Revive Therapy founder Casey Stewart-Smith, is a highly skilled massage therapist who specialises in Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy. If you plan to prioritise self care in 2023, why not start with a massage.
Casey’s nurturing presence is exactly what you need to help you through the tense, stiff, and shivery winter months. Her hot stone therapy sessions are especially soothing for tight muscles and her fix in six sessions has done wonders for my own chronic RSI.
A mother herself, she’s no stranger to the strains of parenting. Whether it’s, pregnancy, lifting, nursing, wrestling or wrangling- she’s got your back- literally.
What is Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy?
Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy is a method of massage therapy that applies a range of techniques to achieve a specific outcome – Deep & soft tissue work, Trigger point therapy, Myofascial work, Amma fusion & stretching techniques all combine to create a bespoke treatment to help reduce pain and tension in the body, increase range of motion, improve posture and always to de-stress and relax.
Casey will also help you to understand how you can help your body be a more comfortable place to live in by making some subtle changes. A big part of what Revive do is to give you some aftercare that can help you in-between treatments. Get her to tell you about nerve flossing, it’s amazing!
Until your appointment, try these three things.
1. Minimise device time to avoid a tight neck and shoulders
Whatever you do to relax, taking the opportunity to have a stretch and rebalance is always a winner.
Minimising the amount of time you spend looking down at your phone, or other mobile device, will really help improve the pain and stiffness in your neck and upper back muscles. You know that thing called muscle memory? Well, it’s real and eventually, your muscles could get so used to this hunched over position that they will start to lock down and could cause conditions such as neck strain & migraines. It can be easy to rectify by changing the position of the device, try bringing it up to your eye level or limit it’s use to 20 minutes at a time.
2. Make some space
Make space for your lungs as hunching over also reduces our lung capacity, thus lowering the amount of oxygen rich blood flowing around your system, which then decreases the nutrients feeding your muscles.
Try sitting slightly on the edge of your chair instead of slumped back reclining – this can also help to improve your posture and aid digestion.
Roll your shoulders back and forwards x6 and repeat x3.
Stretch out those pecs… put your hands behind your head, bring your elbows together, then stretch them back behind your head and repeat x3, then shake it off.
3. Check in with your body and move
Muscles are like sponges. At optimum levels, they’re completely hydrated by the nourishing nutrient rich blood that flows through our bodies. Sitting still for too long in the same position means we squeeze out or use up all that nourishing goodness and the body can become stiff and sore. So why not check in with yourself every 30 minutes or so by performing a quick body scan to see where you’re holding tension?
Close your eyes and focus on your muscles, from head to toe, working your way down slowly. How do your neck, arms, back or legs feel? Stiff, tender, sore? The more you do it, the easier it becomes to recognise when you’re muscles are feeling out of sync.
By increasing your daily activity by 30 minutes a day, you will reenergize and increase your vitality. Move around, have a stretch or go for a short walk.
So there you have it: 3 incredibly simple tips that you can put in place right now.
- Minimise device time
- Make some space
- Check in with your body
“Just had the most wonderfully relaxing and comprehensive pregnancy massage with Casey. She is absolutely fantastic and I would whole-heartedly recommend her to anybody.”
— V FRANKS
Revive Therapy, 207 Longbow Apartments, 71 St Clements Avenue, Bow E3 4XZ