Robots to replace massage therapists?

Oh no!

Apparently even massage therapists can be replaced by robots.

Check out this article which details how a robot has been developed in Singapore for use in a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic.

The robot even has a name – Emma, short for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation!

Personally I prefer the human contact, but the future will tell…


Homemade beauty

I’m a big fan of making my own cosmetics (check out the section on Homemade beauty remedies), mainly face and body creams, and more recently a foray into soap-making (must get back to that, I’ve run out of my home-made supply!), so I enjoyed reading this article from the Telegraph about self-taught Alex Brennan, passionate about homemade natural products.

Yes, it’s me with cucumbers on the eyes and lettuce on the rest

The article even includes a few ideas to get you started, including an easy blusher using just three ingredients!

Just click on the link below.

October massage offer

Discover the benefits of a Swedish massage this month with our October offer.

Swedish massage was developed, not surprisingly, by a Swede, Per Henrik Ling.

It stimulates the body’s circulation and so helps cleanse and nourish soft tissues by bringing more oxygen and nutrients to cells. It relaxes tense muscles and improves muscle tone. It stimulates the body’s system to greater efficiency.

Great for relaxation, improving sleep patterns and the relief of muscular tension.

Treatment begins with effleurage, followed by kneading, friction, vibrations and percussion techniques.

So set aside an hour this month to have your muscles soothed in our expert hands, and at a discount too!

40€ instead of 50€ for a one-hour Swedish massage.

Valid up to and including 31st October 2017.

Offer does not apply to gift vouchers.

Just call for an appointment.

Just Massage offers home massage in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France).

Perfect pampering with a home massage



Release tension in your muscles

Do you have specific problem areas?

I have terribly tight muscles in my neck and shoulders.

Not good for a massage therapist, huh?

But I do practise self-massage and try to do regular movements to release the tension.

If you have the same problem here are some suggestions for a tight neck and shoulders (to be done REGULARLY, it goes without saying).

With the tip of one shoulder, make the biggest, smoothest circle you can. Do this a couple of times then put the opposite hand on that shoulder, push down gently on the shoulder and make a few more circles. This will take the dominance off the tightest muscles to disperse the pressure.

Lie down and let your head fall from one side to the other. This is a very simple mobilisation technique but it recognises that the muscles in your neck will never fully relax when you’re standing or sitting. A good one to do in bed in the morning or at night (minus your pillows of course).

For even more relaxation of your knotty muscles, why not try an Indian Head massage with Just Massage which targets the upper body, neck and scalp. Perfect for stress relief.

Be grateful

According to some experts, practising gratitude helps you see the good that’s in your life, and “through consistent practice you’ll feel happier”.

As a simple exercise, before you go to bed every night, write down 15 things that you’re grateful for.

15 sounds a lot.

Let’s try 5 to start with, and work up…

Let me know how you get on.

Oh, and thanks…for reading this!

Improve your skin’s appearance

Massage is an effective way to improve your skin’s appearance, as it increases blood circulation which in turn aids collagen production. Use a commercial facial oil, make your own (try these ideas), or just use some olive or sunflower oil from the kitchen cupboard.

Put a few drops of oil into your palms and rub together (this warms the oil).

Press your hands onto your forehead and work down to your neck and chest.

Now sweep your palms from the centre of your face outwards to the ears and massage your ears (they have reflexology points like your feet and hands!).

Use your fingertips in circular movements to work around the face, feeling for the muscles (along the jawline is often a tense area) and pressure points (around the eye socket and along cheekbones, for example). A key area to relieve tension and aid sleep is above the brow; press your four fingers along the brow bone, hold for 3 seconds and release. Repeat six times.

Circle around your eyes 6 times using your ring fingers. Finish by pressing your index finger and thumb along your jaw, starting from the chin and finishing by your ears.

And if you’d rather someone else did it for you, just book a rejuvenating facial massage with Just Massage (there’s a special offer on all this month – 35€ for all one-hour massages), then curl up on your sofa and carry on relaxing (yes, we come out to YOU!).

Relax with a face massage

Just Massage provides blissful pampering and relaxation in the comfort of your own home (Mérignac and surrounding area).

Essential oils to put you in the right mood

No time to take a break and unwind?

A few drops of the right essential oils can leave you feeling calmer and more relaxed.

Choosing the right oils is important

But which ones to choose?

Frankincense works well as a general “switch off”.

If you’re looking for deep relaxation, try vetiver.

Re-energise your senses and boost confidence with a mix of geranium, patchouli and ylang-ylang.

Find a quiet space, shut your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Concentrate on each breath in and out, at least 10 times, whilst inhaling your chosen essential oil.