Corona Virus COVID19

I am very sad to say that all massaging activities are currently suspended following advice from the MTI.

I shall let everyone know as soon as I am up and running again after the situation has resolved.

I hope everyone stays healthy during these sad and strange times.

Pressure

Everyone is different and everyone likes a different amount of pressure during their massage.

This is why I check in with clients regarding the pressure during their treatment.

If the pressure isn’t enough or if it’s too much please speak up and let me know. Everyone is different and everyone has a different pain threshold, I can’t read your mind so I won’t know how much pressure you like, unless you tell me.

I won’t be offended, in fact I’ll be pleased if you ask for a different pressure during your treatment, because it means I have a chance to do something about it. Rather than you leaving dissatisfied.

I don’t want you to lie on the massage table in pain, I don’t want you to lie there wishing for more pressure, I want you to have the best massage possible. And that involves a small amount of feedback from you! Otherwise I’ll be none the wiser.

Christmas Voucher!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. So don’t forget to look after yourself during this busy time. Put self care near the top of your to-do list!

How about buying yourself a Christmas present? Vouchers are a good way to make a promise to yourself that you will get that massage, and if not now, then at least very soon.

They do also make great presents for other people. For those who are thinking about trying a massage, but perhaps are a bit nervous. For those who keep giving and giving to others, but forget to give themselves time and attention. For those who have been suffering with aches, pains or generally just been feeling a bit down recently. Or for those who just fancy a treat!

Vouchers are available for massages for half hour, 1 hour or 90 mins. There are also hot stone massage vouchers (1 hr or 90mins), Indian Head Massage vouchers or Reiki treatment vouchers.

Follow the secure link below to buy a voucher!

And Merry Christmas to all!

Hot Stone Equipment

My hot stone massage equipment has arrived, however there is much preparation to be done before their first use!

The heater must be left to cure on its hottest setting for an hour, this burns off a funny smell!

The hot stones (basalt) are a lot paler than you may be used to seeing, they must first be washed in warm soapy water, rinsed and then left to dry naturally so they hydrate. They will then be rubbed in an oil which is left to be absorbed.

The basalt will be washed in salty water to cleanse and energies them after every use and will be stored with a labradorite crystal, which was will recharge their energy.

My set also came with some other crystals. These can be placed over the chakras on the body after a massage to rebalance the chakras.

It is also possible to have a cold stone massage, this is done using chilled marble stones, they are recharged using a moonstone crystal, but will soften if cleansed with salt water.

Cold stone massage can be useful for pain relief, reducing inflammation and to ease sinus pain.

Fun Anatomy Facts & Numbers!

  • Your left lung has 2 lobes. Your right lung has 3 lobes. Left lungs are slightly smaller to allow room for the heart!
  • There are 7 main chakras in your body – Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, Crown.
  • Your digestive tract is approximately 30 foot long!
  • The human body contains approximately 640 muscles and 206 bones.
  • Blood makes up about one-twelfth of your body weight. Approximately 5 litres/11 pints.

Holistic Thermal Stone Therapy aka Hot Stones Massage!

This weekend I have been learning how to massage with hot stones!

Basalt stones are heated up and due to their high iron and magnesium content they retain heat for a long time and then slowly release it.

Massage using these stones is a deeply relaxing and releasing treatment and it is said that one stroke using a warm basalt stone is the same as four or five strokes using the hands alone. It is a full body treatment, lasting 90 minutes and can have benefits on a physical, mental and energetical level.

I have ordered a set of basalt stones and a heater, which should be arriving this week, so I shall soon be able to offer this lovely treatment to my lovely clients!

One Million Step Challenge

This summer I will be partaking in the one million step challenge to raise money for Diabetes UK.

This will mean I will walk the length of about 19 marathons!

If you’d like to sponsor me please follow this link…. https://step.diabetes.org.uk/pages/elly

Where you will also be able to track my progress as the challenge continues.

Thank you

No Pain, No Gain? Should Massage Hurt?

In my honest opinion the simple answer is no. No, massage shouldn’t hurt.

However, there is a smudgy grey area in between pleasure and pain.

Your massage shouldn’t have you gritting your teeth or clenching your knuckles or gripping onto the table for dear life.

Although if this is something you personally enjoy then carry on!

If your massage treatment turns into something you no longer enjoy or don’t look forward to, you need to tell your therapist to use less pressure, because we are not mind readers! We won’t be offended. Everybody likes a different pressure and if you don’t communicate your preferences the therapist won’t know that you’re not enjoying your massage.

On some occasions a massage may feel a little tender or a little uncomfortable, these feelings are ok. Sometimes if you have an old injury, or you’ve been carrying around muscle tension for a long time, there can be some scar tissue and knots in your muscles. These can feel a little uncomfortable when being massaged and it is to be expected. But this shouldn’t be painful.

There are also times when you might feel a little sore after your massage, sometimes into the next day. Again, this will usually be because of the breakdown of some scar tissue or long term adhesions within your muscles. Usually the soreness will disappear within 24-48 hours leaving you feeling better than you were originally. This soreness is likened to the soreness that comes from doing a new exercise routine (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – DOMS).

In sports massage a lot of people think of the term “no pain, no gain”. I think this is a misleading saying. Yes there might be some uncomfortable moments that you need to get through to feel better, but there shouldn’t be pain. The same as exercise; you might feel uncomfortable and have to push yourself to finish, but there shouldn’t be pain. Pain would probably indicate an injury.

I believe massage should be healing, and most certainly allow you to relax in order for your body to do the hard work of repairing itself. And how can your body do that when you have to scrape yourself off the ceiling after a treatment?

Above all, massage should be an enjoyable experience and if you aren’t enjoying it then please let your therapist know.

This does go the other way as well, if you feel your therapist is being too gentle please also let them know!