7 Good reasons to have a Massage – No 4

Let your Energy Flow.  Oriental images of acupuncture meridians are now (at long last!) being confirmed by modern scientific instrumentation.    Blockages in these meridians (channels) can develop into future illness.  Just like a mountain glacier flushing away rocks and debris in a spring melt, massage is ideal for releasing blocked energy anywhere in your body.  Being smoothed over and ‘steamrollered’ by a powerful No Hands®  massage can get your energy flowing once again.    The amazing flowing touch which comes from No Hands®  massage allows all the energy channels to move and circulate once again.  You can walk tall through the day feeling the energy in your whole body literally vibrate.  That’s what feeling fully alive is, as opposed to feeling like a member of the living dead!

7 Good reasons to have a Massage – No 2

Lets talk  Straight!…. Structural imbalances creep up on you, over time, without you even noticing.  So what’s a Structural Imbalance?   This is when your bones go out of alignment, which in turn causes a whole host of problems from the subtle, slight reduction in speed of nerve impulse transmission, to the excruciating pain of nerve impingement.  And what controls the position of your bones?  Your muscles! Fortunately, muscles you didn’t even know were tense can be easily loosened by Massage.  Physical tension is easiest explained by comparing your muscles to a suit of clothing covering your  body.  When we are stressed the suit shrinks, tightens, tears and distorts.  Even small movements that normally caused you no problem will cause your ‘suit’ to misalign and tear.  And if you have ever donned a pair of twisted nylon tights /jeggings, the wrong way round, you will know how weird that feels!  You will then wriggle and twist and shift your posture to find the most comfortable fit, this in turn will cause additional problems as other parts of you body compensate.  Massage therapy can cause your whole musculature to stretch and release.  Often, it is only when you are actually being massaged, you realise just how tight your body has become.  As your muscles release, your posture will re-balance and you can walk tall with your head held high once again!

Try Standing on 1 Leg!

Standing on one leg could help you live longer! Good balance could stop you from falling and breaking a bone.  Practise standing on one leg while you clean your teeth and balancing on your tiptoes with your eyes closed. Go on give it a try you may be surprised how sturdy, or wobbly you are!

Muscle is an Orphan Organ!

MUSCLE is an orphan organ! No medical speciality has adopted it. No medical speciality is funding research into it and the daily aches and pains associated with it. And yet thousands upon thousands of people are suffering unnecessarily and in the western world, taking prescription and over the counter painkillers/drugs to manage their pain and are getting hooked on them! Medical students rarely receive training in location of and treatment of myofascial trigger points. Fortunately some truly professional and solely dedicated massage therapists are sufficiently trained in how to find and treat myofascial/pain/trigger points skilfully. Professionally qualified and medically insured Massage Therapists know, that myofascial trigger points are at the root of most common cause of musculoskeletal pain. And, as much as I will always be open minded, believe in and have practiced other ‘complementary’ methods, from the hundreds of clients that have passed through my clinic I can confidently say that, no amount of positive thinking, stretching, meditation, hot/cold therapy, electrical stimulation, reiki, hopi ear candling (random!) crystal therapy, wafting a feather over it, biofeedback, progressive relaxation, butterfly wing, colour and regressional hypnotherapy, shiatsu, craniosacral, swedish massage, acupressure and even deep tissue massage just doesn’t do it where trigger points are concerned! (Travell & Simmons 1999, Clair Davies 2004, Jayne Driver 2010)