The Benefits Of Massage Therapy For Healing & Preventing Pain

The Benefits Of Massage Therapy For Healing & Preventing Pain

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body.  It helps heal and prevent pain, promote health and enhance well-being. I am a big advocate of massage therapy and always encourage my clients to make it an important part of their self-healing journey.

Not only is massage beneficial in helping heal the body, but also in preventing pain. In today’s busy and stressful world it is not uncommon to experience tight muscles, aches or pains.  Often we only seek the help of a massage therapist when this tightness or pain becomes too much to handle. But regular massage therapy input is also incredibly beneficial for preventing these symptoms occurring in the first place.

There are many types of massage therapy including (but not limited to):

Swedish Massage: One of the primary goals of Swedish massage is to relax the body. It is one of the more gentle forms of massage and uses long strokes in the direction of the blood flow returning to the heart.

Deep Tissue Massage: This is similar to a Swedish Massage but deeper pressure is used. This deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension by focusing on the deepest layers of the muscle tissue, tendons and fascia.

Trigger Point Massage: A trigger point is an area of tightness (or a knot) within muscle tissue that causes pain to be felt in another part of the body. For example, a common place to have a trigger point is in the muscle that runs between your neck and shoulder. Two common symptoms that this trigger point can cause is neck pain and tension headaches. You may have also heard this called referred pain.

Hot Stone Massage: This massage promotes deep muscle relaxation by placing smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body. The deep heat of the stones also helps relax muscles, reduce tension and increase circulation and metabolism.

My advice would be to experiment with these different types to see which gives you the greatest benefit. It is also important that you find a massage therapist you like, trust and who has your best interests at heart. If you aren’t happy with a massage experience you are fully within your right to shop around until you find a therapist, and style of massage therapy, that makes you feel good.

So what are the benefits of massage therapy? Again these are numerous and I have just listed the ones associated with the healing and prevention of physical pain. These include:

  • Increased relaxation by stimulating the release of serotonin and dopamine.
  • Decreased stress by dampening the production of cortisol (the stress hormone).
  • Accelerated healing by increasing blood flow, releasing the hormones that help us repair and increasing nutrition to our injured cells and tissues.
  • Assisting with pain relief by triggering the body’s release of our natural painkillers (endorphins).
  • Improving circulation which nourishes our cells and improves waste elimination from our muscles and skin.
  • Providing relief for tight muscles and increases their flexibility.
  • Alleviating general stiffness.
  • Interrupting the pain cycle by stimulating the large pressure nerves that over-ride the smaller pain nerves.
  • Releasing nerve compression.
  • Decreasing swelling (or oedema).
  • Improving sleep which is essential for restoring, rejuvenating and repairing our body.
  • Increasing energy and a sense of well-being.

If you are someone who experiences stiffness, tight muscles or general aches and pains then I would really encourage you to invest in yourself by seeing a massage therapist regularly. And even if you don’t have any niggles right now, please keep in mind that massage therapy can help prevent these occurring in the future.

It is up to you now to make a commitment to begin looking after your body in the best way possible. I would also love to hear what your favourite type of massage therapy is, so please feel free to share with me in the comments below. And if you have a massage therapist that you highly recommend I would love for you to give them a shout out, as I am always looking for people to refer my coaching clients to.

Yours in Healing & Health,

Nicola

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How Stress Could Be The Cause Of Your Neck Pain & Ways To Decrease Overwhelm In Your Life

How Stress Could Be The Cause Of Your Neck Pain & Ways To Decrease Overwhelm In Your Life

As you begin reading this article I want you to become aware of your shoulders. Are they hunched up around your ears, or are they relaxed? And how do you feel right now? Are you anxious or do you feel calm? If you suffer from regular neck pain then stress may be the reason why.

You can experience neck pain after sleeping awkwardly, working too long at the computer or holding a phone between your ear and shoulder. But neck pain can also be caused by constant stress.

