Helping you find the off switch

If relaxing was easy no-one would suffer from tension, but the reality is that when we get stressed, our body is tight and our brain won't stop. Being able to relax can seem a million miles away. Laura (not her real name) was suffering stress at work that she couldn't let go of. Thouhts were … Continue reading Helping you find the off switch

What simple change can improve your posture?

Our posture – the way we hold and move our bodies - depends on our activity, our habits and our emotional state - and it can change. Posture is a recurring topic for us. People wonder if poor posture is exacerbating a problem. Sometimes we notice a pattern suggesting posture is a factor. Poor posture … Continue reading What simple change can improve your posture?

Working with pain

How massage therapy can help when you are in pain. Pain is relevant to massage therapy in a number of ways. In this article I look at the treatment of painful conditions such as lower back pain. I have seen how pain can impact people’s lives. Pain effects everyday activities and can be upsetting and … Continue reading Working with pain

Focus on… shoulder pain

The shoulder is complex. There is the movement of the shoulder itself plus the movement of the arm. It's easy to confuse the two. Shoulder movement When you let your arm hang loosely you should be able to move your shoulder upwards, downwards, forwards and backwards. You should also be able to make forward and … Continue reading Focus on… shoulder pain

Massaging to the extremes

Two treatments this week seemed to reflect opposite ends of the spectrum. The first was a woman who is having regular treatments to help ease mental and emotional stress that builds up in her body. On her first visit she was worried that the massage would make her feel painful afterwards. I was careful to … Continue reading Massaging to the extremes

Client Profile – Musician and teacher, John Diver

John came to Natural Touch when his wife bought him some vouchers. "As a guitarist I divide my working time between playing, practising and teaching which means I'm often in the same position for some length of time. Even though I'm fairly active I noticed a few years ago that my shoulder and neck began … Continue reading Client Profile – Musician and teacher, John Diver

Recovery and injury from the Bath Half

It’s normal to feel achy and stiff after a hard run – especially if you’ve pushed yourself to the limit. Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) usually comes on the following day and will be familiar to anyone who has ever pushed themselves physically. A day or two later you should feel fine. In the mean … Continue reading Recovery and injury from the Bath Half