5 Reasons People Don’t Have a Regular Massage

Jennifer SymeBlog, massage, Therapies

In my clinic, I see a variety of people, with varying reasons why they are looking for a massage treatment. They cover a wide age range (20-90), are mostly female, but some men too and various issues, conditions and problems. Some people come regularly for maintenance, others come for a few sessions until they feel better, and others come as one off or occasional treats. Yet when I say to people what my job is, the vast majority of them say they’ve either never had a massage, or only at a spa, or they don’t really know WHY people have a treatment. Yet they all usually say that they would like to!So, I thought I would look at some of the reasons people DON”T come for a massage treatment. Why People Don’t Have a Massage Gender – Men generally seem reluctant to book in themselves and the majority of male clients are brought by their wives, sisters or mothers. There is a general feeling that it is either a ‘girlie’ thing to do, or that it has to be painful. Neither of which is true. I’ve written before about some of the misconceptions around massage. You can read that blog here.Men also mostly seem to expect instant results, which no physical treatment is going to give, especially as they also tend to wait until it has become chronic before they see about it, or it is a serious, and therefore painful condition. They also generally don’t do their exercises, so … Read More

5 Pregnancy Problems That Massage Can Ease

Jennifer SymeBlog, massage, pregnancy

Being Pregnant Pregnancy is a wonderful time for many women. A time to wonder at how amazing nature is, and at the things our bodies can do. But it is also a time when our bodies are under a great deal of strain, as they develop this whole new human. In my massage practice, I see a whole range of pregnancy related issues. I’ve written about the myths surrounding pregnancy massage before, and also some of the general benefits. But today, I want to look at some of the main issues which Massage can help with. I’ve helped many women find relief from these pregnancy problems, with resulting improved sleep, easier days, and generally a less stressed out mum-to-be. Which is good for the mum, and baby. Top 5 Issues of Pregnancy- Backache – Most women I see during pregnancy have some degree of backache. Usually in the lower back, but depending on their job, upper back issues can also play up. This is simply due to the strain on the back with the developing baby and bump. Postural factors can also play a part as can lack of appropriate exercise (before and during pregnancy). Women that are regular yoga or Pilates people, generally have less issues as their core and back muscles are in better condition to deal with the strain. I recommend most of my ladies attend a suitable pregnancy yoga or Pilates class. A massage treatment can ease the sore muscles and tightness whether it is low … Read More

Top Tips for a Healthy and happy Pregnancy

Jennifer SymeBlog, massage, pregnancy, Therapies

Look after you and your bump! Pregnancy is a time when people seem to think that they can a) touch your tummy, and b) tell you advice even if you didn’t ask for it. Unfortunately a lot of the advice can be outdated or conflicting. It’s often based on one persons experience, usually a not so good one. That can lead women, especially first time mums-to-be, into a world of worry about whether they are doing things ‘right’. In my pregnancy massage clients I see women who are chilled, happy and not worrying, then I see the others who are anxious, not sleeping, stressing over everything they do, eat, how they sit/lie. It just goes on. They are certainly not enjoying their pregnancy. Which is a shame, as most of the time they are doing fine, and both they and the baby are well, apart from their constant anxiety! The myths! I’ve heard lots of ‘facts’ from pregnant ladies. Facts that their granny told them or their friends, or ‘someone’ at work. The top one I hear, naturally, is that you can’t have a massage while you’re pregnant, or at least not before 12 weeks, or after 36 weeks, or after the due date, or for 3 months after the birth. Or you can’t have a deep tissue/remedial massage, or you have to be sitting up, or…the list goes on. Other things people have been told are that you mustn’t exercise at all, or just very gentle. You can’t garden … Read More

Relax – It’s good for you!

