Occupations and Massage #2

Desk jobs and how massage helps

So the other day I wrote a blog on how massage helps Kitchen workers. Today I’m researching what physical and emotional effects desk/ office jobs have on your body. I will also explain how a regular massage can benefit you. I learn so much when looking at occupations individually, It gives me more of an insight to what my clients may be experiencing and may lay down some understanding of the pressures they may be under at work. I know when researching these occupations not everyone is the same but the chances are there will be at lease two of the affects listed bellow. Having this knowledge also allows me to further my research in natural therapies to find out other ways of which I can help my clients, either it be after care advice or ways to adapt my treatment to make it more affective.

Lets begin ….

Physical effects

  • Headaches and migraines
  • circulation problems
  • lower back, neck and shoulder pain
  • muscle stiffness and aches
  • arthritis mainly in the hands and wrists
  • lower immune
  • bad posture
  • eye strain

Emotional effects

  • Stress and Tension
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • tiredness
  • binge eat

So again I know these effects are not the same for everyone.

why massage can help

I believe the benefits you get from massage can help improve your health tremendously. If you work in an office or at a desk all day, massage will help relieve stress and anxiety, this is because when you receive a massage it will release the happy hormones such as endorphin, serotonin and dopamine. To help support the fight against stress, massage also increase the blood flow around the body this will also help move the happy hormones around the body. Massage will also help relieve lower back tension and also tension built up around the neck and shoulders. Relieving the stress from around the neck and shoulder can also improve the amount of head aches and migraines you get, or even just the intenseness of them.

Benefits of massage

  • increase and support circulation around the body
  • release of happy hormones
  • improves posture
  • improve productivity
  • relives headaches and migraines
  •  relieves tension in the muscles
  • increases mobility in the joints

while your at work …

you may want to try ..

  • giving your self a head massage
  • getting for a walk around the office up every hour or as often as you need to get a bit of blood flow around the body
  • staying hydrated to help fight against the toxin building up while sitting for long periods of time
  • stretching every morning, lunch break and before going to bed, to relieve tension built up around to spine.

 

Hope you have enjoyed reading the blog, and that it has given you an idea of how to relieve the side effects of working at a desk all day.

 

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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