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 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

How You Can Improve Your Health with Breath

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Improve your health with breath Breath. Such a simple thing. It’s essential to life, but yet how often do we think about it? It ebbs and flows throughout our days and we barely give it a second thought. In this post I’m going to look at some ways our breath improves our health – including some techniques you can utilize today.   Deep breathing can reduce anxiety Implementing a deep breathing technique when anxiety strikes can make the difference between a full on attack and an unwelcome blip in your day. Deep breathing lowers your heart rate, improves circulation and promotes clearer thinking.   You can use your breath to calm down Let’s face it, when tempers flair it seems almost impossible to think about anything other than the current situation that set you off. Practicing simple breathing techniques can encourage calmness and help reverse the physical symptoms of anger.   TECHNIQUE for Anxiety and Calm Isolate yourself from everyone for 15 minutes Inhale slowly for the count of 4 Exhale slowly for the count of 8 Notice the space in between the inhalation and exhalation Repeat until you begin to calm down   Take breathing even deeper with pranayama Pranayama is the practice of using the breath to soothe an active mind. If practiced right, pranayama can bring harmony between mind, body and spirit. It boosts your ability to be mentally and spiritually strong. There are very specific breathwork techniques that are outside the scope of this article, but … Read More

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