Posts from the ‘Massage’ Category

IMPORTANT REMINDER : COVID health and safety measures

Until further notice from the government on restrictions related to COVID 19, the following safety measures will be put in place for all home massages to limit the spread of the virus.

For the client

A mask/face covering must be worn at all times. The client must keep the mask on for the duration of the massage, even when face down in the headrest.

Respect basic hygiene rules (especially hand-washing).

Please open and close the door behind me on my arrival so that I do not touch the door handles during my visit to your home.

Isolate the massage area from other people present in your home.

Let me know if you fall ill in the days following the massage (this is of course reciprocal).

For the massage professional

A mask/face covering must be worn at all times.

Thorough washing of hands and forearms before and after the massage.

Disinfection of the massage table on arrival and departure.

No head or face massage.

All covers washed at 60°, long cycle (over 60 mn).

Payment: Payment by card unavailable. Cash and cheques must be placed by the client in a tin provided by the massage professional.

Summer closure

Just Massage is closed from 4 to 26 July 2020.

Just Massage

Mobile Massage Therapy

Mérignac, Pessac and surrounding area (near Bordeaux, France).

New playlist

I used lockdown to update my massage playlist.

Up until now it’s been mostly classical music, easy on the ear, but I wanted a change as much as anything so have gone for a new playlist (to be expanded when I can enlist the help of my son, cos I’m hopeless at putting it all on my phone!) of easy-listening music old and new, from Meatloaf’s Heaven Can Wait to more recent Billie Eilish and Everything I wanted.

Here’s one of the lesser known one’s from the Northern (UK) folk circuit of the 80s.  Clive Gregson and Christine Collister with the beautiful Touch and Go.

Book a massage now and make the most of our end-of-lockdown offer until the end of June – 35€ for a one-hour home massage in and around Mérignac and Pessac (Bordeaux suburbs), France.

Listen to these – and many other –  songs as you are pampered in the comfort of your home.

Any suggestions for additions to the playlist most welcome!

Happy Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day here in France so wishing all you mums and expectant mothers out there a wonderful pampered day.

Daisy heart by Lorraine and Léa

Book a massage for that special lady and make the most of our special de-confinement offer of 35€ for a 60 minute massage – including gift vouchers (valid one year)!

COVID 19 – New health and safety measures for home massages

Until further notice from the government on restrictions related to COVID 19, the following safety measures will be put in place for all home massages to limit the spread of the virus.

For the client

A mask/face covering must be worn at all times. The client must keep the mask on for the duration of the massage, even when face down in the headrest.

Respect basic hygiene rules (especially hand-washing).

Please open and close the door behind me on my arrival so that I do not touch the door handles during my visit to your home.

Isolate the massage area from other people present in your home.

Let me know if you fall ill in the days following the massage (this is of course reciprocal).

For the massage professional

A mask/face covering must be worn at all times.

Thorough washing of hands and forearms before and after the massage.

Disinfection of the massage table on arrival and departure.

No head or face massage.

All covers washed at 60°, long cycle (over 60 mn).

Payment: Payment by card unavailable. Cash and cheques must be placed by the client in a tin provided by the massage professional.

Lockdown lifted – but not for me

So I was ready to start up home massages again (with precautions, but I’ll tell you about them when I’m up and running) but my car decided to conk out yesterday!

Votre assurance auto peut vous aider en cas de panne

It was working perfectly fine the day before but yesterday nothing, zero, nada, not even an attempt by the engine to turn over.

Two different breakdown assistance vans came and neither could restart the car so it got towed off to Renault last night and I will have to wait til Monday to get a verdict… it would appear to be a problem with the dashboard (all the electronics went off) and could be expensive.

Time to change my car perhaps?

Bad timing, huh? I’ve been in lockdown for 2 months and the car decides to give up the ghost just when I can work again?

Difficult to do mobile massage therapy when you are no longer mobile.

Sod’s law or what?

Stay zen…

A step-by-step ten-minute hand reflexology self-treatment

The sequence below is taken from the book teach yourself hand reflexology by Denise Whichello Brown. It should take 10-15 minutes but probably longer at first as you familiarize yourself with the movements.

Before you start, make yourself as comfortable as possible in a chair or on the sofa. Place a cushion or a pillow on your lap with a towel over it for protection if you’re using oils and rest your hand on top. No need for oil, but it adds a little plus especially if combined with essential oils. For basic techniques such as caterpillar/thumb walking, look at this video.

Also to “warmup” to the idea of hand reflexology, check out this video, Hand reflexology, a taster session

Keep a reflexology “map” to hand for specific reflex points. There are 20 steps per hand.

