Tired eyes cure and the power of acupressure...

The Good Life Letter 

11th March 2011

  • French polishing, gentleman's relish & other comedy euphemisms.
  • Find out about the true healing touch
  • Revealed the secret tired eyes cure

It's very difficult to mention massage without the person you are talking too coming over all Terry Thomas... "I say old chap, does the missus know?"

Well I've long been a fan of a monthly rub down with the Sporting Life as a way to ease tired muscles and generally give the body a tonic.

I was talking to my massage therapist the other day and asked her about how people responded when she told them what she did.

"I do get a lot of the nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more stuff," she said, "although very rarely does anyone ask me outright, the general assumption is that I offer the sordid type rather than the therapeutic ones."

This is a shame, because massage has long been used to help maintain body health.

Chinese, Indian and other ancient civilisations are steeped in a rich history of the power of massage therapies as a way to manage ill health and pain.

It is also one of the few "alternative" therapies that all health experts agree has a positive effect.

The healing power of touch

GP's, researchers and academics can all explain the way that massage benefits tissue structure, fluid dynamics and joint mobility. Where they tend to disagree is about why the therapy works.

The most sceptical talk about the placebo effect of massage basically making people feel a little better but without generating any lasting change in tissue state; which is an argument that I have always failed to comprehend.

Why is the beneficial impact gained from these type of therapies discussed as being ONLY due to a placebo effect - like the fact that someone feels better is achieved by some sleight of hand rather than any REAL change.

If the outcome of an intervention is a measurable health benefit without any risk involved then I would class that as a success and it should be available to everyone - I'm sure that you would agree with me.

Last week I wrote about a friend who has arthritis in his knees and had been to see his GP. This means that he now has a selection of painkillers and advice about using hot water bottles when the pain is at its worst. However, he also visits the same masseur as me and as a result he usually gets at least 2 weeks of pain free existence.

Sure it's not curing his condition, it might not even be changing the way his knees work - but to have two weeks where he can walk to the shops, play with his kids and do the gardening without pain seems to me a significant health benefit.

Placebo effect or not, the change in the quality of his life is much better than any of the effects of the tablets he has been given.

So, the massage is beneficial. However, there are areas of the body that are much more difficult for a masseur to get at.

And before you start the tittering again, I'm talking about the eyes.

Discover the secrets of eye massage

There are 22 muscles around the eye which control movement, focus and protection of the orbit.

Every day I subject those muscles to a rigorous work out as I read books, newspapers and scientific papers, as well as concentrating on operating my PC in order to bring you my weekly ramblings.

Rubbing over my poor tired eyes at the end of a long day brings some relief; however, a friend in South Africa recently sent me a special eye massager.

It looks a bit like one of those sleep masks that you get given on long haul flights, but it has a series of little projections on the inside which gently massage around the eye. Once I had overcome the initial self consciousness of wearing this little marvel I quickly came to appreciate the benefits of using it each night.

I have been so impressed that I asked my friend to send me over some more for the Good Life Shop. The good news is that she has been able to do that, the bad news is that they are in such demand that she hasn't been able to get many.

So, it really is a case of first come, first served as once they have gone then it's not likely we can get anymore - get your order in now for The Eye Massager

There are a few natural ways to treat tired and sore eyes which you might also like to try, especially if you aren't one of the lucky ones to get an eye massager.

  • Tired and puffy eyes, which often result from a lack of sleep, can be revived with the application of a little cool tea. Make a cup of black tea, nice and strong, and let it cool. Use a cotton wool pad to soak up a little of the brew and place over each eye for 15 minutes. Refresh the pads every so often to keep them moist.
  • Cucumber or potato slices placed over the eyes for 20 minutes can also make a big difference.
  • Add a drop of lavender oil to water and shake it well. Use this to dampen cotton wool or gauze and place over the eyes.
    Moisten a chamomile tea bag in warm water and place over the eyes.
  • Make sure you stop what you are doing every hour, close your eyes and let them relax for a few minutes. Naturally, this is a bad thing to do if you are driving!

Doing what you can to relax your eyes will give major benefits, especially in how young you look - the eyes tend to be the area of the face we concentrate on when we talk to someone else.

So, if you don't do it for yourself give someone else the benefit of looking into nice clear, sparkly peepers - be one of the lucky ones and act now.

Yours, as always



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