T is for… Tennis Elbow

T is for… Tennis Elbow

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is T for Tennis Elbow.

Tennis Elbow is a strain caused by repetition arm movement and overstretching of the muscles and tendons of the forearm on the outside of the elbow. The pain is felt when you grip with the hand or when the arm is used to lift something. This can be a travelling pain that can be felt moving up and down the arm anywhere from the shoulder to the wrist.

An arm massage is very helpful in loosening these tightened and maybe even inflamed muscles and tendons in the sore arm. It will also help with blood flow and allow more oxygen to be directed into the area, thus allowing it to heal more quickly.

Careful and gentle massage around the elbow and hand joints can also bring relief and comfort to a tired and stressed client who is suffering from Tennis Elbow.

Stay holistic

Catherine

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Q is for.. Quadriceps Muscles

Q is for.. Quadriceps Muscles

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is Q for Quadriceps Muscles (quads) in the upper front thighs .
Anyone who has completed a ‘hard leg’ day in the gym and tried to walk down or up the stairs or even tried to sit down on a couch afterwards will understand that ‘tightness’ in the leg that is associated with ‘quad’ pain.
If you do regular sports training then a good deep leg massage should become a part of your recovery process. As it can help with any built up lactic acid, loosen out the tight muscles and release any stress and tension held in the legs.

Like I said in the previous blog about knee pain, a regular massage can help with reducing this pain and stiffness. The therapist will use their thumbs and palms of the hand and use sweeping movements upwards and outwards over the quadriceps muscles. So it is very important that you have a honest consultation with your massage therapist about your training and level of pain so they can adjust the pressure of the massage accordingly.

Stay holistic

Catherine

L is for..Leg muscle pain 

L is for..Leg muscle pain 

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is L for Leg Muscle Pain.
The legs have so many large muscles and anyone that has experienced pain in their quadriceps, hamstrings, calves or achilles muscles will know what I’m talking about when I say ‘leg pain’. Like any pain it is not comfortable and can be very restricting in every day life.  Ever try and walk down a stairs after ‘leg day’ in the gym? Or try and even sit down the days after a heavy squatting session.  Best of luck is all I say!

If you do regular sports training then a good deep leg massage should become a part of your recovery process. As it can help with any built up lactic acid, loosen out the tight muscles and release any stress and tension held in the legs.

Like I said in the previous blog about knee pain, a regular massage can help with reducing this pain and stiffness and once you have a honest consultation with your massage therapist about your training and level of pain they can adjust the pressure of the massage accordingly.

Stay holistic
Catherine

K is for … Knee pain 

K is for … Knee pain 

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is K for Knee Pain.

As the knees are large weight bearing joints, they can be subject to many diffferent pains, aches, sprains and strains.

Research has shown that regular massage can help with reducing pain and stiffness and once you have a honest consultation with your massage therapist about your knee pain, they can adjust the pressure of the massage accordingly.

A good massage therapist will work on the leg muscles above and below the knee working on the quadriceps , hamstrings and calves muscles and the tissue in and around the knee. Using different pressures and stokes depending on the clients own needs.

This massage will help loosen out tired and aching knee pain.

Stay holistic

Catherine x

C is for…

C is for…

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is C for Constipation.

Something that many people suffer in silence from and therefore wouldn’t dream of telling their massage therapist about.  Its can be caused by lack of fibre in the diet or a build up of gases  and can be quiet uncomfortable.

A holistic massage will help with this as the therapist will ask about diet during the consultation at the start.  This massage then will focus on the belly and the abdomen area and the strokes will follow in the direction of the internal intestines. Using gentle clockwise stokes and wavelike muscular movements.

Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine

 

 

B is for …

B is for …

My second blog about common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help is about ‘Backache’.

Backache can be caused by a number of different factors for example stress, exercise, bad posture, injury etc.

Research has shown that regular massage can help with reducing pain and stiffness and once you have a honest consultation with your massage therapist about your back pain, they can adjust the massage to your back accordingly.

Back pain can sometimes be caused by referral pain from your neck and shoulders and the massage therapist may work on these areas too. But depending on the cause of the backache, the massage pressure can be varied.

For example stress from heavy lifting in the gym, may require a deeper massage while pain from an injury may require lighter and more gentle strokes.

Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine

 

A is for ….

A is for ….

Over the next few weeks I’m going to go through the alphabet and highlight a few different common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with that you might not have been aware of:

Starting with A:

Arthritis

I have written about this before (click here) and as mentioned before, many people with Arthritis may be afraid that Massage might “hurt” their already sore joints but research (and personal experience) has shown that done correctly the opposite is actually true.  A nice gentle touch can do wonders for sore, fatigued and tired muscles. When someone comes into my treatment room for a massage to relieve the pain from their Arthritis, I will explain that I will be performing Holistic Massage with them. I will be working on their body as a whole, their mind and their condition.

As there are many different types of Arthritis, I will work closely with the client and start with general slow strokes, gentle kneading and thumb circling around the affected areas. (for example, the ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows or hands)

Like any medical condition, massage is never used for Arthritis without the doctors permission first of all.

Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine

Why Massage is good for your skin.

Why Massage is good for your skin.

If you follow my blogs you will know that I am a big believer in the benefits of holistic treatments on the body and on all its internal systems and organs.

