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The old notion that genes control your life has been replaced by new epigenetic discoveries.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...

What is Acupressure?

Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. Acupressure was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. Using the power and sensitivity of the hand, Acupressure Therapy is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments, and is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care for boosting the immune system. Acupressure releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain, and develops spirituality and vibrant health. For a pressure point reference and a self-care guide for common complaints from A to Z, see Acupressure's Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., with 400 illustrations and over a hundred self-acupressure healing applications.

Acupuncture & Acupressure use the same pressure points and meridians, but Acupuncture employs needles, while Acupressure uses gentle to firm finger pressure. When these acupressure points are stimulated, they release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood, and enhance the body's life force energy to aid healing. Acupressure therapy can be used to relieve pain, fortify the sexual reproductive system, detoxify the body for greater health and beauty, and tone facial and back muscles. Ways to Use Acupressure Applications of using Acupressure include relieving pain, balancing body energy, and maintaining good health. Acupressure's healing touch reduces muscular tension, increases circulation, and enables deep relaxation. By relieving stress, Acupressure Therapy strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness. You can learn self-care applications and pressure point formulas for specific conditions, such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic muscular pain, mental stress, addiction recovery, learning disorders, trauma, emotional imbalances and more. Here are some areas for applying Acupressure effectively. More...

Activating Your Chakras Using Visualisation/Meditation

Your chakras are amazingly powerful energy centers because they interact with the creative energy around you. When these chakras are working properly, your creative manifesting energy can flow better, leading to more success, happiness and fulfillment.

Here is a simple and effective meditation technique you can use today, to open and activate your chakras for the better:


Part I: Tuning In

1. Find a comfortable place to sit.

Find a place where you will be able to focus without distraction. You can sit on a cushion with your legs crossed on if this is comfortable for you. If you prefer, the meditation can be done while seated in a chair. Make sure that your feet are placed firmly on the ground.

2. Align your posture.

When taking your seat in meditation, bring your attention into your body. Straighten the spine, the main energy highway of the body. Lift your head so that the crown is pointed towards the sky. Tuck your chin. Roll your shoulders back. This ensures that the spine is in a neutral position. Neutral alignment of the spine allows your energy to flow freely through the body. More...

5 Ways to Clean Your Aura

Top 5 Ways to Clean Your Aura

Your aura is a soft, ethereal glow that surrounds your body and this glow is made up of faint colors. The glow itself flows through 7 key points in your body called your chakras.

The chakras run all up and down your spine and each chakra directly corresponds to a different part of your being. For example, there are chakras that correspond to your physical self, to your emotional self and to your spiritual self.

Your aura should always be a healthy, radiant glow. You don’t want the colors to be too faint and you don’t want any breaks, tears or misshapen spots marring your aura.  If your aura is always in a healthy way, then your emotions will be balanced and you will likely be in a positive mood most of the time. This is crucial because the law of attraction states that like attracts like. This means that whatever energy you put out into the universe you will attract right back to you. So, if you put positive energy out into the universe, you will attract positive and healthy people and situations back to you. This is all key to your manifestation work. More...

A World of Love

In my meditations recently I have been sat with the question about “What would it be like to love all of yourself?”

At first glance, it’s easy to brush it all off and say of course I love all of myself, or I love myself.

But the bit I am after in this self-reflection, is the parts of you that you don’t love or don’t like about yourself. If you were to start to make a list of those areas, it could start to be quite telling.

On a pathway of self-exploration and self-development, self-acceptance for me is one of the keys of Love. I describe Love as being something you can experience, either on your own, with another object or person, but I also want to introduce the idea of it being a state of being. By this I mean, feeling in contact with your heart centre as well as your logical head both at the same time. See if you can practice that for a while, how it is to sit between these 2 places, head and heart and then take a look around you. The world can start to look quite different.

I would describe this as being the optimal way of being, connected with both in tandem. 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...

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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