Small Changes Add Up

I’m not sure what happened, maybe I was just sick of feeling lethargic and a bit soft but yesterday I started making changes…

Nothing big or scary, nothing that took too much thought or any tracking but I did some things that were slightly different to recent days and already I feel better.

What did I do?

I DRANK MORE WATER – instead of my favourite guilt pleasure, diet fizzy pop, I ditched it for water instead.

I CONTROLLED MY PORTIONS – I was much more sensible about portion control and instead of thinking “I’m starving, I’ll fill my plate”, served up a smaller meal and it was definitely enough.

I BY-PASSED THE SNACK – I had a sandwich at lunch time but I didn’t get the usual extras I might have previously – no crisps, no afters. Just a sandwich and water.

I FILLED UP ON FRUIT – Oh my word, I forgot how satisfying and tasty a bowl of fruit is! I cut up some of my favourites – apple, banana, strawberries, melon, blueberries and grapes into a dessert bowl to trough on in the evening.

I WORKED ON MY BUSINESS – After Isla went to bed I sat and worked ON my business, looking at where I am, where I want to be and what I need to do. I would usually plonk my butt on the sofa and watch rubbish on TV or some instagram stories (Yey for Mrs Hinch).

These things all happened without me trying hard, feeling like it was a chore or like I was missing out.

I actually feel like I had a really awesome day!

Today I am going to continue with more of the same, keeping the above things going and making better choices, small changes to the things I normally do.

What choices will you make today that are good for you?

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FAQs of a Sports Massage Therapist

FAQs

During my day-to-day life as a SMT (Sports Massage Therapist) I have been asked many questions both about myself and about general elements of massage so I thought I would answer a few of the most common questions in this post. Here we go…

“How long have you been doing this?”

I started out in Sports Massage in summer 2016. Having previously trained in fitness instruction, personal training and pre and post natal fitness, sports massage seemed like the next natural step for me.

I set up the clinic in Oasis Health Club in September of 2017 after having my little girl in the May of that year and choosing not to go back to my full time job as a Regional Trainer for Apprenticeships in Fitness & PT.

I am hoping to get into teaching sports massage in the near future.

“What should I wear for the treatment?”

This is all down to your own personal comfort. Some clients like to wear shorts, others are happy to have treatment in their underwear. I would generally recommend that if you are coming for sports massage where I may be assisting you in stretching the muscles, particularly the legs, you may want to make sure you have a pair of shorts with you. If you are attending for more of a general purpose deep tissue massage (to reduce everyday aches and pains) then coming along in your regular clothes and stripping down to your underwear for the treatment is absolutely fine. I give you privacy to get changed/undressed and onto the couch, I also provide towels so that you remain as covered up as possible throughout treatment, to make you feel comfortable and at ease.

“Do you ever get clients that make a lot of noise?”

Sometimes, yes. Sometimes there are elements of treatment that are unavoidably painful (more in sports massage that deep tissue) and clients can’t help but let out a little yelp, though 9 times out of 10 I would say it’s more a swear word than a noise, lol.

I have some clients who love to chat all the way through a treatment and others that like to be silent – I follow your lead as far as conversation is concerned. There may be times that I have to talk to you in order to monitor pressure and your response to the treatment, if you chose to be quiet throughout then a quick yes or no may be all I ask.

“How often should I get a massage?”

There are no hard and fast rules for this but as a general guideline I would always recommend regular massage of around every 4 weeks to stay on top of any tension, aches or pains. If I feel that you would benefit from a follow up treatment sooner than this I will recommend it at the end of your session explaining the reasons why.

I hope this has covered some of the information you would like to know about me and the services I offer. If there is ever anything you would like to ask please don’t hesitate to drop me an email, text or message on my Facebook page.