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How massage can help you manage stress

foot massageI once overheard a conversation on a train where someone was recommending that their friend get a massage because she was so stressed, the friends response was how can a massage take away my stress. Very true it can’t but it can help manage what you may be experiencing. Many different things can cause stress, physical such as fear of something dangerous to emotional, such as worry over your family or job. A single episode of acute stress such as a job interview generally doesn't cause problems and mild stress can actually be beneficial as it can spur you into action.  Chronic stress is the response to emotional pressure suffered for a prolonged period of time. It can affect how you feel emotionally, mentally and physically and also how you behave. Feelings such as being overwhelmed, irritable, anxious, fearful or lacking in self-esteem may be experienced. The effects mentally could be racing thoughts, constant worrying, difficulty concentrating or making decisions. Physical effects can include headaches, muscle tension or pain, dizziness, sleep problems, feeling tired all the time and eating too much or too little.

Can I receive a massage when I have Cancer?

Myofascial release BHWC massage leaflet 2The good news is yes you can, some people worry that massage could cause cancer cells to spread to other parts of their body. This myth has been the cause of upset and stress with people being refused treatments that would have been greatly appreciated.  Research has shown that cancer develops and spreads because of changes to a cell’s DNA (genetic mutations) and other processes in the body. Massage or other movement such as exercise does not cause cancer to spread.

Oncology massage with perhaps a slower lighter touch can be highly beneficial for people who have had a cancer diagnosis. Adaptions and modifications may be needed depending on your current stage of health. These may include length of session, pressure and speed as well as site restrictions, considerations with positioning and avoiding any areas affected by cancer, such as tumour sites or lymph nodes. A face, scalp, foot or hand massage can be as equally beneficial and comforting as a body massage. 

Privacy - why I collect your data and what I do with it.

When you supply your personal details to myself, Jane Newman they are stored and processed for 4 reasons. The bits in bold are the relevant terms used in the Data protection Act 2018, which includes the General Data Protection Regulation – ie the law.

1. I need to collect personal information about your health in order to provide you with the best possible treatment. Your requesting treatment and our agreement to provide that care constitutes a contract. You can refuse to provide the information, but if you were to do that I would not be able to provide treatment.

2. I have a Legitimate Interest in collecting that information, because without it I couldn’t do my job effectively and safely. 

Are you experiencing tension headaches?

A tension headache now renamed tension-type headaches by the International Headache Society is the most Neck stretches common type of primary headache. Tension-type headaches account for nearly 90% of all headaches and approximately 3% of the population has chronic tension-type headaches. Tension-type headache pain is often described as a constant pressure, as if the head were being squeezed in a vice, the pain is frequently bilateral which means it is present on both sides of the head at once. It can affect the front, top, or sides of the head and often spreads down your neck, or seems to come from your neck. Episodic tension-type headaches are defined as tension-type headaches occurring fewer than 15 days a month, chronic tension headaches occur 15 days or more a month for at least 6 months. These headaches may last from 30 minutes to several days.

Posture…do you think you’re slouching too much?

How we sit and stand can make a difference to how we feel. As winter approaches we may find chest opening ourselves huddling in the cold, wind and rain. After a hard day it's easy to slouch in front of the TV, laptop, or hunch over our phones, perhaps slipping into habits that put strain on our body. Our bodies can adapt but these repetitive patterns can eventually lead to tension, chest muscles tighten and those of the upper back over stretch often leading to pain between the shoulder blades, top of the shoulders and neck.

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