New Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA Donor Thank You

Such a beautiful night for the new Glen T. MacLeod Y donor thank you event. A special THANK YOU to the entire Cape Ann staff and Executive Director Tim Flaherty whose leadership throughout this project has been incredible. Shout out to Gloucester High School student Malia Andrews for her wonderful performance of the national anthem! Huge thanks to everyone in the Cape Ann community who helped make this dream a reality including Founding Donor Glen T. MacLeod, Steering committee Honorary Chairs Mollie & John Byrnes, Co-Chairs, Elaine & David McKechnie, Windover Construction MassDevelopment Institution for Savings BankGloucester Cape Ann Savings Bank, the city of Gloucester, Massachusetts, TDCommunity Development Corporation, Dept. of Early Education and Care EEOST Fund, and so many more!! #strongYstrongcommunity#GTM#newcapeannY

Free Streaming Nia and Restorative Yoga Classes via Zoom with Linda for the Week of June 28th

Come join us as we revisit a routine that highlights the music from the movie Slumdog Millionaire.

For Restorative Yoga, find some cushions, large books, yoga blocks, blankets, whatever you can use instead of bolsters and blocks.  We make it work.  For more information on Restorative yoga, check out my site, niawithlinda.com.  It is a lovely passive practice that gives the participant relaxation and calm. Who couldn’t use that right now.

If you are new to Nia and Restorative Yoga with Linda, these streaming classes are free.  Share with anyone who you feel needs a little movement or peace in their lives during this period of social isolation.

So here is how it works.  It will be easier for you if you download the Zoom client for meetings for a desktop or laptop, or the app for phones and tablets.

Click here for the link to download the zoom client or the app

Then click on this link to bring to my website and the list of streaming classes

At my website, niawithlinda.com, you will want to click on the link for the class and time you are trying to join.  Otherwise you will be all alone!

If you have downloaded the client/app, the meeting will open automatically in that interface.

If you have not downloaded the app/client, it should open in a web browser.

You can join early and sit in the waiting room. No magazines but no doctors either.

I’ll leave the audio open till the class starts.  If I leave the audio on, it interferes with my audio and we can’t have that!  I’ll open it back up at the end.  If you need to get my attention, you can raise your hand.  It is an icon in the middle of the bottom of the screen.

If you need any techie help, call me  617-851-2738  or email me at contact@niawithlinda.com

Find a little space in your home and be prepared to move and have fun.

Feel free to share these invitations to classes with anyone who needs it.

Love to all and stay healthy,

Linda Wilkes

Getting to know the Harmeling PT family!

In this week’s edition of Harmeling PT’s Meet the Family series, we’re getting to know Elizabeth Norcini! Elizabeth has been with the practice since 2016, starting first as a rehab aide in our Wenham office, and working her way up to managing the front desk in our Gloucester location!

Elizabeth graduated from Gordon College in 2016, with a BS in Kinesiology. She ran on the cross country team during her time there, and was able to stay involved with the program after graduating by helping out as an assistant coach for Gordon’s cross country and track and field teams for 2 years. Elizabeth grew up in Pennsylvania, but has lived on the North Shore since college. She loves the outdoors, and especially enjoys exploring all the trails and beaches in and around the North Shore. She has worked at Harmeling for the past 5 years and is consistently encouraged and energized by meeting and getting to know patients over the time that they spend here.

Need to get in for PT? Give the Gloucester office a call at (978) 283-0888 and Elizabeth or one of our other fantastic employees will get your scheduled!

Free Streaming Nia and Restorative Yoga Classes via Zoom with Linda for the Week of June 21st

Come join us as we revisit a routine that highlights the music from the movie Slumdog Millionaire.

For Restorative Yoga, find some cushions, large books, yoga blocks, blankets, whatever you can use instead of bolsters and blocks.  We make it work.  For more information on Restorative yoga, check out my site, niawithlinda.com.  It is a lovely passive practice that gives the participant relaxation and calm. Who couldn’t use that right now.

