10 steps to a happier you – step one

Step 1 – Laugh it off

Laughing releases endorphins – nature’s feel-good hormones, which reduce stress and make us feel relaxed. Try forcing yourself to laugh – you’ll soon find that it becomes real, even if you’re just laughing at how stupid you feel! If you need more coaxing, go to a comedy club, play with your children or watch a funny film.

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Instant calmers

If you have 2 minutes:

Extremely dark chocolate has been proven by researchers at Yale University to reduce blood pressure thanks to the antioxydants, known as flavonoids, found in cocoa. Enjoying a few squares of chocolate made with at least 75% cocoa is one of the the tastiest shortcuts to inner calm.

If you have 5 minutes:

Breathe deeply. Breathe yourself calm by lying on the floor, taking several deep breaths, then one slow breath in, as you tense the muscles in your feet. Aim to hold your breath and the tension for 20 seconds, before slowly releasing. Repeat with your calf muscles, working your way up and finishing with your facial muscles. (Patrick Holford, author of Natural Highs)

If you have 10 minutes:

Meditate and increase levels of the feelgood chemical serotonin. Sit upright with both feet firmly on the ground. Take a deep breath, close your eyes and focus on the space behind your eyelids, allowing your mind to disconnect from stressful thoughts. (Sonia Wynn-Jones, http://www.peaceofmind-online.com)

Back massage offer

Are you a knotty girl?

Do you have tension in your back?

Then our October offer is tailor-made for you!

 

Our backs are one of the tensest areas in the body – all that sitting in front of computers, holding phones between ear and shoulder, carrying heavy bags around, wearing high heels…the list is endless when it comes to the strain we put our backs under on a daily basis.

No wonder then that a back massage is sheer heaven for most of us, as all those muscular tensions are eased away by a professional massage therapist.

Here at Just Massage the most requested massage is by far for your poor backs –  there are a lot of knotty people out there!

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 back massage.

50€ instead of 65€ for a 90-minute massage (includes arms and head)

This thorough massage works on the back, neck and scalp and relieves accumulated tension in these areas. It uses techniques from Traditional Chinese massage, or TuiNa.

Valid up to and including 31 October 2018.

Offer does not apply to gift vouchers.

Just call 06.47.14.06.03 for an appointment.

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

Contra-indications to massage 2

In a previous massage post we looked at some common local contra-indications to massage, such as cuts and bruises.

A massage consultation

A massage consultation

Here’s a reminder of what a contra-indication is.

What is a contra-indication?

It is a condition where the therapist must exercise caution or possibly avoid working on an area of the body.

In more extreme cases, you may need to avoid treatment altogether (but at the same time, in such extreme cases a person would rarely be wanting a massage).

Today we’ll be looking at conditions that are totally contra-indicated, conditions that may be contra-indicated but require medical advice, and additional cautions such as medication and allergies.

Total or local?

Total or local?

Conditions that are totally contra-indicated

Fever

A high temperature is a sign the body is fighting an infection of some kind. Massaging could place undue strain on the body so you must wait until the temperature has subsided.

Skin or scalp infections

Any contagious skin disease (ringworm, scabies, herpes simplex or

Colds and flu are contra-indicated too

Colds and flu are contra-indicated too

cold sores, impetigo etc) because of the risk of cross-infection.

Acute infectious diseases

For example, measles, chicken pox, mumps, tuberculosis, but even colds and flu because of the risk of spreading the disease.

 

 

 

Alcohol consumption/Drug user

Avoid massaging someone who has consumed alcohol or has taken drugs as the increase of blood flow could make them dizzy and nauseous.

Recent operations

GP referral necessary

You should get the go-ahead from the client’s doctor for certain major medical conditions. These include:

Cardio-vascular conditions (angina, ateriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, thrombosis, hypertension). As massage increases blood circulation it will, initially at least, exert pressure on the vessels of the cardio-vascular system.

Varicose veins and phlebitis.

