Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:

  • Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
  • Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
  • Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it's geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
  • Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.

1. Biodynamic Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to health care based on manual manipulation. Manipulation helps restore normal positional relationships of vertebrae, and other skeletal elements, and can stimulate the nervous system. Results of manipulation include pain reduction and improved joint mobility. The tactile nature of manipulation also has a strong psychological effect whereby patients experience a sense of satisfaction and relief due, in part, to the close evaluation of their symptoms. Osteopathy is an effective therapy for the treatment of pain, e.g. back, neck, head and foot pain and other complaints such as asthma, arthritis and digestive, postural and stress-related problems. Osteopaths deal regularly with patients who have been injured in the workplace, at home or while playing sport. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use gentle manual techniques to balance the systems of the whole body thus treating the underlying cause of the issue. For example, although a pain may be felt in the shoulder, the root cause of the pain may be an issue with the feet and that is where the treatment may be centred.

Are there any little "inside" secrets to keeping off weight gain this Christmas?

We hear a lot about weight gain that hits people this time of year! In my experience, many of my clients used to struggle with keeping unwanted pounds from creeping on. Apparently, the average woman gains around 7 pounds over the winter months and most of this is during the Christmas period.

While it’s never the wrong time of year to make a healthy change in your habits, the New Year always means new beginnings and our minds typically turn to ways we can improve our health. But making a healthy lifestyle choice doesn’t have to mean a massive overhaul to your life. There are oftentimes simple modifications you can make that will have a positive impact long term. Check out the following simple ways to improve the health of your skin!