Pain is your body’s way of telling you your life is out of balance. You can only go for so long without taking time out to recharge and repair, before you start to break down. This is your body’s way of sending a message that it’s time to slow down and take better care of yourself.

When you are constantly busy or feeling stressed your muscles automatically become tense. Some people notice this in their back, others in their neck or shoulders. If your neck and shoulder muscles are tense, this causes them to shorten, become tight and pull on the base of your skull. This constant tension and pulling leads to both neck pain and tension headaches.

While seeing a physiotherapist, massage therapist or osteopath might help alleviate your pain, it is likely to return. Why? Because if you don’t address the underlying cause (busyness and stress) the relief will only be temporary. With time the tension in your muscles returns, along with your neck pain.

Which brings us to question, ‘how can we decrease stress’? I’m going to be honest with you and say you’re the only one creating this feeling. You are doing this by saying yes too often or by continually telling yourself that you are overwhelmed. Often it is both!

This is a conversation I have regularly with my clients, and I am going to share with you how we work through decreasing stress and busyness in their life. Here is some practical advice to get you started today.

  • Set boundaries around what you say yes and no to. Only say yes to things that make you feel good. Never say yes because you think you should. You do not have to justify your reason for saying no. No-one needs to know your reason but you.
  • Write down everything you’ve said yes to for the next month. Go through this list and separate them out into two columns. In the first column put everything you are looking forward to. In the second column put everything you are dreading, or you only said yes to because you thought you should.
  • Read back through this second column. Is there anything that you can go back and say no to? If there is I would encourage you to take it off your list. If you can’t, that’s ok. This is about learning how to decrease the stress in your life long-term, not just for the next month.
  • If you find saying no difficult, create some breathing space by saying ‘I will need to check my diary’ when anybody asks you to do something.  This will give you time to reflect on whether it is something you want, or have the time, to do.
  • Now I want you to do a brain dump. Write a list of everything on your to-do list. Then separate these out into four columns. In the first column write everything that needs to be done today. In the second column everything that needs to be done this week. In the third everything that needs to be done this month. And in the last everything that needs to be done within the next three months.
  • But I want you to be honest with yourself here. What actually needs to be done today? Let me give you an example. As I write this I have 20 minutes before jumping on a call with one of my coaching clients. After the call I have a spare hour. Would I like to finish this blog post today? Yes, of course I would. But today is also the last day for paying my dogs council registrations. So, the question then becomes … ‘does this blog post actually need to be finished today’? No it doesn’t. So in my spare hour it is more important today to go into town to pay the registrations (just in case my dogs decide to run off on an adventure – which they love to do!).
  • Try to keep the list of things to do in a day to a minimum. I only have three things on mine at any one time. Three things I know I will be ABLE to get done in the spare time I have available. At the end of the day it feels good to cross them off, and I then add three more things for the following day.
  • Set aside one hour a week for what I call the ‘Power Hour’. This is for all those little jobs you tend to put them off such as booking a car service, answering that invitation or returning a call.
  • And lastly, when you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed I want you to stop, take a deep breath and say to yourself, ‘It’s ok … I have more than enough time to get everything done’. That one breath can change everything.

It’s now up to you to make a commitment to start decreasing the amount of stress in your life. I want you to remember that it’s the small, positive changes you make each day that have the biggest impact on your physical and emotional wellness in the long term. You don’t have to overhaul your life all at once, just one small step at a time is all it takes.

I would love to know if you find any of these practices helpful by leaving me a comment below. And if you’re wondering whether my coaching program could also help you feel better physically, decrease stress and prevent burnout, then please feel free to book a quick chat with me by clicking here.

Yours in Healing & Health,

Nicola

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The Link Between Posture, Physical Pain & Emotional Wellness

The Link Between Posture, Physical Pain & Emotional Wellness

I want you to stop right now and take note of your posture. Are you sitting up straight? Or are you slouched forward? I also want you to think about how your body feels right now. Do you feel light and flexible? Or is there a part of your body that feels tight or sore? And lastly, I want you to think about how you feel right now. Do you feel energised and confident? Or do you feel tired, insecure or even sad?

