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Our Top 3 Healthy Spring Recipe Ideas

The sun is shining, the breeze is warm, and the gardens are beginning to bloom. It’s springtime! This amazing season grows some of the most delicious produce that can make your breakfast, lunch and dinner pop with flavour and nutrients.

Here are some great spring recipe ideas that make the most of the season’s produce.

Breakfast bowls and smoothies

Spring is the season of some amazing fruits such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries and grapefruit. Putting a handful of each along with some organic yoghurt and milk (of any variety) into a blender will create a great on-the-go breakfast for busy schedules.

A colourful breakfast bowl with some soaked or toasted oats, cinnamon, yoghurt and fresh mandarin, banana and berries will help keep you full and energetic for the day.

Salads and Stir Fry

Fresh avocado, capsicum, celery, cucumber, tomato and spinach are all available in abundance during spring. All of these and more are the base of a great salad bowl with the addition of some proteins such as egg, chicken or salmon to bring it all together.

Stir fry is also a great way to pack a bunch of healthy ingredients into one amazing dish with some spring beans, onion, zucchini, leek and mushrooms which are all in season. You can add any flavour to a stir fry base such as soy, fish, and oyster sauce, honey, or peanut butter, which will all develop amazing flavours with some rice, noodles, or any other carbohydrate to add in the mix.

Vegetable bakes and roasts

Weeknight dinners are best when they’re quick, easy, and fulfilling! Turning a typical lasagne into a smorgasbord of spring veg and flavour is a great way to get your fill of healthy produce. You can even replace the lasagne sheets with sliced eggplant if you’re watching your carb intake. Adding some egg and flour to the mix instead of lasagne sheets can also produce a great vegie bake that refrigerates and reheats well.

One-pot roasts are also a great go-to dish for weeknights. Roasting vegetables such as potato, pumpkin, parsnip, carrot and other staple roast veg are in their prime during spring. Surrounding a roast chicken or pork with these vegetables is a great set-and-forget option for dinner and will produce amazing flavours as the juices from the produce and the roast develop together in the oven.

You can get some more recipe inspiration by taking a look at a seasonal produce guide.

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The 5 Biggest Lies About Pregnancy Massage

And why they are preventing you from feeling amazing during your pregnancy!

You might have heard these common myths about pregnancy massage that have stopped you from seeing your massage therapist when you fall pregnant. But, did you know, the truth is that massage during pregnancy – from first trimester to due date – can be a safe, effective and incredibly powerful tool in helping you to feel calm and relaxed during your pregnancy journey. Read on as we debunk the 5 common myths of pregnancy massage.

 

Myth 1: Massage Is Unsafe In The First Trimester

Contrary to popular belief, massage is safe during the first trimester – when performed by an adequately trained and experienced massage therapist. A qualified pregnancy massage specialist will understand when massage is safe and when it is not and will undergo an extensive assessment prior to your treatment to ensure that massage is safe for you and baby.

 

Myth 2: Massage Causes Early Labour

There is absolutely no evidence to back up this myth. The mere thought that massage can induce or cause a pre-term labour is absurd. If it did, Obstetricians would perform massage all the time! A qualified therapist will ensure that you and your baby are comfortable and safe throughout the treatment, without the fear of waters breaking on the table!

 

Myth 3: Your Table Must Have A Hole In It, Right?

Massaging a mum lying on her tummy is extremely uncomfortable for the baby and puts too much pressure on the mother’s lower back. Instead, massage can be done with mum lying on her side. This means that the massage therapist can still treat problem areas, such as hips, back and shoulders while making sure mum and baby are comfortable.

 

Myth 4: You Must Not Touch the Belly!

This myth has been perpetuated by the fear that a tummy massage causes harms to babies. When performed by a qualified massage therapist, abdomen massage can be extremely therapeutic and beneficial to mum and baby!  Massage can support the abdominal muscles, reduce low back pain and can even enhance the mother’s emotional connection with her baby.

 

Myth 5: Won’t the Toxins Harm My Baby?

We’ve all been told that massage releases toxins and it only natural to be worried that theses toxins will harm your baby too. Massage does release hormones and wastes from the body, but massage can also reduce stress hormones and increase the happy-feel-good hormones. So that’s not such a bad thing.

 

Remember:  When it comes to Pregnancy Massage Qualifications Are Vital!

When seeking massage during pregnancy, is vital that massage only be performed by an adequately trained therapist. A massage therapist trained in pregnancy massage will have the specific skills required to treat a mum with complex and high-risk health issues.

If you want to learn more about how massage can help you during your pregnancy, please contact us on 0407 512 009 or book your next massage now!

 

 

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Why Massage is a Vital Part of Your Exercise Program!

Does this sound familiar?

So, 2018 has started and before the champagne has gone flat you have signed up for a gym membership – vowing that this year will be different and making a commitment to “sweat it out” 7 days a week – rain, hail or shine!

You go to the gym in the first week of January, the first session feels good, great even. But suddenly – BAM – you feel like you have been hit by a bus. Muscles you didn’t know existed hurt. You tell yourself “it’s OK to have a rest day” but that days turns into a week, then a month, and before you realise it’s Easter and you haven’t return to the gym.

 

How massage can help…

Making changes can be hard, especially when it comes to exercise – but it is also an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Regular remedial massage treatments can help, and here’s why. Allow me to get technical for a moment…
Remedial massage therapy involves the systematic assessment and treatment of soft tissues, such as muscles, ligaments, tendons and connective tissues and can assist in the recovery of injury and rehabilitation of people who exercise regularly.
The role of a massage therapist is not to diagnose illness, but to perform assessment and treatment in relation to musculoskeletal dysfunction. Massage can help people restore normal health post-injury, through balancing soft tissue length and increasing blood flow and eliminate adhesions and scar tissue.
Massage can benefit people to prepare for exercise activities and plays a vital role in the recovery process of these activities. Following exercise, massage not only reduces muscular tension, but it can enhance the reabsorption of metabolites, aid the removal of lactic acid and other wastes and reduce the impact of delayed onset muscles soreness, or DOMS as it is affectionately known.

 

What’s next?

At your initial appointment, after a comprehensive discussion about your primary muscular pain and extensive testing to determine restrictions and limitations in range of motions, a treatment plan will be implemented in line with your health goals. During a massage session, various techniques such as trigger point therapy, sustained myofascial tensioning and cupping may be used to get the best results.

So, try it for yourself and see how massage can enhance your workout routine, assist you to reach your peak performance and maintain exceptional health!

For more information, contact us or book your next appointment now!