Cancer. The current medical opinion about cancer is that the tumour is not likely to be spread by mechanical means such as massage. However there are many other considerations to take into account such as the patient’s general condition, blood counts, weakness, chemotherapy/radiotherapy treatment, drugs etc. which need a doctor’s input.

Dysfuncitons of the nervous sytem such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy.  GPs approval needs to be sought although massage may help reduce spasms and involuntary movements, rigidity and stiffness.

Neuritis. This is characterized by tingling or numbness. Refer to GP.

Osteoporosis. Bones can break easily with this conditin so seek medical advice before giving treatment.

Diabetes. Some clients with diabetes may be prone to arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure and oedema, and possible loss in sensory nerve function. Medical advice is required.

Epilepsy. Refer to the GP regarding the type and nature of epilepsy. The risk is that deep relaxation or overstimulation may provoke a convulsion.

Additional cautions

Allergies. Care should be taken to ensure the client is not allergic to any oils used (be careful with nut-based oils if using, for example)

Medication. Certain medications may inhibit or distort the client’s response to give feedback about pressure, discomfort and pain (for example if taking strong painkillers).

Find a comfortable postion for your pregnant client

Find a comfortable postion for your pregnant client

Pregnancy.

Pregnancy isn’t a contra-indication but special care should be taken to ensure a pregnant client is comfortable during treatment.

 

 

The ultimate pamper experience in thecomfort of your home

The ultimate pamper experience in the comfort of your home

 

 

You can contact me at Just Massage for a home massage appointment in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France) on:

06.47.14.06.03

 

 

Contra-indications to massage 1

Massage is a non-invasive, relaxing and natural treatment. It is therefore generally considered safe for most people.

A massage consultation

A massage consultation

However there are certain conditions that are contra-indicated for varying reasons.

It is important that your therapist check for contra-indications as the massage could worsen an existing condition.

A shortened or adapted treatment may be possible while still providing an effective treatment, for example,  by avoiding the affected area.

What is a contra-indication?

It is a condition where the therapist must exercise caution or possibly avoid working on an area of the body.

In more extreme cases, you may need to avoid treatment altogether (but at the same time, in such extreme cases a person would rarely be wanting a massage).

Today we will look at LOCAL contra-indications to massage i.e. those where massage can still be given but the area affected must be avoided.

Below is a list of local contra-indications to massage as advised in the UK during massage training.

Skin conditions

Cuts, abrasions, bruises, bites, stings, boils, carbuncles, septic foci (pus present), weeping ulcers, verrucas, athletes foot.

The area affected is contra-indicated because of the risk of infection. Also there may be possible discomfort if the area affected were to be massaged.

If there is slight bleeding, a plaster should be used to cover the infected area as well.

NOTE: Any skin disease (herpes simplex  or cold sores, impetigo, ringworm, scabies, conjunctivitis, folliculitis, head lice) would be a total contra-indication for massage because of the risk of cross-infection.

Pregnancy (over abdomen)

Avoid massaging abdomen in first 12 weeks

Avoid massaging abdomen in first 12 weeks

This is especially important in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and care should be taken not to exert any pressure over the abdomen area.

Menstruation (1st 3 days over abdomen)

There is a risk of causing nausea and queasiness if massaging the abdomen area. Light effleurage however is often beneficial in the treatment of associated stomach cramps. In some cases the abdomen will be too sensitive to work on at all.

Unrecognised redness or scars

Areas of redness can be a sign of inflammation and working over them can aggravate the problem. They should therefore be avoided if it is not clear what has caused the redness.

Newly-formed scars should be avoided until they are healing. Once healing, light effleurage can be used.

Lumps and bumps

In some cases, these could be a sign of something more serious. The area should be avoided and the therapist should inform the client if anything seems abnormal.

Bruises

In the first few days bruises should be avoided because of the obvious discomfort that could be caused.

Broken bones

Areas of fracture must be avoided completely until healed. It is best to avoid working on the whole limb affected.

