Massage and mood

I was wondering along in the brilliant sunshine a few days ago, feeling happy and content. I noticed how everything looks and feels so much better when you are in a good mood. Your mood has a remarkable effect on how you feel – as the saying goes “A rich person in a bad mood…

Twitching during massage

I sometimes find when I am massaging in my York based massage therapy practice that the person I am massaging can twitch when I massage certain areas. This can be due to tense and sensitive muscles. It may take one or more massages, but I find the twitching will respond to massage. It lessens, and…

Pain can interrupt life, but massage can help

We have all experienced pain at some point in our lives. However, there are those who have had the misfortune to experience severe pain. It can be truly debilitating. There are many different types of pain – so much so that I often wonder if the word “pain” is a useless word as it alone…

Pain is subjective

I have found there are many levels of pain threshold. Some people have an extremely high pain threshold, whereas others describe their pain threshold as embarrassingly low. Both can have their disadvantages. Although there are advantages to having high pain threshold, there are drawbacks as well. I have people come to my York based massage…

Good muscle tone

I have massaged many people in my York based massage therapy practice and have found many, many different types of muscle tone. Some people’s muscles are very flacid, others are very tight. Somewhere in between is the perfect muscle tone. I can often tell within seconds if someone is good at sport just by the…

How to scrutinise a massage therapist…

When you are contemplating any service or product, it is always a good idea to do your research first. When it comes to massage you should look for someone who is qualified and preferably experienced. However, all this mean very little if they do not have an aptitude for what they are offering – this…

Try not to deprive yourself of good health

People will often take their health for granted until they become unwell. By spending more time looking after ourselves and seeking help at the early stages of any period of pain or discomfort can really help to maintain good health. I find that many clients regularly come to my massage therapy practice in York to…

Secret Of A Good Massage

I have found in my massage therapy practice in York that the secret of a good massage is always to keep the person you are massaging uppermost in your mind. Massage safely, so that you are not putting your health of the health of your client at risk, but always have the client at the…

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,…