Trigger Points

My name is Kristin. I started working at The Little Escape in June 2014 and I have had the wonderful opportunity to share my massage work with many clients since then. Although I have several different massage modalities in my education, I am currently doing Swedish and deep tissue.
I have been in the fitness, massage, nutrition (hormonal fat loss) and holistic field for many years and in addition to massage I do fitness consulting and training, core conditioning, educational seminars, postural assessments and corrective exercises, stretching and mobility for muscle and postural imbalances.
I will be contributing with bits and pieces of information in The Little Escape blog related to body ‘maintenance’, massage, and training.
Stay tuned!


Trigger Points  – These are little contraction ‘knots’ or nodules in tight bands of muscle, they are active contraction of living muscle fibres. Once they form, they can last weeks, months or indefinitely. Triggers points can become annoyingly painful and, if not addressed, cause limited range of motion, postural misalignment, adaptive shortening and muscle imbalances.

Young woman having massage, close-up

Massages can help restore more normal function…

Trigger points are often created in response to physical pain.  Massages can help restore more normal function ( and also movement).

A visual that may help understand trigger points is by imagining a knitted sweater and if you grab a little piece in the sweater and twirl it…you will see how it effects the surrounding material of the sweater. The same thing happens to your muscle /soft tissue.

Addressing trigger points can be painful and may need to be done little by little and layer by layer. But the freedom you will have in your tissue afterwards and the improved performance….may make it worth it 🙂



Kids and Parents Meditation class: a deeper and fun way to bond by Lisabetta Vilela

A new Kids and Parents Meditation class is happening here on Sunday 17th May 2015 at 11.30, just after our usual max meditation drop in class at 10am.
Lisabetta Vilela, our Shiatsu practitioner and Meditation teacher, is very excited to be offering this class.
“I first noticed how much children enjoy and connect with meditation techniques when a couple of parents brought their children to the Goddess Meditation class I run at The Little Escape”, Lisabetta said.
“Children are naturally open-minded and therefore ‘get’ meditation, visualisation and relaxation techniques very quickly, especially when embodied with positive and strong intentions. If encouraged and validated at home, they are eager to practice these tools with their parents/careers or even alone, as some of my clients have noticed. Meditation and self-awareness tools builds a strong sense of ‘self’ and gives children the confidence to know themselves better.”

Self-awareness practices
Within the class, children and parents will be shown a Do-in self-massage practice.
This harmonising and rivitalising practise is used to release stress/tension and re-energise: its roots comes from Chinese preventitive medicine: acupuncture, shiatsu, tai-chi. The technique is simple, fun and allows your body’s energy to flow better.

A short and effective Shiatsu and acupressure sequence will follow. Children and parents will be shown how to give and receive it to help them bond and nurture each other. It is very relaxing and calming; both parent and child appreciate the positive effects of giving and receiving and can use the techniques at home.


Visualisations and mindfulness
After these self-awareness practices you and your child will be guided through visualisations and meditations’ techniques.
These help children listen to their wise inner “wizard”, be in the ‘moment’, release negative thoughts and behaviours and build self-confidence.
When kids are able to do this, they truly start to feel their rightful place in the world: relationships improve, peer pressure is much less of an issue and kids learn to be self-empowered.

Lisabetta’s meditation class will hopefully help children and parents experience mindfulness and relaxation in a welcoming, fun and safe environment.

You can call us to book your places or email Lisabetta at

Fiona 🙂