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We are still talking to you about what your first appointment might look like. I left off last week talking about the assessments we do with you. Postural assessments and biomechanical checks are very important to us when we first meet you. We can see if a muscle is tight or overactive in one area of your body. Or if…
Movement Is For All The Family

Movement Is For All The Family

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog. Movement Is For All The Family, as I have handily mentioned in the title. If you feel like you lack time to be active, or to exercise, or to move particularly with intention and variety, mostly because of work and familial commitments, then perhaps you need to get the whole family involved with…
Movement is a Family Affair For All

Movement is a Family Affair For All

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog. Movement is a family affair for all, as I have handily mentioned in the title. Do you feel like you lack time to be active, or to exercise, or to move particularly with intention and variety. Mostly because of work and familial commitments, then perhaps you need to get the whole family involved…
Its True Movement is a Family Affair

Its True Movement is a Family Affair

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog. Its true movement is indeed a family affair, as I have handily mentioned in the title. Do you feel like you lack time to be active, or to exercise, or to move particularly with intention and variety. Mostly because of work and familial commitments, then perhaps you need to get the whole family…
Modifications To Your Lifestyle

Modifications To Your Lifestyle

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, still about modifications but this time it is not just about modifications to your workouts that I will talk about – it is modifications to your lifestyle. The biggest barrier to getting stronger, fitter, healthier, and suffering less injuries, and recovering from workouts faster, is SLEEP. You can modify up and down all…
Movement is a Family Affair

Movement is a Family Affair

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog. Movement is indeed a family affair, as I have handily mentioned in the title. If you feel like you lack time to be active, or to exercise, or to move particularly with intention and variety, mostly because of work and familial commitments, then perhaps you need to get the whole family involved with…
Modifications To Your Workouts

Modifications To Your Workouts

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, all about modifications to your workouts. What about if you already can run quite far, and can lift heavy weights, what then? Well then you are already quite fit, but I can almost guarantee you that you will struggle with at least one thing. Maybe hill running, or lunges, or your shoulders aren’t…
Take Advantage of Modifications

Take Advantage of Modifications

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, a bit more about modifications and how to take advantage of them. For at least a couple of decades I have used, and still use, workout DVDs. Now it’s more like workout apps on my phone or iPad these days, but the concept is the same. If you’re in the same boat and…
Why Modifications are Your Best Friend!

Why Modifications are Your Best Friend!

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, and a brand-new topic for May to discuss. Modifications- what are they and why should they be your best friend? When it comes to health and fitness, sports and exercise, a lot of people see only the best of what is out there – the people at the top of their game who…
Posture Isn’t Bad, Or Good, It Is Adapted

Posture Isn’t Bad, Or Good, It Is Adapted

For the last in my April’s blogs, I want to remind you that your posture isn’t bad, or good, it is adapted. If you’re experiencing pain and believe it is because of your posture, it might be because your adaptations aren’t coping, come and see me to help you understand why and how to help you adapt it differently to…
Do You Think Your Posture is Bad?

Do You Think Your Posture is Bad?

Last week I mentioned that your body evolved to be in less or no pain during repetitive activities, but sometimes that doesn’t work. Read on You might be in pain from your repetitive activities, even if your body has evolved its posture to adapt to what you are teaching it, training it even, to do, but why is that, even…
Check Your Posture

Check Your Posture

Hello and welcome back to my weekly blog, and I will pick straight back up from last weeks, about why I would check your posture when I have already told you that there is no such thing as ideal posture. There have been a lot of studies, and numerous books, dedicated to the art of assessing your posture, I have…
All About Your Posture

All About Your Posture

Hello and welcome to April’s blogs, all about your posture and what you think about it, and at the end of the month will be an update about my new associate, Jen Llewellyn. So, do you think your posture is bad? Or do you think it needs some work? It might surprise you to learn that ideal posture was first…
Jen Llewellyn - Exciting Times at Astral Fitness

Jen Llewellyn – Exciting Times at Astral Fitness

Hello and welcome to this month’s blog, about the exciting changes that are happening here at Astral Fitness this year. I have an associate joining me at Astral Fitness, Jen Llewellyn, helping me to deliver more sessions of pain relief to more of you, and providing greater flexibility to your appointments should I not have the availability you need. In…
Fantastic Piece Of Artwork

Fantastic Piece Of Artwork – Exciting Times at Astral Fitness

Hello and welcome to this month’s blog, about the exciting changes that are happening here at Astral Fitness this year. During January I made some changes to my treatment room, based within www.unitedsandc.co.uk on Leicester Road in Hinckley. Painting walls, furniture removed, furniture installed. As well as, new pictures, and this fantastic piece of artwork inspired by the knots you…
Pilates Course - Exciting Times at Astral Fitness