If you were slouching I want you to now sit straighter, and if you were sitting tall I want you to slouch forward. Take a minute to become aware of how you feel both physically and emotionally. Did anything change?

We all know that our posture can be a cause of physical pain and discomfort. But did you know that posture and emotional wellness are also closely connected? In this article I am going to explain the links between posture, physical pain and emotional wellness. I’m also going to give you some tips on how to improve your posture for better physical and emotional health.

So what is good posture and why is it so important?

Good posture is simple to explain, or rather demonstrate. I want you to stand up and do the following:

  • Lift your chin and chest up (as if you’re a puppet being pulled by a string from your head).
  • Lower your shoulders and pull your shoulder blades down and back (as if you’re trying to put them into your back pockets).
  • Pull your stomach in.
  • Slightly tuck your tailbone under.
  • Stand with your knees a little bent.
  • Place your feet apart, the same width as your hips.

That is good standing posture. The same can be done in sitting. Good posture is important for a number of reasons. It places your spine in good alignment, which decreases the pressure placed on it. It also means that your lungs have more room to expand when you breathe, which in turn increases the amount of oxygen you breathe in and the amount of blood that circulates around your body. This blood bring with it the cells that are essential for healing and repair.

We all know that poor posture isn’t great for us but I want you to think about the amount of time we actually spend each day with our backs bent, our shoulders forward and our heads down. We sleep, brush our teeth, drive, work, cook, wash dishes and chill out on the couch in this very position. But why is it so bad for us?

While there are a number of reasons, I am only going to share two with you today so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

The first is to do with our shoulders. We have a group of muscles that attach to our shoulder blades called the rotator cuff muscles. Their tendons pass through a small gap between the collar bone and the top of the shoulder where they attach to the long bone in the upper arm. There’s not a lot of room through this gap at the best of times, and when our shoulders are in a forward position there is even less. The problem with this is that every time you lift your arm above your head, or out to the side, these tendons get pinched. Over time it causes them to get inflamed (or swollen) and they start to break down and cause pain.

The second reason is to do with your back (or spine). Sitting is so bad for you that it is now being called the new smoking. Did you know that sitting puts more pressure through the discs (which are essentially like shock absorbers) in your back than running or jumping? I know it’s hard to believe that something so passive could cause so many problems, but it does. Even when we are aware of our sitting posture and sit up straight, within a few minutes we unconsciously start to ‘creep’ into a slouched position. This then increases the pressure on the discs which causes them to start breaking down – or develop wear and tear.

I always describe the discs in your back as looking like onions. Within these ‘onions’, or discs, you have a nucleus which I like to think of as a jelly bean. When you move the nucleus (or jelly bean) moves. So when you bend forward the jelly bean moves to the front of the onion. When you lean backwards the jelly bean moves to the front of the onion. So, if we think about when we are sitting in a slouched position the jelly bean is always perched towards the back. Now if there is a tear in the back of that onion you can imagine what could happen. That jelly bean could pop through the tear … and this is what we call a ‘slipped disc’ or prolapsed disc. We all probably know someone whose back went out when all they did was bend down to pick up the soap from the floor of the shower – this is the reason why!

If you are someone who has either shoulder or back problems then becoming more aware of your posture may just be the key to beginning to heal, but there could also be a little bit more to it. This is where the link between our posture and emotional wellness comes in, so let’s talk about that now.

Imagine going to meet a friend for coffee and when you arrive you see them sitting at the table looking drawn, their shoulders forward and their head down. Chances are you will intuitively realise they are having a bad day, or something is going on in their life right now they want to talk about. Then think about how you might feel by the end of the conversation. You will have probably taken on their emotional energy and, even if you arrived feeling in a great mood, by the end you may be feeling tired and down yourself. I would also guarantee that your posture will have changed to mirror theirs.

Now imagine turning up to that coffee date and you see your friend sitting up straight, shoulders back and looking around them excitedly. My bet is that this is a coffee date you really enjoy and walk away from feeling energised and with a spring in your step.

