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Breathe away anxiety

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

Do you suffer with symptoms of frequent stress and anxiety? You may not be aware that there are ways in which you can help ease symptoms of anxiety. You can breathe away anxiety with learning some simple techniques.

There are two key types of breathing patterns – Thoracic (chest) breathing and Diaphragmatic (abdominal) breathing. Below we will take about these in bit more detail but if you would like to know more then follow this link to Guys and St Thomas article on breathing – Read More.

Thoracic Breathing

Also known as chest breathing, ‘thoracic breathing’ is the drawing of minimal breath into the lungs, usually by drawing air into the chest area. So, what does this mean exactly? It is common that when people are anxious, they tend to take rapid, shallow breaths, which in turn creates anxious thoughts in the mind. It becomes a vicious circle.

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Also known as ‘abdominal breathing’ is a way to relax and reduce anxiety. By consciously becoming aware of your own breathing and regulating its depth and rate, the less likely you are to suffer with anxiety attacks or becoming overcome with stress.

Breathe away anxiety

How to practice the correct breathing techniques

  1. Find a quiet, peaceful place to practice within your home, completely free of all distractions and technology.
  2. Place one hand on your upper chest and the other on your lower stomach. Count to 3 and inhale, you should then be able to feel your stomach rise as you breathe.
  3. Now, count to 3, exhale and continue this pattern for 5-10 minutes, until you feel completely calm and relaxed.

Try to practise this type of a daily basis – it is so important to ensure that you take a few moments every day to relax and shut out the outside world and focus on yourself. Taking a time to practise this mindful breathing with certainly help you relive those feelings of stress and anxiety.  Be sure to give it a go, over the course of a couple of days – we guarantee you will begin to feel calmer and less anxious! To help even more why not book a massage with A Healing Touch.

5 reasons why you should treat yourself to a massage!

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

5 Reasons to book a massageLet’s face it, who doesn’t love a good massage? But did you know that not only is it the best way to unwind after a stressful week, but there are also a variety of ways a massage can help to improve your physical well-being and your mind too – when performed by a fully-qualified, experienced masseuse? We have 5 reasons to help you realise that you should treat yourself to a massage!

Whether your first choice would be an intense sports massage, hot stones, deep tissue or aromatherapy – each has a variety of benefits to help kick start your journey to feeling fresh, young and most importantly healthy.

#1. Relieve feelings of anxiety
Do you regularly feel as though you have the weight of the world on your shoulders? If so, then it really is about time you booked yourself in so you can unwind with an aromatherapy massage treatment. Using a unique blend of oils to help ease tension, you will begin to feel relaxed and rejuvenated in no time.

#2. Ease suffering from painful headaches
Unfortunately, headaches are a part of everyday life for many of us, but guess what? An Indian Head Massage could be just the answer all us ‘sufferers’ have been looking for. Research has shown that this type of treatment will decrease pain from trigger points, loosen muscles attached to the skull and increase blood flow to the areas which need it most.

#3. Increases oxygen flow to the brain
Do you easily lose concentration? Or perhaps you make a habit of forgetting your train of thought mid-conversation? Did you know – research has shown that a relaxing massage can significantly increase the production of endorphins? Also known as your body’s natural “feel good” chemical, whilst also increasing the blood flow to your scalp as well as your oxygen levels.

#4. Treat muscle pain and improves back stiffness
Calling all office workers! A back massage can be fantastic for easing ‘postural stress’ and counteracting the imbalance caused by sitting at a desk for long periods of time. Book yourself in for a 30-minute express treatment today, it could be just the thing you need! Plus, you may finally be able to get rid of those painful back knots also known as ‘fibrous adhesions’.

#5. Actively improve your sleep pattern
You can never have enough sleep – right?
According to CDC, 1 in 3 adults do not get the recommended 7 hours of sleep per night. Whether that’s due to a demanding job, small children or just an unusual sleep pattern – everyone has their reasons. But perhaps a relaxing massage could be just what the doctor ordered?

Do you need help with any of the above? Then choose A Healing Touch today!
Tracy Greaves,  is a fully-qualified, massage therapist with 10+ years of experience within the industry. Tracy is based in Horley, Surrey but also offers mobile appointments to clients in Crawley, Gatwick and other surrounding areas within a 30-mile radius.
Contact Tracy via email [email protected] or phone 07765531425 to book an appointment.