4 results for tag: tension


A-Z of Massage – Hot Stone Massage

As the evenings get cooler and we long for summer to return, a hot stone massage is just the thing we need. Here's the low-down on hot stone from my A-Z of Massage series published in WellDoing.org

What is Rebozo Massage?

Relaxation is at the top of my list, and it’s something that all of us need more of! But have you ever noticed that to let go, you need to feel safe? This can mean being with a safe person understanding what will happen trust but also ‘held’ This is where a rebozo brings it’s magic; used to ease aching backs, relax joints and help pregnant women, it holds you so completely that you can let go. It feels a little bit like being a baby securely wrapped and held; blissful. The Rebozo itself is a strong, hand-woven Mexican shawl used to carry babies, keep warm and by the midwives to do the ‘manteada’, a massage technique ...

Tense shoulders? Twist!

Nearly everyone is familiar with the sensation of  a tight neck and tense shoulders,  especially now most of us spend so much time at a keyboard. It is one of the most common problems that clients bring when they come for a massage. Over the years I have become an expert at releasing that tension and massage is a brilliant tool smoothing out the lumps and bumps. Clients report feeling a load has been lifted from their shoulders but what happens when they get back into work with those everyday stresses? The trick is to take regular breaks to breathe and feel your body, notice the tension and release it through the day. Deep twists are contraind...

Body Armour

Are you a romantic or a hero? Humans tend to wear a kind of protective body armor created from a fear of intimacy. Built to protect the heart from pain with bricks made of muscle tension or collapse, over time it can become a prison and create loneliness or lack of feeling altogether. Biodynamic massage therapists are unique in the massage world, in using the concept of body armouring to help their clients towards more fulfilling lives. There are many different patterns of body armoring, but here’s a spectrum with extreme under-contained at one end and extreme over-contained at the other. Most of us are somewhere in the middle but which end do you ...