If you are new to Nia and Restorative Yoga with Linda, these streaming classes are free.  Share with anyone who you feel needs a little movement or peace in their lives during this period of social isolation.

So here is how it works.  It will be easier for you if you download the Zoom client for meetings for a desktop or laptop, or the app for phones and tablets.

Click here for the link to download the zoom client or the app

Then click on this link to bring to my website and the list of streaming classes

At my website, niawithlinda.com, you will want to click on the link for the class and time you are trying to join.  Otherwise you will be all alone!

If you have downloaded the client/app, the meeting will open automatically in that interface.

If you have not downloaded the app/client, it should open in a web browser.

You can join early and sit in the waiting room. No magazines but no doctors either.

I’ll leave the audio open till the class starts.  If I leave the audio on, it interferes with my audio and we can’t have that!  I’ll open it back up at the end.  If you need to get my attention, you can raise your hand.  It is an icon in the middle of the bottom of the screen.

If you need any techie help, call me  617-851-2738  or email me at contact@niawithlinda.com

Find a little space in your home and be prepared to move and have fun.

Feel free to share these invitations to classes with anyone who needs it.

Love to all and stay healthy,

Linda Wilkes

Getting to know the folks at Harmeling PT

Over the last several weeks we’ve been getting to know the folks who help keep the Gloucester office of Harmeling PT running! In this week’s post we’re getting to know Jackie Wonson, PTA!

Jackie is a new addition to the Harmeling Physical Therapy team. She enjoys working with a wide variety of patients and diagnoses. Jackie is a Gloucester native and in her free time she loves camping, working out, traveling and going to the beach with her friends!

Give a call today to set up your appointment at the Gloucester office, and make sure you say hi to Jackie when you come in!

Need Some Help Getting Accustomed to What Was Considered Normal , Like Driving in Traffic.

WHAT IS CONSIDERED ROAD RANGE AND LEARN IF YOU MIGHT BE THE CAUSE OF IT?

(1)    Aggressive  driving has been a problem on our roadways for a while, and it seems to only be getting worse. Incidents of screaming, rude gestures, and sometimes even violence are reported frequently on our roadways to the point where it has earned its own name: road rage. Learn what causes road rage, whether you are prone to it, and how you can help to keep our roads safe by not giving in to road rage.

Definition of Road Rage

Written by SafeMotorist.comThe term Road Rage was coined by local news station KTLA in Los Angeles after a string of shootings occurred on several freeways in the city. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines road rage as when a driver “commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle”.

The NHTSA makes a clear distinction between road rage and aggressive driving, where the former is a criminal charge and the latter a traffic offense. This definition places the blame on the driver.

Road Rage Quiz

You may like to think that road rage is something that only happens to other people, but the truth is many of us are guilty of aggressive behavior on the road. Ask yourself these questions and answer honestly:

  • Do you regularly drive over the speed limit, or try to “beat” red lights because you are in a hurry?
  • Do you tailgate or flash your headlights at a driver in front of you that you believe is driving too slowly?
  • Do you honk the horn often?
  • Do you ever use obscene gestures or otherwise communicate angrily at another driver?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is possible you are susceptible to road rage. Many times when a road rage incident occurs it is because the person was under stress in other areas of their life. The addition of congested traffic can add to stress, which then explodes when it is perceived someone else on the road has acted in an aggressive way, whether intentional or not.

Do You Cause Road Rage?

Even if you answered no to the questions above, are you sure you aren’t causing others to lash out with road rage? Ask yourself these questions as well:

  • Do you frequently use your phone while driving, or otherwisedrive while distracted?
  • Do you keep your high beams on, regardless of oncoming traffic?
  • Do you switch lanes or make turns without using your turn signal?
  • Do you fail to check your blind spot before switching lanes to make sure you aren’t cutting someone off?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be contributing to causing road rage in others. While a violent reaction to switching lanes without a turn signal isn’t warranted, it’s best to not put yourself in that situation to begin with by always being aware of other drivers and driving cautiously.

