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Why use Kinesiology to test your tolerance to foods and substances

Why test foods and substances with Kinesiology?

We are testing foods to see which foods will improve and balance the body systems, and which ones could be compromising the same.

TASK define a “sensitivity” as being a food or some other substance that makes a strong muscle weak and often weaker muscles, weaker still”

From the perspective of Kinesiology there are three types of foods:

1. Biogenic – these nourish the body and energise the person
2. Biostatic – these neither nourish nor harm, and any energy gained from them will be used up digesting them
3. Biocidic – these deplete energy and harm the body, they cause imbalance, and lead to disease

Different people have their own unique responses

There are no such thing as ‘bad foods’ simply foods that suit some people and not others, this is called “Biochemic Individuality”.  Clearly too many processed foods are unlikely to suit people.

Each person could test differently on which foods fall into each of the above categories depending on their own body make-up. So we test to establish what would enable the client to gain optimum health.

In terms of substances, the client could be using house care products, or personal care products, or anything else which could be causing an imbalance, so if there are any signs of this, it is worth testing.

It is also important to note that a biocidic food or substance may be OK for the individual at a later time, after it has been abstained from for a period

For more info on how to get tested for food or chemical intolerances please get in contact.

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Massage for a Rotator Cuff Injury

Image from Grays Anatomy Rotator Cuff Muscles

Massage is very effective in helping to restore and repair damaged tendon or muscle fibres.  Massage can be very beneficial with a Rotator Cuff Injuries.  The Rotator Cuff Muscles are in the shoulder and are made up of the Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Subscapulatus.  These muscles are all attached to the glenohumeral (shoulder) joint.  These injuries are often incurred from lifting or weight bearing, falling over or repetitive strain irritation around the shoulder.  If you have shoulder pain, then it is important to get the correct diagnosis.  It is important not to confuse different conditions.  For example, Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capulitis) is a different condition that tends to develop over time, rather than just from an injury.  If you would like more information on Shoulder Pain and different massage treatments that can help to reduce pain, then please feel free to ask any questions here.

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Dystonia and massage

Does massage therapy for Dystonia work? I am currently working with a client in Brighton, uk, with very severe Dystonia and it is difficult to know what results myofascial release or deep tissue massage can give. Definately there is a relaxing effect of massage that the client can feel, but what about pain relief?

Here is a description of Dystonia from the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

“Dystonia is a movement disorder that causes the muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily. The neurological mechanism that makes muscles relax when they are not in use does not function properly. Opposing muscles often contract simultaneously as if they are ‘competing’ for control of a body part. The involuntary muscle contractions force the body into repetitive and often twisting movements as well as awkward, irregular postures. There are approximately 13 forms of dystonia, and dozens of diseases and conditions include dystonia as a major symptom.”

I would like to start a discussion on this blog about peoples experiences of massage Techniques and this pathology, so please do comment on any experience you have around the subject of massage therapy and Dystonia.

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Why does your body love water?

Kinesiology Testing can test water dehydration in the body.  Massage is great, but water is the basis of all good health.

Many clients of mine seem to battle to drink enough water.   Why is it so important to keep drinking?

What does water actually do inside your body?

  1. Water flushes out toxins and helps move waste
  2. Water helps maintain body termperature, cooling you down
  3. Water makes up a lot of the blood and carries oxygen to your cells
  4. Water helps to maintain healthy weight levels

Try to drink up 8-10 glasses of water a day.  More if you do exercise, or are feverish.  Urinary tract or bladder problems are often noticeable if you do not drink enough.  If you feel hungry it is often a sign that you need water, not food.  So drink water first.

I always make sure my children drink a glass of water before breakfast.  Personally, I try to start the day with one pint or warm water, that is easy to drink.  Then I know I am off to a good start.

Increase your water uptake with watery fruits

How to up your intake:

Always have a water bottle

Add lemon or lime to give flavour, bottled flavour water does not count

Eat water rich fruits like cumcumber, and watermelon.

What do you do to keep up your water intake?  Any tips are welcome……

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The power of touch

“Too often we underestimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around”. – Leo Buscalgia

With my clients, it is the time taken to look at the whole picture, understanding the complete background to a pain condition or health challenge, that creates the foundation for healing to happen. To enable them to trace what may have triggered their discomfort in the firstplace and look at what may help resolve this. Then the condition can really shift.

