Thai massage is also known as ‘Lazy Yoga’. The name became apparent because the massage consists of pressure points and stretches that aim to relieve blockages along the 10 energy channels within the body. Obstruction of energy flow can lead to weakness of muscles, fatigue, and many other musculoskeletal disorders. Yoga also works with increasing the energy flow and removing blockages. Slow stretching and breathing work in coordination to relax the body and mind, helping you feel revitalised, relaxed, and rejuvenated.
Importance of stretching
Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong and healthy which helps to maintain a healthy range of motion within the joints. Otherwise, muscles become shortened and tight. If you then exert yourself with tight muscles you are at a higher risk or joint pain, injury, and muscle damage. Ideally, we should all be stretching every day – especially if we have an inactive lifestyle. Now with less times on our hands this can seem challenging. Thai massage is a great way to unwind, but also a way to tick off the list one of those yoga classes you’ve been wanting to attend.
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When it comes to a good life, it is all about Balance
The importance of finding balance in our lives has never been more significant than in today’s frantic world. Pressures from work, family and social commitments can sometimes leave us off kilter, depleted of energy. Often suppressing our own needs for the sake of others, we may inwardly desire simply an hour to ourselves but somehow it feels wrong to admit this, for fear of acting selfishly. Left unchecked, this unbalanced approach can permeate every part of our lives … and, at one point or another, the result is usually burn out, exhaustion and a quiet seething and often unconscious resentment towards those we help.
Making wise energy choices
It is well documented that our energy levels are highly influenced by our diet, lifestyle and even the people we spend time with. However, for many of us we are simply not consciously aware of this energy within our system. Consequently, a specific diet or lifestyle change can feel forced upon us, as if to please others, rather than a choice from within.
A simple, regular yoga practice can develop our capacity to notice the fluctuations in our own energy levels so that, over time, we can start to recognise those parts of our lives that deplete us, and those that raise us up. This conscious awareness of the energy within our own systems, gives us the best possible chance to make our own personal choices; where possible to resist energy-depleting situations and to open to rejuvenating, and life-balancing practices.
More than 90% of male infertility cases are due to low sperm counts, poor sperm quality, or both. As a midwife and holistic therapist I see couples pre conception to create holistic planning for a change in lifestyle to promote optimal fertility. Pre conception is the best time to start making changes.
Working on reproductive health for men, women and as a couple cannot be understated for a healthy, happy journey into pregnancy, birth, parenthood and indeed into the older years.
Ways in which to boost fertility are generally the same for men and women, so if you are thinking about getting pregnant now or planning for the future here are some top tips for lifestyle changes that you can start to implement now:
Boost your chances of conception together with these Holistic lifestyle changes….
As written by midwife and Holistic Massage Therapist, Kirsty
We spoke in the last chapter about the importance of self care for your well being, here, I want to go into more detail about the specific care I would recommend. All available at YOU Massage, Southampton; The complementary therapies I see having the most affect for men and women and couples in the fertility journey are…
Kirsty Hawthorn works as a Holistic Therapist at YOU Massage Therapy, and also a midwife and Infant Massage Instructor. Kirsty has dedicated her career to helping women from pre-conception with fertility boosting treatments, to pregnancy massage, birth and beyond.
The statistics show that as high as one in six couples find it hard to conceive but there is very little written about in relationship to complimentary therapies. Evidence shows that a range of complimentary therapies from massage to acupuncture and energy healing can boost fertility and aid the often stressful journey which accompanies infertility. Complimentary therapies are not a fix for infertility, instead they encourage the body to return to a homeostasis and therefore aid conception.
Here I tell you why I am fascinated by women, how I can help you and how we can help one another to develop a good self care routine, which is so important when trying to conceive…
Are we more stressed these days? We sure are! Modern day stress is a big problem, but, we are also aware of it way more, that’s the solution, awareness and support. So, why are we so stressed these days?
A lot more is expected of us these days, we all want to be the best, that’s great! But there is a multitude of choice available, are we making the right choices? Is someone out to take what we have? Are we a lot busier than we were 50 years ago…?
Stress is becoming more and more common in modern society but what does this word even mean? There are a myriad of different stresses and whilst depression and anxiety are becoming more acknowledged and further diagnosed as a mental health disorder, many find themselves saying daily ‘I’m just feeling so stressed”. As a general rule stress in this context refers to a feeling of being under mental or emotional pressure or strain, but how much is too much and can stress be a good thing?
Stress can be loosely put into two camps. Eustress (good stress) and distress (bad stress) (As coined by a Canadian biochemist Hans Selye of McGill University in Montreal in 1936). Of course stress is a part of our lives and can actually help us in many ways. It is linked to our evolutionary ‘fight or flight’ reflex which, whilst we do admittedly no longer have to fight wild animals for resources on a daily basis, may still have already saved your life on a number of occasions. When this response is triggered the Hypothalamus (a small area of your brain) responds causing the adrenal gland to release a hormone called ‘cortisol’ which is sometimes referred to as the ‘stress hormone’. As the reflex is triggered, the body releases cortisol and prepares to use this to aid it in either the ‘fight’ or the ‘flight’. The reason this can cause problems for so many people, is that whilst your body is in this state, glucose levels rise and so do the levels of substances that help your body repair damaged systems. As your body focuses on these essential areas for fight or flight, non-essential systems get shut down. Your body essentially needs the threat to be over before the hormone levels can return to normal. If they don’t, then the excess cortisol can start wreaking havoc on your bodies systems and increase glucose levels in the bloodstream, contributing to illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes, digestive problems and depression. Elevated cortisol levels can also inhibit your memory and your ability to learn as well as inhibiting your immune responses and it can even lower your bone density or cause you to gain weight. With stress so prevalent in modern society some people, sometimes without even realising it, can be living in a constant state of heightened arousal with your fight or flight reflex constantly ‘turned on’.