Massage Therapy and Hand Massage

Massage Therapy and Hand Massage, By Caitlin Moffat.

As a massage therapist my hands are constantly under pressure. They can get sore, stiff & sometimes painful if I don’t do anything to treat them. I have found that a simple 10/15 minute hand massage a day can help dramatically. A hand massage has many benefits (some of which you wouldn’t think of)

  • increase grip strength
  • ease pain & tension in joints & tendons
  • reduce stiffness in fingers and wrist
  • improve circulation
  • increase flexibility
  • improve range of motion


Hand pain is a very common but much ignored issue that up to 75% of the British public suffer from. People ignore it or take paracetemol to cover it and continue with their day, but what if there was a simple solution that could have staggering effects?

Dr Tiffany Field, Ph.D. is the Director of The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School conducted tests on the participants at the medical school in order to find out if hand massage could help.

“The researchers recruited 46 participants from the University of Miami Medical School who complained of hand pain regardless of the cause, such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome etc. Most noted that there hand pain was related to computer use”

The average age of the participants was 50 years old and were all of a different race. A mixture of Hispanic, Caucasian & african-American.


“They were randomly assigned to the massage therapy group or the controlled group”


The tests were carried out as follows;

  1.  they received 15 minutes of hand massage once a week for four weeks
  2.  they were also taught a simple home routine to follow
  3.  a record was kept of each time they performed the self massage routine and were called by researchers once a week to check their progress


The results were that the participants in the massage group had decreased pain, increased grip strength, decreased anxiety & decreased depression.

Hand massage doesn’t have to be done by a professional, there are plenty of self-massage routines out there on the internet. You can have a look at a video on Youtube, or use a website with a routine.

I found a great one to use,

Now I have tried this routine over the past week to see for myself if it helped and it did!

For me this not only made my hands feel better but also my wrists & arms felt more relaxed and at ease. 


If you click on the link above and follow the routine yourselves, let us know your opinion on self massage, did it ease tension in your wrists? did it decrease joint stiffness?

This routine is not only for therapists like myself, those who work in banks and offices who do a lot of typing, answering phone calls, writing, those who suffer from repetitive strain injury or carpal tunnel, this is a great routing for everyone!

Taster Week @ Wee Sally Therapeutic Massage

Here at Wee Sally we offer a myriad of treatments. Ever wanted to try reflexology foot massage? How about a relaxing reiki session? Or maybe you want to sample some deep tissue massage? It seems that many of our clients are curious about the wide range of modalities that we offer, so we've decided to run a complimentary 'taster' week, running from the 27th - 31st of March.

The details:

* Book in a free 10 minute mini-treatment to sample what we have available (limit of two per person over the course of the week, one per day).

* You may add on a free mini-treat onto any pre-booked appointment: just let us know at the time of booking to avoid disappointment on the day.

* Modalities on offer include: deep tissue, swedish massage, lymphatic drainage, relaxation massage, reiki, reflexology (hand and foot), head and/or facial massage. Call us on 01506-238366 to have a chat about which treatment is right for you.

* As a special gift to you, every full-length massage booked with Susan,our resident aromatherapist, will include a complimentary aromatherapy blend for use during the treatment or for you to take home. Susan will be happy to make up a blend especially tailored to your needs.

The clinic will also be well-stocked with gift bags filled with goodies for one and all (no need to book a full treatment). So try something new this Spring and hop into Wee Sally for a little on-the-spot pampering! (Or call us on 01506-238366 to book your free taster today!)


Should alternative medicine be available on the NHS?

4 thought TV is a weekly show on Channel 4, which asks a question related to a specific moral or ethical quandary, then presents 7 videos from different people involved with the issue in order to stimulate debate. This week 4 thought TV will be focusing on the question: 'Should alternative medicine be available on the NHS?'

Short talks are available on the 4thought TV website, ranging from those from practising natural therapists to licensed doctors. There are also opinions from patients that have been involved with natural therapies, such as Andrea Giles, diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2009, who talks about her use of natural therapies to help her through her illness. At the other end of the opinion scale is Dr. Raymond Tallis, who asserts that certain therapies are 'anti-educational' and 'ineffective.'

Balancing the scales are Bowen Therapist Martina Hinds, whose personal experience with fibromyalgia and spondylosis lead her to a career as a massage therapist, and qualified herbalist Leanna Broom, who asserts that 'herbal medicine is thousands of years old, and has proven itself to work.' She believes that complementary therapists should be funded by the NHS, 'to help thousands of people to alleviate their suffering.'

Occupying the middle ground are Sense About Science campaigner Sile Lane, osteopath and MD Professor David Tallis and Steven Issilis, whose wife died of cancer while obtaining both conventional and complementary therapies. The arguments provided are thought provoking, and already a healthy debate is raging in the forum. Make up your mind at here at 4thought TV online.

