Massage: part of your daily grind...

A lot of my marketing targets those of you who regularly exercise, whether you’re a gym user, marathon runner or circuits enthusiast, but here I really want to emphasise how massage can help those of you who work long hours sitting behind a desk and have at least an hours’ commute to and from work each day.

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Indoor Treadmill Vs Outdoor Terrain

In recent years there has been a massive shift taking fitness training out of the gym and into the great outdoors. No matter where you live there seems to be bootcamps, running clubs, boxing, circuits (the list goes on) all accessible in your local park run by the ever enthusiastic personal trainer. As effective, and motivating as this type of training may be, I’m here to defend the treadmill (and the gym experience as a whole) as I believe, as much as it’s not an environment liked by everyone, it’s still a great space to workout in. It all depends on what you want (and need) from your workout.

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The Light Bulb Moment

When faced with a problem it is often said that when you clear your head and stop thinking about it the solution often presents itself. But what if you don’t realise there’s a problem in the first place? Come January it’ll be my five year anniversary of being a self employed massage therapist in SW London. It’s been ridiculously hard work and, as a client pointed out to me a while ago, I don’t seem to have a first, second or third gear when it comes to business. I’m either operating on fifth or sixth gear (which then results in a burnout) or not at all. Goal after business goal is set, making the pressure of ‘success’ a permanent fixture of my life.

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The New Year Starts when? September of course!

I find it interesting that it doesn’t seem to matter whether we have children or not, or whether we left school five years ago or twenty-five years ago we still seem to adopt ‘term times’ into our lives throughout the year.

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I Feel Your Pain

There are certain things when learning the English language that really stick in one's head: for instance, when to use 'your' instead of 'you're'; whether you're 'right' or want to 'write' and, for me the difference between 'empathise' and 'sympathise'. I'm lucky enough to be able to say that for the majority of my life I have been injury free (and given how much I've put my body through over the years I can only put it down to pure fluke!) so when clients come to me with back pain, shoulder pain, pulled hamstrings, tight calves (and so on and so forth) for the most part I can only sympathise. Listening to what someone is experiencing in their body is key, in my opinion, to being a good therapist and being able to deliver the appropriate treatment. It is, in fact, an essential part of any treatment I give. However, recently I have had a sharp wake-up call from my own body. A few weeks ago my body decided it was time that I get on board with empathising rather than sympathising.

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