Why I LOVE Acupressure and Tapping

At al Covo, I offer many many types of massage, and well-being treatments. Many of them are flexible to deal with a variety of conditions, such as Reiki, Reflexology, Remedial Massage, Aromatherapy, Meditations, however Acupressure and Tapping have always held a unique ability to cross over the emotional and physical focus that many clients have, and therefore make it so attractive to many people. Here is my favourite 50 list of why I love them so much:

1.   Anyone can learn the Acupressure points
2.   You don’t need needles like Acupuncture
3.   It works with the same meridian pathways as Traditional Chinese Medicine
4.   It’s super safe to apply
5.   You can do it anywhere (at work, school, in line, at home, while you travel) More...

Can relaxing treatments and thoughts change your DNA to look younger?

Did you know that the expression of your genes is modifiable?

The old notion that genes control your life has been replaced by new epigenetic discoveries. For example, when you put stem cells in a petri dish with the conditions that support muscle growth, the cells evolve into strong contractile muscles. However, if you change the conditions in the petri dish, the same cells can become bone cells, fat cells, and even brain cells! When you put stem cells in a petri dish with the conditions that support muscle growth, the cells evolve into strong contractile muscles. I personally find this fascinating. While every one of your cells is genetically identical, their fate is controlled by the conditions around them.

Beyond the petri dish

Today scientists are taking this even further and way beyond the petri dish. They’re exploring the impact of what you eat, drink, breathe and do on your genetic activity. I think the most unexpected discovery is connected to yoga, meditation, prayer, and mindful breathing. Over one hundred studies found that these activities can also influence your genes and the rate at which you get older. More...

Reflexology and Massage - what's the difference?

Reflexology uses body maps that are on the feet, hands and ears. Massage does not. Massage is all about working the muscles, tendons and fascia. In reflexology, the sensitive areas on the feet and hands indicate there is either something out of balance in the body map area of the body or something in the foot itself or something along the meridian. The sensitive areas are areas that the practitioner will work more or longer on, say up to five minutes on a sensitive place. This is to have a better response for the client. This may be similar to massage, but the massage therapist will keep in mind the tendons and massaging to the desired end result of releasing the muscles and easing the pain. Where as the reflexologist will be focusing on the reflex points or maps and how the body works and how specific conditions or illnesses work.

The benefits of reflexology are improved circulation, relaxation or stress reduction and it helps to balance or improve function of the internal organs and glands naturally. Some studies have shown it to reduce pain such as back pain, PMS symptoms, diabetes and more. Many people find it even more relaxing than a full body massage, perhaps because they don’t have to take off their clothes, and because the work is being done far away from the head or because there are more nerve endings in the feet and hands and face than other parts of the body. There is something about the finger and thumb walking technique that is deeply relaxing in a way massage is not. More...

Massage Therapy for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the oldest diseases, and massage therapy has been around for thousands of years. When used properly, one of the oldest treatments known to man — massage therapy — can help relieve one of our oldest and most common ailments — osteoarthritis. The value of massage therapy was discovered long ago, practiced in ancient Greece, China, and India. According to a National Health Interview Survey, today about 8 million British citizens receive massage therapy every year.

Osteoarthritis, which affects about 12 percent of British citizens between their early teen years and their mid-70s, occurs when wear and tear breaks down the cartilage cushions between the joints, causing pain and stiffness. Massage therapy seems to ease the pain. More...

10 Quick Stress-Busting Techniques

It’s true that stress is always present in our life. It’s there everywhere we look, everywhere we go, and in everything we do. Even sleeping and doing nothing can become stressful at times. But stress doesn’t have to dismantle our life and prevent us from being happy and healthy. With the following easy techniques, you can cope with stress effectively and live life to the fullest!

Stretch it out.

Headache, fatigue, stiff neck, and cramps are all signs of stress. Chronic stress makes our muscles so tensed that they get swollen and become painful over time. This leads to undesirable symptoms, including pain. Stress also undermines blood circulation, which in turn makes your body more vulnerable to disease. Stretching out is a very convenient way to ease stress when you’re in the middle of a paperwork. Getting familiar with basic stretching techniques can significantly improve your blood flow, relax your tensed muscles and give you great relief. More...

