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    Treat your mum with a massage this Mother’s Day

    For mums and mums-to-be – treat someone special to a massage this Mother’s Day! For mums who rarely get a chance to sit down, who are always running around making sure everyone else is taken care of.. This is a chance to say thank you and treat them to some well-deserved relaxation and indulgence of Continue Reading →

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    Anterior scalenes & the link to neck pain and hand/arm neuropathy

    It is common to feel like there is a need to stretch these muscles. Sure it feels great, but what if they are already on a stretch? If these muscles are overstretched and locked in a long position, it can increase the activation of the strong extensor muscles at the back of the neck, causing Continue Reading →

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    Popliteus & lack of full knee extension

    Popliteus is a one-joint muscle that provides stability to the knee. It is prone to compensating for two-joint synergist muscles upon their failure to properly execute movement. In ACL repairs, the lateral popliteal tendon is often cut or damaged, causing the popliteus to concentrically contract (shorten). This is one of the many reasons why post-surgical ACL Continue Reading →

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    Christmas Opening Times

    Holidays are coming, holidays are coming! December tends to be a very busy month here at Brighton Bodyworks so for those of you still looking to book a session, or to buy gift vouchers, hurry hurry! The final purchase/posting date for vouchers is THURSDAY 22ND DECEMBER (collection available on Friday 23rd). Our final working day Continue Reading →

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    Why does your pelvis tilt anteriorly?

      Ladies, this is one for us. I see an anterior pelvic tilt with many of my clients, and particularly with pregnant/postnatal ladies. It doesn’t always cause issues, but with low back pain, hip  pain, ankle issues, we always want to have a look at how the pelvis is moving. If you have an anterior Continue Reading →

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    Piriformis & glutes function

    Pain deep in the glutes area, sometimes tingling down the leg. Often this is due to overworked and tight piriformis muscle trapping the sciatic nerve – massage to release this area can help relieve the pain and tingling, however, symptoms often return. Why? Well, why did that piriformis become tight in the first place? Was it compensating for Continue Reading →

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    Motor control: Stability, Balance, Postural Control, Coordination & Perception

    “Motion is a component of movement, but movement requires motor control, which includes stability, balance, postural control, coordination and perception” Gray Cook Motor control is what we’re trying to effect with Neurokinetic Therapy. Could this be the missing link in your treatment plan? Where is the cause of your dysfunction – can we unravel your faulty Continue Reading →

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    Anatomy Trains – The Spiral Line

    My clients are often intrigued by the ‘blue men’ displayed on the wall of my clinic. Those of you more familiar with massage and physical therapy will recognize these as illustrations from Thomas Myers’ Anatomy Trains. These ‘myofascial meridians’ show the fascial networks of the body and are very useful in seeing the body’s interconnectedness and Continue Reading →

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    Displaced Biceps Tendon & Shoulder Pain

    The biceps brachii muscle is made up of two different parts – the long head and the short head. It acts to flex the elbow (in lifting) and supinate the forearm (for example opening a door handle, unscrewing a jar lid), as well as flex the arm at the shoulder. The proximal tendon of the Continue Reading →

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    Self-release exercise for neck pain

    Tightness at the back of the neck, just under the skull, is a very common complaint. You can help to release these muscles yourself using two massage balls (I recommend Jill Miller’s ‘Yoga Tune-Up’ balls) as follows: Furthermore, if you have been assessed and you know that you have weak neck flexors and facilitated extensors Continue Reading →

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    In sickness and in movement

    I understand that frequent movement is a NECESSITY for neural health and motor control. I lead by example because I know 632 million people worldwide suffer low back pain. Musculoskeletal disorders account for 21.3% of ALL years lived with disability*. Get MOVING. *Global Burden of Disease Study, The Lancet 2012

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    Ankle Sprain Strength Excercises

    It is important to rehab your ankle soon after a sprain to regain strength and movement. Did you know that 2/3 or people who sprain their ankle will go on to have a second sprain? Sprains can bring about faulty movement patterns, causing bigger problems throughout the kinetic chain as time goes on (the ankle loses Continue Reading →

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    Why do your knuckles pop?

