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The London Marathon 2010… Massage for Aftercare.

The London Marathon 2010… Massage for Aftercare.

This year I took part in the London Marathon, not as an elite athlete or ambitious sponsored runner. I attended as a Massage Therapist. The charity ‘Children with Leukemia’ were looking for volunteers to join their Massage and Physio aftercare team. With around 1,200 runners taking part and supporting the charity, I wanted to do my bit. I knew it was going to be hard work, also given the event I was sure that the adrenalin and excitement would sweep us along and keep us going – I knew it would be fun. Based in Whitehall, I arrived to find the hall already teaming with people and dozens of massage couches set up. The excitement in the air was tangible with therapists who had clearly travelled into London from all over the country to participate. The atmosphere was fantastic; we were greeted and welcomed by the lovely, friendly and very appreciative team from the charity. There were over 60 massage therapists, as well as doctors, paramedics, physiotherapists and medical students, all gathered there for a united cause. Once the runners started to arrive from the finish line, they were checked over by the medical teams, cleaned up (blisters plastered) fresh socks supplied before they hopped onto the massage couches – well not all literally hopped, many limped on. Whilst one therapist did the massage, the other chatted to the athlete to ensure they stayed alert and awake. The athletes were buzzing from their experience and were on such a high. We heard some lovely stories from some runners about why they were taking part; stories that were also very...
The Hawaiian Healing Garden – Experiencing Lomilomi Massage in Paradise.

The Hawaiian Healing Garden – Experiencing Lomilomi Massage in Paradise.

The Hawaii Healing Garden festival is a celebration of the diverse healing arts available on the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. I was fortunate enough to attend the Hawaii Healing Garden on the beautiful island of O’ahu, as a volunteer for the day, and to participate in the celebrations throughout the day, watching the many demonstrations, attend lectures and networking with many therapists and healing art practitioners who had come to share their knowledge and expertise. The drive to the festival was a healing journey in itself, driving along the coastal road to the North Shore of the island was a healing journey in itself with the Pacific Ocean, in all its shades of blue and turquoise to one side, to the Ko’aloa mountain range, visible throughout the drive. The festival was held in an even more spectacular environment, Waimea Valley, with its lush tropical rainforest, flora and fauna. How can anyone not be healed in an environment of such great beauty? The sun shone all day, with sporadic soft, warm, tropical rain, as we sat on bamboo mats under a tree and listened to lectures and watched demonstrations. I had the opportunity to meet many other complementary therapy practitioners, met and talked to Organic Herbalists, Artists and chefs of pure organic food. One of the many highlights of this trip was also having the opportunity to teach some yoga. How perfect to practice the sun salutation surrounded by white ginger plants, palms, black volcanic rock to the sound of the ocean! My visit to Hawaii gave me numerous opportunities to network with many people some of who are involved in...