As a Yoga teacher and massage therapist I’m fascinated by the body and neuroscience, and how the whole of who we are integrates and works! Let’s begin with Fascia because this is where the story starts in our bodies, this tangible part of ourselves that we can feel and move.
The Suboccipitals are the eight small muscles located at the base of your skull – find them now by placing your fingertips over your head and your thumbs into hollows right under the bony skull either side of your spine. Once you have found them, apply a little pressure and them move your eyes up and down and left and right – can you feel the small movements in the muscle?
Thai Yoga Massage is a very ancient therapeutic bodywork combining acupressure, gentle stretching and applied Yoga. It can bring relief from pain, relieve stress and anxiety, and help with such diverse conditions as stroke recovery, asthma, back pain and frozen shoulder. It brings about a deeply relaxing spaciousness in body and mind, so it is perfect for any nervous system disorders that can lead to pain and inflammation such as fibromyalgia and polymyalgia – these are often difficult to treat with conventional medicine. Continue reading “Thai Yoga Massage”
During times of increased stress and anxiety our bodies and minds are in need of extra support – there is a definite increase in the Vata Dosha happening here!
Ayurvedic self massage, or Abhyanga, is a powerful part of your daily routine and is particularly helpful to ease stresses and strains, helping you to feel more grounded and relaxed. It’s free and it in your hands!
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The effects of abhyanga are similar to being saturated with love and can give a deep feeling of stability, warmth and comfort. Take your time with your self-massage and use your hands with softness and kindness. Allow as much time as possible to do the whole body, this allows the oils to penetrate deep layers of tissue, relieving deeply held tensions. You don’t have to do the scalp if this feel like too much work – doing the body alone is soooooo soothing.
Also massaging the feet thoroughly before bed is an excellent way to improve the quality of your sleep – pop some socks afterwards to avoid slipping and snuggle down. This is an excellent way to ground your energy and get well needed rest. Continue reading “Ayurvedic Self Massage”
What is SAD and how does it affect us?
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a kind of season related depression that can occur as the days begin to get shorter and we don’t have as much natural sunlight.
This can lead to…
- Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
- Weight gain
- Tiredness or low energy and low mood