Time to Indulge! Effective yet Luxurious Massage! BOGOF February 2013!


There are a number of Luxury Massages on offer at YOU Massage therapy, the warming and soothing Hot Stones, the uplifting Organic Facial, the  focused Full Works, the stress-busting Top-To-Toe Deluxe, and the ultimate ‘MOT’ Detox Deluxe Experience.  Seeing as they’re on special this month, I thought I’d go through them and give you the heads up on what they are and how they work.


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Life with muscular pain

Pain effects everyone at some time.

A lot of people suffer with muscular pain at some point in their life, whether it’s an acute injury that came on very quickly or a niggling ache that has been apparent for years that has never quite gone away.

In this blog we talk about pain, different types of injury and where it stems from and how we can help.

As therapists we try and help people to become more self aware about their bodies, we try to let people know that the pains that they are feeling are not a natural part of life and not something that they have to get used to. Rather that there are treatments to ease tension and correct posture and most importantly reduce discomfort and pain to help them feel better and realise that they can still do certain things that they thought were no longer possible.

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Fascinating facts of Fascia!

What Are Connective Tissues?

Connective tissue acts as a binding agent, connecting tissues together such as different muscles to one another with the most common type being loose connective tissue and coming in 3 forms: Elastic fibres are stretchable fibres made of elastin found the lungs, skin and in blood vessels such as the aorta; Collagenous fibres which contain lots of collagen molecules making up fibrils; and Reticular fibres which connect connective tissue to other tissues in the body. Another important connective tissue is Fibrous connective tissue which is found in tendons and ligaments. The reason why tendons and ligaments are tougher than muscle is because there is a larger amount of close knit collagenous fibres within them, more suitable to hold and connect structures than muscle tissue…

Other, differently known, forms of connective tissue are Adipose which stores fat, Bone which is made up of collagen and calcium phosphate giving it firmness, Cartilage which is a fibrous connective tissue and supports the ears and nose and even blood can be considered connective tissue because of its extra cellular matrix!

Superficial fascia
Superficial fascia

Fascia is the main connective tissue that holds our muscles, skin, organs and external features in position. Fascia is a type of strong, fibrous connective tissue which is made up of collagen fibres a lot like ligaments and tendons. It joins different structures together and helps adjacent structures move past each other smoothly. Fascia forms under the skin and is a form of connective tissue between the skin and muscles, holding us all in place; it is known as the ORGAN OF POSTURE and has a more predominant effect on how we stand than are muscles do…

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Our Famous Detox Deluxe Experience!

The Detox Deluxe Experience Massage

The festive season is always a time for over indulgence and when the new year hits, we are bombarded with information about the newest diet plans and exercise regimes for people to sign up to in an attempt to lose the holiday weight and start another year healthier, stronger and filled with energy. Many people I know will launch into some extreme plan to punish their bodies into submission and get to their desired weight/fitness in the shortest time possible, but is this really a good idea? More and more people are now realising that maybe brute force is not the best way to get your body to react, there is a much more pleasant and effective way to boost your body’s natural abilities to sort out all the rubbish that has been thrown at it over the past month! Start with drinking a little bit more water, make time for fruit, nuts and seeds and get some fresh air each day…

…and book yourself in for YOU Massage Therapy’s famous Detox Deluxe Experience! The treatment combines a number of techniques to kick start your body’s systems and rid you of the horrible lethargic, bloated and muzzy feeling that accompanies January each year.

Here’s a bit about how The Detox Deluxe Experience can help you and each of its sumptuous elements to tempt you to treat yourself with the most comprehensive treatment around!

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All about Lymph Drainage Massage, it’s not as scary as it sounds

Recently there’s been a local explosion in curiosity about Lymph Drainage Massage – we’ve had lots of questions, inquiries  and new clients asking all about it.  So I thought I’d dispel a couple of myths and give a bit more information to those who are curious about this very different style of massage, and let you know that it’s not only medical clients who like Lymph Drainage Massage.  There is a little physiology at the beginning, so if you’re not keen on knowing the details of how your body works, just skip those bits and read further on.

 The Lymphatic System:

Your body’s lymphatic system is your primary immune system.  It fights every bug that enters your body (no matter how it gets in), and does it’s best to drain and expel the fluid in which these external invaders and local cell wastes collect.  It is very closely linked to your circulatory system – in fact, for every blood vessel, capillary, and vein there is a lymph vessel or capillary running alongside. Continue reading All about Lymph Drainage Massage, it’s not as scary as it sounds

Breast Cancer Awareness and Holistic Treatments

Check your breasts!

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…

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World Osteoporosis Day

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

Mental Health Awareness 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

Lupus Awareness Month

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.

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World Heart Day 2012


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.


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