Pilates Course – Exciting Times at Astral Fitness

Hello and welcome to this month’s blog, about the exciting changes that are happening here at astral Fitness this year. A little while ago during that little hiccough we all know as the pandemic, there were a couple of lockdowns – remember those? During those times, I mulled over where I would like to be with my business, and what…
Transforming My Treatment Room

Transforming My Treatment Room

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, about the exciting changes that are happening here at Astral Fitness this year. I have been a busy bee over the last few weeks, transforming my treatment room to be more functional for what I have intended over the coming months, as well as making it more welcoming for your treatments with me.…
Exciting Times at Astral Fitness

Exciting Times at Astral Fitness

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, about the exciting changes that are happening here at Astral Fitness this year. Some of you may be aware, as I have been very excited about it, that Astral Fitness is expanding. I have a brand-new associate, Jen Llewellyn, starting with me this year, and as she is embarking on her course this…
Reducing Exercise Related Pain | February Part Four

Reducing Exercise Related Pain | February Part Four

Hello and welcome to my last blog for February. And there is some exciting news to report keep reading to the end to find out what it is! Reducing Exercise Related Pain I hope that you have enjoyed the last few blogs about reducing pain from your exercise regimes. I thought I would offer some tips into a quick to…
Why Massage is Great for Pain? | February Part Three

Why Massage is Great for Pain? | February Part Three

Hello and welcome to my blog for February. So are you hurting from your new fitness regime? What have you done about it so far? What are you going to do about it? Why Massage is Great for Pain? Whether you are experiencing DOMS, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or whether you are hurting because you are not giving your body…
Giving Up - Don't | February Part Two

Giving Up – Don’t | February Part Two

Hello and welcome to my brand-new blog topic for February! How are the new workouts going? How is your current plan faring? Are they still serving you well, or is the boredom starting to set in? Are you just hurting each week with no end in sight? Giving Up It is around this point every year, that people start to…
Hurting from a New Fitness Regime?  | February Part One

Hurting from a New Fitness Regime? | February Part One

Are You Hurting from a New Fitness Regime? Hello and welcome to my brand-new blog topic for February! I hope that you have had a productive few weeks in to the new year, quite often this does mean introducing a new fitness regime, or attempting to be more committed to a previous programme, or trying something new. DOMS You’re probably…
Best version of you | New Year | January Part Two

Feel better within yourself | New Year | January Part Four

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, the fourth one in the New Year Old You because why do we need a New You at all? I thought it would be nice to round off the January blogs with FIVE TIPS to improve your Old You to feel better within yourself. Because isn’t it nice to feel better and more…
New Year - January Part One

Want to feel different? | New Year | January Part Three

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, the third one in the New Year where I am definitely not talking about a New You like everyone else around you. You – today, last year, next year – is perfect the way it is. But What if you do want to feel different? Feel better? Feel more flexible? More mobile? I…
New Year - January Part One

New Year – January Part One

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, the first one in the New Year HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that you have had a lovely Christmas and festive season and are ready and raring to go for the new year. Which usually entails the ‘New You’ moniker to be rolled out on everything from gyms and health centres to clothing…
Best version of you | New Year | January Part Two

Best version of you | New Year | January Part Two

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, the second one in the New Year New You? No Way! If you read last weeks blog, you’ll see that I am not really an advocate of the New Year New You marketing campaigns that go around. There is nothing wrong with who you are right now. You will never escape you. So…
Cold can motivative – Get Healthy, Get Outside! | December Blog Part Four

Mindset – Get Healthy, Get Outside! | December Blog Part Five

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, the last part for December. All about getting out and about and healthy in the outdoors and starting on your New Year New You before 2022. There are a great many benefits to getting fitter and stronger. Getting started in the cold will ensure you never avoid exercising in the cold in the…
Cold can motivative – Get Healthy, Get Outside! | December Blog Part Four

Cold can motivative – Get Healthy, Get Outside! | December Blog Part Four

Hello and welcome to Part Four of your December blog, talking all about getting out of doors for your health and getting a jump start on a healthy new you ready for the new year – go on, be ahead of the curve for a change! Did you know that your heart needs to work harder when it is cold?…
Cold can motivative – Get Healthy, Get Outside! | December Blog Part Four

Christmas Walks – Get Healthy, Get Outside! | December Blog Part Two

Hello and welcome to Part Two of this months blog, all about getting outdoors and a little bit about Christmas. I don’t know about you, but on the weekends I love to snuggle up on my sofa at home and watch cheesy Christmas movies with a beautifully velvetised* hot chocolate topped with a stroopwafel, but, I can’t do that all…
Cold can motivative – Get Healthy, Get Outside! | December Blog Part Four

