Will Reflexology help me?

Will Reflexology help me?

Reflexology can help replenish the whole body by encouraging it to naturally restore its own health balance. Most people can benefit from treatment; therefore reflexology can be considered ideal for:

  • Back pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Migraine
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Infertility
  • Sleep disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive disorders
  • Stress-related conditions
  • Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.

Reflexology treats ‘the whole person’ and not just any current symptoms you may be experiencing. Many people report an enhanced sense of overall well-being as well as an improvement in their condition. After having completed a course of reflexology treatments for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well-being.

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What are the Benefit of Massage?

What are the Benefit of Massage?

Massage is no longer available only through luxury spas and upscale health clubs. Today, massage therapy is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals and even airports. If you’ve never tried massage, learn about its possible health benefits and what to expect during a massage therapy session.

There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments from a Registered Massage Therapist.  Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being as well as your quality of life.

Massage therapy benefits people of all ages.  While it benefits the injured, the ill and the stressed, the strength of massage therapy in preventing illness and conditions before they develop cannot be overlooked.  Massage therapy can be used in the treatment of both acute and chronic stages of conditions.

Here are just a few benefit of Massage Therapy:

  • Relieving tension and relaxing tight, sore muscles
  • Improving skin and muscle tone
  • Encouraging better circulation
  • Awareness of body and breathing to improve posture
  • Relieving stiff joints
  • Promoting relaxation, thus reducing the effects of stress and anxiety
  • Inducing a deeper sleep
  • Aiding digestion
  • Increasing energy by invigorating all the body systems therefore reducing fatigue

Any surprises for you?  Had you connected digestion and Massage Therapy before?

Stress and our busy lifestyles, which often don’t give us chance to sit down and take our time over a meal, can lead to a whole range of digestive troubles and disorders. Add to that the fact that we often eat junk food, take-outs and wash it all down with a huge quantity of caffeine, and you’ve got a recipe for a digestive disaster!

So, how can massage help our digestive disorders?

Constipation – Constipation is no fun, and it can lead to bloating, headaches, skin problems and bad breath, as well as pain and discomfort. Massage can aid and improve digestion by stimulating peristalsis, the wave-like muscle contractions which move the food we have eaten through our digestive tract. This stimulation of natural peristalsis helps our digestive system to function efficiently and prevents us from becoming constipated.
Digestive enzymes – Digestive enzymes help us to break down the food that we eat so that our bodies can absorb and use essential nutrients. Massage encourages the body to release these enzymes, thus helping digestion and our overall health.

IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common digestive disorder which is characterized by abdominal bloating, cramps and either constipation or diarrhea.  massage therapy, which relieves stress and promotes a feeling of well-being, can be beneficial in improving symptoms. Massaging the affected area can also stimulate peristalsis, help remove blockages in the digestive tract and reduce bloating, gas and cramps.

Stress-related disorders – General massage lowers our stress levels by causing the release of endorphins, the body’s “feel-good” chemicals, and abdominal massage can relieve indigestion, abdominal pain and bloating. Back massage is also great for indigestion and gas.

Detox – Back massage and abdominal massage can assist with detoxification, when used with a detox program. The massage will have a cleansing effect on the digestive system by helping it to eliminate waste and toxins quickly and efficiently.

Massage offers us a drug-free, natural way of treating digestive disorders, but how do you do it? Give me a call and find out.


Running shoes and sports injuries: Do the shoes help or hurt?

Running shoes and sports injuries: Do the shoes help or hurt?

Do your research before deciding where to spend your hard earned dollars on running shoes.  A new Danish study contradicts the long-held beliefs about running shoe related damage.

Running Shoes may not be a factor in reducing sports injuries


The belief that foot pronation, or rolling inward of the ankles, increases the risk of injury in novice runners and requires correction with special shoes is being challenged by biomechanics experts.

Running shoe sales pitches tailor shoes to people based on providing “stability” shoes that offer support to the feet of people who “pronate,” tipping the ankle toward the inside of the step.

“What you can see if you don’t have the right shoe, if you will, is down the road is some injuries that can plague folks that are pronators, which is the vast majority of us,” said Bryan Smith, a manager at Running Room in Toronto.

