The Vital Role of Complementary Therapy

The Vital Role of Complementary Therapy

Understanding Complementary Therapies The words complementary therapies sometimes get confused with alternative therapies – non-evidence-based treatments that have questionable results. Alternative therapies are often touted as alternatives to conventional medical treatment – for example, someone would use an alternative medicine rather than taking paracetamol. On the other hand, complementary therapies are designed to complement conventional medical treatment! That is…

Biomechanics: Movement

Biomechanics: Movement

The latest blog in this body mechanics series focuses on movement. The goal in massage is for us as therapists to be able to apply the appropriate broad-based compressive force to soft tissue whilst at the same time, using as little physical effort ourselves as possible. More often than not, when you ask clients how…

Specialising in Oncology Massage

Specialising in Oncology Massage

I have been a massage therapist for 20 plus years. If you have been following my blogs and career then you may well know that I consider myself a holistic practitioner. This means that I treat the body as a whole; I understand the complex interplay between different parts of the body and the symptoms…

Creating space: Mental Health Awareness Week

Creating space: Mental Health Awareness Week

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” —Viktor Frankl This quote appeared in Brene Brown’s feeds this week and it got me thinking, along with the stories I’ve been seeing around Mental Health Awareness week.  In…

Triathlon Upper Back Mobility

Triathlon Upper Back Mobility

Upper back mobility is really important for triathletes, to enable them to swim and run with good technique.  However the latest research shows that time spent in the saddle is stiffening up our spines and hips which is effecting performance and injury risk during duathlons and triathlons.

Proposal For A New Pedagogical Approach In Teaching Anatomy To Medical Students, Part I: Fascia Continuity In The Anatomy Curriculum

Proposal For A New Pedagogical Approach In Teaching Anatomy To Medical Students, Part I: Fascia Continuity In The Anatomy Curriculum

Medical students and post-graduate medical specialists, for example, physicians, surgeons, anaesthesiologists and gynaecologists require more than a simple impression of anatomy. A consensus exists that the study of anatomy by dissection provides the most realistic command of continuity, and embryological forming,essential for safe, effective clinical practice in medicine. Evidence demonstrates effective pedagogies are linked to…

Cancer and Massage Therapy: Is what they’re saying true?

Cancer and Massage Therapy: Is what they’re saying true?

Right from the start, I want to make it clear that you can pretty much find studies that will counter act other studies. The intention of this article is to highlight what is being discussed at the moment, and give the opportunity for both sides to be heard. There is, and always has been, an…

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