What causes fluid retention?

Your body is made up mainly of water. When your hydration level is not balanced, your body tends to hang on to that water. Usually, water retention may cause you to feel heavier than normal, and less nimble or active. It can also cause:

  • bloating
  • puffiness
  • swelling

Fluid retention is otherwise know as Edema: swelling caused by the abnormal buildup of fluid in the body. The fluid collects under the skin within the tissues that are outside of the circulatory system. The circulatory system carries blood through the body.

Edema is most common in the feet and legs. It can also occur in the hands, arms, face, and abdomen. Read More

Freebie fitness class alert!!

FREEBIE ALERT! Did you know we run an online group fitness membership, real live trainers, right into your living room (or wherever you feel like working out!). No need to even leave the house! Here’s a taster… All you need is a bit of space so join us now….

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Contacting us couldn’t be easier!

We are aware that sometimes our staff are so pressed for time that they do not always have time to check the answerphone and respond to online chat requests. So, we have been working our tech magic behind the scenes and now we are SURE that phones, chat requests and all other types of enquiries will be answered faster than ever! What have we been up to? Well, let us explain!

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Have a knee injury and need prehab / rehab advice?

Are you looking for a personal trainer who REALLY knows knees and can REALLY help you get back to fitness? Look no further!

Diane came to see Melanie because she had a knee injury. She has since been told she will ultimately need a knee replacement, so her goal is to put off the surgery for as long as she can. Here is Diane’s testimonial along with how you can contact Melanie to find out more about how she can help you too.

Melanie has space for TWO new clients and delivers her sessions via Skype as well as face to face, meaning as a client it doesn’t matter where in the world you are.

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Manual lymphatic drainage trials: Treating Fibromyalgia pain symptoms

Image result for fibromyalgiaBackground on the trial

This trial has been organised independently by Melanie at Ryding2Health Ltd Invercargill. We were interested to find out whether there was evidence that MLD could help manage symptoms for sufferers of fibromyalgia because we see so many people with this diagnosis in our massage clinic (usually to receive deep tissue massage). We had read research online that suggested that it could be the best form of massage to treat fibromyalgia but we had no evidence of this on a personal level. 

All the participants of the trial have had a formal diagnosis. They have all agreed to a minimum 4 weeks of treatment – at least one 60 min treatment per week. All participants are not currently actively participating in any other complimentary therapies to treat their fibromyalgia and have agreed to let us share their results on social media and for marketing purposes, if the results prove to be positive. 

None of the participants have previously tried MLD as a form of treatment for their fibromyalgia. Read More

Is running slowly better for my knees?

Image result for running slowerThis was a great question, posed to us by a runner client of ours who is suffering from knee pain. He is training for a middle distance triathlon and wanted to know if running the long distances slower would be better for his joints. What a great question? Read More