Archive for May, 2013

PREGNANCY MASSAGE

Written by: Tracy Date of published: . Posted in Uncategorized

Pregnancy Massage.

 

This Month I have been on an updated pregnancy massage course and have new skills to help expecting mums. This type of massage is also suitable for people that maybe experiencing problems in conception or has recently had a baby so if you know anyone that is expecting please forward my site www.ahealingtouch.co.uk to anyone in need maybe they have just had a baby it can help with post natal  depression.

 

The difference with this massage is you are lying in a side position with lots of pillows, each side will be treated it is a very gentle and soothing massage to both you and your unborn child.

 

It should be noted that you should only have massage after 12 weeks which it is then safe to continue massage. So please make sure you tell your practitioner if you are or think you may be pregnant. Having massage early on can be unsafe as there are trigger points in the body that can induce labour or contractions. You can however have facials and manicures but you should still tell your practitioner as aromatherapy oils are used and some are not suitable for pregnancy.

 

The Benefits of Pregnancy Massage.

  • Massage can help ease stress that the body has to go through when the changes in hormones and as the baby develop
  • The ankles swell during pregnancy and can relive water retention from swollen ankle’s and joints and with more weight on the feet helps relieve pressure.
  • Pressure points in the wrist can be used to control morning sickness.
  • If you want to go into labour and are well over due acupressure points can help this happen.
  • By improving lymph and blood circulation you are helping bring blood and oxygen to the baby.
  • Having your tummy massage helps things such as heartburn, indigestion, the placenta The baby also responds well to the touch and can often kick when this is done, helps them feel at ease.
  • As you grow bigger and it puts more strain on your muscles and joints especially you’re lower back so it is important to take good care of your posture during this stages.
  • Helps break down knots, stiffness, aches and pains.
  • Helps lymph so it can help with a calmer labour when it comes round to it.
  • Having a massage can help relieve stress and emotional stages to you and the baby.
  • You can get more headaches during pregnancy so a soothing massage around the head and face will lift the mood.
  • Reiki can help during pregnancy or for people that are trying.
  • Can help with post natal depression or fears.
First time mummy’s OFFER receive £10 off on each visit. Only £30.00

Summer Happy Feet

Written by: Tracy Date of published: . Posted in Uncategorized

Today I am going to talk about the health benefits of feet and why should we look after them?.

  • Stop smoking this can lead to poor blood flow
  • Wear sunscreen on feet avoid sunburn
  • Make sure you dry in between the feet
  • Wear correct shoes and socks to help protect feet
  • If you suffer from arthritis you could try putting 2p coins in each side of the shoe which can help rheumatoid as copper is good for this conditions as they help blood flow.
  • Always cut toe nails to avoid ingrown ones.
  • File away dead skin and calluses talk to a foot doctor if you need to.
  • Be more active to help blood flow and to keep joints supple.
  • Avoid walking bare foot to prevent infection or injury

Aromatherapy oils for the feet.

MUSCLE PAIN

  • 12 drops lavender oil
  • 4 drops chamomile oil
  • 4 drops ginger oil
  • 2 ounces vegetable oil or St. John’s wort oil

TIERD FEET

  • Peppermint oil works best for this as it cools the feet.

ATHELETS FOOT

  • Mandarin or lemongrass essential oils sock feet in 20 drops each or one of the oils to help against fungal infections can also be used to help against ringworm.

How to make your own foot scrub

  • 4 table spoons of almond oil
  • 1 table spoon of sea salt
  • Add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil and lavender
  • Blend well add to water and sock feet for 5 -10 mins

Want Beautiful looking feet then why not try

  • Having a manicure or pedicure can prevent Hang nails splits and cuts on the nails, nail damage, ingrown and weakness to nail bed.
  • Helps fight infection and improves the nail bed
  • Having nice and clean nails sets an important and professional status.
  • Massage is included in a manicure and pedicure which helps improve the blood  circulation and improve skins health

 

Reflexology Massage for feet.

