Could Health Become Your New Reality?

A number of weeks back I made a decision to not comment on the current crisis, because let’s face it we’ve been bombarded with information since this started, but I’ve had something bubbling for a few weeks now and I feel the need to express it… But first I want to address the question some of you may have been wondering – why is a massage business called New Reality Health?

Well for me Health is not just about massage. Massage is a small part of the picture (yes I did just say that) and I do believe 100% that massage can play an important role in helping to achieve and maintain health but there is sooo much more to becoming and staying healthy.

So, very briefly, here are a few of the driving forces behind New Reality Health and what it stands for: promoting wholeness and coherence of mind, body, soul, energy & emotions; Raising vibration & frequency; helping to transmute damaging unprocessed emotions; learning to love yourself, love others & love our planet and living in community.

The other side of that is what New Reality Health stands against (again very briefly): Believing that illness is inevitable;  believing that illness is unchangeable; that age automatically brings illness; having to accept a negative health prognosis; repression of own needs; and disempowerment. There are more and maybe I’ll go into detail about each of those in the future but for now that brings me nicely to what has been bubbling up inside – responsibility for our own health.

Now let me just say here that I wholeheartedly advocate you follow the Government and NHS advice and guidelines during this crisis. Btw, if you’ve been gaming this whole time and just looked up to notice we are in lockdown or if by some chance you need reminding you can find out here what those guidelines are.

So, back to responsibility. During this time, on the whole, we have started to take some responsibility for staying well by following the guidelines and washing our hands (got to say here but that shouldn’t have been news to people), being aware of what we do before we touch our face etc. to reduce the burden on the NHS if this virus gets totally out of control.

My question is, if there was something you could do to reduce the burden on the NHS in general, would you do it? I’m going to be a bit controversial here but I believe that our health is our responsibility.

Please don’t misunderstand here – I totally appreciate the NHS for everything they do. I have family and friends who work for the NHS in varying roles and I believe they do an amazing job, we are totally blessed to have a National Health Service and it’s sad to realise that it’s only just during this crisis that they are being fully appreciated.

Anyway, what if you could ease the pressure on the NHS just by being well? Isn’t that just a crazy idea?

Stress is an underlying factor of chronic illnesses which take up the majority of the NHS’s time. I’m not just talking about the stress of not finding any toilet rolls in the supermarket (or anywhere else for that matter!), I’m talking about traumatic stress that has been trapped in the body for a while, possibly years. 

Now you may be thinking, ‘I’m not stressed’ but if you have a chronic health condition, the chances are your body is storing stress of some kind which is manifesting as an illness.

I have mentioned this before but you are amazing, totally amazing, and our bodies have the power to heal – under the right conditions. And that is where the problems start as most of us don’t look after ourselves to provide the ‘right’ conditions to enable us to thrive.

So I just want to throw it out there – are you willing to make some changes to allow your body to self-heal and thrive?

What is a Swedish Massage?

Swedish massage is one of the most popular styles of massage and can also be known as a relaxing or holistic massage. During the massage various strokes and pressures are utilised, ranging from very light to deeper more vigorous pressure and is completely tailored to the needs and personal preference of the client.

It is often offered as a full body massage incorporating the back, legs & feet, arms & hands, upper chest and neck however it can be offered as a shorter therapy, for example, concentrating on the back, shoulders and neck. If you have the time, a full body massage provides an extremely therapeutic and relaxing treatment which can last between an hour and an hour and a half depending on the time you have to indulge!

On a simple physiological level the massage therapist is manipulating the tissues beneath the skin at various depths to stimulate blood and lymph flow within the muscles and surrounding area. The overall benefit to the body is increased blood flow to the muscles delivering oxygen and removing toxins thus helping to detox the body, supporting it to work more efficiently and the release of tension from the muscles being manipulated.  

On a psychological level, the relaxation affect stimulates the release of ‘happy hormones’ and decreases the stress hormones, allowing the body to come into a rest and relaxation state, further reducing tension in the body and encouraging it to heal from the inside out. When the body is in the rest and relax phase it works more efficiently, allowing essential bodily processes such as digestion, longer slower breathing and processing of emotions, to name a few.