Embodied Cognition is the idea, or philosophy, that the connection between our mind and body runs both ways. For example, when we are feeling sad or depressed we are more likely to adopt a slumped posture, but sitting this way can also make us feel sad or depressed. Does that make sense?

“The brain has an area that reflects confidence, but once that area is triggered it doesn’t matter exactly how it’s triggered. It can be difficult to distinguish real confidence from confidence that comes from just standing up straighter … these things go both ways just like happiness leads to smiling, but also smiling leads to happiness.”

Richard Petty, Professor of Psychology at Ohio State University.

So now you are a clearer on the links between posture, physical pain and emotional wellness, how can you improve your posture? I believe that becoming more aware of our posture and consciously changing it is really hard to do. Why? Because it’s like a bad habit that is so strongly ingrained that it is difficult to break. But it is possible. It is just one of those things that takes a while to do. There is no quick fix, so you just need to be committed to doing the work.

Firstly you need to take note of the regular activities you do where you’re more likely to be in a poor body position, and then be aware of your posture while you are carrying these out. Such activities include:

  • Sitting for prolonged periods of time at a desk or working on a computer.
  • Talking on the phone.
  • Driving or sitting on a train or bus.
  • Carrying a heavy backpack or handbag.
  • Working repetitively with your arms out in front of you, or above shoulder height.
  • Tasks where you are bending forward ie. vacuuming or working under the bonnet of a car.

Secondly, here are some practical tips that may help improve your posture:

  • Assess your work desk – rearrange it so that you are in a better postural position, or maybe invest in an ergonomic chair or sit-to-stand desk.
  • Get up and move – major physical problems occur due to being in one posture for a prolonged period of time. Taking regular breaks, even just to get up and walk to the toilet or photo copier, can make all the difference.
  • Stretch regularly – if you sit for the majority of your day then you should be doing at least one stretch every two hours. You can find some good work-place stretches on Pinterest, otherwise I have an upcoming eBook of stretches you can do both at home and work (so look out for that in the coming months).
  • Set a regular alarm throughout your day to remind yourself to either move or stretch.
  • Stick a post-it note on your computer or mirror that simply says ‘Posture’. This will remind you to adjust how you are sitting, or standing, whenever you see it.
  • Invest in a lumbar support for your office chair or car.
  • Smile!

If you know your posture is something you need to work on then please know you aren’t alone. I do not know anyone who has perfect posture all the time.

And if you are someone who knows your emotional wellness is impacting on your physical health right now, then I would really encourage you to check out my ‘Heal Your Body’ 1:1 coaching program by clicking here.

I would love for you to share with me any ‘aha’ moments you have had while reading through this post in the comments below. I always love hearing from you.

Yours in Healing & Health,

Nicola

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Are You At Risk Of That Niggle Turning Into Chronic Pain?  Six Signs You Might Be.

Are You At Risk Of That Niggle Turning Into Chronic Pain? Six Signs You Might Be.

Chronic pain is defined as physical pain that lasts beyond the normal healing period (or for longer than three months). For example, if you roll your ankle during a game of netball you can usually expect it to heal within a six to twelve week period – depending on how severe the initial injury is and whether you seek treatment for it. If six months down the track you are still experiencing physical pain and symptoms, your injury has now become chronic. Chronic pain is a lot harder to manage and heal from. So what are the signs that you are at risk of developing chronic pain?

 

Stress as a risk factor for chronic pain

1. You feel stressed, overwhelmed and your life is extremely busy.

Stress causes an increase in heart rate, which in turn makes you breathe faster and causes your muscles to tighten in response.  Chronically tight muscles become painful over time.  Stress also causes you to feel more anxious, which is known to intensify feelings of pain.

Focusing on your pain

2. You spend a lot of time focusing on your pain.

This causes the pain signals that are sent to your brain to fire faster and more often.  In time this lowers your pain threshold so even gentle activities, such as receiving a light massage, become painful.

