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A post-Christmas detox – and how lymphatic drainage can help

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The effects of Christmas on the body

Going on a detox soon after Christmas can have plenty of rewards. Especially as we head into the New Year. However, let’s first consider what overdoing it over the Christmas period can do to the body.

The first thing is obvious. You are likely to have gained weight. Many people eat around 5000 calories or more on Christmas Day itself. But let’s be honest, the lead up to and aftermath of Christmas can lead to weight gain too.

But there is more. Take the food coma you so suffer after Christmas lunch. This actually has a name. It is called postprandial somnolence. Primarily, it occurs due to the shunting away of blood from other parts of the body. Frighteningly, this also includes diverting blood away from the brain. And this is all in an effort to aid digestion.

And then there is the increased alcohol consumption too. This can have a relatively immediate impact on blood pressure, raised cholesterol and even impact triglyceride levels. Furthermore, binge drinking on holidays or at weekends can actually lead to an irregular heartbeat. A condition that is known as arrhythmia.

So now we know what damage has been done. Let’s see about reversing it.

Post-Christmas detox

Post-Christmas detox

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How to prepare a Healthy Christmas Dinner – A few things to consider

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Eating right at Christmas

A healthy Christmas dinner? Really? Is that even possible? And if so, wouldn’t it be a lot less fun?

It’s ok. We get it. Christmas is a time to relax and let your hair down. However, there are ways that you can make the food a lot healthier without compromising too much on taste.

We also appreciate there are many different types of diet out there. But in this short piece, we are going to focus on a traditional Western Christmas dinner. And look at ways that we can make it a little less indulgent.

Healthy Christmas Dinner

Healthy Christmas Dinner

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Understanding Massage – the difference between sports and deep tissue

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Looking beyond a feel-good massage

Understanding the difference between the various types of massage isn’t always easy. For many people, their first massage is at a hotel or spa. Above all, it’s just seen as a way to treat themselves and help to relax.

But there usually comes a time when you need the massage for something far more specific. Consequently, you’ll need to understand what makes each massage different.

Here, we look at how a sports massage and deep tissue massage differ. Many people think they are one of the same things. But they are not. There are some crucial differences.

Understanding Massage

Understanding Massage

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Back pain red flags – What things you should watch out for

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When back pain gets too much

If you suffer from back pain, there are red flags to watch out for. Signs that tell you enough is enough. The fact is, very few of us go throughout our adult life without any back pain.

According to statistics from the NHS, 8 out of 10 of us will suffer from back pain in our adult lives.

But at what point does discomfort become a real concern? What are the red flags? It will vary from person to person of course. But here are some insights that can help.

Back Pain Red Flags

Back Pain Red Flags

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Sports Massage Advice – What you need to know before you book

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A background to sports massage

Before we launch into advice about how you can get the best out of sports massage, let’s start with a little background.

The evolution of the practice has happened over a huge span of time.

Massage itself is a form of therapy that dates back over 3000 years. It has its origins in China. And some would argue in India and Greece too.

The advent of sports massage dates back to the early nineteenth century. This is when Per Henrik Ling first developed it to help gymnasts and fencers.

Modern sports massage grew popular around the world, especially the Soviet Union, in the later 20th Century. But it didn’t really become mainstream in the UK until the 1990s.

All this goes to demonstrate that sports massage isn’t just some marketing fad. But rather, it’s a therapy with deep roots and a long tradition.

Sports Massage Advice

Sports Massage Advice

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