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…

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…