Your muscle function is impaired in intense heat weather along with energy levels, sluggishness, sleep etc…. Whether you work hard, play hard or both you are most certainly using your muscles hard and you need to make sure your muscles are functioning effectively.
What do our muscles need in order to function properly?
Our muscles tissue requires plenty of fluids, as well as good nutrition to enable them to function properly. Lack of the correct nutrients and liquids can easily lead to muscle spasms and sprains. In extreme temperatures this becomes more difficult as people do tend to not drink enough.
What muscle problems can occur in hot weather?
When we work or exercise hard, our muscles build up lactic acid, this is normal, but often it can become lodged within the muscles tissues which is what causes spasms or strains to occur, it can shorten our range of motion as well as creating what people call “Knots” in the muscles. These pockets of lactic acid if not dealt with, can become more toxic to the body.
What can a remedial massage do for you?
Remedial massage therapist will apply a range of techniques to your muscles to release the areas of the muscle which are thus contracting. This will help with the removal of metabolic waste which will in turn increase muscle tone and help to restore the muscles to full functionality.
Who can benefit most from massage in hot weather?
Everyone can benefit – Stress levels increase during extreme temperatures along with sluggishness and of course, massage and aromatherapy massage can also help with relieving these. This can lead to headaches which massage will help to with. Your sleep pattern will be improved which will clear your thinking and concentration.
Massage also releases important feel-good chemicals in the brain – namely endorphins and dopamine helping our sense of well-being, and for some people this can be essential, especially if you suffer from depression.
Reflexology is Magic of the Feet
Suffering from sinus congestion or Frequent headaches or Backache? Before you reach for the pain killers or aspirin bottle, lets pamper your feet first. The ancient art of reflexology may be just what you need to bring your body back into balance, and to feel good all over.
Imagine lying on a table in a dimmed room. You take a few deep breaths and begin to relax as you listen to the healing music playing in the background. You feel the therapist takes your foot in his hands. His fingers begin to apply gentle, yet firm pressure to your toes and the base of your foot. He applies pressure to your big toe and you moan and say "Hey, that hurts." Then he askes "Have you been having headaches?". "Yes, but how did you know that?"
Therapist explains that the foot is divided into zones or reflex areas, and that each zone corresponds with a different part of the body. The big toe, for instance, is associated with the head. Pain or tenderness in one area of the foot may reveal a problem elsewhere in the body.
Reflexology is the art, science, and study of specific touch techniques. The concept of reflexology holds that various organs, nerves and glands in your body are connected with certain "reflex areas" on the bottoms of your feet, hands and other areas of the body. Moreover, reflexology claims that by massaging these corresponding areas or "maps," prompt relief from a variety of conditions in the body can be obtained. In most instances the thumb, or sometimes a knuckle, is used as the massaging force. When properly administered, reflexology is thought to help relieve stress and tension, stimulate deep relaxation, improve the blood supply, and bring balance to the entire body.
If you're not familiar with reflexology, you might assume it's a relatively new modality of body work. However, the art of reflexology is so ancient, it cannot be traced to any one culture. An Egyptian wall painting found in the tomb of Ankhmahor at Saqqara also known as the Physician's Tomb shows four men who appear to be engaged in hand and foot reflexology. The painting is dated at the sixth dynasty, which would have been 2330 B.C. Evidence of reflexology treatments can also be traced back thousands of years to China, Japan, and India. And it's believed that North American Indian medicine men rubbed and massaged their patients' feet as part of their medicinal ritual.
Since reflexology treats the whole person, not the symptoms of disease, most people benefit from treatment. The therapy brings relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, and is suitable for all ages. An increasing number of people are using this safe, natural therapy as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonizing the body.
Do you need a massage? Call Oberon Remedial Massage on 0438 042 153.