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Menopause
  • Back pain
  • Migraines, headaches
  • Sleep disorders
  • Digestive problems
  • Circulatory problems
  • Stress related disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Weight loss

Thai foot massage

Helps in the same way that reflexology does by improving the imbalances of chi in the body. Works by breaking down uric acid which is toxins in our body. The acupressure points stimulate points in the body which lead to other organs in the body which helps them function better. Improves mobility and circulation.

Acupressure

Helps with the above conditions.

 I specialize in this conditions so book your treatment now with A Healing Touch.

What are painful Knots In your body?

Written by: Tracy Date of published: . Posted in Uncategorized

So if you are feeling pain then you probably have what is known as a knot.

Knots are areas of muscle that is in spasm and are contracting.

You can get them from overstretching or not stretching. The body needs to be stretched in order to function correctly and to have the mobility to move freely without pain or discomfort.

A lack of blood flows to the knotted area.

This is why it is important to stretch during exercise so you can prevent knots.

It is also important to drink water and eat protein as the muscles are made up of protein.

The average body contains between 70-80% of water so it sounds crazy to drink water when we already have so much in there anyway.

 

So why drink water then?

  • When drinking water it should be noted those 6-8 glasses or 2 ltr is not correct. Why? Because it varies to if you are sick or have been exercising and most importantly your actual weight. You can find out how much on the web.
  • It is not a good idea to drink when you are fir sty because you are already dehydrated by then.
  • Water gives us energy; because we are dehydrated it leads to tiredness, stiff muscles, fatigue, and dizziness.
  • Water helps you lose weight and tones the muscles.
  • Drinking hydrates the skin and after a week or 2 of drinking 2-4 lts a day you will notice a glow to your skin, the reason behind this is it repairs the muscles and produces collagen which helps the repair the major protein structure that helps break down uric acid in the body which maintains the organs too.
  • Cleansing- water helps the body to cleanse it can remove gall stones, helps keep your organs lubricated especially your lungs because breathing in itself causes you to be dehydrated. It can help prevent cancer and other harmful diseases due to the body being flushed out.  It helps remove waste and toxins from our body.
  • We remove these toxins via our Poo, urine and the liver this is how the water works with the liver.
  • Your liver: Your blood enters the liver full of toxins and bacteria and leaves the unwanted pollutants are neutralised in the liver to make them less harmful to the body using a chemical processes or separate pumps and vacuums you could see this as. Some of the chemicals are recycled and the rest are dumped into your excrement in a substance called bile. Your liver is also responsible for many other functions including digesting fats, storing vitamins and energy supplies etc. Water helps the cleansing process.

 

So what else can I do to get rid of these knots?

  • Pilates and yoga are great for stretching the muscle fibres. Breathing exercises create a better blood flow and oxygen to the muscles.
  • Meditation and breathing exercises helps the diaphragm which helps the Liver. Can help prevent asthma and heart conditions.
  • Take a warm bath or use a sauna frequently.
  • Use cold and heat therapy. Frozen bag of peas or one of those picnics frozen blocks you put in your cool bag. Use for 5-10 minutes in each position Do this frequently treat it as a sprain your muscles are inflamed. Do this as frequently as possibly 3 times a day. With the heat do it just before you go to bed. To be honest heat and cold both do the same thing, they shock the body into breaking the spasm cycle. It shuts down the nerves that trigger the pain warning. If it is a new injury always apply ice only for the first 3 days or more depending on the swelling. (Very important to consider especially on sciatica, sprains, ligaments, breaks.)
  • Exercise I know you are having pain but actually by doing nothing you are seizing up and contracting your body more and restricting the muscles and your organs to repair. Never overdo exercise either.
  • Make sure you stretch hold each muscle group for 1-2 Minutes to allow the muscles to stretch and it helps prevent your skin from losing it elastin and the fibbers can function better and heal. Always have a day of to allow the muscles to gage anything you do triggers a warning of shock to the body.
  • Some vitamins can help please read my other blogs for this.
  • Massage helps a great deal because it is good for breaking down uric acid in the body.
  • Massage helps the activity of certain genes the same way that ibuprofen works on reducing muscle spasms and it lasts longer.
  • Visiting a massage therapist once a week to once a fortnight can help manage the pain and discomfort that you get by eliminating toxins in the body by compressing the muscle helping manage the scar tissue by manipulations to create better blood flow to help the body heal.
  • Acupuncture or acupressure is based on the philosophy that it helps to create better flow that a big line called your meridians and chi help the organs function correctly when each point is pressed on.
  • Trigger therapy and myofasia release when you are talking about knots in the back you are actually talking about the myofasia release trigger points there is no knot involved, the word knot is a word that describes a painful area and because the muscles feel like you don’t know what to do with them bit like a tummy ache. Myofascial derives from the words “myo,” which is Greek for muscle, and “fascia,” which refers to the muscle’s tough outer lining that keeps it in place. Fascia is one of the 3 types of dense connective tissue the others being ligaments and tendons and it extends without interruption from the top of the head to the tip of the toes.
  • What was once healthy fascia is now replaced with a non – elasticated muscle known as scar tissue.  Which with the added cut off, of the blood supply this is why your muscles go into spasm it is finding a way to get through which aggravates the muscle more.

