The Female Athlete

The Female Athlete

Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast 382 How do think we are hurting female athletes with exercise? Get concerned with the diagnoses they receive which may reduce the propensity of women to exercise – numerous health benefits of women exercising. World Health Organisation recommends 150 minutes of exercise per week and at least 2 sessions to be whole body strengthening. Decreased risk of cancer, heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes and strokes, etc associated with exercising along with increased bone density and…

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Murphy’s Laws for Mobile Massage Therapists

Murphy’s Laws for Mobile Massage Therapists

I have been a Sydney mobile massage therapist for over ten years and would like to put down some of my experiences in the form of the “The Rules of Being a Mobile Massage Therapist”. Please note that these comments are very much tongue in cheek. For my real feelings about being a mobile massage therapist then check out https://www.richardlanemassage.com.au/blog/advantages-of-being-a-mobile-massage-therapist/ Rule 1 If I am booked to work in a unit block without a lift then without fail the client…

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Fertility Massage Sydney

Fertility Massage Sydney

Many infertile couples look towards natural health as an aid to facilitate conception.  They try supplements, change life-style and book massages in their attempts to fall pregnant. This frequently occurs after IVF type treatments have failed.  Alternatively the couple may not just be comfortable going down the IVF path in the first place. And if you search on Google for fertility massage in your home town or suburb then chances are that you will find a therapist who is advertising…

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Massage Etiquette Around The World

Massage Etiquette Around The World

A frequent discussion post on massage Facebook groups revolves around what to wear for a massage, draping and whether adjusting underwear is appropriate. And there is a large cultural difference which could lead to massage recipients feeling uncomfortable if trying a massage in a different country or a different modality in their own country. An expression that is commonly used by therapists is that you should “undress to your level of comfort”.  Personally I am not particularly fond of this…

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Assault and Massage – What to Do

Assault and Massage – What to Do

Recently there seem to have been an increase in number of assaults reported on massage clients by their “therapist”. Whether this is the result of an actual increase in assaults or reporting of assaults that would previously have not been reported is unknown and to some extent a moot point anyway as even one sexual assault is one too many. The vast majority of these assaults are by male massage therapists on female clients. Often when these types of assaults…

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Why Female Clients Prefer Female Massage Therapists

Why Female Clients Prefer Female Massage Therapists

Had a conversation recently with a client who had recommended me to a colleague. Her colleague though had only ever had massages from females therapists and was not prepared to even consider a massage from a male, despite my clients recommendations. My client struggled to understand it and just put it down to the fact that she was concerned about the potential vulnerability being a female in a state of undress alone with a male. And given that there have…

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Funny Massage Story #3

Funny Massage Story #3

Just a short story this time. Received booking from a wife as a surprise for her husband as he had been working hard and was generally fairly stressed. The appointment was scheduled for 8pm on a Sunday night. I arrive and knock at the designated time and hubbie answers the door in a dressing gown. And a very crest fallen look on his face. Turns out his wife had put the kids to bed early and told him to go…

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Mobile Massage Records

Mobile Massage Records

I’m sure most massage therapists would have “claims to fame” at one stage or another during their massage careers. The following is a list of my mobile massage “records”and “claims to fame” although I suspect some of them would have been bettered by other therapists. Most locations visited to see same client – 6 Most generations massaged within one session – 3 Largest age gap between clients massaged in the same week – 94 (100 yr old and 6 yr…

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The Nocebo Effect

The Nocebo Effect

Most people are aware that there can be a positive effect merely from the power of suggestion, the placebo effect. Studies invariably demonstrate that reduction in pain as the result of an intervention are correlated to the expectation that there will be a reduction in pain as a result of said intervention. If you go to a doctor and you are given medication for pain then the chances are that so long as you believe that the medication will work…

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Is Your Bra Giving You A Headache?

Is Your Bra Giving You A Headache?

One of the most common conditions that we see as massage therapists is tension in the neck and shoulders caused by poor posture. The shoulders are rounded forward which may cause the head to be further forward than ideal. The muscles of the upper back and neck are forced to work hard to compensate and headaches or stiff neck may result. There are any number of reasons why this may occur but a common cause may be an ill fitting…

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