Wellness

Acupuncture: A Brief History

Acupuncture originated in China. Recorded references begin in about 6000BC but the practice probably existed much earlier. It’s thought that the early use of sharpened stones and bones for necessary interventions like lancing abscesses and boils evolved into a more therapeutic and preventative concept that embraced a philosophy of ‘life forces.’ Evolution of tools, that …

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Sleep and Massage

Sleep and Massage We have all experienced nights where we find ourselves lying awake for what seems like hours, trying and trying to relax so that we can drift off into a peaceful sleep to ready ourselves for the next day, without any luck. Sleep disruptions can be caused by several factors including stress, pain, …

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Santi Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage The Santi pregnancy massage incorporates elements of the Swedish massage and is designed to relieve muscular aches and pains in your joints as well as reducing anxiety which can be common in pregnant mothers. Regular pregnancy massages have also been shown to significantly reduce the amount of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the …

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What can I expect during my massage?

There are four main techniques which are most commonly used within sports massage as well as being across other styles of massage. Effleurage: The term “effleurage” derives from the French word “effleurer” which means “to skim”. This is a gentle rhythmic stroking movement used to increase circulation, stimulate the nerves and warm up the muscles …

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The How To of Massage

Most people have had a massage at least once in their lifetime; and most people have enjoyed it. And in general have had a good experience. Unfortunately, there are a few unlucky ones who just can’t seem to get the right fix. Anything can go wrong: the music is too loud; or feels like a …

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What is Stress

Stress is our body’s way of telling us we need to change! And change quickly. We are all familiar with the ‘Flight or Fight’ response. The signal from our brain in response to stress that prepares the body to ‘run for your life or fight for your life’. But what happens when you activate this …

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

At its most fundamental, oxygen is crucial for life. So an enhanced oxygen delivery would be beneficial. Michael Jackson, oddly enough, popularized the treatment in the 1980s when he would sleep in an oxygen chamber. If you are asthmatic and show up at A&E, within seconds you are put on high-concentration oxygen. If you look …

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Leg Cramps During Pregnancy

It’s hard enough being pregnant in the hot summer months, without the added extra of suffering from leg cramps. This summer during the particularly warm spells I have had numerous clients telling me about their interrupted night’s sleep due to cramping and asking why it happens. Leg cramps are painful involuntary muscle contractions which typically …

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