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Have you thought about your products that compliment your therapies?

Have you thought about your products that compliment your therapies?

Have you thought about your products that compliment your therapies? – Natural raw materials are great but have you stopped to think about the pressure this is placing on the natural environment? With this your responsibility to check the standards and frameworks of the companies, you are purchasing from?

Do you look into the robust sustainability ethic of those companies you are purchasing from? Investing in committed companies that protect the environment, do not cause deforestation, respect human rights and safeguard the safety of workers.

Do your products too have a strong narrative and commitment to traceability. Knowing the origin of the materials. By example

  • Managed in compliance with environmental, labour and health and safety laws and regulation.
  • Do not contribute towards deforestation or degradation of peatlands or any depth, primary forests or high conservation areas.
  • Managed in accordance and respectful of indigenous peoples and local communities rights.
  • Are not using toxic chemicals
  • Do not use fire to prepare land for replanting and or waste disposal
  • Are managed in a manner that protects biodiversity and ecological processes

Do the companies you purchase from visibility show a commitment of working with their suppliers to ensure responsible sourcing of natural raw materials? With an honest and open approach evidencing credible traceability of their supplier chains? Partnered to an active participation initiatives to contribute towards a sustainable and responsible narrative.

We all have a commitment when purchasing, thinking and reflecting to the wider landscape and our contribution to the consequences of poor purchase choice. Our supply chain is at the heart of the challenges we are seeing today. Our approach at Brighton Holistics is to approach purchasing behaviour with an anchored business that has a strong visible policy and standards of frameworks that are flexible enough to have a narrative based on a comprehensive understanding of traceability. Knowing the origin of their materials and understanding of where their natural raw and packaging materials are from.

We are committed to helping our students practice with core values that drive our mission to making a positive impact and footprint in their businesses. – Have you thought about your products that compliment your therapies?

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The Benefits of Regular Hand Massage

The Benefits of Regular Hand Massage Brighton Holistics

The Benefits of Regular Hand Massage – Whether you’re a complementary therapist, a writer, a personal trainer or just someone who loves receiving massage – enjoying regular hand massage can offer amazing health benefits.

Did you know, our hands are the most used part of our entire body? They are intricately structured to provide a huge range of movement. However, with that movement comes tension – especially so in our digital “typing” age, where we spend the majority of our day typing emails on a keyboard or messaging on our phones. These fingers pressing and tapping movements become more and more repetitive and sadly, with that, our hands become at risk of injury and strain.

Hand massage is a quick and relaxing treatment that can be done by a professional – or simply, by a loved one at home. It provides immediate tension relief and is very relaxing for the mind. Being so overworked, the hands benefit greatly from massage. It relaxes the tendons, eases tension and holding patterns, whilst improving flexibility in the fingers and wrists.

Our hands also contain many acupressure or “reflex” points associated with specific organs of the body. By gently pressing these points, we not only receive a relaxing treatment, but our body also gets a mini MOT, signalling to the organs to improve their energy flow and overall health.

Many people now struggle with pain in the hands, wrists and forearms. This can be temporarily relieved with a hand massage. Nearly one in five adults suffer from some form of arthritis or stiffness in the hands. It can be very painful, if not impossible, to carry out mundane tasks at home when our hands are hurting. Regular hand and wrist massage can reduce pain and improve range of movement. As a result, this will go on to improve both grip strength and tactile skills, making it easier and more comfortable to complete daily tasks.

Hand massage can also help to loosen tight muscles in the forearms, reducing tension in the hands and wrists. As everything is connected, sometimes, starting higher up can reduce the tension lower down. The massage techniques used in this treatment help to improve finger and wrist mobility too. After a treatment, many people feel like their hands can move more easily, without cramping or stiffness.

Not only can hand massage improve comfort and range of motion but it also significantly improves circulation. Many people suffer from very cold hands in the winter. Regular hand massage can help prevent fingers and thumbs getting too cold. To avoid this, stimulating the circulation in our hands is important. Massage not only helps improve blood flow but can speed up any healing (from cuts or grazes) by bringing more nutrients to the affected area. A regular treatment during winter months can bring much-needed relief to people who suffer in the cold. Not only that, the mental relaxation of hand massage is a great reason to book a treatment any time of year.

It is wise to note that not many places offer “hand massage” as a single treatment. Nevertheless, you can ask for the hands, wrists and forearms to be made the centre of attention in a full body or bespoke massage treatment. Any good therapist will be happy to help.

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A cool-down sequence for wrists and hands after practising complimentary therapy

A cool-down sequence for wrists and hands after practising complimentary therapy Brighton Holistics

A cool-down sequence for wrists and hands after practising complimentary therapy -How often do you take the time to “cool down” after giving a complementary treatment? Whether it be sports massage or reflexology, our hands and posture are affected post-treatment. Without a proper cool down routine, muscles will tighten and our joints can stiffen.

It sounds obvious but in order to enjoy a long and healthy complimentary career, we must take the time to invest in our wellbeing. Mechanics clean their tools, oiling them to keep them working. Do we do the same? Most of the time – probably not. Our hands are our tools and it’s important to incorporate a thorough cool-down sequence into your practice. This is just as important as warming up and can help prevent repetitive strain injuries (RSI).

Finding “neutral” after giving a complementary therapy is important in the long-term as it will avoid burn out. Going through a series of movements and stretches post-treatment can also help to remove any mental or emotional attachments to the therapy just performed.

Cooling down not only reduces muscle soreness but stretching parts of the body that have endured repetitive movements will encourage better blood flow, increase flexibility, and reduce tension or resistance in muscle tissue.

We have put together some stretching exercises for the wrists and hands to help cool down these areas after a complementary therapy treatment.

Try including these into your existing cool-down routine and see if you notice any changes to your wrist and hand health the following day.

Movement 1: Wrist circles 

Circle both wrists in one direction and then the other 5 times, breathing slowly.

A cool-down sequence for wrists and hands after practising complimentary therapy

Movement 2: Wrist stretching (underside) 

Pull back on the fingers to stretch the underside of the forearm and wrist. Hold for two deep breathes and then release and shake out the hands to bring back blood flow.

Movement 3: Wrist stretching (top)

Pull your fingers gently into the underside of the forearm to feel length on the top of the forearm and wrist. Hold for two deep breathes and then release and shake out the hands to bring back blood flow.

A cool-down sequence for wrists and hands after practising complimentary therapy

Movement 4: Dynamic wrist stretching, elbow & shoulder work 

Press the back of your hands together firmly. Trying to keep the back of the hands together, push your hands down and then back up, lowering your elbows, so that your wrists gently stretch. Repeat x 5 times, moving up and down slowly with a focus on your breath. Release and shake out the hands to bring back blood flow.