Body Awareness & Mindfulness

When most people come to The Massage Centre for the first time, their visit is usually motivated by pain, ache or discomfort. It’s pretty easy to give someone relief – more complicated to correct the issue, but usually we can! However, we’re more interested in that which can prevent the pain from coming back – body awareness or being mindful!

Being body aware simply means noticing when we are creating unnecessary tensions in our body so that we can either stop the cause or reverse the negative impact. How do we become body aware? The first step is to create a contrast. If our muscles are used to being tight all of the time, then we won’t notice when we are tensing them! Two or three effective massages in close proximity can usually re-boot the muscles, educating the cellular memory to relax our muscle when not in use – leaving them stronger for when we need them.

Therapist Spotlight Peter Wikstroem

Therapist Spotlight: Peter Wikstroem

Peter, a medical massage therapist from Sweden, has devoted most of his life to sport, sparking a passion for understanding how the body works. He has worked extensively with disabled people, helping them to maximize their health potential and thinks studying massage and anatomy is an ongoing process.

Here he shares his experience of helping just one of his many clients who suffer from the common problem of chronic muscle tension in their shoulders and neck:

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“What are knots in muscles?”

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By Sebastian Urbanik


As massage therapists, this is the question we get asked the most frequently. And it’s usually when we’re massaging a client’s shoulders, where small areas of muscle can feel hard, and ‘crunchy’ or ‘stringy’.

So what causes this? Obviously the muscle fibres haven’t literally tied themselves into the knots you’d get in a piece of string. What has happened, though, is that those muscle fibres have contracted (shortened) – as a result of physical acti  vity, or postural imbalance, or stress – and then stayed shortened. The place this happens most noticeably is in the shoulder and neck area, where permanent (chronic) muscle tension can so easily build up, but it can occur anywhere in the body.

Therapist Spotlight – Anna Williams

Welcome to Spring!

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, most of us start to feel as if we’re having new life breathed into us. It’s a fantastic opportunity to leave the winter blues behind and focus that new energy into our health and wellbeing.

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We are your biggest supporters, here’s how:

Spring is definitely here. More daylight hours and warmer days make it a great time for new beginnings – it’s the perfect time to decide to get active and improve our health generally.

It’s certainly a lot easier to keep our resolutions to than in the dark days of January. Even so, everyone needs extra support and encouragement to meet their health and fitness goals.

Therapist Spotlight

Dealing with Tension Headache and Tight Shoulders: David and his Upper Crossed Syndrome

In my long career as a massage therapist, I have met a lot of patients who ask why their shoulders are tight, why their neck and head poke forward, and why they slouch. Then I explain to them that these are symptoms of ‘Upper Crossed Syndrome’ (UCS).

Calling all marathon runners!

Structural fitness for a strain and pain-free body

If you’re training for the London Marathon, or if sport and fitness play a big part in your life, it’s essential that you give your structural fitness the attention it deserves. Most ideas of fitness revolve around cardio-vascular capacity, muscle strength, speed, stamina – what our bodies can do, and how well. But a vital, and often overlooked, component is how our bodies are equipped to deal with these activities.

Massage & The Immune System

Did you know that you can kick start your immune system with a good massage? We all know massage feels good, but not everyone is aware of it’s positive impact on the immune system. It can certainly help “bash the bugs” which is good news for this time of year. It’s commonly known that massage reduces stress levels, but how does it really benefit your health?

Improve your golf with massage therapy

Golf is perhaps one of the most famous and challenging sports in the world. It is also one of the most popular hobbies, so regardless of whether your aim is to play golf to professional standard or you just play for leisure, you need to be physically fit in order to be good at it. Golf is definitely not as easy as it looks and if you do not have well-built muscles and a physically fit body then the possibility of hurting yourself is much greater. Massage therapy can help by developing your upper body and fueling your muscles to receive maximum nutrients; both of which help you to perform optimally and recover quickly.

Treating Postural Problems with Massage Therapy

If you were to examine all of your joints within your body you would discover that at both ends are linked by muscles. Any time you make a movement with your body these important joints have the ability to work together with the muscles to ensure the movements are performed smoothly. It is almost like riding a skateboard. When you place one foot on the board your balance is fine but, if both your feet are on the board you can keep your balance even better.