Natural Balance Blog

Ever heard of a workout for your face?

Many of us are keen to fight off the ageing process and give our skin a quick boost and refresh, with places such as FaceGym in London becoming a hit with influencers and celebrities. But what is a face workout? It’s a specialised treatment that combines deep massage and lymph drainage techniques to lift, tone and tighten your facial muscles, leaving you glowing and sculpted. Our faces have 40 “forgotten” muscles which can benefit from a workout to increase blood flow, renew cells and eliminate the buildup of toxins. A bespoke blend of ...

How Massage can help you achieve your marathon goals!

It is now fast approaching the Brighton and London Marathons, and if you are competing in either of these races, you will be doing quite a lot of running by now! Massage can play an important part in keeping your body healthy while it tackles those miles. Last year I trained for and ran the Brighton Marathon – my very first marathon! – and massage had a vital role for me in keeping me running at my best. Being a runner myself, as well as a Sports Massage Therapist, I have a good understanding of what runners need from their massage ...

Wake up your muscles with ‘Be-Activated’

What is it? Be-Activated is a system of muscle activation that was developed by South African physiotherapist and surfer, Douglas Heel. The underlying premise of Be Activated is that our bodies have two priorities; to breathe and to move. When our bodies are working optimally, we breath from the diaphragm and movement is initiated from our psoas and glutes (zone 1). The rest of our muscles can then easily and efficiently perform their proper functions. Ideal sequencing works in a 1-2-3 pattern, with muscles activating from the core outwards. However, stress, trauma, poor posture or ...

Massage and Immunity by Lolly Als

Autumn brings with it such beauty – nature’s colours are quite spectacular at this time of year. However, with this comes the season of colds and coughs. I’ve been trying to stay as healthy as possible by eating well and getting a good dose of exercise. I also like to try natural immune boosters like vitamin C, garlic, and Echinacea when I’m feeling a bit run down, even though I know the evidence base for this has been mixed! So, it was with great interest that I heard about one of the recent episodes of “Trust me, I’m a Doctor”, ...

What is Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage?

My first experience of Lomi Lomi was in California many years ago while I was studying for my first Yoga Teacher Training qualification. Being very much in the “California vibe”, I decided to go and have a massage with a therapist who had been recommended to me by one of my teachers and I wanted to try something different. In the USA, it is common to be covered with a cotton sheet instead of a towel for massage, this was the first thing I noticed which was different to my massage experiences in ...

Exercise for older adults

We all know that exercise is something that we should be doing throughout our lives due to the many health benefits associated with exercise. As we age we tend to drop away from sports – athletes and sports performers in football, rugby, hockey are thought to be ‘past it’ when they reach early to mid thirties. Why should we keep exercising beyond these ‘retirement’ years? What about the master athletes, people who are exercising into the years beyond 60? What exercise should they be doing? Should we ever stop exercising? Is it ever too late to start? The current physical activity ...

Do you suffer from the miseries of Hay Fever?

Hay fever season is here again but as more and more people are suffering, many are looking toward natural remedies such as salt therapy for some relief. Between 15 - 20% of the UK population suffers with hay fever which is caused by allergens including grass and tree pollen. Hay fever varies from mild forms to a severity which can be crippling during the season. Extreme sufferers may be unable to work or drive, and students taking exams often suffer poor marks as a result of their symptoms. Many widely used treatments available relieve the symptoms but produce ...

Tips for enjoyable and pain-free gardening season

Warm Up and Stretch: As with any form of exercise, stretching must be done before and after the activity. Take a short brisk walk first to warm up your muscles and get your body in work mode. Stretching should target your back and core, shoulders and arms, and leg muscles. Minimize Repetitive Motions: Don’t try to get everything done in one session. Alternating tasks is a good way to break up the repetitive motions. Digging: Make sure you keep the shovel in front of you and avoid twisting motions. If you need to get to an area on the side, re-position yourself ...

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 ...