Thank you!

It's been an amazing whirlwind week for us at the clinic, but I wanted to drop a quick note to say Thank You to everyone who has supported us through our Living Social deal that ran on Monday. We were pleased with the results and hope that each of you who participated in the deal enjoys the service you receive.

We still have plenty of availability for both Bathgate and Edinburgh Locations, and welcome your calls to book your appointments, or answer any questions that you may have.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Follow Friday:Rockabye Baby Music

I've decided i'm going to use fridays to highlight some people, products or things that I love or use in the clinic.

My first Follow Friday is going to go to Rockabye baby Music, on twitter they are @rockabyebaby

I was introduced to their albums about two years ago not long before I started my massage training, and soon discovered how much I LOVED listening to their music while working on clients.
The lullabye style of music is soothing, and light, and I find that I feel more calm and grounded when I'm working while listening to the music.
This my friends is not the best part of  this story though, the secret behind Rockabye Baby's success is that the albums they produce, are all of popular rock bands and artists.

Who wouldn't love listening to lullabye versions of Black Sabbath, The Beatles, Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana,  No Doubt, Kanye West and so much more.

I've slowly been collecting their albums as we go along, and can't wait until I have the full collection, you should check them out.
Here is a sample of their Lullabye rendition of  Def Leppard's Pour some sugar on me!
Pour Some Sugar On Me by rockabyebabymusic

Massage, because it feels good!

I could go on, and on about the benefits, both those backed by research, and those that are anecdotal, but the best reason to book yourself in for a massage, for me is nothing more than the fact that it feels good.
We all owe it to ourselves to do things which make us feel good, and a Massage is the perfect opportunity to get some rest, relaxation, and just feel good all over.

After the first week of the school holidays, I'm sure a lot of you are starting to feel a bit frazzled, so make some time for yourself and get booked in for a massage.
My availability for the week ending April 23rd, is as follows:

Tuesday April 19th: 12pm-7pm
Wednesday April 20th: 12pm-7pm
Thursday April 21st: 12pm-3pm and 530pm-7pm
Friday April 22nd: 12pm-4pm and 630pm
Saturday April 23rd: 10am and 1230pm-5pm

We're on the run up to the Easter weekend too, dont forget that if you schedule a 60 minute or 90 minutes massage between now and Easter Sunday, and bring in an Easter Egg for donation to St Johns Hospital Childrens Ward, you will receive a £5 discount on your massage.

Making up Easter Baskets as gifts for Family, Friends, or your local Church?
Why not purchase a Massage Gift Certificate, and sneak that into the basket too?
Gift certificates can be purchased for a specific massage, or for a monetary value both in the clinic, or online

I hope you have a great week,

Availability for the Week Ending April 9th 2011

Every Monday I will be posting my Availability for the upcoming week. Hopefully this will help you discover if there is an appointment slot that will suit your schedule.

These dates and times will change dependent on new appointments, so I will update my Facebook Page each day with changes.

Tuesday April 5th:

Wednesday April 6th:

Thursday April 7th:

Friday April 8th:

Saturday April 9th:
10am, then 1230pm-5pm

Call me on 01506 238366 to schedule your appointment, or email me contact@weesally.
Alternatively, you can book online by going to

Dont forget that from now until Easter Sunday, when you donate an Easter egg for St Johns childrens ward, you will receive £5 off your 60 or 90 minute massage.

How often?

I am sometimes asked by new clients, how often should they schedule for another massage.
As a therapist, this is a really tough question to answer, however I will share my views on the subject, and allow you to decide for yourself.

In an ideal world, one I certainly wish I could afford to live in, we would all get massages about once a week.
What a great way to reduce stress and help maintain good health, and physical fitness.
Sadly this is seldom possible for most people, so my thought is this:
Come as often as your wallet and your schedule will permit!

This may be once every two weeks, once a month, once every two months, the goal is to make you feel good, and to make Massage a regular part of your healthcare routine.
If you are suffering from an Injury that is being treated, the first few weeks of treatment are most important, so 1-2 sessions a week for the first week or two of treatment is ideal, but again, its not always possible or financially viable for people to do this, so as long as you take care of yourself between sessions and follow any recommendations for aftercare, you should still do well in your recovery.

Ask me about ways to treat yourself at home, or for suggestions on stretching after your workout routine. I love sharing this type of information with people.

Affordability is the biggest concern, especially when things in the economy are as tough as they are right now. Massage is viewed as a luxury, and one of the first things to go when people start living on budgets. However when you consider how much longevity you can receive in your health from regular massage, it may pay to keep up those appointments. Research has shown that people who receive regular massage often take less "sick leave" from work, and are generally happier employees. Your Immune system benefits, so you become less reliant on medicines to treat things like viruses and infections.

