What is the Massage Therapy Association? In 1989 the Massage Therapy Association of South Africa (MTA) was founded to work toward professional recognition of Therapeutic Massage Therapy. MTA is a formally constituted non-profit professional association acting on behalf of registered Therapeutic Massage Therapists (TMT’s). The statutory council under which the profession is registered with is the Allied […]

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‘My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where she is.’ ˜Ellen DeGeneres According to Hippocrates, walking is the best medicine. Walking is one of the least expensive and most broadly accessible forms of physical activity. Studies have shown that walking has higher levels […]

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Pain is a symptom, often a very strong symptom. It is a personal experience, and is influenced by all that we have learned and experienced, culturally and in our upbringing. While pharmaceutical drugs are powerful and can provide rapid pain relief, they often have side-effects when used in the long term. Dr David Nye describes […]

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With this edition’s article on insomnia we pay homage to World Sleep Day which, on 17 March, celebrates the undeniable link between enough sleep and good health – both physical and mental. If you suffer from insomnia, it can be incredibly irksome when those around you seem to nod off effortlessly. Sometimes it can be […]

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Some people think chocolate is in its own separate food group. I personally think, as do many others, that it is an ‘essential’ superfood and that life would just not be the same without it. Chocolate, derived from cocoa beans, has a long and interesting history. The word cacao has changed over the years to […]

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‘I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.’ ~ Henry David Thoreau, writer, philosopher and naturalist. Romance in the 21st Century is much more than candle-lit dinners and bunches of roses. In fact, the most promising answer to a happy union may just be a walk in the wild. […]

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When the days are shorter, greyer, and the cold has set in, it is much more challenging to get out of a warm, cosy bed and motivate yourself to exercise. Consider Hot Yoga to keep you active, fi t and happy during the chilly winter months. Exercise is not just for summer and the cold […]

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Low-level laser therapy is becoming ever more popular as a highly effective, non-invasive treatment for the management of a variety of conditions. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has proven to be highly effective in treating a wide range of conditions, musculoskeletal injuries, degenerative diseases, arthritis, joint replacement, rehabilitation, back pain, ankle injuries, knee injuries, whiplash, certain […]

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Exercise is essential for optimal health. If body parts don’t move appropriately, how can we possibly function normally? Our body needs to be like a flowing river and not a stagnant pond. Do you feel stiff? Here are some tips from Guy Ashburner to help you feel good instead. We humans are the most static […]

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