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Our New Zealand and ‘Hibiscus Coast/ North Shore’ ‘way of life’ is traditionally relaxed, casual and easy. However…we also have a busy life here.

 

Lifestyles .. the mornings are rushed and busy before we drive to work, commute in clogged roads, return back home, buy groceries, factor in school or work events, deal with work emails and work texts, invoices and accounts, organise dinner…deal with cold-call phone calls, manage family illnesses, older parents, young families, housework and prepare for the next day.

If you are a manager – then also factor in managing staff, dozens or hundreds of emails, meetings and interruptions to your plans. We are busy texting, responding and staying current on social networking. We are busy being busy.

Along the way we make choices about how we lead our lives, use our time and maintain our health and vitality…there are so many choices. Consider your healthcare and vitality.

Therapeutic massage has been around for thousands of years having been recorded in ancient texts and scripts. “Manual therapies” fell out of favor in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s due to the excitement of new discoveries in science that lead to the development of the emerging pharmaceutical industry. In response, generations of people came to expect cures for their physical and medical problems with a pill. But as it happens, history repeats itself.

There were doctors, physical therapists, osteopaths and researchers who didn’t give up on massage and gave it a new life. Based on new, scientifically proven theories and applications, a new generation of massage therapists has brought manual therapies to the forefront of medical treatment to address our physical and medical issues. Interestingly enough, Eastern medicine practitioners never gave up their embrace of therapeutic massage.

Are you – The Computer programmer /High computer use employment?

…the high demands and stress of your job has a few drawbacks — long hours at the desk hunched over a keyboard, constant deadlines and deliverables, less than adequate sleep (something about all that coffee?)…

You – the Computer user sits at the computer desk for long hours, talking on the phone, participating in conferences, taking phone calls, inputting information… Your head leans toward the monitor, shoulders round forward over the keyboard. Your hamstrings and hip flexors are shortened from constant sitting. Your back has little support so it is easy to slump in your chair all day. The ache across your shoulders is fairly constant and you feel pain in your neck and arms. You have “computer shoulder”.

Computer shoulder and other ergonomic conditions are caused by poor posture, stationary work habits and little or no work breaks. It only takes 20 minutes for your tissues to ‘harden’ from sitting at your desk or in a meeting — that’s why you feel the need to get up to stretch and move around. What’s going on: your muscles are not getting the volume of blood they need, the lymphatic system cannot clear metabolic waste and toxins out of the muscles as usual, and the muscles are getting less than their optimum oxygen and nutrients.

For every inch (2.5 cm) that your head is forward of the ergonomic position known as “neck neutral” you exert an additional 4.5kgs of force down the spine.

Your head weighs approximately 4.5 kgs. So when your head is 1inch (2.5 cms) forward of neck neutral, you double the load on your spine. For 2 inches (5 cms) , you triple the load and so on. Go ahead and see for yourself – see how far forward your head moves when you are working, talking to colleagues, or at home watching TV. Now – is there any mystery why you feel tight, sore and in pain?

Where do headaches come from?

80% of headaches originate from muscles in the back of the neck. You may have reached back there yourself to feel those tender spots. Massage is effective in reducing pain. We encourage you to apply self-massage to get preliminary relief from the pain.

When your job requires long hours at a desk, you need to stay aware of how stationary work patterns affect your body and job performance. Research shows that regular massage helps employees stay alert, think more clearly and achieve better results with cognitive thinking.

What can massage do for you?  Contact us today for your appointment.

Are you – The Business Director or Executive?

You run a business, or two – you manage a service and build productivity. Compensation is based on maximizing the resources you have at hand. So what does this mean to you personally?

  • You are constantly on the go. Miss out on meals…
  • You are responsible for an unrelenting volume of work, deadlines ,phone calls and email that squeezes time every day.
  • You make tough decisions with tight budgets, employees, increasing revenue, and developing loyalty programs, managing the interface with the client, trying to balance everything…
  • You multi-task all day, every day, with down time coming towards the last on your list…

Result

Stress, and the results of stress — the kind that is off the chart.
And of course compromise in other areas of your life, like relationships with your spouse, children and friends.

As Stress levels Rise..

