Lower back pain

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Today we are talking about lower back pain.
What causes it?
How you can prevent it?

Why should you drink water and how much?
People are under the misconseption that you should drink 2 ltrs of water a day. You would be surprises to know that it is actually 3 ltrs.
What that will make me go for a pee constantly, i hear you say. Yes to start off with it will this is normal.
However give it some time and your body will soon adjust.
Why do i say 3 litre for?
Well because the body can become inflammed and go into fight or flight mode water helps keep the muscles hydrated. Also is great for the skin not drinking enough can give you wrinkles due to the flexibility in the skin tone.
If you have a cat then usually the vet tests to see if it has drunk enough water is to pinch it’s skin and it is the same with humans. If it springs back quickly you are hydrated if it don’t then you are dehydrated.

Are heads weight is 10 to 11 pounds and our brains are about 3 pounds. So you think about everytime you are looking down. At your phone extra pressure is put on your neck which also can hurt the lower back.

Sitting down
Our bodys are not designed to sit down for long periods of time.
You are at risk of DIABETES due to the fact sitting may change the way your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that helps it burn sugar and carbs for energy.
OSTEOPROSIS due to the weight gain and being stuck the body needs to move to be lubricated.
PELVIS and HIPS it can twist your hips like when you sit ceoss legged
WEIGHT GAIN we need to be active we need to move.
DEPRESSION _ due to inactivity a 15 min walk is needed to boost the endorphines found in the body

If you are sitting down you should be every 30 mins moving and ideally be doing pelvis tilts.

Morning why do i feel stiff
Lack of exercise and movement
Poor posture if you are a face down sleeper then you are putting pressure on your neck and lower back, if you can’t sleep anyway else then rolled up towel under the feet and cushion under the brest bone with the head have a neck cushion with a hole in it.
If you arr a side sleeper place a cushion under one arm and place a pillow inbetween the knees and one at the back of you to stop you rolling
If you are a back sleeper then put a cushion slightly under your bum and under knees.

Creating a Garden to help your well-being!

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With some much extra time on our hands currently, why not think about creating a garden to help with your well-being!

We recently read an article by RHS Director of Science, Professor Alistair Griffiths has done a lot of research into wellbeing and gardens and has even written a book about it! Called RHS Your Wellbeing Garden it gives some ideas for using greenery and gardens to distract from the stresses of life, whether it be butterflies, birdsong, or sensory and scented plants.

So here are some of the top tips we took from the article:

What should you include?

“Key elements of life, like shelter and water, are relevant to a mindfulness corner, which is trying to create a refuge but with an ability to view outside of that,” says Griffiths.

Where do you start?

  • Create an area of seating where you can sit alone, or with friends and family. Have  plants which attract butterflies, bees and wildlife to distract you from everyday life.

Think about water

  • It’s good to have an element of water, where you have the ability to see and hear the water and look at its reflectiveness. This could be a full pond or a small water feature.

What happens if you have a balcony, or no outdoor space at all?

  • Bring nature indoors, by making a mindfulness corner in your house, bringing greenery into those spaces. Small palms or ferns go well in a corner.

Focus on fragrance

  • He says scent is critical, so choose things which are fragrant. There’s scientific evidence linking lavender to calm and sleep. Lavender is that it attracts bees and other wildlife, which is an extra benefit as well!

Consider colour

  • The brighter the colours, the more impact they have on our emotions.
  • Trying to surround yourself with different types of greens, because green is a colour that seems to be universally liked by people across the world.
  • Add water to the scene, it gives you the blues and the greens and these are commonly thought of as calming colours, linking nature, water and the sky, the things that give us life.

Have elements of touch

  • He suggests to include plants that make you want to touch them, such as soft ornamental grasses, the sort of plants that you want to run your hand through when you walk past.

Don’t over-complicate things

  • Keep it relatively simple and opt for plants you’ll be able to care for.

If you would like to find out more about the book pop along to the RHS Website.

How about a Thai Massage?

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Are you feeling slightly overwhelmed at the endless amounts of massage treatments on the market? How about a Thai Massage?!

Let’s find out more about ‘Thai Massage’, where it originated, what is involved in the treatment and the overall health benefits.

What is it?

Thai Massage originated over 2,500 years ago in Thailand. The treatment is a combination of Swedish massage, neuro muscular techniques, acupressure, How about a Thai Massage? physiotherapy, reflexology and yoga stretching. It is seen as the complete opposite to your ‘standard’ back, neck & shoulder massage that you would expect to receive in a spa or salon. In Thai Massage,  therapists ask that you are fully-clothed, whilst laying on the ground on a futon.

What is involved?

In Thai massage, the therapist puts you through a series of stretches that cover the entire body. The therapist will work the back of your legs and then your back using a walking motion with their hands. The therapist might kneel on the back of your legs and pull your arms to arch your back and open your chest. She/he may place her shoulder under your heel to lift your leg and stretch your hamstring.

Thai massage also includes deep-pressure point work to stimulate the sen, or the body’s energy pathways and each zen line is treated using a finger and thumb technique.

Long considered a medical treatment in Thailand, Thai massage is sometimes referred to as “lazy man’s yoga”.

Benefits of the treatment?

  • Helps arthritis and back pain
  • Improves flexibility
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Helps muscle relaxation
  • Strengthens joints and muscles
  • Increases concentration levels

To Book with us you can book via our Facebook Page, email Tracy or call on 07765 531425.

5 Reasons massage is good for you!

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Here are the top 5 reasons massage 05 Reasons Massage is good for you! f good for you! These are clinically proven health benefits of massage treatments. Have a read through them, then book a treatment for yourself!


Many studies have linked massages to improved functioning of the immune system. In one 2010 study, massage was shown to improve production of white blood cells which fight against disease. The same study was repeated with a focus on how massage effects hormone levels and it showed that people who had Swedish massage twice a week had decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol and more oxytocin, the trust hormone.


A relaxing massage can reduce anxiety, stress and depression. Massage has been proven to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This improves your overall feeling of well being and can reduce blood pressure. It can increase levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which is great for people suffering from depression.


A study published in Science Translational Medicine in 2012 found that massage greatly relieves sore muscles after physical exercise. Just 10 minutes of massage can reduce inflammation and help your body recover more quickly.


A 2011 study of lower back pain published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that Swedish massage or deep tissue massage can help alleviate chronic lower back pain.


Even insomniacs may find it easier to get a good night’s rest after a Spa Experience massage treatment. Some people even fall asleep while they are being massaged! Many studies have addressed this and accredit it to massage’s affect on delta waves, which are the brain waves associated with deep sleep.

So what are you waiting for, these 5 reasons massage are good for you should mean you are picking your phone now to book! It is so easy to book with A Healing Touch

Tuesday Specials are back

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We are so happy to let you know that our Tuesday Specials are back. Tuesday Specials are back!

Thats right – every Tuesday you can book any 30 minute treatment and pay only £20! With our beautiful and tranquil treatment room open from 1pm until 9pm there is plenty of time to book in, lay back and relax!

There are so many treatments to choose from, which one will you go for? A Fabulous Facial or a relaxing Aromatherapy massage? An energising Thai Massage or Reflexology?

The choice is yours! If you can’t decide, book a couple of treatments and pay on £40 for the 60 minutes of bliss!

If you would like to book with us then please give us a call on 07765 531 325or you can email on [email protected]. You can even book via our Facebook Page: A Healing Touch.

So enjoy that our Tuesdays Specials are back and get in touch to book now!