Well hello there!
I’ve been thinking a lot about this little blog section on my website as it’s been in dire need of care and attention for a while.
Now I feel like it’s the time to make amends and jazz things up around here!
Not that I’ve been struggling for ideas or things to talk about, quite the opposite. There’s been so much going on but I just wasn’t sure how to get those ideas out. Throughout 2018 I’ve been involved in a number of online projects and educational courses that have really bolstered my appreciation for the human body. And the tools we have at our disposal to optimise our mental and physical health.
Why is this important I hear you ask? Ultimately the goal of any manual and physical therapy is to feel truly healthy and happy in our little human shell.
As good things come in threes it seems, at any given time I tend to be involved in three different courses or groups (I have a thing for studying, this is a common theme!)
Here’s an idea of some of the topics I’ve been learning about this year:
- Using breathwork to tap into the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. (Buteyko method, Wim Hof Method and training the‘inner unit’ of the body to improve the quality of our breathing patterns)
- Modifying new or existing yoga practices to incorporate greater strength building and movement variability
- Using juggling to improve co-ordination and improving the brain’s ability to store new skill patterns
- Strengthening joint capacity and building resiliency with Functional Range Conditioning
- Completely revamping and building a solid foundational base of nutrition know-how with Mac Nutrition Uni
- Combining strength and mobility to build a handstand
I’ve always been a fan of thinking outside of the box.
In order better myself as a massage therapist, I like to look at other disciplines outside of the massage bubble and incorporate different ideas and themes into my existing practices.
And the work that I’ve been a part of this year has given me a greater insight into the role massage plays within existing healthcaremodels, and also its potential impact within new and improved strategies in thefuture.
Massage is a subtle art form that is incredibly useful for tapping into the nervous system and aiding in the supplementary aspects of life that can have a huge impact on health and happiness. I used to always resort to sleep and stress as the main points of consideration, but I have a newfound respect for massage in the realm of movement and in improving the breath.
Soft tissue manipulation and touch can impact our nervous systems in a very meaningful way. Massage work can bring awareness to short, sharp breathing patterns.
It can provide satisfying levels of touch that allows the nervous system to ease off on areas in the body that stiffen up and lack in their natural micro-movements. And this can act as a gateway to greater movement in the body as a whole. By giving the body some reassurance that it’s ok to move. And that movement feels good.
There are also the positive mental benefits of spending an hour or two away from phones and computer screens and tuning in to the sensations of your body and the steadiness of your breath.
And this all ties in with the way we live our lives everyday.
How we move, how we communicate, how we regard ourselves within the bigger realm of society.
These are all ideas I’d like to explore within these blog posts and on my social media (definitely more in favour of Instagram than Facebook these days).
In fact, it’s been mentioned a few times now so it’s a greatplace to get started: next week’s blog begins with the breath.
In the meantime, you can find me over on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/achievingoptimal
And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janeblackmassage/