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Reflexology for Menopause

Posted on 9 August, 2019 at 7:05



The day after my 39th birthday I went to the Dr's because my anxiety had returned. I happened to mention my muscles ache and the heat is making it difficult to sleep.

I was knocked off my feet to hear my latest bloods showed I'm perimenopausal!

I had no idea there's so many different symptoms and even though it's gradual it can hit you like a ton of bricks.

Unfortunately, the menopause is still taboo. We just don't talk about it enough. Did you know you can be peri for up to 10 years?

I'd love to hear from those who have any hints or tips, or from those who are going through it too.

I've set up a private Facebook Group for women to talk and support others. You can visit my grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/2324954907622795/?source_id=595347433888431" target="_blank"> here.

My aim this summer is to come up with a specific treatment plan to help ease menopausal symptoms. I'm looking for 5 women who are struggling and happy to be case studies.

(Image taken from menobalance.com)

TOP 5 FAQ's of Deep Tissue Massage

Posted on 28 April, 2019 at 8:05 Comments comments (0)

TOP 5 FAQ’s of Deep Tissue Massage




After 12 years of being a massage therapist, and the last 3 spent helping people in pain recover with deep tissue massage, I have discovered a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions about this therapy and today, in this post I want to address them directly.

Here are the top 5 questions I get asked about deep tissue massage and my response to each of them...


1) What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep Tissue Massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues. Simply put, it helps keep muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia soft and flexible to improve how they work, reduce pain and help recover after injuries caused by repetitive movement or sport.


2) How Does Deep Tissue Massage Differ to Swedish?

Swedish Massage is the foundation for all massage. If you go for a massage and you’re unsure of the style, it’s probably Swedish. Swedish Massage is mainly long flowing strokes that usually has one objective – to ease muscle tension. It’s great for relaxation and perfect if you don’t have any injuries (think your typical Spa massage). Deep Tissue Massage focuses more on the mechanics of the body and works the deeper muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments, opposed to just the superficial layers, or top muscles in Swedish.


3) How Does Deep Tissue Massage Differ to Sports Massage?

They are both very similar in approach, the main difference is sports massage has a faster pace with short, fast strokes, where as deep Tissue is slow and deep. We wait for the muscles to melt and relax, rather than applying pressure and forcing them to.

Deep tissue is a unique style of massage that works deeper, both physically and emotionally. There’s something magical about holding a tight muscle and watching it melt as it relaxes in its own time.


4) Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?

Lots of people tell me they’ve had Sports Massage before, and it was pretty painful both during and after, so they expect Deep Tissue to hurt too.

Generally, Deep Tissue Massage isn’t more painful because it goes deeper. Many people are surprised by how relaxing and gentle it feels. Like with any massage, if you are experiencing pain or discomfort, a manipulation will make the area more sensitive, but usually, the discomfort eases as the muscle relaxes.

Compared to Sports Massage, there is less discomfort the next day with little to no bruising, so people generally better straight after the massage.


5) Can Anyone Get a Deep Tissue Massage?

Massage is suitable for all ages, from babies to the elderly. It can help with a wide range of issues from tension headaches to pregnancy aches and pains.

The only time someone would not be suitable is when there are cardiovascular conditions that are unstable, such as Deep Vein Thrombosis or during a flare-up of inflammatory conditions like arthritis.

Massage can help recovery from surgery, once open wounds are healed. It can also benefit those following treatment from cancer, once treatment has ended.


If you’d like to know if massage is suitable for you, or if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.




Hi, I’m Sarah, a Holistic Therapist that specialises in Deep Tissue Massage for tension Headaches and Pregnancy. I have twelve years’ experience and I work from my own clinic based on Treforest Industrial Estate, Pontypridd.


My aim to provide a sanctuary where people can relax and escape the stress of the world, so their mind can switch off, and their can muscles relax. I want people to experience just how good their bodies can feel when they let go of tension with a gentle, yet effective massage that gives people the freedom to live without pain.


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Massage for Desk Workers

Posted on 21 September, 2017 at 9:55 Comments comments (0)


If you work at a desk, chances are you have shoulder tension.

If you're lucky, your neck & shoulders might feel a little stiff after a long working day. If you're unlucky that stiffness can also cause pain in the shoulders and cause headaches.


So, you know the discomfort is caused by long hours sitting at a desk and you might throw in a few workouts during the week to help keep those muscles loose.


You might also find that sessions at the gym don't really help that much, or worse, leaves you with more tension and aches and pain in new areas!


This is where massage comes in... 

If your muscles are already tight from overuse, or stiff from underuse, putting them under more stress from exercise is only going to make them tighter.

What you need to do first, is relax them down. This is done through gentle stretching such as yoga or massage.


I see so many people who work at a desk all day, then workout at the gym, and still can't find relief from their pain. Working out with tight muscles not only makes it harder, it also increases the risk of injury.