    Some people love the feeling of cracking their knuckles, while others cringe at the sound. But what causes that trademark pop? And is it dangerous? This is something I am commonly asked about. Eleanor Nelsen gives the facts behind joint popping in this short TEDx talk. (4 mins 20s)

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    ‘Yoga Tune Up’ Massage Therapy Balls

    At the end of your treatment we will discuss homecare advice so that clients can continue to help improve their particular complaint themselves. A frequent suggestion I make is self-massage on facilitated muscles to help release trigger points and soften and hydrate the tissues. I am not a fan of golf balls – tennis balls can be okay – nor am Continue Reading →

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    Chronic vs. Acute Pain

    There is often some misunderstanding as to what constitutes ‘chronic’ pain. The different labels – chronic versus acute – in fact relate to the period of time the individual has been experiencing it, not in fact the quality of the pain itself. Chronic pain is pain which has persisted for over 12 weeks. This is very Continue Reading →

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    Diastasis Recti

    In this video Dr Kathy Dooley – who I am lucky enough to have been tutored by – gives a great visual illustration of what happens if you experience a diastasis recti (where the rectus abdominus muscles separate from each other). Focus should not be primarily on shortening the rectus abdominus. The obliques – muscles of exhalation – and the transverse abdominus Continue Reading →

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    Neurokinetic Therapy – Call for Volunteers

    “Motion is a component of movement, but movement requires motor control, which includes stability, balance, postural control, coordination and perception” Gray Cook Motor control is what we’re trying to effect with Neurokinetic Therapy. Could this be the missing link in your treatment plan? Neck pain, hip pain, trochanteric bursitis, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, hip height Continue Reading →

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    Caesarean Scar Release Massage

    It is really important after a C-section to start working that abdominal scar to optimize healing. The sooner you can begin with some release through self-massage, the better and this video is a very helpful resource to show you how to do just that. Scars of any kind can hold a lot of trauma neurologically, Continue Reading →

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    Episiotomy/Tear Scar Self-Massage

    Frequently after perineal tears or episiotomy there is a build up of scar tissue in the perineum. To help reduce pain and soreness and to restore function in the pelvic floor muscles and the perineum it is necessary to do gentle scar massage. You can do this technique yourself at home: Perineal massage Place the Continue Reading →

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    SI Joint Pain & Massage – Client Review

    I’m not one to want to blow my own trumpet, but I am very proud of the successes I have with my clients and it’s nice to share that feedback. Over the last couple of weeks I have reconnected with a client I haven’t seen for a while, who has been experiencing SI joint problems. This is an Continue Reading →

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    Plantar Fasciitis

    Plantar fasciitis is something I see people present with much more regularly than I would have once expected. And, I’m pleased to say, a condition that generally responds well to treatment. Massage therapy coupled with simple homecare routines can make a lasting improvement to plantar fasciitis, and for those who have been suffering it is a great Continue Reading →

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    The Psoas: The Muscle of the Soul

    ~Time and time again, pain and movement dysfunction in my clients seems to involve, to a greater or lesser extent, the psoas. Having sat in lectures, read books and research papers, and listened to anecdotal evidence, I now have the clinical experience of my own which confirms just how the psoas is an important link in all Continue Reading →

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    Walking as effective as muscle strengthening for low back pain?

    An important assessment discussion point I always pick up on new clients is how active they are – during their daily life, as well as any specific exercise regime. Sometimes people will say that they don’t do any exercise at all, and then with a bit more chatting you realise that in fact they walk Continue Reading →

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    Cool down with a 100 % organic floral mist

    It’s another beautiful day in Brighton and Hove! In this hot and sticky weather I am never far from my 100% organic floral hydrosols (flower waters). All clients get a floral spritz to help revive them at the end of their treatments, and I like to use them myself throughout the day. When I was the in-house BalmBalm consultant at Harrods Continue Reading →

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    The Mystery of Chronic Pain

    The majority of my clinic time here at Brighton Bodyworks is spent providing remedial massage therapy to people suffering with long-term, chronic pain conditions. Within that group many of the conditions bear similarities but the levels of pain and corresponding effect on an individual’s quality of life can vary greatly. Elliot Krane is a Paediatrician Continue Reading →

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    “The best post-race massage I’ve had”

    Lovely review from a lovely marathon-er who came for a treatment after the Brighton half. Pre and post-race massage is a great way to keep yourself in optimum condition for peak performance. Massage and assisted stretching can help with general stiffness and sore muscles (tight hamstrings, anyone?), ‘runners back’, shin splints, knee pain, sprains and strains Continue Reading →

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    Low back pain & half-kneeling

    I am inspired by my ever growing network of industry professionals from whom I learn and draw the best advice to pass on to my clients. Today’s gem comes from Dr Kathy Dooley, a chiropractor and anatomy instructor based in NYC. Half-kneeling: the alternative to sitting. If you suffer from low back pain, please take Continue Reading →

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    The fascial layer up close

    I am continuously undertaking further training to build upon my knowledge, keep up with the latest techniques and research, and enhance the massage treatments I am able to offer my clients suffering from pain and restricted movement. I am currently part way through an Advanced Certificate in Myofascial Release and am finding it absolutely fascinating. Did you know..? Continue Reading →

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    Shin Splints

    Shin Splints – what are they? When it comes to running, ‘shin splints’ are a hot topic. Shin splints (Medial Tibial Syndrome) is a general term used to describe exercise-induced pain in the area of the tibia, which runs down the inner part of the shin. It most commonly affects runners but can also affect Continue Reading →

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    Attention all marathon runners!

