Trager Therapy is a gentle method of movement education. It was developed by Dr. Milton Trager, after 50 years of experience with the body, as a therapist and doctor.

The movements work to release unproductive physical and mental patterns to encourage deeper relaxation and increased motion.

Trager bodyworks use light, gentle motions to release deep-seated physical and mental patterns which can be caused by poor posture, injuries, traumas, poor movement, and stress.

It involves both table work and dance like movements. A session usually lasts from 60 – 90 minutes. No oils or lotions are used and the client is dressed for their comfort. The movements are never forced so that there is no induced pain or discomfort.

There is a great Youtube video to watch on how the treatment works by Roger Hughes a Trager Therapist.  A good book on this therapy is ‘Trager for Self Healing: A Practical Guide for Living in the Present Moment’, by Audrey Mairi, which is available from Amazon and other good bookshops.



They say that if you have mild muscle soreness after working out then that is quite normal. They even say that most people with arthritis can exercise through mild discomfort.

However, if you have moderate to severe pain in a particular joint before exercising then its best to avoid that joint in your workout.

If you have moderate to severe pain during the exercise then you should stop exercising and consult your GP as this could actually be a sign that your joints may be damaged or inflamed.

Joint pain after exercise isn’t right so if you do get that then change to an exercise that puts less stress on your joints.

Finally, if you have moderate to severe joint pain the day after exercise then rest for the day and do a shorter or less vigorous workout next time.

According to LIVE WELL NHS UK muscle pain that shows up a day or two after exercising can affect anyone, regardless of your fitness level. But don’t be put off. This type of muscle stiffness or achiness is normal, doesn’t last long, and is actually a sign of your improving fitness.

Dr. Jonathan Folland, an expert in neuromuscular physiology from Loughborough University, explains how to avoid sore muscles after exercise. Sore muscles after physical activity, known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), can occur when you start a new exercise programme, change your exercise routine, or increase the duration or intensity of your regular workout.

When muscles are required to work harder than they’re used to, or in a different way, it’s believed to cause microscopic damage to the muscle fibres, resulting in muscle soreness or stiffness. DOMS is often mistakenly believed to be caused by a lactic acid build up, but lactic acid isn’t involved in this process.

Anyone can develop DOMS, even those who have been exercising for years, including elite athletes.It can be alarming for people who are new to exercise, and it may dent their initial enthusiasm to get fit. The good news is that the pain will decrease as your muscles get used to the new physical demands being placed upon them.The soreness is part of an adaptation process that leads to greater stamina and strength as the muscles recover and build. Unless you push yourself hard, you’re unlikely to develop DOMS after your next exercise session.

Any movement you’re not used to can cause DOMS – in particular, movements that cause the muscle to contract while it lengthens, called eccentric muscle contractions.DOMS typically lasts between three and five days.There’s no one simple way to treat DOMS. Nothing is proven to be 100% effective. Treatments such as ice packs, massage, tender-point acupressure, anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin or ibuprofen), and rest may help ease some of the symptoms.

One of the best ways to prevent DOMS is to start any new activity programme gently and gradually. Allowing the muscle time to adapt to new movements should help minimise soreness. If the pain makes it hard to exercise, it’s advisable to refrain from the activity for a few days until the pain eases. Alternatively, you could focus on exercises targeting less affected muscles to allow the most affected muscle groups time to recover.



Mike Dilke from Relaxback also presents a radio show on UK Health Radio. The objective of the show is to inform and entertain listeners on topics of musculoskeletal health. These are wide ranging and they talk about everything from running and injuries to aches and pains caused or exacerbated by different professions or trades. Listeners will be encouraged to think how they might move well, sit well and ultimately feel well.

UK Health Radio is a health information Station with the most in-depth information on the widest range of health and wellness topics – available anywhere today. They present their information through a radio schedule that now boasts 28 health shows that air 24/7. All their presenters are specialists in their fields and frequently interview guests that are, once again, specialists in the subjects being discussed.

On UK Health Radio you will FIND solutions to health & wellbeing problems you have and don’t want, OR results that you want and don’t have. So in other words, prevention and cure but with a big emphasis on prevention and a very big Call To Action when you have to cure. Many of them don’t realise that in MOST and I stress MOST cases, Good Health is a choice and UK Health Radio delivers the information and motivation to be able to make that choice.

UK Health Radio and their own Health Triangle Magazine feature programs and articles on issues of general health, digestion, back pain, allergies, skin care, weight management, migraines, nutrition, indigestion, cardiovascular care, women’s and men’s health, mental health, diabetes, dental health, elder care, caregiving, sexual health, avoidance of stress, avoidance of accidents and trauma, …. even pet health.

Mike has a regular slot on UK Health Radio, his company Relaxback’s aim is to give people the chance to be more healthy and happy. To achieve this Mike provides very high-quality products that help people who struggle with the affects of back pain or help them avoid the problem in the first place.

Mike’s aim is to give people the chance to be more healthy and happy. To achieve this he provides very high-quality products that help people who struggle with the affects of back pain or help them avoid the problem in the first place.

Currently, Mike has two main product ranges which he has thoroughly researched and know to be top quality, effective and likely to produce life-changing results. These are the Back App ergonomic chair and adjustable height desks.

Mike has written a post on our chat with a link to the radio interview here. I thoroughly enjoyed my chat with Mike although didn’t enjoy listening to my own voice (but I guess that’s normal) and hope to have another chat with Mike on the postcode lottery for facet joint injections in the New Year.

The first part of the interview is with some bell ringers at St. Albans Cathedral. Bell ringing is a great exercise and if it wasn’t for my back problem I think I would be interested in looking into joining a bell ringing group after listening to them chat with Mike on Health Radio UK.







After reading up a bit on the pain killing medications I am taking it makes you wonder why you bother with all the side effects and problems they can cause. There is no way that I will be changing them but I then started looking into help through herbs and LAVENDER seems to be the most popular.

Lavender has been used as a culinary herb since Roman and Greek times. It lends a delicate flavour to casseroles, scones, roast lamb and even ice-cream. It is a tonic to the cardiovascular and digestive system, it can lower blood pressure and can help to thin the blood due to the presence of coumarins.

It’s good for muscle spasm, sprains, strains, cramps, and rheumatic pains. It can work as a sedative to the central nervous system and can relieve headaches, nervous tension and insomnia, mood swings and pms and even keep the moths away (we have loads at the moment).

The list is endless – its antimicrobial, anti-infectious and antiseptic, making it effective on wounds and as a front-line defense against respiratory infections.


Looking through the Internet brought me some brilliant websites which has some good products to help you sleep including slumber gel, which you apply to your temples and pulse points.  Mayfield Lavender had some really unusual teapot oil burners and Not on the High Street is another good site with unusual gifts which would make great Christmas gifts, like this Natural Lavender Bath and Beauty Gift Set.


Norfolk Lavender have an array of fantastic cadles, bath bombs and an aromatherapy lavender stress gel with camomile and norfolk lavender.


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