These days everyone knows that poor posture plays a big part in back and neck ache, but it's really difficult to correct it when you're fighting against muscles that are tight and tired.


Massage helps to relax the muscles down so they can recover and repair. Even though sitting at a desk is seditary, your muscles are still working hard to support the spine while sitting. Those muscles are then in the same position when you drive, and when you sit down and watch TV.


Through massage, muscles get a chance to relax, without having to do any work, so they get a chance to switch-off and rest. Deep tissue massage compresses and stretches the muscles, releasing the tension and nourishing the tissues with fresh oxegenated blood.


This not only leaves you feeling deeply relaxed, but you'll be able to workout more efficiently with less pain both during and after exercise.

So next time you feel aches, remember to gently stretch the area, and book yourself a massage.

Anxiety & Reiki

Posted on 3 May, 2017 at 7:15 Comments comments (0)


My Anxiety used to be so bad, it was hard for me to leave the house some days. 

People ask me how am I so calm, and they're surprised when I say it's all thanks to Reiki. 


Reiki taught me that everything is energy. This isn't some airy hippy stuff, this is science.


Energy can transfer from one object to another, or even one person to another.

Think how drained you feel after spending time with someone who is feeling low.

Then think how energised you feel after spending time with someone who is happy, it makes you feel good.


So what if you are a Highly Sensitive Person, or an Empath?

Highly Sensitive People are those who are easily affected by others. They can feel overwhelmed by crowds, or feel the pain of others, even if people try to hide their emotions. They become a sponge, absorbing so much energy by the thoughts and feelings of others they sometimes lose touch of their own. They are usally the ones people talk to, and the other person leaves feeling better, but these people are left feeling drained, empty or even confused. Then they have a hard time relaxing and letting go and switching off because they have too much energy, as they carry theirs and everyone else's. This is not something they choose to do. It's simply because they don't know any other way!

This used to be me.


Reiki taught me how to:

* Feel my own energy - so I knew what was mine.

* Ground my energy - so I could release the excess and stop having panic attacks.

* Protect my energy - so I didn't take on the energy of others.

* Direct my energy - so I put it to good use, to heal myself and others.


I also learnt that there was a plus side to being a Highly Sensitive Person.

 Up until that point it only felt like a curse. 

Sensitive and anxious people, are really good at reading the energy of the enviroment.

They are always picking up on stubtle energies asking "Do I feel safe?" 

and the biggest lesson I learnt from Reiki was... 

There is only the NOW & right NOW I AM SAFE! 

Imagine the freedom and peace I felt, knowing I'm fully in charge of MY energy, and there are ways to stop others affecting mine. These days, not only do I feel much calmer and incontrol, but I am able to offer a safe and sacred place for others to relax in and feel totally at peace with themselves and the world around them. 


So I've put together a 1 day Workshop where I will share, not only what I have learnt through Reiki, but also through the other holisitc therapies I have studied. The great thing is, you don't even have to beleive in Reiki to feel the benefits. I wanted to offer something different from the norm, from all the other Anxiety courses out there. Chances are, if you've had anxiety a long time you've probably read all the mainstream books anyway!


On this course we'll look at simple energy techniques, meditation, aromatherpy and crystals alongside Reiki. Pulling in all holistic knowledge so you'll have a full tool kit to help become more calmer and incontrol of your anxiety.


In addition to the one day, I'll be offering a second day for those who want to take the full Reiki 1 course. This includes Reiki Attunements, that align you to the beautiful energy of the universe, and how to use Reiki, not only to heal yourself, but your friends and family also! 


Each day is only £50

That's £25 off the full price of Reiki 1 

I'm so confident in this course helping to ease Anxiety,

I'll offer a full refund* - no questions asked, if you feel it hasn't helped.

I truly beleive that understanding energy can be the key to freedom from Anxiety.


*A refund can only be given for day 1, not the full Reiki 1 Course.



NEW MASSAGE

Posted on 15 July, 2015 at 3:35 Comments comments (0)

 

NEW!!!     Hands Free & Myofascial Release Massage                              

This Summer I've taken additional courses to deepen my knowledge in massage and bring another dimension to my approach.

Hands Free is the use of forearms and elbows that replaces fingers and thumbs. 

The long slow, flowing movements allows the muscles to melt in their own time easing tension with each fluid stretch.

As a practitioner I listen to the body and only move when the muscles allow me.

As a client this feels more smoother and very gentle, even though I'm able to work more deeply.

I've always wanted to find the balance between a gentle yet deep massage and with this technique I feel I've found MY groove.

As it's so gentle and stretches the muscles, allowing them to soften, this technique is suitable for everyone - even if you'd like a relaxing massage, or a deeper one.


Myofascial Release is a technique that works on the facia - a web-like connective tissue that wraps most structures in the body and encases the muscles. Its partially beneficial for problems with mobility and chronic pain.

