Smiling through the rain…

The Physio Extra crew were at their monthly stall at Ham Parade Market on Saturday.

Braving the persistent rain, Leon, Johnny and Nim offered local residents free massages and consultations for aches, pains, injuries, or general health and fitness questions.

They’ll be back again on the first Saturday of the month – and hopefully the weather will be kinder.

Thai Yoga Massage

[from a post to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Physio-Extra]

Last week I had a massage from Adela who recently started at my local physio studio, PhysioExtra.

Despite doing my best to set up an ergonomic workstation, tapping away all day at a screen means I end up with chronically tight neck and shoulder muscles, not to mention my lower back and hips, so the occasional massage is a real treat.

To be honest, at first I was a bit sceptical about the “Thai Yoga Massage” Adela practices. I’ve had a lot of massages while travelling in Thailand and not much has come close to their standards in England, but she certainly knows her stuff.

The hour-long session was on a mat in the gym with some relaxing music. I was actually so relaxed that I almost nodded off.

Adela has a really pleasant manner. You basically relax and leave it all to her as she stretches and manipulates your back and limbs, working from head to foot.

She doesn’t faff around and presses deep into knots of tension, managing to be firm and gentle at the same time.

Talking to her, you can tell she has a lot of knowledge and passion about what she does.

She calls it yoga massage because a lot of the stretches are similar to those in yoga, but because she is helping you stretch it’s more dynamic than anything you’d be able to achieve in a yoga class – at least as a beginner.

I came out of my session feeling relaxed and lighter. I quickly realised that my usual aches had dissipated. Not surprisingly, they are back again after a week in front of the screen.

In an ideal world, everyone would get a massage like this every day…