    Just as rest days are crucially important in building your strength and stamina, pre or post event massage can have a really positive impact on your run performance and recovery. The marathon-ers amongst us will now be hitting peak training miles – I’ll never forget the feeling of my 19 mile training run, when another Continue Reading →

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    Massage Gift Vouchers for Mother’s Day

    A massage gift voucher is a lovely way to celebrate a mum who deserves a special treat this Mother’s Day! From velvety organic aromatherapy to aid relaxation and promote restful sleep, to hot stones that melt through muscular tension and foot massages incorporating reflexology, aromatic balms and steaming foot wraps, your mum will be treated to all the pampering Continue Reading →

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    Hypnobirthing with Lisa Cory

    http://www.westhovehypnotherapy.co.uk/west-hove-hypnotherapy/ Hypnobirthing is an Amazingly Powerful, Life Changing Experience. If you have to choose one ante natal class – choose Hypnobirthing. Hypnobirthing is about Empowerment. It is logical, gentle and profound. It teaches you to trust your body and your own instincts and enables you to cope with any eventuality and ‘manage’ better. Releasing the fears and Continue Reading →

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    Doula Testimonial – Liz Hougham

    “I hardly dared dream that I would get the amazing home birth I did with my second baby, Charlie. It was one of the most intense and empowering moments of my life and I will never forget the inspirational women that were there helping me. Liz was a rock in many ways and I can’t Continue Reading →

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    Looking for Baby Massage Classes?

    Both of my children have loved – and still do – being massaged. The lucky pair of them are often treated to wonderfully calming aromatherapy oils, warm stones, and soothing strokes. My four year old even requests massage these days! And she’s becoming quite a good little apprentice, too. Hopefully there will come a day before Continue Reading →

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    A New ‘Roll Model’

    As part of my commitment to clients at Brighton Bodyworks I continually undertaking further training and research in to the best methods to help clients out of pain and in to sustained recovery. My reading list grows by the week and I am very excited by the latest text I am exploring: Jill Miller’s ‘The Roll Model’. Some clients Continue Reading →

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    Stuck for Valentines Day ideas? How about the gift of a therapeutic, stress-relieving, relaxing massage

    If this Valentines Day you are looking something a little more meaningful than flowers and chocolates, why not treat your other half with a gift voucher from Brighton Bodyworks? Gift vouchers can be purchased for 30, 60 or 90mins of maximum pampering, whether it be a therapeutic massage to address pain and tension, a simply sumptuous treatment Continue Reading →

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    Are you sitting comfortably?

    Virtually all my clients here at Brighton Bodyworks, when asked, are in some kind of pain. There are no prizes for guessing that the most common are neck and shoulder, and low back pain. In the majority of cases caused by long periods of sitting, and tapping away at our computers. My goal is for you to walk out Continue Reading →

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    The wonderful world of fascia

    I’ve been seeing some terrific results incorporating myofascial release in to my treatments recently. Work through the hips/pelvis/low back has been particularly well received. Releasing fascial restrictions is gentle bodywork, but don’t underestimate its power – for those of you who are unaware of the wonderful world of fascia here’s a short introductory film showing microendoscopic Continue Reading →

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    Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

    Brighton Bodyworks will be closed from 23rd December, re-opening on Monday 5th January. Appointments can still be made during this time either online, by email or by calling 01273 729691. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and extend a big thank you to all my clients who have Continue Reading →

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    Geek watch: iMuscle2 app

    Those of you visiting Brighton Bodyworks for a massage will, I hope, leave with some new learnings about the muscles targeted in your treatment. What do those muscles do and why might they have become tight/shortened? If you are rehabbing an injury or are experiencing persistent pain in a particular area, what can you do in between Continue Reading →

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    Massage Therapy: Proven Stress Relief

    Stress is a prevalent component in today’s fast-paced world and it can negatively impact on an individual’s health and well-being. Massage therapy has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, on both physical and psychological levels. While us massage therapists know this from experience, there is considerable research that validates our experience. One study on the effect of Continue Reading →

