Naomi Johns is a mum of three, avid runner, qualified personal trainer and massage tutor at St Mary's University in Twickenham. She offers Sports, Deep Tissue and Pregnancy massage every Wednesday at The Soma Room. Fun fact - when she was ten years old she was in a feature film - sadly stardom didn't beckon!
It’s not only Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit who experiences stress. It’s almost an epidemic these days with many of us feeling stressed due to the ‘always on’ culture in which we live. There is even a recognized condition called ‘white rabbit syndrome’, sufferers of which often or always have the feeling of being late!
But it doesn’t have to be that way, and we at The Soma Room know how important it is sometimes to just switch off and let your body & mind take a break.
In our opinion massage is THE best ways to do this (of course!) and that’s why we are launching our new spring competition in which we will be giving away 3 x one-hour long massages treatments, completely free of charge.
Our therapist Cycy recently spent ten days at a training camp in Girona with the talented Delta Cycling Team, immersed in the pro cycling world and ensuring that they were in top physical condition for their gruelling race. Below she shares one of her tried and tested breakfast recipes for peak performance, which went down a treat with the cyclists and ensured that their energy remained steady all throughout the morning.
This time of year, it’s easy to feel a bit down. The grey skies, the cold weather, the short days and constant coughs and colds all taking their toll and leaving many feeling quite low.
So what, if anything, can you do to avoid this lull? There are actually a number of steps you could take, and because we at The Soma Room are launching a new project this week to encourage improved health and happiness by Spring (#SpringIntoLife), we thought we would share some tips on how to keep those winter woes at bay.
If you're like most people we see at The Soma Room, you often suffer from work-related shoulder and neck tension, brought on by hours sat in front of a computer. Maite shows how to alleviate some of this discomfort in a quick, three-minute stretching routine, which can be done at a desk throughout the day to help you maintain the health and mobility of your muscles.
Today we have a guest post written by Soma Room therapist Samuel Tinguely. A passionate sports massage therapist, martial artist and dancer, Samuel is particularly interested in finding ways to help his clients move in ways that are easy, efficient and pain free. In this post, Samuel offers a simple visualisation exercise to help you walk with more power, but less effort.
Walking is something we do everyday, and that makes it a great tool to work on our body and movement. I use imagery a lot when I walk, and this post is about a simple image to improve your efficiency and body mechanics. To learn more about what imagery is and how it works, you can read the introduction to this post on my blog.
The image we will work on today concerns the movements that happens inside the pelvis when we walk. It is an extremely simple image, but it will power your walk and make it effortless, by helping you recruit deep, powerful muscles and use the structure of your skeleton optimally.
Another quick video from Soma Room therapist Maite on how to use a foam roller to ease the back discomfort which results from hours in a flexed or 'hunched' position, as is what commonly happens whilse driving for long periods or sitting at a desk all day. Many people are told that they 'should' foam roll but don't really know how to go about it - Maite lays it out clearly and simply below.
Our very own Soma Room therapist Maite demonstrating a very effective exercise for easing out some of the muscular pain and stiffness that builds up around the tops of the shoulders and in-between the shoulder blades, and is made worse by long periods of sitting in front of a computer or driving. The next best thing to an actual massage when you need to alleviate some of the discomfort - and you can do it in the comfort of your own home too!
A new client came to me a few weeks ago with pain in her left shoulder, which she had been suffering from for a number of years. I asked her if she had ever seen another healthcare provider about her condition and she said yes, a physiotherapist a couple of years ago. “He told me I have a twisted tendon” she said, “and that in a few years time it's going to shorten my leg. I already have a pain in my hip”.