CoSchedule – Is it Really a ‘Must Have’ for your Blog?

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One Blog, Two? More? I’ve been blogging for several years now, for both my therapies business, and my other blogs. Having more than one blog can get pretty complicated, in fact ONE blog requires a fair amount of planning and social media set up etc. So how do you manage to juggle the blog, the social media, the editorial calendar and if you have a team, co-ordinate pieces of work? The answer is CoSchedule! When I first started, CoSchedule wasn’t really on my horizon. At the time I was too small, and they seemed aimed at bigger fish than me. However, I did use some of their free tools, such as the Headline Analzyer, and Email Subject line tester, which I found very useful and quite fun too! Then, I was offered a free trial and after just one week was hooked. I really didn’t know how I’d managed before. I am not really much bigger than I was back then, still just me, doing all the stuff, but Coschedule has expanded its offerings. It has also become more accessible to smaller businesses through a wider payment option, plus great opportunities to reduce your bill (more of this later). It is no longer just a way of scheduling social media. You now get a whole package which allows you to chuck away those piles of sticky notes, scraps of paper and multiple notebooks and have all your blogs, social media and calendar planned and prepared in one place. So, what … Read More

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

Achilles Problems – Causes, Symptoms and Recovery

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Your Achilles Heel I’ve written before about running specific issues, but this time I want to look at one common condition in particular.Achilles problems are one of the most common running related issues I see in the clinic. Of course it isn’t just runners, but due to the impact from running, they are the ones that most often have issues in this area. Generally speaking, most people don’t pay too much attention to their Achilles. It’s just that weird, soft yet bony like structure at the back of their ankle. They know about it from school and Greek Myths, but that’s about it. Until it goes wrong that is. The Achilles, and by extension the calf muscles, have a hugely important role in our movement, especially in running where they can absorb up to 3 times your body weight on landing, and even more than that on the push-off phase of the stride. So, they are doing a big job on every step. Unfortunately, the Achilles is also prone to overuse and injury, especially if there is already an underlying weakness in the area. Tendon injuries are tricky things to deal with as they have a lower blood supply than muscles, so take a longer time to recover and heal. Therefore it is really important to tackle possible problems as early as possible, and try to avoid them recurring. How Do You Know You Have Achilles Issues? The symptoms of Achilles tendinopathy are – Initially, a stiff feeling in the … Read More

5 Pregnancy Problems That Massage Can Ease

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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

How to Avoid Common Running Injuries

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Don’t let injury Ruin Your Running Season Do you dream of being that runner where every step of every mile is 100% pain free? No running injuries, no aches, no twinges or niggles, no lingering soreness from yesterday’s session? Well, you are not alone; research shows that as many as 79% of runners get injured at least once during the year. Wait. What! That’s nearly 8 out of every 10 runners. Think about how many runners you know. As ever, there is a spectrum of running injuries and associated pain. At one end you have severe, full-blown injuries, we’ll name that the red zone, which includes stress fractures that require time off. The other end, where you’re in top form, we’ll call the green zone. Mild, transient aches that bug you one day and disappear the next sit closer to the green end. However, the most common place for runners is the yellow zone. That point where you are not 100% pain free, but nor are you fully injured. Your ability to stay in the green zone depends largely on how you react to that first stab of pain. A little bit of prevention – a little rest, or reduction in training mileage/intensity, along with some soft tissue treatment, can prevent a longer period of enforced time off later. Developing a proactive long-term injury-prevention strategy, such as strength training, stretching, regular massage and foam-rolling can help keep you in the ‘green.’ It may seem boring to do daily stretches, or … Read More

How to Treat TMJ Pain

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What is Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ). Well for starters it’s a bit of a mouthful! We usually refer to it as TMJ pain. It is often linked with dental issues, teeth grinding, headaches,migraine, ear disorders and neck pain. I see it a lot in my clinic although people are usually there about their neck or back pain. So when I ask them about headaches, and pain in the jaw they often look surprised and nod their head. Yes they do have that kind of pain, but they hadn’t thought it was linked. One thing you quickly learn as a massage therapist or any type f body work, is that pretty much every thing is linked! Like any constant pain TMJ can be very debilitating. People can struggle to eat, talk and sleep, which really takes it’s toll on their quality of life. What Causes TMJ? It’s usually caused by chronic tension, gritting or grinding of teeth, and generally linked with stress and anxiety. The muscles around the jaw are very strong. Just think about the pressure needed to bite into food, how often have you been unable to peel something or tear something and you’ve done it with your teeth? Constant pressure on those same muscles will cause some serious issues over the long term, and pain and discomfort in the shorter term. What can you do about it? You can speak to your dentist as sometimes using a mouth guard at night can help. Or, there might be an … 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

Being Active Every Day with RED January

Jennifer SymeBlog, fitness, Therapies

January is a month where people often undertake a challenge. These month challenges seem to have replaced ‘New Year Resolutions’ and cover everything from not drinking alcohol, not eating meat, going vegan, and probably anything else people want to set a challenge for. In my Facebook groups I’ve seen a press-up challenge, one to do a daily yoga practise, and of course the one I’m talking about – RED January. These monthly challenges are a great way to get inspired, find support and perhaps try something new. You are more likely to stick to something longer term if you can keep at it for a month. That old ‘habits are built in 28 days’ (at least) idea. Studies have also shown that you are more likely to stick to a new habit if you have a buddy. Also having a group or a place to share both your wins and your not so good days helps motivation. A Challenge Doesn’t Mean Pressure The monthly challenges are often aimed at wellbeing. The goals are usually to lose weight, run a certain distance, or to cut out food or drink. Red January is a bit different as it isn’t saying you need to achieve a specific amount of anything. It’s aimed more at the mental health aspect of being active. Which means getting outside, and yes, challenging yourself a little bit, even if that is just to walk to the end of the garden. It’s linked to the mental health charity MIND, … Read More