Top 8 Back Pain Reducers (You Can Do as Part of Your Everyday Life)

Here at al Covo, massages, meditations, nutrition and other well-being treatments such as Stretching, Reiki and Reflexology can help reduce back pain, as can some of my Neal's Yard products - arnica cream or gel is especially good. Call Steve on 07968065885 or 02380639913 for more details. However, most of us have some habits that are making them more at risk of back pain, particularly lower back pain. Here are some of them, cut them out and you may need less of my professional help:


1. Not observing correct posture. Incorrect posture can add so much pressure and stress on your spine and to your muscles. Moreover, it can change the anatomical characteristics of your spine. When sitting, keep the hips a little higher than the knees and stand with the knees slightly bent, and one foot forward. This takes off the pressure from the lower back and decrease strain in the back.

2. Not getting up from your desk for a long time. If you’re like most office workers who are always chained in their desks, chances are you experience lower back pain on a regular basis. Inactivity makes your muscles weaker and damages your spine. Find time to get up from your chair and take a few minutes walking. If it isn’t possible, do some stretching. Ten minutes of stretching is enough to recharge your batteries and make you energetic for the rest of the day.

3. Smoking. People who smoke and have a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to develop serious diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Also, the nicotine in tobacco prevents the blood from reaching the discs that support your vertebrae, triggering back pain. More...

Managing Worries and Negative Emotions

Just because worrying is hard-wired in our brain, doesn’t mean we can no longer do something to eliminate, if not reduce it. When taken with caution, worrying can be an essential tool that will keep you protected from life’s perils. Here are some things you can do to manage your worries and some other negative emotions:


• Learn to change your emotions by changing your thoughts
Perhaps the reason why cognitive therapy is very effective in helping people address anxiety and other behavioural disorders is because it is centred on changing one’s perspective. Your behaviour is the product of your mind. If you have negative thoughts, it will reflect on your actions. In cognitive behavioural therapy, the rational part of the cortex is trained to take control of the irrational part of the limbic system. Remember, human beings feel before they think. By strengthening the cortex’s natural ability to manage emotions, we can actually change how we feel even before it affects our behaviour. Many people think that the only way to change the brain chemistry is through medication. But the brain is more powerful than what we think it is.  More...

Benefits of a Little Self Love

Too often, we forget to love ourselves because we are too focused on other people, on our goals, and everything else we care about the most. But did you know that self-love is the root foundation of all the relationships we build with other people? If we don’t have it, we really don’t have the love to give at all.

al Covo offers prestigious massage, waxing and well-being treatments in Southampton, including meditations, stretching, reflexology, reiki, body wraps and weight loss plans. Visit www.alcovo.co.uk, email steve@alcovo.co.uk or call Steve on 07698065885 or 02380639913 for more details. The philosophy is easy...Relax and love your body...and here's why!

Competition fuels Self-Criticism

Do you always feel the need to outperform others? There’s nothing wrong in competition. Being competitive is a trait that is critical to survival. But too much sense of competition makes us more self-critical. According to Kristin Neff, associate professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas and pioneer of research on self-compassion, when our self-worth depends on our need to outscore others, we tend to become more anxious and insecure. So when challenges come and we fail, we become much more miserable. Self-criticism therefore hinders us from being successful and being loved – two of our ultimate dreams. More...

A guide to boost your winter immune system.

A healthy immune system is the cornerstone of good health. In our fast paced world, there are a multitude of factors that can challenge our immune system, including diet, lifestyle, exercise, sleep, stress, exposure to toxins both environmental and consumed in food and drugs to name a few. If our immune system is not firing on all cylinders it can have a huge impact on how our body copes with these challenges, and be the difference between wellness and illness.

Our immune system is a complex network made up of more than white blood cells. It includes our skin which acts as a physical barrier to harmful microbes. Our lymphatic system also plays a large role in immunity and includes the lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes and lymphatic organs such as the spleen, which help to remove toxins from tissue within the body and transport potentially harmful microbes to cells that can help disarm them. More...

About the author

Steve from AlcovoBorn in Worcestershire, and educated to second (Masters) degree in Geography, I worked in a corporate company before being inspired more fully into well-being from travels to the Eastern and Tropical countries of the Philippines, India, Kenya, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mozambique.

I gained an understanding of spas, treatments and clients along my way, and have developed this into my own practice, al Covo, to which I welcome you warmly. I pride myself on al Covo's warmth, peaceful aura, hygiene and thoroughness.

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