Holiday Stress – ways to help you relax

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As much as we enjoy the warmer weather of our all too brief Scottish summer, there can be a bit of a dark cloud hanging in the sky. That is the dark cloud of stress and tension as the kids are off school, holidays and activities need planned, and it is easy to become a bit frazzled. And that's before we watch Andy Murray at Wimbledon!   Meditation Meditation does not have to be about pretzeled legs, chanting, and reaching enlightenment. It can simply be about creating a moment of stillness in your mind as a way to become more relaxed. Just one minute, 60 seconds of meditation, can dramatically improve your mood, your productivity and the quality of your day.   Exercise It can be tough to make time for exercise when the schedule gets tight and tensions get high. But that's when it becomes even more important. Exercise can relieve the physical symptoms of stress like fatigue, pain, and moodiness. If you can't make time for daily workout, try to fit a 5-10 minute walk outside into some part of your day. A little goes a long way when you need it.   Giggle and hum Both laughter and music can lower the blood pressure. In fact, this study in 2011 showed that 3 months of laughter or music therapy resulted in the same drop in blood pressure that could be achieved with a low-salt diet, losing 10 pounds, or taking a blood-pressure-lowering medication. So cue up the ... Read More

Edinburgh Location Change

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Important Update For Edinburgh Clients! Knotstressed is moving to a lovely new clinic in Montrose Terrace. See here for details. So from Wednesday 1st July all Edinburgh appointments will be at the new venue. There will also be a slight change to time as I will no longer have a 2:30pm appointment, but will have a 7:30pm one instead.  

3 Things Massage Can Help You With Right Now

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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

Getting Back To Fitness

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This last year was a tough one, I was laid  low with health issues and an injured shoulder. I was off work and I couldn’t play my guitar or maintain my usual fitness levels. I was forced to take it easy, read and watch films, and let myself rest and sleep. Not easy for someone who is usually on the go. In fact the being ‘on the go’ was partly the cause of my problems, I was too keen to get back to work after my wee septum op and rushing about doing 3 things at once when I had the accident. Lesson learned – take your  time and listen to your body! Anyway, I am now getting back to normal and have a strict strength and fitness regime from my physio in order to get my shoulder fully repaired. One of the things I have missed doing is running, but it is hard to get back out there when the weather is cold, with icy winds and sleet….which is what we were still having a week or two ago. When you are a seasoned runner or biker, the weather doesn’t stop you so much. After all it’s a matter of wearing the right clothes and getting out there. Once you get going it’s usually not as bad as it appears from the warm house. (Honest!)   But if you are new or returning to it, then the weather does put you off. Especially if you are returning from an … Read More

I’m Back!

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      A quick update about my return to clinics after my accident last year.   I am now back at Synergy on Tuesdays – 3-7:30pm and Knotstressed on Wednesdays 2:30pm- 7:30pm. Please see the Edinburgh or Glenrothes pages for full details.   Please also note that I am NOT at KNotstressed on Fridays anymore, BUT, I am going to be at Synergy on Mondays from April 2-5pm.   Sign up to the newsletter to be in the know about upcoming special offers to celebrate my return, and also about some packages I plan to introduce, only for newsletter subscribers.          

How Our Pets Can Teach Us To Be Healthy

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  My dog Molly turned 12 last week, which according to the ‘Dog Breed Age Calculator’ makes her 75 in human years. Of course she doesn’t know what age she is, so whilst in many ways she has slowed down and is a fairly laid back old lady dog, at other times, she can act like the silly puppy she once was. She may not go mad at leaves blowing across the park but she still ‘plays with’ the vacuum cleaner when we use it. For a while we had been treating her as an old dog, and thinking that she had really slowed down. Then when we went on holiday she seemed rejuvenated by the new places and experiences, so we realized that actually what she needs is more stimulation, not less. So we are making sure she gets her walks and we try go to different places so she gets some new ‘sniffs’. We’ve also restarted some of the hide n seek  games we played with her in earlier days when we had to find ways to tire her out mentally, even after a 2-3 hour walk. Border Collies are brilliant dogs, but not for those who want an easy or lazy life! We have all heard things like having a pet reduces blood pressure, and that they keep us healthier by needing exercised and so on, but recently I came across an article that talked about the things pets can teach us about health in terms of … Read More

Don’t Have a Pillow Fight – Get a Better Nights Sleep

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  Photo Credit: Scott Beale/Laughing Squid As we all know, we spend about a third of our lives in bed, so, just as our posture and desk set up is important during the day, and can be the cause of various back and neck issues,  how we sleep can also be a factor. A major part of this is down to the pillows we use. Often people are aware of the importance of a decent mattress and changing it every 7-10 years, but what they don’t realise is that their pillows are just as important and generally have a much shorter life than the mattress.   I’ve seen many people over the years who have been plagued by neck problems and have spent alot of money seeking the perfect pillow. The problem often arises because they don’t know how a pillow should be. Those pictures of piles of fluffy, plumped pillows that look amazing in adverts for sumptuous hotels, wouldn’t necessarily be that comfortable to sleep on. Also, people aren’t aware that your sleep style also affects what type of pillow you need to have. So buying pillows in bulk on some ‘online offer’ for the whole family is probably a bad investment as they might suit one person, or none.   I can speak from personal experience when it comes to pillows as I was one of those people who woke up with a sore neck, and had tried fluffy, feather filled ones which went flat in the night, … Read More

Touch Matters – Baby Massage Classes In Fife

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Todays post is a guest entry from my friend and colleague Orla Beaton. Orla has recently qualified as a Baby Massage instructor, and will be holding classes at Synergy where I work in Fife. So, I asked her to do a wee piece on the class. Over to Orla ….. Touch Matters It really does! Did you know that touch is the first sense that your baby develops in the womb and that nurturing touch to a baby is as vital as the air that she breathes and the milk that she receives? In parts of Africa, Asia and South America women have been massaging their babies for centuries, an art that is passed down from mother to daughter, from mother to daughter…. Here in the West we have more recently embraced Baby Massage and now in the UK it is an integral part of the support network offered to new parents by the NHS and in their communities. My journey into massage began 8 years ago when, inspired by doing baby massage with my son, I decided to venture into pastures new. From finance to complementary therapies – quite a change! So it is lovely to come full circle and offer tuition in this wonderful traditional art to mums, dads, carers and their babies via my own Baby Massage Classes called “Touch Matters”. I have been running a free class over the summer with a lovely bunch of mums and babies and can’t wait to get up and running! … Read More