The sales strategy has been used for 30 years. An estimated 73 per cent of cross-country runners say compatibility between foot posture and shoe design is the key factor when choosing a running shoe, Danish researchers reported in a recent issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.  read full article on CBC.ca

Apparently this debate has been going on for some time as these articles suggest:

The painful truth about trainers: Are running shoes a waste of money? by MailOnline
Custom running shoes might not prevent injuries by Reuters
Running shoes: Solution or the problem? by The Science of Sport

Choose your shoe for comfort or maybe trying running barefoot.

Dr. Gruber agrees. “I always recommend that runners run the way that is most natural and comfortable for them,” she says. “Each runner runs a certain way for a reason, likely because of the way they were physically built. Unless there is some indication that you should change things, such as repeated injury, do not mess with that plan.”  read full article on NYTimes.com

Trust your instincts and do not get oversold.  Your body will let you know what works for you based upon the pain and progress you make.  Get to know your body and understand how your muscle, joints and skeleton systems interact to avoid sports injuries.  The choice is yours.

The ingredients of Holistic Massage

The ingredients of Holistic Massage

The term ‘holistic‘ comes from the Greek word ‘holos’ meaning whole. The holistic approach to preventative maintenance massage aims to restore balance within the body, taking into account the person’s whole being not just their physical symptoms or ailments.

Massage is one of the oldest healing therapies known to man.. Holistic massage combines a therapeutic and systematic process of touch and response with each treatment adapted to the client’s needs, physical characteristics and unique personality.  It improves circulation in the body by assisting the flow of blood from the limbs back to the heart.  Deep stroking movements increase the flow of fresh blood carrying nutrients and oxygen to organs and muscles.

Aromatherapy literally means curative treatment using scent.  There are so many essentials oils derived from the various parts of plants.  The scent from these oils can have a beneficial effect on one’s well being.  When combined with massage, the benefits are increased.  

Specific oils are selected according to the client’s condition.  Massage is an effective means of ensuring that the essential oils (diluted in a carrier oil) penetrate the client’s skin.

Reflexology believes that the feet and hands are mirrors of the body.  By stimulating reflex points on the feet and hands you can relax the whole body, giving the client a sense of balance.  The reflex areas of the sole, top and sides of the right foot correspond to the right side of the body and the left foot to the left side of the body.

Originally used to treat disease, the ancient method of hydrotherapy is used today to treat musculoskeletal disorders and injuries as well as to soothe various aches and pains.

There are various techniques that belong to the family of hydroptherapy.  At Helping Hands we specialize in:

  • salt glow – a salt paste (with or without aromatherapy) is applied to your body as a vigorous skin scrub stimulating your circulation and nervous system.
  • parafiin wax – layers of heated therapeutic wax are applied to areas of chronic pain in conjunction with a massage treatment allowing your joints and muscles greater flexibility.
  • dry brushing – experience a gentle full body exfoliation with a soft bristle brush.

Massage may be defined as any systematic form of touch, which is found to give comfort and promote good health.  The basis of massage is touch, the most fundamental of human needs.  Massage relaxes the body and mind; stimulates the muscles and organs; soothes and relieves stress, anxiety and depression; alleviates pain and reduces symptoms of minor illnesses.  Basically, massage improves ones’ emotional and physical well-being, the ‘whole’ self.


The Purpose of Sports Massage Therapy

The Purpose of Sports Massage Therapy

Sports Massage Therapy is to designed to enhance athletic performance and can be used in almost any sport. The modern athlete is always in search of that extra edge (marginal gains) to overcome their competitors. Although Sports Massage can be used anytime, its mainly used for;
•  Before sporting event massage –  is used to stimulate you mentally and physically prior to competition.

 After sporting event massage – is performed after hard training or an event to ease the tired aching muscles,remove waste products, and enhance recovery following demanding exercise.

•  Injury prevention – regular massage used to identify and eliminate potential injurious tissues.

•  Sports injuries – techniques can be used at various stages of healing to enhance the natural healing process.

The best recovery enables optimum training

As training loads increase, a point is reached where the body is no longer able to fully recover between sessions, and performance may level off and eventually decline. The symptoms of incomplete recovery of the musculoskeletal system are muscle pain, joint pain, tendon and bursa inflammation. Sports Massage can help speed-up recovery.

Benefits of Sports Massage

The benefits can be broadly categorised into Physiological and Psychological processes and the interaction between the two.

Essentially, in a nutshell, the role of the Sports Massage Therapist is to deliver  safe and effective massage to meet the athlete’s specific needs. The therapist’s role usually involves  before sporting event, after sporting event, injury prevention, or massage in the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.  Contact Ivy today with any questions regarding sports massage therapy.

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