New practise working Mondays in Fishponds.
What better way to start the week than with a massage?
So what if I told you by massaging the front of the body can be one of the most effective ways to relieve back pain?
Let me introduce the psoas muscle or the iliopsoas. Attaching onto the 12th thoracic vertebrae and all of the lumbar, the psoas travels through the pelvis attaching onto the femur bone making it the only muscle in the body to attach our trunk to our legs. It stabilises the back to sit up right, assists in walking or running and allows the trunk to bend over. Fascial connections directly to the diaphragm, having a tight psoas can cause changes to the way that we breath.
We live in a world where we are sat down a lot of the time, whether at a desk, watching a film or driving a car. Prolonged periods of sitting down causes the psoas to shorten, become tight and this could result in back pain.
How do we maintain a healthy psoas? Ensure to move your body, if sat down for a long time get up and move. And when sitting raise your sit bones by placing a cushion so hips are higher than your knees. This releases the psoas due to the hamstrings being lengthened when the pelvis tilts. As we learnt to walk the movement of the psoas became unconscious and natural we don’t even think about it. Practising yoga can bring you conscious of this muscle through certain poses.
Directly linked to our emotional body, we hold onto stress in our tissues and especially our hips. Lowering our stress levels can help the psoas be more free and agile.
And of course massage! The psoas can only be massaged when lying on our back or side body. There are certain deep tissue and myofascial techniques that can work to release the psoas muscle.
Look after your psoas and it will no doubt look after you.
More and more research and findings are being discovered in the world about the importance of fascia.
“You can actually improve the quality of your fascia in as little as three days of active movement. However, severely agglutinated fascia — connective tissue that is firmly stuck together due to excess collagen production, caused by inactivity — can take up to one year to completely regenerate.”
If you dont want to move I offer Myofascial Release as a treatment which works directly with fascial system (which is the whole body) and can help to relieve stiffness, pain, emotional blockages and bring the body into the rest and digest state!
I see massage as a type of dance. This type of dance takes two people, one is leading and the other responds by switching off and trusting the lead.
The more space to dance the better and new work space at The Bristol College of Massage is the perfect space to dance
Please get in contact to book in.
Water does not hold on, it flows fast needing to escape or drips past in no hurry
Water can be present in stillness, it stops and becomes calm with no reason than to just be
Water is furious, scary and dangerous in times of disaster
Water if not cared for becomes murky, polluted and poison to be around
Water reflects its surroundings
Water when at peace shows clarity and enables visibility of depth
Water changes, evaporates and it let’s go
Water a teacher…
Our muscles, tendons, organs, fascia, ligaments and everything within our body functions so much better when kept hydrated. We can think better and certainly move better. Being able to drink clean water is a blessing and being able to swim in it is even more so!
#water #massagetherapy #ibiza #grateful
Budapest definetly leads the way in terms of spas. Like massage I do not think spas should be seen as luxury but a ritual we all should do to ensure we give our body the care it deserves.
I spent several hours in the Gerlett Baths yesterday followed by an hour and a half Thai massage. This was definetly the best spa I have visited!
Budapest you have been such a beautiful place to hang out, eat good food and give my body a well deserved rest :)!
Now on to Barcelona xx
What is yoga?
Yoga to me is a practise of enquiry into why I move, breathe, think and question what it means to be a human in a body on this earth whilst it travels throughout the universe.
The past week I have been waking up on the beautiful island of Cyprus at the #engagedyogaretreat deepening my practise. Working with the physical body the reason to make shapes on a mat is to bring awareness, feel into what our muscles are doing and to breath into every moment. Through breath work learning how to take control of the nervous system, whilst chanting delving into the vibration of what really is and having the community of others to share thoughts and feelings. I have been learning how yoga brings attention to why emotions arise how to manage and express them. To delve into our shadow, enable self love and set intentions to allow transformation.
I learnt more about the importance of touch, why touch is so essential for us as humans. In the sense of connection, readjustment, being held and how fuckimg good it feels to receive and give someone a hug. Massage is a practise of yoga and the two complement each other in so many ways.
Much thanks and gratitude to @chrisgladwell and @emma for their teachings, wisdom and holding such a special space to be in. I got to connect and share the experience with such beautiful awesome people 🙂 and the cat for teaching us shiatsu!
Cyprus i cannot wait to return but for now the journey continues as I head to Budapest!
Another house and another journey ahead. I often question myself when will I find that home?
Last night before having massage, I said this to my therapist and he said to me Maslow was kind of wrong. What is our one true need and our one true home is our body!
And keeping our body safe, keeping it healthy and enabling it to function in the most optimised way possible. After a pretty stressful and emotional past week, I feel blessed to still have awareness for my body and it’s needs. Coming home to the body first and foremost.
Unfortunately I will not be practicing anymore from Easton, I will be working from Bristol College of Massage in Clifton on Wednesdays starting next month. Other days are available please email, text or ring to get in contact.
For now I am off to spend a month in Europe for some sea, sun, mountains, yoga and massage 🙂
What does health look like? What do we perceive as somebody that looks healthy? What does health mean to you?
This TED talk does a brilliant job about highlighting the problems that we face in our culture about the image of health. I like and use the term holistic because it provides a way of approaching aspects like health at more than just one angle. A healthy body is much more than the physical sheath. We are individuals beautifully crafted by cause and effect of what we eat, how we use our body and our DNA handed down through generations along with many different factors. There will never be two bodies the same so how can we judge what a healthy body should look like?
The mind and body are interconnected so in order to have a healthy body we must have a healthy mind. What defines a healthy mind, we can never know exactly how somebody else is feeling or what a person might be going through mentally. It is ignorant to think that because somebody has radiant skin and an extremely toned rectus abdominis that they must be healthy. We will never be in nobody’s mind but our own.
If we are constantly tired and lack on sleep, rest and rely on stimulants to keep us awake to get through our day what does that say about our health? Our bodies need to feel awake, alive and given time to recuperate to function the best they can.
I ask you to feel into your body, does your whole body feel healthy?
If you have come for a massage with me at some point I would of mentioned fascia. I try to tell everybody I know about fascia because it excites me, it fascinates me and though I am just learning about it, the connectivity that everything is one I get it! So what is it?
Fascia is connective tissue working three dimensional to connect every single muscle, bone, organ and nerve in our body. The human body framework is dependent on this network of connective tissue.
If the body is in a healthy condition the fascia is relaxed and has the ability to move without restriction. If we experience any type of trauma be it physical trauma or emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation the fascia loses its elasticity. The fascia becomes tight, restricted, and brings tension to the body. Breaking a bone, falling over, having a car crash or even just bad postural habits can cause problems in the fascial system and function in our body. If the fascia is restricted it can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain, and restriction of motion.
I have just done some training in some Myofascial Release. I now offer this as a treatment. Myofascial release is a type of bodywork working directly with facial system in our body. Using a range of techniques of slow precise and a kinestic touch the fascia can unwind and have a sense of restructuring the body.
Please come and try this type of bodywork 🙂 I am offering for a special price of £30 an hour for the next month.
Contact me through www.gillonmassage.com
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Thank you Callum