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Here are some of my ramblings about manual therapies, health in general, possibly some other things I’m passionate about.

Tim Harman

We all love a top 5 list right?Well I’ve been thinking for a while about 5 things we could do differently today for our health? Changes that are simple, immediate and accessible. Why? Besides striving to give you great massage and acupuncture sessions what we’re really about is helping you to live healthier so that you can do the things you want to do.  1. SugarLet’s keep it simple and direct. The more sugar you consume the higher the likelihood of suffering (and possibly dying) from heart disease. Other negatives include risk of diabetes, tooth decay, higher blood pressure, liver disease, inflammation & general pain. Furthermore when sugar is consumed dopamine releases from the brain. Dopamine is the chemical that feels good leading to your cravings for more when released. It’s the same chemical (among others) that releases with recreational drugs. That’s why we CRAVE more. THINK ABOUT IT...

3. Dental CareNot often talked about but periodontal disease doubles the risk of heart attack and triples the incidence of stroke. Harmful bacteria released from gum disease enter the blood & therefore every system and organ in your body. This isn’t just a theory, a study published in the ‘British Medical Journal’ followed almost 14000 people for 24 years and found that those with significant dental plaque (and the associated bacteria) tended to die prematurely. Good oral hygiene is paramount to great health. It’s pretty simple; if you haven’t seen a dentist for 12 months or more, make it a priority. 4. Smile moreOk so it’s a bit cheesy but physiologically smiling is great for us. Have you ever smiled and felt bad at the same time? Smiling is infectious, when a baby or child smile you’ve got to he pretty hard not to be ‘infected’. One of my Kinesiology teachers took the whole class skipping around the college recently before a lesson. Yes for the self conscious among us this is pretty stupid and embarrassing but I can tell you by the end we were all laughing like kids and it felt great! When you smile it’s believed the muscles used stimulate...

The emergence of Thai and Chinese massage places in Sydney, over the last decade, has been both interesting and slightly annoying for massage therapists like myself.Coming from me this could be seen as sour grapes…but read on and decide for yourself. I’ve been told my experts not to worry and that we both just cater to different markets? Theoretically yes, however I know plenty of people who’ve gone to the local Westfield Chinese outlet when they wake up with neck pain ‘because it’s convenient’. I even know of somebody with a diagnosed disc injury who regularly gets a Thai massage! Don’t get me wrong I love a good Thai massage, used to get one to unwind on the occasional Sunday. It was painful and bloody relaxing. But my fiancé and I treated ourselves recently to one and I came out of there frustrated and bothered. It started out ok…. on my feet….YESSS but by the time she was at the top of my legs I was starting to feel frustrated. In the end I don’t think one muscle was focused on for the purpose of releasing a sore point, the whole thing felt like formula and was plain disappointing. So what’s the problem?It...