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.