Temperature – Get Healthy, Get Outside! | December Blog Part Three

Hello and welcome to Part Three of this month’s blog, all about getting out and about in the cold and getting a jump start on the new year and the resolutions for fitness it often brings with it. Getting fitter in the cold can bring challenges with it, but also can be a lot more rewarding. Knowing you have managed…
Cold can motivative – Get Healthy, Get Outside! | December Blog Part Four

Christmas – Get Healthy, Get Outside! | December Blog

Hello and welcome to a brand-new month and a brand-new blog topic! This month I will be talking a little bit about Christmas. Yes yes, it has come to that time of year again! But I will also be talking about why you shouldn’t wait to begin your new years resolutions to get fitter, or stronger, or more active. Why…
Busy Life? Benefits of Massage & Movement

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Hello and welcome to November’s blog, and this month I am talking to you about the benefits of massage and movement, if you haven’t already introduced or increased your daily movement, why wait until the new year? Today is the best day to start! Last week I talked at the end of my blog about how life often gets in…
Benefits of Regular Massage

Movement is Medicine – Benefits of Massage & Movement

Hello and welcome to November’s blog – Movement is Medicine – Benefits of Massage & Movement. This month I am talking to you about the benefits of massage and movement. If you haven’t already introduced or increased your daily movement, why wait until the new year? Today is the best day to start! Life Responsibilities How often do you have…
Benefits of Regular Massage

Benefits of Regular Massage

Hello and welcome to November’s blog. This month I am talking to you about the benefits of massage and movement. If you haven’t already introduced or increased your daily movement, why wait until the new year? Today is the best day to start! Last week I listed some of the benefits to be had with massage. Did you know that…
Benefits of Regular Massage

Benefits of Massage & Movement

Hello and welcome to November’s blog. This month I am talking to you about the benefits of massage and movement. If you haven’t already introduced movement to your life, or increased your daily movement, why wait until the new year? Today is the best day to start! It is nearly impossible for everyone at every time to take regular and…
Movement Variation

Have You Introduced Any Movement Variations?

Hello and welcome to the fourth October blog, Have You Introduced Any Movement Variations? Variety in your movements is absolutely key to having a healthy and active body for right now, and for the rest of your life. Have you tried to introduce any movement variations into your week since my last blog? Don’t worry if you haven’t, it can…
Movement Variation

Variety In Your Movements

Hello and welcome to the third October blog, Variety In Your Movements. Variety in your movements is absolutely key to having a healthy and active body for right now, and for the rest of your life. Last week I left you thinking about how to introduce daily movement to look after your joints and your body in general, to help…
Movement Variation

Variation of Movement

Hello and welcome to the second October blog, All about Variation of Movement. Variety in your movements is absolutely key to having a healthy and active body for right now, and for the rest of your life. Last week I left you pondering about the amount of different types of movement you usually do during your working week, and how…
Movement Variation

Movement Variation

Hello and welcome to Octobers blog – Movement Variation. A brand new subject to discuss with you. So what is Movement Variation, and why am I discussing it? It is exactly as it sounds, actually. I am discussing it because variety in your movements is absolutely key to having a healthy and active body for right now, and for the…
Getting Prepped for Winter and Why it is Important

Getting Prepped for Winter and Why it is Important – Part 5

Hello and welcome to Part Five of this months blog. Winter is just around the corner and September is the perfect month to get active again after the summer holidays, and to ensure that winter can be as active and as fun as possible. When starting a new fitness regime, it is important to start slowly and increase your activity…
Getting Prepped for Winter and Why it is Important

Getting Prepped for Winter and Why it is Important – Part 4

Hello and welcome to this months blog topic – Getting Prepped for Winter and Why it is Important. Winter is coming, and getting prepped for it can take a little while if your fitness has been a little off point over the spring and summer months. Last week I talked to you about swapping one of your driving commutes for…
Getting Prepped for Winter and Why it is Important

Getting Prepped for Winter and Why it is Important – Part 3

Hello and welcome to Part Three of this months blog topic – Getting Prepped for Winter and Why it is Important. Winter is coming, and getting prepped for it can take a little while if your fitness has been a little off point over the spring and summer months. Now is definitely time to start. Last week I suggested you…
Getting Prepped for Winter and Why it is Important

Getting Prepped for Winter and Why it is Important – Part 2

Hello and welcome to Part Two of this months blog topic Getting Prepped for Winter and Why it is Important. Yes I admit it may be a little early to be talking about winter. But, as a very popular TV showed often reminded us, Winter is coming! Getting prepped for it can take a little while if your fitness has…
Getting Prepped for Winter and Why it is Important