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    Low Back Pain & the Sacroiliac Joint

    I have recently had my second baby, and towards the end of my pregnancy I experienced – like so many – low back and hip pain. The silver lining to this is that it has given me greater insight in to how many of my clients here at Brighton Bodyworks are feeling, and a renewed Continue Reading →

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    Immune Supporting Prawn Curry

    This curry has a warmth to it but is not overly hot; a great immune supporting & warming meal. It contains plenty of anti-inflammatory ginger, garlic and bio yogurt to help the good bacteria in the gut, prawns which contain lots of zinc, essential to the immune system and antioxidant rich tomatoes. Serves 4. Preparation Continue Reading →

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    How Massage Therapy can help a Frozen Shoulder

    Frozen shoulder, or ‘adhesive capsulitis’, is a painful and debilitating condition which restricts movement (specifically abduction and external rotation) of the shoulder. Most often it is seen in 40-60 year olds, and affects twice as many women as it does men. The precise cause of a frozen shoulder is still shrouded in some mystery but Continue Reading →

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    New Opening Hours

    Brighton Bodyworks is back! Having been away enjoying some family time, bonny baby Charlie is now six months old and spending a bit of time mano e mano with his Dad so that I can get my elbows stuck back in to the clinic. It’s been lovely catching up with old clients and I’m thrilled that so many of you have been keen Continue Reading →

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    NEW! Thermal Stamp

    You can now add a 30 mins Thermal Stamp Treatment to any massage at Brighton Bodyworks (£10 supplement). This treatment uses muslin balls containing a selection of traditional herbs which have remedial properties when they are absorbed through the skin and inhaled as the compresses are steamed. The heat of the compresses stimulates circulation, relieves muscle tension and Continue Reading →

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    BalmBalm Tip of the Week

    USE YOUR ORGANIC FACIAL MUSLINS FOR A SUPER SKIN CONDITIONING FACIAL MASK Smooth a light layer of your favourite Balm Balm balm over your face. Soak a muslin cloth in hot water. Place muslin cloth over balm covered face. Relax for about 10 minutes to allow the balm to condition the skin with the aid of Continue Reading →

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    New-mum booster

    Half-price Postnatal Massage – with your baby! I love seeing new mums in my clinic. With two littl’uns myself, I understand first-hand the amazing impact that massage can have on health and well-being during pregnancy and postnatally. These scrumptious little babies are hard work. The magical power of massage makes it a bit easier. In the Continue Reading →

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    Are you holding your head correctly?

    I often see clients with neck and shoulder pain exhibiting a classic imbalance between the muscles at the front and the back of the neck: the sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) – responsible for tilting and rotating the head – the mastoid (a big rope that connects your head, rib cage and shoulder girdle), and the trapezius. The trapezius is a big, strong diamond shaped muscle on our back Continue Reading →

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    Diaphragmatic breathing: Retrain your breath

    Diaphragmatic breathing (or abdominal breathing) is breathing that is done by contracting the diaphragm, the muscle located horizontally between the chest and stomach cavity. It is marked by expansion of the abdomen rather than the chest, maximising the oxygen absorbed in to the bloodstream. Diaphragmatic breathing helps to break the body’s ‘fight or flight’ mechanisms and return to Continue Reading →

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    Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond – Part III

    These simple yoga poses will help you throughout pregnancy as you prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for birth and beyond. Having practiced yoga in both of my pregnancies I firmly believe that yoga, coupled with regular pregnancy massages, help keep you relaxed, fit & healthy throughout your pregnancy and can help keep common pregnancy ailments at bay. Continue Reading →

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    Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond – Part II

    There are two things I am a zealot about in pregnancy. One is massage, the other is yoga. These simple poses will help keep you physically, mentally and spiritually fit during pregnancy, and help prepare you for birth. If you are looking for a pregnancy massage in Brighton, then you must visit me here at Brighton Bodyworks. First Continue Reading →

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    Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond – Part I

    I have just had my second baby; a gorgeous little boy called Charlie. Charlie was born at home on 13th February weighing 8lbs 5oz. I had the most amazing group of women supporting me and it was one of the most empowering moments of my life.  During my pregnancy I received regular massage treatments to keep common pregnancy Continue Reading →

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    Massage really does keep you healthy: a cardiologist explains

    http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11315/why-massages-really-do-keep-you-healthy-a-cardiologist-explains.html We’ve all seen it on TV or in a movie. The scene is tense and the patient is doing poorly. The doctor calls out urgently. Retractor! Scalpel! Suction! Massage Table! Wait a minute …. Massage table? Did Dr. House ever scream for body oil? The good news is this: if you enjoy a massage, Continue Reading →

