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Different Strokes for Different Folks

I love being a holistic massage therapist. It means that no two massages are ever the same, each client brings a different set of likes and dislikes, which enables me to use a whole range of different massage strokes and techniques.

Some clients like a deeper, harder massage, almost like a sports massage to really get into those knots and work them out.

Some prefer a general all over relaxing massage, which I would say is more like a Swedish massage, nothing too technical, just nice and relaxing, however even this style can be performed differently each time, going deeper or lighter, working on different areas, whatever the client prefers at that time.

Some need me to take care of a particular pain or condition, perhaps more similar to a remedial massage, this usually makes use of my knowledge of anatomy and physiology and can more technical, but no reason for it not to be just as relaxing as any other massage.

Other clients like a more energy based massage, almost likened to reiki, working with auras, chakras and energy fields.

Some clients may want a massage to help them with processing emotions that have been held deep within the body, receiving a trusting touch can be extremely healing.

And of course, any of these massages can be altered at any time depending on how the client may be feeling that day, the massage can become deeply relaxing or invigorating and energizing. Everybody has different needs, likes and dislikes, and these may alter over a long time, or even during the course of the massage.

Clients ask me to work through their clothes so they don’t have to undress, others like to be completely naked; some like me to use oil, others don’t; some like music on, others prefer silence; some clients have room for a massage table, some don’t; some like the use of cushion or bolsters for supports, others don’t; there are so many options!

There really is no typical day for me and I love the variety of my job. The beauty of the individual massage is that it really is as individual as the person receiving it.

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Promoting with Business Cards & Leaflets

I’ve been out and about in my car today, distributing business cards and leaflets around Herefordshire.

I’ve visited shops and been pinning on notice boards in Shobdon, Kingsland, Eardisland, Dilwyn, Weobley, Eardisley, Lyonshall, Pembridge & Kington.

Next week I’m planning to visit Presteigne & Hay-on-Wye.

If you can think of anywhere that I have missed, or somewhere that you think needs to know about my services then please let me know I can send some that way!

MTI Annual Conference

Yesterday was the Annual MTI Conference, this year it was held in Solihull and I was up bright and early to get there on time.

The opening speech was from Ruth Duncan of Myofascial Release UK. The story of her massage journey gave us some laughs, but also a timely and relevant message at the end about believing in yourself.

My first workshop was about fibromyalgia. Ruth showed us a couple of myofascial release techniques, one called rebounding, which may help to release restricted or tightened fascia in clients, and also a standing technique which could be used to ‘reset’ the body from bad posture habits. I found the workshop so interesting and will certainly be buying Ruth’s book to read up on some more of the techniques. They can be worked into a normal massage session fairly easily and although clients with fibromyalgia seem to respond particularly well to these techniques they are not just reserved for those with the condition, they can benefit everyone!

Ruth pointed out that fascia doesn’t show up on MRI scans or x-rays and that this could be where clients with fibromyalgia are feeling the pain. So if that is the case then it makes sense that someone with fibromyalgia would respond well to myofascial release techniques.

Currently the treatment for fibromyalgia is to control the symptoms, rather than treat the cause, this usually involves taking pain killers and in some cases a mild anti-depressant to improve the quality of sleep. However rest, heat, relaxation, gentle exercise, a balanced, healthy diet, a positive frame of mind and reducing stress also seem to be quite successful. And of course we all know a brilliant method of relaxation don’t we? (Hint: book yourself a massage!)

Lunch was a delicious buffet sponsored by Balens Insurance (who I have my insurance with with!), my favourites were the divine sweet potato fries and gorgeous cupcakes amongst other things. I shall have to do some research into those fries, mine never turn out like that!

The afternoon workshop was about soft tissue release, which involved going over a ‘pin and stretch’ technique which can be used to release any tightness in muscles that normal stretching just doesn’t seem to reach. By applying pressure to different areas of the muscle the stretch can be deepened and move along the entire length of the muscle, rather than just one area. This seemed more like revision for me as I had learnt this technique in the professional diploma course last year and have also been a recipient of it during several massages from other therapists.

The day also gave me a chance to catch up with a few of my class mates from last year and to meet some new faces as well. Next year’s conference will be held in Cardiff and I’m looking forward to it already!

 

I’m Updating My Website!

I am currently in the process of updating my website.

It’s a big learning curve for me as I’m trying to do it all myself. Hopefully everything will run smoothly!

But in the meantime if there are any technical glitches then I’ll try to get things sorted and back to normal as quickly as I can.

If you have any queries or would like to book a massage then please do call or text on 07792 743 894, or you can e-mail me on elly.ingram@live.com

Speak soon

Elly

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You deserve to feel amazing every single day.

So many people think of health in terms of diet or exercise, but we need to take a look at all areas of our life to improve our overall well being.

Holistic means ‘whole’, or in this case your whole body, all of our bodily systems and functions are connected and intertwined, a holistic massage treats the whole person, not just a symptom, giving your body the energy and resources it needs to heal itself, helping you to feel happier, have more energy and just feel amazing!

Welcome to my blog!

Hi everyone, Welcome to my blog!

I will try to remember to publish something every now and then, just to let you know what I’m getting up to, or if I find something that you may find interesting in the world of holistic massage!

I was out in the rain yesterday dropping off some business cards to various places in Kington, trying to spread the word about my new massage business. I got quite wet, but hopefully it’ll be worth it.

I also have some adverts coming out in the next month, in two local parish magazines and the Kington Chronicle (http://www.kingtonchronicle.co.uk/), so keep an eye out for those!

That’s all I have to say at the moment!

Other than if you’d like to book yourself in for a massage then please do contact me (http://www.ellyingram.co.uk)!

Hope to speak soon! Elly x