Burns

The area of the burn should be avoided during the acute stages because of the risk of infection to the thin layer of skin at  the site. Massage would also cause discomfort. When the area is healing, light strokes may be beneficial to assist the healing process.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Massage should not be given over painful or inflamed joint areas. Sometimes light effleurage or friction can be useful as long as it doesn’t cause discomfort as it may help loosen the tendons and ligaments in the area.

This is also true of Osteoarthritis which usually affects the weight-bearing joints of the body.

Hernia, diarrhoea, ulcers (over abdomen)

Any problem in the abdomen area will be aggravated by massage so massage should be avoided in the area concerned. It is important for the therapist to check the client is being treated for the condition. Some of the symptoms may be indicative of a more serious condion and treatment should be avoided completely if the client is passing any blood or has other unusual symptoms.

Very hairy areas (yes, really)

In some cases the area to be treated is so hairy it may cause discomfort. Use more oil or cream or avoid completely.

After an operation

Wait for one year after a major operation before massage over the site of the scar. For minor operations, wait about 6 months.

This is to allow the scar to heal completely and to ensure no complications are going to set in due to the operation.

In some cases, the doctor will prescribe massage (with a physio) to help prevent the scar lesions from binding together.

 

In my next post we’ll look at conditions that are totally contra-indicated, conditions that may be contra-indicated but require medical advice, and additional cautions such as medication and allergies.

 

The ultimate pamper experience in thecomfort of your home

The ultimate pamper experience in the comfort of your home

You can contact me at Just Massage for a home massage appointment in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France) on:

06.47.14.06.03

 

 

Reminder September offer

Get off to a great start this September – once you’ve packed the kids off to school, call Just Massage and book yourself an hour’s blissful pampering in the comfort of your own home.

We’re making the decision that much easier by offering you a 30% discount throughout September on ALL our one-hour massages.

That’s 35€ instead of 50€ for 60 minutes of relaxation.

Choose from a wide-range of treatments, well-known for their beneficial effects:

Traditional Chinese massage or TuiNa

Swedish massage

Hawaiian massage or Lomi Lomi

Pregnancy massage

Indian Head massage

Rejuvenating facial massage

Revitalising foot massage

Back massage

Walking on air (feet, legs and stomach – optional)

Members only (legs and arms)

Made to measure (to fit your needs on any specific day)

Offer valid up to and including 30 September 2018.

Offer does not include gift vouchers.

Just call 06.47.14.06.03 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

The advantages of a home massage

I’d be the first to admit that a relaxing massage in luxurious surroundings is the nec plus ultra of pampering, but the problem is, many beauty institutes don’t have that special atmosphere.

I’ve been to a few which are too bright, too white (think clinical), where every sound resonates (the clic-clac of the beautician’s shoes, and the voice of next-door’s client like she was in the room with me).

And the problem, of course, with even the best pamper session is that inevitably you have to get back in your car (or worse, on the bus) to make your way home – unless you’re lucky enough to live next door to your massage therapist’s salon.

All the more reason to give Mobile Massage Therapy a go.

So what are the plus sides of a home massage?

Well, there are several:

First and foremost, there’s no need for you to move from the comfort of your own home.

Just pick up the phone and your massage is booked.

No running about trying to get the kids looked after.

No time lost in travelling to and from your appointment (a major problem if you live in a big city or have to commute).

No traffic jams.

home massage = no traffic jams

home massage = no traffic jams

No worrying about being late.

No parking nightmares.

All necessary material brought to your doorstep on time, every time – massage table, oils, clean linen.

And a final, but very important, point is that after your oh-so-relaxing massage session, when you feel like you’re drifting off, you really don’t want to move, you want to stay in this relaxed state forever…you CAN.

After taking all the time you need to come round, you can just roll off the massage table onto your own bed or sofa, wrapped up in your dressing gown or favourite PJs and not move for the rest of the afternoon/evening.

Your mind and body will love you for it.

Now that’s got to be the ultimate in self-indulgence.

The ultimate pamper experience in the comfort of your home

The ultimate pamper experience in the comfort of your home

For those of you in and around Mérignac (33), treat yourself and call Just Massage now on 06.47.14.06.03