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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What is Indian Head Massage?

Indian head massage has its origins in the Ayurvedic medicine, one of the oldest forms of traditional medicine.

The word 'Ayurveda' comes from the Sanskrit for 'life and longevity' and the Ayurvedic principles encompass diet, meditation and yoga as well as massage. Traditionally, Indian babies will be massaged every day and from a young age, children are taught head massage so that they can share this gift with family members.

In India many different oils may be used when practising head massage. These include coconut to relieve inflammation and to moisturise a dry scalp and damaged hair; mustard oil to ease sore muscles; sesame for dry skin and sore muscles; neem oil for irritated scalps. Oils may be mixed with herbs or henna according to the condition being treated. 

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