Getting Prepped for Winter and Why it is Important

Hello and welcome to this months brand new blog topic – Getting Prepped for Winter and Why it is Important. Yes I admit it may be a little early to be talking about winter. But, as a very popular TV showed often reminded us, Winter is coming! Getting prepped for it can take a little while if your fitness has…
The Beginners Guide to Caring for Common Injuries

Tendonitis, or Tendinosis? The Beginners Guide to Common Injuries

Hello and welcome to Augusts fourth blog – Tendonitis, or Tendinosis? The Beginners Guide to Common Injuries. I hope that you are all having a great summer full of fun and activity. What if you’ve got a bit of an injury going on though? Is it a simple injury or something else? Read on Firstly, When to Get Help Sometimes…
The Beginners Guide to Caring for Common Injuries

Fracture Aftercare – The Beginners Guide to Common Injuries

Hello and welcome to Augusts third blog – Fracture Aftercare – The Beginners Guide to Common Injuries. I hope that you are all having a great summer full of fun and activity. What if you’ve got a bit of an injury going on though? Is it a simple injury or something else? Read on Firstly, When to Get Help Sometimes…
The Beginners Guide to Caring for Common Injuries

Caring for your Strain – The Beginners Guide to Common Injuries

Hello and welcome to Augusts second blog, I hope that you are all having a great summer full of fun and activity. What if you’ve got a bit of an injury going on though? Is it a simple injury or something else? Read on Firstly, When to Get Help Sometimes you know when you have done something like twisting your…
The Beginners Guide to Caring for Common Injuries

The Beginners Guide to Caring for Common Injuries

Hello and welcome to Augusts first blog – The Beginners Guide to Caring for Common Injuries. I hope that you are all having a great summer full of fun and activity. What if you’ve got a bit of an injury going on though? Is it a simple injury or something else? Read on Firstly, When to Get Help – Caring…
You Are Not Fragile

So What’s Your Excuse?

Hello and welcome to the final instalment in my series of blogs – So What’s Your Excuse? About how you are not fragile, and you should just get out there and move your body. Today I am going to talk about people with different physical abilities, and how they are rocking it in the sports world and don’t let their…
You Are Not Fragile

Your Body Is Not Fragile

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, all about how your body is not fragile and why you should get out there and get it moving. This week I am going to talk to you about Fascia. What it is and just how strong it is. Fascia Fascia is a more recently discovered element of the human body, yet it…
You Are Not Fragile

YOU ARE NOT FRAGILE

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog in July, all about how YOU ARE NOT FRAGILE Yeah, I shouted at you, and I am not apologising at all for it. Too many people walk into my treatment room with the words ‘I have a weak.’ with no clinical reasoning for it, no formal diagnosis, no MRI scan to back up…
You Are Not Fragile

A Few Strong Facts

Welcome to this weeks blog – A Few Strong Facts. The human body is amazing, and surprisingly very strong. But you and I both know people who avoid certain movements or activities for fear of hurting themselves and they are probably hurting themselves more in the long run. I know someone who is afraid of twisting movements, because one time…
How to Have an Injury Free Summer

Pain – Have an Injury Free Summer

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog- Pain – Have an Injury Free Summer. The fifth part in my series about staying injury free over the summer months. Most injuries occur when people rush to do too much too soon, after doing too little for too long. Then other types of injuries occur when you ignore your body whispering an…
How to Have an Injury Free Summer

Most Injuries Occur When People Rush …

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog – Most Injuries Occur When People Rush … The fourth part in my series about staying injury free over the summer months. Most injuries occur when people rush to do too much too soon, after doing too little for too long. Then other types of injuries occur when you ignore your body whispering…
How to Have an Injury Free Summer

Have an Injury Free Summer

Hello and welcome to this weeks blog, the third instalment in June – Have an Injury Free Summer. It’s about how to have an injury free summertime so you can make the most out of the word being open again. Most injuries occur when people rush to do too much too soon, after doing too little for too long. Last…
How to Have an Injury Free Summer

Staying Injury Free Over The Summer

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, all about staying injury free over the summer. When we are all more naturally active and out and about enjoying the lovely weather. Last week I mentioned that injuries most frequently occur when- You rush to do too much too soon, after doing too little for too long. So exactly how do you…
How to Have an Injury Free Summer

How to Have an Injury Free Summer

Hello and welcome to a brand-new month and a brand-new blog topic – How to Have an Injury Free Summer! June is a special month this year, because my first-born son turns 18 years old. So I will be doing lots of celebrating with him! Lots of eating out, eating cake, and hopefully visiting family and places out and about!…
Top Ten Benefits Of Massage

Young Athletes

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, Young Athletes. All about how Massage is Awesome! Last week I talked about how you could use a massage to check in with me about mild symptoms of the aging process. To avoid actually feeling old as well as growing old. This week I am going to tell you about how massage can…
Top Ten Benefits Of Massage

Massage is Awesome but not a Miracle … or is it?

