Complementary Therapies for conception

Southampton fertility massage

Taking care of you, so you can take care of new life

Holistic Therapy for Fertility…

As written by midwife and Holistic Massage Therapist, Kirsty

We spoke in the last chapter about the importance of self care for your well being, here, I want to go into more detail about the specific care I would recommend. All available at YOU Massage, Southampton; The complementary therapies I see having the most affect for men and women and couples in the fertility journey are…

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Holistic Therapy for Fertility

Pregnancy Massage Therapist Southampton

Kirsty is our Pregnancy Specialist at YOU Massage

Kirsty Hawthorn works as a Holistic Therapist at YOU Massage Therapy, and also a midwife and Infant Massage Instructor. Kirsty has dedicated her career to helping women from pre-conception with fertility boosting treatments, to pregnancy massage, birth and beyond.

Holistic Treatments for Infertility: Part 1

by Kirsty Hawthorn, Midwife and Therapist

The statistics show that as high as one in six couples find it hard to conceive but there is very little written about in relationship to complimentary therapies. Evidence shows that a range of complimentary therapies from massage to acupuncture and energy healing can boost fertility and aid the often stressful journey which accompanies infertility. Complimentary therapies are not a fix for infertility, instead they encourage the body to return to a homeostasis and therefore aid conception.

Here I tell you why I am fascinated by women, how I can help you and how we can help one another to develop a good self care routine, which is so important when trying to conceive…

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Stress: What is it?

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 Massage SouthamptonStress 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’.

How can I lower my stress levels?

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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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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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Massage as the winter months approach us

warming massage in southampton

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.

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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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Fascia and Adhesions by Southampton Osteopath, Tim

Posterior Fascia Line

Posterior Fascia Line

 

As an osteopath I find fascia fascinating by understanding its roles within the body. This helps me to look at the body with holistic glasses, allowing me to connect and join the dots of not only where the problem is but giving me a better understanding of how it could be going wrong and which areas are causing the problem.

I’ve heard so many times through friends and patients who have seen Southampton osteopaths, chiropractors and sports massage therapists, how they have presented said therapist with shoulder or neck pain and had their pelvis treated as well as the areas concerned.

After explaining what they have had done they usually say to me “it’s all connected, right?” not really having any idea how. This is probably due to the fact that us therapists like to waffle on forgetting you haven’t spent five years reading anatomy.  Of course it’s correct, through connective tissue (which is fascia, bone, ligaments, tendons and muscle; bodily tissues that connect with each other – the clue is in the name), previous injuries and longstanding postures can present with pain in other areas of the body.

 

 

 

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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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The Acupuncture Treatment Plan

The Acupuncture Treatment Plan

 

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.

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