HEALTH AND FITNESS by Phil, Physiotherapist

The terms health and fitness are often used interchangeably but they’re different, although often related.

The World Health Organization defines health as: “A state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing”.

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There’re various definitions of fitness, but commonly it’s stated as: “The ability to fulfil a particular role or task”.

We can therefore see that fitness is specific, so we may be fit to walk but not to run and that a certain level of health may be required to perform a specific task.  Similarly, the fitness required to be a sprinter, requiring power and speed, is different from that being a distance runner, needing endurance. This makes it difficult to ascertain who is the “fitter” person. Continue reading

How do Mobile Phones cause health problems with our necks and how can we prevent it?

Holistic and Sports Massage therapist, William, talks text neck.

Have you ever found yourself scrolling through your phone aimlessly in an act of procrastination?

If you’re anything like me then I’m sure you have. The average person spends over 24 hours a week on the internet. This amount of time online has doubled in the past 10 years and stats are increasing!

And why wouldn’t they?

The rise of Facebook, Instagram and twitter has had us glued to our phones. Even if you’re not a social media junkie, there are no escaping emails and phone calls. All of this leads us ‘looking down’ as a society where instead we should be looking up.

Mobile phone usage has a massive effect on our health. As a society we are learning more about how technology can affect our mental health, but one thing we forget to factor is how this can affect our physical health, particularly our necks.

The human head weighs around 11 pounds in a neutral position; however when we are looking down our head can weigh up to 60 pounds. That equals roughly 60 pints of water… Or 600 golf balls!

Doesn’t that put things into perspective?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Surgical Lymphatic Draining Massage

Have you noticed your body swelling or bloating?

Have your tummy or legs gotten that swollen look?

Maybe your Lymphatic System is blocked or not working efficiently due to Lymphoedema!

 

Lympho what?  I hear you say… Ok back up a little…. to fully understand lymphoedema, it helps to first know a bit about our bodies lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system is part of our body’s immune system, it helps to protect us from infection and disease. Lymph fluid passes through lymph nodes which are connected by a network of lymph vessels. The lymph nodes are found throughout the whole body. This lymph runs alongside the circulatory system, but unlike blood that is pumped by the heart and under pressure throughout the bodies arteries and veins, the lymph system has no pump, and relies on muscles contracting in order for it to move around the body. The lymphatic system acts like a one-way drainage system transporting fluid from our body’s tissues into the bloodstream.

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Introducing Holistic-Thai-Sports Therapist: Chris

Greetings to all!

Excited to establish myself as the newest therapist operating out of: You Massage Southampton.

Please allow me to share a little of my journey thus far:

Having been told in teens that I had a natural gift, I began my studies and later qualified as a Holistic Therapist in 2004. From a very young age, I had always been drawn to Asian culture, so knew instantly that I was destined to further my knowledge and training with traditional Asian massage techniques.  I roamed South East Asia and eventually settled in Northern Thailand to study Traditional Thai Massage at the prestigious TMC School. I was blessed enough to train in ancient Thai techniques perfected by the late Mama Lek Chaiya and her legendary Nervetouch system. From there I was one of the lucky few that studied Meridians and Acupuncture at Mungkala Chinese Medicine Centre, and became the embodiment of healthy-vegan living, staying in a bamboo hut within a remote Buddhist temple built beside a jungle waterfall and dabbling in Shamanic rituals.

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Introducing Chiropractic Student and sports Massage therapist: Islay

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Islay has had extensive training and is commencing a Masters degree in Chiropractic this year

Qualifications and experience

Islay is a qualified Sports Massage Therapist Level 3

She is also studying to become a Chiropractor at the AECC and will be entering her final year in September 2019.

As a competitive sports person Islay understands the importance of keeping the body free from pain and is partially skilled in identifying and reducing painful muscle knots.

Islay believes in the importance of the mind-body connection and alters her massage treatments to ensure her patients leave the room feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

 

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Introducing Holistic and Beauty therapist: Amber

beauty therapist southamptonHi, I’m Amber. I have been working with Holistic Treatments for over fifteen years. I have worked in Spa Resorts, Cancer Retreat Centres, Yoga Centres and Wellbeing Workshops. I have a natural ability to heal and uplift people.

I am excited to now be working from the You Massage and Therapy Centre in Southampton. I will be offering Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Chakra Balancing, Holistic Facials, Manicures and Pedicures. I have seen how amazing these therapies are for my clients’ health and wellbeing. This enables me to feel dedicated and passionate about my work every day.

My treatments help balance the mind, body and soul. The treatments I offer help relieve a wide range of problems ranging from stress / anxiety, depression, muscular aches and pains and stiff joints. They can improve circulation and boost your immune system. This is a wonderful gift to give a loved one or a beautiful treat for you. My treatments will build your confidence, leave you feeling rejuvenated and balanced.

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Introducing Master of Reiki: Jane

Hello, I thought I would introduce myself so you would know a little more about me and my Therapies and how I became a Therapist.

My name is Jane and I was very fortunate to have been around Healing Energy from a very young age. This background gave me the passion and inspiration to delve into how Healing Energy Therapies work and I have been lucky enough to make this my life time’s work.

The journey has taken me far and wide and to some very unusual places; America with the Native Americans to look at their healing which I learnt and to New Zealand to learn all about the Maori Healing which I studied for a year whilst living there. I was lucky enough to be taught by a true blooded Maori and I was welcomed into the Maori Tribe and given a Waterfall blessing!

Healing is very close to my heart and I have many Accredited Healing Therapies under my belt and I am able to teach many of these. I have learnt that there are many benefits to receiving a Healing Therapy and having a compassionate nature means I will always draw on my experience to deliver the best Healing session I can for my clients. The best reward of all for a Therapist is to see her client contented and happy after a treatment.

I am a fully trained Reiki Master Teacher and Therapist and I’m affiliated to the Reiki Guild.

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Exercise Ideas – by Southampton Physiotherapist – Phil

Body Weight Exercises

Simple exercises using body weight and requiring minimal or no equipment are often the best as they use the body’s natural bio-mechanics and levers and are often functional. That is, they combine strength, endurance, mobility and balance.  This gives all round conditioning which may help performance and reduce the risk of injury in sports but also allows the participant to become generally fitter. Continue reading