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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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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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