Cortisol, the hormone released when you are under stress for long periods of time, suppresses your immune system’s response to disease and infection, leaving you vulnerable to conditions such as musculoskeletal injuries, flu, fatigue, depression, cancer and osteoporosis. A study conducted at the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute showed that massage increases productivity in the workplace.

Researchers found that after 5 weeks, a group of 26 employees who had twice-weekly, 15-minute massages in the office fared better than a control group of 24 employees who were told to close their eyes and meditate for the same length of time. While conducting the test, researchers took samples of cortisol from employees’ saliva. They found that cortisol in the massage group was lower than that of the meditation group.

It is widely known that stress is the #1 cause of disability in the work place today. Research shows that regular massage helps people become more alert, think more clearly, and achieve better results with cognitive thinking. What can massage do for you? Contact us today for your appointment.

Are you – A Mother?

There’s no other job like being a mum — 24/7.

Whether you’re expecting your first child or preparing for the “empty nest”, your work is never completed. And at the end of your day, who’s taking care of you?

Expecting Mother

This is an exciting, exhilarating, challenging and sometimes dramatic time in your life. Your body grows a baby inside — your body changes, adapts, and prepares you to give birth. Your chemistry changes, your center of gravity shifts and your body’s systems and organs come under duress.

You feel the changes and this is stressful — backaches, neck strain, shoulder fatigue, swollen legs and ankles…. Having a baby is a temporary but emotion packed experience. Massage is well known for helping women through the change to motherhood. Massage relieves musculoskeletal stress, reduces edema (swelling) of the extremities, and relaxes the fatigue you feel as time goes on through your pregnancy. And, it makes you feel good.

 

Mother of growing children

 

Children — rarely a quiet moment.

From sunrise to bed time, you’re busy feeding, shopping, cleaning, driving, caretaking, disciplining, giving time to each one…. Along the way, you answer email, plan date night, bake cookies for classrooms, take the cat to the vet and do everything else necessary to make the house go. All the while you’re managing aging parents and the finances and complexities of health care.

As the results of Stress go down, Health does improve.

Cortisol is the hormone your body releases when under stress for long periods of time.

One of the dangers of cortisol is that it suppresses your immune system, thereby compromising your body’s ability to respond to disease and infection. This leaves you vulnerable to a host of conditions including coughs and colds, flu, cancer, depression, fatigue, musculoskeletal injuries and osteoporosis. A study conducted at the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute showed that regular massage increased people’s productivity.

The study was conducted during 5 weeks with two groups of people — 26 in the first and 24 the second. The first group receiving two 15-minute massages a week in the office fared better than a control group of 24 employees who were told to close their eyes and meditate for the same length of time. Massage recipients were found to be more mentally alert than the meditation group.

Research shows that regular massage helps people become more alert, think more clearly and achieve better results with cognitive thinking What can massage do for you? If you haven’t tried it, please do contact us today for your appointment.

Are you – A Weekend Warrior / Sports enthusiast?

You work hard, you play hard. At 5:30 pm on Friday afternoon, you start playing — a round of golf, a hard bike ride, playing tennis, swimming, kayaking — whatever. Whatever you pursue, you need to make sure you are ready to play, compete and ensure you’re back in the office Monday morning. Here are the major muscles affected in these sports:

  • Biking: Hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, posterior neck and wrists
  • Swimming: Rotator cuff, pectorals, latissimus, lower back and legs
  • Running: Quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus, calves, feet
  • Court: Back, gluteus, hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, pectorals, general arm
  • Golf: Back, hip flexors, obliques, gluteus, quadriceps, general arm
  • Kayaking/canoeing: Shoulders, back, neck, pectorals, abdominals, general arms

Many athletes/ ‘weekend warriors’ find themselves stuck in their training programs – they are not making anywhere near the progress they made before – sometimes called a “training plateau”. Sports massage helps the athlete to work through training plateaus and achieve better results for their training. Sports massage will help to break up restrictive adhesions, release tight tendons, increase range of motion and flush tissues of unwanted toxins and metabolic debris.

Post workout/exercise massage

You feel it immediately when you finish working out — tired, fatigued muscles, tendons and ligaments. Lactic acid lasts a couple of hours before 24 hour “rebound pain” sets in. Contrary to popular belief, next day soreness is not retained lactic acid but micro-tears in the tissues caused during your event. Post event massage is focused on helping your body recover from competition or any hard workout. Sports massage focuses on flushing your tissues of spent toxins while stimulating circulation of new blood and oxygen. Bottom line — you recover faster. Time is money.

