Value or Hearsay? Lymphatic Drainage in Massage Therapy

Value or Hearsay? Lymphatic Drainage in Massage Therapy

Like most forms of complementary therapy, the effects of lymphatic drainage in massage are open to discussion. As is the case with all massage types, there are gleaming testimonials and positive historical reports, but scientific studies sometimes lack that conclusive evidence. Lymph drainage therapy (LDT) and Manual lymph therapy (MLT), are multifaceted forms of treatment…

Home Office Chair Mobility

Home Office Chair Mobility

Whilst sitting at your desk it is important to keep moving to help prevent aches and pains building in the neck and back. Try this little sequence at different points in your day to keep you mobile and improve your posture at your desk.

Scientists put their finger on secret  of a good massage

Scientists put their finger on secret of a good massage

A massage isn’t just an indulgence — it really will help an injured muscle heal faster and stronger, new research suggests. Athletes have long believed that a good masseur can work wonders; reducing inflammation, improving blood flow and easing tightness after vigorous exercise. But in the thousands of years that massages have been given, the…

Managing Client Expectations

Managing Client Expectations

My treatments always offer an element of relaxation but more often than not, my clients come to me wanting to be ‘fixed’ as well as relaxed. This then raises the question as to what ‘fixed’ actually means?  In many cases it means solving an immediate physical problem. A good example might be a client who…

Glossary, Links and Research for Sports Massage

Glossary, Links and Research for Sports Massage

Positions of parts of the body Medial – nearer to the median plane Lateral – further from the median plane Proximal – nearer to the point of attachment of a limb to the trunk. Distal – further from the point of attachment of a limb to the trunk. Anterior (ventral) – towards the front of the body. Posterior (dorsal) – towards the back of the body. Inferior –…

Smarter Snacking Habits – 8 Ways To Eat Better As A Therapist

Smarter Snacking Habits – 8 Ways To Eat Better As A Therapist

Just as taking care of your business requires planning and preparation, so does taking care of yourself. As a massage therapist, very often we are the core of our business, so taking care of ourselves is vital. Nutrition should be at the top of this list. Very seldom do you see a successful entrepreneur winging…

Skills and Techniques for Sports Massage

Skills and Techniques for Sports Massage

Here we will summarise the four most commonly recognised categories of technique that form sports and many other forms of massage. They include effleurage, petrissage, frictions and tapotement. What is effleurage? The skeletal system is the framework of the body, and comprises approximately 206 bones, and their associated joints, cartilages and ligaments. The bones of…

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