Why Massage – Why Do People Use Massage, And What Do They Use It For?

massage blogThere 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.

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The Difference Between Reflexology and Massage

Written by guest author Wendy, from Reflexology and massage (http://www.reflexologyandmassage.com/)

reflex guest blogReflexology 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.

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Sports Massage, how it differs to other massage therapy

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…

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Where does Tension come from and what does it have to do with Fascia?

 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…

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How can lymph drainage massage improve your health?

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.

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Stretches

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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Indulgent Treatments: The Lowdown

There are a number of Indulgent Treatments on offer at YOU Massage Therapy – the warming and soothing Hot Stones, the uplifting Organic Holistic Facial, Holistic Foot Rituals, the focused Full Works, the stress-busting Top-To-Toe Deluxe, and the ultimate ‘MOT’ Detox Deluxe Experience. Why not take a look at our website?  I thought I’d go through them and give you the heads up on what they are and how they work.

 

 

So, the treatments:

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Organic Facials: Why natural and organic is best for your skin

At You Massage Therapy we believe natural facial products are the most beneficial to your skin. Our skin is the largest organ in the body so it’s important to look after it and using the right skin care will go a long way towards keeping your skin young and healthy. Regular facials will also help to stimulate blood circulation, speed up lymph movement and remove dead skin which will improve the look and condition of your skin.

 

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Fascial lines

What is Fascia?

Fascia is continuous throughout the body.  It holds everything in place and gives us our form.  Using the Superficial Back Line as an example- what occurs in the foot, may actually be creating the postural stress in our body. The memory of any accidents we may have had, poor postural habits and any physical and emotional trauma we have experienced can be stored and set in the connective tissue. Fascia works out in different issue around how we conducing our body posture.    Tight fascia affects the whole organism. The Structural imbalance of our skeletal can create many obtrusion in human mechanic system.

 

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Reflexology

Reflexology is a therapeutic massage that uses certain points on the feet to treat the body as a whole. It is a non-invasive treatment usually focusing on the feet and lower legs, but can also be performed on the hands. It is a very gentle and relaxing treatment, using light compression to stimulate circulation and encourage healing throughout the body.

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