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    The 2013 Swimming Awards

    I can only tick one of these off my list – the wonderfully invigorating cold water swimming championships at Tooting Bec lido, back in my triathlon days. Worth it for the hog roast afterwards alone! I look forward to visiting Saltdean Lido when it re-opens – such wonderful news. And if they install hydrobeetles in Continue Reading →

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    Christmas Opening Hours at Brighton Bodyworks

    Brighton Bodyworks will be closed for Christmas from Monday 23rd December. I am now fully booked until 2014 apart from the following slots: Thurs 19th Dec 3pm / Saturday 21st Dec 9am / Sunday 22nd Dec 10am Normal business hours resume when we re-open on Thursday 2nd January. Get in quick to book your post-Christmas body boost! Our prices Continue Reading →

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    Treat your friends or loved ones!

    Just one more day to get your orders in for Brighton Bodyworks massage gift vouchers or Balm Balm treats before our postal deadline of 18th December! Gift vouchers can be bought in any denomination and are valid for one year after purchase. Treatments include Swedish or remedial massage, aromatherapy,  our best selling hot stone fusion therapy, thai foot reflexology Continue Reading →

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    The Brighton Bodyworks Give & Receive Programme

    Each time you give a gift voucher or refer a friend to Brighton Bodyworks you will receive a £10 discount on any treatment for yourself! It’s our way of spreading the love of massage and sharing with the people that support us.  Thank you for being a part of Brighton Bodyworks; it’s been a fantastic year!

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    Hot Stone Massage – luxury spa treatment or ‘serious’ massage therapy?

    At this time of year I get really busy with my favourite treatment of all – hot stone massage therapy. If you’ve never experienced one of these treatments let me tell you – hot stones ROCK. Hot Stones bring warmth to the soul Much as I love living by the sea, the dark and windswept Continue Reading →

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    How Massage can provide relief from Wrist and Arm RSIs

    RSI (repetitive strain injury) is a widely used umbrella term that encompasses many painful wrist and arm conditions, most commonly: Tennis elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) – Over-use/strain of the wrist extensors. Pain increases over time due to micro tears occurring in the muscles attaching to the outer side of the elbow (lateral epicondyle). Twisting of the Continue Reading →

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    Tight hip flexors? Try the Pigeon Pose

    Find proper alignment in pigeon pose, practice it often, and those stiff hips will start to feel open again. At Brighton Bodyworks I see a lot of clients with muscular pain and stiff joints. Very commonly people are experiencing low back pain, and this can be treated using a number of remedial massage techniques in powerful combination to release those Continue Reading →

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    Wild swimming

    The season is nearly over, but if you are a keen swimmer and looking for somewhere to swim outdoors, this wonderful Wild Swim map shows you sea, river and lido options across the UK. http://wildswim.com/

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    Hot stones fusion massage review

    If you would like to know why this wonderful treatment is unlike any other you’ve ever experienced before, treat yourself! https://plus.google.com/u/0/117803591941697824314/reviews?hl=en&gl=uk “My experience with Amy at Brighton Bodyworks was nothing less than fabulous. Her sensitivity and responsiveness is exceptional and her choice of products matchless. I had never had a hot stone massage and decided to Continue Reading →

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    Massage on prescription from your doctor? Yes please!

    Would you like to see your doctor able to prescribe massage therapy? And private healthcare companies covering massage in their policies? Sign the latest petition being brought to the House of Commons: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/therapeutic-massage-is-a-low-cost-therapy-free-of-side-effects-and-should-be-provided-by-the-national-health-service-and-private-health-companies.html

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    Save Your Skin!

    The chemicals damaging your skin The British Society of Cutaneous Allergy has recently issued a warning regarding chemicals found in skin care products, at a time when allergy and skin problems are at an all time high. At a special session of The British Association of Dermatologists Annual Conference in July, leading dermatologists presented research Continue Reading →

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    Invest in your Health

    Invest in your health.. Choose any six treatments and save 30%! Special Brighton Bodyworks offer for summer 2013 30% off the price of a set of six selected treatments, to be used over a 3 month period. Choose from: Aromatherapy Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage (1hr) Hot Stones Massage (1hr) Thai Foot Massage (1hr) 100% Organic Continue Reading →

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    Trigger Points – what are they and how can massage help?

