Natural Balance Blog

Think facials aren’t for men.. think again!

It’s an indisputable fact that men are taking better care of how they look, with significant growth in the number of skin care products and services designed and marketed to men. Whether it’s skincare or hair removal, what was once a bit fringe for men is now moving into the mainstream. According to Mintel, online sales of men's toiletries increased 3.4 per cent to £30m in 2013, taking a five per cent share of retail sales. Here at Natural Balance we’ve seen a 25% increase in the number of guys getting their backs waxed compared to 2014. But whilst guys are happy ...

Tracey Reynolds talks Warm Bamboo Massage…

Why did you decide to train and offer this treatment? One of the reasons I wanted to train in Warm Bamboo Massage was because I had been working with Hot Stone Massage for many years and adding heat to a treatment had always been really popular with my clients. I was intrigued to try it so I had a treatment myself to experience the feeling and effects first hand. I had a combination of Warm Bamboo with Deep Tissue Massage. It was one of the best massages I have ever had. How does it complement Deep Tissue Massage? Deep Tissue Massage can sometimes ...

Clinical Massage Therapy for Iliotibial Band Syndrome in Runners: A research project by Charlotte Softly

In 2017, as part of my 3 year BTEC level 6 training in Advanced Clinical and Sports Massage, I conducted a research project into the effects of Clinical Massage on Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) in runners. In this post, I’m just going to give a quick review of my project and the results and some tips for dealing with it if this is something you currently struggle with. ITB syndrome runner What happened? The short version is – massage worked! We do have to be a bit careful in interpreting the results of research studies. In ...

Aromatherapy Signature Treatments with Steve Mason

2018 marks my 15th anniversary of qualifying as a professional Aromatherapist. Like any anniversary, it tends to make one reflective and take stock. For me, plants and essential oils were a part of my life for many years before I studied for my Diploma in Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Science with Neal’s Yard Remedies. I am often asked by clients what made me become a massage therapist and the answer is in part that I was fascinated by Aromatherapy and natural medicine. Before I trained formally to work professionally with essential oils, I had been qualified in massage and giving ...

Detoxifying using Aromatherapy by Lucinda Jones

"You are what you eat" as the saying goes and obviously what you put in to your body has a massive effect on your levels of toxicity. There are many ways to detox your body to rid it of toxins with diet change being the number one, body brushing being another and Aromatherapy massage too. Using a dry body brush that's not too hard or soft and starting at your feet and working up the body towards your heart will encourage the blood flow which stimulates the lymphatic system that removes waste. Dry body brushing yourself is a brilliant way of ...

Reflexology and the Menopause – a personal account by Marion O’Sullivan

I was in my late thirties when I first saw Victoria Wood’s sketch about the menopause; it went straight over my head. I saw a repeat of the show two years into peri-menopausal symptoms and laughed my head off. Victoria Wood's gag referring to 200 Eskimo women being THE cause of global warming, begins to give you an idea of the heat we are experiencing. A typical hot flush, for me, lasts approximately 17 seconds (the further 5 mins is mopping up!). An average sauna is heated anywhere between 70-100 degrees Celsius and takes me about 8-12 minutes to break a ...

Sports Massage can benefit anyone – 5 things you may not know.

Sports Massage is a treatment that has a misleading name and is often not well understood. 1. Sports Massage is not just for sporty people. Sports massage is actually a clinical massage that can benefit anyone whether they are active or not. By clinical massage I mean it’s a massage that is focussed on the outcome of the treatment rather than the experience itself. That outcome could be easier movement, relief from muscular pain, improved posture or stress relief. Typically there is more talking during the treatment, you may be asked to move around, even stand up, as the therapist works with ...

The importance of Rest- ‘Doing nothing’ in Savasana

By Jonathan from Balanced Roots Pilates WHAT IS SAVASANA? Savasana/shavasana is a Yoga asana or pose. It is translated as corpse pose as you are doing just that; becoming a corpse. Don’t worry, you’ll keep breathing, but we are switching off all muscles. This includes the brain which is incredibly hard for most of us to do. This is done for 10-20 minutes if possible, but any amount of time below will still give benefits. It is only when you try to do this consciously that you’ll observe it to possibly be one of the hardest Yoga poses. With a conscious ...

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 ...