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Left Hand

  1. Top, back and sides of thumb: starting at the very tip, use your right thumb to walk down the back and sides of your left thumb (good for : headaches, difficulty in concentrating, fatigue, poor memory)
  2. Front of the thumb: use your right thumb, index or middle finger to walk in rows down the front of the thumb (good for: neuralgia, facial acne, eye, ear,nose, mouth, gum, tooth or jaw problems)
  3. Centre of the thumb: pinpoint the pituitary gland roughly in the centre of the fleshy part of the thumb. Use the tip of your right thumb either to press and release or hook in and back-up on the pituitary gland (good for: hormonal problems)
  4. Slightly above the pituitary gland (corresponds to pineal gland/hypothalamus): move your right thumb slightly higher and rock it gently from side to side (good for: SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), hormonal imbalance)
  5. Base of the thumb: hold the thumb between your right thumb and index then gently rotate it clockwise and anti-clockwise – the equivalent of rotating your neck! Now use your right thumb to walk across both the back and front of the thumb (good for: neck disorders, tonsillitis, vocal cord problems, thyroid and parathyroid problems)
  6. Back, sides and top of the fingers: Use your thumb and index on either side of fingers to walk down the sides of each finger. Repeat several times if you have sinus problems (good for: sinusitis, hay fever, catarrh, allergies, sinus headaches, nasal polyps)
  7. Front of the fingers: use your right thumb and index together to walk down the front and back of each finger. If a tooth is troubling you, you should find a tender area on the front of one of the fingers – gently squeeze your finger and thumb and hold the pressure for about 30 seconds until the tenderness subsides (good for toothache, abscesses, painful, sensitive or infected gums)
  8. Webbing between the fingers: with your right thumb and index, gently squeeze the webbing between each of the fingers (good for: the body’s defences, to drain the head and neck)
  9. Ridge at the base of the fingers: starting under the little finger walk across the ridge at the base of the fingers. Stop between the fourth and fifth fingers and press and release or hook in and back-up on the ear point (see map). Continue to walk stopping between fingers three and four for the Eustachian tube, then between the middle and index fingers for the eye point. If you feel any tenderness or crystals perform some pressure circles t clear the reflex point (good for: earache, hearing problems, vertigo, tinnitus, eye problems – press the eye point if your eyes are tired after reading or working at the computer for too long)
  10. Inside edge (thumb side) of the hand: place the pad of your right thumb at the base of the left thumbnail on the inner edge of  your hand. Caterpillar walk down the inside of the hand until you reach the wrist (good for: backache, neck ache, lack of mobility, arthritis, disc problems)
  11. Upper third of the palm of the hand above diaphragm line (see map): With your right thumb caterpillar walk right across the hand from the little finger side to the thumb side in horizontal rows until you reach the diaphragm line. You will need to do 3-4 rows (good for coughs and colds, asthma, bronchitis, panic attacks)
  12. The solar plexus, roughly in the middle of the diaphragm line: caterpillar walk along the diaphragm line, stop in the centre and perform several pressure circles over the solar plexus (good for: stress and tension)
  13. Upper third of the top of the hand: turn your hand over and use your index and middle finger or even three fingers to walk down the upper third of the top of the hand starting at the base of the fingers (good for: all respiratory problems, breast disorders such a tenderness due to PMT and mastitis)
  14. Between diaphragm line and waistline (see map): With your palm uppermost, caterpillar walk across from little finger side to thumb side between diaphragm line and waistline. In the left hand this area corresponds to the stomach/pancreas/duodenum and spleen (different in right hand) (good for: all stomach problems such as indigestion and ulcers, general digestive disorders and poor immune function)
  15. Below the webbing of the thumb and index continuing diagonally towards thumb side of hand: Press and release on the adrenal gland reflex, flatten the thumb and move it slightly down to treat the kidney reflex with several gentle pressure circles. Walk diagonally towards the inside of the hand to locate the bladder and perform pressure circles – see map (good for: stress, pain relief, bladder infections, fluid retention)
  16. Waistline to pelvic floor line: caterpillar walk across the lower third of the hand in three to four horizontal rows (good for: all digestive problems)
  17. Lower third of hand, corresponds to the transverse/descending/sigmoid colon and rectum – different in right hand: place your right thumb just below the waistline (thumb side) and caterpillar walk across the palm to the other side. Turn your thumb 90 degrees and walk down the hand. Just before the wrist, turn your thumb 90 degrees and walk straight across the palm back towards the thumb (good for: all digestive problems including constipation, diarrhoea, IBS, diverticulitis, haemorrhoids)
  18. Outer edge of the hand: place your right thumb at the base of the little finger and walk down the outer edge of the hand to the base. Walk across the hand just above the wrist to treat the sciatic line (good for all joint problems, sciatica)
  19. Outer edge (little finger side) and thumb side of the wrist: Place your right thumb on the ovary/testicle point on the outer edge of the wrist. Perform several pressure circles over the area. Now place your index finger on the inside (thumb side) of the wrist to treat the reflex of the uterus/prostate (good for: all menstrual irregularities, difficulty in conceiving, prostate problems)
  20. The wrist: Use your right thumb to walk all the way round the wrist both front and back (good for: toxic accumulation, problems with the reproductive organs, fluid retention)

Right hand

Rest your right hand on the pillow/cushion. Repeat the above sequence,  which is basically the same with a few exceptions:

14 Same movements but this area corresponds to the the liver/gallbladder/stomach/pancreas/duodenum in the right hand (good for: liver/gall bladder problems, overindulgence in food and/or drink, indigestion, stomach cramps and ulcers)

17 In between little finger and ring finger, corresponds to the ileocaecal valve/appendix/ascending/transverse colons, different to left hand above. Place your left thumb in between little finger and ring finger, just above the wrist. Press and release to treat the ileocaecal valve and appendix. Caterpillar walk up towards the waistline (ascending colon), turn the thumb 90 degrees to walk across the hand just below the waistline (transverse colon) until you reach the other side of the palm (good for: all digestive disturbances)

As I said in an earlier post, hand reflexology offers all the benefits of foot reflexology but is much easier in self-treatment.

