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Fitness Massage Pain Remedial Massage

DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and how to beat it

Recent research in the last few years [footnote] Hiroki Ota (n.d.). TRPV1 and TRPV4 Play Pivotal Roles in Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. Journals.plos.org. Retrieved from http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0065751[/footnote][footnote] Katharina Zimmermann (n.d.). Central Projection of Pain Arising from Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) in Human Subjects. Journals.plos.org. Retrieved from http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0047230 [/footnote] suggest that a large component of DOMS is […]

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Anatomy and Physiology Body-Mind Experience Manual therapy Massage Relaxation Remedial Massage Stress

What massage therapy can do for stress

An explanation for how massage therapy can reduce stress and stimulate relaxation.

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Experience Manual therapy Massage Posture Stress

Why I almost never put you face-down first for your massage treatment

There’s a conventional wisdom in massage therapy: “rub where it hurts.” This is wrong.

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Body-Mind Experience Fitness Nutrition

My fitness goals, and the improvement mindset

Having an improvement mindset means enjoying that idea that there is always more to improve. To illustrate this, I’ll talk mainly about my health goals. It has been said that “if you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything.” Plus what we know from research is that when people become more fit and healthy it tends […]

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Manual therapy Massage Remedial Massage Sports

Can a massage help you do the splits?

There are many unanswered questions in the universe. How many decimal places are there in Pi? Is there a unified theory of physics? How does a shepherd count his flock without falling asleep? It’s possible we’ll never know. Some questions, however, can be answered. For example, if a therapeutic massage is meant to lengthen and […]

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Remedial Massage

Why you should never stretch your rhomboids (unless you’re in the army)

  Reciprocal inhibition is a muscle reflex that sends an inhibitory motor nerve signal to the muscles opposite those contracting. So, if your chest muscles are short (as they are when your shoulders are rolled around to the front, which is guaranteed if you drive a desk every day), then your upper back muscles (rhomboids, middle […]

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Anatomy and Physiology Experience Fitness Massage Pain Posture Remedial Massage

Why is back pain so common?

The facts of back pain: Back pain is especially common in the developed countries – and it seems that the more developed the country, the more back pain there is.[1][2][3, table 6.24.2] The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported in 2010 that low back pain was the most physically disabling condition in the world, so if you […]

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Anatomy and Physiology Body-Mind Fitness Nutrition Remedial Massage

Why Coordination Is More Important Than Strength

I love working with bodies. They’re amazing. We are evolved to be as efficient as possible at all times, and strength, power and endurance are no different. That’s me, three days ago, on my fourth set of three 50 kg close-grip bench press. It was only on the fifth and final set that I struggled. Up until […]

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Anatomy and Physiology Fitness Injuries Pain Posture Remedial Massage

Pliability – or, how to train with fewer injuries

Don’t stretch before your workouts. Yeah, I said it. Here’s why..

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Anatomy and Physiology Experience Manual therapy Massage Pain Posture Remedial Massage Stress

The most important thing your massage therapist doesn’t know

Do you see a massage therapist for your sore, tight-feeling shoulders? If you do, there is every possibility they are making you feel worse, not better.