• "If you’re always trying to be normal,
    you will never know how amazing you can be."
    ~ Maya Angelou

Self Myofascial Release Techniques (SMR) with Emma Simpson

Self-myofascial Release (SMR): What it is and Why You Need it in Your Life

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get a massage every single day? Imagine how great it would feel to get rid of all your tight knots and sore muscles on a regular basis.

Practically heaven right?

For most of us, it’s fairly unlikely that we could fit this into our busy lives. However, there is a way to get that “ohh, I just got a massage feeling” every single day! And the best part is it doesn’t take a ton of time, it’s inexpensive, and it’s really quite simple.

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Emma Simpson | Low Mood & Depression - physical effects

The Physical Effects of Low Mood and Depression

{This was originally published one year ago…}

Depression is a very prevalent mental disorder affecting 340 million people globally and is projected to become the leading cause of disability and the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease by the year 2020.

(And here we are amidst a global pandemic #Covid19… wow, just WOW!!!)

While we think of depression as more a mental health issue, it also affects your physical health and well-being – in more ways than you can probably imagine!

Having experienced depression myself in the past, I can attest to the fact that it’s a full-body experience. Interestingly, living with chronic anxiety and depression is what actually got me into remedial massage, yoga, and holistic & functional movement as a profession as I personally experienced the healing powers of these “touch therapies” myself.  

Let’s learn more about some of the most common symptoms of depression, including how it can affect your entire body, especially if left untreated.

Please remember that if you’re experiencing symptoms of depression — you are not alone, there is nothing “wrong” with you, and there IS support for you!

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What is Structural Integration | Emma Simpson

Structural Integration, Rolfing, Myofascial Release… oh my!

Ok, so I talk about “structural integration” umm, a lot!

What can I say, I’m a BIG fan of this particular physical touch modality and I’ve decided to shift my entire practice around it! Woohoooo!!

That’s right, I’ve recently transitioned from offering primarily Remedial Massage Therapy (and I also ran a successful Yoga studio for a number of years) to offering specialised myofascial release bodywork sessions and the more advanced protocol: Structural Integration.

But, what does that all mean?!

Let’s look beneath the layers and flesh out some definitions.

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Function of fascia | Emma Simpson | Structural Integration

What the Fascia?!

In terms of physical anatomy, we’re all likely very familiar with the skeletal system, circulatory system, immune system, digestive system as well as muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

But, what if I told you that an entire body system (that affects virtually every other system) – has been left off that list?!

THE FASCIAL SYSTEM.

The term fascia is from the Latin word meaning “band” or “bandage”, and it is the biological fabric or infrastructure that holds us together.

Essentially, it is our complex network of connective tissue and can be likened to a spider web of fibrous, glue-like proteins that binds all of the other systems together in their proper places.


 

“Each organ, each muscle, each artery, each vein, each nerve — there is not one single structure in the whole body that is not connected with fascia or not enveloped by fascia.”
– Andreas Haas, Manus Fascia Center, Austria

 

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Physical Touch Therapy | Emma Simpson | Structural Integration

Why We All Need More Physical Touch Therapy

“Don’t be so touchy-feely”… heard from not too many people ever!

That’s because we, as humans, all crave touch – to touch more often and to be touched more often. I don’t mean this in a sexual manner either – it’s meant as being an essential element in your “love language”.

And we all need to be loved in different ways. Don’t we?

 

“To touch is to give life” ~ Michelangelo

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Emma Simpson | Pain - Body Signals

The Language of Pain: What Signals Your Body Is Trying to Give You

Did you know your body communicates with you around the clock?

Many of us are often too busy and stressed with everyday responsibilities, like work and childcare, or distracted with television and technology, to recognise and receive the messages our bodies are sending us.

But, you can gain valuable insight into your current state of health when you tune into what your body has to say.

The Language of Chronic Pain… are you listening to your body’s signals?

Besides our love language fueled by the hormone Oxytocin, another one of the most common languages our body uses to communicate with us — is PAIN.

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Good Posture & Mental Health | Emma Simpson

What Does Posture Have to Do With My Mental Health?

Here’s what Social Psychologist, Amy Cuddy had to say about this in her 2012 TedTalk “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are”

“Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Power posing — that is, standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.”

That is so… POWERFUL!

Interestingly, Amy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions – and perhaps even our own body chemistry, simply by changing body positions.

Doesn’t it make you feel more confident when you just stand a little taller, and not slumped forward with your eyes looking toward the ground?

I sure do! I feel like freakin’ Wonder Woman, in fact!

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Stress response - how stress affects health | Emma Simpson

The Stress Response: How to Curb the Destruction of Health!

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on STRESS and how it impacts your health, body, AND your mind…

Being chronically stressed (as in being in a state of nonstop, unrelenting stress!), as so many of us are these days – you might think that it only affects your nervous system.

After all, that’s where you perceive it to be in abundance – because it’s quite literally is unnerving!

But, the truth of the matter is that stress can also compromise most of your major body systems, including:

  • the digestive system
  • the immune system
  • the reproductive system
  • other major organs
  • even your posture and alignment
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How Stress Impacts Health - Full Body Response | Emma Simpson

Stress Impacts Health: It’s a full body (and mind) response!

This is Part 1 of a two-part series on STRESS and how it impacts your health, body & mind…

According to the Australian Psychological Association (APA),



“Seventy-two percent of Australians admit that stress affects their physical health, and 64% of us claim it’s not doing us any good in the mental health department, either.

The three main causes of stress in Australia are financial concerns, health issues, and family issues.”

 


Considering that being chronically stressed has become so mainstream these days, and it is such a regular (daily) occurrence, you might think that stress only affects your nervous system?

After all, that’s where you perceive it to be in abundance – because it is quite literally unnerving!

In actuality, stress, whether the source of it is physical, mental, real, or imagined – also compromises your digestive system, immune system, reproductive system, most major organs, and even your posture and alignment.

It really is a FULL BODY response!

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Scar Tissue Therapy | Emma Simpson, Structural Integrator & Remedial Massage

War Wounds: How Scar Tissue Therapy can help you fight them

We’ve all got one or two gnarly looking scars on our body. An old injury from falling off our bike as a kid, or maybe even a bigger one from a recent surgery.

These scars tell a lot of stories and it’s not just the actual story of how they happened that I’m referring to.

For a bodyworker like myself, your scars tell me HOW to treat your body. They tell me WHY you may be experiencing pain or discomfort and WHERE.

Our bodies are so complex that the old bike scar from childhood that you may have completely forgotten about could still be affecting you today.

But before I go down that rabbit hole, let me first give you a brief explanation of scar tissue.

What is scar tissue really?

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