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I am pleased to announce, that after falling in love with the Tropic products I am now an Ambassador for the company. These wonderful products are Vegan and NOT tested on animals. They are hand made in our Surrey Beauty Kitchens by the wonderful Susan Ma (finalist on The Apprentice 2010) and her team. Our products contain the purest naturally derived ingredients and are free from harmful toxic chemicals.
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Posted on May 26, 2016 .

Massage is not just an occasional treat!

Massage is not just an occasional treat!

When we have been sitting for long periods of time and then stand up, one of our first responses is to stretch!

For many people when they think about booking a massage they think of it as a treat. A lovely way to reward yourself with some relaxation. Usually people book these treatments when their body is tired and achy. You’ve been meaning to do it for a while, but others things seem to take priority. I’m just as guilty! Apart from it making you feel relaxed many people don’t actually know what massage does.

So what is massage?

Massage causes physiological changes within your body. The relaxation response, which is involuntary, is the nervous systems   response. This causes your heart, breathing rate, blood pressure and the production of stress hormones to decrease allowing your muscles to relax. The relaxation response may aid physical effects of stress such as anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, digestive disorders, and hypertension – to name a few. It also causes a mechanical response. It increases blood and lymph circulation and relaxation of the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, connective tissues) which releases nerves and deeper connective tissues.

So what does a regular Sports Massage do for me?

As we know the body’s circulation works naturally. Massage helps the blood to fight gravity in the limbs and for this reason that is why a therapist will massage towards the heart. This has the benefit of dragging blood along the veins with a vacuum formed behind each stroke and being filled with more blood whilst not damaging the delicate one way valves which pull the blood back towards the heart. In the same way the lymphatic system is aided, which helps to remove excess fluid (interstitial fluid) from cells but transporting it to the lymph nodes where toxins are removed and the fluid is reintroduced to the blood supply.

Interstitial fluid is often found in excess as a result of trauma (tissue damage) or after a significant amount of exercise, which now explains why massage can assist in recovery. As part of a training routine massage can allow the athlete to train hard in the knowledge that a treatment will assist a faster recovery. Studies show that massage can help reduce inflammation and help stimulate the production of mitochondria which are the power house cells of our muscles.

Massage also helps with flexibility of the tissues and used in conjunction with a stretching routine will allow the individual to optimise their bodies range of movement. Different techniques used within a sports massage work with and against the grain of the muscles which stretch the muscles on a cellular level. This flexibility is important as it optimises the athlete and can help reduce the likelihood of injury.

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So do I need to be an athlete to benefit from Sports Massage?

We don’t neglect the car when it needs maintenance, why do we neglect ourselves?

The short answer is NO! When I first meet clients we go through a consultation form. One of my questions is ‘What exercise do you do?’ Many of my clients will say gym, swimming, cycling, running etc. and others will look a little worried and say with a quiet voice ‘I don’t do anything’ . They then later tell me how they walk to work, walk the dog, love gardening, care for family, this list of everyday activities is endless, we just take them for granted. The fact is we are all active! Many of us through work are sitting either at a desk in front of a computer or in a car. We get engrossed in what we are doing and before we know it our posture goes out the window and we’ve been sat for several hours without a break. This can result in tension building up in our neck, shoulders, arms and hands.

Our bodies are a working, functioning, clever piece of kit that does require maintenance. And in return we stay healthy.

So What Are You Waiting For?

Time to book an appointment! I work from my home in Christchurch and offer appointments from 8:30am until 4pm and 6pm until 7:30pm Monday – Friday. On Wednesday’s and Friday’s I am available at the BH1 Gym based at LV, Frizzell House in Westbourne. If you are a member of the Tornado Road Cycling Club you get a 10% discount on treatments. Discounts are also available for block bookings and early payment.

For further information on massage and other treatments available please visit www.totalbodyworks.co.uk or

email me at Heidi@totalbodyworks.co.uk.

Posted on May 10, 2016 .

Mother's Day Sunday 6th March

Mothers day is coming up and what better way to say Thank You to Mum than with a relaxing treatment. 10% discount on all Mother's Day Bookings made before Sunday 6th March. Quote Mum10 when booking.

(Offer only available on Holistic Massage, Reflexology, Facials and Hot Stones Massage)

Gift Vouchers are available (exempt from offer)

Posted on February 23, 2016 .

Bournemouth Yoga

I am really happy to share this post with you.

Suzie has been a student of Lyengar Yoga for over fifteen years and last year she qualified to teach after completing a two year intensive training course.

What is Iyengar Yoga?

The asanas (or poses) are very precise and as your Iyengar Yoga teacher I will help you to focus on the correct alignment of the body. Classes generally start with simple poses and gradually work towards harder, more intense poses to benefit your own flexibility, strength and wellbeing, ending with some relaxation which sometimes includes breathing techniques.

