Deciding on a gift or a treat is not always the easiest thing to do especially if it’s a person who you haven’t known very long. With Christmas coming up it’s time to start thinking about our loved ones and finding them the perfect gift to say Thank you and I love you.
But where do you start? You could trawl around the shops for a few weeks looking at a whole bunch of “pretty good” ideas or you spend your evenings on the net searching for “great Christmas gifts for….”.
After all that you might be lucky and the “gift” but sometimes we buy things which we think are awesome (secretly may have bought it so we can have a go) but unfortunately they may not. We’ve all done it, bought a gift and then spent the next few weeks wondering whether it’s the right thing after all.
Myofascial Release techniques have only been widely used since the 1980’s as before this the word Myofascial in massage was in Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy to aid muscular dysfunction and reduce pain. In 1983 Dr. Travell wrote the book “Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual” to help other therapists find the key areas in the fascia and muscles that can reduce tension.
If you are looking for that something special or a little different from your usual aromatherapy massage than Thai Hot compresses is for you. These compresses contains various herbs that blend together nicely that when heated and used directly onto the skin can relieve sprains, strains and stiffness whilst stimulating the blood flow that allows nutrients to get to vital organs. The treatment will also lower blood pressure creating a very relaxing sensation, brilliant for those who suffer with high blood pressure or stress.
The Full Works You Massage Therapy is a luxury treatment aimed at aiding relaxation and will have a calming effect on anyone lucky enough to enjoy one. This treatment will last for an hour and will involve a mini holistic facial and scalp massage, an aromatherapy back massage and a mini reflexology foot massage.
The therapist will start with the mini holistic facial cleansing, toning and moisturising your skin to leave it feeling fresh, smooth and revitalised. Leading on from this the therapist will start a scalp massage to reduce any tension built up in this area and will in turn increase relaxation and reduce stress.
There have been a lot of changes in the health industry in the last few decades, and many new or previously rarer therapies have been getting a lot more attention because of this. Massage is one of those therapies now getting more attention and use, with much medical research being done into the benefits of massage, and many massage styles being modified and tailored to compliment research findings.
One of the most medically tested styles of massage is Lymph Drainage Massage – designed to increase the flow and drainage of lymph fluid and thus reduce cellular waste build-up. Lymph Drainage Massage is now often done in hospitals to help patients with kidney or heart problems whose systems have trouble expelling lymph fluid without assistance.
Written by guest author Wendy, from Reflexology and massage (http://www.reflexologyandmassage.com/)
Reflexology uses body maps that are on the feet, hands and ears. Massage does not. Massage is all about working the muscles, tendons and fascia. In reflexology, the sensitive areas on the feet and hands indicate there is either something out of balance in the body map area of the body or something in the foot itself or something along the meridian. The sensitive areas are areas that the practitioner will work more or longer on, say up to five minutes on a sensitive place. This is to have a better response for the client. This may be similar to massage, but the massage therapist will keep in mind the tendons and massaging to the desired end result of releasing the muscles and easing the pain. Where as the reflexologist will be focusing on the reflex points or maps and how the body works and how specific conditions or illnesses work.
We often get athletes and gym enthusiasts asking us to describe sports massage and how it varies from other massage techniques including deep tissue. Here we explain what makes sports massage unique…
Sports Massage is a treatment that has been developed for those involved in sporting activity to aid recovery from injury, to prevent injuries from occurring initially and to increase performance. The use of Sports Massage treatments has developed massively within amateur sport in the past decade after being used in professional sport for many decades helping full time athletes through their tough training regimes.
At our YOU Massage, we have 4 trained Sports Massage Southampton Therapists, as well as 5 Deep Tissue Massage Southampton Therapists. Click here to read more about our Southampton Massage Therapists.
Read on for more on Sports Massage Techniques and how you can get the most out of your fitness with Sports Massage…
Where is my Tension coming from?
We all know tension, some of us too well, but what is actually happening to our body structures to create that hard, painful tension we all relate to?
Most of us can relate to back pain at some point in our lives, but why does our posture cause tension? Where is it coming from and how can we get a full body release that lasts and makes sense to us?
In this blog I want to let you know a little about how tension comes to be, the patterns it follows, how to understand it and how best to treat it…
YOU Massage Therapy are introducing the amazing and uniquely tailored Myofascial release Massage! Continue reading
What is the lymph System?
Your Lymph System is a vascular system that if found just underneath the skin. It is your waste management system and helps the body remove toxins and by products from chemical reactions.
The lymphatic system is made up of lymph vessels, lymph nodes and lymphatic fluid. Your spleen, thymus, tonsils and adenoids are also part of the lymphatic system. There are over 600 lymph nodes located in a plethora of locations around the body. The lymph nodes job are to filter lymphatic fluid until it reaches the thoracic duct where is it is filtered again; before being reabsorbed by the blood stream. The lymphatic fluid is in fact made up of clear fluid which contains white blood cells.
Maintaining correct posture whist carrying out stretches is vital to improving posture and getting a better stretch for your muscles. Many think you must push back your shoulders and your head should be facing upwards like an old army drill sergeant.
1. The best way to describe holding a good, steady posture is to firstly keep your whole body in line.
2. Slightly ‘tuck’ your coccyx (the lowest part of the spine) underneath you so you are engaging your abdominal muscles slightly as to not create an arch in the lower back.
3. Straighten both clavicles (collar bones) so they form a nice straight line along you body keeping your shoulders in a more neutral position.
4. Tilt your head slightly upwards so you are straight ahead instead of looking towards the ground.
5. Bring your head back so that you ears are in line with your shoulders.
6. Straighten your upper back so back is straight to avoid creating a curve in your upper back.
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