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Healthy living

I enjoying helping people be healthier through massage.  However the massage is much more effective if you combine it with some other changes to your life.  These articles cover stretching, Yoga, self-massage, habits for good posture, and more to help you each day.

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Yoga, Thai massage, and the articles on my site are about health.  Two key aspects of my approach are to be preventative and holistic - and it's the cornerstone of the Thai massage way.

Holistic means to regard the whole body, and make all parts of it as healthy as we can.  During a massage, I won't just focus on a tiny area where the pain is, but work more broadly, as the pain may be caused from tightness elsewhere.  Not only that, but if I release tension throughout the body, then that takes away a burden, and your body has more resources left to help the problem area.

Preventative means to act before the problem becomes severe - in fact ideally it's an ongoing process so that as few problems as possible emerge.  We can also be aware of early-warning signs such as stiffness or soreness, and take action...

Your new friend for your Yoga practice is an enormous soft hammock hanging from the ceiling.  First I tried a few classes.  Then I persuaded my partner to let me hang one at home....

And I love it!  This isn't an advert - I don't even teach Aerial Yoga (try Aerial Yoga Edinburgh) - rather an invitation to all of you to break your routine and try something new.  It doesn't have to be Yoga, it's whatever you do; if you normally run, find a completely different way to do it.

After many years of Yoga, I've tried a lot of different variations.  With the hammock, I've been offered 100 new possibilities all at once, and I'm already feeling the benefits.  That's because training and changing our bodies works by carefully pushing the boundaries.  After a while, our body gets used to what we ask it to do, sets...

In our modern lives, there can be many demands on our time: our boss, employees, partner, children, parents, tutor, paperwork, housework.  Although we would like to spend time on our health it can easily get pushed out; we might even feel that is selfish when we could spend the time helping others.

Please, stop that line of thought!  From personal experience, I have found that you don't need a lot of spare time to have a significant effect.  Furthermore, if you are healthier, you will be more effective, better able to concentrate and less prone to illness.  Try some of these simple ideas (obviously take into account your current health and only do what is right for your body):

  • Stretch for 10 minutes each day - try some of my short practice sequences.  If you've not done Yoga before, first find a local class to learn the basics.
  • If...