    If you are experiencing joint pain such as neck/lower back/knee pain or are suffering from headaches, reduced range of motion, stiffness or a niggle that just won’t go away, it can be hard to know which direction to turn to get the right help. Studies suggest that trigger points are a component of up to Continue Reading →

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    SPRING CLEANSE YOUR BODY

    If you really want to cleanse then DRINK, DRINK, DRINK. Here are 8 home made vitamin water recipes to help you keep the water flowing! As a rule, you should try to avoid processed foods and drinks as much as possible. 1) The classical : lemon/cucumber: Mix in a jug: 10 cups of water + Continue Reading →

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    Finding a good massage therapist in Brighton

    Despite the credit crunch, there is a steady growth in the demand for massage in Brighton. People are increasingly more aware and have a greater understanding of the powerful health benefits that massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and other holistic therapies can bring. In Brighton and Hove you are spoilt for choice when it comes to looking Continue Reading →

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    How Chinese Cupping can transform the results you experience with massage therapy

    Chinese Cupping is extremely effective in the treatment of long standing patterns in the body and can be an add-on to your regular massage session or can be done by itself. It is the best deep tissue massage you can get, but without the discomfort of deep massage work. Chinese cupping works to lift and Continue Reading →

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    A patient’s journey: Angelina Jolie

    From the Pink Lotus Breast Cancer blog detailing Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy: “To a large extent, I believe recovery reflects expectation. Angelina expected to feel well, to be active. On day four after her mastectomies, I was pleased to find her not only in good spirits with bountiful energy, but with two walls in her Continue Reading →

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    Labour pain simulation (on two men)

    Okay so this is a little off-track from our usual topics, but as Brighton Bodyworks specialises in treating women – ladies, this one’s for you! Two men experience simulated labour pain as their wives sit by. Brilliant.

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    Take the core challenge!

    Need to strengthen your core? Take the core challenge! If you are not using your core enough then your back will take take unnecessary strain; often contributing to upper and lower back pain. Massage can relieve tension in the back but strengthening your core will help keep you in balance.

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    Simple massage techniques you can do yourself to help relieve headaches

    Here at Brighton Bodyworks I believe very strongly in my clients being involved in their recovery plan – massage therapy can bring you in to recovery from pain conditions but that recovery is boosted immeasurably by simple self-care steps in between treatments. Headaches are a problem people present with very frequently. You can have a Continue Reading →

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    Trigger points of the head, neck and shoulders that can cause headaches

      There are a number of known trigger points in the head, neck and shoulders which can cause headaches. Massage therapy can be a powerful tool in releasing these trigger points, hence relieving the pain of tension headaches. At Brighton Bodyworks one of the best massages addressing these trigger points is the facial massage sequence Continue Reading →

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    The A-listers into cupping

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston are among the celebrities who swear by regular chinese cupping therapy. Indeed Jen sparked chatter this week by appearing at the premier of her new film with tell tale circular cupping marks on her back – caused by the increase in circulation in the area where the cups Continue Reading →

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    Fibromyalgia

    Amazing one minute tutorial on fibromyalgia  

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    Ahhhh my back! How to treat back pain with massage

    Ahhh my aching back! We all know someone with back pain and have probably experienced it ourselves at some point. According to the British Occupational Health Research Foundation back pain: o Affects 40% of the population o Causes the loss of 50 million working days o Costs about £5 billion (or £200 for every employee) Continue Reading →

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    Brighton’s marathon runners – we salute you!

    Congratulations to everybody who completed yesterday’s marathon. I was down with the Teenage Cancer Trust teams helping their runners on to massage couches at the end of the 26.2 miles and it was an awe-inspiring day. I was particularly thrilled to have massaged the legs of two semi-professional footballers, and the amazing Matthew Loddy who Continue Reading →

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    Mini facial kit with every ‘Pamper me’ 100% organic facial!

    Book in for a ‘Pamper me’ organic facial at Brighton Bodyworks in April and receive a Balm Balm 100% organic mini facial kit to help you keep your skin glowing in between visits. This kit contains: Super Light Coconut Cleanser – This incredibly gentle cleanser is made simply from blended coconut oils making it suitable for Continue Reading →

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    100% organic skincare for all skin types

    The 100% Organic Balm Balm Facial the gentlest way to care for your skin simple & effective for all skin types. Very few if any facial products today are 100% Organic. To achieve our 100% status at Brighton Bodyworks we have had to forgo creams, lotions, gels & clays – the ‘expected’ content of a Continue Reading →

