New Video! Maite on Stretching at Work

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.

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Guest Post – Effortless Walking

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...

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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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