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The Scientific Art of Massage

The Scientific Art of Massage: Why Massage Is Effective

 

Many of you ask while being massaged, how does it all work? What makes massage effective in reducing my pain, or making me feel relaxed?
So here is a brief overview of some of the physiologic effects of massage. They can be broken down into two categories: Reflexive Methods and Mechanical Methods.

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Address the stress: Don’t underestimate the power of relaxation massage

 

If I said to you “Relaxation Massage” what are your first thoughts? I’ve been asking around and most people say...Light and fluffy, a treat or luxury, or a gift for someone else or even some even said pointless! I’d like to change your perception of a relaxation massage if I may!

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Address the Stress
What is a trigger point

What is a trigger point?

 

You hear us therapist talk about trigger points and you know they are painful but what are they really? Is it just a figure of speech, or are they an actual cause of pain?
Well they are actually a specific type of muscular “knot” and cause of pain that have a few defining features.

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How can reflexology help me?

 
Reflexology is a method of massaging reflex areas of your feet which correspond to each gland, organ and area of your body. Correct stimulation of reflex areas relieves stress and tension and helps reduce the activity of over active organs and stimulate under active organs.
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How can reflexology help me
Myofascial Vacuum Cupping

Myofascial Vacuum Cupping

 

Myofascial vacuum cupping is a technique taken from traditional Chinese medicine which involves placing plastic cylinder cups over the body to stretch the soft tissue and mobilise dysfunctional tissue restoring mobility and function.

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Introducing your new best friend: The Foam Roller

 

If you're in the know, you may already have a close relationship with Foam Roller.
Some of you though may have had a close relationship with Foam Roller but maybe you have drifted apart lately, perhaps he is sitting listlessly beside the couch. Heaven forbid he has been shoved into the back of the cupboard!!
Well I'm here to reignite your friendship and for those of you not yet in the know...let me introduce you to your new best friend in-between massages!

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Introducing your new best friend
Poor Muscle Control

Poor Muscle Control

 
You have heard the term “core stability” but what does this mean?
 
As many of you have suffered from or still do suffer from lower back pain, this “core stability” is a way of helping to protect your lower back and prevent on-going lower back pain.
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Our Top Ten Tips for Healthy Muscles

 

Our top 10 tips for getting healthy muscles.

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Our Top Ten Tips for Healthy Muscles
Strength training without equipment

Strength training without equipment

 
So how are those new years resolutions going about getting fit?
 
Here are some exercises you can do at home, no equipment required just consistency and determination!
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Healthy Mums

 
Looking after your physical health through your pregnancy and caring for young children
 
Pregnancy, childbirth and caring for young children all place huge demands on women’s bodies. Up to 50% of women experience pain in the skeletal system during pregnancy (most commonly in the pelvic area) and for many women this persists throughout their children’s early years. Other women get through pregnancy relatively pain-free but develop pain from the repeated strains of lifting and bending while caring for their children.
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Healthy Mums
Do you suffer from sleep disturbance or insomnia

Do you suffer from sleep disturbance or insomnia?

 
Do you know someone who does? With our busy lives it’s sometimes hard to “switch off”.
Massage can help relax the central nervous system allowing the whole body and mind to let go.
 
Here's a few quick tips to help you get to sleep until you can get into see us at  Balance:
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Just five steps to fitness: just shut your mouth!

 
Do you struggle through your exercise regime? Does it often leave you feeling exhausted? Despite the effort you put in you don’t feel fitter or have more energy and that increased muscle tone or weight-loss goal seems to elude you. 
If this sounds like you, read on because what you read here can help change all this and have you on the path to being fitter, healthier and, best of all, enjoying every moment of your exercise programme.
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Just Five Steps to Fitness: Just Shut Your Mouth

These articles are taken from our
monthly e-newsletter and aim to inform and educate



Our aim is to educate our clients so they can take ownership of their body. As we all know knowledge is power!
If there is a topic you would like to know more about, let us know and we will endeavour to research it and write an article on it for you.
 
 

 

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