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Sports Massage

Sports Massage

Sports massage no longer resembles the post-match ‘rub-down’ that Bobby Moore was familiar with; these therapists are among the most highly trained in physiology with a wide range of approaches to help anyone from occasional gym members to professional athletes. In fact sports and remedial massage treats anything to do with soft tissue, i.e. your muscles, tendons, ligaments or connective tissue, so postural problems can also be treated as well. What is Sports Massage good for? Maintaining or increasing your range of motion and flexibility. Shortening the time...
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Rebozo Massage

Rebozo Massage

The Rebozo is a cotton shawl traditionally used in Mexico, but since it’s crossed the Atlantic, it is the hot new thing in massage. Are you familiar with the sensation of rocking in a hammock? Rebozo creates the same dreamy, drifting feeling but it is focused on particular areas of your body. There are two ways your therapist can use it: To release tension from back, hips neck and shoulders To wrap and hold to create a cocooned holding. What does Rebozo massage treat? It is a great treatment for any situation where safety is...
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An Invisible Illness

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An Invisible Illness

What’s it like to have an invisible, medically unexplained illness? Without using expletives, it’s like a barrage of attacks from every angle imaginable. It starts off with the internal, bodily and physical symptoms - constant exhaustion, persistent sore throat, brain fog, light, sound and smell sensitivity, muscle pain and weakness, sleep disturbance etcetera. The name ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ fails to articulate how debilitating the symptoms of this condition are, which is why there is constant debate over whether this is the correct label (people also use the term...
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How CBT Helped Me Change Bad Food Habits

How CBT Helped Me Change Bad Food Habits

In a recent blog, I shared what I have learnt about using food to combat my depression and anxiety. But knowing what you should eat won’t automatically cure you of bad food habits. Our attitude to food is as much about emotion as it is about satisfying hunger. Throughout my battle with the Black Dog I have tried many approaches – one of the more effective for me being Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This involves retraining your brain to avoid patterns of negative thinking, replacing them with new more positive neural pathways. I tried to stop and judge what my...
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Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is much more than just a massage. Tapping into centuries of Chinese medicine, this Japanese healing art treats everything from injuries to general symptoms of ill health. It is particularly good at treating stress related issues. What can Shiatsu Massage treat? Back and neck pain Whiplash Joint pain and stiffness Depression and low self-esteem Sports injuries Digestive problems Headaches Fatigue and burnout Menstrual problems Widely used in medical settings and charities, Shiatsu looks at all the layers of...
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Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage

If there is ever a time you need a massage it's when you are pregnant. The average pregnancy weight gain is 12.5kg  and this can create all sorts of aches and pains that massage treats brilliantly, but here many other highly beneficial effects too.  What can pregnancy massage treat? Relieving lower back pain Giving you space to integrate the changes your body is going through Reducing anxiety Providing a neutral space to explore how you feel about your pregnancy Helping get better quality sleep Managing swollen feet and...
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How Sports Protect Girls' Self Esteem

How Sports Protect Girls' Self Esteem

From birth, a child begins to explore her body – what it can do, how it can be controlled, what gives it pain and pleasure.  Her body is not a thing but a process and tool.  But later in childhood something happens that transforms her body into an object that is constantly viewed and judged and pitted against an ideal physique.  No one who loves her wants this to happen.  Her parents tell her that she is more than her looks.  Her teachers coach her in self-acceptance.  But by the age of 10, there is a fifty-fifty chance that she will be dissatisfied with her weight, shape...
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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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