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Relax your neck muscles

Roll the head in a figure of 8 from side to side

Image from associatemedical.net

Simply Rotate your head rolling it in a figure of 8 from left to right and then right to left.

Repeat 5 times.

NB: if you are aware of any medical condition with regards to your cervical vertebrae make sure you get advice from a health professional for exercises specifically beneficial for you.

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Improve your posture when your body is tired?

What do you do to protect your posture when you are tired?  Weariness can make the body a bit lazy.  Over a period of time this can create painful conditions like back pain, neck ache, or make it difficult moving your shoulder for example.

If you are aware you are getting tired, it’s a good idea to lie down on the floor, or a yoga mat if you have one.  Put your knees up, with your feet flat on the floor, legs hip width apart and allow your body to rest in that position.  Really focus on the sensation and support of the floor below you.  You can scan through your body, to observe any sensations of tightness, tingliness or anything else.  Not trying to change anything, but tuning in to how your body is feeling.

Support your body and do this for ten minutes, then get back up.  You may well find that your body feels restored and you are able to hold yourself up better to get on with your day. 

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Rest In Peace – What do you do when a client dies?

Today I contacted a client who received body massage for the late stages of emphysema.  She lived at a sheltered housing centre called Patching Lodge in Brighton.

Her son-in-law answered her mobile and told me she had died on New Years Eve.  It is  quite mind-blowing when a client passes away.  Working with elderly clients in care homes means means you have to expect it to happen. Yet it never ceases to knock me when a client passes on after working intimately with them during their last few weeks.

This particular client was a beautiful soul.  She had been battling with her illness needing oxygen at all times.  It is a privilege to work with people who are confronting the final stages of critical illness.  It is humbling to be able to use ‘touch therapies’ to ease the passage of someone in the last days of their life.  I can not make them better, but for a short period I can help them to access a state of nurturing and peacefullness.

in memory of a client who died this week

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Pain with no obvious cause – Trauma?

Peter Levine's Grounbreaking Book - Waking The Tiger

As a clinical massage therapist, you meet clients who present pain conditions that have no obvious cause.  There has been no injury, and they are not constantly repeating movements that cause Repetitive Strain Syndromes like Carpel Tunnel, or a Lumbar Disc condition.  So the pain condition can be harder to resolve as they can’t actually explain where it’s come from.

This is when I would start to look more at their emotional make-up. If, after a few treatments if the pain still persists we might question if there was some kind of traumatic event, where shock and trauma have got caught in the body.  In his book ‘Waking The Tiger’ by Peter .A. Levine, he talks about Somatic Experiencing, with the fight or flight response.  He he describes a third stage where if the animal or person can not flee or fight then they will ‘freeze’.  He explains that if you watch an animal, when it feels safe again, it’s body will start shaking.  This releases all the adrenaline and energy from the frightening experience and then the animal continues with life afresh.

This is all governed by the animal brain.  However, for humans the human brain cuts in and rationalises the situation, telling us that once we are safe, we do not need to shake or release anything.  Or simply that we just need to be OK.  However,  shaking is so important for shifting and releasing trauma from the body.  If some kind of release does not happen, unfortunately it gets trapped in the body as pain.  Levine talks about how Somatic Experiencing can be used to go back and complete the body memory and experience.

Another example of Somatic Release: a client comes in with shoulder pain causing limited was badly injured.  For all the repair work and physio that she had, nothing seemed to shift it.  It was not until she considered what her body really wanted to do when she was assaulted, that things began to shift.  She realised that if she had felt safe, her body’s natural instinct would have been to get straight up and push the person straight back.  So she practiced hitting into the air whilst feeling safe, releasing the sensation the body had been holding in.  The the pain began to go. She had initially rationalised with her human brain that the person who pushed her was sick and did not know what they were doing.  However, this had helped the pain get stuck in her body.  I thoroughly recommend Peter Levines’ book Waking The Tiger if you have a pain condition with no obvious direct cause, or that simply will not get better.

 

A great insight into ways of releaing trauma from the body

Babette Rothschild, The Body Remembers.

Somatic Experiencing is absolutely vital subject that can make a huge difference in the recover.  Another great book for anyone who is interested in the subject is by Babette Rothschild

As a specialist clinical massage therapist I find it is important to be aware of this subject as sometimes when working with a client, they may suddenly remember an experience from the past, or they may feel extremely emotional without knowing why.   It is vital that the client feels safe enough to express and release these experiences  which can then be a catalyst for shifting an unexplained pain condition.

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