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Massage for Children

Children benefit from massage too. Playing sports, or musical instruments, carrying heavy bags around, dealing with social or exam stress can create the same sort of knots, aches and pains as they would in an adult body. A body that is still growing can experience ‘growing pains’ and the view has historically been “they’ll grow […]

Recommended Reading for Runners

I regularly recommend this books to runners and non-runners alike. First off, it’s a great story, full of inspiration of┬ámany different kinds. Second (and probably more importantly) it offers a wealth of debate to challenge everything you’ve ever thought you knew about footwear and running as a high impact sport. Thirdly, comparitive study of the […]

Recommended Product for Active Sitting

Learning to sit in good alignment can really help combat neck, shoulder and low back pain this simple gadget can provide a firm foundation for finding and maintaining that healthy position. http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/en/betterlife-ultimate-memory-foam-wedge-standard-321644 Often when prolonged sitting causes discomfort, we look for ways to support the body. We commonly believe that we should somehow prop the […]

Persistent Pain Management

I’m feeling excited and very honoured to have been invited to observe a 4 week programme of Persistent Pain management Workshops at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Birmingham. The clinic runs on a multidisciplinary approach with Dr Grehame Brown, orthopaedic physician and co-author of the self help manual (link below); Abigail Darling, Human Givens Therapist and […]

Definitely Try This at Home

Do you have a stiff neck? clunky shoulder? a knee that never feels quite right? Most of us carry some sort of niggle around with us. Try this. Scan your body for any bothersome areas, shut your eyes for a moment and conjure up any thoughts, colours, emotions that spring to mind, write them down. […]

New Rules of Posture

I read a lot of material on ways to enhance body awareness and different forms of exercise to suit the full range of clients that come into my massage therapy clinic. There are few books I would recommend so readily to so many people.The information presented is masterfully accurate and concise, although it can take […]

Functional Neuromuscular Rehabilitation

I have been studying this book for a while now, written by probably the most controversial voice in the world of bodywork. In a nutshell the theory goes: Posture is irrelevant, forget muscle imbalances, it’s all about motor control. Will be spending this weekend consolidating and asking awkward questions. Will be back March 3rd with […]

Sore Muscles after Exercise? 2

When is the best time for a post event massage? It’s frustrating that even though millions of professional and amateur athletes attest to training, performing and recovering better with massage as part of their training regime, any medical research that supports the theory still comes with the “may help” tag. It is difficult to assess […]

Sore muscles after exercise?

A recent article published on WebMD gives a basic introduction to some recent research which maps how exactly massage affects muscles. http://www.m.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20120201/massage-may-help-sore-muscles-recover?goback=%2Egde_108944_member_250025303 As a massage therapist I am often asked, why? Most people assume that science has all the answers already; but more is being discovered about the human body all the time. Studies are […]

Ever Tried Qi Gong?

Self help for chronic shoulder conditions or general wellbeing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSZq78t4WMg Do you suffer with persistent shoulder tension? Do your tense shoulders result in neck pain or headaches? Do you know you need to improve your posture but haven’t quite found a route? Well you’re certainly not alone! I decided to investigate Qi gong (most usually […]