Reasons to book a Myo fascial Treatment?

  • Fascia covers all organs of the body, muscle and fascia cannot be separated.
  • All muscle stretching is myofascial stretching.
  • Myofascial stretching in one area of the body can be felt in and will affect the other body areas.
  • Release of myofascial restrictions can affect other body organs through a release of tension in the whole fascia system.
  • Myofascial release techniques work even though the exact mechanism is not yet fully understood.
  • Lightly contact the fascia with relaxed hands.
  • Slowly stretch the fascia until reaching a barrier/restriction.
  • Maintain a light pressure to stretch the barrier for approximately 3–5 minutes.
  • Prior to release, the therapist will feel a therapeutic pulse (e.g., heat).
  • As the barrier releases, the hand will feel the motion and softening of the tissue.
  • The key is sustained pressure over time.
  • It helps you to relax like no other massage and help the body unwind gentle but very effective removes stuck connective tissue sometimes deep tissue cannot perform this due to the knot being as solid as a rock so having myofascial helps the muscle to relax and your body will twitch with this due the muscles separating and releasing and unwinding naturally.
  • It has been originated by osteopaths but is popular with physiotherapy.

 

So will my Knots ever go away for good if I have regular treatments?

It does depend on the trauma of the body. Trauma could be something you done years ago even as far back to being a child or car accidents. Stress and exercise can cause the muscles to tighten. Once scar tissue is there and has been there for a while the harder it is to treat. That is not to say that it can’t be managed.

It is not uncommon and often people will say it was a little sore the next day after the massage but then the next day or two it felt fine.   The reason people can feel a bit sore or stiff or even worse the next day is because massage forces the body to remove this stuck tissue and removes toxins and waste back to the immune system and a massage is a workout in itself to the muscles.  So always follow advice and rest after wards and make sure that your muscles are well rehydrated because you lose fluid during this process of elimination, you should also eat a low calorie and sensible diet preferably a Mediterranean diet.

So don’t think your therapist has caused you damage and yes you will have to come back because knots to the body don’t just disappear overnight they can take time to heal and depending on the trauma it can range from anything to 6-10 sessions and sometimes even years and as mentioned chiropractors, osteopaths physiotherapist and massage therapist can only help manage the problem. Sometimes if it is acute then you are best to treat it straight away because if the problem is not dealt with or managed it becomes chronic which could mean time of work, loss of earnings, complete loss of mobility, uncontrollable pain and discomfort and this could result in putting harmful chemicals in the body such as pain killers which just dull the ache not treat the problem and they can be addictive and bad for your organs functions just read the side effects found on the leaflets. It could lead to injections in the muscles or worst case operations.

So massage is not just a pamper it is responsible in the body’s functioning in removing harmful toxins in the body, digestive system, immune system, urinary tract system, kidneys, liver, etc. psychological, mental, body’s repair of muscles, stretching out muscles and decompressing the muscles so they release, You can do this in exercise too but the massage gets to places that no amount of stretching could reach,

Knots are areas of muscle that is in spasm and are contracting.

You can get them from overstretching or not stretching. The body needs to