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Neal's Yard Remedies
I am delighted to have recently joined up with my supplier, Neal's Yard Remedies, to offer their wonderful handmade, organic skincare products and natural remedies to clients, friends and family. You can find out more about my journey with Neal's Yard on my blog. I have beautiful catalogues for you to browse through so just get in touch if you would like one. I won't be offering parties at the moment but I do have a small range of products for you to try at my clinic. Enjoy browsing around my online shop and if you would like to order or have any questions I would be delighted to hear from you!
Get Ready for Autumn Offer
Book 2 appointments with me this Autumn and receive your 3rd at 1/2 PRICE!!! Just mention the Autumn Offer to qualify*. Massage is wonderful at this time of year. It warms those muscles which are beginning to stiffen in the cold and it gets the circulation going to revive your energy & immunity. A great opportunity for you to see what massage & natural health can offer you :)
* offer ends 30/11/12
TO celebrate the wondrous OLYMPICS and PARALYMPICS I am offering £5 OFF SPORTS MASSAGE until the end of September (£25 instead of £30). Just mention Olympics offer when you book.
You don't have to be an Elite Athlete to benefit! Whether you just pop down the gym or are part of a local sports club, it can be hugely beneficial as part of your general health maintenance, to prevent injury and improve performance.
Find out more here and just get in touch if you have any questions!
I'm delighted to be supporting the cyclists of the Sportive this year with a Sports Massage Team! We will be based inside the Campus offering short 10 minute sessions to help soothe those aching legs after the event.
The far-reaching benefits of post-race Sports Massage include:
- Reducing muscle pain & tension
- Relieving delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
- Restoring and increasing range of motion
- Restoring fitness by speeding recovery
- Helping to heal minor soft tissue injuries & prevent major ones
- Releasing endorphins, the body's feel good hormones
Post-event massage is fantastically warming! Warm skin increases circulation which provides fresh nutrients and oxygen-rich blood. Blood heals, fuels and flushes toxins from your cells. This warming process soothes and relieves tension in your sore muscles. In addition, by lengthening your sore muscles, massage restores and improves your flexibility and range of motion.
Massage also reduces the likelihood that you will be sore the next day. It has been shown that it helps athletes recuperate from fatigue more effectively than rest alone. Massage strokes also release endorphins that reduce pain, produce pleasure and create a sense of well-being.
World class athletes often credit massage with keeping them healthy & preventing injury. Why not give it a try? We look forward to seeing you there! Payment is made directly to the therapist in cash so remember to bring your £5 on the day!
To give me an idea of how many riders we can expect, please leave your name (and expected return time) when you register on the morning of the event.
New Year Offer
To support you in your New Year health & fitness goals I am offering BUY 2 GET ONE HALF PRICE on Remedial/Sports Massage Therapy with me at the Althos Clinic, Perth in January, February & March. To book call 07854 196 955 and mention New Year Offer!
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Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a happy, peaceful and healthy 2012 to all!
Diploma in Remedial & Sports Massage
I passed my Diploma in Remedial & Sports Massage with the Advanced Massage Techniques School in Edinburgh in October 2011 and am looking forward to offering these fantastic forms of bodywork & assessment to clients in my clinics.
“Remedial” massage therapy simply means using manual therapy techniques to try to “remedy” a problem. But to offer a remedy you must do more than just relieve pain; you must also be able to understand how the problem came about and how it can be avoided in the future. To achieve this, my training covered a range of massage and advanced soft tissue techniques set within a framework of assessment and rehabilitation procedures. As well as dealing effectively with a variety of musculoskeletal problems this can also be used to help in recovery and reduce the symptoms in many medical conditions too. Sports massage is a specialist area within Remedial massage therapy which applies all the same techniques and principles in a way that best meet the specific needs of the athlete.