Jennifer Symemassage, stress

Busy-ness is the trend these days. People carry over-packed schedules like winning trophies. “I’m SO busy at work!” “How do you have time to do that? I’m too busy to read/watch TV/exercise/do anything fun.” “I can’t get monthly massages I have too much to DO!”   Too much “busy” could be making you tired, sick, and probably cranky. When do you relax? RELAX. “Relaxation” is a word we hear often, but don’t know always know what it means. Here, I’ve compiled some options for you.   re·lax  verb \ri-ˈlaks\   1: the state of being free from tension or anxiety. 2: a way to rest and enjoy yourself 3: recreation or rest, especially after a period of work. 4: the loss of tension in a part of the body, especially in a muscle when it ceases to contract. 5: something that you do to stop feeling nervous, worried, etc.   More importantly, what does relaxation mean to you? If you’re not a “hot bath and good book” kind of person, you probably cringe at Calgon commercials and spa photos of people with stones piled on their backs. But here’s the beauty: You can make your own definition of relaxation.   It’s your job to figure out what you enjoy doing, what makes you smile, and what makes you feel like you are a hundred miles from work or home jobs?   Then, make time for that. You have a schedule. Write in special time for a hobby, a nap, massage, … Read More

5 Tips for Neck and Shoulder Care Between Massage Appointments

Jennifer SymeBlog, massage, stress, Therapies

5 Tips for Neck and Shoulder Care Between Massage Appointments People with neck and shoulder issues often have their pain return before their next massage appointment. Work, play and children all make demands on the body. A dull ache can quickly turn into a burning pain especially while folding laundry, doing yard work, playing on the computer or any of the other million things you do. What can you do between professional massage appointments to take the edge off neck and shoulder pain? Here are some ideas. Take a Break Take short breaks as often as you can if you sit at a computer all day. Move your shoulders around and s-t-r-e-t-c-h. Ideally you can get up and move around a bit. But even if you’re chained to the desk, you can rock out a little Deskercise to stay loose. Get the kids into it Have a short yoga break together! There are plenty of videos made especially for kids, and the moves are just as beneficial for adults. Bonus: got a little one averse to naptime? Try the lying down postures here and maybe you’ll get a short break. Heat it Just 10-15 minutes of heat on your shoulders can make a huge difference in how your tissue moves and feels. You don’t need a fancy heating pad, you can use a hot water bottle. Or make your own –  I’ve seen various videos on a Google search but as I’ve not tried any of them, I don’t want … Read More

Stop Headaches Before They Start

Jennifer Symemassage, stress

Stop headaches before they start I see so many people with headaches. Sometimes these are due to tension, others are due to posture, and of course some are due to eye strain. Some are due to actual migraines.  Luckily there are some things you can do to reduce or stop the likelihood of getting a headache. Let’s look at some – Avoid triggers If certain foods or scents have triggered headaches in the past, it could be time to make a note of them and avoid them at all costs. Things like caffeine, cigarette smoke, and bright lights can be a big culprit in spurring on pain, but it doesn’t have to be that obvious. Perfumes, loud noises, flowers, and even lunch meat have the power to make you miserable.   Workout often Exercising on a regular basis reduces tension and can help prevent headaches. Choose something you enjoy doing – walking, biking, kayaking, hiking, etc. – and follow the proper guidelines for the exercise you’re engaging in. That means stretching and warming up slowly. And don’t forget proper hydration.   Bonus: It is also said that obesity can be a factor in triggering migraines, so exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight or lose excess pounds.   Eat and sleep regularly Lack of sleep and skipping meals can aggravate symptoms for the migraine sufferer. Make sure you are getting enough fluids and are eating meals at regular times. Lack of sleep (or even getting too much sleep) will … Read More

3 Things Massage Can Help You With Right Now

Jennifer SymeBlog, massage

We know massage will make us move better and feel happier, but not everyone can make time for regular appointments. Luckily massage is great preventive care and it can have some instantly-gratifying results. Check out these 3 things massage can help you with right now.   Headaches   Tension headaches (often called stress headaches) are the most common type of headaches among adults. Pain or pressure in your forehead or on the top or sides of your head? Could be a tension headache. It’s especially likely if you’ve been hunching over a desk or your iPad/phone, been on a long drive, or if you’re still shivering and huddling to keep warm as spring slowly creeps in. Massage can help get rid of that headache and regular massage may well keep it from coming back. (If you want to check out more information about tension headaches and try a few self-massage techniques, check out this article.)   Low Back Pain A major research study was published in 2011 showing that massage therapy was better than drugs and usual care for general lower back pain. Better than drugs. Worth repeating! Just about everyone will experience low back pain at some point in their life. If it happens to you, don’t suffer. Get in touch to book a massage, and get back into action.     Irritability Have you ever been so cranky you got on your own nerves? Yeah, me, too. It isn’t fun. When you feel yourself biting everyone’s head off … Read More