What should I expect during a Swedish Massage?

Your massage therapist will take 10 / 15 minutes to complete a thorough consultation with you to ascertain a short medical history in order to provide you with a safe treatment. This enables you and your therapist to discuss your requirements and agree the best massage treatment for you to ensure maximum benefit and enjoyment for you.

Once a treatment plan has been agreed you will usually undress down to your underpants (for a full body massage) while your therapist maintains your modesty at all times – i.e. you will not be standing there buck naked in front of your therapist! During the massage only the body areas being worked on will be uncovered and you will be kept warm at all times.

Following the massage your therapist will give you some homecare advice which may include a simple exercise to extend the benefit of your massage.

Tips to get the best out of your massage treatment

Discuss your pressure preference with your massage therapist and feel free to ask them to adjust the pressure at any time during the massage. It is your massage and you get to say what you like and don’t like and your therapist will be happy to make any adjustments to make it an enjoyable experience for you.

If there are areas you would prefer not to be massaged please mention it. For example if you have really ticklish legs or knees then you can ask your therapist to avoid those areas.

A massage is a safe therapy* for most people of any age, especially a Swedish massage which includes a range of pressures and strokes making it suitable for helping to ease the symptoms of headaches, muscle tension, releasing stress, lower back discomfort, fibromyalgia etc. You can always discuss your requirements with your massage therapist prior to booking a treatment to put your mind at rest.  

To discuss your requirements or arrange an appointment you can call or text 07761 004022, contact me through http://www.facebook.com/newrealityhealth or use the online contact form https://newrealityhealth.com/contact/

*Some health conditions and recent operations will affect whether you can have a massage, or if it may have to be limited to avoid certain areas of the body. Do feel free to speak to your therapist about this when booking to take advice. In certain situations a Doctor’s note may be required to ensure a massage is right for you at this time.  

Be Your Own Valentine

At this time of year when we (or the retail season!) turn our thoughts to all things hearts and love, spare a minute or two for you. We find it easy to lavish love on others (partner, children, parents, friends, grandchildren, neighbours, pets…) or we may be looking for love from those same sources but how often do you show yourself some love? When we learn to treat ourselves with love, kindness and respect we are better able to give and receive from others. Here are the top 5 tips to showing yourself some love:

  1. Encourage yourself. If we take a moment to listen to how we speak (or think) about ourselves we’d probably be shocked. We’d certainly be alarmed if we heard those thoughts being spoken aloud to, or about others, so why do we believe it is acceptable to put ourselves down?  Every day give yourself some encouragement – you are an amazing and precious being.  
  2. Appreciate yourself. Cut yourself some slack. With life being so busy and most of us juggling what feels like 101 things, we often don’t stop to appreciate all that we are and all we are accomplishing. You are a loving friend, neighbour, son, daughter, parent, pet parent [insert other options here!] and others enjoy having you in their lives, so start to appreciate yourself too…
  3. Believe in yourself. If you’ve always wanted to start that new hobby, change jobs, or learn a new skill then think about what is stopping you. To get where you are today you have resilience and resourcefulness – use those skills and plan in some time to do something towards your life goals / dreams list.
  4. Give yourself permission to take time out and rest. If your to-do list doesn’t have some ‘me time’ on it then you are missing a key ingredient to having a happier and more loving life. Be kind to yourself- read, watch a movie, go to the gym, have a massage [well of course!), whatever floats your boat but do something that nurtures and refreshes you.
  5. Learn to love yourself. Can you look yourself in the mirror and tell your reflection ‘I love you’? If you struggle to do this, then ask yourself why. Do you feel unworthy of love? Are you judging yourself harshly? If you really cannot start with ‘I love you’ then tell your reflection all the things you appreciate about yourself. Pick three things every day and tell your reflection. You’ll soon realise how amazing you are!

Book a massage for some relaxing and restorative ‘me time’ or buy a gift voucher for a special someone by contacting me on 07761 004022 or message me through Facebook http://www.facebook.com/newrealityhealth

New Year’s Good Intentions Not Come to Much?

