How Would You Like to Have Your Baby With a Minimum of Pain and Discomfort with just ONE SESSION of Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy in Preparation for Labour and Childbirth is now Available in Southampton

How would you like to have your baby with a minimum of pain and discomfort? With just ONE SESSION of Hypnotherapy during your 3rd Trimester, you can learn how to ‘let go’ and be calm and relaxed during labour and childbirth.

Marion Harvey, Dip.hsoh from Me time Hypnotherapy offers ‘Comfortable Childbirth Hypnotherapy’ sessions at YOU Massage Therapy, Southampton, which can change the way you deal with contractions, thinking of them as beingAntenatal hypnotherapy with MeTime Hypnotherapy pleasant rather than painful. A lot of women have reported that, by the third or fourth contraction, they were actually smiling or even laughing! The ideal time for this one session is at any time during the third trimester (from 6 months pregnant).

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How Yoga can help to build your Core Strength

Yoga for Core Strength

Agnieszka Olechowska, Yoga Teacher at YOU Massage Therapy, Southampton, describes how Yoga is not just for flexibility and relaxation

Some people associate yoga exercises with muscle flexibility rather than strength. Students coming to my classes often ask how long it’s going to take for them to perform splits or back bends. Flexibility is, to some people, the main goal with their Asana practice. However, although muscle stretching to aid and improve flexibility plays an important role in a typical yoga class, we shouldn’t forget about simultaneously developing our strength.

Strong muscles play an important part in supporting the joints and protecting them from damage. The weaker our muscles are, the less stable our joints become. Prolonged imbalance can lead to chronic pain and this in turn makes us involuntarily take it easy on the muscles by unconsciously avoiding movements that cause discomfort or pain. The muscles can then become progressively weaker and a vicious circle arises.

Some people may associate strength with gym bodies with their chiseled abs and generally well-developed musculature. This is another popular misconception: Simply having carved muscles doesn’t necessarily make us strong and functional humans. Yoga practice itself won’t turn our abs into a dreamed-of six-pack, but it offers much more than just boosting appearance. Practiced regularly, it helps to develop core muscle stability which positively impacts our physical health.

What is the core and why is core strength and stability so important?

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Thai Massage – The art of giving from the hands and the heart

Image courtesy of Phonlatuch at freedigitalphotos.net

Image courtesy of Phonlatuch at freedigitalphotos.net

Written by Georgia Franchini

In 2014, I travelled alone to the mysterious land of Thailand in order to complete a course in Traditional Thai massage. When I received this therapy, it helped me so much that I decided to go to Thailand to learn to practice it myself. It allowed me to absorb their culture, and it opened me up to the path of Yoga and meditation, which is an important part of learning and practicing this traditional healing system.

What is Thai massage?

Traditional Thai massage originated from India, but has been practised in Thailand for over 2,500 years. It is a form of oriental body work, and the theory is based on balancing the energy within your body to aid in health and general wellbeing. There are 10 major energy channels within the body. Blockages within these channels give rise to disease and negative symptoms. Thai massage aims at removing these blockages so energy can flow freely, allowing you to feel relaxed, energetic, and free from pain. “A 2004 study found significant improvement in the mental well-being of patients suffering from musculoskeletal pain when treated with massage” (J, Johnson, Research), it has been proven that massage can have huge health benefits, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Here are some of the health benefits:

• release blogIncrease range of movement in joints

• Improves circulation
• Increases supply of blood and oxygen

• Promotes relaxation
• Elongate and release fascia (muscular bondage and support system)
• Prevents joint sprains and muscle strains

• Improves lymphatic drainage and flow (the body’s cell waste removal and immune system)

‘Lazy man’s yoga’

Thai massage is also known as ‘lazy man’s yoga’, this is due to the fact that the benefits of both are very similar. If you have practiced Yoga before you will understand the health benefits that come with simply being present and focusing on your breath. Massage and Yoga focus on the rhythm and depth of your breathing, as it’s important for your body in order to stay healthy. Thai massage is rhythmic and meditative between the giver and receiver, creating a dual meditation between two people. Traditionally Thai massage is used without oil and with clothes on. This is because stretches and pressure points are used in order to increase the energy flow. However, you have a choice to choose whether you prefer to be clothed or not. It’s important to be comfortable before receiving your massage. I will use my palms, elbows, and feet in order to perform stretches and pressure points.