In addition you can treat yourself just about any time, anywhere – on your way to work on a bus or in a train, at work during a coffee or lunch break, waiting in a long queue, or even when your are watching TV at home. So no excuses for not treating yourself at least once a week. And if you have an acute problem such ass hay fever, or constipation for example, then you can treat the specific areas several times daily.

So get started today (and definitely no excuse with forced lockdown and all!!)

An introduction to hand reflexology

Hand reflexology? What’s that, you say?

It is basically foot reflexology on your hands – the hands, like the feet, can be considered a mirror image, or mini-map if you prefer, of our body. The right hand reflects the right side of the body and the left hand the left side. OK so far?

By applying gentle pressure to the different parts of the hand using your fingers and thumbs, you can stimulate different reflex areas in the body, releasing blockages and awakening the body’s natural healing forces. Or that’s the theory.

What are the benefits? There are several. It can:

– reduce stress and tension

– aid relaxation

– revitalize energy

– stimulate mental function

– detoxify the body

– balance the emotions

Hand versus foot reflexology

Traditionally foot reflexology is used more often by reflexologists but hand reflexology has certain advantages:

It can be carried out almost anywhere at any time (on a bus, train or plane; in a queue or a waiting room, at the hairdresser’s etc.

It is as easy to practise on yourself as it is on others. It is therefore an ideal form of self-treatment.

There are a number of reflexology “maps” or charts available on the internet, which are a precious aid when trying a self-massage. They all have slight differences to them but here is an example of one supposedly of the “Ingham” method (Eunice Ingham (1879-1974) is considered the ‘mother’ of reflexology, having mapped out the entire body on the hands and feet). I say supposedly because I am not a reflexologist and have no way of checking this, but it is similar to my own chart.

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The chart in my book  comes from teach yourself hand reflexology by Denise Whichello Brown pub. Hodder and Stoughton.

Tomorrow, look out for  A 10-minute self-reflexology hand treatment.

 

Self-massage for the face

Try this on a regular basis to revitalise your complexion. It takes elements from our Just Massage rejuvenating facial massage that you can do at home (but try the massage as well, it’s so much better when someone does it for you!)

Sit or lie down in a comfortable position.

Alternate middle fingers to stroke the 3rd eye (point between your eyebrows)

Smooth your forehead from centre out using base of hands

Slide middle fingers along eyebrows from centre out to temples (x 3)

Pinch eyebrows between first finger and thumb from centre to temples (x 3)

Slide fingers again along eyebrows, stop at temples

Slow circular movements over temples with fingers and/or ball of hand, start gently becoming firmer

Eye circles with middle finger. Place your middle finger at the outer corners of your eyes, gently slide fingers under the eyes and up around the bridge of the nose, then bring them up and over eyebrows, creating full circles (x 3)

Smooth eyelids (upper and lower) with middle finger from centre out (x 3)

Gently massage eye area with middle finger

Palming: place cupped hands over eyes to block out light (30 seconds)

Make small circles with the middle fingers all over nose

Place middle fingers on bridge of nose and slide down along eye socket to ears (x 3), then from bridge of nose along cheekbones to ears (x 3), then from either side of nostrils under cheekbones to ears (x 3), then from corner of lips to ears (x3), then from chin to ears (x3), pulling skin slightly as you move towards ears each time.

Place your thumbs beneath your chin and your index fingers on top of the chin. Pinch jawline from chin to ears

Use the pads of the first three fingers to make slow circular movements where the jaw bones meet

Use your index finger to rub up and down in front of your ear

Massage your ears between thumb and index. Cover all the surface of the ear, inside and out.

Place your palms flat against your face either side of your nose and, keeping a firm pressure, pull your hands slowly towards and over your ears (x 3)

To finish, massage your scalp slowly with fingertips (like a slow shampoo) then smooth down hair.

Massaging the scalp

If you need to “wake up”, pinch your scalp vigorously with your fingertips

Revitalise your skin while you sleep

Massaging your face, neck and décolleté before bed helps to release toxins, fatigue and the stress accumulated during the day.

It’s important to perform this ritual at night, so your skin can repair itself during its most relaxed state.

It helps to promote skin revitalisation and enhances your complexion’s radiance.

You won’t regret it!

Click here for a simple routine.

Or for a longer routine, try the facelift massage.