The immediate benefits of yoga are greater flexibility and strength, and better physical health. And as you continue with your practice, you will also start to feel the psychological and spiritual benefits too.

She is running two classes and has a fantastic offer of 6 classes for £38.

For further information go to Suzie's website www.bournemouthyoga.com

Posted on January 7, 2016 .

Waxing

I'm pleased to now be offering Waxing.

This treatment will be half price for a limited time.

Check the Shop for Waxing Options

Posted on December 1, 2015 .

Threading

I am pleased to now offer Threading.

This treatment will be half price for a limited time.

Please check out the Shop for Threading options.

Posted on November 13, 2015 .

Looking Forward to LV's Seated Massage Wellbeing Day Tomorrow.

Tomorrow I will be in LV with Life Heritage providing Seated Massage to the team.

A great way to say thank you to a hard working department.

If you are interested in this service please do get in touch. The benefits seated massage can bring to your team are listed below.

Benefits
· Increases circulation and immune function and the flow of nutrients throughout the system
· Reduces muscular tension that can lead to chronic pain
· Stimulates lymphatic tissues thereby flushing out toxins
· Releases endorphins (feel-good hormone), decreases stress hormone levels
· Reduces fatigue, anxiety and depression
· Helps provide better quality of sleep
· Eases tense and knotted muscles
· Increases mental alertness and clarity
· Lowers raised blood pressure & heart rate
· Improves mobility and flexibility
· Helps induce relaxation and a sense of well-being
 
Posted on September 3, 2015 .

Seated Massage - Great way to say thank you!

Looking for a way to thank your team for their hard work? Why not book 10- 15 minutes per person.

Ideal for the workplace, seated massage is a rejuvenating massage for the upper body. You sit in a specially designed chair and the therapist uses massage techniques on the back, neck, shoulders, arms and hands whilst you relax. No oils are used so you don’t need to undress and you can go straight back to work feeling refreshed and revitalised.


Benefits

  • Increases circulation and immune function and the flow of nutrients throughout the system
  • Reduces muscular tension that can lead to chronic pain
  • Stimulates lymphatic tissues thereby flushing out toxins
  • Releases endorphins (feel-good hormone), decreases stress hormone levels
  • Reduces fatigue, anxiety and depression
  • Helps provide better quality of sleep
  • Eases tense and knotted muscles
  • Increases mental alertness and clarity
  • Lowers raised blood pressure & heart rate
  • Improves mobility and flexibility
  • Helps induce relaxation and a sense of well-being

For futher information please do contact me by following the link below.


Posted on October 29, 2014 .

Elite Sports 2014 Expo

Friday I took the train to the big smoke! and the London Excel Centre for the Elite Sports 2014 expo.

There were plenty of seminars to attend and lots of stands to help my business.

Those of you that know me, know I like gadgets. So I was drawn to Keith Hatfield’s stand. Keith has long suffered from plantar fasciitis and had purchased many devices to stretch the foot and calf and felt continually disappointed with the results he was getting. So he devised The Hatfield Strap™ which stretches the arc of the foot, calf muscles and hamstrings.

Keith's business is based in the US, and I am hoping to be able to purchase some of these great stretching devises from him.

If you are interested let me know.

Heidi

Posted on June 18, 2014 .

Tornado Road Cycling Club

The Tornado's had a good weekend of activity!

Emma and I attacked the 33 mile Autism Wessex ride on Sunday. We cycled with two others, one who was new to cycling and kept up really well on his mountain bike. We averaged 14.8 mph and completed the ride in 2 hours 18 minutes. Very happy with my 1st event and also the fact that cycling to and from the event boosted up my miles to 43.3 miles. That's the furthest I have cycled so far! Just need to sort out my nutrition. A roast dinner was NOT the best recovery food!

Richard, Ian and Edward tackled the 60 mile route. They averaged 18.6 mph with a great time of 3 hours 12 minutes.

John cycled with one of the event organisers and acted as the sweepers, averaging 17 mph.

Attacking the Wildcat Sportive, Adrian tackled the 80 mile route. He got the gold he was chasing with a very respectable 5 hours 9 minutes.

The day was beautiful, although in some places the headwind was a challenge. I think everyone will agree we will be looking forward to the next events.

If you are interested in joining the Tornado Road Cycling Club please go to http://www.tornadorcc.co.uk/ or click on the logo below.

Posted on March 17, 2014 .

Mother's Day

What better way to say 'Thanks Mum!' than with a Reflexology treatment.

45 minutes of 'Me Time' for mum and 10% off your next treatment for being such a good son or daugher.

Gift Card Available.

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Posted on February 27, 2014 .