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Massage for Runners … its all about optimising recovery

December 2nd, 2018

We are introducing a new service: Runners Massage a special service to assist runners to optimise their recovery the massage will flush out all the waste products in the tired muscles address micro tears in the muscles which rejuvenates the tired heavy muscles making them feel light. The goal for runners is to first and […]

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Can aromatherapy help people combat depression?

May 27th, 2018

Nearly 20% of people in the UK experience symptoms of anxiey or depression in 2014 according the Mental Health Foundation. A systemic review of five medical databases has found evidence to support the effictiveness of aromatherapy for alleviating depressive symptoms.  A team of scientists at the Hong Kong Polytechnic Univeristy found 12 randomiased controlled trials […]

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My self help guide for looking after your psoas

December 10th, 2017

Given all my clients sit for prolonged periods of time as part of their job which can cause contraction of your psoas muscle.  It goes without saying that if you are having problems with your psoas muscle a massage can help, so please feel free to book.  Here is what you can do … Strengthen […]

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The hidden cause of lower back pain

December 3rd, 2017

The psoas muscle is a very deep muscle that connects your torso to your legs.  It affects your posture and helps you to stabilise your spine.    In fact, whether you run, bike, dance, practice yoga, or just hang out on your couch, your psoas muscles are involved. A person suffering from IlioPsoas syndrome may […]

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Lets talk about tension headaches

October 29th, 2017

We all get headaches from time to time.  Tension headaches are characterised by Dull, aching head pain. Sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead or on the sides and back of your head. Tenderness on your scalp, neck and shoulder muscles. Tension headaches are the most common form of headaches and can last anywhere […]

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So how does massage reduce pain? – Part 1

November 6th, 2016

I said in a previous post that scientists are interested in finding out how massage works.  So if we accept that massage reduces muscle pain, that leaves the question, “How does massage reduce muscle pain?”. In 1965, Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall outlined a scientific theory about psychological influence on pain perception; the ‘gate control […]

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Scientific Evidence for massage reducing muscle pain

October 30th, 2016

I would say the number one reason for booking with Vitality Therapy is muscle pain in either Shoulders Neck Lower Back Knees Elbows Headaches I know that new clients often come to us because we were recommended by their colleagues; who came to us with muscle pain and found massage relieved it.  So my clinical experience is […]

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The scientific evidence base for Sports & Deep Tissue Massage

October 21st, 2016

I would like to write a series of blog articles on the scientific evidence for massage.  I think it is important to start by stating the obvious that while massage can be studied, not many scientists are interested in studying it and not many massage therapists have scientific training.  This means that massage is woefully […]

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What is the difference between sports and deep tissue massage?

October 13th, 2016

Deep tissue is a very descriptive name and is self-explanatory.  The confusion comes when it is compared to sports massage.  The big difference is the focus. Sports massage is dedicated to improving sports performance prevention of and treating sports injuries The reasons for booking a sports massage are: You work out religiously, but aren’t as […]

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Why massage in the work place?

October 9th, 2016

Obviously I am a firm believer of massage in the workplace, so I will start by acknowledging my bias on the topic.  What people may not know is that during the many years working in IT, I suffered from a verity of neck and shoulder issues.  This lead me to go to see a GP, […]

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