GOOD LUCK to all Edinburgh Moonwalkers this weekend!! Gutted I can't make the massage tent this year but in the handout below are some tips on Self Massage. Use these to warm your body, improve performance, relieve muscle soreness during the walk & speed recovery afterwards. Get some practice in this week and the techniques will be easier to master on the night! Just get in touch if you need any pointers. May the force be with you! Have fun! :)
My Dunfermline clinic, Healthcare Now, is changing hands at the end of March so I will be moving on to pastures new this Spring. Whilst I am sad to be leaving, I am delighted to be joining The Althos Clinic in Perth from May onwards. The Althos Clinic is one of Perth's most established holistic health centres with a team of highly qualified practitioners offering therapies including osteopathy, acupuncture, homeopathy & massage. Located just off the Glasgow Road, the centre is close to the bus & train stations and just a short walk from the town centre with it's lovely parks, boutiques & cafes. I hope to be able to accomodate most of my Dunfermline clients either at my home treatment room or at The Althos Clinic.
New Logo & Website Look
I have spent some fruitful time over the past while with a local graphic designer developing a new look for my website & logo and have thoroughly enjoyed the creative process.
The picture of the beautiful blossom was chosen to symbolise freshness, nature, joy, life, new beginnings...
My logo is based on my initials and also symbolises the baby in the womb. The lines are uneven to give a nice organic feel and reflect the holistic nature of my work. The colours chosen are calm, fresh & natural. There is an earthiness to the shapes that I love - almost like rocks or stones.
Looking deeper the logo is designed to show that massage therapy is a partnership between client & therapist in the cocoon of the therapy room. The shapes symbolise a clients body & mind surrounded by the positive healing energy of massage therapy.
What do you see?
Winter Maternity Offer
To help you lovely pregnant ladies through the dark & cold winter months I am offering 4 for 3 on Maternity Massage treatments this winter. Book 3 x Pregnancy Massages and receive a Post-Natal Massage absolutely FREE. Just quote my "Winter Maternity Offer" when booking your first appointment. Your first treatment must be booked by the end of February for the offer to apply.
New Maternity Massage Packages
I have introduced some maternity massage packages which make a wonderful present for an expectant mum. Each represents a cost saving on buying the treatments individually. See my clinics/ prices page for more details! If you don't see what you have in mind please ask and I can devise something especially for you!
New Saturday Hours
As from February, my new Saturday hours at Healthcare Now in Dunfermline will be 9.30am - 1.30pm. Thank you.
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I wish you and yours a cosy & peaceful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2011 to all!
Completing the Circle of Care
I am proud to be involved with Circle of Comfort, a small Fife-based charity offering complementary therapies to diagnosed cancer patients free of charge. We held our first conference at the Garvock House Hotel in Dunfermline on Wed 6th October. The day was an overwhelming success and achieved it's objective of opening a dialogue with professionals, therapists, patients & carers on an integrated approach to cancer care in the area. Highlights included speaker Peter Mackereth from the renowned Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester & Circle of Comfort client Clifford Hughes who has been awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists for outstanding service to people with communication difficulties. For more information about Circle of Comfort please visit our website: www.circleofcomfort.org.uk.
New Treatment Room in Kinross
I am delighted to be able to offer evening appointments from my new Therapy Room at home in Milnathort near Kinross. It is a lovely, warm & inviting space and is ideally situated for clients based in the Kinross area including Perth & Glenrothes which are only 15-20mins away. Please see my clinics page for full details. Weekend appointments are still available at Healthcare Now in Dunfermline.
Now Well Mother Qualified & Registered
I am delighted to say that I have now completed my Diploma in Massage & Pregnancy with Wellmother and have been awarded a Distinction for both my exam & project work. All the hard work was worth it! Thank you to all my wonderful case study clients who supported me throughout my training. It was a pleasure to work with you all!
Pink Ribbonwalk @ Scone Palace, Sat 15 May 2010
Looking for a great opportunity to get fit and raise money for a fantastic charity this Spring? Look no further! Breast Cancer Care are holding their annual Scottish Pink Ribbonwalk @ Scone Palace in Perthshire on Saturday 15th May. It involves either a 10 or 20 mile circular walk around the beautiful grounds of this stunning stately home and really is an inspiring and enjoyable day where walkers come together to support a worthy cause and each other. Check out the link below for full details. I will be there in the Massage Marquee to help you recover from the walk and make the day extra special!
