Occupations and Massage #1

#1 kitchen workers
So last night I started doing research in to different occupations and how they have effects on the body, physically and mentally. I think its important for me to have an overall knowledge of what effect a client’s occupation may be having on them. Of course, I know it won’t be the same for everyone but certain things from sitting all day or standing all day will be the same, of which physically will have a impacted on the body.
The first occupation I looked in to was, chef or kitchen staff/ assistance. I looked in to this first as for the past four years I have been working in a kitchen, and It gives me a good understanding already to compare my research too.
So here are some of the effects working in a kitchen can have and again I’m not saying it’s the same for everyone but gives me a vague Idea of what they might need working on during a massage.

Emotional Effects
• High in stress (could lead to anxiety/depression)
• Tiredness
• Mentally draining
• Isolated
Physical Effects
• High Blood pressure (leading from stress or pressure in the kitchen)
• Aching feet
• Back pains from lifting big pots (strains and sprains)
• Lower back pain from standing all day
• Arthritis can occur
• Hallux rigidus
• Various veins (from standing all day)
Lifestyle Effects
• Isolation due to sleep pattern
• Bad eating habits
• Broken seep pattern
This is just a few of the effects that may occur whilst working in a bustling kitchen. Again, it won’t be the same for everyone as different shift patterns, types of kitchen, and their own individual responsibilities.
Why would they/ you benefit from a regular Massage?
• Relieve tension on the back neck and shoulders
• Help support the blood flow around the body helping release any toxins, this could also prevent various veins in the future
• Helps relieve stress/ anxiety/ depression, by helping release all the happy hormones in the body endorphin, dopamine and serotonin
• Increases the possibility of a good night sleep
• Can help relieve chefs foot by stretching out the foots muscles and bones
Well I hope you have learnt a little about the affects this occupation can have on your body and why a regular massage will help. Keep a look out for more blogs on massage benefits.
Remember…
Your body is the only place you all ways have to live, take care of it.

How much water do you drink ?

So I’m going to kick start my blogs with where I am at!!

Dehydrated!!

Its very hot here in England right now, it has been for the past few weeks which is amazing as we don’t get this lucky very often. The other day when at work I was feeling really sleepy also when driving and when getting home feeling quite lethargic. I can usually handle the heat quite well, so it got me thinking why am I so tired.

Then It clicked; How much water have I drank today? 1 pint, How many cups of coffee have I drank ? 3 mugs full, How many Captain Morgans? 2 cans

This doesn’t really look good as the recommended daily intake of water is at least 2 litres for woman and 2.5 litres of water a day for a man. These recommendations are based of water alone or any drink with no sugar or calorie intake. Alcohol is a diuretic so consequently dehydrates you unless you drink water to top up the fluid that is lost.  You have to remember that the hotter the weather and the more you are doing will also depend on how much more water you will need to intake.

If you do not have enough water you will become dehydrated ! symptoms of dehydration :

Constipation
Dark yellow or brown urine
Dry, sticky mouth
Few or no tears when crying
Headache
Increased thirst
Muscle tiredness
Sleepiness or tiredness

After doing this research I have decided to try my hardest to drink the recommended water intake. I will do this for a week and do a follow up blog on how I am feeling and if my tiredness has improved.

hydrating reads!

http://www.naturalhydrationcouncil.org.uk/hydration-facts/faqs-on-hydration/

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/water-drinks-nutrition/

https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/hydration/healthy-hydration-guide.html

 

 

 

 

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