Meet Catherine, Southampton Pilates Instructor and Nutritional Advisor

Catherine is running a mixed ability lunch time and beginners evening Pilates classes from our Bedford Place Studio on Mondays

Pilates Instructor SouthamptonHello, my name is Catherine. I am a new member of the team at You Massage. I hope to meet some of you soon at the Open Day at YOU Massage on Sunday 29th October where I will run a few demo Pilates classes

Enroll today and get an 8 class pass on Sunday 29th October 1027 for £5

I am a qualified Level 3 Nutrition Advisor with specialist knowledge in nutrition and weight management, behaviour change coaching and sport nutrition. In addition to this I am also a Pilates Instructor with Future Fit Training and I have completed my Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Mat Pilates. I have continued studying whilst working at You Massage Southampton to obtain my Level 3 Pre- and Post- Natal Exercise, Pilates for Common Orthopaedic Conditions, Exercise Referral for Health Management and ultimately complete my studies by becoming a Level 4 Low Back Pain Exercise Specialist in May 2018.

I am really passionate about healing through Pilates….

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Introduction to Hypnotherapy at YOU Massage, Southampton

Southampton Hypnotherapy

Book a Hypnotherapy session in southampton

When was the last time you treated yourself to some Me Time ?

Most of us lead busy, even at times chaotic, lives. We rush from one thing to another and always seem to have one eye on the time, our minds feeling overworked and strained.

We all need and deserve a little Me Time , to slow down for a while, to simply relax or even to resolve issues that have been intruding on our minds.

YOU Massage are pleased to announce a collaboration with Hypnotherapist, Marion Harvey, available soon at our Bedford Place, Southampton studio

Meet Marion Harvey Dip.hsoh  at our classes and workshops open day, Sunday 29th October, where she will run small group relaxation sessions and answer any questions you may have regarding Hypnotherapy.

Enroll today >

What is Hypnosis?Southampton Hypnotherapy sessions

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How Yoga can help to build your Core Strength

Yoga for Core Strength

Agnieszka Olechowska, Yoga Teacher at YOU Massage Therapy, Southampton, describes how Yoga is not just for flexibility and relaxation

Some people associate yoga exercises with muscle flexibility rather than strength. Students coming to my classes often ask how long it’s going to take for them to perform splits or back bends. Flexibility is, to some people, the main goal with their Asana practice. However, although muscle stretching to aid and improve flexibility plays an important role in a typical yoga class, we shouldn’t forget about simultaneously developing our strength.

Strong muscles play an important part in supporting the joints and protecting them from damage. The weaker our muscles are, the less stable our joints become. Prolonged imbalance can lead to chronic pain and this in turn makes us involuntarily take it easy on the muscles by unconsciously avoiding movements that cause discomfort or pain. The muscles can then become progressively weaker and a vicious circle arises.

Some people may associate strength with gym bodies with their chiseled abs and generally well-developed musculature. This is another popular misconception: Simply having carved muscles doesn’t necessarily make us strong and functional humans. Yoga practice itself won’t turn our abs into a dreamed-of six-pack, but it offers much more than just boosting appearance. Practiced regularly, it helps to develop core muscle stability which positively impacts our physical health.

What is the core and why is core strength and stability so important?

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Mindfulness Courses – coming soon to YOU Massage Therapy, Southampton

Mindfulness for a Contented Life

Article by Sylvia Clare, Mindfulness Teacher at YOU Massage Therapy, Southampton

Mindfulness is in the health news so often now it seems to be a new discovery, but really it has been with us for thousands of years in one form or another. Most people are mindful at times but they don’t realise it or know how to develop or harness that skill to enhance their sense of wellbeing and inner peace.

There are a lot of books and self-help takes around which claim to enable you to develop your mindfulness practice but in over two decades of teachings I have met so many people who tried it that way and then found something missing in the experiences they had until they were able to learn from an experienced teacher.