Hello and welcome to my second blog in May, Massage is Awesome but not a Miracle or is it? Now that I am firmly back offering sports massage it is a great time to get back on track with your regular treatments. Or indeed start a new treatment programme if you are completely new to the idea of sports…
Top Ten Benefits Of Massage

Top Ten Benefits Of Massage

Hello and welcome to my first blog in May, all about how awesome massage is – Top Ten Benefits Of Massage. And yes, I may be a tiny little bit biased. If you’ve never experienced a massage, or a sports massage such as the ones I deliver, then over the month of May I will give you some handy information…
Shake Off Lockdown

Shake Off Lockdown! – Part Four

Hello and welcome to my last blog in April – Shake Off Lockdown! – Part Four, all about shaking off lockdown. What have you done to ease yourself back into a less restricted world? I decided to ease into my sports massage appointments so that I did not exhaust myself too much and be too tired too quickly. If you’ve…
Shake Off Lockdown

Shake Off Lockdown! – Part Three

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog – Shake Off Lockdown! – Part Three. How are you all faring back in a less restricted world? I started last weeks blog with what I got up to in the lockdowns, and here is the rest LOCKDOWN 2.0The less said about Lockdown 2.0 in November of last year, the better! LOCKDOWN 3.0…
Shake Off Lockdown

Shake Off Lockdown! – Part Two

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog – Shake Off Lockdown! – Part Two. I am so excited! My business is re-open! WOOHOOOOOOO! But before we really get started into our new normal, I thought I would take a look back over the last rollercoaster of a year and tell you a bit about what I got up to, as…
Shake Off Lockdown

Shake Off Lockdown! – Part One

Hello and welcome to April’s brand-new blog theme, all about shaking off the lockdown. Shaking off the last year, the pandemic stress, the boredom. Shaking off EVERYTHING that has happened this last year, physically and mentally. We are forging ever closer to the end of lockdown. Hopefully forever, and you should decide what you would like your post-pandemic life to…
Are You Paying into Your Physical Pension

Physical Pension – Part 5

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog – Physical Pension – Part 5. The last in March and the last in my Physical Pension Series. If I had received £1 for every person who told me that they HATED exercise, I would probably be swimming in my own back garden pool right now! Usually these people don’t realise that they…
Are You Paying into Your Physical Pension

Physical Pension – Part 4

Hello and welcome to my blog this week – Physical Pension – Part 4. I am talking about how you can contribute to your Physical Pension even if you are already active because of your job. So, you’re a groundworker, multi-drop driver, shelf stacker, gardener, postie, dog walker, builder, police officer, or some other physically challenging job. You don’t need…
Are You Paying into Your Physical Pension

Physical Pension – Part 3

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog – Physical Pension – Part 3. I am still talking about your Physical Pension and why you need one. Last week I mentioned that it is something that you need to ‘pay’ into on a regular basis, but what if you’re only a few years away from retirement, what do you do then?…
Are You Paying into Your Physical Pension

Physical Pension – Part 2

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, about your Physical Pension. A similar topic that I have discussed lots recently, but one that is so very important. You pay into a financial pension, but what happens when you get to retirement and you are physically incapable of enjoying that money? That’s where a Physical Pension comes in handy – what…
Are You Paying into Your Physical Pension

Are You Paying into Your Physical Pension?

Hello and welcome to my first blog in March – Are You Paying into Your Physical Pension? Hopefully this is the last full month of national lockdown. Yep, that’s right, we can all start getting back to normal next month, woohoo! And that means, massages could well be back on the menu too, so that’s an even bigger WOOHOOOOOOO! But…
Use it or Lose it - Part 1

Use it or Lose it – Part 4

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog – Use it or Lose it – Part 4. Continuing on from last week, discussing mobility and why you need to USE IT OR LOSE IT. Have you ever woken up and your first movements of the day are jerky and creaky? Do you get asked to sit on your workout mat by…
Use it or Lose it - Part 1

Use it or Lose it – Part 3

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog – Use it or Lose it – Part 3. Continuing on from last week, discussing mobility and why you need to USE IT OR LOSE IT. How to Improve Mobility and Why Here is the question that I get asked a lot. And the answer to improving mobility is to get stronger, to…
Use it or Lose it - Part 1

