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Thai Massage

Thai Massage

You will come across Thai Massage under a variety of different names -  Nuad Boran, Thai yoga massage, Thai bodywork, Thai massage and yoga therapy are all fairly interchangeable. What is Thai Massage good for? Thai massage is essentially like paying someone to do your yoga for you, its dynamic stretches and massage work your body in a steady, meditative pace. Not only is it great for maintaining general good health, it also helps with the following: Muscle or joint stiffness Headaches Back pain Digestion issues Painful menstruation Low...
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Why You Shouldn't Ignore Your Biological Clock

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Your Biological Clock

“Wanting a child” is a strangely mild phrase to cover a desire that can punch one in the gut, and leave a constant thrumming in one’s ears, hands and knees.  It is warm and deliciously tactile, yet comparable to a war-like rage. Like an obscenely powerful hoover, it vacuums up your inner rational voice, leaving you reckless of loss, care and peace. But the inner rational voice fights back with reminders of easy delights, such as the day-to-day agency whereby it is you who decides where to go, and when.  At work or among friends, the clarion calls of careeer ambition...
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Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage

As the backbone of classic western massage, Swedish Massage is an excellent place to start if you have never tried a massage before. What is Swedish Massage good for? The focus is on relaxing muscles and reducing stress. Controlled trials have shown the following benefits: Pain relief Better circulation and lymph flow Quicker recovery from injuries Reduced cortisol Lower blood pressure Reduced susceptibility to anxiety Reduced sub-clinical depression The activatation of the parasympathetic nervous system (the calming down...
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Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage

As the evenings start to be chilly and the longing for warmth starts to call, a hot stone massage is just the thing. As the name suggests, it is simply massage with hot stones, but what does this now ubiquitous treatment do?  What is it good for? Reduced tension in muscles Reduced muscle pain Improved range of movement A more intense massage Better circulation Reduced stress and tension Relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, period pains or carpal tunnel.  What happens in a session? Once you have gone through the usual...
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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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