Mindful person looking over calm water

Stable Heart and Mind – greater resilience to life generally

Mindfulness enables you to remain more emotionally stable through the challenges that we all face in life. As you learn and develop the skills of regulating your emotional and cognitive activities they become less reactive and more balanced so that in a crisis you are more able to maintain calm balanced ways of managing and dealing with it.

Better Relationships – less conflict and greater intimacy

These develop from better self-awareness and compassion for others and the places we live in. We cannot change the outer world but we can adapt the inner world so that the outer world is less intrusive or stressful.

Acceptance – and gratitude for the life we have whilst still moving forward

We cannot always have what we want but often even if we get what we want in life we are not satisfied for long. Learning mindfulness helps us become accepting of what we need and frees us up from the dictates of a materialistic and consumeristic culture, enabling us to live simply and with greater freedom from external pressures.

Letting Go and not allowing past hurts to continue to damage your present and future

So often we are hurt and then when we want to move on we find we cannot let go of the fear of being hurt again. This frequently leads us to repeat the same unhappy cycles and patterns in life. We all talk about letting go but very few people show you how this is done in a way that gradually works more and more powerfully until it is your default mode.  Continue reading

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Pilates for Posture

How Pilates can help you to achieve and maintain good posture

With Heather’s Pilates Classes in Southampton

Pilates class in Southampton can help with good posture

Posture is something that most people take for granted, however the long term effects of poor posture can cause irreparable damage to your spine, pain throughout your body, poor breathing, and even digestive issues. Good posture enables the spine to distribute the weight effectively so there is the least amount of pressure on the spine throughout the day. Poor posture is often caused by poor movement patterns and long periods of inactivity slouched over a desk. These bad habits mean that some muscles can become weak, and some can become overactive causing tension.

For good standing posture make sure you have:

  1. Ears over shoulders with chin tucked.
  2. Shoulders down and back, you should feel like your shoulders are pulling away from each other and the bottom of your shoulder blades are drawn together. If you could see your shoulder blades then they’d have a nice ‘V’ shape.
  3. Stomach drawn in, imagine your belly button being drawn towards your spine.
  4. Pelvis is in neutral, if your hips were a bucket of water, would that water be level?
  5. Weight balanced between your toes and your heels.

Good posture can be hard to hold, especially when you’ve fallen into bad habits. If you want to improve your posture, Pilates is perfect for this.

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Why Facials are your Face’s Best Friend

Facials in Southampton

From cleansing to rejuvenating: a quick guide to why facials are your face’s best friend

Skincare Facial southamptonWe all know it is essential to take care of our skin on a daily basis.

We’ve all read how smoking, one drink too many, days out in the sun as well as another multitude of sins which we commit on a regular basis are bad for your skin, its appearance and how quick (or not!) we age…

We know all this. But how many of us actually have a routine that involves making our skin a priority? We all have busy lives, so we may skip what we see as just another demand on our precious time. Sound familiar?

But let me tell you about a super relaxing way to look after your skin, one that has deep reaching benefits: Our YOU Massage Southampton Facials!

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Thai Massage – Lazy Yoga

Lazy Yoga – Thai Massage

By Southampton Thai Massage therapist, Georgia

Thai massage is also known as ‘Lazy Yoga’. The name became apparent because the massage consists of pressure points and stretches that aim to relieve blockages along the 10 energy channels within the body. Obstruction of energy flow can lead to weakness of muscles, fatigue, and many other musculoskeletal disorders. Yoga also works with increasing the energy flow and removing blockages. Slow stretching and breathing work in coordination to relax the body and mind, helping you feel revitalised, relaxed, and rejuvenated.

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Importance of stretching

Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong and healthy which helps to maintain a healthy range of motion within the joints. Otherwise, muscles become shortened and tight. If you then exert yourself with tight muscles you are at a higher risk or joint pain, injury, and muscle damage. Ideally, we should all be stretching every day – especially if we have an inactive lifestyle. Now with less times on our hands this can seem challenging. Thai massage is a great way to unwind, but also a way to tick off the list one of those yoga classes you’ve been wanting to attend.

