How to Truly Unwind While Traveling

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MASSAGE AND HOLIDAY

It is not very rare that we don’t have the time of our lives for a specific holiday. This happens due to a variety of different reasons - some are connected to the weather, others are connected simply to poor luck. We don’t enjoy some holidays because we are extremely tired, or perhaps because we haven’t really researched the area we are traveling to. But how to make the best out of every single trip? What are the most important things that you should have in mind?

Get a massage

This is something that starts before your actual trip. Opting for a massage one day before you embark on your journey (or perhaps even that very day) is very much recommended. Not only will you make those muscles relax, but you will also leave your country/city in a better mood. Now, since your flight might be daunting, stressful, and even long, you might also opt for a massage after your trip. This can be played in two ways - if you have some extra time in-between flights, you can schedule a short massage session, but since this in most cases is not very user-friendly as you don’t want to leave the airport (unless there is one there), you should opt for one when you reach your destination. Make sure that you don’t have to leave the hotel for getting a massage. You can have a mobile massage Melbourne where the masseur will come to you, and in most cases this is a better option than taking the masseuse at the hotel as you want a professional who’s devoted to massages only. This will also make your muscles relax and reboot, which is exactly what you need after a long flight, or even more important - after a long ride.

Have a backup in case of weather

The weather can always surprise us, and more often than not, we end up under a balcony waiting for the rain to stop or we spend our day in the hotel because we don’t know what to do. The fact that you cannot go sightseeing because of the rain, for example, shouldn’t stop you from experiencing the city. What you need to do is dress, go to A1 Canteen restaurant, have a great dish and drink, and use their internet to see what other things you might do. There are great closed venues in every single city and you will definitely be able to find something that you might want to see and experience. Museums are great in this case, so have that in mind.

Don’t think too much

How to properly unwind while on a holiday? Never think too much. The most important thing that you can do is indulge in the activities that you want to indulge in at that very specific moment. Thinking about whether you are supposed to do that or not, whether you should save your money to something else, when to go here and when to go there might only make more problems and result in a headache. Do not forget that this is your holiday, so live every day like it’s your last. This might sound like a cliche sentence, but it’s definitely true when we’re discussing holidays.

Carpe diem

And finally, don’t forget to seize every single day. If this means getting up early in order to visit something new and see something unique and exotic, so be it. You don’t have to sleep until late in the morning when you’re on holiday, you can do that when you get back home. Use every single second of this trip to enjoy, see and experience new things.

There is nothing worse than planning and going on a holiday that you don’t actually enjoy. And this is not anyone else’s fault but yours, because you haven’t been well-prepared. Remember that nothing can ruin your holiday if you are positive and have back up plans. So, think carefully, and have a great trip!

Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

A Tradesman's Health

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Tradespeople need Remedial Massage in their Toolkit

A tradesman's health is their most vital tool, yet Australian tradespeople experience some of the highest claims of injury and time off work compared to other industry workers.

Over 30% of work-related injury cases are related to manual handling or body stressing claims (Body stressing injuries include muscle strains, back conditions, and tendonitis/tenosynovitis). While efficient and effective Occupational Health and Safety practices are now compulsory, musculoskeletal disorders, joint and ligament injuries and wounds still account for over 70% of all cases. Consequently putting in place a preventative program that involves remedial massage alongside good occupational health practices could bring around fewer aches and pains and a better functional working life.

The four most typical areas that tradespeople experience pain and injury are the necks, back, elbows and knees. Here's how remedial massage can help:

Pain Relief

Remedial therapists use their professional training and knowledge to provide therapeutic benefits that have a scientific basis, unlike a general masseur. Remedial therapists can provide pain relief by working on specific areas that trigger a natural release of endorphins, your body's pain-relieving hormones. Aside from this, kneading, rubbing and twisting of soft tissue generally feels nice! It also boosts the flow of blood and oxygen to your muscles. All that increased circulation flushes waste products such as lactic and uric acid out of your muscles.

Loosen Up Tight Muscles

A massage is most people's go-to whenever we're feeling sore or tight after a long day at work. Even if a practitioner does not perform it, self-administered massage feels great on tired muscles. A tradesman's job has high physical demand, and it's no wonder their muscles often feel sore and 'knotted' from constant twisting, bending down and lifting heavy objects. A remedial therapist will use a variety of methods to loosen your muscles. Remedial massage breaks down knots and adhesions and helps improve posture and flexibility. Both are important when it comes to staying active and pain-free.

Help Stiff Joints

Tradespeople commonly experience joint pain. Repetitive lifting, gripping, drilling and kneeling affect the knees and elbows. Remedial massage can help reduce aches and pains and loosen up sore muscles and joints. Subsequently improving your joint flexibility and range of motion (ROM).

Promotes Optimal Health

Our bodies have over 600 muscles that keep us moving, it's essential we give them some regular love and attention. Remedial massage not only helps to reduce muscle tension and, aches and pains that arise on the work site, but it also has an enormously positive impact on your mobility as you age. If you're on a quest for life-long optimal health, a professional remedial massage therapist can help you stay in your trade longer. Make remedial massage part of your routine.