The muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons all work together in response to signals from the brain. Tendons are strong bands of connective tissue which connect muscles to bones and their job is to help the muscles move the joint. Ligaments, on the other hand, connect one bone to another and help to stabilize the joints […]

Why you should use a foam roller

Those of you who come to me regularly for massage know what a fan I am of the foam roller. I’m not talking about the ones that you put in your hair to make it curly, rather those used to iron out tired and stiff muscles. Whilst some favour the steamroller approach of using the […]

Stretching for runners

I have two clients preparing for the Virgin London Marathon this coming April, whilst others are training for half marathons and triathlons or are just starting out with C25K programmes. Whatever the distance they’re all runners who need to take care of their bodies and remain injury free to reach their individual goals. At the […]

Hazelnut (Corylus avellana)

If you’re lucky you can gather these before they’re squirrelled away or munched shamelessly on the spot! Like other nuts, hazelnuts contain high levels of vitamin E and produce one of the most highly unsaturated oils. They also have significant amounts of beta carotene, folic acid and the minerals manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and iron, and […]

Myofascial Release

I recently attended a Myofascial Release workshop which took place at the Sheffield College of Massage Training and was delivered by Linda Currie from Myofascial Release UK. This two day intensive course covered many of the techniques that can be used to restore the correct functioning of the fascia, bringing the body back into its […]