The Science Behind Massage

If you’re like me, Christmas is 1/3 food, 1/3 fun and 1/3 hair-tearing stress. Gift-buying, feast-cooking and end-of-year deadlines – it gets pretty overwhelming come mid-December! If tea-drinking, baths and stress balls aren’t cutting it, it might be time to step up to a professional massage, which has lots of health benefits according to science!


How to tell if you’re stressed

Here are the classic signs of stress, according to Dr Lily Tomas, an expert in integrative medicine:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia

Yep. I’ve got all of those!

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Do aromatherapy and essential oils actually work?

As a scientist whose PhD involved natural product synthesis and pharmacology (that’s where you get chemicals out of nature (plants, bacteria, marine sponges etc.) in the hopes that they’ll become, or lead to the development, of a useful drug one day), I find alternative medicine very interesting. While a LOT of it is hokum, designed to trap innocent people into …

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Endota Spa review (aka I am pretty awkward at life)

I’m not someone who goes to spas often, so I’m pretty clueless when it comes to spa etiquette. Last Christmas I was lucky enough to win an Endota Spa Mind voucher, a one-hour package including a footbath and full body brush and massage. I chose Endota Spa at Martin Place – it has an incredibly convenient CBD location, just a …

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New addiction: light hand creams (review)

Ever since I’ve been out of lab, I’ve been getting into hand creams (don’t have to worry about microgram-weight greasy fingerprints on glassware anymore!). Sometimes a nicely scented pampering product is necessary in the afternoon. Here are three currently in rotation next to my keyboard: Endota Spa Lavender & Alpine Pepper Hand Cream – RRP $10 for 20 mL, $34 …

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