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Heavenly Cycle

This technique is able to literally tell you how to improve your life.
I learned it from Francesca Martelletto, great master and friend, by chance, during a sunny and very hot afternoon, in North Italy, few years ago, during summer.
During that period I was very confused and I was often wakening up with on a bad mood.
I decided to give it a try, and I started practising early in the morning, before getting out of bed, especially when I was not happy.
The effect was amazing: the bad mood was immediately transformed into relaxation and after a few minutes my mind was able to translate the needs of my body in comprehensible instructions.

I followed the instructions and my life improved enormously, like from winter to summer.

The heavenly cycle is: moving consciously your energy.
Your energy lays around your body, all the time. With this exercise you will let it flow in a double circle, an eight, between the top of your head and your feet, passing through the first chakra (the perineum, between your genitals and your anus), in this way:

  • tan_tiensfrom the top of your head to the front of your bust
  • from the first chakra to back of your legs
  • from your feet to the front of your legs
  • from the first chakra to back of your bust

all in a continuous cycle forming an 8.

Sit down and simply do it. First help yourself with imagination, and later feel it.

You can do this exercise in any situation and in any position. It will induce an immediate state of calmness and clarity. It is particularly helpful in case of discomfort, in order to reach calm and wisdom, and deal with the situation.

Chi Kung

ChiandKungChi Kung is an ancient art, one of the important base for chinese medicine and martial art. Chi means “energy” and kung means “cultivation” or “work”. Thus Chi Kung can be translated as “cultivation of energy”, “cultivation of life vitality”.  It is a discipline, which helps practitioners to free up their energy resources and rediscover the way of not loozing them all the way, so the “battery” stay charged.

They are quite many styles of Chi Kung. The one, that I practice is Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung, known as an art of standing still. Zhan Zhuang in a free translation means “standing like tree” – feet and legs like the roots: heavy, grounded, juicy. The upper body light, movable, airlike. Arms flexible like the branches and your fingers like leafs. In the begining it may sound like a nice poem only, but with the time of practice the body becomes more and more relaxed and powerful at the same time. Yin and Yang becomes a living philosophy.

It takes a few weeks or months to get greater resoults, but actually recognizable benefits can be felt after the first class. So, no time wasted! Look for an authorized Chi Kung instructor in  your town and GIVE A SHOT! And don’t worry if  Chi Kung is absolutely new to you. One time it was absolutely new to all the teachers.

You can also try on your own with this ebook: Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung – PDF
This book will help you master the basic Zhan Zhuang system of Chi
Kung internal energy exercise.

Written by Izabella, Chi Kung teacher in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

If you are looking for a good chikung course in London, I suggest Mei Quan Academy.
They teach in different locations, with a rich method.

Massage therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis pain relief

reumthoid-arthritisThere are a huge number of different conditions that are classified as an autoimmune disease, including, multiple sclerosis, diabetes type 1 and arthritis. Many people with this style of disease may need treatment for life. However, massage therapy, can be used alongside other treatments, ensuring that pain relief is provided.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in your joints. The main symptoms are joint pain and swelling. It’s the second most common form of arthritis in the UK. Many patients will have overlapping symptoms, which commonly affect the skin, blood vessels, and muscles.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects around 400,000 people in the UK.
It can affect adults at any age, but most commonly starts between the ages of 40 and 50. About three times as many women as men are affected.

 

Massage and Arthritis

Regular massage of muscles and joints, whether by a licensed therapist at a spa or by self-massage at home, can lead to a significant reduction in pain for people with arthritis, according to Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, who’s conducted a number of studies on the benefits of massage, including on people with arthritis. In Field’s research and other recent studies on the effects of massage for arthritis symptoms, regular use of the simple therapy led to improvements in pain, stiffness, range of motion, hand grip strength and overall function of the joints.

Living with rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis can be life-changing. You may need long-term treatment to control your symptoms and reduce joint damage.
Depending on how much pain and stiffness you feel and how much joint damage you have, you may have to adapt the way you carry out simple daily tasks. They can become difficult or take longer to complete.
Here are some things you can do to help keep the condition under control.

How Does Massage Work?

While some studies show that massage can reduce pain and anxiety for people with arthritis, how exactly does massage make these results happen?
Research has shown that massage can lower the body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol, and boost production of serotonin, which, in turn, can improve mood. Additionally, massage can lower production of the neurotransmitter substance P, often linked to pain, and improve sleep as a result.
The right pressure on the muscle knots is finally able to relax muscle from prolonged tension and reduce discomfort and unwanted tension around on joints and ligaments.

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Researching the Effects of Massage Therapy in Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

Objective: This study considered the efficacy of causing positive systemic effects translating into sustained periods of symptomatic remission in the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for a recently diagnosed patient.

Results: At the third weekly session, the client reported experiencing no pain or discomfort. This period of non-flare up and absence of pain continued through the remainder of the study period, even with a longer 3 week duration between sessions at the end of the 10 weeks. The client also noted that no pain medication other than her weekly Methotrexate dosage was taken throughout the duration of the study and that she obtained a better quality of sleep and daily activity.

