Self-Massage Techniques to Target Tight Fascia, Adhesions and Scar Tissue

YOU Massage Therapy Southampton Therapist, Will Bartlett, describes some self massage techniques to help release tight fascia and break down scar tissue and adhesions

Will will be running a Self Massage Workshop at YOU Massage Therapy, Southampton on Sunday 13th May 2018, 13:30. Call 02380 639747 to reserve your place.

Myofascial release is a technique used in sports & remedial massage in which a practitioner uses gentle, sustained pressure on the soft tissues while applying traction to the fascia. This technique results in softening and lengthening (release) of of the fascia and breaking down scar tissue or adhesions between skin, muscle and bones.

The superficial fascia is a soft connective tissue located just below the skin. It wraps and connects the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body. Together, muscle and fascia make up what is called the myofascia system. For various reasons including disuse, overuse, not enough stretching, or injuries, the fascia and the underlying muscle tissue can become stuck together. This is called an adhesion and it may cause a restriction in muscle movement. It also causes pain, soreness and reduced flexibility or range of motion.

You can read more about Myofacial release in one of our earlier blogs. For more information about the Fascia, take a look at our blog entitled Fascinating Facts of Fascia.

Myofascial release has also been shown to relieve various muscle and joint pains and it also improves flexibility and range of motion. Foam rollers offer many of the same benefits as sports massage. Foam rollers are inexpensive and with a bit of experimentation you can target just about any muscle group yourself. Continue reading

Introducing New YOU Massage Southampton Therapist, Annalise Jannetta

southampton holistic massage therapist annaliseMassage Therapy is both a Profession and a Personal Passion for Annalise

Welcome my name is Annalise Jannetta I am quite new at You Massage Therapy, Southampton and would like to introduce myself and share a small part of my story  – Massage Therapy is both my profession and my personal passion.

I enjoyed hours of dance classes as a child progressing to 3 years of professional training at Dance College in London. During my training I acquired injuries – broken toes, achilleic tendonitis, torn hamstring, Meniscus Knee, a slipped disk, torn ligaments in my lower back, trapped nerves in my neck and finally a broken shoulder…. Continue reading

Introducing Will, Sports Massage Therapist at YOU Massage Therapy Southampton

Will has a Wealth of Experience in Massage and Sports Therapies and offers Tailored Treatments for You

Hello, my name is Will and I’ve been at You Massage Therapy, Southampton for about six months. I’m also the founder and owner of CORRECTIONS Massage & Fitness

I am a qualified Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, TPI Certified Fitness Professional Level 2, Golf Fitness Specialist, Gym Instructor and I’m certified in Tool Assisted Massage with the EDGE Tool. With over 15 years of experience through my work with amateur sports teams, clinical based treatments and in gym environments, I have extensive understanding and experience of the movements, stresses and strains we put on our bodies and how best to alleviate them.

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I am a member of the International Institute of Health and Holistic Therapies (IIHHT), Titleist Performance Institute, The International Institute of Sports Therapy (IIST), Independent Professional Therapists International (IPTI) and The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).  In addition I have internationally recognised qualifications in Personal Training (PTICPT) and Gym Instruction (PTICGI) from Premier Training International and have a Golf Fitness Specialist certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

I incorporate functional and correctional exercises into my aftercare and use various techniques including Sports Massage, Remedial Massage, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Massage, Tool Assissted Myofascial Release, Muscle Release &

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Sports Therapy at You Massage Southamptpn

A group Sports Therapy class in Southampton

A group Sports Therapy class in Southampton is tailored for you

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Whether you are recovering from injury, have been away from exercise or you have been experiencing back pain for a prolonged period; you may get a significant benefit from doing some exercises to strengthen and stretch your body, the current advised guidelines recommend:

“ACSM’s overall recommendation is for most adults to engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. Source >

Why should you exercise?

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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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Velichka’s Well-being Offers

Introducing YOU Massage Southampton Therapist, Velichka “Veli”

 Veli has some exclusive Special Offers for her massage treatments, available  December 2017 and January 2018 *subject to availability.

southampton honey massageMy name is Velichka and I am a Massage Therapist, originally from Bulgaria. I am one of the newer Massage Therapists at YOU Massage, Southampton and specialise as a Holistic and Aromatherapy therapist.

