AcuMan

About Nathan Francis

Nathan is Soothe's Chinese medicine practitioner. He specialises in acupuncture and moxibustion treatments to maximise your health and wellbeing.

Ground-breaking evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness

Our acupuncturists Nathan Francis and Margi Macdonald are so excited by last month’s worldwide release of a review of acupuncture research, they felt they had to share the news with you!

This ground-breaking review found evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions, with stronger evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness for some conditions than others. […]

Release your neck and shoulder tension

Try these between massage sessions, especially when doing something repetitive like deskwork or gardening.
Reach up and grab the base of the left side of your neck with your right hand
Squeeze and release, moving your hand down your left shoulder and arm.

Repeat several times on both sides of your body.
For a deep massage to the […]

Self massages and stretches for neck and head tension

Reach around and grasp the base of your neck, squeezing it with your hand
Move up your neck to your hairline, squeezing and releasing as you go.

Repeat as many times as the strength in your arms and hands will comfortably allow.
In this next move, stretch ONLY to a comfortable stretch
Use one hand to help stretch your […]

The importance of stretching

Stretching is an important part of muscle health.

It is a simple, quick and effective way to bring oxygen rich, nutrient rich blood into the muscles, making them more supple and relaxed.

A relaxed muscle is less likely to tear or go into spasm. This means a decrease in body pain and an increase in general […]

Try this progressive relaxation exercise

Try it when you feel anxious, stressed or when you can’t sleep.

Doing it every day will give you the most benefit.

Lie comfortably with your arms and legs outstretched.
Clench one fist and hold it for 10 seconds.
Relax the fist for 10 seconds, then clench again and relax.
Repeat with the other hand.
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Building resistance to stress

These are healthful tips for better managing your stress levels.
Jog, swim or bike
Exercise increases the flow of endorphins, which are natural pain relievers responsible for what is called “the runner’s high”.

In addition, exercising, if done two to three times a week, will improve your circulation and help relieve chronic tension and anxiety.

You may also […]

The stress test

Stress is not necessarily a bad thing; it can be a stimulus for positive change and growth.

But excess stress can be detrimental.

You can feel the effects of stress from one single large event or as a series of small ones accumulate.

Even a small stressor in your life like a mild, but chronic illness, a […]

All about stress

Everybody experiences stress at one time or another.

Some people would even say that the environment today is more stressful than it has ever been.

With the advent of technology and the complexity of today’s world stress seems hard to escape.

The key to not experiencing the negative effects of stress are related to how you handle […]

Tips for a good night’s sleep

Insomnia is a problem for many people, and the worry about not sleeping can become a problem of its own.

Occasional insomnia is common and may be a response to excitement or temporary worry.

It will do you no harm as long as you remain reasonably energetic in your daily life.

Also, you may not realize that […]

Tips for reducing the number of times you get a headache

Chronic headaches usually result from a number of factors.

Many times, they are caused by tension in the neck and shoulders, life stress, hormonal imbalances, unexpressed emotions, or possible reactions to medications or alcohol.

Try keeping a headache ‘log’ to help you determine any patterns that could be contributing to your headaches.

But please remember, if you ever experience a sudden severe headache unlike anything you’ve experienced before, […]