Full article here: http://www.massagetoday.com/mpacms/mt/article.php?id=13716

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Helpful RA Communities:

RA Warrior: http://rawarrior.com
RA Chicks: http://rachicks.com

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The “give up moment”

A massage, doesn’t matter what specific technique, induces relaxation all through the body. Despite the obvious effect on the tight muscles, the key for a successful treatment is the attention and dedication of the massage therapist to his/her client.

200_sPeople book a massage for many different reasons, but a common denominator for all the diversified tensions and personalities is the need a calming, relaxing, touch.

In every successful massage there is indeed what I call a “give up moment”: when I feel that my client releases most of his/her tensions and does not react any more to my treatment, but kindly accept it.

Unfortunately not all the massages work in this way, as it can happen that the client is too tense for whatever reason, and does not stop to keep controlling the situation.
I say unfortunately, because in the “give up moment” the body drastically decreases the production of Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, and as a result the well-being of the clients is emphatically felt by the masseur… me! 🙂

This is what I call a win-win situation!


There are many reasons why cultivating a peaceful life is convenient for both the single person and the community. In fact, while a stressed person induces stress on the others, a calm person induces calm on his neighbours

Check this documentary about stress: how stress affect well-being.

Find here the whole series: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5ZKzPiHcJt9fklFaTN3bTRMTzhCcmkzR3RrTnpOcGZwWjRCV0pBc0RGLXk1bGFfMGdlQ0k&usp=sharing

Bear in mind that our western culture, while it can teach people how to contain the stress, does not offer any real clue about how to cultivate a peaceful life. A massage can be of a great help in difficult moments or the balsam of a tense life, and it can be the trigger for starting a deeper research, but the way to a joyful life passes through a deeper capacity to be in touch with your body feelings day by day.

I personally found a very useful resource on Vipassana.
For more information: https://www.dhamma.org/en/index

Massage at the park

Enjoy a massage in a green place,
Benefit from the cleaning energy of the trees,
Relax with the vibration of music and birds singing.

Massage your body and mind with the sight of waving branches and leaves.

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Massage and physical exercise treatments for elderly

Each stage of our life presents challenges and rewards. Youngsters have a lot of energy and a free mind, while elders has less energy and a lot of experience, but we all have a common necessity: support.

As massage therapists and health care assistants, we developed a personal approach to support the senior members of our community through a mix of massage and physical exercise.

One of the major problems of the latest stages of life is the limited mobility, that leads to different disadvantages, like diminished independence and a more vulnerable body. In fact, moving our limbs stimulates the lymph nodes, that work as pumps for our lymphatic vessels, that carry substances vital to the defence of the body as well as help in the removal of waste products.

Researchers believe massage, and touch generally, can strengthen the immune system by stimulating pressure receptors under the skin, which in turn reduces the stress hormone cortisol, the chief culprit in killing natural disease-fighting cells, said Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Without touch, studies on monkeys have shown, there’s a rise in aggression.

But elderly people, who could use the immune-boosting benefits of touch the most, are getting it the least.

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We provide a special dedicated service that helps maintain mobility and independence:

  • physical exercise helps keeping or recovering the muscles tone and mobility, leading to a more independence life;
  • massage increases a sense of well-being and human vicinity;
  • lymphatic system plays a vital role in the body by regulating the immune system, in fact when the lymphatic system becomes compromised in any way, lymphatic fluid builds up and stagnates causing the entire system to become toxic.

Lymphatic drainage massage:

  • clears blockages
  • eliminates metabolic wastes and toxins from the body
  • helps in the transport of nutrients to cells and
  • increases metabolic efficiency
  • It also has a very calming effect on the nervous system and helps relieve stress and tension
  • Helps reduce swelling
  • is particularly recommended for soft skins, thanks to it very soft application

Read more about Lymphatic Drainage Massage

If you are interested, reserve a free consultation.
This is a domiciliary service.

TEL: 07856100420
EMAIL: massage@massagetherapistmike.co.uk
LOCATION: 24 Campdale Road, N7 0EB, London

Office chair massage

office-chair-massage-in-londonA workplace massage is a priceless experience for a work-related environment

  • it helps improve sense of personal well-being
  • it drastically lowers stress and risk of burnout
  • it brings the conversation amongst the colleagues in a more relaxed and trustful level
  • it stimulates a more brilliant productivity
  • it increases the sense of comfort with the own working desk.

What is an “office chair massage”?

Also called seated massage and on-site massage, chair massage is an oil free massage given while you are clothed and seated in a specially designed chair.
These comfortable chairs slope forward, giving access to many parts of you upper body.

We will treat neck and large muscles of your back, and cradle your head, torso and arms allowing you to totally relax.

A little longer time (5 minutes) will let us massage your scalp (head massage) and hands, facilitating a state of detachment and total relaxation.