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    Myofascial unwinding

    John Barnes PT demonstrating self myofascial unwinding. Myofascial unwinding is the movement-facilitation aspect of my myofascial-release approach. The mind-bodys ability to self-correct. If you are suffering from back and neck pain, muscular tension and/or joint stiffness, massage incorporating myofascial release techniques can be of great benefit. Call Brighton Bodyworks on 01273 729691 to book a Continue Reading →

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    Brighton Bodyworks loves.. Coconut Oil

    Here at Brighton Bodyworks we try and live holistically, realistically. That means making little life changes that work for a busy family life and don’t cost the earth – introducing little ripples of holistic living that will some day add up to a sea of health. When it comes to skincare, I passionately believe that Continue Reading →

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    Myofascial Release – fascia under the microscope

    Fascia is a connective tissue providing support and protection for most structures within the human body, including muscle. It is effectively a sticky film under the skin, covering the whole of the body. When fascia becomes too tight it can cause pain, tension and restriction of movement. Myofascial techniques are used in almost all our massage treatments here at Brighton Bodyworks Continue Reading →

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    Swedish Massage at Brighton Bodyworks

    Swedish Massage uses a range of movements and pressure (gliding, kneading, stretching and tapping) to manipulate tissues for both local and overall therapeutic effects and benefits. Using pressure and techniques that can be adjusted to suit your individual needs, swedish massage loosens tight and knotted muscles, relaxes and calms the mind, eases aching joints, helps promote Continue Reading →

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    Feel Good Friday at Brighton Bodyworks!

    For every massage booked on a Friday during March, Brighton Bodyworks will donate £3 to The Samaritans charity. Choose from a range of treatments including swedish massage, hot stones massage, thai herb massage, thai foot massage (reflexology) or a rejuvenating 100% organic facial. Call 01273 729691 for further details.

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    Why do I feel so good after a massage?

    Why Do I Feel So Good After a Massage? Originally published in Body Sense magazine, Spring/Summer 2006. Copyright 2006. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved. Q. I’m a relative newcomer to massage and I’ve been trying to describe the experience to my friends. Why do I feel so good after a massage? “I walk into Continue Reading →

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    Healing Modalities: Helping your body heal itself

    #1: Ginger Tea with Raw Brown Sugar for period pain Ingredients: Three slices of fresh minced ginger, raw brown sugar. Boil in one-and-a-half cups of water for five to ten minutes. Add one tablespoon of raw, unprocessed brown sugar and enjoy. #2: Castor Oil Pack for joint pain Materials: Castor oil, a flannel or an Continue Reading →

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    One to watch: Chinese cupping therapy

    About five years ago, Gwyneth Paltrow attended a premiere in a backless gown that sent tongues wagging. It wasn’t the designer of the dress that people were discussing; they were ogling the collection of symmetrical, purple dots on her back. These marks were from Chinese Cupping, an ancient Chinese healing technique whereby a partial vacuum is Continue Reading →

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    Brighton Bodyworks uses the finest 100% organic products

    All the products used within Brighton Bodyworks’ massage and facial treatments are natural and 100% organic. The UK Soil Association is a guarantee that the organic ingredients are the best quality available; ingredients are grown under tight regulations which ban the use of harmful chemical fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides. Why do we think organic skincare Continue Reading →

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    Treat your mum to some luxury this Mother’s Day

    Don’t get me wrong, we all love flowers and chocolates. But a luxury massage and facial makes Mother’s Day that much better! Treat your mum to 90 minutes of pampering at Brighton Bodyworks this Mother’s Day with a restorative back, neck and shoulder massage with hot stones and aromatherapy oils, followed by our signature 100% Continue Reading →

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    100% organic swedish, deep tissue and hot stone massage at Brighton Bodyworks

    Just a few of the gorgeous 100% organic body oils used in the swedish, deep tissue and hot stone treatments at Brighton Bodyworks. Aromatherapy oils are infused into calendula, jojoba and sunflower to nourish your skin at the deepest level. My favourite is ‘Calm’ – a synergistic blend of patchouli, sandalwood and frankincense – very Continue Reading →

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    Thai foot massage: reflexology with a twist!

    I love reflexology. When I was pregnant with my first baby I had regular reflexology treatments and it no doubt contributed to my comfortable, healthy pregnancy. At my massage studio – Brighton Bodyworks – I offer a reflexolgy treatment which combines traditional reflexology with ancient  Thai techniques to give a foot and lower leg massage that will leave you Continue Reading →

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    Special offer: free facelift massage with any treatment at Brighton Bodyworks!

