Amy is the Owner and Director of YOU Massage Therapy. She has been in the business for over 10 years and has a wide range of specialties, including: Holistic Massage, Remedial Massage, Aromatherapy and Reflexology.
Are we more stressed these days? We sure are! Modern day stress is a big problem, but, we are also aware of it way more, that’s the solution, awareness and support. So, why are we so stressed these days?
A lot more is expected of us these days, we all want to be the best, that’s great! But there is a multitude of choice available, are we making the right choices? Is someone out to take what we have? Are we a lot busier than we were 50 years ago…?
Stress is becoming more and more common in modern society but what does this word even mean? There are a myriad of different stresses and whilst depression and anxiety are becoming more acknowledged and further diagnosed as a mental health disorder, many find themselves saying daily ‘I’m just feeling so stressed”. As a general rule stress in this context refers to a feeling of being under mental or emotional pressure or strain, but how much is too much and can stress be a good thing?
Stress can be loosely put into two camps. Eustress (good stress) and distress (bad stress) (As coined by a Canadian biochemist Hans Selye of McGill University in Montreal in 1936). Of course stress is a part of our lives and can actually help us in many ways. It is linked to our evolutionary ‘fight or flight’ reflex which, whilst we do admittedly no longer have to fight wild animals for resources on a daily basis, may still have already saved your life on a number of occasions. When this response is triggered the Hypothalamus (a small area of your brain) responds causing the adrenal gland to release a hormone called ‘cortisol’ which is sometimes referred to as the ‘stress hormone’. As the reflex is triggered, the body releases cortisol and prepares to use this to aid it in either the ‘fight’ or the ‘flight’. The reason this can cause problems for so many people, is that whilst your body is in this state, glucose levels rise and so do the levels of substances that help your body repair damaged systems. As your body focuses on these essential areas for fight or flight, non-essential systems get shut down. Your body essentially needs the threat to be over before the hormone levels can return to normal. If they don’t, then the excess cortisol can start wreaking havoc on your bodies systems and increase glucose levels in the bloodstream, contributing to illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes, digestive problems and depression. Elevated cortisol levels can also inhibit your memory and your ability to learn as well as inhibiting your immune responses and it can even lower your bone density or cause you to gain weight. With stress so prevalent in modern society some people, sometimes without even realising it, can be living in a constant state of heightened arousal with your fight or flight reflex constantly ‘turned on’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.