Welcome Cristina

massage sportsHello, 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”.

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Acupuncture for Body Confidence

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.

 

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The Acupuncture Treatment Plan

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.

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Osteopathy for Sporting Injury

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If you’re an active person then you know you’re keeping your health in good order. You’ll also likely be familiar with hurting yourself! An active lifestyle puts strain on our joints and from time to time, injuries occur. From sprains and strains to the more serious tears and dislocations; Sports Massage and Osteopathy can work with you to maintain your fitness to help you minimise, and recover from, injury.

Whether you are training for a marathon, playing five-a-side football on a Sunday afternoon or going for an occasional swim. Osteopathy isn’t just for problems with your back, it can aid recovery of almost any sporting injury including hamstring strains, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, hip and knee pain and shin splint problems.

 

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Strapping and Taping

massage sportsWhat is Strapping and Taping and how can it benefit YOU?

 

Strapping and taping is used mainly in sporting scenarios and generally used for injuries and, in this case, applied alongside Sports Massage. However, it can also help with posture and support which is useful in a massage studio like ours! In this blog, I’ll discuss the problems it can be used for as well as how it can help support good posture. So read on if you want to find out more!

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Organic Facials: Why They’re Great and Why You Deserve One!

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Having a facial deeply cleanses the skin, gets rid of dead skin cells so that it glows, and also gives you a chance to relax with a bit of well-deserved pampering. Take the benefits even further by going organic.

 

Beauty Mantra: ‘If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your face!’

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Southampton Acupuncturist – Sharon

YOU Massage now offer Acupuncture from our Southampton studio!

Southampton Acupuncturist, Sharon, has written an introduction to her services.

Book your Acupuncture treatment today at an introductory rate by clicking the link or calling 02380 639747

“Hi, my name is Sharon Bradbear, and I am a qualified acupuncturist.  My working life had previously been in admin, which although I enjoyed, I never really found the work satisfying or particularly rewarding.  I did notice though that I felt better about my work whenever I was employed by an industry that served the public in some way, such as the NHS or Education.   So the seeds of looking for a new career were sown.  My path then crossed that of someone who owns a clinic where at that time, they were primarily treating people with sports injuries, and I began to be fascinated by the treatments that were available to people and the positive effect these treatments had.

So I started to focus my research for a new career on something I could do to help people back to health whilst working in a clinic environment, and my research came back to acupuncture again and again.   At this point, I had heard of acupuncture but never tried it myself.

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What to expect when visiting an Osteopath

Written by Laura, who has a Masters from the British School of Osteopathy and she is currently studying medicine at Southampton University. Whilst at the British School she was introduced to Cranial Osteopathy and after completing her Masters attended the Sutherland Cranial College to extend her skill and knowledge base Laura is registered with General Osteopathic Council and a member of the British Osteopathic Association.

 

Southampton OsteopathyWhat to expect when visiting an Osteopath

Osteopaths are musculoskeletal specialists; they have a very detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the entire body with particular emphasis on the joints, bones, and muscles. Osteopaths are particularly interested in movement patterns and how the body functions as a whole. Using holistic concepts they can solve biomechanical issues causing pain or stiffness in the context of a person’s general health and well being.

Osteopaths treat a wide range people for many different reasons. The most common reason for visiting an osteopath is usually because of pain especially if it is impacting on the daily activities of living.  Sometimes people will be referred by massage therapists particularly if that person’s symptoms keep returning or do not respond to massage therapy. The osteopath will seek to solve the underlying issue causing the pain or tension and address the root cause.

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We now offer Acupuncture in Southampton!

In January 2014 – YOU Massage welcome Sharon - BSc (Hons) Lic Ac MBAcC and Member of the British Acupuncture Council - to our Southampton studio!

Here, she introduces this effective and popular Therapy and tells us a little about its History:

 

Introduction to Acupuncture

Acupuncture was first written down 3,000 years ago, and is believed to have been practiced 1,000s of years before this – no-one really knows how old it is.

At its base is heat (Yang) and cold (Yin).  It is the interaction of heat and cold that produces energy (Qi).  When the heat and cold interactions fall short for any reason the energy flow is affected, and disease results.

Hot weather affects us (sun burn, heat stroke, prickly heat) as does cold weather (coughs, colds, flue).

Our emotions, when held long term, are also considered to cause ill health as they affect the flow of energy.  Lifestyle (burning the candle at both ends) and diet (poor, insufficient, excess) are also injurious to health.

Acupuncturists treat everything that ‘Western’ medicine treats, and both have their strengths and weaknesses.   Western medicine is remarkable for the many killer diseases it has all but eradicated and people with quite serious debilitating diseases now go on to lead longer and almost normal lives.  Chinese medicine comes into its own with the day to day diseases that are difficult to treat by Western medicine alone.  Pain within or without anywhere in the body from any cause, addiction, allergies, anxiety and depression, circulation issues, digestive disorders, gynecological disorders, immune disorders, problems affecting the skin to name a few.

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Sports Massage

massage sportsHaving a Sports massage during the winter is probably more important than it is in the Summer periods. Whatever the season, athletes and office workers should take to the table at least once a month.

 

During autumn as we approach winter, our bodies become slow and our immune system starts to slow with the temperature, increase of virus’s and colds. Whilst having a massage with a cold or flu won’t be any good for you or your therapist as you wouldn’t want one of us to go down as we then won’t be able to do our job. More importantly having a massage whilst feeling rough will just make you feel better.

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