Balanced Bodies Massage in Port Melbourne and Doncaster

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Fighting Stress!

During stressful times poor sleep, long hours spent at a desk, less time for exercise and self care can result in aches and pain that are not conducive for high productivity.

The effects stress has on the body…

• Rapid chest breathing-
When breathing occurs from the cheat not the digraph (like seen when stressed) this causes the muscles in the chest, neck and shoulders to work overtime, thus causing increased tension and fatigue in these muscles leading to pain and discomfort.

• Increased Muscle tension-
When you are stressed your body goes into ‘protection mode’ what this means is your muscles tighten in order to protect you from injury, which is not always the outcome as they tend to overwork themselves in the process.

• Exacerbating pre-existing conditions-
Pre-existing such as high blood pressure, asthma, chronic headaches and migraines, heart conditions, diabetes, anxiety, skin conditions and arthritis can all flare up during periods of stress.

• Reduced quality of sleep-
Insomnia or just poor sleep quality can take a major toll on your body, sleep in an important time for our bodies to recover from the previous day and reset for the day ahead, without this you will end up cycle of poor productivity leading to increased stress reducing your sleep quality and so on.

What we can do…
A great way to combat stress is with regular remedial massage; Remedial massage is shown to reduce stress and enable one to relax.
By providing you with treatment targeting areas most effected by your job (neck, shoulders, lower back and forearms for you desk workers) to relieve pain and discomfort along with giving you time to close your eyes and chill out!
With the goal of long term pain management, along with your massage you may also be introduced to some exercises to improve breathing during stressful periods, posture at your desk and decrease muscle tension.

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Injuries- what to do and what not to do in the initial stages.

Injuries are part and parcel of exercising. There is always a risk of injury when exercising and that risk is increased with the more force that we put on our bodies.

The real question is, if and/or when we do get an injury, what do we do? For the first 48-72 hours there are two acronyms to remember that are easy to follow and will help you get on the road to recovery quicker before starting physiotherapy.

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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that causes pain, discomfort and/or damage in the sole of the foot. The plantar Fascia is a band of connective tissue that runs along the sole of the foot from the heel to the ball of the foot. This connective tissue adds structure and stability, and helps to enable proper function of the foot in walking/running during “push off’. The area of the Plantar Fascia most commonly affected by this condition is close to the attachment of the heel.

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“Shoulder Blade Pain”- Strain Or Joint Pain?

As a massage therapist, I have at least 80% of clients complaining about “between the shoulder blade” pain, some of them blame the nagging knots around shoulder blade. But when people come in treating room, they like saying: I have muscle strain, I have tight traps , rhomboid…At the beginning of my remedial massage experience, I treated my clients according to their believes. But we all know that traps and rhomboid are all very superficial muscles, and… I seldom got a satisfactory result. After three years of studying and practicing, I realized it is not just muscle problem, especially for chronic pain, the muscle itself is usually not the culprit. Highly innervated joint capsules, spinal ligaments and nerve dural tension often play the pain generator role.

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The benefits of yoga.

Yoga was first introduced to the Western world around one hundred years ago and in the past thirty years it has become increasingly popular as a way to bring balance to both the mind and body.

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Why it’s important to do your ‘Take-Home Exercises’!

What are take home exercises?
At the end of your treatment, your physiotherapist may spend 5-10 minutes prescribing you a few exercises tailored to your needs. You may be instructed to do them in the morning, before bed or before/ after you exercise. These may include stretches, activation or strengthening exercises.

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Cupping Therapy and its benefits!

Cupping therapy has been around for thousands of years. It is often used in conjunction with massage, to loosen soft tissue, and release tension through tight achy muscles. Vacuum cupping, which is the form most commonly used today, involves a vacuum pump, suctioning the cup onto the skin as shown in the picture above. There are many benefits using cupping therapy as a part of treatment such as:

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Headaches and how we can help!

“Tension” or “Stress” Headaches are the most common form of headaches around the world. They have the potential to cause mild, moderate or severe levels of pain, and can be very limiting or even debilitating to an individual’s health and general wellbeing. Tension Headaches cause a dull, often bilateral pain that can be felt in the head or neck area. Sufferer’s often describe the feeling as having a tight band or clamp around their head.

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