5 Relaxing Destinations You Must Visit

At Exhale Massage, we are dedicated to helping you relax and unwind. For this reason, we thought we’d share with you our top luxurious retreats that delight and pamper.

1. 30 James Street – Liverpool

30 James Street is new to the spa scene, but that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. The spa is open to groups who can enjoy a wide selection of pampering services, including massages and the hire of a private swimming pool. What makes this spa extra special is that it’s part of the RMS Titanic Hotel, which has a Titanic theme due to its extensive history with the vessel.

02B583902. The Greenway Hotel and Spa – Cheltenham

If you want to enjoy a country spa break, look no further than The Greenway Hotel and Spa. You’ll relaxed in the 16th Century Elizabethan Manor House Hotel, surrounded by eight acres of stunning lands, with views over the rolling Cotswold Hills. The perfect retreat!

3. Cupcake – Putney

As anyone who has ever been pregnant will know, being pregnant is a tiring and stressful time – which is why a relaxing spa is just what the doctor ordered. Cupcake in Putney, South London, specialises in a variety of indulgent treatments, including massages, facials, wraps and more. They even have trained massage therapists who aim to alleviate your specific pregnancy aches and pains.

4. Centre Parks – Sherwood

If you’re looking for a relaxing trip that’s packed full of value, you should consider Centre Parks. Here you can take your pick from a variety of pampering packages, including reflexology, facials, head massages, pedicures and more. You can also enjoy everything from reclining chairs, waterbeds, heated outdoor pools and beautiful zen garden. Need we go on?

5. Woolley Grange – Bradford-on-Avon

For a break for the whole family to enjoy, head on over to Wooley Grange. On top of the open fires, comfy sofas and the beautiful 17th Century manor house, you’ll have all the indulging treatments you need with scrubs, wraps, massages, facials and organic ritual treatments. You can also relax and unwind in their restaurant, which are ideal for families and couples – and they even have a baby listening service to monitor children. What’s not to love?

Have you stayed at any of the above locations? Had a wonderful spa experience somewhere else? Tell us about it. You can also take a look at our previous article: 10 Amazing Facts about the Human Body.

 

10 Amazing Facts about the Human Body

Here at Exhale Massage we care about the human body and frequently update our knowledge to ensure we can provide the best advice to our readers – which is why we thought we’d share 10 of the most interesting facts with you.

1. The Strongest Muscle

Think about where the strongest muscle in your body might be? You might think it’s in your legs or in your biceps. If you thought that then you’re wrong, we’re afraid. The strongest muscle in your body is the masseter, which is your jaw muscle. We know; we were surprised, too.

2. The Tongue

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We all know we have unique fingerprints – that’s how the police often catch criminals – but did you know your tongue also has a unique tongue print, too? Amazing!

3. One Step

You use 200 muscles every time you take one step. Imagine how many muscles you’d use when burning calories at the gym!

4. The Nose

We all remember scents and smells from our childhood, don’t we? That’s because your nose has the ability to remember 50,000 different smells. Who knew there were that many?

5. Bones

We were surprised to learn that our bones are composed of up to 31% water. That’s probably not that surprising seeing as the average human body is made up of 60-65% water.

6. The Heart

Not to float our own boat, but us humans are marvellous creatures. Don’t believe us? You will when we tell you the human heart can create enough energy to drive a truck for 20 miles. See! Amazing!

7. Sleep

03D82875Do you want to improve your life expectancy? You should ensure you sleep 7 hours or more each night, as any less than that can significantly reduce it.

8. The Brain

The brain is a wonderful thing. It has the ability to determine how we move and when we do it. So it makes sense that it uses 20% of the total oxygen and blood in our bodies.

9. Eyes

If our eyes were a digital camera they’d have 576 megapixels. Take that Kodak!

10. Bacteria

We don’t like to think our bodies house bacteria. However, you’ll probably like the thought even less when you learn all the bacteria in our body weight about 4 pounds.

Have you got any health facts you’d like to share? Don’t forget to check out our previous posts.

 

How Your Body can Benefit from Massage Therapy

We all want to live healthy and happy lifestyles, but sometimes it feels easier said than done. While regular exercise and a healthy eating plan will significantly boost your health, massage therapy might be just the thing you need to improve your body.

1. Reduce Stress

If you suffer from stress, you should definitely consider massage therapy. Not only will a massage help loosen up those tight muscles, but it can help reduce general stress hormones whilst lowering your heart rate, insulin levels and cortisol levels (commonly known as the “stress hormone”).

