Massage Therapy Myths

Massage therapy myths Although the popularity of massage therapy is on the rise, the misconceptions about what it can and cannot do are still prevalent. Tackling the myths and learning the facts about massage benefits both therapists and their clients. Here are ten common myths about massage therapy, busted wide open with scientific facts and data.
1. Massages are basically all the same.  Certainly not true! There are many different types of massage, and each has their own role. Spa massage focuses on stress relief and helping to diminish general muscle soreness. Sports massage is useful for athletes of any kind, from Olympians to weekend joggers, and helps to keep muscles and joints in top shape. Massage for physical therapy is geared toward healing specific injuries and keeping bodies mobile while they recover.
2. Massage spreads cancer cells through the body.
This is, scientifically, nearly impossible. One would have to smash the tumor directly for it to shed any potential metastatic…

10 most common Contraindications to massage

What is a contraindication and why is it essential practice to gain knowledge of a clients medical history prior to treatment?

A contra indication is a medical term meaning to with hold a treatment as proceeding with the therapy may cause unnecessary harm if the client is affected by one of these conditions.Massage has many benefits including increasing the circulation and releasing discomfort from tight and aching muscles however in some situations such as the conditions listed below massage can do a lot more harm then good. Due to this it is essential that you do not with hold important information from the therapist during the consultation as it can be detrimental to your health.

It is normal practice for all professional therapists to take a consultation the first time you meet a new client. It is essential in order to practice safely not only for ourselves but also the client that a medical history of the clients health is obtained and contra indications discussed and if appropri…

The 5 main types of massage movements and benefits

There are a variety of different strokes used during a typical massage routine. This depends on the style of massage, the clients  requirements and how the therapist conducts her treatment. 
When I am working on a client I personally like to use a variety of massage movements not only to enable the massage to be as effective as possible, but also so that I can tailor make the session to cater for each individuals needs as client satisfaction is extremely important to my practice.
Below is a summary of the main massage movements used in swedish massage which is the most common style of massage practised,the reasons for each stroke and the benefits that are gained as a result. All the strokes are done in an upwards motion towards the heart. The strokes are described as I personally use them and in order for what I have found to be the most effective way of practicing but each therapist obviously has their own method of what works best for them and their treatment.

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Beneficial effects of Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is an ancient practice which dates back thousands of years to previous cultures who through the centuries discovered  the natural healing benefits from alleviating injuries,relieving pain and preventing and curing many illnesses in addition to the therapeutic and relaxation reasons for which it is now recognized today.  There are many reasons that  massage therapy is essential to maintaining health and well being  but below are listed the most beneficial effects massage has on the body to maintain optimum health physically,psychologically and spiritually.
Aids Relaxation An increase in responsibilities in both our personal and professional lives often mean that finding time to relax can be challenging. Muscular discomfort in the body caused by long working hours and insufficient rest can effect the entire core of our emotional and physical well being. Excessive   emotional strain leads to aches and pains forming in the physical body, through trigger point work and a va…

New! Massage workshops in London

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of massage and do not have the finances or time to commit to a course? Now you can learn the basics in one day,a combination of theory and practical work so boost your skills and try something a little different,designed for couples or friends. An educational and fun way to spend the day! I'm delighted to say that I am now teaching workshops in Tantric,Holistic,Hawaiian and Pregnancy Massage as I feel after 30 years of actively practicing and running my own business with clients this is the next step for me. Only one couple or 2 people at a time will be taught so the sessions can be tailored specifically to your individual needs. Teaching is something I have always aspired to do there is no greater gift then sharing the knowledge of what you are passionate about with others. A certificate of attendance will be given on the day. For further information and to see the workshops available please see the link below:…

6 Reasons you need to be touched

                                  The importance of touch in our every day lives 

Touch is an essential part of our every day lives and something we can often take for granted. From the first time a mother holds her new born baby to the love we feel after a hug from a loved one it is a way to connect and communicate without the need for words.

Below is an article which explains in more detail, the link to the full article and author is shown below:

                          Here are 6 reasons why you need to be touched on a regular basis.

1. Feel connected to others. We are social beings, and although we all fall in different places on the introversion – extroversion scale, we all need to have that sense of connection to other members of our tribe. While some of that connection can come from having conversations with others, touch also plays an important role in human communication. 2. Reduce anxiety. Simply touching another person can make us feel more secure and less anxious. It can ma…

Why did I choose to become a massage therapist ?

One of the most commonly asked questions I get is why did I decide to become a massage therapist? I was always a very sensitive child growing up from a very young age I became aware extremely quickly of other peoples emotions and intuitively could sense when they were upset or needed comfort. At first I would consider this hyper sensitivity as a curse as I would be affected so easily by other peoples words and actions but as I got older I saw it as a blessing as I began to naturally tune into people and could intuitively sense when they needed a hug or a back rub to make them feel better.
It was then that I realized what if I could take this sensitivity and intuition and use it to help people,to somehow make a difference to help ease their pain and improve their lives in some way. I was 16 years old when I made the decision to let my heart and hands guide me and now at almost 47 years old with over 30 years of experience I can honestly say with every day that passes my passion for my w…