This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Have you checked yours recently? In aim to highlight the support that’s out there for all cancer sufferers, I would like to talk to you about two alternative therapies: Massage and Reiki and their impact on cancer.
Over the years numerous studies have shown that massage can be beneficial for those with cancer. There are many different types of massage some are quite light, like lymph drainage and some much firmer, such as deep tissue.
For some the touch and contact of another person can be deeply therapeutic and therefore it can help with some of the emotional affects of cancer including anxiety and depression. As previously mentioned in our Blog about Heart Health; massage lowers the bodies levels of cortisol this change calms the body and the mind which in turn increases relaxation. And allows the body to heal more effectively.
Massage also helps relieve some pain as it stimulates the body’s natural painkillers, endorphins serotonins and dopamines, which will allow a person to use fewer chemicals as pain control during this period. Read on for more specific detail into how these therapies work…
Tomorrow is world Osteoporosis Day, there are over 3 million people in the United Kingdom alone who suffer with Osteoporosis, for many it is so severe that daily tasks become very difficult and life can be frustrating as mobility is often affected when bones are broken.
Osteoporosis is the weakening of bone to the extent that the chances of breakages and fractures are more than average. As a person gets older the density of their bones decreases which is perfectly normal but for some their bone density decreases far more rapidly. It is often associated with menopausal women due to the changes in estrogen levels. But it can affect men, young women and even children. Continue reading World Osteoporosis Day→
Today is Mental Health Awareness Day and I personally don’t know many people who are not affected in some way by a mental health problem, whether they suffer themselves, or have friends or family who do. 1 in 4 people in Britain have been diagnosed with some form of mental illness and yet there is still a lot of confusion and controversy surrounding diagnosis and treatment. There are many wonderful websites that give really helpful information for people, both directly and indirectly, affected by a mental health problems, the main one being Mind. I’m not here to explain what mental illness is, but to bring to your attention quite how crucial a role massage therapy can play in helping people cope with whatever is going on in their lives. Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Day→
We believe that massage can be highly beneficial and helpful for a whole range of illnesses and disabilities including Lupus. This article endeavors to inform you but if you are unsure please contact us for more info on 02380 639 747. If you have serious health concerns we always recommend you speak to a doctor before commencing massage or any other holistic or alternative treatments.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease which can affect the muscles, skin, joints and other organs. An autoimmune disease means that the body begins attacking itself as it believes certain elements are foreign bodies.
Here we go into a little detail about the Holistic Treatments that may help…
Including Massage, Acupressure, Reflexology. It may also be beneficial to seek guidance from a dermatologist or skin specialist.
Tomorrow is World Heart Day so here at YOU Massage Therapy we wanted to talk to you about the different massage techniques which can be used to benefit those who suffer with stress, anxiety and other factors which can lead to heart problems. There are so many different types of massage treatments some are excellent at reducing stress and tension and others are fantastic at eliminating the tension associated with stress and tension such as knotty shoulders and stiff necks. Should you, or someone you know think or know that you have a heart problem, we suggest you consult your doctor before having massage. We will undergo a thorough consultation and may suggest a visit to a doctor or alternative type of therapy.
Eczema is a skin condition which affects one in five children and one in twelve adults in the UK. It mild cases it causes skin to dry out and appear red and flaky. The skin is also very itchy and in more severe cases, itching can break the skin causing it to weep and bleed. This causes further problems for sufferers, as open wounds across the skin increases the risk of infection. Children often ‘grow out’ of the condition but it can come back later in life. Often Eczema is worsened by the things we eat or come into contact with, these allergens can be highlighted and later avoided to help relieve symptoms. Often stress is a big factor and by finding ways to minimise stress we can minimise the symptoms of Eczema in a lot cases, which is why the team at YOU Massage Therapy are familiar with helping those with the condition. So that’s what to avoid (in an ideal world!), this blog post goes into some of the things that can help when applied… Continue reading National Eczema Week! Eczema Awareness…→
There have been a lot of changes in the health industry in the last few decades and awareness for the credibility of Massage as a health practice continues to grow and develop. A lot of new or previously rarer therapies have been getting more attention because of this, with medical research being done into the benefits of certain massage styles, and techniques being modified and tailored to compliment research findings.
Massage is suitable for prevention and cure for many conditions and injury. Part of its effect is to allow our muscles and other tissues to function to the best of their ability by breaking down sticky fascia that binds us and releasing tight areas of scar tissue or adhesion; this, in turn, soothes aches and pains and increases flexibility.
Here we talk about our most popular massages and the effects they have on our bodies…
In Thailand it is important to begin each treatment with “Wi Kru”, a prayer to thank the teacher and warm the heart.
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When performing a hot stones massage inThailand, like in Indian Head Massage and Thai Massage, the therapist also works with the chakras to enhance the treatments. The concept of the chakras originates from India and the theory behind the chakras is that the energy of life in the human body flows up and down two lines. The cross point of these two lines are called the chakras. It is believed that there are seven main chakras in the body that all control the function of various organs, keeping them balanced (see picture). They are as follows: one at the middle of the crown of the head, a second at the forehead associated with the third eye, third at the neck linked to the throat, forth in the middle of the chest linked to the heart, fifth just above the navel associated with the solar plexus, sixth in the sacral chakra and seventh the base chakra (coccyx). Continue reading Hot Stones Massage using chakras: How they do it in Thailand→
Reflexology is a Deeply Relaxing and Body Balancing Foot Massage.
It’s Widely used for the prevention of illness, to encourage healing and to cure symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.
At YOU Massage Therapy, we utilise these ancient techniques to treat symptoms of IBS, PMS, Endometriosis, Migraines, Sciatic Pain, Sinusitis, Chronic Coughs and low immunity….
YOU Massage Therapists: Amy, Naomi, Nikki and Lynn are qualified and experienced Reflexology practitioners; our other Therapists Pete, Melissa, Elise and Caz have been trained in Reflex Massage, to enhance their foot treatments with zone therapy. In this blog Lynn talks a little about the history of this great therapy, and her experiences in learning Thai Foot Reflexology. Lynn spent time in Thailand learning their ways of applying Massage and other Holistic Techniques…
As therapists we see a lot of clients with issues in their legs, whether it’s a chronic issue that they have suffered with over some time or an acute injury that has happened recently and is causing a lot of pain.
Leg Massage is a highly effective way of lengthening the muscles, balancing circulation and treating, as well as preventing, soft tissue damage.