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…

Massaging At Glastonbury – Part 5

It is a warm Sunday evening. I have been massaging since being at Glastonbury. I decide to go for a wonder… Sunday Evening On Sunday evening I decide to go to the Cabaret Field. The first thing I come to is The People’s Front Room. Replete with sofas (on which I am lucky enough to…

Massaging At Glastonbury – Part 4

It is Saturday night and I decide to take some more time off from massaging… Saturday Night On Saturday I am semi-reluctantly dragged to the Pyramid Stage to see The Rolling Stones. Live music doesn’t do a thing for me. I arrive half an hour early and stand near the back of the crowd, about…

Massaging At Glastonbury – Part 3

Part of massaging at Glastonbury is seeing the festival. Here are my impressions of the dystopian fantasy of Arcadia and The South East Corner… Arcadia And The South East Corner Arcadia is so crowded that you can hardly move, surrounded by people captivated as they watch two men bounce lightning off of each other via…

Massaging At Glastonbury Festival – Part 2

A major part of Glastonbury are The Green Fields, which incorporate The Healing Field… The Green Fields There is a definite divide at this festival: The Babylonians and The Hippies. The Hippies inhabit The Green Fields. The Babylonians have the rest of the festival. The Hippies feel they are being pushed out even though they…

Massaging At Glastonbury Festival – Part 1

Some years ago I massaged at Glastonbury Festival. Here are my impressions of the festival… “Come to me in your huddled masses” is the poorly remembered quote that comes to me as I see the hoards enter when the gates of Glastonbury are opened to the public. I watch the unfortunates in their down-market, worn-out…

Massaging At Festivals

Massaging at my massage practice in York is deeply fulfilling, but a few times a year I try to go to festivals. I would miss not massaging, so when at festivals I try to massage. This involves applying to the festival beforehand and, if successful, paying a fee to be there. I have my own…

Massaging A Waiter In Cuba

By this time you must be wondering whether I did anything in Cuba except give and receive massages. I did many things, including going for excellent meals, going to the ballet, going to the cabaret, chatting to locals, having a tour of Havana in a classic car, and looking at lots of art. But, for…

Getting A Massage On The Beach In Cuba

Whilst I was in Havana I was on the lookout for a decent massage, but I came across very few massage places, and virtually none of them appealed. However, my hunt for a massage was not to be in vain… Just out of the city, east of where we were staying in Havana were stretches…

Massaging A Top Cuban Chef

On our recent trip to Cuba my wife and I thought we’d try a restaurant called Atelier. It had excellent write-ups and sounded interesting. When we got there we were greeted and shown up some stairs to the restaurant and to a table. It was, indeed, an interesting place. It was simple and stylish. For…

Massaging Former Chef to Fidel Castro and Che Guevara

My wife and I had a fascinating holiday in Cuba recently. We stayed in Havana, which has been nominated as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. I can see why – it is one of the most interesting places I have ever been to. The main part of the city is divided…

Is massage “nourishing”?

Recently, after a massage at my massage therapy practice in York, a client said that they found the massage “nourishing”. I had never heard anyone use this word to describe massage before. I thought about it. In my opinion, it is a very good word to use. Massage can nourish the mind and body. You…

Massage As An Alternative

Doctors can have an incredibly powerful influence over the treatment a patient receives. Natural remedies are often barely mentioned in Western medical education, although this is slowly changing. However, I have found in my practice in York that, if patients do try massage therapy, they often find, as well as pain relief, there are a…

Massage versus Opioids

When I refer to opioids I mean painkillers derived from the poppy flower or painkillers synthesises to have a similar effect. Although they have been used for thousands of years, they have largely been used by the medical profession for over a century. Significant problems with opioids include addiction (which can lead to abuse of…

The Effects Of Massage On Pain

Pain – especially long-term pain – can have all kinds of effects on a person, including difficulty sleeping, fatigue, lower levels of activity, more susceptibility to illness, hopelessness, depression, irritability, anxiety and fear. I have found at my practice in York, that massage can help with all of these. By addressing the underlying causes of…

Chronic Pain And Massage

Pain is often described as chronic when it lasts 6 months or more. It can be life-altering. There are many different types of pain, including burning, aching, shooting, electrical, tightness, stiffness, a feeling of discomfort and soreness. I have found during my years of massaging at my massage practice in York, that massage can really…

A reviving massage

How often have you felt tired and achy? It is not a pleasant feeling and, unfortunately, many of us suffer from it all too often. When massaging at my practice in York, I have found that massage can really help. By loosening tight muscles, it brings relaxation to the area which, in turn, allows the…