2. Alleviate Pain

Massage is renowned for easing aches and pains, such as back pain, which is why many arthritis suffers will regularly receive a massage as it can boost their quality of life. If you’re suffering from muscle or joint pains, we recommend a deep tissue massage to alleviate troublesome aches and pains.

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3. Banish Headaches

Massage therapy can reportedly be the perfect medicine for tension headaches, as it can trigger points and muscle spasms whilst helping the body loosen up. Ideal for those suffering from chronic headaches or migraines.

4. Strong Immune System

People who suffer from lack of sleep or stress will often have lower immune systems, as their body will be more susceptible to colds, flus and other health troubles. However, massage therapy can fight infections by triggering cells in our body that are designed to fight off a variety of ailments.

5. Boost Confidence

Anyone who has ever had a massage will know how happy you can feel after a massage. Not only will you feel as though you’ve got the most flexible limbs in town, but you’ll experience a feeling of positivity and clarity, which can boost your self-esteem and mood.

Want to know the different massage therapies on offer? Read 6 Stress-Relieving Massages to Help You Unwind.

How Massage Can Improve Your Health

Here at Exhale Massage, we know there is more to massage than just relaxation. Every system in the body benefit from the touch, both directly and indirectly. For this reason, we’ve provided a list of the many systems a massage can help.

Circulatory System

As massage involves putting pressure on the skin it can improve a person’s blood flow, so it is brilliant for those suffering from poor circulation or immobility.

Muscular System

2This one might be a little more obvious, as massage can improve the muscular system by relaxing and stretching muscles. Massage is a superb way to reduce cramps and tension whilst also helping the muscles to become more supple and toned. Those who undertake exercise on a regular basis should consider a massage once in a while to loosen up their body.

Skeletal System

You might be shocked to learn that a massage can benefit your bones. As the massage improves circulation, oxygen and nutrients will quickly reach the bones, meaning joint pain and stiffness can be reduced.

Nervous System

Anyone suffering from insomnia or tension headaches should consider a massage, as it can provide relief from stress-related problems and nervous irritability. So you’ll leave a massage parlour feeling relaxed and calm.

Digestive System

Believe it or not, massages can boost the movement of food and waste through your digestive system, as it helps you to relax and unwind. It can therefore help improve your digestive system by offering a balancing effect.

Urinary System

As we’ve just stated, massage helps improve the digestive system, and it can also improve the urinary system as waste products can be released through blood towards the kidneys. As a result, they can be filtered out of the body with ease.

Female Reproductive System

Women suffering from menstrual problems should consider a massage, as a relaxing massage can alleviate period pains or PMS issues.

What’s your favourite type of massage? Do you like a classic Swedish massage, reflexology or another? Let us know.

5 Effective Ways to Improve Your Health

We all want to feel look and feel better. Sometimes it can feel easier said than done. However, there are things you can do to enjoy life and live it to its fullest. Don’t believe us? Keep reading.

1. Travel

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Travel most definitely broadens the mind. So many people dream of going on an adventure and never do. If you want to live, you have to start living. Don’t let worries stand in the way of you and your dreams. If you’ve always wanted to travel route 66 in the USA, just do it. If you’ve dreamt of seeing the new 7 wonders of the world then just go and see them. You’ll never get to experience new cultures and places if you don’t travel. Start saving now and make sure to take a camera with you.

2. Have a Massage

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There’s no better way to improve your physical and mental health than with a massage. A soothing relaxation session can help you de-stress and unlock all the tension in your body – not to mention the fact it can aid most systems within the body, including muscular, urinary, digestive and skeletal systems.

There are so many massage therapies out there, you’re bound to found the right practice to suit your needs. Just browse our website for some superb tips.

3. Exercise

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If you want to look and feel happy, you should definitely introduce exercise into your life. Not only will it make you feel lean and strong, but it will boost your mood and provide you with more energy, meaning you’ll jump out of bed each and every day.

4. Do Something Different

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We can often become so trapped into our day-to-day routines that we often forget to live. If you want to change your life just do something different. Parachute out of a plane. Take up a dance class. Sing on karaoke. Just do something that challenges you or, at the very least, puts a smile on your face.

5. Change Diet

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The foods we eat can trigger our emotions. Diets that are rich in fat and sugar can often lead to depression or self loathing. Try to cut out all products that are high in saturated fat, sugar and salt. Introduce more fruit and vegetables into a diet plan, as well as healthy proteins, such as chicken, lentils, eggs and beans.

