Valentine's Day Special

We are opening a limited number of Valentine's Day Massage appointments. Treat your loved one to an amazing massage and chocolate treat on Wednesday 14th February 2018.

These are a very limited offer and available by contacting Justine directly at info@arrows.life or by calling 0400195194.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Limited to 4 appointments only.
  • Available on a first contact, first offering of available appointments.
  • Appointments available to take place between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday 14th February 2018.
  • Appointments to be pre-paid no later than 13/2/2018. 
  • Not offered with any other offer, special or discounts.

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!


Wellness Wednesday

From next Wednesday (24th) January, we will have a lovely guest therapist Justine Rosen returning to Arrows to offer her Wellness Wednesday special. 

Available on Wednesday evenings, take time to allow J. Rosen lead you on a journey into absolute bliss.  This gentle, relaxing, full body massage uses long, flowing strokes to calm the mind, rebalance the nervous system, and soothe aching muscles. A profoundly relaxing treatment that promotes inner peace and well being.

With the added bonus of being able to add Hot Stones complimentary it is possibly the ultimate in relaxation massages. 

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Book your appointment online and just mention if you would like to include hot stones in your treatment. 


Pain in the Butt

Piriformis syndrome is a result of impingement of the sciatic nerve by the piraformis muscle.

The symptoms of piriformis syndrome are very similar and are often closely associated with sciatica. In some cases, the condition actually causes sciatic nerve irritation.

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Because the sciatic nerve runs underneath or through the middle of the piriformis muscle, when the muscles are tight in this area it puts pressure and may compress the sciatic nerve and develop sciatica symptoms. This is one of the main reasons sciatica and piriformis syndrome are often misdiagnosed.

Many of my client with piriformis syndrome have many symptoms that typically consist of persistent and radiating low back pain, (chronic) buttock pain, numbness, difficulty with walking and other functional activities such as pain with prolonged sitting, standing and even pain with bowel movements.

The immediate treatment (24 – 48 hours) is to follow the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation).  Then we start a treatment of heat and massage to promote blood flow and healing.  Myofacial Cupping can be great in assisting with increased blood flow.

Strengthening the gluteal muscles and increasing the flexibility of the adductors will help alleviate some of the stress and prevent the piriformis from becoming tight. Stretching of the hip muscles is also essential.

Other tips to help with your pain in the butt (pun intended) include:

  • Avoid sitting for a long period
  • Stand and walk every 20 minutes
  • Make frequent stops when driving to stand and stretch

Below are some of the stretches I like to go through with my clients as the starting point to assist in stretching your gluteal muscles. For more pain relief and assistance book your Remedial Massage appointment.

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Forward Head Posture

In today's society it is extremely common to find a forward head posture. That is when viewed from the side, the ear hole should be on the coronal plane, directly over the centre of the head of the humerus (essentially the centre of the shoulder). 

As you can see from the diagram below, a forward head posture can also cause mid-back and low back problems as well as our commonly seen shoulder pain.

 
 

This is often caused by spending lots of time with our hands in front of us, as most do when working (typing at a computer, driving) or even in our leisure time (texting on the phone). Whether you are a auto mechanic, hairdresser, attorney, truck driver, even a pianist, your body instinctively tightens the muscles at the base of your base of the neck and at the top of the shoulders. Not only do these posterior muscles get tight and painful, but they frequently form trigger points which refer pain into the forehead, eyes, ears, jaw and neck. So is it any wonder why headaches are so common. 

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What to Stretch

We advise you to stretch the muscles that move your head anteriorly and inferiorly, otherwsie known as your neck flexors as well as the muscles that tilt the head backward (posterior neck muscles). 

What to Stregthen

Begin by working on the muscles that move the head posteriorly and superiorly

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