Road Rage Statistics

The following statistics compiled from the NHTSA and the Auto Vantage auto club show that aggressive driving and road rage are causing serious problems on our roads.

  • 66% of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving.
  • 37% of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm.
  • Males under the age of 19 are the most likely to exhibit road rage.
  • Half of drivers who are on the receiving end of an aggressive behavior, such as horn honking, a rude gesture, or tailgating admit to responding with aggressive behavior themselves.
  • Over a seven year period, 218 murders and 12,610 injuries were attributed to road rage.
  • 2% of drivers admit to trying to run an aggressor off the road!

How to Handle Road Rage

If you find that you have agitated another driver, whether the fault is truly yours or not, do not react or retaliate to the other driver on the road. This will only cause the situation to escalate. Remind yourself that the other driver is just bad at handling stress, avoid eye contact and continue to practice safe driving habits.

Unfortunately, it does not look like this problem is going away any time soon. All you can do is be a considerate, aware driver that follows the rules of the road. While it may be difficult in the heat of the moment, do not give in to feelings of anger or rage on the road. Think twice before you honk the horn or flip that finger, because you never know what may set off the person in the cars around you. Getting home safely is more important than teaching someone a dangerous lesson.

SafeMotorist.com Driving Safety Articles:
This article was written by SafeMotorist.com defensive driving staff writers and reviewed for accuracy by defensive driving instructors. All articles are based on current traffic laws and defensive driving practices. This article is intended for educational purposes only, and should not be taken as legal advice or literal interpretation of any specific traffic law.

(1)  article written by https://www.safemotorist.com/Articles/road_rage/

Free Streaming Nia and Restorative Yoga Classes via Zoom with Linda for the Week of June 14th

Come join us as we revisit a routine that highlights the music from the movie Slumdog Millionaire.

For Restorative Yoga, find some cushions, large books, yoga blocks, blankets, whatever you can use instead of bolsters and blocks.  We make it work.  For more information on Restorative yoga, check out my site, niawithlinda.com.  It is a lovely passive practice that gives the participant relaxation and calm. Who couldn’t use that right now.

If you are new to Nia and Restorative Yoga with Linda, these streaming classes are free.  Share with anyone who you feel needs a little movement or peace in their lives during this period of social isolation.

So here is how it works.  It will be easier for you if you download the Zoom client for meetings for a desktop or laptop, or the app for phones and tablets.

Click here for the link to download the zoom client or the app

Then click on this link to bring to my website and the list of streaming classes

At my website, niawithlinda.com, you will want to click on the link for the class and time you are trying to join.  Otherwise you will be all alone!

If you have downloaded the client/app, the meeting will open automatically in that interface.

If you have not downloaded the app/client, it should open in a web browser.

You can join early and sit in the waiting room. No magazines but no doctors either.

I’ll leave the audio open till the class starts.  If I leave the audio on, it interferes with my audio and we can’t have that!  I’ll open it back up at the end.  If you need to get my attention, you can raise your hand.  It is an icon in the middle of the bottom of the screen.

If you need any techie help, call me  617-851-2738  or email me at contact@niawithlinda.com

Find a little space in your home and be prepared to move and have fun.

Feel free to share these invitations to classes with anyone who needs it.

Love to all and stay healthy,

Linda Wilkes

Getting to Know Harmeling Physical Therapy

In this week’s post we wanted to feature the Gloucester office’s favorite Physical Therapy Assistant, Ambar Cerrud, PTA!

Ambar has been with Harmeling Physical Therapy for 5 years. She is a certified postpartum exercise specialist, specializes in sports therapy and is a certified holistic nutritionist. Ambar is a Panamanian native, raised in New Orleans, and in her free time she loves to race paddleboards, travel and take her dog on adventures!

Give a call today to set up your appointment at the Gloucester office, and make sure you say hi to Ambar when you come in!