Thursday, 9 October 2014

My Type of Massage

Many clients ask about the differences between all the different types of massage such as deep tissue massage, sports massage, therapeutic massage to name a few and which type of massage I do?

There are differences between all those types of massage treatment and styles but the differences between the massage types are minimal when compared to the differences between massage therapists.

Undressing for Massage

If you've never had a massage before or if it's your first massage with a new therapist it can be a little nerve-racking wondering what it'll be like.
Many questions often run through peoples minds:
  • How should I undress?
  • How much will the therapist ask me to take off?
  • Will the therapist stay in the room?
  • Should I bring shorts?
  • If you're just having a back massage, Should I take my trousers off?
  • If you're a woman, Should I keep my bra on or take it off?
  • Can I keep my socks on?

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Working with Pain

Over my 20+ years as a massage therapist I've worked with a wide range of clients who've presented with many different complaints. When it comes down to it though, most people book in for a massage when something hurts or doesn't feel right physically.

Clients in pain in a reoccurring theme I see on a daily basis in my clinic. Helping people feel less pain and more comfortable within their bodies is my daily goal.

"When the primary complaint is pain the treatment on pain should be primary" Barrett Dorko.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Self Treat Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow are common causes of pain and discomfort in the eblow region. Correctly named for Lateral (Tennis) or Medial (Golfers) Epicondylitis, they can be infuriating and difficult to treat conditions. Anyone can suffer from Tennis Elbow or Golfers Elbow, you don't need to be a Golfer or Tennis player. They are classified as Overuse or Repetitive Strain Injuries. Essentially, asking the specific muscles to do more work than they're comfortable doing or working them for longer than they are happy with. The problem with Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow is it often persist for months, sometimes years before going away.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Massage for Low-Back Pain

"Low-back pain (LBP) is one of the most common and costly musculoskeletal problems in modern society. Seventy to 85% of the population will experience LBP at some time in their lives. Proponents of massage therapy claim it can minimise pain and disability, and speed return to normal function.

Massage in this review is defined as soft-tissue manipulation using hands or a mechanical device on any body part. Non-specific LBP indicates that no specific cause is detectable, such as infection, neoplasm, metastasis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, fracture, inflammatory process or radicular syndrome (pain, tingling or numbness spreading down the leg.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Artistic Anatomy

As many clients will already know, I love old anatomy books.

In fact I've got images from several old anatomy books framed on my treatment room wall.

Mainly those images are from a book called A Manual of Artistic Anatomy for the use of Students in Art.

Published in 1901, this book contains some 43 fantastic drawings or plates of the human body, specifically the muscles and bones that make up our structure.

As this book is out of copyright, I wanted to share the images and plates from the book with you.

Click the link below to view the whole set.

I hope you like them as much as I do.

A Manual of Artistic Anatomy for the use of Students in Art
J.C.L. Sparkes - 1901

Monday, 6 January 2014

Receiving a massage

Many people think that receiving a massage is a passive activity, you turn up and the therapist does all the work, relaxing, re-aligning and restoring your body and mind.

But what if there was another way? What if you, the client, could enhance and improve the experience and the results by what you bring to the table.

Your therapist, whether you are attending for a relaxing Swedish or Aromatherapy massage or a Deep Tissue or Sports style massage, will bring many skills and techniques to the massage table.