Poor diet as a risk factor for chronic pain

3.  You have a poor diet consisting largely of sugar, processed foods and the wrong fats.

Your body needs proper fuel to operate efficiently and for optimal healing.  There is a lot of research currently being done around how poor gut health (when related to a poor diet) causes a low grade chronic inflammatory response in the body.

Not listening to your body

4. You ignore the messages your body is sending you.

Your body is constantly sending you messages about what it needs you to do to help it heal.  If your physical pain is connected to your emotional wellness, your body will also intuitively tell you what areas of your life you need to address.  It is your job to listen, but also take action, to help your body free itself from pain.

Living a sedentary lifestyle

5. You live a largely sedentary lifestyle.

Regular exercise helps fight inflammation.  It also releases natural pain-relieving endorphins.  Getting off the couch and moving your body will also not only help you feel better physiologically, but also psychologically.

Not getting enough sleep

6.  You don’t go to bed early or get enough sleep, more nights than you do.

It is while we sleep, and particularly the hours before midnight, that our bodies repair and rejuvenate themselves.  Getting a consistently good night’s sleep is one of the most important keys to healing.

Even if you can relate to a number of these risk factors, it doesn’t mean you will develop chronic pain.  It simply means that you may be more susceptible than someone who is addressing, and working to improve, these different areas in their life.

I know it can feel overwhelming to think you need to address all these different areas of your life all at once.  So if you would love some support then please feel free to read more about how I can support you through my ‘Heal Your Body’ 1:1 coaching program here.

I know this program isn’t going to be for everyone which is why I offer a free 30 minute, no obligation, chat (by Skype or phone) to see if we are a good fit to work together.  And I promise that if I don’t think I can help you I will tell you!

If you are keen for a quick chat then I would love to hear from you.  You just need to click here to choose a time to catch up that suits you.

And even if my coaching program isn’t for you, that’s absolutely fine!  But I bet you can think of someone you know who probably needs to read this post right now..  So please feel free to share it with them.  And, as always, I’d love for you to share any comments you may have with me below.

Yours in Healing and Health,

Nicola

What Does Healing Intuitively, Naturally & Holistically Even Mean?

What Does Healing Intuitively, Naturally & Holistically Even Mean?

When people ask me what I do I tell them that I am a physiotherapist and life coach, helping women manage their pain (and prevent future pain) so they can enjoy life, feel motivated and gain confidence. How do I do this? By teaching them ways to heal their body intuitively, naturally and holistically. But what the heck does that even mean you might ask? Well, today I am going to share with you what it means to me and how it applies to the work I do … so keep reading!

Healing Intuitively:

Imagine you are walking home late one night by yourself and you come to a dark park. You know that taking a short-cut through the park is the quickest way home, but you have a gut-feeling that something bad might happen if you do. So you continue home the long way, past traffic and under street lights. That is you listening to your intuition.

That gut-feeling is just one way your body sends you messages. Your body talks to you all the time. That ache behind your eyes, that tightness in your shoulder, or that niggle in your back are just some of the ways your body tells you that something in your life is not working properly, or there is something out of balance.

It is your job to listen to these signals, take notice and take action. Why? Because if you don’t your body will start screaming louder and louder, until that niggle turns into chronic pain or illness.

When it comes to using intuition to heal physical pain this is the first thing I teach my clients. To learn how to listen to the signals their body is sending and then unravel the mystery of ‘why’ they are being sent this message. Sometimes it is as simple as needing to change their work desk around to improve their posture. But other times it just might be that they need to learn how to set stronger boundaries in their lives, so they can decrease their stress levels and relieve the painful tension being held in their shoulders.

So, take a minute now to tune in to how your body feels. Is there anywhere you feel tight? Is something aching? If there is I want you to ask yourself two questions. What in my life might be causing me to feel this way? And if this tightness/ache/pain was an emotion what would it be? You might just find the answer to beginning to heal intuitively right there.

And if you would like to know more about how you can learn to heal intuitively my eBook, ‘Breathe, Feel & Ask’, would be perfect for you to read. You can download your free copy by clicking on the picture below.