Use it or Lose it – Part 2

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog – Use it or Lose it – Part 2. Continuing on from last week, discussing mobility and why you need to USE IT OR LOSE IT. Along with grey hairs and more wrinkles, less mobility seems to be that cornerstone marker of old age, ageing, and retirees. The dictionary classes mobility as: mobility…
Use it or Lose it - Part 1

Use it or Lose it – Part 1

Hello and welcome to this weeks blog – Use it or Lose it – Part 1. My first blog in February, the 30th month of the year well it certainly feels like it, doesn’t it? I know that the period from Christmas to now dragged a bit, even though I did celebrate my 40th birthday mid-January, it was a hard…
JUMP into January! – Part One

JUMP into January! – Part Four

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog – JUMP into January! – Part Four. It is now the LAST week of January and if you haven’t made a start on your health and fitness new year’s resolutions, or goals, then now is truly a great time to start. Jump into January and let that jump you into the rest of…
JUMP into January! – Part One

JUMP into January! – Part Three

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog – JUMP into January! – Part Three. It is now the third week of January and if you haven’t made a start on your health and fitness new year’s resolutions, or goals, then now is a great time to start. Jump into January and let that jump you into the rest of the…
JUMP into January! – Part One

JUMP into January! – Part Two

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog -JUMP into January! – Part Two. It is now the second week of January and if you haven’t made a start on your health and fitness new year’s resolutions, or goals, then now is the time to start. Jump into January and let that jump you into the rest of the year. But…
JUMP into January! – Part One

JUMP into January! – Part One

Hello and welcome to my first blog in 2021- JUMP into January! – Part One Happy New Year to you, and let’s face it, it has got to be better than last year. I thought I would start with a positive theme for Januarys’ blogs. Jump into January is going to talk about what you can do to start your…
Just Keep Moving – Part Four

Just Keep Moving – Part Five

Hello and (almost) Happy New Year! This weeks blog – Just Keep Moving – Part Five. How has your year been? Have you moved enough? Yep, it’s the last part in my Just Keep Moving blog for December. It’s right around this time that people, myself included, take stock on the year that has gone and decide on some goals…
Just Keep Moving – Part Four

Just Keep Moving – Part Four

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, Just Keep Moving – Part Four. But firstly, MERRY CHRISTMAS and Yuletide Greetings from my home to yours, from my family to yours. I hope that you have a wonderful break from work, and you eat, drink, and make merry to your hearts content. Remember to keep moving, despite the extra goodies you…
Just Keep Moving – Part Four

Just Keep Moving – Part Three

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, Just Keep Moving – Part Three in December and Christmas is just around the corner! Some good first steps to take, is walking, which I mentioned in my last blog. If walking isn’t really something you enjoy, then think about what does feel good for you. You know, the activity that you look…
Just Keep Moving – Part Four

Just Keep Moving – Part Two

Hello and welcome to my blog – Just Keep Moving – Part Two. This week is part two for December, titled Just Keep Moving. Last week I talked about sitting being a modern disease, and while it just not traditionally meet the criteria for a disease, it can become so normal for a person to sit down for a majority…
Just Keep Moving – Part Four

Just Keep Moving – Part One

Hello and welcome to my blog for December – Just Keep Moving – Part One. It’s a fresh month, so a fresh topic to discuss, and hopefully inspire you to take care of yourself over the winter months. And, we are finally out of lockdown, woohoo! Online booking is open, and I am back working, helping you to unwind tense…
Benefits of Regular Massage

Benefits of Regular Massage – Part Four

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, the last part of four written for November during our second UK lockdown – Benefits of Regular Massage – Part Four. Last week I talked at the end of my blog about how life often gets in the way of taking time to look after yourself, and that I have some exciting news…
Benefits of Regular Massage

Benefits of Regular Massage – Part Three

Hello and welcome to part three of your blogs this month, during the second lockdown the UK is experiencing. Last week I told you that I would talk to you some more about why regular massage is beneficial to your mental health. Life Responsibilities How often do you have responsibilities to other people? How often are you in your employee…
Benefits of Regular Massage

Benefits of Regular Massage – Part Two

Hello and welcome to part two of my blog about the benefits of regular massage. We are also in the second week of the second national lockdown. How is it going for you? Drop me a message If you need any advice with any muscular pain or niggles you are experiencing. Last week I listed some of the benefits to…
Benefits of Regular Massage

Benefits of Regular Massage – Part One

Hello and welcome to my first blog in a once again locked down country. I was planning on writing about the benefits of regular massage, and now we are all in a position where regular massage just can’t happen for most of November and part of December, and possibly beyond. I will still write about my original thoughts on regular…
Injury Rehab

Injury Rehab – Part Three

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, all about injury rehab, and this is part three. Do take a moment to go back and read the first two instalments. This week I am looking at Prehab. Prehab Prehab is a buzzword that has come to the fore more recently, and in fact is a valuable way to look at rehab…
Injury Rehab

