Healing Through Massage And Reiki

Massage and Reiki are two therapies which are known for their ability to heal when correctly applied. In my massage therapy practice in York I offer both.  I find that massage is great at releasing muscular tension, but it so often goes far beyond that.  It can release emotions that have been built up over…

Curiosity About Massage

I have massaged at number of mind body spirit (MBS) shows over the years.  It is a good place to go if you are curious about any type of complementary therapy. I have met many people at these events – many of them have never had a massage before, but are interested in seeing what…

Using Long Massage Strokes

A good massage relies on a number of techniques.  In my massage therapy practice in York I find myself paying a lot of attention on releasing muscular knots.  This requires massaging a particular point to an appropriate depth (not too deep or to gentle), and focusing on that specific area until that knot has fully…

Massaging The Face And Jaw

I have found in my massage practice in York that many people can  have tension in their jaw.  It is surprising how tight the muscles in this area can become.  A gentle massage around the face generally, with a focus on the temples can be a very welcome part of a tension releasing massage. The…

Number of muscles in body

A client in massage therapy practice in York recently observed that there are so many muscles in the human body. There are 650 muscles in the human body.  Many of the surface muscles are better known – such as the biceps, triceps, pectorals, latissimus dorsi, hamstrings and quadriceps.  However, as well as the surface muscles,…

“Flabbergasted” after massage

In my York-based massage therapy practice, a client commented to me a few days ago that they “flabbergasted” after their massage.  They had not realised how much tension had built up in their shoulders.  They said there were parts of their back where they had not even known they had knotty muscles. The problem with…

Allocation Of Time During Massage

I have found when I massage in my York based massage therapy practice, that the allocation of time during a massage can be very difficult to predict. Clients will come with a variety of conditions that need treating. No two clients will present with identical conditions. Two clients may, for example, have a troublesome left…

Sangfroid After Massage

A client recently commented that they had a feeling of “sangfroid” after receiving a massage from me at my massage practice in York. I had to look up the meaning of sangfroid… According to my dictionary it means “Freedom from agitation”. As my client had arrived in a state of quite some stress due to…

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…