As winter approaches it’s almost like our bodies know that the cold is going to make us less mobile and alert. Our bodies become less agile, due to the cold weather, as our muscles contract and joints start to stiffen. We become more tired and can start to feel low in mood due to the decrease in natural sunlight.
Having massage during the winter months is almost more beneficial to us than it is in the summer. Massage can improve the flow and drainage of the Lymphatic system and increases the activity level of our natural ‘killer cells’ which in turn, improves the function of our immune system. We will all struggle with viruses and bugs more over the winter months so, by having a regular massage it can decrease your chances of getting ill. The lymph system is boosted and kept flowing properly to remove waste from the tissues and promote production of bug fighting cells. This can allow the body to fight off illness more effectively, keeping you well and healthy and decreasing the number of sick days you have in the long run.
Comfortable in your Skin?
Written by Southampton Acupuncturist, Sharon Bradbear
The weather is getting warmer and we are shedding our winter woollies and revealing our limbs to the sun, but do you feel confident to do this, or do you dread the summer due to a skin condition such as:
If you have an un-diagnosed skin conditions, check the links above to see if you have similar symptoms.
Skin conditions can be distressing for the sufferer, both mentally and physically.
Acupuncture can be very beneficial for all types of skin complaints such as these. It can treat the skin problem directly, plus the underlying symptoms causing these common skin complaints can be addressed. Acupuncture has been used for 1,000s of years and is ideal for those that prefer a non-chemical approach with minimal invasion.
Us Osteopaths are often asked ‘what are muscle knots’? Most people have some experience of muscle knots, back pain and how types of back massage will help. In essence, it’s easier to imagine the fibres as ‘knotted’ which create painful hard lumps within our muscles. Here, I endeavor to describe to you in detail what occurs during muscle knots, or trigger points and how we discover, work with and treat them.
Trigger points, also known as trigger sites or muscle knots, are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibres.
Posterior Fascia Line
As an osteopath I find fascia fascinating by understanding its roles within the body. This helps me to look at the body with holistic glasses, allowing me to connect and join the dots of not only where the problem is but giving me a better understanding of how it could be going wrong and which areas are causing the problem.
I’ve heard so many times through friends and patients who have seen Southampton osteopaths, chiropractors and sports massage therapists, how they have presented said therapist with shoulder or neck pain and had their pelvis treated as well as the areas concerned.
After explaining what they have had done they usually say to me “it’s all connected, right?” not really having any idea how. This is probably due to the fact that us therapists like to waffle on forgetting you haven’t spent five years reading anatomy. Of course it’s correct, through connective tissue (which is fascia, bone, ligaments, tendons and muscle; bodily tissues that connect with each other – the clue is in the name), previous injuries and longstanding postures can present with pain in other areas of the body.
Aromatherapy is simply the use of plant essential oils for a therapeutic effect (such as promoting health and well-being). Essential oils have been used therapeutically for thousands of years and are still being used effectively today in many products ranging from medical (Tea Tree oil for fungal infections) to beauty (Grapefruit and Mint oils in your refreshing shampoo or body wash). In France, Aromatherapy is an established field in medical practice which Doctors can use to help treat conditions such as seizures and diabetes. There, they will usually prescribe essential oils to be ingested rather than used topically (on the skin) as we do with massage but this also depends on the condition they are treating. In massage, we use essential oils to tailor a treatment more specifically to you. We mix them into plain oil, such as Grapeseed oil, and then use this as the massage oil. The oils can be used to relieve muscle tension, improve circulation, calm digestive issues, invigorate, reduce stress and anxiety, help with depression, improve sleep… the list goes on! If you wish to learn more about Aromatherapy this is a great website.
Joining the team at You Massage Therapy, Southampton as an Osteopath.
As a new member of the team at You Massage therapy, I was asked to write a little piece about me, so anyone interested can learn a little bit about who I am.
Why I became an Osteopath
From a very young age I have received complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) such as osteopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathic treatments for various different ailments. It was not until I was a teenager where I was playing sport seriously (rugby and rowing at national level) did I understand how effective these treatments were bringing me back from injury and keeping me playing and training in the sports I loved.
When leaving school the notion of becoming an osteopath had not even entered my head, not being the most academic student (I would always much rather be on a rugby pitch or in a rowing boat, than a classroom) I did not think it was attainable. Not really knowing what I wanted to do, I enrolled on a course at college gaining a BETEC National Diploma in rural studies so I could do what I liked doing best when not playing sport, which was working with animals. Unfortunately as I suffered with hayfever, it made finding employment in this field very hard (excuse the pun) so I fell into a career in construction.
Go from OW to WOW!!
Hello, you are cordially invited to an hour’s vacation on my massage table.
Why you may ask? Aching body? Stressed? Lots of tension?
Athlete or not, a sports massage is the solution!
Hi, my name is Kim Healey. I am the new addition to the YOU Massage Team and will be offering my services as a Massage Therapist for Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Indian Head Massage and Holistic Massage.
Hello, my name is Cristina, and I have just joined You Massage Therapy as a Sport Massage Therapist.
Sport and health are the two areas I have always been very interested in. After finishing school, I moved to Chieti (Italy), looking for a good Sport Science program at the university. During my three years of the undergraduate course, I started exploring the basic of Sport Science and also went deeper into some fields. I was really excited by most of the subjects I was studying, particularly anatomy, neuro-anatomy, physiology and sport performance.
I graduated in February 2006, and my final thesis was about “Shoulder impingement syndrome”.
At this time of year, we start to think of warmer weather and possibly trips abroad to even sunnier climes, and time spent on a sandy beach. But do you look forward to revealing more flesh at this time, or does the thought make you feel depressed?
Weight loss is quite a solitary journey, plus the advice is ever more confusing and conflicting. And weight loss programmes rarely address the emotional aspect. So were to start? Did you know that acupuncture can help?
The Acupuncture we offer from our Southampton studio is unique. So much so that you may even forget that you are visiting us for needle therapy! It is so much more than that. Our kind and dedicated Acupuncturist, Sharon, takes the time to get to know you and your lifestyle. Sharon offers a great deal of advice and the plan you create together is all part of your Acupuncture therapy.
As well as helping you understand and overcome the mental stigmas involved with weight gain, Acupuncture helps you physically by unblocking the pathways required for fluids and essential process to flow through. Without a balanced body, you are likely holding on to extra fat cells, fluid and toxins which all in turn create extra weight in the form of fat, water and cellulite.
You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel and look after a course of Body Confidence Acupuncture Therapy!
Ans what’s more, we are offering it on a special offer for you! Quote this article during spring and summer 2015 and we will discount your course of treatment by a further 10%!
Everyone can already benefit from a discount when booking a course of Acupuncture with YOU Massage.
The Acupuncture Treatment Plan
At YOU Massage, Southampton, we offer a discount for clients who wish to book a course of Acupuncture treatments in a block of 4 or 8. This is because several sessions are advised for you to feel the benefit from the Acupuncture.
A course of Acupuncture begins with a 90 minute session which is your initial consultation and first treatment. It is then preceded by 3 – 7 more sessions to continue with the therapy.