Injury Rehab – Part Two

Hello and welcome to my blog. This is Part Two of my Injury Rehab blog, and last week I left you with: How do I Decide What to Do? Here’s the tricky part! What exactly do you do when injured and in discomfort, or in pain, and do not know where to start? Seeking help from a professional will usually…
Injury Rehab

Injury Rehab – Part One

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, about Injury Rehab. So, what exactly is Injury Rehab? It is a slow step-by-step process with the aim of helping you recover from an injury, an accident, or an operation. It is about identifying your weaknesses and strengths and designing a programme of rehabilitation around those to rebuild you to a point of…
How to be Pain Free

How to be Pain Free – Part Two

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, part two of How to be Pain Free. Last week I mentioned that pain can be the result of something else other than physical reasons Biopsychosocial Pain This type of pain is complicated, and while I may be able to recognise it in you, I cannot diagnose it. It is simply pain from…
How to be Pain Free

How to be Pain Free – Part One

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, Part ONE of two blogs How to be Pain Free. That’s a big one, isn’t it? If I could wave a magic wand and instantly take your pain away, I’d have queues across the town. So, I don’t have a magic wand, and I can not take your pain away instantly. However, what…
Self-Care

Self-Care

This week I am going to talk about Self-Care, and how it is important, and it is not just about booking yourself a massage although that helps, and of course I’d love to see you! This month marks the one-year anniversary of when I broke my arm. One minute I am collecting a fluffy bunny from her run in the…
Mobility

Mobility… What is it and Why is it Important?

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog about mobility. It is something I have been focusing my own exercise efforts on recently, after a strange year that has involved me sitting and not doing a lot physically, after recovering from a bone break, to then just a few scant months later, to be flung into a worldwide lockdown which restricted…
Return to Exercise and Stay Injury Free

Return to Exercise and Stay Injury Free

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog – Return to Exercise and Stay Injury Free. A short guide on safely returning to exercise after a break. And oh boy, what a break we have all had. A lot of people are now in the situation that they are finally able to get back to a normal routine, and that includes…
Ten Things About Me

Ten Things About Me

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, Ten Things About Me. I thought that it might be a good idea to reintroduce myself. There are lots of new people enquiring about Sports Massage, and knowing a bit about the person delivering the massage can be a good way to feel comfortable about the whole process. I am Chloe and here…
Why Stretch

Why Stretch?

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, Why Stretch? Thank you for stopping by and taking time to read it. This week I discuss stretching, its pros and cons, the thoughts about it by the fitness and sports massage communities, and whether you should be doing it or not. You have probably heard from some influential people around you, and…
Breathing - How Well Do You Breathe?

Breathing – How Well Do You Breathe?

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, all about breathing. What can I tell you that you don’t already know about breathing, though? We all breathe, from the moment we are born, every single day, all day, and all night long, without fail. So why would a Sports Massage Therapist such as myself even consider how you breathe when you…
Healthy Back

How to Have a Healthy Back

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, all about having a healthy back. First, a little anatomy, so you can understand why it is not a cut and dried issue when it comes to your back. There are 33 bones in your spine with 140 overlapping and interconnected muscles enabling it to function correctly. 173 pieces of anatomy in the…
Strong Glutes

Strong Glutes and Why They Are Important

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog. It has been about strong glutes in the last few weeks in clinic, those, and necks, and I suspect it has been because we have all spent a hell of a lot more time sitting down and looking down. Anatomy first, your glutes are made up of three large muscles: Gluteus Maximus Gluteus…
Active Rest and its Importance in Recovery

Active Rest and its Importance in Recovery

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, it is all about Active Rest and its Importance in Recovery. I touched on this subject briefly in a Facebook post a week ago and it has stayed with me enough to write about it some more. Yes, Active Rest is an oxymoron however it is one of the only true ones around,…
What I Did During Lockdown

What I Did During Lockdown

Hello and welcome to this weeks blog As I have just finished my first full week back at work in over four months, I thought I would share what I have been up to during all of that time off work. I know I will be asking you when I see you, what the lockdown was like for you. The…
What to Expect Now

What to Expect Now

This is mandatory reading before attending an appointment. If you have any questions or queries, please do get in touch by email [email protected] or by phone 07719 435136. It is best to text because I cannot answer while in a massage appointment nor after while I prepare the room for the next person. Before your Appointment – If you have…
Injury Free Hiking

Injury Free Hiking and Walking

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, all about Injury Free Hiking and Walking. A lot of people dismiss these activities as actually being a sport, and traditionally they are not. However, walking is vital to good health and is a fantastic place to start for many people new to exercise, for those returning to exercise or recuperating from an…
Trampolining