Research shows what top athletes have known for years — sports massage helps improve performance and competitiveness. You can benefit too. We have experience with and understanding the weekend warrior.

What can massage do for you? Contact us for your appointment.

Are you – A Competitive Athlete?

You understand that you have to sacrifice in order to achieve. Here are conditions you suffer and ways that we can treat them.

 

  • Cramps: Compress muscle, work antagonist muscles, apply compressive effleurage, apply ice. Take magnesium.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: Focused deep massage to heal, circular friction on sore spots, broadening and circular strokes on calve, ice plantar fascia, foot stretching.
  • Shin Splints: Compress media tibial muscles, use circular friction, effleurage and compress tibialis, circular friction, spreading and stretching to calf.
  • Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome: Compress gluteal and TFL muscles, broaden and circular friction on ITB, effleurage and actively stretch ITB.
  • Hamstring Strain: Effleurage hamstrings, circular friction tender spots, compress ischial attachments, circular friction lower tendon attachments, elongate with myofascial stretch, actively stretch hamstrings.
  • Neck Strain: Compress pecs, circular friction on extensor attachments, stretch pec major, compress and broaden trapezius, circular friction tender spots, petrissage and active stretch trap, stretch nuchal ligament, circular friction transverse processes and sub-occipitals.
  • Patellar Tendonitis: Effleurage quadriceps, circular palm and finger friction on tender spots, broadening with forearm, friction infrapatellar tendon, ice therapy and active stretch quads.
  • Ankle Sprain: Lymphatic effleurage leg, friction ligaments, compress and broaden calve, compress and circular friction peroneus muscle, effleurage compress tibialis anterior, stripping anterior leg.
  • Lower Back: Test for psoas restriction, articulate leg with pressure on psoas, compress glutes and piriformis, broadening compression with twist, friction piriformis attachments, glute broadening, work and broaden QL, friction transverse processes, broaden, actively stretch QL.
  • Tennis Elbow: Compress and broaden extensors, circular friction attachments, compressive effleurage, compression with wrist motion.
  • Rotator Cuff Shoulder: compress serratus anterior, compress latissimus dorsi, finger pressure to subscapularis and pectoralis major, palm pressure and circular friction, compress trap, broaden, circular friction to rhomboids, effleurage trap and rhomboids, circular friction of the infraspinatus and supraspinatus, petrissage deltoid.

What can massage do for you?  Contact us for your appointment.

Research and experience shows that regular professional massage helps athletes maintain higher levels of fitness and competitiveness in their respective sports. Results can be found in a huge number of articles and publications today.

Are you – A Pilot/Cabin Crew?

There’s no other job like being aircrew.

Travelling around the country or the world to fabulous destinations. There is also managing jet-lag, fatigue, cumulative loss of sleep , commuting at peak hour before or after a long 14 hour duty, and just being away from family and home for 1/3 of your life. The pilot sits for long hours….Your head leans toward the flight deck panels, shoulders round forward over. Your hamstrings and hip flexors are shortened from constant sitting. Your back has some support but it is easy to slump in your seat all day/night. The ache across your shoulders is fairly constant and you feel pain in your neck and arms.

For every inch (2.5 cm) that your head is forward of the ergonomic position known as “neck neutral” you exert an additional 4.5kgs of force down the spine. Your head weighs approximately 4.5 kgs. So when your head is 1inch(2.5 cms) forward of neck neutral, you double the load on your spine. For 2 inches (5 cms), you triple the load and so on.

Where do headaches come from?

80% of headaches originate from muscles in the back of the neck. You may have reached back there yourself to feel those tender spots.

Massage is effective in reducing pain. We encourage you to apply self-massage to get preliminary relief from the pain. When your job requires long hours focusing forward, you need to stay aware of how stationary work patterns affect your body and job performance.

Research shows that regular massage helps employees stay alert, think more clearly and achieve better results with cognitive thinking. The Cabin Crew are on their feet for hours, moving along narrow aisles, lifting heavy carts and galley units, bending from high positions to low during the meal services – and sometimes during turbulence. Back and neck pain, tight shoulders, sore arms, lower backpain.

What can massage do for you?  Contact us today for your appointment.