My name is Emilie Hamel, I have been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2010. I moved to Canada from France with my family in 1999. As a teenager that was the experience of a lifetime!
My husband and I share our Ajax home with our 2.5 year old daughter Sasha and a Siberian Husky named Rogue. We are a very active family. We love to hike, and enjoy the cottage all year round. We also like swimming, hiking, kayaking, and the occasional climbing. That’s why we moved to Durham region so that we can enjoy the outdoors and the great sense of community.
I also enjoy cooking and baking at home, we are a health conscious household so I like to prepare most of the meals we eat. We also enjoy going out for dinner but it’s all about balance and moderation for us. True to my French heritage, I always try to come up with new interesting meals every week so as to not get bored!
I think my clinical experience and my experience as a mom and professional give me a good understanding of how to help others improve their wellbeing.
So, what do I do to keep healthy? Here is my recipe.
Being a massage therapist is physically demanding and though it might seem like a form of exercise, it is actually very strenuous and I need to undo some of the tensions to my body. This would be similar to someone having a job where they seat for most of the day and are doing repetitive typing motions, but think more concentrated in my back and arms.
So, here’s what I do: I get monthly Chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy treatments. I believe in a holistic approach to well being, plus most of the time, it feels pretty great!
I exercise 2-3 times a week at home to strengthen my body. It includes a lot of core strengthening (that helps my back), shoulders and arm work. It sounds like a lot when running my own business and looking after my daughter, but between us, most of the time I just do it in front of the TV.
And then, it’s all about trying to fit in as many good meals, walks in the park and laughs with my family. That’s the real secret, I don’t make it a chore, I use it as an excuse to spend time together and share some beautiful moments.