Practice what you preach!

As part of the aftercare advice I give to my clients I usually advise to stay well hydrated and drink plenty!

There are so many articles on the internet telling you the benefits of staying hydrated I’m sure you don’t need another one.

But how about what happens when you don’t stay hydrated?

Recently I had a couple of days where I just forgot to drink, which is very unlike me!

I found myself feeling tired and lethargic, slightly confused and forgetful, my head was pounding the next morning. My skin felt dry and I looked tired, I felt achy and stiff and my mouth and throat were dry. My vision was a little blurry. I couldn’t stop yawning. I felt very congested and blocked, almost like I had a build up of dead energy and waste inside my body.

All of this was very easily remedied with a couple of pints of clear refreshing tap water. I felt rejuvenated, flushed through, cleansed and my mental clarity returned.

We are so lucky to have access to this rejuvenating source of energy, just at the turn of a tap. It’s so easy to get a hold of it that sometimes I take it for granted, or even forget it’s there.

So I thought I would write this little post as a reminder to myself that every time I tell a client to drink plenty and stay well hydrated I shall take a long swig of that clear stuff as well.

Cheers!

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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!

Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 11th March 2018.

If you would like to give your lovely Mum a gift voucher for a massage then please follow this secure link…

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Tight Hip Flexors

If you spend a lot of time in a seated position (i.e desk job/driving) then it’s quite likely that you will have tight hip flexors.

These are the muscles responsible for bending at the thigh/hip. So if you are constantly sat with your hips bent these muscles will constantly be in a contracted and shortened position, so of course they will be tight!

I would recommend taking regular breaks and having a walk around and a stretch in an attempt to remedy this tightness, along with a regular massage of course!

The bottom picture below shows what a hip flexor stretch looks like.

In the top picture the models knee is line with her hip. If you have extremely tight hip flexors you may feel some stretch in this position, but as this is the position your hips would be in when you are standing you probably won’t be stretching your hip flexors very much.

It may remind you of the more commonly seen quad stretch, which is similar, but done in a standing position.

Only one of the quadriceps muscles crosses the hip joint (the rectus femoris) and this is why simply doing a quad stretch won’t quite target the correct area.

If you really want to target the hip flexors you must move your hip in front of your knee. This then takes your hips into extension, which is the position to best feel the stretch.

You can deepen this by lunging forward onto your front leg, pushing your hips forward and leaning backwards (from the hips) slightly. You can also intensify this by squeezing your bum muscles (gluteals).

Your gluteals are functionally opposite to your hip flexors and when one muscle contracts the opposing muscle must relax. This is called reciprocal inhibition.

If you would like further information regarding stretches I can provide this as part of the aftercare you receive at the end of a massage treatment.

Footprints In The Snow…

Check your footprints in the snow!

If your prints are particularly turned out (i.e. you walk like a duck!) it could indicate that you have a tight piriformis muscle.

Tightness in the piriformis muscle can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, which can cause back, buttock and leg pain. But, not to worry! A massage and a few stretches should help to remedy that!

Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day is on its way!

If you would like to treat your partner to the gift of relaxation, pain relief and stress relief then I’d highly recommend a gift voucher.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

It’s that time of year when a lot of people begin a new year’s resolution. Do you have one this year?

Some typical resolutions may include losing weight, eating healthier, getting fit, etc. I’m just writing a little reminder about looking after your body. If you are undergoing a new fitness routine then you may find yourself a little sore and achy over the coming weeks. Massage is great for reducing the stiffness and soreness that can come along after exercising.

Massage can also have emotional benefits. A few of us will unfortunately fail to keep up with our resolutions, this can cause feelings of stress, perhaps disappointment or feeling like you’ve ‘failed again’. Instead of berating yourself please give yourself a break. Understand that changing habits is hard work. Give yourself a treat by taking time out to look after your body, small rewards along the way, such as a massage, may help to keep your will power, motivation and determination levels a bit higher. It may even give you that mental, and physical, boost that you need to keep going a bit longer.

Plus massage can bring you a little joy in the dark, cold January days – beat those SAD blues!