(Stair runs up a mountain in Italy. June 2017)
Welcome to 2018! We hope that this one is an absolute cracker. We've been chatting to some of our clients about their health and fitness goals for the year. According to Dr Joseph J. Luciani a leader in Clinical Psychology, on average only 20% of people will stick to their New Years Resolutions come February 1. We wanted to give you some simple strategies to help you to not become one of that statistic!
Summer has well and truly arrived and most of us have been reminded by the sudden spike in temperature that its time to get into shape.
By all means its a great goal and you should definitely get stuck in! Just remember that for most of us we aren't as young as we used to be! Getting out of shape takes some time and thinking we can train like we did 10 years ago off the back of nothing is a sure way to end up on the massage table!
So if you are looking to add in a new fitness regime into 2018 here are a couple things to keep in mind so you don’t injure yourself!
1. You're not as young as you used to be!
Like we said earlier thinking you can train at the same intensity and frequency as you used to is a sure way to end up stiff, sore or worst case scenario injured.
It's time to acknowledge what you used to be able to achieve but also accept where you are right now. Reset your baseline and work from there rather than constantly comparing yourself to what you use to be able to do. Not only will it stop you from beating yourself up about your fitness levels of times gone by but it'll stop you from getting injured and ending up on the massage or physio table!
By Erin Haske
We all know how hard it can be to stay motivated to exercise and stay healthy.
We sat down with Erin Haske, Exercise Physiologist and Health Coach to discuss tips and tricks to stay motivated when you're tired, 'not feeling it' or struggling to stay on track!
1. What’s your favorite strategy at the moment for getting out of bed to exercise when you don’t want to?
Have you ever experienced the frustration of having to stop exercising because of a niggling pain in your knees?
Shane our newest Remedial Massage therapist took a bit of time to explain a condition that our massage therapists see in the clinic quite often called “Runner’s Knee.”
Yoga in Zanzibar? or Boxing in Cuba? Why not run with the giraffes in Africa? If you're looking for some left of centre health get aways we've found some amazing events and some epic companies that host them! Have a look!
1. Boxing and Core Stability in Cuba?
Run by a hilariously named company Surf Yoga Beer these guys create amazing and unique fitness and wellness adventures across the world. From salsa dancing, yoga and fitness in Cuba, an aquatic adventure on the amalfi coast to Boxing, Core Stability Training and Yoga in Costa Rica this company picks amazing destinations and couples them with health, wellness and fitness retreats.
Future Dates: Cuba Oct 19 - 22 2017, NYE in Nicaragua 28th Dec - 2 Jan 2018
Check their upcoming tours at: www.surfyogabeer.com
Amongst elite athletes self-massage such as triggering and foam rolling is becoming increasingly popular. Yet do these DYI jobs actually work?
Here in the Just Knead It clinic, we’ve been talking a lot about our health and fitness goals for 2017 – New Year’s Resolutions if you will. We were all able to prattle off a list of vague goals for the year like “cut down on Freddo Frogs”,“start running again”and “go back to the gym”. But when really thought about it we all unanimously agreed that these targets are hard to tackle on our own let alone without a tangible goal to aim for. Let’s face it, finding the motivation to haul yourself out of bed at 5am to drag yourself up and down the Kangaroo Point Stairs is hard at the best of times, but even harder when you don’t have a specific event to work towards.
So, here at Just Knead It, we started doing a bit of brainstorming to come up with a list of awesome events in 2017 to help all of us reach those (sometimes elusive) goals!
What is it?
Cupping is an ancient technique used by Sports, Remedial Massage & Myotherapists to improve flexibility, loosen fascia, and help with pain. Cupping dates back to ancient Egypt, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. It has been described by Egyptians as early as 1550 B.C in the Ebers Papyrus.
It is used in conjunction with other remedial massage techniques such as trigger point therapy or deep tissue massage to improve the effect of a massage treatment.
Massage Therapists place several cups on your body and take out oxygen from the cups by using a flame or a rubber pump that creates a vacuum.
As the air is sucked out your skin will rise up into the cup. You skin will redden as blood is drawn closer to the skin. Some therapists will tell you that this redness in toxins and chemicals being sucked out of your body. Unfortunately this is not proven and it is more than likely just blood being drawn closed to the skin by the suctioning affect.
We always get asked how often should someone book in for a massage. Here is a very general guide to get you started. Please keep in mind that this is going to vary from one person to the next dependent on pre existing conditions, proximity to a major event, your sport or fitness activity and your training load.
If you have any questions as always please give us a call or send us an email! We are more than happy to help!
6 key points we cover with our patients in our massages that might help you understand why that injury is lingering in the background.
As a remedial massage therapist I get just as frustrated for my clients as they do when aches, pains and injuries hang around for a long time. Here are a few things points that I go through in a massage session to try to establish why an injury is not getting better.
I hope that helps to give you some ideas to help you to work out why your injury is hanging around. I know they are quite broad if you need any help or advice with specific injuries feel free to call us on 3891 7629 or 0424 633 474 or booking online or via the Mindbody App! We are happy to help!
Kat Murray, Remedial Massage Therapist - Just Knead It Woolloongabba.