Natural Balance Blog

Winning GB athlete shares thoughts on Sports Massage (by Michael Jarvis)

This is John Beattie on his way to winning in Norwich at the Lord Mayors 5k road race last month, in just 14.35 mins. I've recently had the pleasure or meeting and getting to know John, and I took the opportunity to drench him in questions about whether or not he even has massage, and if so, is it of any use?! (Because if not, I want to know now and change careers ! ) Below is a transcript of the interview.....enjoy! :) M: First of all, thank you so much for giving your ...

Tennis Elbow

By Matt Brabner, Natural Balance Osteopath. Although the excitement of Wimbledon has prompted me to write this, a key thing to know is that you don’t need to play tennis to experience ‘tennis elbow’… ‘Tennis elbow’ style pain at the outside of your elbow is normally caused by overuse of the joint. The muscles of your forearm and the tendons that attach them to the elbow can become painful due to increased load or repetitive use, most commonly from small, frequently repeated, movements when the muscles are under tension. This can of course be from the repeated hitting of a tennis ball ...

What is osteopathy all about?

A question we (the osteopaths here at Natural Balance) are often asked... so here goes... Osteopathy has evolved a great deal since it was established by Andrew Taylor Still in the 1880s. Osteopathy is now a profession that is fully regulated in the UK, by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Our treatment is informed by the latest medical research as well as incorporating our experience of what types of treatment from our osteopathic ‘toolbox’ are most effective with our very diverse set of patients. To book online with a 10% off New Client Offer click here (finishes 28th Feb 2017).

Iliotibial Band Syndrome – an opportunity to take part in a research study!

by Charlotte Softly - Advanced Clinical Massage Therapist As the final part of my BTEC level 6 training in Advanced Clinical and Sports Massage with Jing Institute, beginning in February I will be carrying out a research project investigating the effects of Massage Therapy on Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) in long distance runners. If you think you might be interested in taking part, or just in finding out a bit more about ITBS, then read on! Firstly, what exactly is the Iliotibial Band (ITB)? The ITB is not actually a separate structure at all, it is a thickened part of the fascia that ...

January, the blues, nutribullets and osteopathy…

By Matt Brabner, Osteopath. - BLUE MONDAY - So, I made it through #bluemonday yesterday. The day in January that is supposed to be the most dour and miserable, as the festive period wears off and financial realities and the dark nights take hold. I have never understood the negative connotations of the ‘blues’. Blue to me is gorgeous sunny blue skies and sparkling seas, not misery. Yesterday was however devoid of blue in any form, drizzle ruled… Having just been lucky enough to have been in a sparkling blue sea that was a bit of a trial, so how did I cope… - THE ...

Why men don’t have pedicures …and why I can’t wait to have another one.

Pedicures for me conjures up images of those tiny little shops on the high street that are all about making your nails pretty for the weekend with a spectacular range of colours from Emo black to saucy red - clearly NOT territory for your average bloke. I run a complementary therapy centre ..I’m nearly 50 and even I’ve never really thought about getting a pedicure, that is until recently.   pedicure for men brighton I like to run and this year my feet have taken a serious pounding with lots of miles in preparation for my ...

Natural Balance Therapies 10-Mile Run for Rhythmix

After some gentle (and not so gentle) encouragement from our resident triathlete Davide, a number of us here at Natural Balance signed up to ‘The Bright 10’ 10-mile run in October. We have been training hard over the last month or so, doing a mix of running at our own pace plus at least one group session a week on the seafront or at Preston, Hove or Stanmer Park. fb-event We have all found the group sessions by far the most enjoyable, training is so much easier with others! Plus we have the benefit of ...

Darren marks 5 years at Natural Balance

July 2016 will mark five years since I started working at at Natural Balance Therapies and although the time has passed very quickly I continue to feel blessed by the the knowledge and experience I have gathered through working with many different therapists and treating a plethora of people from numerous nationalities, countries, backgrounds and careers over that time. 

Each new client gives me an opportunity to learn something new for future treatments and to share the knowledge I have already gained with them.

When I started working with here I had been massaging since 1989 but in in 2011 I was offering sports massage, deep tissue

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The Power of Essential Oils .. the view of a Brighton Aromatherapist

If you've already experienced an aromatherapy massage you know how amazingly, relaxing it is. It's not just the slow, soothing massage strokes that are used over your whole body, its the combination of the essential oils that would have been carefully selected for your individual needs that help you to drift off and completely unwind.

Essential oils can be used in the comfort of your home too and without massge. Using a drop of Lavender on your pillow can give you the most peaceful of sleeps. A drop of eucalyptus or camphor in a bowl of hot

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How can acupuncture help me stop…..

As an acupuncturist, one of the most common questions I am asked at this time of year is “how can acupuncture help me stop…..” The range of requests vary but the most common ones are around smoking and eating or to be more precise, how to stop eating junk food and lose weight. Acupuncture alone will not literally MAKE you do or not do anything any more than swallowing hundreds of pounds worth of herbs or supplements will. It can however help to manage cravings and deter you from bad habits. After I qualified as an acupuncturist in the UK, I went to ...