Why a Holistic Approach to Skincare is Essential

Guest Blog written by Cherish Skincare for YOU Massage Therapy Southampton

When a skin problem rears its ugly head, our initial response is usually to try and treat the symptom – blast those nasty spots with a strong spot treatment or to put lotions and balms over dry, red or irritated skin.  Whilst some of these treatments can provide some short-term relief, they rarely deal with the root cause of the issue.

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It is important to remember that your skin is the largest organ of your body with an extremely important function (primarily to protect the rest of your body from microbes and the external environment) and is connected via your bloodstream to the rest of your body.  Recent research has shown that the skin is particularly connected with the digestive system, which is why if you suffer from digestive problems there is a high chance you may also experience issues with your skin as well.

It’s therefore important to take a holistic approach to skincare that considers our diet and physical health, as well as our emotional and spiritual well-being as all these aspects of our lives, are intrinsically interconnected; if we feel good about ourselves, we will take better care of ourselves – this results in better skin and better physical health which in turn helps us feel better about ourselves…

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Five Benefits Of Massage Therapy – Injury Management And Prevention For Seniors

Five Benefits Of Massage Therapy – Injury Management And Prevention For Seniors

Written for YOU Massage Therapy, Southampton by guest author, Marc Innes, Owner and Principal of the School of Natural Therapies

Whether you are an athlete, a senior citizen, someone who went through surgery, or a simply a regular Jane or Joe, you will find massages beneficial and enjoyable. In general, massages help reduce stress levels and lessen the effects of depression, anxiety and digestion problems. It can improve blood flow, as well as the immune and nervous systems.

As people age, the body becomes increasingly frail and movements slower. Geriatric massages are specifically designed to meet the needs of the elderly. The process involves using the hands to work on the muscles, soft tissues and joints in the body.

Massaging the body enhances blood circulation, increases range of movement, and relieves pain caused by chronic ailments such as arthritis, Parkinson’s, stroke or heart disease. It also helps reduce the chances of injury.

Here are some of the benefits of deep tissue massage therapy for the elderly.

1. Improves blood circulation

Getting the blood to flow to the various parts of the body becomes more difficult as a person ages. Massages counter the effect of aging by improving the circulation of blood around the body.

2. Enhances balance and gait

One common concern when it comes to seniors is getting into accidents and falling. As people grow older, their bones become weaker and more fragile. A massage helps improve the blood circulation to the limbs and the person’s sense of balance. This reduces the chances of falling.

3. Softens the muscles and tissues

Muscles and tissues harden over time due to lack of activity. Massages improve the blood flow to muscles and tissues, reducing the tension in the body. As a result, the muscles and tissues soften.

A deep massage helps reduce stiffness and pain on the joints around the hip, shoulder and knees.

The body’s muscles and joints also become more flexible after a massage, enabling a wider range of movement. This offers the elderly a chance to function more regularly and perform daily tasks.

4. Relieves symptoms of arthritis

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Pre-Summer Beauty Treatments

relaxing nature blogSpring is the perfect time to take advantage of the changing weather and get your body prepped for summer. We’ve narrowed down some of our favourite pre-summer beauty treatments to have you looking and feeling your best by the time bikini season comes around!

 

Massage.

Regular massages will help to drain toxins, smooth and tone the skin, break up fatty deposits in those stubborn areas and increase circulation. As we are heading into a season where so much more skin is exposed, smooth, dimple-free and well moisturized, glowing skin are the key to enjoying summertime. We have a few favourites that will have you not only refreshed, and invigorated, but that will also improve the texture of your skin.

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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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