Is massage meditation?

When massaging at my massage practice in York, I often wonder if giving and receiving massage is a form of meditation. When I massage, I concentrate entirely on what I am doing. I try to be there entirely for the person I am massaging. I “listen” with my hands to what is going on for…

Massage for boxers

I had a boxer come to me in my massage therapy practice in York with a slight twinge after a sparring match. Like so many of the boxers I have treated, he had muscle tone like silk. It was neither too flacid, nor too tight. However, anything has it’s limits. It only took a couple…

Massage for artists

Many artists are truly dedicated to what they do. They often enter what is referred to as “the zone”. They are so caught up in what they are doing – be it painting, drawing, sculpting etc – that they do not notice time go by. What seems like minutes can, in fact, be hours. Some…

Massage as a health resource

Knowing that you can get a good, relaxing and therapeutic massage can prove to be invaluable. Having the contact details of a good massage therapist is a good resource to have. In my massage therapy practice in York, clients come to me with many issues and concerns. Some issues will only need a one-off treatment…

Massage exchange

Exchanging massages can be very beneficial. Many couples will often massage each other. Not only does it enhance closeness, but this type of regular massage can also help with relaxation. You may find you have a talent for massage, which could manifest in helping your massage partner overcome physical problems such as stiff muscles or…

Massage discussion over breakfast

I was in a local cafe recently having a cup of tea. I started chatting to the man on the table next to me. He was having a hearty full English breakfast. It turned out he was a plasterer and had recently developed a niggle in his right shoulder (he is right handed). I asked…

Massage and Reiki As Treatments For Arthritis

Arthritis can be a very painful condition. There are more than one hundred types of arthritis. It is a condition whereby, broadly speaking, joints tend to swell and pain in caused in one or more joints. This can lead to restricted range of movement and stiffness. Factors that put one at risk include age, injury,…

Western Medicine And CAM (Complementary And Alternative Medicine) Combined

As complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) becomes more popular, there is increasing recognition that many of these methods of healing have been around for centuries – massage has been around for thousands of years. People often turn CAM when they find western medicine does not work for them. By integrating CAM and western medicine, good…

Complementary And Alternative Medicine (CAM) And The Medical Community

I have heard many views on complementary and alternative therapies (CAM). Despite all our advances in knowledge, nobody knows how the human body really works – as such, it is difficult to embrace or dismiss any notion without extensive test and research. The funding for this is hard to come by for CAM. It is…

Leg Massage

Due to the nature of how we live, much of our attention is focused on our neck and shoulders. Endless hours in front of the computer and lots of driving often leads to tension in these areas. However, an often neglected area of the body when it comes to massage are the legs. The calf…

Back, Shoulder And Neck Massages

I often have clients come to my massage therapy practice in York with a bad back, saying they believe they have a bad back because they have a bad posture. At this point I often gently point out that it could be the other way around – they could have a bad posture because they…

Massage For Pain Relief

Pain is very subjective – a stimulus which is not painful for one person can be extremely painful for another person. It is difficult to assess just how much pain someone is in. Apart from the person telling you how much pain they are in, it is important to watch their body language, facial expressions,…

Pharmaceuticals And Advertising

It can cost tens of millions of pounds to develop a new drug. This is a major investment which needs to be paid for by sales. Sales are stimulated by advertising. Advertising can be highly persuasive, pulling the consumer in directions which may not be the correct one for them. Even common medications like paracetamol…

Massage Discussion On Cycle Track

I was walking on the cycle track near my massage therapy practice in York a few days ago and saw some beautiful crocuses (see picture below). Further along in my walk I started speaking to someone. As our conversation progressed she asked me what I did. I said I was a massage therapist with a…

Does Massage and Alternative Therapy Work?

As more and more studies into alternative therapies take place, it is being shown that many of these therapies (including massage) are highly effective. Often alternative therapies are used alongside conventional medicine (hence, many of these therapies are referred to as complementary therapies). As well as tackling other conditions, many alternative therapies (including massage) help…

Meditation or Massage For Stress Relief?

It is harder to know which is the oldest form of stress relief – massage or meditation. I use massage with many of my clients in my therapy practice in York for stress relief. I believe the oldest form of stress relief may well be massage – I can well imagine our ancestors instinctively massaging…

Massage For Health

Probably the best known use of massage is for relaxation (I have many clients who come to my massage therapy practice in York for a relaxing massage) , but it has so many other benefits as well. Many people have experienced relief from stress after having a massage. Muscular soreness and muscular tension can be…

Why Is Massage and Alternative Medicine Becoming More Popular?

Many are looking for methods of healing that don’t involve surgery or pills with side-effects. Alternative therapies (such as massage) are becoming more popular. More and more therapies are available and are becoming more accessible. Alternative therapies (including massage) are helping people around the world to over combat pain, stress and disease. They are vastly…

Categories of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Massage is often referred as a CAM. Although hard to categorise in any meaningful way, CAM can be broken down into four groups: – Spiritual – includes spiritual healing and Reiki – Psychological – includes hypnosis and NLP – Physical – includes osteopathy, chiropractic, massage therapy and acupuncture. – Nutritional – includes nutritionalism and herbalism…

Massage – Alternative Medicine?

Massage is amongst the oldest forms of medical intervention there is. Although it predates conventional medicine by thousands of years, it is still categorised as “complementary of alternative”. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) can be defined a “medical interventions which are commonly not taught at medical schools and not generally provided at hospitals”. Although it…