Relaxation

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Southampton Yoga classes for Life Balance

Yoga for Life Balance

When it comes to a good life, it is all about Balance

When it comes to a good life, it is all about Balance

The importance of finding balance in our lives has never been more significant than in today’s frantic world. Pressures from work, family and social commitments can sometimes leave us off kilter, depleted of energy. Often suppressing our own needs for the sake of others, we may inwardly desire simply an hour to ourselves but somehow it feels wrong to admit this, for fear of acting selfishly. Left unchecked, this unbalanced approach can permeate every part of our lives … and, at one point or another, the result is usually burn out, exhaustion and a quiet seething and often unconscious resentment towards those we help.

Making wise energy choices

It is well documented that our energy levels are highly influenced by our diet, lifestyle and even the people we spend time with. However, for many of us we are simply not consciously aware of this energy within our system. Consequently, a specific diet or lifestyle change can feel forced upon us, as if to please others, rather than a choice from within.

A simple, regular yoga practice can develop our capacity to notice the fluctuations in our own energy levels so that, over time, we can start to recognise those parts of our lives that deplete us, and those that raise us up. This conscious awareness of the energy within our own systems, gives us the best possible chance to make our own personal choices; where possible to resist energy-depleting situations and to open to rejuvenating, and life-balancing practices.

Enroll for a Wednesday evening Southampton Yoga class today >

Ultimately, our Yoga practice teaches us that balance in our lives starts with balance within ourselves – within our own systems. So what does this look like?

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Exercise Related Pain and Sports Injury Therapy

Exercise Related Pain

exercise related pain

Paint hat is severe or persistent when you train?

If you exercise, you will probably be familiar with exercise related pain on some level. Whether you have started something new to boost your health or happiness, or you are a seasoned sports person, pain is a common part of any exercise regime…’no pain no gain’ and ‘R.I.C.E’ are well known terms because of the frequency of sports related pain and injury.

 

Contrast Showers can help reduce DOMS. Image from : http://www.endofthreefitness.com/contrast-shower-cold-shower/

Contrast Showers can help reduce DOMS. Image from : http://www.endofthreefitness.com/contrast-shower-cold-shower/

Aches and pains don’t necessarily come with age or injury, although these can, for physiological reasons, increase your chances of feeling exercise related pain. It is also true that exercise can produce pain when injury is not present; more common when you have just started training, just increased your training, or you train quite a lot. Exercise induced pain without injury, is normally down to the delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS), which occurs when muscles swell during exercise and are required to repair to build new fibres post workout. This should pass within a few days and stretching and hot and cold showers can help your muscles to recover, and can be distinguished from persistent pain, that continues to raise its head.

So you have this niggling pain when you exercise; you’ve noticed it before and trained through it, a stretch or rest may help, but every time you train it comes back, it’s all part of the process, right?! NOT if it’s causing you either severe of persistent pain……

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Holistic Advice to Boost both Female and Male Fertility

Boosting fertility as a couplePracticalities and holistic advice to boost fertility.

Another informative article from: Kirsty Hawthorn, Midwife and holistic therapist for YOU Massage Southampton

   More than 90% of male infertility cases are due to low sperm counts, poor sperm quality, or both. As a midwife and holistic therapist I see couples pre conception to create holistic planning for a change in lifestyle to promote optimal fertility. Pre conception is the best time to start making changes.

   Working on reproductive health for men, women and as a couple cannot be understated for a healthy, happy journey into pregnancy, birth, parenthood and indeed into the older years.

  Ways in which to boost fertility are generally the same for men and women, so if you are thinking about getting pregnant now or planning for the future here are some top tips for lifestyle changes that you can start to implement now:

Boost your chances of conception together with these Holistic lifestyle changes….

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