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The top aromatherapy oils for January

The top aromatherapy oils for January

January can be a depressing month! This blog post is about how you can use aromatherapy to reduce winter blues and feel your best. Why do we feel so bad in January? We tend to overindulge over Christmas and end up feeling bloated and sluggish. It's dark and cold...

Self care tips for Wintertime illnesses

Self care tips for Wintertime illnesses

It's that time of year when people start catching colds and various viruses. What can you do to help yourself? Is it safe to go for a massage when you are feeling under par? When should you cancel your massage appointment? Self Care Tips for Getting Better Faster We...

Why massage makes the perfect gift!

Why massage makes the perfect gift!

Stuck for gift ideas? How about a massage gift voucher? Some people never get around to me-time, maybe because they are too busy with work or looking after family. A massage is an hour away from all that and time to relax and unwind. Or what about those people who...

Massage for People with Cancer

Massage for People with Cancer

Many people worry about whether or not you can have massage if you have had cancer or are having cancer treatment. I have recently completed a 3 day intensive course in Oncology (cancer) massage. This blog is to explain some of the benefits of massage for cancer...

7 Easy daily habits to stop back pain

Most of us will get back pain from time to time. Here are some easy daily habits to take up to reduce your risk of back pain Look at your footwear High heels are often a culprit in back pain. Ladies try to keep them for nights out and special occasions only and wear...

How to build a strong core

How to build a strong core

I've asked David of Chape Fitness to write a blog on core strength and he gives some simple exercises you can do at home without any special equipment.   What is the core? The area of the body, which is commonly referred to as the core, is your midsection and it...

Aromatherapy and Fibromyalgia

Aromatherapy and Fibromyalgia

I have lots of  experience using Aromatherapy massage with clients with Fibromyalgia  (FM).  This blog is about how aromatherapy and massage can help relieve the symptoms and improve well being. What is Fibromyalgia? The main symptoms of FM are: constant aching in the...

How often should you get a massage?

How often should you get a massage?

Almost every day in work I get asked, "How often should you get a massage? It would probably not do you any harm to have a massage every day if you wanted to!  However most of us do not have the time or the money to do this.  So how often do you need to have a massage...

what is the rotator cuff?

what is the rotator cuff?

What is the rotator cuff? The rotator cuff is a group of  4 muscles which keep the head of your upper-arm bone (humerus) in your shoulder socket. It  helps  raise, lower, and rotate your arm, keeping the shoulder stable and safe throughout these movements. There are 4...

How stress affects the body

How stress affects the body

I am delighted to introduce the bestselling author Jo Howarth. Jo is writing about stress and how it affects our well being and what we can do to help ourselves. How does Stress affect us physically, emotionally and behaviourally? Stress gets a bad press. None of us...

Massage is for dogs too!

Massage is for dogs too!

I'm delighted to have a guest blog today from Hayley Hilton who is a canine massage therapist based in Warrington/Manchester. Dogs can benefit from massage as well as people! Hayley explains why therapists don't only treat the area that is painful - this applies to...

Magnesium and your muscles

Magnesium and your muscles

Magnesium is a mineral essential for our body to function properly. It's essential for over 300 different functions. Some of the things it contributes to are: muscle function - controling neuromuscular function (how the nervous system "talks" to muscles)muscle...

5 conditions massage can help with

5 conditions massage can help with

People always associate massage with muscular pain or relaxation but did you know there are lots of other reasons to book yourself in?  Here are just five. irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) Most people don't think massage has anything to do with their digestion.  How can...

A knotty issue

A knotty issue

One of the most frequent questions I am asked when giving a massage is "What is a knot?". what is a knot? The medical term for a knot is myofascial trigger point (TrP for short).  The myofascia is the fibrous soft tissue surrounding your muscles and covers your entire...

Should I talk during a massage?

Should I talk during a massage?

I get asked by clients if they should chat or stay silent or even fall asleep.  Often it depends on the type of massage they are receiving.  Sports therapy clients tend to chat as it's an active and vigorous massage.  Reflexology and Indian Head massage clients tend...