Holistic Therapy at Fit n Well

Holistic Therapy at Fit n Well, Stone, Staffordshire
Holistic Therapy at Fit n Well, Stone, Staffordshire

Take some ‘time out’ to make some ‘me time’ this festive season

How often do you make time for yourself?

Busy and demanding lifestyles can take a toll on our general health and wellbeing. The added hustle and bustle during the festive season can leave us feeling drained and tired, not how we want to feel for those Christmas celebrations with friends and family.

Apart from the psychological, relaxing and energising benefits, holistic therapies have many physiological benefits to help look after your health and well being.

Fit n Well offer a fabulous range of Holistic Therapies to keep you relaxed and chilled ready for Christmas.

Gift vouchers are available so why not treat someone special this Christmas!

To book an appointment or if you require any further information please call Maria on 07977 427644 or contact Fit n Well using this link.

 

 

Pre-Event and Post-Event Sports Massage

Pre-event and post-event sports massage
Pre-event and post-event sports massage

Pre-Event and Post-Event Sports Massage

You spend days, weeks, months and even years training hard preparing for your sporting event and you have the attitude, dedication and determination it takes to achieve your goals.

You maybe trying to improve on last year’s time, be playing to win or just wanting to achieve your own personal goal.

Are you doing everything possible to achieve your optimal performance?

Pre-event and post-event sports massage will help you to perform at your optimal level!

The popularity and importance of pre and post-event massage is continuously increasing as more athletes are becoming aware of the physiological and psychological benefits. Sports massage is an effective addition to any training schedule regardless of whether you are a runner, triathlete, or any other sporting person.

Firstly what is Sports Massage?

Sports massage is the physical treatment of soft tissue combining a traditional manual therapy with a specialised scientific approach. Specialised techniques are practised to achieve optimal physical, physiological and psychological benefits.

Sports massage will enhance your physical performance irrespective of what sport you participate in. Sports massage can play a key role in the training for a sporting person and also benefit anyone who is physically active with a desire to enhance their health and wellbeing. It is a key component for the optimal maintenance of musculoskeletal health care and for the prevention and treatment of injury. It maintains good body health and is used for the treatment, recovery and prevention of sporting and non-sporting injuries.

Sporting activities can place unnatural stresses on our body but sports massage can quickly resolve problem areas that limit our range of movement and cause us pain. Sports massage is designed to be flexible and is tailored to the individual needs. It can be deep, stimulating and invigorating or soothing and relaxing.  Specialised techniques concentrate on both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, tendons and other soft tissue. It is designed to release muscle tension and restore balance to the musculoskeletal system.

During a sports massage the therapist will aim to gradually break down knots and adhered tissues releasing tension from muscles, tendons and ligaments to reduce pain and improve range of movement. Techniques such as stretching, myofascial tissue release, trigger point therapy and mobilisations are often incorporated into sports massage therapy as part of a treatment plan to obtain maximum results.

An experienced therapist who has a good understanding of anatomy and physiology can easily identify problems within soft tissues such as muscle and tendon tension, trigger points and scar tissue/adhesions. Sports massage can be a little uncomfortable at times, however this is far outweighed by the many benefits.

A sports massage can help the performer prepare for their specific competition or event by focusing on specific muscles and joints for optimal performance.

Pre-Event Sports Massage

Pre-event sports massage can be considered from two days to just two minutes before an event.

A professional sports massage therapist knows what muscle groups to concentrate on depending on the nature of the sporting event.

Ideally you should see how you respond to pre-event massage prior to an event that has no major importance to you. This will give the therapist a chance to develop the most suitable treatment and ensure you get the maximum recuperative benefit from the tapering-down process that should precede an event.

Deep massage in problem areas can take a day or two to recover so this is normally avoided from up to two days before an event; however situations do and can arise when this rule is broken.

Effects of Pre-Event Massage

  • Circulation and flexibility within the muscles is improved.
  • Warms and stretches the tissues reducing chance of injury.
  • Increases range of movement.
  • Aids psychological preparation by reducing pre-event anxiety and stress.

Massage just before an event is normally practised at a fast brisk pace to warm the muscle groups that will be used most.  Deep massage is usually avoided. Sports massage can be either administered over clothing or directly upon the skin.  The use of oil is often avoided as it could actually hamper performance.

Pre-event massage should ideally precede your normal warm-up stretching and exercises and never used as a substitute to replace them.

Post-Event Sports Massage

A post-event massage can be done immediately after activity and is most effective if done within 24 hours post event.

Fast recovery is the primary purpose of post-event massage.  After pushing yourself to the limits a sports massage will soothe and ease fatigued muscles and prevent DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).  It will assist a pain free recovery and return you to training with minimal soreness, inflammation and stiffness.

Post-event massage can identify injuries that may have occurred during the event, so therefore can be treated promptly.