In a healthy state facia is a gel-like viscose web that allows the muscles to glide easily over one another. Through injury or postural problems the facia becomes dry and sticky causing the muscles to adhere to each other resulting in a lack of mobility and pain.




      This technique is most beneficial for:                                   

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Shin splints
  • Sports injuries
  • Painful scars
  • Chronic pain

If you think Hands Free and Myofascial Release could benefit you, you can try these treatments through July & August for only £25 (normally £40).


Please contact me for more details.

Sarah Davies      [email protected]stherapies.co.uk    07983 806042

Rhomboids Self Help

Posted on 10 May, 2015 at 14:45 Comments comments (0)

Client Information Sheet

 

Rhomboids 

The Rhomboid muscles (both major and minor) help to hold the scapula (shoulder blade) onto the rib cage. They pull the scapula inwards toward the centre-line of the body, pulling backwards and laterally drawing the shoulder back.

If the rhomboids are not able to contract there may be pain, discomfort and a limited range of shoulder movement. This can affect a person's ability to lift, pull and push, and daily activities such as getting dressed and washing hair can become difficult.

 

The area of pain or discomfort can be felt slightly higher or lower that the muscles.

 

Self Help


Gentle Stretches can help to ease tension and keep the muscles supple in between massage sessions.

1) Lift your shoulders up to your ears as in a dramatic shrug, then lower your shoulders and pull them down.

 2) Roll your shoulders forwards and backwards in slow controlled movements.

 3) Lift your arms up and hold them parallel to your ears. You should be able to comfortable hold your arms up for 30 seconds.

 Weights


Using weights can help stretch and strengthen muscles.

 Bent- over Rowing

 A) Bend-over with soft knees and a straight back. Have comfortable hand weights (you can use water bottles just as well)

 B) Pull the weights up to just below the ribs, then lower again.

 Take slow and controlled movements.

 Reverse Fly-curls

 C) Bring your arms back to centre

 D) Raise your arms up and out to shoulder height

 Safety Tips

  • Make slow controlled movements, not to jerk and pull a muscle
  • Keep your knees soft and back straight
  • Pull your stomach muscles up and in to support your back
  • Let your back muscles do the work, not your arms
  • Start with a low number of reps, stop as soon as your muscle tire
  • Always stretch before and after using weights

Pregnancy SPD / PGP Self-Help

Posted on 21 March, 2015 at 17:25 Comments comments (1)

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) / Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)

Pelvic pain during pregnancy is common, but some women may experience extreme discomfort from as early as the first trimester.

Symptoms

Mild, moderate or severe pain in the pubic bone, hips, groin, lower abdomen, buttocks, lower back and inner thighs, on one side or both, that may be accompanied with a clicking sound or sensation.

Symptoms are aggravated by the increasing weight of the baby, changes in the body's centre of gravity and posture.

The condition is usually diagnosed by its symptoms, through assessments of the pelvic joints and spine and sometimes an ultrasound.

The cause

It is common during pregnancy due to the pregnancy hormone 'relaxin' that soften the ligaments of the body and allows the pelvis to open to make room for the baby during birth.

This condition is becoming more popular, possible due to changes in modern lifestyles. Women are spending more time sitting, through desk jobs or driving, so muscles are less toned and unable to support the pelvic girdle.

At the other end of the spectrum, women who have exercised excessively may already have a weakened pelvic structure.

Also, a slight displacement of the pelvis means there is already unequal stress prior to pregnancy.

Self Help

  • Sit with a straight, well supported back
  • keep the knees together when you stand up and turn over in bed
  • Wear flat, supporting shoes
  • Sit tall when driving - you may need to adjust the mirror each morning as your posture changes
  • Avoid bending, squatting, over stretching and taking the stairs whenever possible
  • Use pillows to support when sitting and sleeping. Keep your legs parallel to prevent your top leg twisting across your body
  • The yoga Cat Paws position on all fours can help release tension and help to strengthen the muscles
  • Tucking your 'tail bone' (coccyx) under will help to stretch out the lower back muscles. This might be easier to do while laying on your back
  • Massage can help to gently stretch, tone and strengthen the supporting muscles
  • Reflexology may help to ease pain when massage is not suitable
  • Find the position that is most comfortable for you - some may find that keeping the legs closed help to ease the discomfort, while others prefer the legs being apart slightly
  • Visit your GP if you are in severe or constant pain

These will not be able to cure the condition during pregnancy. As pregnancy progresses, the amount of relaxing increases and the baby gets heavier, creating even more of a strain on the pubis.

Labour

It is possible to have a vaginal birth, the best position would be on all fours.

Avoid stirrups if possible.

A water birth would help to support your joints, but extra care must be taken when entering and exiting the pool.

Postpartum

You may find after delivery the condition improves. You will still need to be careful to avoid excessive leg abduction movements for 4-6 weeks.

Gentle back, abdominal and pelvic floor exercises will help to strengthen the pelvis.

Massage or reflexology from a trained therapist in postnatal care can help support your recovery.

 

 

 


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