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Importance of touch

Importance of touch picHuman touch is the first language we learn as a means of emotional expression. Touch can be of different types, caring, friendly, supportive, encouraging, suggestive, provocative, offensive or dominant. Recently researchers have begun to focus on this subtle kind of wordless communication, whether an exuberant high five, a warm hand on the shoulder or a creepy touch on the arm. Momentary touch can communicate an even wider range of emotion than gestures, expressions, and sometimes words.

Can Massage help during pregnancy?

FannyBeckman small pregnancyMany of us may be familiar with the idea of massage helping us relax, however it’s benefits extend beyond this and massage is safe to receive for just about anyone. This includes during Pregnancy, from the first trimester onwards and even if you are overdue it’s not too late.

So how can massage therapy help?  It’s one of the recommendations The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) suggests might help to ease back pain in pregnancy. This can include relief of back, shoulder and neck pain or tension due to postural changes that that occur. As your Baby grows there is greater physical strain on the lower back as abdominal muscles get stretched and the curve in your lumbar spine becomes more noticeable.

Healthy Computer tips...

pain in neckSitting for a long time without moving at a desk or computer can lead to posture problems as well lower energy and alertness.  Backs can suffer, slouching forward can contribute to shoulder and neck pain as can multi-tasking with the phone squeezed between your ear and shoulder. Repetitive strain injuries are common and our poor eyes can get strained too, possibly causing headaches.

So how can we help ourselves? Even the small things like stretching at your desk, seated or standing can really make a difference, any interruption in sedentary time is a good move. Breathe slowly, preferably stretching as you breathe out. Don’t force or bounce and if a particular stretch feels uncomfortable please stop. It’s a great time to give your eyes a break from the screen too.

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