I always love the New Year because it feels like a fresh start and full of possibilities, but even though we’ve not quite hit the end of January yet the festivities can seem like they were months ago. Those decisions you made just a few weeks back to exercise more, eat better or de-clutter your life may have taken a few knocks so now’s the time to re-focus on your health and wellness to make 2020 your healthiest year yet.

We only have one body and the time to take care of it is NOW because it’s got to last you a lifetime! The health of your body doesn’t just have an impact on your physical health but also on your mind and ultimately your overall quality of life. With the increased stress of modern life, coupled with any previous unprocessed trauma, it is no wonder that stress related illness (physical and mental) is on the increase.

A massage or an AromaTouch can care for your spirit, soul and body because they are all interconnected and why massage is considered a ‘holistic’ approach. We all know a good massage can reduce tension and pain and improve muscular balance and function, but it is also well documented that a nurturing massage can induce a deep sense of relaxation. Research1 shows that massage therapy can stimulate profound neurochemical changes in the body which increases the happy hormones, serotonin and dopamine, and psychological wellbeing, supporting our bodies to heal from the inside out.

Of course we need to be aiming for balance in our bodies and an over production of any hormone can have a serious impact on health – which is why, when many of us are functioning with elevated levels of adrenaline and cortisol due to the stress of modern life or stuck past traumas, massage therapy can help you achieve total wellness as part of a healthy lifestyle.

It’s never too late to start afresh and make your health a priority. For an easy way to make some healthy changes book a relaxing, restorative massage treatment. You can call me on 07761 004022 or message me on www.facebook.com/newrealityhealth .  I am happy to talk through any questions you may have.

1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16162447

Running to Stand Still?

Are you so good looking after everyone else that you don’t look after yourself?

There’s a saying that goes ‘invest in your health now or pay dearly for it later’ and it is so true. So, is this the year to redress the balance in your life and invest in your own wellbeing?

What if this year you chose to take as much care over your own health as you do of others’ health; switched off the TV for an hour a week and did something for yourself; swapped that new ‘thing’ you were thinking of buying with the treat of giving yourself some space to be you.

If you are like most people these days and are running to stand still chances are you have one or more of these habits:

  1. You put yourself last/ put others’ needs before your own. On one level there is nothing wrong with that as we want to be loving and caring towards our family. But as parents or grandparents we can have many demands on our time: spouse/ partner; children; parents; and then there are the other demands on out time such as employer; friends; and even pets. Effectively you are giving of yourself with every connection and encounter you have. Do you take time to recharge or do you fall into bed – all tired out– at the end of the day?
  • You are busy doing, doing, doing. Between work, school, activity clubs, walking the dog, cooking dinner, cleaning up – there’s nothing left and you don’t have the time to think about caring for yourself, let alone fit it in..
  • Putting other ‘things’ above your health. You can have all the possessions you desire but if you do not have good health then you may be considered poor. We’ve got used to having ‘things’ in our lives and let’s face it they do make life a bit more comfortable but this year include some ‘space’ on your must have list. Much kinder to yourself and the environment.

One of the ways you can slow down, relax and relieve stress is to have a massage as part of your health and wellness routine. Massage is proven to relieve stress and muscle tension, enhance circulation and improve sleep, mood and behaviour – and when you feel better it will have a positive impact not only on the special people in your life but on all other aspects of your life.

Contact me today on 07761 004022 or private message me on my FB page New Reality Health to discuss how massage could benefit you.

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Massage – what’s not to love?

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Most of us know that massage has the ability to induce a deep sense of relaxation but do you know how that truly benefits your body? Relaxation has both a physiological effect (on your body) and also psychological effects (on your mind).

Here are just a few of the physical benefits you could experience with a holistic therapeutic massage…  as your body relaxes the heart rate often goes down….  this can have an effect of lowering blood pressure during the massage therapy…. it also increases blood flow to major muscles…. and can provide temporary relief of muscular discomfort…. while assisting the body to cleanse waste and toxic debris from the body… and aide restful sleep.

And that is only a few of the physiological effects, more in the future about the psychological effects. So, what’s not to love?