Ever wondered how to use a foam roller?

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.

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A Short Little Exercise for Shoulder Pain

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...

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The Tales We Tell Our Clients

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...

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It’s Not Just About the Massage – A Closer Look at the Psychology of the Treatment Room

"If the patient comes in thinking that you're not going to help them, you're not going to unless you can convince them that you can." - Joseph Brence I recently watched a fantastic webinar by physiotherapist Joseph Brence, where he talked about his M.I.P (Motivation, Input, Plan) model for motor control. Joseph is a prominent physical therapist with a special interest in the neuromatrix and pain. Although coming from a physiotherapist's perspective, a lot of what Joseph talks about can...

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The Soma Room has gone West!

After a brief period of homelessness, The Soma Room is now once again up and running - and this time I've decided to experience another part of London. Having recently moved to Ealing Broadway, I stumbled across an ad for The Treatment Room at The Broadway Studio almost by accident, and jumped at the chance to rent this little space just three minutes walk from Ealing Broadway station. Featuring a timetable packed with dance, martial arts and fitness, The Broadway Studio...

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Pregnancy Massage – What to Expect (When You’re Expecting)

So you have a little one on the way and you've heard that pregnancy massage might be a pretty good thing. Perhaps you have some aches and pains, you haven't been sleeping very well or you just feel like you need to do something to pamper yourself and relax - all excellent reasons to give pregnancy massage a try. But there can be some anxiety around the actual treatment too. How is my therapist going to position me? Are there...

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