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Myofascial Release Massage

Myofascial Release Massage

Even if you don’t recognize the name, you will probably have already experienced Myofascial Release; as well as being a stand-alone therapy, the techniques are widely used by massage therapists, osteopaths and physiotherapists to manage pain and improve posture. Also called MFR, it is suitable for all postural related problems and can be successful for: Joint pain Back pain After surgery IBS Problems with periods Pelvic pain and incontinence Knee...
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Metamorphic Technique Massage

Metamorphic Technique Massage

With metamorphic technique we leave the earthy world of physiological based massage behind. No snippets of research about cortisol or reduced anxiety today; we’re not in Kansas anymore. Instead we enter the wonderful world of transformational healing. You might decide to book a metamorphic session if you wanted to: Change the patterns in your relationships Respond to stress differently Move on in your life Release old habits and beliefs about the world that no longer serve you Feel more...
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Reflexology

Reflexology

For most people there is one part of their body which, when it’s massaged, will send them off into a state of deep relaxation. For some it’s the head or hands but for many people it’s their feet that do the trick. Like many complementary therapies, reflexology succeeds where medical services cannot: Reducing pain – such as painful periods, lower back pain, kidney stones. Pregnancy and birth –many women use reflexology to manage pregnancy symptoms and for birth. Cancer – helping to improve the emotional and physical...
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Holistic Massage

Holistic Massage

The term holistic has become so widely used, it means practically nothing these days. While it’s true that holistic is often shorthand for a bit of incense or whale music, a proper holistic massage can be an extraordinary treatment. Here’s why: A holistic therapist will have the sensitivity to meet your needs as a person, not just treat a problem S/he will have a wide range of massage skills Will listen without judgment Will be able to assess what kind of touch will suit you Explore the origins of stress related issues Will be...
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Take Your Yoga Practice Outdoors

Take Your Yoga Practice Outdoors

Taking your yoga practice out of the studio and into a natural environment is a refreshing way to take your exercise outdoors this summer; after all, yoga is not just about connecting with yourself, but also with the environment surrounding you.  People can be put off from doing yoga outdoors for several reasons: they may feel self-conscious, uncomfortable about the thought of getting dirty or sandy, or feel that it’s more convenient to schedule a studio class. With planning and a sense of adventure these can be overcome and the benefits are worth the small added...
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Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

What is it good for? This deceptively gentle treatment can have a powerful effect on any swelling or puffiness in the body. It is widely used for medical purposes and there is lots of research to back the beneficial effects of lymphatic drainage on recovery after surgery. It has also been found to be effective for: Helping bruising to heal more quickly Pain management Preventing infection Treating lymphedema caused by cancer treatment Promoting the healing of fractures and ligaments and reducing the associated pain Promoting the healing of...
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What to do about Back Pain

What to do about Back Pain

Are you sitting comfortably? Probably not. From the age of 20 we are all slouching towards problems with  back pain, as a result of the way we sit to work, watch TV, even play computer games. In any one year around 49% of us will suffer back pain lasting for at least 24 hours. And research has shown that those who suffer from back pain are more than twice as likely to also suffer from depression. The results are not unconnected. Back pain is seriously bad news. I have some personal experience of this. When we were first developing welldoing.org it involved many, many...
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Lomi-Lomi Massage

Lomi-Lomi Massage

What is it good for? Some people say Lomi-lomi is the best massage they’ve ever had. It will do all the things a regular massage will do, like: Reduce stress Improve circulation Relieve muscle tension Reduce pain Make you very relaxed And then take you to a totally different planet. It’s like Reiki healing combined with the best holistic massage. What happens in a treatment? Your therapist will find out about what issues you have and if any areas of your body will need specific attention. So far, so ordinary. Now this is where...
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Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage

Head massage has been used for 1,000's of years in India for relaxation as well as playing a part in rituals and Ayurvedic healing. It makes a great treatment for anyone who spends their working life in front of a computer because it addresses the problems caused by our sedentary working habits. If you work at a desk you may be familiar with: Tension Headaches Sore shoulders Eye strain Lack of concentration Stress related overwhelm Muscle tension No wonder this flexible treatment has become ubiquitous. What happens in a...
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Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Massage

Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Massage

If you suffer from muscle tension and pain, caused by posture, sports or injury, deep tissue and trigger point massage is the place to go. The massage is stronger than average and can help with: Chronic muscle tension Recovering from injury Carpal Tunnel Muscle spasm Chronic headaches Muscle strain Though used separately, the two complementary massage styles are often used together to get a deep release. What happens in a session? Your therapist asks you to fill in the usual client questionnaire, covering questions about the...
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