Effects of Post-Event Massage

  • Blood circulation and lymphatic drainage is maximised to increase the removal of lactic acid and waste products.
  • Encourages the release of endorphins.
  • Lengthens muscle fibres.
  • Soothes tight muscles.
  • Mentally relaxes
  • Calms the nervous system

Body Maintenance

Regular sports massage helps to keep the body healthy and can prevent musculoskeletal injuries and problems by detecting muscle fatigue, postural imbalances, inflexibility and strains and sprains.

To book an appointment for pre-event or post-event sports massage please phone Maria on 07977 427644 or email Fit n Well using this link Contact Fit n Well, Stone, Staffordshire

For exclusive club/event bookings please do not hesitate to contact Fit n Well for further information.

 

Pre-Event and Post-Event Sports Massage

Pre-event and post-event sports massage
Pre-event and post-event sports massage

Pre-Event and Post-Event Sports Massage

You spend days, weeks, months and even years training hard preparing for your sporting event and you have the attitude, dedication and determination it takes to achieve your goals.

You maybe trying to improve on last year’s time, be playing to win or just wanting to achieve your own personal goal.

Are you doing everything possible to achieve your optimal performance?

Pre-event and post-event sports massage will help you to perform at your optimal level!

The popularity and importance of pre and post-event massage is continuously increasing as more athletes are becoming aware of the physiological and psychological benefits. Sports massage is an effective addition to any training schedule regardless of whether you are a runner, triathlete, or any other sporting person.

Firstly what is Sports Massage?

Sports massage is the physical treatment of soft tissue combining a traditional manual therapy with a specialised scientific approach. Specialised techniques are practised to achieve optimal physical, physiological and psychological benefits.

Sports massage will enhance your physical performance irrespective of what sport you participate in. Sports massage can play a key role in the training for a sporting person and also benefit anyone who is physically active with a desire to enhance their health and wellbeing. It is a key component for the optimal maintenance of musculoskeletal health care and for the prevention and treatment of injury. It maintains good body health and is used for the treatment, recovery and prevention of sporting and non-sporting injuries.

Sporting activities can place unnatural stresses on our body but sports massage can quickly resolve problem areas that limit our range of movement and cause us pain. Sports massage is designed to be flexible and is tailored to the individual needs. It can be deep, stimulating and invigorating or soothing and relaxing.  Specialised techniques concentrate on both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, tendons and other soft tissue. It is designed to release muscle tension and restore balance to the musculoskeletal system.

During a sports massage the therapist will aim to gradually break down knots and adhered tissues releasing tension from muscles, tendons and ligaments to reduce pain and improve range of movement. Techniques such as stretching, myofascial tissue release, trigger point therapy and mobilisations are often incorporated into sports massage therapy as part of a treatment plan to obtain maximum results.

An experienced therapist who has a good understanding of anatomy and physiology can easily identify problems within soft tissues such as muscle and tendon tension, trigger points and scar tissue/adhesions. Sports massage can be a little uncomfortable at times, however this is far outweighed by the many benefits.

A sports massage can help the performer prepare for their specific competition or event by focusing on specific muscles and joints for optimal performance.

Pre-Event Sports Massage

Pre-event sports massage can be considered from two days to just two minutes before an event.

A professional sports massage therapist knows what muscle groups to concentrate on depending on the nature of the sporting event.

Ideally you should see how you respond to pre-event massage prior to an event that has no major importance to you. This will give the therapist a chance to develop the most suitable treatment and ensure you get the maximum recuperative benefit from the tapering-down process that should precede an event.

Deep massage in problem areas can take a day or two to recover so this is normally avoided from up to two days before an event; however situations do and can arise when this rule is broken.

Effects of Pre-Event Massage

  • Circulation and flexibility within the muscles is improved.
  • Warms and stretches the tissues reducing chance of injury.
  • Increases range of movement.
  • Aids psychological preparation by reducing pre-event anxiety and stress.

Massage just before an event is normally practised at a fast brisk pace to warm the muscle groups that will be used most.  Deep massage is usually avoided. Sports massage can be either administered over clothing or directly upon the skin.  The use of oil is often avoided as it could actually hamper performance.

Pre-event massage should ideally precede your normal warm-up stretching and exercises and never used as a substitute to replace them.

Post-Event Sports Massage

A post-event massage can be done immediately after activity and is most effective if done within 24 hours post event.

Fast recovery is the primary purpose of post-event massage.  After pushing yourself to the limits a sports massage will soothe and ease fatigued muscles and prevent DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).  It will assist a pain free recovery and return you to training with minimal soreness, inflammation and stiffness.

Post-event massage can identify injuries that may have occurred during the event, so therefore can be treated promptly.

