by Jo Grainger
I was having an acupuncture treatment once for some back pain issues I was experiencing at the time. As always I was fascinated by all the different points the needles were going in, most of them nowhere near my back. I was still studying my diploma of massage, so I was gaining a good base understanding about my body and was becoming more and more aware of what was going on. When left to chill out with my needles I started to zone out as normal. As I drifted in and out of awareness, I started to notice that I was holding on to tension in some of the spots the needles were placed, particularly around my glutes, legs and arms. “Why am I doing that?” I thought to myself, “I’m laying flat on a table, there is no reason to be holding my muscles so tight!” I kid you not, in the zone out, stoned like state that I was in, I started singing that song ‘let it gooooo, let it gooooooooo” and physically releasing the muscles I had no idea that I had been holding on to. Acupuncture – brilliant stuff!
Fast forward a few months, I’d finished my studies and was out in the real world treating my own clients with their own issues and I starting noticing similar patterns, funnily enough beginning with my mother. I love my mother, she is the most awesome person in the world, but when I was massaging her I could not get her to relax, particularly her arms and legs. Now usually if I give the limb a little shake, I can get the client to release and carry on with what I’m doing, but with my mum she just didn’t seem to take the hint. “Just relax your arm” I told her. “I’m trying!” she replied. I began to notice it more in other clients and would find it incredible that we could be 45-50 minutes into a massage and they were still holding their arms and hands rigid while I’m trying to massage. I’m doing my best work here people, why haven’t you relaxed yet?? One day I realised that these people had not yet had a zoned out acupuncture epiphany that I had and were actually not able to mentally or physically relax.
by Jo Grainger
Worldwide, migraines affect nearly 15% of the population or approximately 1 billion people – with the highest percentage in Western countries and only slightly lower in Asia & African countries
An early description consistent with migraines was found in the Ebers papyrus, written around 1500 BCE in ancient Egypt. In 200 BC, writings from the Hippocratic School of Medicine described the visual aura that can precede the headache and a partial relief occurring through vomiting.