Mobile Massage Therapy – Massage Reduces Stress, Relaxes and Boosts Immunity

The accumulation of everyday stress

Working long hours at the computer can result in stress, muscle tension, injury or pain which can drain you physically, mentally or emotionally. This can impact negatively on your social life as well as on your work. As the most important benefit of massage is the reduction of stress, general health can be improved and maintained by massage therapy and the negative effects of stress can be alleviated or prevented. On an ongoing basis it can reduce pain, prevent injuries and maintain health. It is an important part of staying healthy physically and mentally as it relieves stress which is responsible for 90% of illness and pain.

Due to reflex effects through the autonomic nervous system, massage affects internal organs and areas removed from the area being treated. It promotes relaxation, reduces pain, boosts mood and mental clarity. Massage can be used for relaxation or stimulation and may be applied to rehabilitation after surgery, injury or poor health. It improves blood and lymph circulation, increases natural killer cells and lymphocytes which destroy cancer cells, boosts mood by increasing serotonin and dopamine and relieves pain by increasing pain killing endorphins. Massage can relax the body, decrease blood pressure and heart rate and reduce stress and depression. It may also provide symptomatic relief for acute and chronic conditions such as headache, facial pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis. It realigns and rejuvenates, restoring balance to body and being, so you can take in your stride whatever life throws your way. It promotes digestion, joint mobility, muscle relaxation, relief of spasms and cramps.

Bodywork as a medical treatment

Massage therapy is becoming increasingly sophisticated and effective as it moves into new areas such as medical massage which is the fastest growing modality of massage today. Training in massage therapy was an integral part of medical massage and nursing care up to the mid 1950s when it dropped to almost nothing due to the rapid development and almost exclusive use of technology in the twentieth century. Manual therapy was no longer seen as necessary for standard hospital care. Today, however, it is realized that massage in the hospital is necessary to provide a sense of wholeness and care which is absent in the increasing fragmentation of hospitalization due to the growing emphasis on specialization. Medical massage uses the traditional strokes of massage which are then specifically adapted to treat, for instance, cancer patients, hospital patients and pregnant women. Medical massage may be given in the hospital setting, an outpatient clinic or as a mobile therapy where the therapist travels to the patient’s home to give the patient a personally tailored treatment protocol.

In massage therapy for the cancer patient, the therapist pays close attention to the side effects of the curative medical treatment to devise an appropriate protocol. Here the therapy is designed around the particular side effects the patient is experiencing such as pain, lymph-oedema, scarring, nausea, stress, tension, insomnia, fatigue, anger, depression and anxiety.

Thus cancer massage is a uniquely designed therapy which complements the curative medical treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Hence, it requires more extensive knowledge of medical procedures, pathology and side effects than ordinary therapy. Failure to understand this will result in harm to the patient as the therapist will not be able to adapt the therapy to design a competent treatment protocol.

In pregnancy massage the therapist must take into account mainly musculoskeletal issues caused by the weight of the growing uterus altering the centre of gravity of the woman’s body. Treatment in this case will focus especially on upper and lower back pain, sacroiliac dysfunction as well as pubic symphysis and lower abdominal pain. The therapist must also be alert to and able to detect acute medical problems such as deep vein thrombosis and preeclampsia which are both potentially fatal if not medically treated.

Bodywork has a broad therapeutic application

The greatest benefit of massage is the reduction of stress and tension. Since a wide range of physical and psychological conditions stem from stress, massage can help alleviate these conditions and therefore has a broad therapeutic application. The most prominent benefit and use of massage is the alleviation of stress which then relieves muscular tension, promotes relaxation and treats lower back, neck and shoulder pain, pregnancy, bedsores, severe burns, iliotibial band syndrome and spinal cord injury as well as ameliorating systemic conditions such as cystic fibrosis, attention deficit disorder (ADD), fibromyalgia, asthma, autism, diabetes, bulimia, eczema, HIV, lymphoedema, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Sleep disorders, cancer-related fatigue, diabetes, high blood pressure, spinal cord injury, low back pain, lowered immunity, post-operative surgery, infertility, autism, eating disorders, age-related disorders and smoking cessation can all be treated by massage.

Bodywork, such as shiatsu and massage, offers a drug-free, non-invasive and person centred approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Bodywork in Pregnancy

The great physical, mental and emotional changes of pregnancy affect your lifestyle, your job and your relationships with friends and family. Massage helps you integrate these changes successfully. Massage therapy during pregnancy improves overall health, decreases stress and relieves muscles aches and pains. It addresses the many discomforts associated with the skeletal, muscular and circulation changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.