Effects of Post-Event Massage

  • Blood circulation and lymphatic drainage is maximised to increase the removal of lactic acid and waste products.
  • Encourages the release of endorphins.
  • Lengthens muscle fibres.
  • Soothes tight muscles.
  • Mentally relaxes
  • Calms the nervous system

Body Maintenance

Regular sports massage helps to keep the body healthy and can prevent musculoskeletal injuries and problems by detecting muscle fatigue, postural imbalances, inflexibility and strains and sprains.

To book an appointment for pre-event or post-event sports massage please phone Maria on 07977 427644 or email Fit n Well using this link Contact Fit n Well, Stone, Staffordshire

For exclusive club/event bookings please do not hesitate to contact Fit n Well for further information.

 

Enjoy 15% off Holistic Therapies

15% off Holistic Therapies
15% off Holistic Therapies

Why not take advantage of our special offer and treat yourself.

Apart from the psychological, relaxing and energising benefits, holistic therapies have many physiological benefits to help look after your health and well being.

Please visit our Holistic Therapies page to browse our fantastic range of treatments.

Choose from:

Gift vouchers available.

For any further information or to book an appointment please call Maria on 07977 427644 or email using the link Contact Fit n Well.

Holistic Therapy at Fit n Well

Holistic Therapy at Fit n Well, Stone, Staffordshire
Holistic Therapy at Fit n Well, Stone, Staffordshire

Take some ‘time out’ to make some ‘me time’ this festive season.

How often do you make time for yourself?

Busy and demanding lifestyles can take a toll on our general health and wellbeing. The added hustle and bustle during the festive season can leave us feeling drained and tired, not how we want to feel for those Christmas celebrations with friends and family.

Apart from the psychological, relaxing and energising benefits, holistic therapies have many physiological benefits to help look after your health and well being.

Fit n Well offer a fabulous range of Holistic Therapies to keep you relaxed and chilled ready for Christmas.

Gift vouchers are available so why not treat someone special this Christmas!

To book an appointment or if you require any further information please call Maria on 07977 427644 or contact Fit n Well using this link.

 

 

Make someone feel special this Valentine’s Day

Fit n Well - Holistic Gift Vouchers for Valentines
Fit n Well Gift Vouchers

Make someone feel special this Valentine’s Day by giving them a Holistic Therapy Gift Voucher

Visit the Holistic Therapies page to browse through our fabulous range of therapies.

Choose from:

  • Hot Stones Massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Hopi Ear Candle
  • Reiki Healing
  • Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • A general voucher for the recipients own choice.

To purchase a Fit n Well Gift Voucher and for any further information please phone Maria on 07977 427644 or email (link below).

Contact Fit n Well, Stone, Staffordshire.

Top 5 Tips For Managing Back Pain

Fit n Well - Top 5 Tips for Managing Back Pain

Back pain is a common complaint that most of us will experience at some point in our lives. It is the leading cause of long-term sickness in the UK.

Why does your back hurt!

The most common causes of back pain result from strained muscles, sprained ligaments, wear and tear, bad posture and stress. Your back pain symptoms may be continuous and dull or sudden and sharp, lasting from only a few days to several weeks.

Back pain that has no serious underlying cause is often referred to as ‘non-specific back pain’. You may have sat at your desk with bad posture, your seat was too high or low, sneezed or coughed whilst your body was twisted, slept too long in an awkward position or lifted something too heavy.

Most back pain is caused by bad posture creating unbalances between your muscles and joints. Although it can be very painful, back pain isn’t serious in most cases and it’s only considered “chronic” if pain lasts longer than six weeks.

Lower back pain is more common than upper or middle back pain. This is because the vertebrae are more flexible in your lower back.  Pain that moves down the buttocks and one leg may be symptoms of sciatica or a slipped disc.

The knock on effects from back pain can lead to absence from work, missing out on your favourite sporting activity, hobby or just limit your ordinary daily activities.

The good news is that there are things you can do to manage your pain.

Top 5 Tips for Managing Back Pain

1  Cold or Heat Therapy

Cold and heat therapies are effective methods of non medicinal pain relief. The general advice is that cold therapy is used initially for acute injuries and heat for more chronic pain.

Cold Therapy

Cold therapy is ideal for the immediate and acute treatment of muscle strains, sprains and minor back injuries. Applying cold will slow down blood flow, thereby reducing inflammation, muscle spasm and pain.

An ice pack or a bag of frozen peas is ideal for use, but these should never be placed directly on the skin as this can cause cold burns.  Be sure to wrap it in a wet towel or cloth to avoid this from happening.

If possible apply cold therapy within 5-10 minutes of injury for between 15 and 20 minutes.

Heat therapy

Heat applied to the body speeds up the local blood circulation, increasing the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients. Heat therapy is ideal for easing and relaxing stiff muscles and it dissipates soreness in muscles and joints.

