As a Soft Tissue Therapist, I am passionate about taking a proactive approach towards health and wellbeing in the workplace. Employees who spend the majority of the day sat at a desk or in a car, are often at higher risk of developing musculoskeletal dysfunction and injuries, which can lead to time out of work or reduced productivity. Although some muscular pains or injuries are accidental, more often than not, they are preventable through regular
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Got a health care plan? Get cash back on your Sports Massage appointments with me! I’m delighted to announce I am now a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). What does this mean for you? As a member of the FHT you can rest assured that I am fully trained (to the national standard), fully insured and fully committed to regularly updating my knowledge & skills. Also if you have a health care plan (personal or through
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There’s no better time to boost your motivation or hit a new pb than during the Crossfit Open, HOWEVER… pushing your body to it’s limit both physically and mentally in a competitive environment can be a recipe for disaster – Sacrificing form to move a bit quicker, lifting heavier so you can ‘RX’ a workout and repeatedly attempting a movement that your body isn’t ready for…  With this in mind, here’s a few tips to
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Your IT band is a connective tissue that essentially connects your hip to your shin down the outside of your leg. Attached to the IT band is a muscle called your Tensor Fascia Latae (TFL). Your TFL helps to stabilise your knee and assists in hip abduction. Hip abduction supports stabilisation of the knee during movements such as walking and running.When it comes to hip abduction, the prime mover is your Glute Medius (upper, side
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What is Cupping Therapy? Cupping Therapy originates from traditional chinese medicine. Whilst the traditional method focuses on balancing energy (Qi) in the body, modern approaches focus on treating the musculoskeletal system. Cupping Therapy is used to encourage oxygen and blood flow into the muscles which reduces tension in the muscles and promotes healing in damaged tissues.It has also been found to have a strong anti-inflammatory response.Traditionally, a flame is used to create a vacuum effect
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Don’t let the name mislead you. Sports massage should really be referred to as ‘Soft Tissue Therapy’. Although it was originally developed to improve performance and treat sporting injuries, ultimately, Sports massage aims to combat the negative effects of repetitive actions and movements.These repetitions can lead to muscular imbalances, which in turn lead to aches, pains, tension and injuries. It is therefore especially advantageous to anyone whose work routine involves repetitive activities e.g desk-based work and
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If you’ve never had a Sports Massage before, you’ve probably heard horror stories from family and friends about how painful they are… Because of this, many people are hesitant to book one (despite being aware of the many benefits). If you’re wondering if Sports Massage should be painful, check out my previous post on this: https://www.optimalhealthsportsmassage.co.uk/should-sports-massage-be-painful/Now that we’ve cleared that up, for those still concerned, here is what you can expect from a Sports Massage
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Cardio
‘Cardio’ short for Cardiovascular exercise is the marmite of the health and fitness industry. Let’s face it, you’re either a ‘Cardio bunny’ or a ‘Cardio-phobe’ but love it or hate it, Cardio is a critical component of a healthy body (and mind). The issue with the health and fitness industry is that the function of cardio is sold as a soul destroying method of fat loss, rather than as it’s true intention… To exercise your
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Strong
As you write down your health and fitness goals for 2019, how about making a commitment to your body…Instead of using exercise as punishment and food as reward… Fuel yourself with good food and positive energy. Build strength and stability, keep yourself mobile and move regularly to prevent pain and injuries.My goal for 2019 is to be strong as f*** as that’s when I feel the healthiest both physically and mentally.What are your 2019 fitness
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The human body is fascinating!Clients are always surprised when the root cause of their pain isn’t the area where the pain is felt.If you’re stretching, prodding and poking at an area of pain and not getting any relief, a thorough assessment and treatment can help identify where the pain is really coming from.
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