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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Introducing Ibrahim – our newest experienced Massage Therapist

You-Massage-LogoHello, my name is Ibrahim, I have been a massage therapist for the past ten years; I greatly enjoy my job and have enjoyed travelling doing what I love. I have a lot of experience working in various spas, clinics, 5 star hotels  and 5 and 6 star cruise ships; so I am more than aware of the luxurious as well as clinical and therapeutic aspect of the profession. I am fully qualified and insured to practice.

I take great pride in my work and love to help others feel better and alleviate pain and stress. I have given over 5,500 massages in my career.  I believe I have strong interpersonal skills, pay close attention to detail, and maintain a helpful, friendly and professional attitude. I have been in the customer service industry for almost ten years with a proven track record of providing excellent quality.

About me!

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What is Muscle Energy Technique?

 

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MET is also used by many professionals including Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Sport Massage therapists to aid soft tissue therapy.

 

MET involves client participation and is a stretching technique aimed at lengthening tight muscles. Tense muscles can become short; pulling on the bones they attach to and thus have the potential to change the position of a joint causing pain and discomfort.

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Piriformis Syndrome

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I thought I would write a bit about Piriformis Syndrome (PS) since I have had a few clients recently with this condition and I know from the literature that it is relatively under diagnosed. I see so many people in Southampton with symptoms of ‘sciatica’ or gluteal pain that it inspired me to write this blog on how Sport Massage and Deep Tissue Massage can be of real benefit.

 

 Piriformis Syndrome occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated by the piriformis muscle in the hip. Piriformis is a small muscle that connects the lower spine to the upper surface of each thigh-bone and its action is to assist in rotating the hip and turning the leg outward.

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An Introduction to Pregnancy Massage Therapist Kirsty

Hi I’m Kirsty, a relatively new therapist at YOU Massage. I’d like to introduce myself to you and provide you with some details of my training, experience and area of interest.

I am a holistic therapist with 15 years experience in working with pregnant women, babies and their partners. I am trained in Pregnancy Massage, Holistic massage, Swedish massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu (specifically for pregnancy), Reiki, Kinesiology (muscle testing) and infant massage. I am also a teacher trainer with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) and have taught students to instructor level how to teach new parents the art of massaging their babies for nine years.  I am involved with the organisation at an international level, specifically within ethics and research. These classes are held in a group setting, similar to a yoga class.

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