    January has the poweer to make even the most energetic of us feel a bit down in the dumps. Overindulgence over Christmas coupled withlower levels of sunlight and exercise can often cause grey, dull complexions. At Brighton Bodyworks we want to help you look and feel the best by offering you a free natural facelift Continue Reading →

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    Looking for a Thai herbal compress massage in Brighton & Hove?

    If you are looking for a Thai herbal compress massage in Brighton and Hove then look no further – Brighton Bodyworks offers a wonderful treatment to ease you into a deep state of relaxation using heat, aromatic herbs and soothing massage. This thai massage treatment uses herbal compresses – cotton muslin balls containing a selection of traditional herbs – Continue Reading →

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    Don’t call it pampering: massage wants to be medicine!

    While massage may have developed a reputation as a decadent treat for people who love pampering,  studies show it has a wide variety of tangible health benefits. Research has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in children with asthma, and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel Continue Reading →

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    Relieve winter colds with a massage at Brighton Bodyworks

    It’s that time of year. Snuffly noses, blocked sinuses, sore heads.. Winter colds!! Did you know that massage can significantly help boost your recovery time if your immune system has taken a bit of a knock? During massage your body switches in to its paraympathetic nervous system, ie the body goes in to rest and repair mode. Continue Reading →

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    100% organic Christmas shopping with BalmBalm at Brighton Bodyworks

    As a massage therapist in Brighton and Hove I am very focused on health and wellbeing, in particular what we put on our skin. At Brighton Bodyworks I use only 100% organic products in my massage, facial and reflexolgy treatments. I stock a range of heavenly 100% organic products from BalmBalm and am absolute addict Continue Reading →

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    Rebalance over the festive season with a Natural Facelift Massage

    At this time of year when days are short and dark, we’re getting less daylight and exercise and possibly over indulging a little, a natural facelift massage can be very restorative. When performed on a daily basis, facial massage can really help to improve the complexion, the texture of the skin, the tone in the facial Continue Reading →

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    Traditional Thai Foot Massage

    Have you ever really thought about your feet? How much they do every day? Why not treat them to an early Christmas present of a Thai Foot Massage. An hour long heavenly treatment in our Hove studio incorporating massage along energy lines of the lower legs and feet, reflex points and stretching movements. These increase Continue Reading →

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    Ever heard of wallet sciatica?!

    Massage therapists and chiropractors see this more often than you would think! If you have wallet sciatica, firstly take your wallet out of your back pocket, and secondly book yourself in to Brighton Bodyworks for a massage to help rebalance.

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    Massage is more than just an indulgence. It is a health treatment!

    Visit Brighton Bodyworks for a massage treatment and help improve your health and mood! Here are just a few of the ways that massage can benefit body, mind and soul:

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    Brighton Bodyworks’ massage of the week! Thai herb massage

    If you are in Brighton and looking for a pampering treat, then why not try a thai herb compress massage at Brighton Bodyworks? This massage uses heated muslin parcel of aromatic, medicinal herbs and spices such as lemongrass, kaffir and camphor, each with their own unique healing properties. I steam heat these muslin balls and Continue Reading →

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    Balm Balm Rose Geranium lip balm review

    The Ecologist magazine reviews Balm Balm Rose Geranium Lip Balm, £3.50 With the oiliest texture of all the lip balms we tried, Balm Balm’s Rose Geranium effort gives lips a beautiful, natural sheen and smells glorious to boot. Shea butter, sunflower and jojoba oils moisturise the lips, while the beeswax seals it all in. Helpfully, Continue Reading →

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    Say no to mineral oils. Choose organic!

    As a massage therapist here in Brighton I spend a great deal of my time in close proximity to skin. Skincare is very important to me – I am continually learning about new products, what I love to use and what I will not put on my skin. In that last category is mineral oils, Continue Reading →

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    Swedish massage therapy boosts your immune system

    Swedish massage therapy is the best-known type of bodywork performed today. Its primary is to relax the entire body, but Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. It is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension. A study conducted by the National Centre Continue Reading →

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    Can massage help a frozen shoulder?

    Frozen Shoulder is also known as adhesive capsulitis and occurs when a capsule that holds the bones, ligaments and tendons of your shoulder thickens and tightens around the joint, causing a restriction in movement.  Anyone who has suffered with it will tell you just how uncomfortable, and restrictive, it is. Symptoms  get worse over time, and Continue Reading →

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    Time for a hot stone massage?

    As the winter evenings draw longer and colder, it is the perfect time to treat yourself to a hot stone massage! This massage is a favourite at Brighton Bodyworks, especially in the winter when we all need a little extra warmth and pampering. During this treatment hot volcanic stones are used alongside traditional massage techniques. Continue Reading →

 
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