A hot water bottle wrapped in a towel, a heating pad or a wheat bag are ideal for heat therapy.  Do not apply any heat to any area for any longer than 20 minutes. Do not use on areas that are swollen, have decreased senstation, have thin skin or have undergone  radiation treatment.  Seek medical opinion before using heat therapy if you suffer from diabetes or circulatory problems.

Pliable gel packs are handy as they can be used hot or cold!

For back pain that is associated with serious underlying problems please check with your GP or consultant before using hot or cold therapy.

 2 Stay active

Unless your back pain is due to a serious injury, an operation or any other serious underlying cause, it is recommended that you stay as active as possible. Less serious back problems will resolve more quickly if you stay active.

If you take to rest and do nothing, then your pain could worsen and your natural movements become even more restricted. The trick here is to use a paced approach, rather than overdoing or underdoing it

Try to continue with daily routines and tasks that don’t cause you too much pain.  Everyone is different so it’s up to you to be sensible and not to overdo it.

Gentle exercises will help you from ceasing up further by stretching your muscles and tendons.  If you can, take your back through controlled normal ranges of movement to prevent it from locking or causing other surrounding muscles to spasm or stiffen up.

When you are up to it try walking further. Walking is good aerobic exercise and gets blood flowing to your back muscles, which can really help them recover from injury and increase strength.

Try to go swimming; this will help with frequent backache and pain.  It is non weight bearing exercise as your body is supported by the water.

When you are fit enough why not try Yoga or Pilates, they are a great way of maintaining a healthy good posture, strength and flexibility.

3 Stay positive

Research suggests that people who manage to stay positive despite their pain tend to recover more quickly and avoid long term back pain. Why not engage yourself in some things you can do that you would normally put off when you are busy rushing around.

What about making those phone calls you need to make and have been putting off. There will be numerous things you can still do that won’t cause you further pain.

Remember that non-specific back pain will gradually subside through being positive and taking action to resolve it.

Negative thoughts, depression and anxiety make your body tense which can make your back pain worse.

Yes, you can lie there rolled in a ball or you can find something better to do!

 4 A good night’s sleep

If it is comfortable to lie on your side, draw your knees slightly towards your chest and place a firm pillow or rolled towel between your knees. This will take the pressure of your lower back and prevent your upper leg from pulling your spine out of alignment.  If you prefer to sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees, this will help to maintain the natural lumbar curve in your back and decrease stress in your spine.

When you turn over avoid twisting at the waist, move your entire body as one unit and pull in your abdomen.

Make sure you are warm enough, not having enough covers on your bed or a sleeping in a draughty room can cause tension in muscles leading to further pain and discomfort.

A good mattress is the first building block for a good night’s sleep. A mattress that is too firm will push on those main pressure points and take you out of alignment. A soft mattress won’t support those pressure points and will allow you to sink into the mattress causing uneven stresses on your body.

A medium to firm mattress is now generally considered to be good for maintaining a healthy back but that is just general guidance and does not mean that is best for you.  It is always advisable to test a potentially correct mattress for yourself before spending your money. Remember to check the manufacturer guidelines about mattress care, for example how often you should turn it over or around.

5 Over the counter painkillers

For short-term pain relief, over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can be taken.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory gels such as Ibuprofen gel are normally very effective and can be topically applied directly to the painful area.

 Make sure you speak to your pharmacist or GP to discuss what is suitable for you.

IMPORTANT

If you also have any of the following symptoms you should seek immediate medical treatment:

  • Sudden onset of acute back pain.
  • Numbness and tingling down both legs.
  • Progressive weakness in your arms or legs.
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Acute, severe stomach pain along with low back pain.
  • Have suffered a recent trauma, such as a fall or car accident.
  • Other symptoms of illness, such as fever, as well as back pain.
  • Swelling or deformity along the spine.

 Get help now!

There are many therapies and treatments that healthcare professionals and physical therapists can offer to help you manage your back pain.

Fit n Well offer the following therapies to help your back pain:

Sports Therapy Clinic (link)

  • Massage therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Mobilisations
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Dry Needling (Medical Acupuncture)

Holistic Therapies (link)

  • Holistic Therapies
  • Massage
  • Hot Stones Massage
  • Reiki

To discuss your back pain problem and discover which treatments will be most beneficial for you call Maria on 07977 427644, email maria@fitnwell.co.uk or complete the contact form (link)

There’s no need to suffer in silence!

 

 

10% off Holistic Therapies During January 2015

10% off Holistic Therapies

 

Take advantage of this special offer with 10% off all our Holistic Therapies during January.

Yes, you are worth it! So why not spoil yourself and take some ‘time out’ to enjoy one of our fabulous Holistic Therapies.

Don’t miss out – offer ends 31st January 2015.

Click here to browse  our fantastic range of Holistic Therapies.

To book an appointment please phone Maria on 07977 427644.