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You have heard the term “core stability”

You have heard the term “core stability”

 

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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Reflexology - so good for your sole

 

Reflexology is both an art and science which can complement any health care work, has very few contraindications and many therapeutic benefits

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Reflexology - so good for your sole
Understanding dehydration and 5 tips to stay hydrated

Understanding dehydration and 5 tips to stay hydrated

 

You know when you have a massage and your therapist offers you a glass of water? They are prolonging the awesome effects of the massage by flushing out the metabolic waste that has been released from the muscle tissues...so you should continue to drink more water post massage.

But how much should we drink on a day to day basis?

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Can massage be anti-aging?

 

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!

Let’s start by changing its name to restorative massage because this is actually what it is.

A restorative massage should be seen as part of your wellbeing, an on-going maintenance of:

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Can massage be anti-aging?
7 reasons chiropractic care can help adolescent back pain

7 reasons chiropractic care can help adolescent back pain

 

Our colleague Dr Andrew Billingham of Back in Action Chiropractic shares with us the growing problem of adolescent back pain and what chiropractic care can do about it.


Research shows that our children’s posture is being dramatically compromised by the amount of hours that are spent on digital devices in our changing world.

Adolescent back pain affects more than 50% of school-age patients.

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Aromatherapy: a natural approach to period pain relief

 

Aromatherapy has been around for centuries and has been used for many conditions including period pain and irregular cycles.

Let me use a couple of former clients for as examples.

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Aromatherapy: a natural approach to period pain relief
How massage can help teachers avoid burnout

How massage can help teachers avoid burnout

 

Teachers are some of our most regular clients and it’s not hard to see why. Inspiring our future generations can be exhausting work ...I know I’m exhausted after a day at home with my 3 year old! I’m always so in awe of the day-care teachers when I pick my son up from day-care. Then of course the teachers of older children from primary, intermediate and college who have a huge task daily in managing larger and larger classroom sizes, variety of behaviours at the same time as being creative and inspiring.

Then there is the marking in the “holidays” and the after school activities and other school events such as fundraising....so they are constantly giving, giving, giving!

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New mums...Top tips to cope with back pain

 

 As a mum I know what it’s like to constantly lift and carry a wriggling sack of potatoes ...your child! The whole process of pregnancy and birth can leave a lot of women with back pain, and then there are the holding patterns we create to breastfeed and carry our children.

Do you get a burny ache between your shoulder blades? Or a sharp grabby pain around the top of the glute muscles? Or a deep ache on one side of your lower back?

 Common issues include sciatica pain, hip and lower back pain and pain between the shoulder blades all caused by the massive shifts in the body and new patterns of movement and constant lifting...not to mention the lack of core stability and time to exercise.

Regular massage can be a huge help in reducing this pain and doing some simple exercises at home can keep you pain-free.

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New mums...Top tips to cope with back pain
Natural Movement vs Exercise

Natural Movement vs Exercise

 

I’m lucky that I have a job that involves a lot of movement everyday and then at home I do some DIY, the lawns, maintain a huge vege garden etc.

Let me explain:

I recently watched a podcast with Katy Bowman about natural movement as opposed to exercise (natural movement is movement part of everyday activities; exercise is specific time set aside for the purpose of fitness etc), and it got me thinking about how in modern society we are constantly using technology to make day to day things easier to do, ie washing machines, dishwashers, as Katy mentions garage door openers, which means we are doing less day to day ‘natural movement’, then we have to make time to set aside specific exercise time. Now this is awesome for those of us who love to exercise and do sports but not everyone is.

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10 holistic tips to relieve your tension headache

 

Do you often get a throbbing pain behind your eyes, or a tight band gripping the back of your head? This is more than likely the most common type of headache: a tension headache.
Although they are not medically dangerous, chronic tension headaches (longer than 3 months) can have a negative impact on your quality of life and work productivity, missing out on doing the things you love is never cool.

You probably feel like you’ve got your “iHunch” going on too and your neck and shoulders feel tight and sore...too many hours hunched over a laptop or tablet.

So what can you do to get rid of these headaches?

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10 holistic tips to relieve your tension headache
Let’s Talk about the Tummy

Let’s Talk about the Tummy

 

Now that I have your attention.....the tummy, abdomen or specifically in this topic the area from the bottom of the front ribs down to the pelvis, has got to be the most neglected part of the body when it comes to massage.

Why you ask?

My thoughts are as follows;

-          Most pain is felt in the back or the hips so that’s where you want treated

-          You may be unaware of the anatomy of this area, the benefits of treatment and how it can help

-          Perhaps some are a little sensitive to having this area worked on, feel a bit vulnerable and self conscious

Anatomy – what’s going on in the front?

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10 Training Tips to Avoid Injury

 

This time of year we start to see a lot more runners in the clinic as everyone is starting their Auckland Marathon and Half Marathon and Queenstown Marathon and Kerikeri Marathon training. Of course we treat many other types of recreational athletes; golf, cycling, yoga, gym, karate, sailing, tennis...the list goes on.

I really love hearing about all the different sports and different challenges they face. Massage is often more than just muscle therapy it often becomes a safe place for people to talk about their challenges and often they work out their own solutions purely due to the fact that they have some quiet time to problem solve; but I digress...

Avoiding injury is one of the primary reasons people come to see us and massage truly is one of the most effective tools for this. 

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10 Training Tips to Avoid Injury
It's Only Human Nature

It's Only Human Nature

 

We spend a lot of time as massage therapists telling our clients to work on their posture, that the pain and the tension they feel for example in the upper back is a result of tightness at the front, we try to educate you on which muscles are doing what, give you exercises and stretches or refer you to classes such as yoga, pilates, the list goes on.

Did you know that we have myofascial lines running through the whole length of the front of our body, the back, the side, plus many other lines. When one of these myofascial lines tighten up for whatever reason it affects your whole posture, including the lines opposite or adjacent.

What’s Myofascia?

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The Mystery of Cramps...and how to deal with them

 

We have all had them at some point...in the middle of a run or in the middle of the night; cramps! They can be excruciatingly painful and downright annoying, so why do we get them and how do we prevent them?

What is a cramp? Nothing more than a short involuntary contraction of a muscle.

Why do we cramp? This is a little harder to answer as the researchers find it’s virtually impossible to cramp on cue, which makes it difficult to study and why it remains a bit of a mystery. What they do know is the following things are linked cramps;

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The Mystery of Cramps...and how to deal with them
Balancing muscle and minerals: Find out how Active Elements can help you

Balancing muscle and minerals: Find out how Active Elements can help you

 

In our modern life there are many stressors we must manage;  from getting that deadline in on time to what’s for dinner I’ve got nothing left in the fridge!...way more than ever before...in fact it has been said the over 90% of our disease is related to stress. So how do we combat this?

At Balance Massage we believe it’s all about getting back to basics: mind, body and soul. We believe that massage can be an amazing therapy to help attune all three of these things...but of course we are realistic and know it’s not the be all and end all too...and that we all need some assistance in different forms, whether it’s better nutrition, someone to talk to or help with quiet contemplation.

We have seen over the many years of massaging many bodies that a lot of us can do with some nutritional support to get the best out of our massages and life...which is why we have decided to partner with and sell Active Elements minerals.

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Are you a clencher?

 

Recently in the clinic I've been seeing quite a few people with pain in their jaw and many people mention to me that they either clench or grind their teeth at night.

Is this you?


This can contribute to tight and sore neck muscles as well and is often what people book in for a massage for then casually mention the grinding and headaches!

 

Do you suffer from any of the following?

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Are you a clencher?
 

 

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