Trampolining: Staying Injury Free

Welcome to the first in my Sporting Showcase blogs – Trampolining: Staying Injury Free. I am looking at a sport in a little more detail with regards to the common injuries and issues experienced there and what to do about the most common ones experienced. Two such issues that are frequent amongst trampoline athletes, as well as cheerleaders, gymnasts, and…
Healthy Arms

Healthy Arms: Your Elbow and Wrist

Hello and thank you for taking time out of your day to read my blog – Healthy Arms: Your Elbow and Wrist. I am writing an overview of your wrist and elbow anatomy as well as some of the common conditions that can occur in them. Find out what to do if you have any discomfort in your arms, as…
Looking After Your Shoulders

Looking After Your Shoulders

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog this week – Looking After Your Shoulders. Hopefully I am another week closer to opening my clinic doors again to see you and treat you in person. This week I am going to talk a little bit about shoulders, so if there is anything you are suffering with in your shoulder, maybe…
Looking After Your Neck

Looking After Your Neck

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, Looking After Your Neck. The issues that can arise with it and how you could go about helping it yourself at home, until sports massage is available again. Your neck is home to 26 muscles, all with their own jobs, as well as supporting jobs, to keep your head well balanced, as well…
Your Feet and Ankles

Your Feet and Ankles

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog about your feet and ankles. And it is finally June, summer is upon us even if we cannot holiday abroad yet. We have just had the warmest, driest, and sunniest May for about a hundred years!  I hope you were able to soak up some sunshine and holiday vibes in your garden. If…
Knees

Knees and Their Issues

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog, all about knees. Whether you have regular issues with your knees, or you’ve never had a problem, it’s a good idea to be aware of how to take care of your knees so that you can continue to do the activities you love. This blog will give you a brief overview of some…
Hips and their Muscle Issues

Hips and their Muscle Issues

Welcome to this week’s blog, all about your hips and their muscles and the issues that can arise within them. Human hips are more stable in the quadruped position, that is, on all fours. It’s why babies crawl before walking. This is because this movement feels more secure and a lot safer than being on just two legs. Being upright…
Muscle Tension Related to Emotional Stress

Muscle Tension Related to Emotional Stress

This weeks blog – Muscle Tension Related to Emotional Stress. From the moment we are born, and a little bit before too, any stress our bodies experience could be held in any of the muscles of our body. From a small area such as your neck to the whole body holding on to that tension. Any trauma experienced, and birth…
Lower Back Discomfort

Lower Back Discomfort

I have made a few posts this week over on my Facebook page about lower backs and how to help them yourself with lower back discomfort. Whilst sports massage isn’t an option during lockdown and as such I’ve had a lot of people ask me about how to help their lower back. While it used to be known as lumbago,…
Running in the Rain

Running in the Rain

Hello! This weeks blog – Running in the Rain. Has the wet weather dampened your spirits suddenly? A lot of people I know, and don’t know, let the rain get in the way of getting out there. So, not getting their exercise done and dusted. The picture above is from yesterday. After a week of glorious sun-bathing sunshine to sudden…
Diastasis Recti

Diastasis Recti; Abdominal Separation and What to Do About it

This weeks blog is focusing on something a client of mine asked me about this past week – Diastasis Recti. I have a wealth of information to share about the muscles of the body! Just because I do not perform sports massage on the abdominal muscles doesn’t mean that I don’t know about them. Because of the implications on other…
Staying Hydrated

Staying Hydrated

You’ve heard me talk about it before! In my treatment room as well as the odd post here and there on Facebook to remind you about staying hydrated. I knew I have let my own hydration levels slip. When I went for a short two mile run after my workout last week and I STRUGGLED so much. I was racking…
Healthy Home Office

Healthy Home Office

Healthy Home Office – So what has Sports Massage got to do with your Home Office? And a healthy one at that? A lot of people already work from home, and I treat many of them in my clinic. I help them understand their posture during working and help them to resolve their aches and pains. However, during this period…
Helping Hands

Helping Hands

Sports Massage is so much more than just my hands onto your back, leg, neck. It’s a wealth or expertise and advice at your fingertips, ready and waiting for you, all you need to do is ask. One of my biggest joys in this job of Sports Massage is helping people. Something I rarely had an opportunity to do in…
Resolutions and Why Massage Should Be One of Them

Resolutions and Why Massage Should Be One of Them

Have you given up on your New Years Resolutions already? Were you new to exercise last month? That’s alright, lots and lots of people are get restarted too after a hiatus during autumn and the Christmas period. They have usually given up those resolutions by now! Is the reason you gave up was because of aches and pains? That is…