I have tried to ensure that I have priced my massage at a point where it doesnt break the bank.
Think of all the ways you could save that £35 a month to put towards your massage*?

Remember your body is the only you'll ever have, treat it with love, care and attention and it will take care of you and carry you for a long, long time.

*60 minute massage

Muscles: The Rhomboids

Do you suffer from bad posture, and rounded shoulders?
If you do then there is a chance that you may have overstretched (or weak) Rhomboids.
The Rhomboids (Rhomboids Major and Minor) are posterior shoulder muscles which have the appearance of a Christmas tree on your back.

The Rhomboids get their naame from the Greek word Rhomb, a Parallelogram with oblique angles and only the opposite sides equal.Which describes their shape.

Origin: The Rhomboids Originate on the Spinous processes of C7 through to T1.

Insertion: They insert along the Medial (vertebral) border of the Scapula

Actions: The Rhomboids primary action is to retract the scapula, which is the action when you squeeze your shoulder blades together, moving them closer to your spine. They stabilize the Shoulder blade, and assist when you move your arm from above your head, down towards shoulder level.

The most common problem that you would experience with these muscles is tenderness, pain or aching between the shoulder blades. This occurs if the muscles are tight.
If the muscles are overstrertched you will experience rounded shoulders.
The rounded shoulders are also assisted by your Pec Muscles being too tight, pulling your shoulders forward, and overstretching the rhomboids.

You can strengthen the Rhomboids in many ways, including Rowing, Lat. Pull Downs and using a Pulley for Shoulder adduction.

The Rhomboids are mostly treated in the Prone (face down) position.
The use of several techniques including Stripping, Myofacial release, static friction and Trigger point work when massaging the Rhomboids can help relieve pain, and release taut bandsin the muscles. However in the case of overstretched Rhomboids, Strengthening exercises would also be recommended.

Trigger points in the Scalenes can often refer pain to the Rhomboids, and around the medial border of the shoulder blade, so should also be treated when addressing pain in this area.

If you have any questions about the Rhomboids that you would like answered, or any aches and pains you would like addressed, please comment below, or Email Me.

I would like to thank Charlie Watson at Advanced Massage Therapeutics for some of the information contained within this article.
Also used as resources was:
Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy by Mel Cash
Deep Tissue Massage: A visual guide to techniques by Art Riggs
The Concise Book of Neuromuscular Therapy by John Sharkey

Service Industry Discount Day!

Having worked in the Service Industry myself for many years, I know how much of a stressfull and thankless job it can be. So to honor those who deal with this type of work day in and day out, I am introducing "Service Industry Discount Day".
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Muscles: The Trapezius

Are you slouching? I know that's one problem I have as I spending so much time in front of a computer. I can tell when my slouch is bad too, because my shoulders are practically up at my ears. This "Elevation" of your shoulders can be caused by several muscles, but one of the main muscles whose action is "elevation" of the shoulder is your Trapezius and more specifically, the "Upper Trapezius".
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Special Offer: Limited Time Only

For a limited time only, receive a Hot Stone Therapy massage for the same price of your regular massage.

A hot stone therapy can:
    * boost your circulation
    * release stored tension
    * recharge your energy levels
    * relax you.

Hot stone therapy can offer health benefits for people with:
    * muscular pain
    * poor circulation
    * rheumatic and arthritic conditions
    * fibromyalgia
    * multiple sclerosis (MS)
    * back pain
    * stress
    * insomnia
    * depression.

As with all massage therapies, you should never underestimate the feel-good factor. Hot stone massage will make you feel nurtured, pampered and special.

Hot & Cold Stone Therapy now Available

Over the last few months many clients have asked about the availability of Hot Stone Massage.

I am pleased to announce that we now offer Hot and Cold Stone therapy treatments eithehr as a stand alone  service, or in conjunction with our regular massage.

There are several different methods of using stones in a Massage treatment.

Placement: Placement involves positioning the stones on certain areas of the body, and resting them there to allow the heat to penetrate the muscle tissue and assist in relaxing the muscles to allow deeper penetration when massaging those areas.

Gliding and massage: Effective hot stone massage  uses tthe stones as tools to deliver effective tissue and muscle masage at a pressure level that the client is cmofortable with.

The heat from the stones relaxes muscles andincreases blood flow to the  area beeing worked, assisting in the acceleration of the healing process.

Call now to book your next massage session, and why not ask for Hot Stones to be incorporated into your session.

As a warm up for winter, why not have a relaxing hot stone massage to help fight off those winter chills and the stressors of the holiday season.

Caught in the rain?

Now that rainy season is here, the chances of you getting caught in the rain while out running errands in Bathgate is pretty high. Why not pop into the clinic on North Bridge Street, warm up, dry off and enjoy a relaxing 10 minute chair massage for just £5??
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