Massage alleviates low back, hip and leg pain, oedema, nausea, heartburn and constipation. Regular massage decreases anxiety and lowers stress hormones during pregnancy. Labour is shorter and easier while babies are healthier. There are fewer obstetric and postnatal complications, such as premature birth and low birth weight.

Bodywork for Cancer Patients

Massage for cancer patients is a safe, non-pharmacological treatment without any side effects. It helps reduce anxiety, fatigue, depression, stress, tension, anger, insomnia and improve self-image and quality of life. Massage may reduce pain, muscle tension, nausea, constipation, lymphoedema and scarring.

Massage as a supportive care intervention for children with cancer helps reduce pain, anxiety, depression, constipation and high blood pressure. Massage also strengthens the function of the immune system and reduces nausea and depression during periods of immune suppression following chemotherapy.

Staying Healthy While You Party and Camp at Music Festivals

Festival season is a highlight of the summer, a chance to let your hair down, catch some great bands and dance the night away, but it is also important to remember to look after your health at festivals. I have been to many festivals over the years and I have a few things that I always like to have with me to make surviving festival camping a little bit easier – here are some of my top festival tips for keeping healthy at festivals!

  • #1 – Antibacterial hand gel – I couldn’t be without this at a festival. The toilets are a breeding ground for germs and more often than not the supplied hand sanitizer at the toilets will have run out. Keep a bottle of hand gel in your bag or pocket to use whenever you need it and wash your hands whenever you can.
  • #2 – Water bottle – keep a bottle of water with you at all times. It is so important to make sure you drink plenty of water, fill up your bottle every time you see a drinking water tap. If you are drinking alcohol then drink water as well as alcoholic drinks to prevent getting dehydrated.
  • #3 – Alcohol – If you are drinking Alcohol try to keep it to a minimum, you want to feel good and enjoy yourself at a festival, you don’t want to be suffering from a hangover the whole time. Remember the recommended limits for alcohol are 3-4 units a day for men and 2-3 units a day for women.
  • #4 – Try and eat healthily – this can be difficult at a festival when you are surrounded by fast food, all of which smells pretty good when you are hungry. Try and choose some healthier options, there is a huge variety of food at festivals so have a look round and see what takes your fancy, don’t just go for the nearest stall selling chips. It is a good idea to have some snacks with you in your bag to keep you going throughout the day, fruit and cereal bars are a good idea. Make sure you try and have a good breakfast too. If you have a stove then take some oats to make some porridge.
  • #5 – Toilet roll – You don’t want to be caught out, its best to keep some tissues with you in your bag.
  • #6 – Wet wipes – when showers are nowhere to be seen or the queues are miles long then wet wipes can be a God send to get rid of that mud and make you feel a little bit cleaner.
  • #7 – Sleep – plan your festival days to make sure that you get enough sleep. If you are dancing til late make sure you either have a lie in or grab some sleep in the afternoon so that you can do it all over again!
  • #8 – Sun cream – you will be outside most of the time and it is important to look after your skin. Apply sun cream regularly to prevent getting burnt. Wearing a wide brimmed hat is also a good idea to keep the sun off your head and protect your face and neck.
  • #9 – Clothing – you never know what the English weather might bring at a festival, so be prepared for everything. Remember it will get cold at night, so wear layers to keep warm. Don’t forget waterproofs, in this country it is bound to rain at least once! Make sure you change out of wet clothes into dry ones and don’t sleep in damp clothes.
  • #10 – First Aid kit – pack a little first aid kit in your bag with some plasters, antiseptic wipes and blister plasters. When you are on your feet all day your feet are likely to suffer and someone you are with might be very grateful if you can offer them a blister plaster to ease their painful feet! Keep cuts clean and use plasters to prevent an infection.

It is important to remember to look after yourself as well as enjoy yourself but if you do fall ill then there will be medical staff at the festival who can help you. It is a good idea to make sure you know where the medical centre is as soon as you get there. I hurt my neck at a festival a couple of years ago and the St John’s Ambulance team were great at looking after me, so don’t be afraid to find them and ask for help. If you are worried about your health before attending a festival then speak to your doctor for advice.

Keep healthy and enjoy yourself!

What Are the Best Skin Care Solution?

Many times we think, is there no answer for getting a naturally beautiful skin? Well, that are creating a buzz in the market are a simple solution for all your skin problems. Yes, as per its name, it’s all natural and contains no harmful chemicals. Today they are many companies that come up with a number of so called but wait a minute, before you blindly believe in any product that comes your way here are few tips that can help you get the product that best suits your need:

Do not go for brands that offer its products at a much cheaper rate than rest of the market. It might be quite attractive to find a natural beauty product of lower cost, but just think for a minute. Which is better spending some extra money and getting a better product that provides greater results or products that come for a lower rate with no guarantee to receive skin repair benefits from? So it is always advisable to go for all that have high quality natural ingredients with a better cost.