Pregnancy massage reduces prematurity, low birthweight and postnatal depression
A recent study by the Touch Research Institute in Miami has shown remarkable benefits of partner massage for pregnant mums experiencing ante-natal depression. In the study, pregnant women diagnosed with major depression were given 12 weeks of massage therapy two times per week by their partner or only standard treatment as a control group. The massage therapy group women versus the control group women not only had reduced depression by the end of the therapy period, but they also had reduced depression and stress hormone levels during the postnatal period. Their newborns were also less likely to be born prematurely and low birthweight, and they had lower stress levels and performed better on the developmental scales.
Ante-natal depression is a little known condition however it is estimated that around 10% of mums-to-be suffer which is no less than those suffering postnatally. If you feel that you may be in need of support due to depression check out this article from Netmums which provides sources of information and positive strategies to help yourself.
Ref: Field T, Diego M, Hernandez-Reif M, Deeds O, Figueiredo B. “Pregnancy massage reduces prematurity, low birthweight and postpartum depression.” Infant Behav Dev. 2009 Jul 29.
Steps For Stress
"A Simple Guide to Stressing Less & Enjoying More"
The Scottish Government has recently launched a new website due to increasing concerns regarding stress and it's effects on the health & wellbeing of the population. The website helps users identify if they are suffering from stress and provides simple steps to reduce it such as eating well, sleeping well, being active and taking time out to relax. It provides solutions to working with difficult problems such as relationship, money or health worries giving users the confidence to cope better. Simple relaxation exercises are provided as well as a Stress Diary and there is the chance to join an online community to share tips & relaxation ideas. In my view the website is a great addition to the self-help tools currently available and anything that helps to reduce the stigma of stress is very welcome. If you are feeling the affects of stress & anxiety it is worth checking it out. Small steps can make a big difference to your life.
"Purely Pilates" Day in Dunfermline
with Kelly McMahon & Zod Tod
SATURDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 2010
DELL FARQUHARSON COMMUNITY CENTRE, DUNFERMLINE
Local Pilates instructors Kelly McMahon and Zoe Tod have planned an action packed day of Pilates Master Classes in February. There is something for everyone whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced Pilates enthusiast! Contact Kelly for an outline of the day and booking form on 01383 724407 or 07834 618157 or email email@example.com. Limited spaces are available. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Need some Festival Therapy?
It's festival time again which can be a whole lot of fun. However, if you find yourself needing some time-out to re-energise between shows or escape the madness for a short while you should pop into Neals Yard Chill Out Zone (venue 176) on Hanover Street for a revitalising treatment and a free cup of herbal tea!
I will be practicing there on Tuesdays (2-7pm) and Wednesdays (10am-2pm) throughout the festival - starting Tuesday 11th offering seated acupressure massage which costs £15 for 15 mins £25 for 30 mins.
Drop in or call 0131 226 3223. Its a lovely place to relax and revive in the heart of the city.
Hope to see you there!
Moonwalk Pamper Evening
The Moonwalk Pamper Evening on Friday 12th June at Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline, Fife was a huge success - many thanks to all involved!
Relaxation @ Parents Like Us Festival (Sunday 10th May)
Orla is delighted to be involved in the Parents Like Us Festival this year and will be available to offer reduced rate treatments in the Therapy Tent all day on Sunday. The cost for a 15 minute treatment will be £5 and 30 minute treatment will be £10, which is fantastic value for money! Nurturing Therapeutic Massage for Hands & Feet will be offered giving visitors some much deserved time out from their busy lives. Treatments will be fully clothed in a reclining chair (with a heated blanket for extra warmth!). Bookings can be made beforehand by calling 0131 554 5043 or on the day by booking in with the receptionist in the tent. Do try and book early as the reduced rate treatments are popular and sell out very quickly! Why not take advantage of the onsite creche? See www.parentslikeus.co.uk for full details of this wonderful fun-packed event!