Self-Care

Embrace the Embrace

The word ‘hug’ is believed to come from the word ‘hugga’, meaning ‘to comfort’ in the Old Norse language, first appearing approximately 450 years ago in Scandinavia.

When we hug someone, the "cuddle" hormone oxytocin is released. As a result, we tend to feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Hugging has been shown to not only affect our happiness, but also our health, positively influencing our cognitive and emotional capacities, as well as physical markers such as blood pressure and heart rate.

The sensation of touch activates skin receptors called Pacinian corpuscles, which send signals to a part of the brain called the Vagus Nerve. It also activates our solar plexus, a network of nerves located in our abdomen, which signals to our thymus gland to trigger and regulate our white blood cells. White blood cells are our first line of defense against illness and disease, so keeping these guys alive and well is critical to our immune system and overall health.

Plus, hugs immediately reduce the high amounts of cortisol that our bodies produce as a result of stress as well as releasing other hormones like serotonin and dopamine, which have a sedative effect on the body, producing sensations of tranquillity, wellness, and calmness. Our bodies release tension and negativity with each embrace, sending positive messages to the brain instead.

Engaging in authentic, prolonged hugs allows people to feel connected, happy, and healthy. Best of all, it’s easy, free and enjoyable!

Understand more about your body at Arrows.


BLACKROLL® - Now available in the Studio

The BLACKROLL® MINI - now available at Arrows $21.00

The unique mini foam roller that gets into places where others don't. Recommended for floor, wall and table use.

The perfect foot roller - roll your feet while sitting in the office, keeps them warm and healthy. Ideal tool for treatment of shin splints and plantar fasciitis.

Ultra-strong & durable - built to last. This roller won’t get soft or deform.

Environmentally friendly. 100% recyclable. Free of propellants & chemicals (no glue)!

Odour free. Water resistant. Easy to clean & sanitise. Won’t absorb fluids or dirt. Dishwasher-resistant.

I have a selection of colours available! 
Contact me to order your purchase today.

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Fight or Flight

In 2013, a study conducted by the Australia Psychology Society, involving over 21,0000 people aged 18 years and over, 73% reported that stress was having an impact on their lives, with almost 1 in 5 reporting that stress was having a strong to very strong impact on their physical health.

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The two main stress hormones the body makes are adrenalin and cortisol.  They behave very differently from one another and they send different messages to the brain.  However both have the power to influence if you bounce out of bed in the morning or it you want to hit that snooze button (again and again).  These systems can effect whether we feel calm, anxious, happy, sad and these emotional states can impact on our level of self-care and self-esteem.

As I tell my client - nothing in the body stands alone.


Lets have a look at the first level of stress effects on the body.

Stage 1
*The flight or fight response
*Elevated and consistent adrenal output
*High cortisol attempting to dampen the inflammation caused by adrenalin
*Anxiety
*Panic
*Insomnia
*Irritability


Remember it is what you do every day that impacts on your health and energy, not what you do sometimes. At Arrows, I understand about the body systems and the overall impact on your health. Book your remedial massage appointment and find out how I can help you to help your body feel better.


How Much Water Should I Be Drinking?

A question I often get asked in the studio, is how much water should I be drinking.  What I can tell you is that water intake requirements vary between every client and their circumstances. 

Below is some interesting articles on hydration levels and also how to doge dehydration with some easy to follow steps.

Remember to drink water following a massage. One reason is that water will help the kidneys and other organs process the various substances which move through the body on a regular basis and after a massage treatment, a lot of toxins have been released, so you need to flush them out.

Information courtesy of Niel Asher Trigger Point Therapy - https://www.nielasher.com/

What you are doing today is creating your future

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The words you speak, the thoughts you think, the food you eat and the actions you take are shaping you for who you are tomorrow. 

Life moves so quickly. Your days become weeks, then months and before you know it another year has passed.  I feel the passing of time so much more, since becoming a mother. 

Most of us get pulled in many directions daily, it is often hard to find time to do all the things we wish to achieve. I have found the key is to make sure you check in with your values and your priorities. Decide what matters most to you.  Then create little daily rituals that are help you create steps towards those goals. 

An example I like to use with my clients is to build stretching into your daily life.  Often clients tell me that they don't stretch and they don't have time for it. It really is important to stretch and to do it regularly and consistently.   For a client suffering from tight quads, I suggest doing the "Toothbrush Stretch".  Do the simple quad stretch daily why brushing your teeth.  30-seconds to 1 minute on each leg, morning and night when you brush your teeth.  Simple, effective and easy to make part of your day.

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Top athletes know that practice is how you get to greatness. So if you want to live pain free and healthier, you need to create daily rituals that support the health and well being of your body.  Incorporating all the little things will make you better and bring you closer to your goals. In fact you will soo find that good habits are as addictive as bad ones, even more so when you see the benefits that have on your body and how much better they make you feel. 

It is a slow process, but quitting wont speed it up.   Take care of your body, enjoy your life and book your massage today!