Physiological benefits

Chair massage is an effective way to relieve neck and shoulder tension and back pain, and can also alleviate common problems such as headaches, and tension in the hands, wrists and forearms.

Treatments last usually 15 to 25 minutes.
We may incorporate a variety of techniques, facilitated stretching, compression, kneading and tapping.


 

For rates and appointments, contact us

TEL: 07856100420
EMAIL: mike@massagetherapistmike.co.uk
LOCATION: 24 Campdale Road, N7 0EB, London

What is Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of body tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow and deeper strokes on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibres of the muscles, tendons and fascia.

What is a muscle “knot”? Read this article

Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic muscle tension and help break up and eliminate scar tissue. This massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause slight soreness during or right after the massage. However, when the massage is done correctly the individual should feel a sense of a work out, but no lasting pain.

 

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Deep tissue massage offers multiple benefits at different systems:

  • MUSCULAR SYSTEM – helps move blood in blood vessels and assists the calf in returning venous blood, especially in the lower extremities. May contributes to the improvement of sclerotic blood vessels.
  • SKIN – improves circulation to the skin, moisturises dry, clay skin, improves skin tone, helps reduce the build up of cellulite.
  • SKELETAL SYSTEM – improves joint range of motion, clears deposit and debris from old bone injuries, restores damaged ligaments and tendons, enhances effectiveness of more specific treatment (osteopath / chiropractic / physiotherapy etc.), and improves posture.
  • NERVOUS SYSTEM – releases trapped nerves in soft tissue, and congestion along nerve pathways.
  • LYMPHATIC SYSTEM – releases trapped lymphatic vessels.
  • RESPIRATORY SYSTEM – releases restrictions in breathing muscles, promotes postural improvement which reduces crowding of lungs, and removes congestion in lung and rib areas.

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What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic drainage is an advanced therapy in which the practitioner uses a range of specialised and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow. This stimulates the lymphatic vessels that carry substances vital to the defence of the body as well as help in the removal of waste products.

What are the benefits of lymphatic drainage massage?

LymphaticSystem_FemaleThe benefits of lymphatic drainage are considerable and are particularly relevant in today’s environment where pollution, stress and deficient immune systems make many people susceptible to contagious disease and viral infections.

The lymphatic system plays a vital role in the body by regulating the immune system. When the lymphatic system becomes compromised in any way, lymphatic fluid builds up and stagnates causing the entire system to become toxic.

Lymphatic drainage clears blockages, eliminates metabolic wastes and toxins from the body, helps in the transport of nutrients to cells and increases metabolic efficiency, all adding to the reduction of excess fluid and can assist in weight reduction. It also has a very calming effect on the nervous system and helps relieve stress and tension.

Lymphatic drainage is also a very successful beauty treatment for the face, improving the appearance of the skin and reducing puffiness. It helps rejuvenate collagenfibers and slow the ageing process.

What type of condition can it benefit?

Lymphatic drainage is used to treat a wide rang of conditions such as:

  • Glandular fever, ME (Chronic Fatigue), Migraine, Sinus, Hay fever
  • Recurring infections (cold, flu, ear, chest)
  • Pre and postoperative cases (cosmetic surgery, cancer or where lymph nodes have been removed or the lymphatic system impaired in some way)
  • Toxic build-up, oedema and fluid retention (puffy ankles, legs, eyes, bloating)
  • Cellulite and excess weight
  • Constipation and other digestive disorders
  • Acne, Rosacea and other skin conditions, Scar tissue (old and new)
  • Stress, Anxiety, Tension

What is Swedish Massage

massageoldSwedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. If you want deeper work and can tolerate more pressure, even momentary discomfort, to get relief from muscle pain, it’s better to book a deep tissue massage, which is another form of Swedish massage.

Swedish massage and other types of therapeutic massage are performed by trained, licensed massage therapists. A Swedish massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on the therapist’s personal style and what he or she wants to achieve.

Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology. Most people get a 50 or 60-minute Swedish or deep tissue massage, but 75 or 90-minutes gives the therapist more time to work the muscle tissue and achieve results.

What Happens During A Swedish Massage

In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits.

Before the massage, the therapist asks you about any injuries or other conditions. Things you would want tell a therapist include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure. It’s best not to get a massage if you are ill.

After the consultation, the therapist instructs you how to lie on the table — face up or face down, and underneath the sheet or towel — and then leaves the room. He or she will knock or ask if you are ready before entering.

The Nudity Factor

You can keep your underwear on, as the therapist uncovers only the part of the body he/she is working on, a technique calleddraping.

Why It’s Called Swedish Massage

Per Henrik LingSwedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work that is more common in Asian-style massage. Both Swedish massage and physical therapy were pioneered by a Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) at the University of Stockholm.

In the early 19th century he developed a system called “Medical Gymnastics” which included movements performed by a therapist. These became the known as “Swedish movements” in Europe and “the Swedish Movement Cure” when they came to the U.S. in 1858. Today it is simply known as Swedish massage.