Water

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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

Self Care

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Self Care!

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
@ Hungary

Why yoga?

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!

Callum Xx

Our body Our Home

 

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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 🙂

 

Callum

What does health look like?

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?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjKox4PX1kM

What is Fascia?

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

, facebook page or email gillonmassage@gmail.com.

Thank you Callum

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What is the emotional body?

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We do not just feel by the sense of touch; as everything is weaved, intertwined and connected within our bodies we can feel deeply into our emotions. There is never a good or a bad emotion, just a complex awareness of what is happening within us at that present time. To get distracted and lost into whatever the emotion is might become damaging and be difficult to let go of. Our emotions can perviceve the outlook that projects the way our bodies function. Becoming comfortable and happy within our body may bring joyful and positive emotional release. If we overuse or abuse our body and become distant from it our emotional state can be jeopardised.

Massage can be used as a therapy to connect with the emotional body and if wanted be a tool used to change how we might want to feel. Our emotional body suffers from lack of touch and we can become touch deprived, which could result in different sorts of disease. There have been many studies and articles written on the subject I am happy to share with you.

Allowing yourself to connect with the emotional body can bring homeostasis, bringing the physical and energetic body to function with more ease.

It is a New Year how does it feel?

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How does it feel to be in your body? Where do you feel good in your body? Where do you feel pain or discomfort in your body? Why do we even have a body?

It being a new year we often or might set out new intentions, resolutions and set ourselves goals for the year ahead. Why not set out to reconnect or connect more with the physical sheath that is your body. Bringing attention to our body is the first step in doing so and bringing massage and bodywork into our life can help achieve this. Massage can be known as an alternative medicine and medicine is used as a method to get healthier or bring more equilibrium to yourself. And medicine only works if it is applied!

I am personally excited for this year. I have some new plans that are being put into action, already signed up for some further training, going  to have massage and applying to do more festival work for when the summer comes.

www.gillonmassage.com has been updated with new information about my pricing scheme. You can buy vouchers on there and keep up to date with latest blog posts.

Finally I have an offer for January of just £20 for a 45 minute massage!

Please get in contact via email, phone or facebook.

gillonmassage@gmail.com

07946427826

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Thank you and have an amazing year

Callum

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The physical body, the sheath we are born and grow into that allows us to move and function on this planet. It has many different layers but each one is connected and is just as important as the other. Never one looks or feels the same that is what makes your sheath as beautiful as the next one. The image of the body is just an outline and not a true representative!

New gift vouchers are ready for this festive time of year. Hand drawn by my super talented brother @shaun_gillon_art. Get in contact with him for commission work, check out his Instagram! Also huge thanks to my house mate Neil @tapt.co.uk for being a wizard on photoshop and helping make new vouchers and cards. I’m extremely grateful to be surrounded by talented people, pushing inspiration and doing what they love. The more creavitivity that is put into the world the more beautiful a place it becomes! *hand drawn women anatomical body is also on it’s way 🙂