It is wise to check for the ingredients of the natural beauty product than just going by the advertisement. Here are some of the ingredients that you need to check for while purchasing a skin care product, these include: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Retinol or tretinoin, Dimethylaminoethanol or DMAE, Alpha lipoic acid and retinyl palmitate. These are the components that work best on your skin and give a long-lasting result.

Do not just go for major brands always; also look out for smaller developers that offer high quality products. You never know you might be surprised at the quality of the product offered by a small scale manufacturer. It might just be the product you have always been looking for.

The bottom line is just don’t blindly believe in each and every natural beauty product. To give your skin that extra boost, choose the right product as per your requirements. Hope the tips mentioned above helps you get the best natural beauty product you need.

Healthy Living for African Christian Women – Spirituality, Lifestyle and Medicine


Health is defined as physical, mental and emotional well-being and not just the absence of disease or infirmity. It is the total feeling of wellness in body and in mind. 3John 1:2 says “Beloved, I pray that you may get along well in every way and may enjoy good health just as your soul is prospering”. The peculiar economic challenges and emergence of infectious diseases makes healthy living quite a task. As Christian mothers we must make conscious effort to lead our Christian lives in ways most beneficial, not only to our health, but also to those of our husbands and children.


  • Healthy Lifestyle choices
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Use of Health care facilities
  • Stress management
  • Spirituality
  • Menopause
  • “Jedi-Jedi”

1 Healthy Lifestyle choices

The choices we make regarding everyday living, is a strong indicator of health. In 1Corinthians 6:19 the bible says “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you do not belong to yourselves? For you were bought and paid for; then give God the glory with your body”. It is therefore not only for our sakes that we should make healthy choices, but it is also a biblical obligation to live right.

Lifestyle choices are made in term of diet and exercise.


Genesis 9:3 “every living, moving thing shall be yours for food; I have given it all to you like the vegetables.” There has been a lot of debate on what people should eat and what not to eat. Some will say don’t eat meat, some say don’t eat salt, but the most important thing is to understand that it is not about what to eat or what not to eat, but a matter of MODERATION.

The following are tips to help you make healthy choices as regards nutrition.

1. As regards breakfast:

– Take light meals in the morning

– Take at least 2 classes of food e.g. carbohydrate + (Vegetable, protein, fruits, etc) for example: yam and garden-egg sauce

2. As regards cholesterol and low density lipids (LDL)

– Just before you buy your next vegetable oil, make sure you check for the sign, – “low cholesterol” or “Zero cholesterol”

– Never over-eat EGGS, in our society eating eggs may be perceived wrongly as an indication of wealth. Eggs are good but we should limit it to at most 1 per day or 3 eggs in a week

– Reduce consumption of fried meals, and if you must fry use as less oil as possible.

3. Avoid overcooking your vegetables – a lot of micronutrients cannot tolerate the heat.

4. Salt, Sugar and Honey – Like earlier noted, moderation is the important thing.

As We advance in age it becomes beneficial to use salt in moderation, also certain food

sweeteners are better used with caution.

For those minding their blood sugar e.g. Diabetic women, it is important that you are mindful of refined sugar, however it is very important that we know that most of our staple meals are loaded with sugar. Food like Pounded Yam, cassava, etc so, what then are we to eat? if all these meals are sugar ladden. The answer is simple – ‘MODERATION” we tend to serve our cassava or pounded yam in very generous quantities, it is advised that we change that, serve just a handful of your staple meal, with generous amount of vegetables, crayfish, fish, meat etc This will supply enough carbohydrate with other nutrients without unnecessarily increasing your sugar level.

Honey is good; you could try it but remember everything must be in moderation.

5. Fruits Fruits Fruits

We are blessed with varieties of fruits; there is always a fruit in season. It will be most beneficial if you can take a fruit with every meal, yes!every meal. And I don’t mean bottled over-processed fruit juices, take only fresh fruits they are cheaper and full of benefits.


As we age strenuous activities are best avoided but moderate exercises have benefits,

Short distances can be walked when it is not too sunny.

2. Personal/ Environmental Hygiene

The importance of hygiene is well understood and need no emphasis, proper grooming and cleanliness gives you a feeling of freshness and goodness.

Clean people don’t fall sick often.

Environmental hygiene is also a big issue, at times because of our busy schedules, the home is left untidy, making our homes a breeding site for rats and insects.

Rats, cockroaches etc find it too easy to pass diseases to us and our children

If you can’t clean up the home every day, find at least 2 times in a week to clean up. Get rid of stagnant water and nearby bushes to rid your home of mosquitoes.

