If you were hoping that the Government would give the green light for Massage therapy to reopen on the 4th July, you may be now wondering how long you are going to have to deal with your ongoing muscle pain! Unfortunately, clinics are not yet allowed to reopen. But do not despair. There are many things you can do in the meantime until Therapy rooms or your Mobile Massage Therapist can visit you. Here are my top tips.
Do some research and write it down – Kind of like a body scan, write down where it hurts, check to see if there is any swelling, have a think of how long you’ve had this pain. Does it happen after you’ve done something specific like sit for a long period of time? Or do you feel it when you wake up in the morning? Make a note of what’s going on. For one, the more details you keep, the easier it will be to locate the cause or explain to a bodywork practitioner when you finally see one. Also don’t forget to check in with yourself. Have you been feeling particularly stressed recently? Are you not feeling like your usual self? Stress, anxiety and emotional turmoil can all have an impact on our bodies.
If you already know the cause of your tension and it’s not a new problem then get moving - Being sedentary for too long will make you stiff. Do stretches; go for a brisk walk, jog or run. Take up a gentle online Yoga or Pilates class. The key is to help your muscles stretch, plus these are all good practices for the mind.
Invest in a Foam Roller and some Massage balls – As a Massage Therapist these are my best friends. They are great for reaching hard to reach areas on the upper back and do ease tight muscles. However if you’re new to foam rolling, do seek advice form a Therapist. Also if you are in chronic pain or have swelling forgo the foam rolling for my next tip.
Get out the heat or ice pack – If you have swelling apply an ice pack, if you are stiff then use heat. Heat can be a hot bath or shower as well as a heat pack, wheat pillow or hot water bottle. My favourite heat therapy is a hot bath with some Made by Pure Hands Aromatic Salts and my Tisserand Lavender Body Wrap which can be used hot or cold. These both bring relief, especially after a good stretching and foam rolling session.
Self-Massage – You will be surprised on how much relief a good self-massage session can bring. It’s great for neck and shoulder tension, as well as tight forearms and hands. If you suffer from tension headaches or find it hard to relax, I really do recommend this. If you don’t know where to start, then many Therapists offer classes, or 1-2-1 appointments. Made by Pure Hands offers a weekly Friday evening session which is free/donation based. But you can also book a one to one session, or organise a group appointment with some of your friends or colleagues, for more details visit our new self-massage workshop page.
See an Osteopath – You may not be able to book a Massage just yet, but many Osteopaths have gone back to work. Most Osteopaths do soft tissue (muscle) work as well as skeletal alignment and joint work. So it’s well worth paying one a visit. If you’re not keen on the cracking, (not all Osteopaths do this type of manipulation) have a chat beforehand. Most Osteopaths are doing online or phone consultations before your actual appointment.