When you supply your personal details to myself, Jane Newman they are stored and processed for 4 reasons. The bits in bold are the relevant terms used in the Data protection Act 2018, which includes the General Data Protection Regulation – ie the law.

1. I need to collect personal information about your health in order to provide you with the best possible treatment. Your requesting treatment and our agreement to provide that care constitutes a contract. You can refuse to provide the information, but if you were to do that I would not be able to provide treatment.

2. I have a Legitimate Interest in collecting that information, because without it I couldn’t do my job effectively and safely. 

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A tension headache now renamed tension-type headaches by the International Headache Society is the most common type of primary headache. Tension-type headaches account for nearly 90% of all headaches and approximately 3% of the population has chronic tension-type headaches. Tension-type headache pain is often described as a constant pressure, as if the head were being squeezed in a vice, the pain is frequently bilateral which means it is present on both sides of the head at once. 

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How we sit and stand can make a difference to how we feel. As winter approaches we may find ourselves huddling in the cold, wind and rain. After a hard day it's easy to slouch in front of the TV, laptop, or hunch over our phones, perhaps slipping into habits that put strain on our body. Our bodies can adapt but these repetitive patterns can eventually lead to tension.

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Human 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.

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Many 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?

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Sitting 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.