Why we do #FreeMassageFriday

 

What is #FreeMassageFriday?
Every Friday on Facebook, we offer our friends and clients the opportunity to win a 60 minute massage of their choice. We run this every friday, and sometimes we are even generous enough to pick two winners from the entrants. It's a fun little way to start the weekend, and it allows the internet to join in on a little competition.
But people have questioned my sanity in offering this week in and week out.

The truth is that one of my core beliefs when opening my clinic was to make massage accessible and affordable to everyone and anyone who wanted or needed the service. With the economy struggling to recover, and families feeling the pinch there are some people who could really benefit from a treatment, who may not be able to afford one, so this is my way of giving them that chance.

It also allows someone who may not have received a massage before, or who may be a little nervous about trying massage for the first time, the chance to check out our services without handing over their hard earned cash for something they aren't sure they would enjoy in the first place.

So I give everyone the opportunity to take part, and potentially win a treatment.
They can choose from any of our available treatments, and the session is a 60 minute session.

What do I get out of it?
I discovered the term for this was the "Give to get" system, when I took some training with Eric Brown at BodyworkBiz  learning how to get the word out about my practice, and really share my message with the community.
After all community is important.
The effect of a massage won't only benefit the recipient, but will also spread like a ripple effect to those who surround the client. The sense of calm, and contentment will spread to friends and family even coworkers that they come into contact with. Who then also share those feelings with others around them. That is a huge pay off for me.
If my client enjoys the treatment they receive, they will share that experience, it may get me a referal, it may not. But someone has said something nice about the experience they had at my clinic. That is reward enough for me.
...and for that reason alone, I will continue to act like Oprah, and offer my #FreeMassageFriday each week. 

How Massage can help with common Pregnancy Discomforts.

Morning sickness, Nausea or vomiting may strike anytime during the day (or night).

Try eating frequent, small meals and avoid greasy foods. Keep crackers or ginger biscuits by your bed to eat before getting up. Reflexology is great as a reflexology point can relieve the feeling of nausea. This point is the solar plexus reflex point that is located on the sole of the left foot.

 

Tiredness. Sometimes tiredness in pregnancy is caused by anemia, so tell your doctor. Get enough rest. Take a daytime nap if possible. Massage can also help with this, Aromatherapy have oils that can help improve sleep. Why not try this: run a warm bubble bath, add the oil and relax. This will increase circulation help relax your whole body but also help with the sleep.

 

Leg cramps. Massage is perfect for this. We can reduce any sort of swelling in legs and do Gentle stretches to reduce those nasty cramps. 

 

Moodiness. Your hormones are on a roller coaster ride during pregnancy. Plus, your life is undergoing a big change. Massage always has a feel good factor about it because it releases Endorphins to make you happy. Massage can improve your mood after just one session.

 

Stuffy nose. This is related to changes in the levels of the female hormone estrogen. You may also have nosebleeds. Essential oils have all kinds of advantages, one of them is that such oils as Eucalyptus and Tea Tree can help get rid of stuffiness and congestion. Dabbing a few drops beneath the eyes, over the forehead and around the nose can work wonders.

 

Other benefits of pregnancy massage include helping the pelvis be ready for the actual process of giving birth as well as helping the baby achieve the proper position for a natural delivery. First time mothers find these to be very helpful. Pregnancy massage have also been proven to decrease recovery time after the birth.


Psoriasis Awareness Week! 1st - 7th November 2012

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis occurs when the skin cells replace themselves too quickly. It usually takes up to 28 days for newly formed skin cells to rise to the surface of the skin and separate from healthy tissue, but in psoriasis it takes just two to six days.
As underlying cells reach the skin's surface and die, their sheer volume causes raised, red plaques covered with silver-white scales. Frequently appearing in cycles of flare and remission, psoriatic flare-ups often cause considerable itching. There are many different types, but the most common is chronic plaque psoriasis.

Psoriasis usually appears as red, scaly, crusty patches that reveal fine silvery scales when scratched. These patches may itch and feel uncomfortable. Psoriasis is most common on the knees, elbows, scalp and around the joints where the skin creases, but can appear anywhere on the body. In some forms the nails or joints are affected.

The condition is chronic, lasting for many years. Most people have periods when symptoms are minimal or the skin is normal but then it flares up again. The impact on a person varies – for some it is no more than a mild irritation while others with psoriasis become withdrawn and don't socialize or form relationships because of the way people react to the appearance of their skin.

 

 

What causes it?

Although the exact cause is not known, Many things are thought to trigger the condition, including a skin injury, sore throat or chest infections, certain drug treatments, sunburn and stress. Psoriasis often runs in families (but can skip a generation) and several genes have been linked to the condition. It’s important to point out that it isn't contagious or caused by poor hygiene. Aside from the possibility of a genetic susceptibility, most doctors believe that psoriasis involves the immune system. In addition, the following factors may contribute to psoriasis development, worsening or flare-ups:

· Cold, dry weather
· Skin injury
· Stress and anxiety
· Infection
· Certain medications

 

Who can it affect?

About two per cent of the UK population have psoriasis, and men and women are equally affected.

The condition can occur at any age, but it mostly occurs between the ages of ten and 40, often during puberty. It affects up to one in 50 children, but it's rarely seen in children under two years old. Every year roughly 20,000 children under the age of 10 are diagnosed with psoriasis, but is often misdiagnosed. This is due to being confused with other skin diseases with similarities to psoriasis.

A type called ‘Guttate Psoriasis’ is common in children and often follows an upper respiratory infection. It produces small, raindrop-like patches across the upper body and limbs that last a few months.

 

 

Massage Therapy
Massage is fine for people with psoriasis, except in the acute stages (first 2-3 months of the condition developing). During this time, massage is not recommended directly on the lesions or patches of red skin. As a Local contra-indication, this means that we can provide a massage treatment, as long as we avoid the areas of irritation. Massage is known to reduce stress, which can cause outbreaks of psoriasis. Massage may reduce the incidences of psoriasis by reducing the internal and external factors which contribute to outbreaks.

Psoriasis is unpleasant and looks painful. Fortunately, while it looks bad it is not always as painful as it looks. Psoriasis comes and goes, and often stress can cause an outbreak. Fortunately, massage can not only help prevent an outbreak, but can also help make life with psoriasis more comfortable.

Safety

Be careful to avoid any cracks in the skin, as these could lead to infections. If the skin is dry, moisturizing lubricant or lotion is recommended to help nourish the skin. Do not attempt to scrape the dead skin off; let it shed naturally. Also, as psoriasis is not contagious, you do not need to wear protective latex gloves when massaging someone with psoriasis.

 

Quote from a psoriasis sufferer. . . taken from a general discussion at www.dailystrength.org 

“I noticed no one responded about massage so I thought I would be the first to bring this topic back to light. I think massage does a tremendous deal of help for psoriasis sufferer's. It relaxes us and is truly the only time we feel somewhat comfortable with our skin in the presence of another person. Granted..the first couple of times to a therapist are awkward and have a lot of explaining to do, but once you get past this it does help. Make sure the therapists are using a massage oil to hydrate the dry skin. Some that have worked well for my husband and myself are almond oil and grape seed oil by Aura Cacia. These do not have any alcohol in them and you can add a couple of drops of lavender or other natural aura cacia scents to it. Also, if you are hesitant to see a therapist, you can buy the oil and essences... Have a close friend or significant other perform the massage.”

 

This is a short video about  young boy and his family. The young boy sufferers from psoriasis and this video shows how difficult it can be for both the sufferers and the family.