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Getting older, staying fit

September 20, 2014
It's a subject close to my heart: getting older! Muscles and bones repair more slowly as we age meaning that if we've had a lifetime of head & shoulders forward, the decline into a permanent stoop is more likely as we get old. Read what you can do about it before it's too late.

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6 tips for a good night's sleep

September 13, 2014
Do you struggle to sleep? Read the 6 tops tips to help you get a good night's sleep.

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General massage techniques

September 6, 2014
What are the general techniques used in massage? Learn more about effleurage, petrissage, friction and tapotement.

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Lower back pain

August 30, 2014
Most of us experience back ache. What causes it and what can you do about it?

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The flat back posture

August 23, 2014
In the last of the series on common postural imbalances, we look at the flat-back posture type. This is where the pelvis tilts backwards, the knees are locked and the natural curves of the spine are flattened out.  Read more...

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Inside the mind of an ultra runner

August 16, 2014
What's it like to run an ultra marathon? Tom Forman explains what's inside his mind as he runs...

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How to choose running shoes

August 9, 2014
Matt Phillips is a conditioning coach and writer with both Running Fitness Magazine and the Running Connect wesbite. In this guest blog, he has a radical suggestion about choosing running shoes - choose something comfortable!

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Guys have hormones too

August 2, 2014
The food we eat and the stress we're under affect our hormones: tracking your hormones is a really effective way of changing body weight. Julie Dennis is the founder of Southview Fitness in Letchworth, helping people get fit, lose weight, and stay healthy - here she looks at how hormones can help you lose weight.

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Case study - the competitive swimmer

July 26, 2014
Read how an semi-pro swimmer recovered from muscle injury in time for a major national competition within 2 weeks.

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The hidden tiger: stress

July 19, 2014
Stress - it's the constant danger waiting behind the rocks to pounce. What changes happen in the body when you're stressed? More importantly how can you deal with the body's reaction to stress? 

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Slow twitch, fast twitch

July 12, 2014
"I'm not built for running marathons | cycling | weight lifting | tennis" [delete as appropriate] - whether your are or you aren't is about how fast you twitch. Read more...

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Tennis elbow

July 5, 2014
What do the following have in common: carpenters, knitters, painters & decorators, typists and squash players? If you're activity involves lots of twisting of your forearm, then you might be prone to Tennis Elbow.

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Hitchin Hard Half Marathon 2014

June 28, 2014
The 3rd annual Hitchin hard half marathon (in it's recent reincarnation) happened last week - with DW Sports Massage raising £160 for local charity Cancer Hair Care. Read the race report here:

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Carpal tunnel syndrome

June 21, 2014
In March 2010, the the Daily Mail reported that a schoolgirl who sent over 100 SMS texts each day developed carpal tunnel syndrome. The condition causes numbness, tingling, or a loss of feeling in in the thumb and first 3 fingeres of the hand. Read how remedial massage can help recovery and rehabilitation from carpal tunnel syndrome of this surprisingly common condition.

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Soft tissue release

One of the advanced techniques in the armoury of sports massage & remedial soft tissue therapy is Soft Tissue Release - a precise kind of assisted stretching that is useful for treating mobility, pain and hypertonic (tense) muscles. Embrace your inner geek and learn about it here.

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kyphotic-lordotic posture

June 7, 2014
In the 2nd of a series on common postural imbalances, we look at the kyphotic-lordotic posture type. This is where the natural curves of the spine are exaggerated - kind of "bum out, chest out".  Read more...

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Hydration - how much water should you drink

May 31, 2014
Apparently we should drink about 6-8 cups of water a day. Do tea, coffee and beer count? Read more...

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Fascia: the internal bodystocking

May 24, 2014
Let's get under your skin for a minute: the fascia is a layer, like a bodystocking, that lies under your skin and over your muscles. If it gets damaged or dries out, then muscle movement can become restricted. Read on to learn more...

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Hypertonic muscles

May 17, 2014
We've all had tense muscles - but what does "tense" mean? Read how muscles can become set in a "tense" position, and what you can do about it...

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Drive, momentum and hip swing: your body and golf

May 10, 2014
The power shot is all about creating maximum torsion in the body - it's the difference between hip rotation and shoulder rotation. Understanding the need for power and flexibility in both areas of your body can only improve your handicap.

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The sway-back posture

May 3, 2014
Muscles develop in response to the way that we use them, and in today's world where we're sitting most of the time, that pattern of muscle use (and for some muscles, non-use) can lead to aches & pains. The sway-back posture is pretty common. To find out how it might affect you, read more...

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Massage and cancer

April 26, 2014
Dealing with cancer can be stressful as well as leaving you nauseous and exhausted. Massage from a qualified therapist can't help your illness, but it can help you to deal with the stress and leave you feeling better about yourself.

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The muscles of the abdomen

April 19, 2014
Everyone's heard of "six pack abs", but there's more to the muscles of the abdomen than looking good. They control bending forward & twising; they're responsible for "acts of expulsion" like coughing; they wrap around your trunk and keep everything in place, and they assist with breathing. When you look at it like that, your abs are a great bit of engineering. Learn more here: 

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The core is the new black

April 12, 2014
Michelle Smith, owner of the Pilates Pod in Hitchin guest blogs on how Pilates can help with strengthening your core muscles to protect your spine.

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Sleep - the secret advantage

April 5, 2014
Sleep - the one thing that most of us could do more of. It improves your performance, reduces the risk of injury, and it's free.

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