Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia
Each year in May, Mother's Day makes her entrance swathed in frills and flounces – flowers, chocolates, perfume and body products wrapped in all hues of soft pink and purple.
And every year, your mom or granny accepts her gift with gratitude and grace.
But what if this year, you touched her heart with the gift of touch? What if you gave her a voucher for a massage?
Do you suffer with TMD in your TMJ?
If you do, I don't have to explain what the abbreviations stand for. You will know!
But for those who have not been plagued by this condition, TMD stands for temporomandibular disorder , the pain and discomfort in your jaw and lateral face muscles.
And TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint which connects your jaw to your skull.
Read here for some jaw-dropping facts about TMD and how massage therapy can help.
A random question seeded itself in my mind, early this morning as I was raking up fruit that had been dropped by the pomegranate tree and the quince hedge after a typically windy Strand night.
Can one extract oil from a pomegranate and a quince? And if so, how can it enhance a massage treatment?
Flip-flops, thongs, plakkies, slops - synonymous with summer, sun and sea.
But these no-heel-strap sandals have become the daily footwear choice for many for its comfort and convenience. many people spend the entire day in flip-flops even wearing it to work.
But that is not the full story. Comfortable and convenient yes, but there is a distinct dark side to wearing flip-flops for long periods.
Read here to see what it can do to posture, muscles and walking patterns.
The benefits of massage during and after pregnancy have been well documented. But there is one that I think needs to be emphasised - the way it boosts your body image.
The many ways in which ones body changes during pregnancy can be at the same time intriguing and overwhelming, even scary.
Despite the romantic image of pregnancy in the media and in advertising, these drastic shape shifts and the weight gain may affect our self-esteem and body image.
So, if you are pregnant but it feels like you are living in a stranger’s body, consider a massage treatment.
Besides helping you maintain a healthy body image, massage can support a mother-to-be and her baby in so many ways.
Here are 10 reasons to book a pre-natal massage.
For my clients the decision by a major South African medical scheme to reimburse members for massage, is a bonus.
For me however, it is another step towards my vision for therapeutic massage in South Africa, a dream that has required great effort and tenacity bordering on plain old pigheaded-ness.
This is but one small step towards incorporating massage into the primary healthcare system, but I want to congratulate my colleagues at Massage Therapy Association of South Africa (MTASA) who had negotiated it.
I am very, very grateful to them.
Find out here how you can benefit from this new development in the massage profession.
We really have no excuse.
Thanks to our high standard of living we have moved beyond basic survival needs. We have the Internet that puts all the information about health and wellness at our finger tips.We have clever apps on our electronic devices to support our good intentions.
And we can employ people like massage therapists and personal trainers and dieticians to support our efforts.
Yet something still prevents us from putting intenstions and desires for healthy living into practice.
Very often that something is the way we think and the way we talk about health and wellness.
Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.
So says author, John Steinbeck.
But no-one wants the memory of their road trip to manifest as aches and pains from sitting to long in the car or bus or taxi.
Here is some advice to avoid discomfort after a long road trip:
What now? You have booked a massage in the days after giving in to the lure of the sun?
Now your body is red and sore.
Should you for the treatment or should you cancel your appointment?
Here are a few points to take into consideration when you have to answer that burning question:
There is a third reason why I recommend full-body treatments over spot treatment.
It is also related to our three-dimensional nature of our embodiment and how we manage to move.
To produce movement in any of these planes of motion, the human body uses a complex system of skeletal muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments etc. that act as levers and pulleys and which works in all the planes of motion.
Body-mind or mind-body? If you are struggling with physical and mental pain and feel that the dominant health paradigm’s dualistic approach to mind and body seems inadequate to explain anything, I want to talk to you. Join me under the tree in my garden for a cup of rooibos tea and let’s talk massage and SomaSense!