I discovered my passion for massage in 2010 and qualified as a Massage Therapist in 2016. I attended a one-year Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine training course at Shibumi Shiatsu School in Italy where I lived for 15 Years. That was an amazing experience which gave me a lot of knowledge and inspiration.

The treatments I am offering are:

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Thai Massage – Lazy Yoga

Lazy Yoga – Thai Massage

By Southampton Thai Massage therapist, Georgia

Thai massage is also known as ‘Lazy Yoga’. The name became apparent because the massage consists of pressure points and stretches that aim to relieve blockages along the 10 energy channels within the body. Obstruction of energy flow can lead to weakness of muscles, fatigue, and many other musculoskeletal disorders. Yoga also works with increasing the energy flow and removing blockages. Slow stretching and breathing work in coordination to relax the body and mind, helping you feel revitalised, relaxed, and rejuvenated.

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Importance of stretching

Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong and healthy which helps to maintain a healthy range of motion within the joints. Otherwise, muscles become shortened and tight. If you then exert yourself with tight muscles you are at a higher risk or joint pain, injury, and muscle damage. Ideally, we should all be stretching every day – especially if we have an inactive lifestyle. Now with less times on our hands this can seem challenging. Thai massage is a great way to unwind, but also a way to tick off the list one of those yoga classes you’ve been wanting to attend.

Relaxation

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Exercise Related Pain and Sports Injury Therapy

Exercise Related Pain

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Paint hat is severe or persistent when you train?

If you exercise, you will probably be familiar with exercise related pain on some level. Whether you have started something new to boost your health or happiness, or you are a seasoned sports person, pain is a common part of any exercise regime…’no pain no gain’ and ‘R.I.C.E’ are well known terms because of the frequency of sports related pain and injury.

 

Contrast Showers can help reduce DOMS. Image from : http://www.endofthreefitness.com/contrast-shower-cold-shower/

Contrast Showers can help reduce DOMS. Image from : http://www.endofthreefitness.com/contrast-shower-cold-shower/

Aches and pains don’t necessarily come with age or injury, although these can, for physiological reasons, increase your chances of feeling exercise related pain. It is also true that exercise can produce pain when injury is not present; more common when you have just started training, just increased your training, or you train quite a lot. Exercise induced pain without injury, is normally down to the delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS), which occurs when muscles swell during exercise and are required to repair to build new fibres post workout. This should pass within a few days and stretching and hot and cold showers can help your muscles to recover, and can be distinguished from persistent pain, that continues to raise its head.

So you have this niggling pain when you exercise; you’ve noticed it before and trained through it, a stretch or rest may help, but every time you train it comes back, it’s all part of the process, right?! NOT if it’s causing you either severe of persistent pain……

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Southampton Osteopath: Jane

janeHi, my name is Jane, I just wanted to introduce myself, I am the newest member of the team, here at You massage therapy.  I hope see some of you, as I settle in.  I bring a number of the skills to the team, I’m a registered osteopath, a sport and remedial massage therapist, a sports injury therapist and I have an extensive background in the health and fitness industry.

I just wanted to give you some information about myself and some of the treatments options that I have to offer;

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a system of assessing, diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems.  We believe how your body moves influences how it functions, through a wide variety of   manual therapy techniques.  Korr (1978) described manual therapy as the “Application of an accurately determined and specifically directed manual force to the body, to improve mobility in areas; in joints, in connective tissue or in skeletal muscles”.

Although osteopaths are well known for treating all manner of back pain, osteopaths are highly competent healthcare professionals and can treat all areas of the body , through a variety of techniques that may or may not include joint manipulations,  joint articulations, ( aimed at improving range of motion, by repeatedly changing the restriction of barrier, reducing joint stiffness, contractures and pain), muscle energy techniques, (using gentle muscle contractions to relax and lengthen musculature around a joint to improve function), traction techniques (to gently stretch joint surfaces, muscles and connective tissue), as well as using a variety of soft tissue or massage techniques.

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Trigger Points – Muscle Knots unraveled by Southampton Osteo Tim Young

trigger point therapyUs Osteopaths are often asked ‘what are muscle knots’? Most people have some experience of muscle knots, back pain and how types of back massage will help. In essence, it’s easier to imagine the fibres as ‘knotted’ which create painful hard lumps within our muscles. Here, I endeavor to describe to you in detail what occurs during muscle knots, or trigger points and how we discover, work with and treat them.

Trigger points, also known as trigger sites or muscle knots, are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibres.

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