Massage And Martial Arts

Martial arts are often a high contact sport. But they are also often very controlled, so the risk of injury can be minimised. However, as with everyone else, martial artists can benefit from regular massage. One of the many insights I have had via my York based therapy practice is that, not only does massage…

Massaging Different Muscle Tones

There are as many types of massage tone as there are people. This is a bold statement, but it is true. Muscle tone varies from the extremely tight to the extremely flaccid. Tight muscles can cause problems as it is often uncomfortable to have muscles which feel as if they are constantly under tension. Flaccid…

Massage Only When Appropriate

It is important to take a full consultation before massaging. This will reveal if there are any conditions which mean it is inappropriate to give a massage. It also allows the massage therapist to talk the client through what will happen during the massage, answer any questions and generally put the client at ease. In…

Massaging The Piriformis

The piriformis is a muscle which extends from the sacrum (the bottom of the back/top of hips) to the top of the femur (thigh bone). It extends across the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, down the back of the leg, into the toes. When the piriformis is inflamed or irritated, it can…

Massaging Inflamed Muscle

Inflamed muscle often appears to be raised. For example, when I look at a client’s back, and they are complaining about discomfort on the left side of their mid back, I will often find that that area is more prominent than the corresponding area on the right side of their back. I have found in…

The Resonance Of Massage

Massage can really resonate with a person, giving deep relief. I have frequently found in my massage practice in York that massage can release emotions, which can then help on a much deeper level. Massage clients will often come along complaining of a neck, shoulder or back pain, or some other pain, but the origin…

The Point of Massage

A friend recently asked me: “What is the point of massage?” It was a good question. I thought about it. When clients come to my massage therapy practice in York they come for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is for relaxation. Other times it is for the release of physical tension. It can be…

Discovering The Joys Of Massage

I have found in my massage therapy practice that there are many causes that have led people on to the path of massage. They may have gone on holiday and decided to try a massage for the first time – and this could have been enough to make them into a lifelong devotee of massage!…

Waking Up With A Bad Back

I frequently get clients at my massage therapy practice in York who tell how they woke up recently with a bad back. They often attribute it to a minor act they had engaged in the day before it occurred. I explain that it may not have been that but, instead, an accumulation of things they…

“Slack” Muscle Tone

I had a client come to my massage therapy practice in York complaining of “slack” muscle tone. I explained to him that you get many different types of muscle tone to the flaccid to the the tight. Both can cause problems. Flaccid muscle tone can result in more injuries, and very tight muscles can be…

Losing Your Way

It is not unusual to feel lost in life. I get clients coming to my massage therapy practice in York who feel that they have lost their way. As if life is bewildering and they cannot find their way through it. Sometimes the pressures in life can be overpowering, causing us to feel that we…

Is massaging difficult?

Clients often comment when visiting my massage therapy practice in York that it must be hard work giving massage. Although it can be hard work, it can also be energising. There is nothing quite like tuning into someone else’s energy in order to help to heal them. Sometimes it can be draining but, often at…

The Idleness of Massage

Clients at my massage practice in York frequently comment how they appreciate coming for a massage as they can be still and switch off from the stresses and strains of everyday life. The time spent having a massage is time spent on themselves, and not responding to other people’s demands. It is time when they…

Calming Effects of Massage

I had a client come to my massage therapy practice in York recently and tell me how exciting she found her work. She described it and I listened in fascination. It seemed to be a perfect blend of challenge and enjoyment – the kind of balance which results in a lot of fulfillment and personal…

Massage In India

I left my massage therapy practice in York recently to spend two weeks in India. Whilst I was there I experienced a number of Ayurvedic massages. I found the style to be interesting, and quite different from the type of massages I give in my massage therapy practice in York. The strokes were frequently long…

Renovation Of Massage Therapy Room

I recently renovated my massage therapy room in my massage practice in York. Although, over the years, I have been gradually making changes to make it more inviting, I recently felt that it was time for a complete overhaul of my massage therapy room. I decided to get the carpet replaced, have the wallpaper taken…

Massaging At Solfest – Part 3

As a massage therapist from York, here are more of my impressions of Solfest… A large element of Solfest is dance. There is a dedicated dance tent in one corner of the arena. It is a large cavernous place with some luminous sculptures shaped like giant vuvuzelas suspended from the ceiling. There are DJs playing…

Massaging at Solfest – Part 2

As a massage therapist from York, here are my impressions of Solfest… The next day I go for a walk, eventually settling to enjoy the good weather in an enclave which has The Love Shack (dance music, going on til 5 in the morning) opposite another marquee calling itself House Of Joy (reggae). They are…

Massaging At Solfest – Part 1

Solfest is tucked away in that rarely visited corner of England: Cumbria. It is a rural county which is stunningly beautiful and very wet. I set off from my massage therapy practice in York, and end up driving through Aspatria (a small town near Carlisle) and turn off down a twisty country road. Every now…

Massaging At Glastonbury Festival – Part 6

As a massage therapist from York, here are my overall impressions of Glastonbury Festival… Final Impressions I wake up early the next morning. Glastonbury is over and it is a sunny day. I feel happy. By no means have I seen or experienced even a tiny percentage of Glastonbury. But I have no regrets. I’ve…