About Annie

Annie joined YOU Massage Therapy in January 2013, she is educated to degree level in Massage, Energy Healing, Shiatsu and Sports Massage.

Share the love: Couple’s Massage

Can you quite believe that we have now got through January and heading fast into February which of course is the month of LOVE

Who doesn’t love a little bit of romance? Booking yourself and someone you love in for a massage for Valentine ’s Day in or around that day couldn’t be a more lovely and sweet gift for someone.Couples Massage Southampton

Massage has many benefits for you and your loved one:

  • Reduces stiffness
  • Increases energy levels
  • Stabilizes blood pressure
  • Reduces swelling
  • Increases better sleep patterns
  • Speeds up the healing process
  • Helps depression & anxiety
  • Helps clear colds and illnesses
  • Makes you feel better in your general well being
  • Better connection between you both
  • Bonding time
  • Alone time
  • No kids around just some adult time
  • Perfect excuse for some ‘me’ time

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WINTER BLEND – WARMING SOOTHE

Aromatherapy and Hot stonesAromatherapy is simply the use of plant essential oils for a therapeutic effect (such as promoting health and well-being). Essential oils have been used therapeutically for thousands of years and are still being used effectively today in many products ranging from medical (Tea Tree oil for fungal infections) to beauty (Grapefruit and Mint oils in your refreshing shampoo or body wash). In France, Aromatherapy is an established field in medical practice which Doctors can use to help treat conditions such as seizures and diabetes. There, they will usually prescribe essential oils to be ingested rather than used topically (on the skin) as we do with massage but this also depends on the condition they are treating. In massage, we use essential oils to tailor a treatment more specifically to you. We mix them into plain oil, such as Grapeseed oil, and then use this as the massage oil. The oils can be used to relieve muscle tension, improve circulation, calm digestive issues, invigorate, reduce stress and anxiety, help with depression, improve sleep… the list goes on!  If you wish to learn more about Aromatherapy this is a great website.

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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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How Aroma and massage helps women’s problems

massage blogHow Aromatherapy and Massage can help women’s problems!

 

Due to International Women’s Day on the 8th of March and Mother’s Day coming up on the 30th, we have decided to make the focus of March on Women! This blog will be about certain problems we can encounter as women and how aromatherapy and massage can help. I will discuss what ‘women problems’ actually means, different essentials oils that can benefit certain issues and the different types of massage that can provide support.

 

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Aromatherapy Oils

When creating Aromatherapy blends, essential oils are used. This gives blends therapeutic properties as well as a scent.  Aroma therapists usually blend oils using a similar method to that used to create perfumes. Normally only three or four essential oils are used in a blend and these will be comprised of at least one each of top, middle and base notes.  This can make a blend smell more pleasant or balanced but it also means that the blend will have a synergy since different oils can be combined to create a blend with more therapeutic properties than that of a single essential oil.  Blends can be made to help with a variety of symptoms or problems because of this.

Essential oils can be divided into top, middle and base notes although there is still debate over some oils as to which category they belong in.

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Pregnancy Massage

Massage is often thought of as a luxury rather than a necessity but massage during pregnancy has many benefits and is probably one of the most beneficial times you could receive a massage.

 

A pregnant woman may feel discomfort at various times during her pregnancy due to hormonal changes, increased volume of blood and weight gain. These changes are an inherent part of pregnancy but they can cause feelings of fatigue, muscular aches, general stiffness or sore areas. It is always advisable to consult a therapist or doctor before having a prenatal massage.

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