Card Machine

I’m pleased to let you know that my card machine arrived this morning. This means that I am now able to accept card payments!

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Massage to Music

I’ve been thinking lately about massaging to music. I’m not just talking about having a massage with some music on in the background, I’m talking about massaging to the music, with the music, as if a dance was taking place.

On our last weekend in college with did a ‘5 rhythms massage’. 5 rhythms is to put the body in motion in order to still the mind, as said by Gabrielle Roth. The five rhythms (in order) are flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness. The five rhythms, when danced in sequence, are known as a “Wave.” A typical Wave takes about an hour to dance and the rules are – there are no rules! Basically your body is in charge and can move how it wants to with the music. For more information on 5 rhythms check out the website: http://www.5rhythms.com/

Basically it was a massage that none of us had ever experienced before, both the giving and receiving were wonderfully new and extremely eye opening. After then session I felt quite energized and fascinated by the idea of doing this 5 rhythms massage, or at least massaging to music, as a different kind of treatment for my clients.

I know that some people use music as a kind of therapy and getting lost in a piece of music can be as powerful as getting lost in meditation or lost in your massage session.

If anybody would be interested in experiencing this new massage idea then please contact me and let me know. It’d be great to give it a go. Obviously the music choice would be up to you. If it was a certain piece of music then I think I would need to hear it at least once before massaging to it, but if it is something like the 5rhythms music, then I think it’s ok to just press play and let the wave (and massage) flow.

But also equally if you have a favourite piece of music that you would like to just have on in the background and not ‘massaged to’ then that it is just fine as well! That’s one more benefit of mobile massage, as it’s in your own home you can have whatever you want on in the background!

Core Strength

I believe that a strong core is essential to protect yourself against injuries, improve your posture, reduce back pain and to protect your vital internal organs and your central nervous system. It also creates a slimmer waistline as well, which is something I’m sure most of us wouldn’t complain about!

Your core muscles include all of the abdominals, all of the muscles in the hips and all of the muscles that run up and down the back. There are lots of difference exercises to help with increasing core strength; including the plank!

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There are also many variations to the plank, so if this version gets to easy you can always mix it up to increase the difficulty and challenge your body further. Variations can include lifting one foot or one hand off the floor, or one foot AND one hand at the same time, you can elevate your feet, elevate your feet onto an unsteady surface, such as an exercise ball, you can even try a side plank.

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And again, this also has many variations, including lifting the top leg, going higher on your supporting arm, elevating your feet, elevating your feet on an unsteady surface, such as a suspension trainer (a great piece of equipment!).

These plank variations are great for challenging your core muscles and therefore increasing the strength of them. You can also try adding in dynamic variations, which include doing a movement for a set number of repetitions whilst in the plank position.

A great way to start off is to try and hold a plank for 30 seconds. If you need to take a break in the middle then do so. Keep your abs tight and your spine long, make sure your body is in line, keep your head down and don’t let your bottom stick up in the air. If you feel any back pain at all then come out of it. If you can manage to hold it for 30 seconds then take a short break and do another 30 seconds.

So in less then 2 minutes per day, 2 or 3 times per week, you’ll be on the right path to a stronger core, which will help your body no end with your day to day tasks, every day things such as lifting something, pulling, pushing, sitting up, walking taller. There are no ends to the benefits of a stronger core!

If you have existing injuries or medical conditions then please seek medical advice before trying any new workouts or exercises.

Wedding Massages

Today a good friend of mine made a suggestion of “wedding massages” to me. And as we are in the middle of the UK wedding season I thought I might write a little blog post about it.

Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful experiences in our lives (I think it’s probably up there with moving house!) and so it makes sense to take some time out now and then to de-stress and relax. Seeing that it is supposed to be the happiest day of your life it would seem silly to go into it feeling frazzled and worn out.

I’m not too sure if there’s anything I could do to make a massage more ‘wedding-y’ (suggestions are very welcome!) and maybe the massage doesn’t need to be changed, but the simple act of giving yourself some treats in the run up to your wedding means that on the big day you’ll be feeling (and looking) refreshed and healthful.

Lots of stress can be very damaging for our immune systems, which means any little bugs or viruses could take a hold of you, and that would be disastrous for the upcoming nuptials. Massage has been shown to boost our immune system, and so a massage may keep you healthy and in tip top condition for your big day.

So remember in amongst all of the planning to plan a little treat for yourself as well!