What are 'toxins', and how does the body deal with them?

Toxins

Due to the tragic event in Salisbury recently, there has been a lot of talk about poisons, toxins and the ongoing potential risk to the wider public.

In the context of the seriousness of chemical weapons, this is a valid and much needed debate.  However, this is turn got me thinking about the health and wellness industry and how it plays on people's fears about different 'toxins', how we should 'detox' and the most common line I've heard over the years in a massage setting...

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man with low back pain

What is pain?

This may sound like a fairly straightforward question, however, when you think about it pain can actually mean a wide range of things. This also differs from person to person.  In fact, I find for some of my clients, my assessment of their posture, gait, or restricted range of movement of a specific joint can actually give them validation for them feeling pain; which I find odd.  It's almost like they don't believe what their bodies are telling them. I've lost count of the times I hear something along the lines of 'Great, so I'm not making it up then?'

Perhaps this response is born out of the British 'stiff upper lip' culture of keeping quiet, carrying on and not making a fuss.  Whatever the reason, we could all do with understanding and listening to our bodies more. In this blog I'll give you a list of 10 points, to try and help explain (and therefore understand) pain.

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Top 5 tips for successful marathon training

Are you a (previously) non-runner, who has recently started training for this year's Marathon season? Perhaps you're doing London for the first time, or maybe you're stepping up from 5k, or 10k runs to marathon distance?  Either way our top 5 tips will help you stay injury free.

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woman getting a Swedish massage

 
What is Swedish Massage?    

Why is it Swedish?   How can it help me?   What happens during a massage?

These are the most frequently asked questions that I get in my work. Hopefully this article will shed a little light on the matter.

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New Year, New You?

January is traditionally a time for setting goals, or resolutions for the forthcoming year.  Setting these targets is a good exercise to do and by implementing changes it helps us to learn about ourselves, as well as grow as people.  However, more often than not these grand ideas get lost, dropped, or forgotten about during the year.  So how can you make your New Year's resolutions stick?

Why not read our Top 5 Tips for a successful 2017 to find out.

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