Massage can play a very important role in your exercise programme. Massage is the only therapy that can help prevent the sort of overuse and repetitive strain injuries often incurred during a training/exercise programme.
Great for releasing areas of tightness and tension in muscles, easing away aches and pains, and relieving fatigue, a massage can also help speed recovery time after an injury.
Aches and pains or niggling injuries picked up in training should be attended to as soon as possible. Regular therapeutic massage helps increase your sense of well-being, enhance performance which, in turn, boosts confidence.
So, whether you’ve completed you weekly routine workout, competed in challenging event or training for a marathon, what could be better than having a soothing and relaxing massage to help you unwind?.
Contact our St Anne’s clinic to book an appointment with Andy Ogilvie (Massage & Sports Therapist).
Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate) is a quick and easy self help approach to dealing with minor aches and pains. They are easily accessible from a local chemist and many of the discount shops sell them too. They can be used where there is any calcification in joints, or where there is mild stiffness or soreness after physical activity, such as sport or gardening.
The salts work by reducing the acid build up in the body and by achieving a normal acid/alkaline balance. This makes it a useful tool in reducing the aches associated with colds/flu and fever and in calming skin conditions such as dermatitis or eczema. To use, simply put 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salts in approximately 2 litres of warm water and soak hands or feet for 15 to 20 minutes. To use in a bath, measure a large mug full and add to a normal size bath. Then simply lay back and relax.
Be careful not to have the water too hot, otherwise the salts could raise the body temperature to uncomfortable levels. Care should be exercised by people with high blood pressure or heart problems and Epsom Salts are not recommended for children under the age of 5yrs.
On average 7 to 9 hours sleep a night is required for a restorative night’s sleep. Interestingly, shortened life expectancy isn’t only linked to people who routinely sleep less than this, but also to those who sleep more. Yet as the nature of our sleeping requirements change with each stage of life, achieving the balance is not easy.
Here is our list to help motivate you to get moving and start exercising;
When you get moving, your body creates hormones called endorphins that are responsible for making you feel happy.
When you are physically active, your body also releases dopamine and adrenaline that makes your brain kick into a higher gear. This makes you feel more alert, focused and enables you to absorb information easier.
Exercise trains the nerve cells in the area of our brain, the frontal lobe, where memory is stored. This is useful now and in the future as the positive effects accumulate.
If you exercise outdoors, the greenery has a calming and peaceful effect on your brains, which automatically allows you to let go of stress. At the same time, all our senses are stimulated, allowing you to feel the wind, see the trees and hear the birds.
The more active you are, the better your sleep will be. A good night’s sleep will help you feel more refreshed and alive.
Exercise is good for you whatever your age. However latest research suggests the best way to keep your mind ‘sharp’ is moderate exercise 3 times a week. It doesn’t have to be too energetic, as walking and Tai Chi are both recommended.
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I first experienced Bowen over 10 years ago after suffering a prolapsed disc in my lower back. I had a course of physiotherapy treatment which improved my condition enough for me to return to work. However, I had residual symptoms including leg pain, numbness and pins and needles in my foot, and I was walking with a limp. I wondered whether this would ever go away, and then a friend suggested I try Bowen.