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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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How Mid-life Changed My Relationship with Exercise

How Mid-life Changed My Relationship with Exercise

I was the classic bookish school girl who hated PE. One of my earliest memories is of watching my primary school sports day from the tiny window of the locked loo cubicle where I’d hidden myself. I loathed the cold. I was mortified by  ‘cross country’ running round the local housing estate in red knickers. I was baffled by the fact that despite my scrawny build and long legs, I couldn’t run fast. And, oh yes, that I was so uncoordinated that when it was time for the scary, sporty girls to pick teams, I was actually offered to the opposing side. In fact, those...
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Bowen Technique

Bowen Technique

Bowen is a unique treatment that treats all kinds of musculoskeletal issues, both acute and chronic for example injuries like: Whiplash Repetitive strain injury Frozen shoulder Less well known is that it is also effective for a wide range of conditions where stress is a factor: Depression Ulcerative colitis Eczema Psoriasis Improving the quality of life for those suffering terminal illness. Bowen is not really a massage treatment as such, but it is included here because it is a gentle and relaxing way of...
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Biodynamic Massage

Biodynamic Massage

What is it for? Biodynamic massage is great for when your stress levels that have reached a point of chronic overload. The focus is on both energy and structure to help bring you back into balance, so your body can re-learn how to naturally regulate your own stress levels. It's great for: Anxiety Depression Overwhelm People who have experienced abuse issues Psychosomatic conditions caused by stress Personal growth In parallel with counselling or psychotherapy What happens in a...
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Bamboo Massage

Bamboo Massage

What does it treat? Hot stone massage is now a staple treatment in spas; we love the penetrating warmth that eases out tension from our muscles. Bamboo massage follows the same principle; warmed bamboo sticks of various diameters are used to roll, knead and relax muscles. It is brilliant for: Muscle tension Circulation problems Deep relaxation What is a session like? The therapist will ask you questions about your health, life style and general wellbeing to make sure the treatment is safe and...
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Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy Massage

What does it treat? A standard treatment in most spas and complementary health centres, aromatherapy is often thought of as a gentle massage with a pleasant smell. In fact the precise choice of specific oils is more akin to herbalism and treats a surprising range of issues. For example, oils can be effective for treating: Arthritis IBS Hormonal conditions Cancer The immune system Emotional well-being Stress related conditions Skin conditions What is a session like? The...
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No Shame in Naked Yoga

No Shame in Naked Yoga

I didn't ever have ambitions to teach Naked Yoga , nor any kind of entrepreneurial plan thinking this would be the ‘Next Big Thing’ or ‘Latest Fad’, as it has been hailed recently. But when someone I know said to me, ‘Have you ever thought of running Naked Yoga Classes?’ (she'd been searching but could only find men's classes in London), I thought ‘Why not?’. So I set up some classes.  Right from the start, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. I was blown away, and still am, by the messages I receive from people having attended the classes.  That's why I...
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Abdominal Massage

Abdominal Massage

Follow massage therapist Kate Codrington in Welldoing.org series, the A-Z of Massage, which explores how different types of massage can help treat a variety of symptoms. She kicks off her massage guide by looking at the value of abdominal massages... What does it treat? If you have any kind of hormonal or digestive condition, this is the massage for you. Practitioners report success with conditions like Period problems Fertility issues Menopausal...
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Fertility and Mindfulness

Fertility and Mindfulness

In my role as a fertility expert I help women through the difficult and often all-consuming emotions they can experience while trying to conceive or going through fertility treatment. Women seem instinctively aware that their emotions can impact on their fertility. Sometimes they will say to me things like: ‘I’m stressed that I am stressed, because I know it’s bad for me!’ Through out our lives we will experience times of intense emotional difficulty and sometimes unimaginable stress. This is part of the human condition and in many ways how we cope and adapt to these...
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