provided me with so much relief over the years! This testimonial is catered primarily to all those people out there not yet fortunate enough to have experienced the healing hands of both Dean and Sue. So for those unfamiliar with some of what these two can do, I hope the following may enlighten you a little and provide you with the encouragement to try them out next time you seek pain relief, be it from a past or present injury, tight muscles, joint discomfort, or just the stresses of an overly busy lifestyle which many of us seem to be caught up in nowadays.
I first met Dean & Sue March 23, 2002; I remember it well because I was going for my first Rolfing session with Dean, a therapy I had never even heard of up until a few days prior, let alone experienced! So to say I was a bit apprehensive, was putting it mildly. Fortunately, the urge to find some relief from chronic back pain which had plagued me on and off over the years as well as other nagging joint discomfort was enough incentive to overcome any nervousness! It was at this time that I was introduced to Dean's wife Sue, who I believe even then was offering skillful touch massage, which I unfortunately didn't experience until sometime later. At that time, not only was Rolfing a new form of body work here in the north but it was done from the back of Dean & Sue's RV no less! Yes, for those who travelled the highway any amount during that era you likely remember that mobile unit with that seemingly foreign word RV ROLFER pasted across the side! Well it certainly caught my attention at the time and thankfully so, because over 8 years later I'm indebted to them both for the pain relief they have and continue to provide me, although the need is much less often now! Admittedly, much of my discomfort has and probably continues to be self-inflicted, the result of an overly active lifestyle, which includes my job (forestry & outdoor recreation work) as well as a variety of sports including badminton, hiking and skiing! As a result, I need to keep my body mobile and preferably as pain free as possible, so when I know I have over done it, either through work or play, a call to Dean or Sue is never far from my mind.
For me, most of my discomfort seems to have stemmed from over-straining my back muscles which in turn affects my other joints (hips, knees etc.). I blame this partly on what I have come to except as abnormally tight muscles in combination with some undeniable overuse and abuse. This is why I was originally intrigued by Rolfing as one of its many claimed benefits is its ability to relieve joint pain through lengthening of the muscle tissue. Well I can say without hesitation that it has been effective in achieving that claim for me, which is why I continue to utilize this form of therapy! Dean's amazing ability to isolate the affected area and apply deep tissue muscle manipulation allows the effected joint to return to its correct position where by alleviating the pain.
In addition to the individual treatments which I receive periodically throughout the year, I have also experienced the many benefits of going through the unique full body "series" which Dean masterfully conducts over 10 sessions to improve your entire body alignment. More recently, I have also experienced the amazing results of a skillful touch massage from Sue, who offers an extremely beneficial blend of massage and Rolfing techniques which are particularly beneficial for anyone suffering from muscle discomfort whether it be from work or past time activities (sports, gardening etc..). Her unique style of massage (often incorporating her elbows!) is now often my first line of defense when I experience the discomfort of tight muscles which if I don't keep in check can lead to more serious consequences such as joint discomfort. So for anyone who suffers from this all too common "side effect" of sports and other strenuous activity, I highly recommend you try a massage from Sue. I know it works because I've even got my wife seeing her now! I can guarantee you won't be disappointed!
May 2010 - Why did I choose rolfing? I have been a hairstylist for 29 years, that's a long time to stand on your feet with your arms up. My body held up for many years, but a few years ago I began having a constant burning sensation between the shoulder blades and severe elbow pain. I had heard of rolfing but was intimidated by the deep tissue massage and the pain part of it. I was taking advil on a regular basis to keep the pain at bay, then I talked to a client who had gone to see this rolfer Dean, and she had great success with her shoulders, as she was a dental hygienist (always bent over). So I decided what do I have to lose. My first session with Dean was ninety minutes and during that session I found him to be very informative and he asked a lot of questions about what I do in a day. As he worked on me he talked about what rolfing does for you and explained about a 10 session regiment that puts you back in alignment by reconfiguring your muscles from head to toe. After just the first session my body felt very limber and flexible, so I signed up for the 10 visits. Its amazing that during a session, Dean would ask me to walk around after working on one side, I felt taller and looser on the side he had done, wow what a feeling. Rolfing gives new meaning to "no pain, no gain" but the results are truly awesome. When I had finished the 10 sessions Dean said that he no longer needed to see me unless I injured myself, but now I was hooked, so I continue to see Dean and his wife Sue for a regular fourhand massage just to keep me in good health and feeling great. I am a believer in what rolfing can do for you, many thanks to Dean and Sue! Lisa Smith
Name: Faye Beaulieu
Notes: I just had a cranial-sacral therapy treatment with Sue. Three years ago I had a fall and broke my nose, sinus, and all the bones around my left eye. The concussion still causes extreme headaches that are only temporarily relieved by Tylenol. This gentle focused attention gives me much long relief and also helps my sleep.