Tsuboki – The Foot Massage with ATTITUDE

What is Tsuboki Foot Massage? This is a traditional Japanese foot massage which is performed to the lower leg and foot.  22 “tsubos” or acupressure points and 6 meridian lines are worked on both feet, which is extremely relaxing!   The feet are our foundation, so treating our feet can really help us relax, sleep better and feel more positive. We know from reflexology that the body is mapped out on the feet, so by massaging the whole of the foot we are affecting the whole body. The word “TSUBOKI” in Japanese translates to massaging a small part of the body in order to influence the health of the whole person both physically and emotionally. Tsuboki Foot massage consists of 5 stages: The therapist begins to warm up the feet and lower legs by manipulating, mobilising, pressing and kneading without the use of oil. This dry massage is then continued using a “ridoki”, or stainless steel roller, allowing the therapist to apply deep pressure to the feet. This is followed by a thorough massage of all surfaces of the feet using oil or lotion using oriental massage techniques. Now that the feet are thoroughly warmed and flexible, 33 tsubo points and 6 meridians are worked on each foot, thereby having far-reaching effects throughout the body. The foot massage concludes with “Buddha’s Footprints”; a light holding, in sequence, of areas of the feet that relate to each of the Five Elements. Heather is now offering Tsuboki Foot Massage appointments at Elstead Chiropractic and Therapies and has a 15% discount offer currently running throughout May 2017, so why not take advantage and book in...

How to Use Aromatherapy For Anxiety Relief

Aromatherapy can be used for anxiety relief; essential oils are very effective in the treatment of anxiety and assist in relaxing the mind. It’s normal to feel a little anxious when encountering life’s upsets, such as family or work problems. Anxiety becomes a problem only when it is excessive and long-term and can result in many physical symptoms such as muscle fatigue, digestive problems, headaches and migraine, allergies, insomnia and heart disease. Aromatherapy can help calm and soothe your nerves. Some recommended essential oils for anxiety are: * Chamomile: has a calm and soothing effect on an emotional level, helping to relieve stress, depression, and irritability. * Petitgrain: calms anger and panic * Ylang ylang: calms adrenaline flow and relaxes the nervous system. It eases feelings of anger, shock, panic and fear. People who suffer from anxiety usually work to a very high level of expectation. Learn to accept that no one is perfect. When things get on top of you, step back from the moment and try to laugh and smile. Treat yourself to an aromatic bath and call us on 01252 703633 to book in with our Aromatherapist, Heather, to benefit from its relaxing benefits. Elstead Chiropractic and Therapies also offer chiropractic, osteopathy, foot, hand and facial reflexology, Indian head massage, Tsuboki Japanese foot massage, sports/remedial & Thai massage, hypnotherapy and nutritional...

Anyone for Tennis?

With the Wimbledon Championships beginning today, many people may be inspired to pick up a racket and hit a few balls! Tennis is the second most played racquet sport in the UK, with numbers often spiking during Wimbledon fortnight. And, as such, chiropractors will often also see an increase in tennis related injury bookings! Even the professionals need chiropractic treatment: did you see Andy Murray being treated with chiropractic midway through his third-round match against Italy’s Andreas Seppi a few years ago? There will also be many people watching, whether lucky enough to have tournament tickets, or sitting on the sofa while taking advantage of TV coverage, sitting watching match after match, for hours on end, over the two weeks of the Championship. Whether opting for the former, the latter, or maybe even a combination of the two, you should give your joints consideration at all times. Following a few simple rules may help to avoid the need for a trip to the chiropractic clinic: Good preparation is important. Always warm up, stretch and cool down. Start slow – Like with any sport it is not a great idea to start from a low level of fitness and attempt to push yourself too hard. It can cause injury and pain to your body, so you should instead take it easy and work your fitness up slowly. Good technique and practices will help prevent injury (you may even benefit from seeking instruction from a qualified coach to develop correct skills and techniques) – common injuries include: tennis elbow, Achilles rupture, back pain, hamstring/groin strain. Avoid over-repetition of any one type of shot....