Intuitive Healing

Click here to receive your free eBook to help you begin healing intuitively.

Healing Naturally:

One of my biggest frustrations as a physiotherapist is witnessing the amount of medications that are prescribed to my clients, without any thought of the adverse effects that long-term consumption has on our body.

Now, don’t get me wrong! I do believe there is a time and place for both painkillers and anti-inflammatories. I actually can’t do my job effectively if a patient’s pain isn’t under control. And many chronic pain sufferers would not be able to have any quality of life without both of these types of medication.

But I don’t believe that this is all we should be prescribing. There are a number of more natural alternatives that should also be considered alongside medication. These include:

  • Regular and gentle exercise
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Massage
  • Naturopathy
  • Essential oils
  • Self-care practices such as hot packs, dry body brushing, good sleep, journaling, staying hydrated and eating well.

When working with my clients I help them develop a toolbox of practices to help them manage their pain in a more natural and sustainable way. Not everything works for everyone so it’s about experimenting, adding in what helps and discarding the rest. What you end up with is your own ‘go-to self care guide’ to help manage and heal your pain.

Healing Holistically:

So what does holistic health and healing actually mean? Here is what it means to me. It’s about living a healthy lifestyle and discovering true wellness of not only your body, but also your mind and spirit.

When it comes to working with my coaching clients it is about healing the person as a whole, rather than just the part of them that hurts.

The reason I believe that this is so important is that our mind and body are intimately connected. What affects one, affects the other.

Let me give you an example. If you roll your ankle at a netball game you experience an acute injury and acute pain. In this case six weeks of physiotherapy treatment is probably going to be enough to get you back up and running. However, in my clinical practice I have client after client come to see me with tight and sore shoulders which they just can’t get rid of. The question I ask myself here is why? What is actually going on for this tension to develop in the first place?

Once I start talking to these women a common thread tends to appear. They are all busy juggling family, work, friends and all sorts of other commitments.  While also trying to keep the house clean, the fridge full and the dog walked. They are stressed out, feel overwhelmed and they have no time to look after themselves. So, if I was just to treat their muscle tightness they might get some temporary relief but it wouldn’t be long-lasting. Why? Because they are still going to be stressed out, overwhelmed and busy!

I not only have to help these women heal their pain but also work with them to begin implementing simple and easy self-care practices into their day, discover strategies to help them deal with their stress and find ways to lessen their feelings of overwhelm. Can you now see why healing the whole person is so much more important than focusing on just a single body part?

I hope this article has helped you gain a greater understanding of the work I do and what healing physical pain by intuitive, natural and holistic practices actually means.

If you do have any more questions about how I can help you then please feel free to either touch base by sending me an email (you can reach me at nicola@reclaimingstrength.net) or by booking a free half hour chat with me by clicking here.

And please feel free to share with me any ‘aha’ moments that you may have had while reading through this post in the comments below. I always love hearing from you.

Yours in Healing & Health,

Nicola

PS. If you know of someone who you think may just need to read this post today then please feel free to share it with them.

So How Can An Online Coaching Program Help You Heal Your Physical Pain?

So How Can An Online Coaching Program Help You Heal Your Physical Pain?

I have been asked some great questions lately about what I actually do and how my online coaching program can help heal your physical pain.  You may have the same questions so today I want to answer them for you.

As a physiotherapist (BPhty) and life coach I teach women how to manage their physical pain (and prevent future pain) so they can enjoy life, feel motivated and regain confidence.  I do this by supporting women to improve not only their physical health, but their emotional health as well.  I believe that the body and mind are intimately connected.  What affects one affects the other.

So how do I do actually support women to improve their physical and emotional health?  In many ways.  Firstly by sharing information in my newsletter (which you can sign up to here) and on my Facebook and Instagram pages.  Secondly through the articles I write each week.  And most importantly through my 1:1 ‘Heal Your Body’ coaching program.

It is through my 1:1 coaching program that I can really help women learn to feel less stressed, be less grumpy and feel like they are in control of their body and mind … rather than their body and emotions controlling them.