Have you got any health tips you’d like to share? Pop us a comment in the message box below.

 

6 Stress-Relieving Massages to Help You Unwind

Every day life comes with its own set of stress and strains, and it’s important we eliminate tension and worries before they manifest into physical pains. Massage is a great way to help you loosen up and let go of those tense muscles. For this reason, we thought we’d take a look at 6 of the most popular massage practices available.

1. The Swedish Massage
Most of us often think of the Swedish massage Massage therapywhen we think about massage practices, as it’s the most common treatment for relieving stress. Using a combination of light oil and relaxing strokes, a masseur will knead, tap and slide their hands on your muscles to take away any pressures. Heaven!

 

2. Hot Volcanic Stones
Hot stone massages are ideal for those who have tight muscles brought on my physical routines. If you suffer from regular back pain or have a strenuous job, you should consider hot volcanic stones that help to absorb bodily stresses.

3. Foot Massage
Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good foot rub. Whether you’ve been on your feet all day at work or enjoyed a day of shopping, the thought of a foot massage is bound to fill you with glee. That’s because kneading techniques on the feet can help your body to relax and can take away the stresses endured throughout the day. You might not know that a foot massage is also linked with reflexology, which targets reflex points to can help your body relax.

4. Shiatsu
Shiatsu is a popular Japanese massage therapy that loosens sore muscles by adding thumb pressure. It also contains a lot of stretching of the joints! If you regularly partake in sports or other physical activities, it’s perfect as you’ll feel as good as new in no time at all.

5. Combination
The combination of Swedish and Shiatsu massage will allow you to loosen up those tight muscles, allowing you to relax your joints. Oil or lotion will be applied only on your back, as well as using the massage techniques found in Shiatsu. You can even ask for aromatherapy oils for a truly blissful massage.

6. Hilot
The last, but by no means least, massage therapy on our list is Hilot, which is designed to alleviate spasms and minor injuries. It requires joint manipulation to help your body recover from physical trauma, and is the reason why many women in the Philippines choose this therapy after childbirth.

Have you tried any of the above massage therapies? What was your experience like? Let us know.

How an Ear Massage Can Relax Your Body

As we all know, massages are a great way to loosen our bodies and relax. However, audiences were baffled when a Russian figure skater, Julia Lipnitskaya, had her ears massaged by her couch before her performance at the Winter Olympics 2014.

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The unusual warm up caught the attention of people from across the globe, with people taking to social media to voice their confusion. However, what many don’t know is this warm-up is fairly common in Russia, as an ear massage helps keep a competitor calm and relaxed.

Massaging the ears can trigger pressure points and therefore helps to reduce stress. How well does it work? We’re unsure. Many athletes swear by the massage, so it must help a little bit.

How well did Lipnitskaya do at Sochi 2014? Well she helped the Russian figure skating team nab a gold medal. So, it looks like it might just work.

So, the next time you’re taking part in a competitive sport, or maybe just want to distress, ask someone to give your ears a little rub. It could help!

Could Lower Back Pain be Triggered by Emotional Stress?

Do you often suffer from throbbing lower back pain? Well, it could just be all in your head. Sophia Kupse, a holistic practitioner, has come up with a theory that the pain could be due to subconscious thought patterns about life.

Otherwise known as The Muscle Whisperer, Sophia believes back pain can be triggered when muscles and minds remain untreated, and this can also lead to headaches and sleepless nights. She believes there is almost always an emotional reason behind back pain, as the stresses in the body will manifest into physical pain.

02I20627With over 20 years experience in a holistic clinic, Sophia began to notice that almost 80% of patients who passed through the doors suffered from lower back pain without enduring a physical trauma or accident. On Christmas Eve in 1987, she was also involved in an accident when her stationary car was hit by a drunk driver. The accident led to serious physical injuries, as she had to learn to walk all over again.

What Sophia later noticed was that her back pain was caused by her current emotional state, and she soon realised the power of her mind could heal her body. This led to Sophia launching the holistic back treatment called Langellotti Tri-Therapy (LT Therapy). Fans of the alternative massage sessions include Liv Tyler and Janey Lee Grace.

LT Therapy is the first UK treatment to treat back pain brought on by emotional pressures, as Sophia uses oils, massage, heat, hot stones and ice to release both emotional and physical trauma to muscles.

So, what do you think? Could back pain be brought on by the mind or is there something more to it? We’d love to hear your thoughts!