24
Sep 2015
Ever felt like your body is caught in a twist?

franBy Fran Kehoe, Owner of the Massage Centre

                 

What is it that causes our body to feel pain every now and then? Most of us have felt some level of discomfort or pain in our bodies at one stage or another during our lives. We all know about muscles and how an unhappy muscle can be sore to touch or move. Apart from the overuse, under moved or poorly fed (nutrition) reasons for having sore muscles, what else can play a major factor in causing pain?

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11
Aug 2015
Body Awareness & Mindfulness

When most people come to The Massage Centre for the first time, their visit is usually motivated by pain, ache or discomfort. It's pretty easy to give someone relief - more complicated to correct the issue, but usually we can! However, we're more interested in that which can prevent the pain from coming back - body awareness or being mindful!

Being body aware simply means noticing when we are creating unnecessary tensions in our body so that we can either stop the cause or reverse the negative impact. How do we become body aware? The first step is to create a contrast. If our muscles are used to being tight all of the time, then we won't notice when we are tensing them! Two or three effective massages in close proximity can usually re-boot the muscles, educating the cellular memory to relax our muscle when not in use - leaving them stronger for when we need them.

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06
May 2015
Therapist Spotlight Peter Wikstroem

Therapist Spotlight: Peter Wikstroem

Peter, a medical massage therapist from Sweden, has devoted most of his life to sport, sparking a passion for understanding how the body works. He has worked extensively with disabled people, helping them to maximize their health potential and thinks studying massage and anatomy is an ongoing process.

Here he shares his experience of helping just one of his many clients who suffer from the common problem of chronic muscle tension in their shoulders and neck:

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30
Apr 2015
"What are knots in muscles?"

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By Sebastian Urbanik

 

As massage therapists, this is the question we get asked the most frequently. And it's usually when we're massaging a client's shoulders, where small areas of muscle can feel hard, and 'crunchy' or 'stringy'.

So what causes this? Obviously the muscle fibres haven't literally tied themselves into the knots you'd get in a piece of string. What has happened, though, is that those muscle fibres have contracted (shortened) - as a result of physical acti  vity, or postural imbalance, or stress - and then stayed shortened. The place this happens most noticeably is in the shoulder and neck area, where permanent (chronic) muscle tension can so easily build up, but it can occur anywhere in the body.

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21
Apr 2015
Therapist Spotlight

Dealing with Tension Headache and Tight Shoulders: David and his Upper Crossed Syndrome

In my long career as a massage therapist, I have met a lot of patients who ask why their shoulders are tight, why their neck and head poke forward, and why they slouch. Then I explain to them that these are symptoms of 'Upper Crossed Syndrome' (UCS).

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21
Apr 2015
What's up with tight muscles?

Many of us have tight muscles and often they don't cause us pain. Touching our toes, making a circle with our arm or limbo dancing may not be something we need to do. If we aren't using those muscles and they aren't hurting why should we be concerned if they are shorter and harder?

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26
Mar 2015
Therapist Roles

We are your biggest supporters, here's how:

Spring is definitely here. More daylight hours and warmer days make it a great time for new beginnings – it's the perfect time to decide to get active and improve our health generally.

It's certainly a lot easier to keep our resolutions to than in the dark days of January. Even so, everyone needs extra support and encouragement to meet their health and fitness goals.

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26
Mar 2015
Therapist Spotlight - Anna Williams

Welcome to Spring!

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, most of us start to feel as if we're having new life breathed into us. It's a fantastic opportunity to leave the winter blues behind and focus that new energy into our health and wellbeing.

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