Therefore you won’t be surprised when I say that this blog is about the benefits that Massage has on the largest organ of all -The Skin.

 

If you think about it, (but not too much as it will gross you out) our skin is in contact with everything around us and therefore we are susceptible to all sorts i.e. germs, illness, and diseases.

Therefore we don’t need reminding how important it is to keep it healthy and in the best working order as it quite literally “holds us together”.

We obviously do this daily both externally and internally. Through the products we use on it and the food and drink we digest.

However regular massage can also help in having and maintaining healthy and vibrant skin.

How is this, you might ask?

  • Massage helps to reduce tension in the skin through relaxation.
  • Massage helps blood and lymph circulation and therefore improve its nutrition and encourage cell regeneration.
  • Massage can help to re-moisturise and soften dry skin.
  • Massage increases the natural oils produced by the skin called seburn.
  • Massage increases production of sweat from sweat glands, helping to eliminate waste products through the skin.
  • Massage helps with the dilation of surface capillaries, which improves skin’s color and tone
  • Massage assists in improved skin gland production.
  • Massage helps improves scar tissue.

 

This list is obviously not exclusive and but I just wanted to shine a little light on some of the many benefits that massage can have on the skin. Just think, if massage can have this many benefits on the organ that we see just imagine what other benefits it has on the organs we cant see.

Amazing, right? Just another reason to book that long needed and much deserved massage appointment with me today.

Believe me when I say your skin will thank you for it.

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Stay holistic 🙂

 

Catherine x

 

 

 

 

Let Massage ease the pain of your Arthritis 

Let Massage ease the pain of your Arthritis 

Just because you have Arthritis doesn’t mean you can’t get a massage for fear that you will hurt yourself or make your Arthritis worse.

Believe me and speaking from experience there were times when I was in such much pain that getting a massage was one of the only things that would make me feel a little better. No it didn’t take away my Arthritis but what it did was give my mind 30 minutes of ‘off time’. Time where it could just switch off and allow someone else to be in charge of the pain for a change. 

 

Massage doesn’t have to be deep to work correctly. A nice gentle touch can do wonders for sore, fatigued and tired muscles. When someone comes into my treatment room for a massage to relieve the pain from their Arthritis, I will explain that I will be performing Holistic Massage with them. I will be working on their body as a whole, their mind and their condition. 

 

Research has shown that regular massage can help with reducing pain and stiffness, easing anxiety, improving range of motion in joints, and promoting more restful sleep. If you are suffering from Arthritis or any form of chronic pain, I highly recommend that you talk to a massage therapist, be honest and explain to them your condition and where you would like them to work. 

Massage is definitely something everyone should have in their “pain management” toolkit in times of pain and stress. 

 

If you have any questions or would like to see what Holistic Massage can do for you. Please contact me through any of my social media or call me on 089 467 2647.


Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine x 

 

Getting the best out of a treatment..

Getting the best out of a treatment..

Most people I know love a good Massage or session of Reflexology. From when they book it to when they have the treatment they are looking forward to that time (be it 30 minutes or a hour) of relaxation, of been able to close their eyes and switch the outside world off for a little while at least.

 


They trust that the therapist will help soothe away the worries and woes of the day and bring their bodies and minds back into sych again.

To help your therapist here are some of my gentle guidelines that will help you can get the most out of your treatments.
1. Arrive on time.

This shows respect for your therapist but also allows the therapist to give you the most of your time. If you are late, this time will be taken off your treatment and therefore you won’t get the full benefit of the experience.

2. Don’t arrive on a fully belly.

This is for your own comfort as your body will not be a receptive if it’s still working hard to digest and break down your most recent meal.
3. Communicate your wishes to your therapist.

Be this your first or your tenth treatment. Every day is different and your should never assume that your therapist knows how you are since your last treatment. Be open and honest with your therapist. It’s totally confidently and will benefit you and your treatment.


4. Breathe

Some people are nervous when they come for a treatment for the first time and they might not know what to expect. It’s importantly to note that all my treatments have positive benefits for your body and mind and they is no reason to be nervous so just breathe as normal and let the therapist do their thing.
5. Relax body and mind.

A treatment room environment should be one of peace and stillness. With the right music, lights and temperature, the right room should make you feel at ease from the minute you walk in to the minute you leave. While it makes no difference to the therapist or the treatment benefits if you talk throughout your treatment, a lot of people will automatically close their eyes and stop talking once they feel comfortable during their treatment.

6. Drink plenty of water afterwards.

Immediately after all my treatments I will give you a glass of water and recommend that you drink some more when you get home. This is very important as one of the main reasons is that water will help the kidneys and other organs remove and flush out any toxins that need to leave the body after a treatment.


7. Follow any recommendations afterwards.

This again is for your own benefit and will help prolong that relaxed feeling that you will get some the treatment. For example don’t exercise, don’t drive too far, don’t eat a heavy meal and try and go to bed early and drink plenty of water etc.
8. Ask questions

Remember this is your treatment and this is your time so please do ask your therapist questions before, during or after the treatment. I’m here to help and if I don’t know the answer I will endeavor to find out for you.

I hope these suggestions help you get the most out of your Massage or Reflexology session and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram for more information on my treatments.

Stay holistic 🙂
Catherine x