4 TYPES OF PAIN RELIEF MASSAGES, BUT WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?…

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.

 

 

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6 WAYS TO CREATE CALM IN YOUR BODY…

6 ways to create calm in your body will help you sleep and feel better from the inside.

  • Your jaw can carry stress which then radiates to your head and neck. Some people even grind their teeth.  Loosen that tension by opening your mouth wide for half a minute, and breath naturally through your nose, then allow your mouth to gently close.
  • Download an app which has guided meditation like Headspace or Buddhify which give you a helping hand when you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • Create your own mantra, your personal mantra should be something to inspire you and motivate you. If you can’t think of one for yourself, there are lots to choose from online.
  • Relax your face by turning your head to gently look over one shoulder and then the other shoulder then gently tilt your head back just for a few seconds.
  • Listen to a beautiful piece of music, as studies have shown that slow music with a 10-second repetitive cycle can be very relaxing. They say it syncs with your blood pressure rhythm.
  • Go for a walk. It’s easy to stay inside and not bother but walking can boost circulation and leaves you feeling more relaxed. It also helps you to sleep better.

4 REASONS WHY RUNNING A HOT BATH IS LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR…

We all have busy lifestyles now and the majority of us tend to jump in the shower first in the morning and having a bath is at the bottom of your list. When was the last time you enjoyed a good soak in the bath? I am ashamed to say it’s years for me as I love my shower but when I move house I am going to change all that.

Here are 4 reasons why running a hot bath for yourself could make you feel more relaxed and calmer, just like a breath of fresh air.

  1. It will help you to wind down before you go to sleep. They reckon that a warm bath an hour before you go to help will help you go to sleep and Epsom salt and lavender oil (five drops) will help you along your way.
  2. A quick bath can totally transform you by adding just a few drops of bath oils to soften your skin, lie with a face sheet mask warmed up in the water across your face and pop a mask on your hair. After a short while when you remove your mask from your hair and face your face and body will feel transformed.
  3. Soothe your dry skin by adding a handful of oats in your bath with a spoonful of raw honey as they are great at hydrating your skin. They say don’t soak for longer than 20 minutes and use a soap-free body wash to finish and a fragrance-free moisturiser.
  4. A bath can not only help you wind down but it can also help to pep your mood up, it’s what you add to the water that makes all the difference. Uplifting grapefruit essential oils wakes up the senses. Mix eight to 10 drops with a few tablespoons of almond oil to ensure it disperses into the water. Remember to not have your water too hot as this will make you sleepy.

HOW TO PREVENT BACK PAIN WHEN DRIVING…

The Foray Motor Group have written some of the best tips on how to prevent back pain when driving. It includes some of my own tips and others from Back on site, and Active Backs.

The main top tips include :

Tips for avoiding back pain while driving

  • Make sure your car is road worthy
  • Adjust your sitting position
  • Utilise lumbar support
  • Use heated seats
  • Be careful getting in and out of the car
  • Ice your back
  • Take regular breaks

“If your car happens to have heated seats, it’s definitely a good idea to make good use of them in your quest to prevent back pain. Heat has the great benefit of relaxing tight joints and muscles, helping blood flow to the area applied to, and therefore relieving pain. So next time you are out on a long drive and perhaps are starting to feel a little uncomfortable, consider turning that seat on. Barbara McLullich from Back Pain Blog – the personal journey of a chronic back pain sufferer – offers this advice: “I am a true advocate of heat while travelling so if your car does not have heated seats then buy a heat pad to pop on your back. You can buy these from a chemist and most last up to eight hours. Also, have some heat pads ready to use after your journey.”

Be careful getting in and out of the car

Another important thing to consider is the simple fact of how you get in and out of the car as this can have ramifications for your back health. Explaining what to be aware of and how you can help yourself, Barbara from Back Pain Blog says: “Pay attention to how you get in and out of the car. Sit down facing the door and swing both legs into the car. Getting out is the reverse. If this is too uncomfortable to do, you can buy swivel cushions to help you turn around.”

COPING WITH A HOUSE MOVE TO ANOTHER AREA IN YOUR SENIOR YEARS…

As some of my readers will know we decided to move from the East Midlands to Brighton to be nearer our married siblings. Our daughter is having her first baby in mid-August which is our first grandchild and a bonus to us, as we had planned to move before we even knew she was pregnant.

My father passed away last October after spending 3 months in hospital 80 miles away from where we live at the moment. At the ripe age of 93, myself and my twin sister felt we could never leave Dad alone while in the hospital and worked out our itinerary for those 3 months. It was totally exhausting and we decided we could not put our children through what we had been through and so the best thing was to move closer to them.

It was a big decision to make as all our friends are here. We have lived in this house for over 30 years and have a bucket load of memories but we still felt the time was right.

Of course, moving further south meant a much smaller house but they say when you get older you should downsize. We eventually found some lovely new houses being built in a lovely village only 15 minutes from our daughter and set our heart on one of these. Getting both the selling and the buying of a new home at the same time was quite an ordeal but we have managed to get there in the end. This pretty little (half the size we have now) house is just so adorable it made me cry when we decided to buy it. And the best thing is that everything is new which is what I really wanted.

The move once we have exchanged (fingers crossed) should be in the next month so we have been busy deciding what pieces of large furniture we want and what we think will or won’t fit. The whole process since the beginning of this year when we put our house on the market has been both therapeutic and also emotional. We would come across pictures that we had forgotten all about, baby items we have kept forever, letters from loved ones tucked away in a desk and an abundance of friends saying they will miss us.

We decided right from the beginning that we would have packers do it all for us as I would not be able to manage it but as we are moving into a smaller house it will be an easy move for the professionals.

Last week a good friend organised a lovely surprise lunch for me. There were 12 of us and yes my tears did fall when I opened the card from them all with vouchers in it for a garden centre. We are moving a long way from where we live to the south coast but I have told all my friends that I have done it many times on the train on my own (to go and see my daughter) and that it is a doddle. I just told them to always remember to take their stick as there really are some very kind people out there who will offer you a seat or help if you need it.

 

Even my Doctor was a tad emotional but she could not emphasize what an amazing thing we were doing and she wished some of her elderly patients could do the same as us. My pain consultant gave me the name of someone in Brighton he wants me to see as he does the same treatments as him. We decided to keep the same dentist as we will be popping over to see friends and can tie it in with that so I’ve no worries about who and where I go for my treatments.

The new house will be a doddle to keep clean, the small garden is adequate for us and the perfect size for hubby to look after. I have seen on the village’s website that there are lots of clubs and other activities if we could join them but my priority my first grandchild due in a few months time so I think I will just relax until he/she arrives.

What has astounded us most is what you collect and just pop into a cupboard or in your garage and there it stays until probably your family have to deal with it like we did with Dads. We have not only downsized in our house size but we have also downsized in the bits we kept which are really just junk. We have both felt ‘better’ for sorting things out and I have already decided that when we settle into our new home that once a year I will go round my small home and throw anything away that is of no use to me. It is actually quite liberating.