Do not be careless about the source of drinking water for the family, as much as possible never patronize food vendors, COOK FOR YOUR FAMILY.

3. Use of Health Care Facilities

While Faith is important to us as Christians we should not fall into the class of misguided brethrens who perceive the use of health facilities as lack of faith, remember that Saint Luke was a doctor.

A. Regular check up

– Regularly check your blood pressure, it saves life.

– Visit your doctor for check up at worst once a year

B. Important medical tests for women: prevention is better than cure!

– Breast examination: breast cancer can be detected early and better treated.

When you bathe feel your breast for lumps, abnormal color or discharge. Stand before a mirror and compare the two breasts for any difference. If you notice anything abnormal see your doctor!

– PAPS test or Papanicolau smear test: this is done to screen for cervical

-cancer, another disease that ravage our female population. It is a life saver and we are encouraged to go for the test.


When pregnant visit the maternity as soon as possible

D. FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES – the present economic conditions make family planning a wise decision. You will be surprised when you visit any family planning centre, at the vast methods available, you will be informed and are likely to find one suitable for you. Remember it is better to have children that you can cater for, than having a lot that you cannot care for. Family planning help plan the size of your household and also give you rest of mind and an opportunity to have a blissful and enjoyable marriage.

4. Stress Management

Matthew 6:25-34 “I tell you therefore, do not worry about your living-what you are to eat or drink, or about your body, what you are to wear. Is not the life more important than its nourishment and the body than its clothing?…

…34 Do not worry therefore, in view of tomorrow for tomorrow will have its own anxieties. Each day’s peculiar troubles are sufficient for it.”

One major benefit that faith affords us as Christians is that we could be free of worry, if we truly believe that our God is sufficient. When we put ourselves under needless stress, we make ourselves liable of high blood pressure and mental illness. Proverbs 14:30 says “A relaxed mind makes for physical health; but passion is rottenness to the bones”.

5. Spirituality

I strongly believe that there is a strong link between spirituality and health.

Jeremiah 8:22 “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician? Why, then, has the health of the daughter of My people not been restored?” it is clear that no drug can substitute the peace of mind and health that a perfect relationship with God gives. The bible says (ASV 2 Chronicles 7:14 ) if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. The secret of divine health is in His promises to his children, the book of Amos says “can two work together except they agree” I encourage you all to trust God fully and He will renew your strengths.

6. Menopause

This is a period in a woman’s life at which menses diminishes and stops, usually between the ages of 45 and 50. Women often experience some discomfort which may vary on individual basis.

Hot flashes or hot flushes range from a passing feeling of warmth in the face and upper body to extreme sweating and visible redness of the skin.

As estrogen level drops in the blood, the vaginal walls become dry making coitus very painful and sometimes undesirable. Decline in sexual interest during menopause may also be psychological.

Psychological symptoms may include depression, mood swings, weepiness, and other emotional flare-ups, as well as memory lapses…Stressful life events that may contribute to the emotional symptoms at the time of menopause include children leaving home and general mid-life crises.

When the symptoms are unbearable you should visit your doctor. Treatment available is known as (HRT) Hormone replacement therapy, but the benefit must be weighed against the risks,which includes – increased risk of breast cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots.But in most cases, women’s personal perception of menopause may also affect symptoms, they are often tolerable when we have the right mindset.

Other ways of reducing negative effects of menopause include eating a healthy diet, taking vitamin supplements, stop smoking, reduce caffeine and alcohol, reducing sugar and salt intake. Exercise helps to alleviate menopausal symptoms

7. “Jedi-Jedi

This is a term among the Yorubas of West Africa, used to loosely refer to a number of often unrelated symptoms, and generally judged to be due to consumption of sugar or sweet things. I must say clearly that this is just one of the numerous health misconceptions and misinformation in our society.

These symptoms like backache, passage of loose stool, pile and hemorrhoids etc are most likely not related talk-less of resulting from consumption of sweet things or sugar.

If you feel unwell, please visit your doctor. Stop engaging in unwise use of herbal concoction for a disease that does not exist. Herbal concoctions are very dangerous. They can destroy very vital organs, we see a lot of liver cancers in our hospitals and even among women who don’t drink alcohol and the commonest cause that come to our mind is herbal concoction. The bible says “My people Perish for lack of knowledge


Jeremiah 30:17 says “For I will restore health to you, and I will heal your wounds, says the Lord, because they have called you an outcast, “It is Zion, for whom no one cares!”

Jeremiah 33:6 says “Look, I will bring to her restoration and health; and I will heal them and reveal to them an abundance of peace and prosperity. It is my prayer that as we continue to trust God, He will continue to grant unto us good health.

© Oluwaseun Adigun 2010