Remember your Vitamin D!

Dr Helga Rhein of Sighthill Health Centre promotes the importance of Vitamin D. Here is a summary of her wise advice:

"Vitamin D is produced in a persons skin when it is exposed to the sun or can be taken from a few foods or supplements. It is then a building substance for a very important powerful hormone called Calcitriol. Vitamin D can be stored in the body for some months and these stores should not run low.


It has been known for more than 100 years that this vitamin is important for healthy bones and muscles and that Rickets was virtually abolished when cod liver oil was given to children. In the last 15 years we have learned that higher blood concentrations of vitamin D are very important not just for bones but also to fight infections, colds and flu,to heal wounds and also to reduce risks of some cancers, diabetes and heart disease. It is also very important in pregnancy to avoid complications and for the baby. As there is never enough sun light in Scotland and we are often indoors, it is very important to take it as a supplement. When sitting in the sun you should bare your arms and legs and take it for ½ hr, without sunscreen. It is advised most healthy adults and teenagers to take 1000-2000 IU each day (25-50 micrograms) For people living in Scotland it is advised 2000-4000 IU or for people with dark skin or who are overweight. A lot of people have found the following benefits:
Fewer colds and flu
Less aches and pains
Muscle strength
Less tiredness
Less feeling of depression or low spirits"...

Discover more about deep tissue massage

What is deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve pain and muscle tension it is very beneficial because it reaches deep layers of muscles, fascia, (connective tissue) and tendons. The goal of this type of massage is to breakdown adhesions (tense areas in muscles), and chronic patterns of tension. It is imperative to break them down because they cause pain, inflammation, and limit movement of muscles and joints.

Benefits of deep tissue massage: 

  • alleviates pain 
  • helps recovery from injury 
  • increases mobility 
  • decreases muscle tension 
  • helps recovery from a repetitive stress
  • improves posture
  • gives relief from osteoarthritis
  • gives relief from fibromyalgia

How sore will this be? 

Deep tissue massage is therapeutic as well as corrective and done properly should not cause excessive pain to the client nor straining to the therapist.  It is done within the clients tolerance level, so if 10 was their utmost pain you would ask them to tell you when you were at level six or seven.

The other way the therapist can know the client is too sore is by feeling them tensing up against the treatment.

Deep tissue massage can cause a bit of pain for a couple of days after which would be natural and then relief will come after that.

It is important to rest and relax as much as possible after a deep tissue massage. It is good to take a hot bath after the treatment and drink lots of water or herbal tea to help the body eliminate waste products.