So, why a 1:1 coaching program rather than an eBook or eCourse?  Simple!  If I can’t talk to you I can’t really understand the pain that you are experiencing, how it is affecting your life and how I can best support you.  eBooks and eCourses are wonderful for self-learning, but they can’t give you the personal support that you often actually need.

So how does my program differ from seeing a health practitioner in person?  When you see a GP, physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath or massage therapist in a clinical setting they are more than likely just going to focus on the physical pain you have.  They will treat your pain as a single ‘part’ of  you, rather than looking at the ‘whole’ picture. Instead I believe true healing is about the ‘whole’, not just a single part.

Another great question that I am often asked is, ‘how can you tell what is wrong with me when I’m just talking to you on the phone’?  I love this question because it means people are thinking!  I’m going to answer that as simply as I can.

When you go to see a physiotherapist (or other health practitioner) the first thing they do is ask you a bunch of questions such as, ‘where is your pain’, ‘can you describe how it feels’, ‘what makes it worse’, ‘what can you do to make it feel better’ and ‘is there a time of day when it is really bad’?  This is called a subjective assessment.

This is the most important part of anything I do.  After nearly 19 years of being a physiotherapist I can honestly say that 9 times out of 10, by the end of the subjective assessment, I can tell you what your diagnosis is without have to do a physical (or objective) assessment.  As long as I ask the right questions your answers will give me all the clues I need to tell you what is wrong.

I’m not saying that this is always the case.  Sometimes people’s pain is a little more complicated.  So if I think you need to see a specialist, or have a face to face consultation with someone, then I promise I will always tell you.

Another great question I often get asked is ‘what does your coaching program involve’?  I just want to quickly share with you how my coaching program works.

“Nicola is truly one of a kind.  She brings her own inner strength, along with a sense of calm and stillness, to every interaction.  Her ability to give you her whole attention when she is listening is a gift.  Her unique approach combines a comprehensive knowledge of the human body and physical pain, and the result is a truly effective way to move through both physical and emotional struggles and into a place of greater strength, acceptance and understanding of your body and yourself” – Leesa       

In our first session we concentrate on your pain and how it affects you.  After this initial session I send you an action plan.  This outlines what I believe may be going on, as well as providing you with some simple exercises that you can begin using straight away to begin your self-healing journey.  As I said previously though, if I think you need to go and see a particular health professional I will also recommend this.

During the following sessions we dive a little deeper into ways you can manage your pain, as well as looking at strategies to help you mange the stress that your pain may be causing.  We also delve into what may be contributing to your pain on more of an emotional level.  And together we also look at ways to close the gap between how you are feeling ‘now’ and how you would like to feel in the ‘future’, both personally and in terms of your body and life as a whole.

At the end of the twelve weeks I then send you an action pan of how to continue the self-management strategies that you learned throughout the program, and any further recommendations or resources that I can offer.  I also provide a free catch-up session six weeks later to see how you are getting on and if there is anything else I can do to support you.

Read more about the program here.

I hope that this has answered a few of your questions.  If you have any more than I am more than happy to give you a call so we can talk through the physical pain that you are experiencing and my recommendations for you.  If you are interested in knowing more, or have a few more questions, then please feel free to click here to book a time that suits you to catch up.

Just before I go I wanted to let you know that I am currently offering a special price for my coaching program for the month of June.  For those that sign up to work with me this month I have dropped my monthly investment to just $195.  From the beginning of July this price will go back up to $400 per month, for the three month program.  So if you feel like this is something that you need right now, because you know that your physical pain is affecting your life, your ability to concentrate at work or your quality time with family or friends then click here to book a free half hour chat with me so we can talk about how I can help you, and to see if this program is the right fit for you.

And even if this program isn’t for you right now then chances are that you know someone who may just benefit from knowing more about my coaching program and how I can help them.  So please feel free to share this post with them.  You never know whose life you may change!

Yours in Healing & Health,

Nicola