Is it for me?
If you feel that any of these health benefits listed could be beneficial for you, then Thai massage is what you need. If you have previously tried Shiatsu and enjoyed it, you may also enjoy Thai Massage as they are similar and grew from the same roots. You do not need to be a yogi or an athlete to feel healthy again. Living a busy lifestyle can make it easy to neglect our health. So take control, and give yourself some extra loving care within a safe environment at YOU Massage!

Southampton Osteopath Tim introduces himself

Joining the team at You Massage Therapy, Southampton as an Osteopath.

As a new member of the team at You Massage therapy, I was asked to write a little piece about me, so anyone interested can learn a little bit about who  I am.

Why I became an Osteopath

Tim Young OsteopathFrom a very young age I have received complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) such as osteopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathic treatments for various different ailments. It was not until I was a teenager where I was playing sport seriously (rugby and rowing at national level) did I understand how effective these treatments were bringing me back from injury and keeping me playing and training in the sports I loved.

When leaving school the notion of becoming an osteopath had not even entered my head, not being the most academic student (I would always much rather be on a rugby pitch or in a rowing boat, than a classroom) I did not think it was attainable. Not really knowing what I wanted to do, I enrolled on a course at college gaining a BETEC National Diploma in rural studies so I could do what I liked doing best when not playing sport, which was working with animals. Unfortunately as I suffered with hayfever, it made finding employment in this field very hard (excuse the pun) so I fell into a career in construction.

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Welcome Kim

Go from OW to WOW!!

Hello, you are cordially invited to an hour’s vacation on my massage table.

Why you may ask? Aching body? Stressed? Lots of tension?

Athlete or not, a sports massage is the solution!

Hi, my name is Kim Healey. I am the new addition to the YOU Massage Team and will be offering my services as a Massage Therapist for Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Indian Head Massage and Holistic Massage.

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Sports Massage

massage sportsHaving a Sports massage during the winter is probably more important than it is in the Summer periods. Whatever the season, athletes and office workers should take to the table at least once a month.

 

During autumn as we approach winter, our bodies become slow and our immune system starts to slow with the temperature, increase of virus’s and colds. Whilst having a massage with a cold or flu won’t be any good for you or your therapist as you wouldn’t want one of us to go down as we then won’t be able to do our job. More importantly having a massage whilst feeling rough will just make you feel better.

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What is Muscle Energy Technique?

 

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MET is also used by many professionals including Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Sport Massage therapists to aid soft tissue therapy.

 

MET involves client participation and is a stretching technique aimed at lengthening tight muscles. Tense muscles can become short; pulling on the bones they attach to and thus have the potential to change the position of a joint causing pain and discomfort.

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Depression: How Massage Can Help

sluggishWhat is depression?

Depression is common in our society at the moment but is difficult to define since it affects people uniquely according to what has triggered it and how our minds processes thought. It varies from the mildest and barely detectable to the more severe and life-threatening.

We all feel sad occasionally and this is a normal emotion in response to unhappy experiences; like your favourite television series is finished, or you fail an exam or you lose someone close to you. But when this feeling lasts longer than would be reasonable in the circumstance or interferes with your life, then it may be a sign that someone is clinically depressed. Other negative feelings encountered may be agitation, tearfulness, despair, loneliness, impatient or helplessness. All of these we will feel at some point but if for too long then this is a warning that depression may be upon us.mum tired

Depression also has physical symptoms since our mind and body are linked. These include; feeling excessively tired, poor attention, loss of appetite, loss of libido, increased sensation of aches and pains and a lack in sense of well-being.

Sadly, there is no one quick fix treatment but there are ways to help, talking therapies can be a good place to start. Taking exercise is also advocated due to its ability to help rest the mind as well as produce feel good ‘endorphins’. Medication is used in some circumstances and massage can also be beneficial.

 

How massage can help

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Ovarian Cysts and Massage/Reflexology

headacheIt is believed that when our bodies as a female are under stress regardless of whether you feel ‘stressed’ ovarian cysts can form very quickly in a matter of days which is a symbol of our inner body trying to speak out to us as women.

 

 

 

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Blog hacked!

Hi there,

Just a quick post to inform anyone who’s been reading our blog lately that is was recently hacked with rather inappropriate links and content pasted throughout!

We’ve worked hard to irradicate this content, should anyone spot anything that doesn’t look right please let us know!

I apologise for any of you who were confused reading our posts lately. It’s a shame the lengths some people go to for link building to untoward products!

Please also get in touch if you have any questions about or if you find any of our posts particularly interesting! We love to hear from you.

Best wishes,

YOU Massage Therapy
www.massage-southampton.co.uk