The DAILY Mail Health section wrote about Brendan Smith (pictured), founder of the Sydney-based clinic Village Remedies, who uses Chinese medicine practices to stimulate the body’s natural healing process and maintain optimal health.

Brendan also said a number of upper and lower body pain can often be eased by rubbing your hands and feet – a process known as reflexology.

‘Reflexology is a general practice part of Chinese medicine,’ Brandan said.

‘For example, if you have a sore neck or back you can use reflexology simply by massaging your hands to help relax the upper body.’

The same method can also be applied to assist lower back strains by massaging pressure points in the feet or giving your feet a relaxing foot bath. 

According to research, reflexology may also reduce other pain and psychological symptoms including stress and anxiety.  

If you massage in the correct areas, this can ultimately stimulate a reaction from the nervous system to generate a healing response. 

To assist clients and customers with further, Village Remedies has published a simple, practical E-book to self-care acupressure that’s free to order off Kindle. 


With a number of different types of massage available from a physiotherapist to a beauty consultant, and from deep tissue massage to aromatherapy massage, choosing the right one for you is important and sometimes a bit baffling.

This is a list of FOUR of the most used massage treatment for pain and relaxation.

  • Ayurvedic Massage they say is for when you are running on empty. There are different types of ayurvedic massage but if you’re feeling tired and out of sync then this is the one for you. Your body is massaged with warm herbal oils which they choose according to your Ayurvedic body type (107 Marma energy points). They then press these points but only gently and they are massaged in an anticlockwise or clockwise direction in order to detoxify and nourish your body. They say it is generally a relaxing experience and you can expect to come away feeling energised. To look for practitioners in your area head to the Ayurvedic Professional Association website.
  • A Deep Tissue Massage they say is for when you are carrying serious tension and pain. A deep tissue massage helps to release chronic tension and pain. The therapist will give you a full-body massage ( or less if you prefer that) and they will go deep down to release muscle fibres and pain. They use aromatherapy oils like Lavender for pain and Rosemary for stiff joints. The touch is quite firm (you know you’re having the massage) and the strokes are slow, with deep finger pressure to help loosen the muscles and get your circulation moving around. This type of massage is excellent for low back pain, migraines, anxiety and jet lag. Head down to the Neals Yard Remedies website to find a local practitioner.
  • An Aromatherapy Massage they say is for the anxious and stressed. They use oils like a deep tissue massage but a good therapist can make you feel a million dollars. It is a wonderful massage to unwind and let go of your tension which can then also help with the pain. Their consultation will have questions on your lifestyle as they say this helps them to choose the right essential oils. Oils such as Frankincense, Patchouli and Vetiver encourage rest and relaxation. The strokes from an aromatherapy massage are from light to deep depending or where you carry your stress and you should leave feeling a sense of deep relaxation. I couldn’t agree more, this is my favourite of all massages. To find your local therapist head to the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapist.
  • A Lymphatic Drainage Massage they say is for when you have joint pain and inflammation. It is used to detox the lymph nodes to allow the body to flush it all out. It can help with joint swelling, arthritis, migraine, fluid retention, digestive issues, fatigue, immunity and much more. This massage starts with the lymph nodes in the neck and the junctions of the large lymph channels found on both sides of the body. The massage is a gentle rhythmic pumping technique which stimulates the lymphatic vessels which carry substances vital to the defence of the body and removes waste products. It is deeply relaxing and can leave you feeling tired at first but then you will feel much better. It has been known to help with improved immunity problems, better sleep, headaches and anxiety. To find your local therapist head to the Manual Lymphatic Drainage UK website.





With so many different types of massage to choose from, it makes it quite difficult to decide which one to try and which one you would benefit from the most.

Records dating back as far as 2,700BC show that ancient Eastern Chinese Cultures practised massage to heal a number of ailments. Egyptian tombs have also been discovered to have images of figures being massaged. It is also well known that Julius Caesar underwent daily massages to treat nerve pain.

Swedish Massage – this massage uses long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements in superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.

Aromatherapy Massage – this massage uses one or more scented oils which are selected to suit different types of ailments and for relaxation, energizing and stress.

Hot Stone Massage – this is done by using heated smooth stones that are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy levels in the body.

Shiatsu Massage – this is a type of Japanese bodywork that uses localised finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on your acupuncture meridians. Each point is held for 2 – 8 seconds to improve the flow of energy and to help the body regain balance.

Thai Massage – this is similar to Shiatsu in that it aligns the energies of the body by using gentle pressure and stretches on specific points.

Reflexology Massage – this type of massage is done on the foot where pressure is put to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in your body.

Sports Massage –  is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity.



The healing benefits of a good massage are vast and according to The Natural Therapy pages massage is becoming one of the most popular complimentary therapies today.

It’s benefits are endless from improving waste removal, encouraging sleep, relieving stiff and aching joints, encouraging lymph drainage, improving blood circulation, improving skin tone and colour, relaxing you from top to toe, releasing feel good endorphin’s and much more.

Massage Therapy UK say it can also improve the muscular system, the skeletal system, the cardio vascular system, the respiratory system, the lymphatics system and the nervous system and many more.

There are a number of different types of massage so the best way to find which one gives you the most benefit is to try each one. Keeping a regular appointment will mean your body will stay in great condition.



If you have never before had a back massage then you must put it down on your list of things to do this year.

There is no question of a doubt that back massage, in particular aromatherapy type massage helps to ease back pain, even if only as a placebo effect while having the actual massage.

Of course, its complete heaven, but sooooo expensive. Well, if you haven’t already signed up for discount vouchers then now is the time to do it. They have some amazing offers with fantastic savings on massage and other treatments by the bucket load at the moment.

Some of the best ones are available from Groupon and KGB.