How Sports Massage helps flexibility and strength

 

Sports Massage has many benefits such as the reduction of pain and tension, great preparation for a sporting event or as a relaxing treatment after an event to remove all the unwanted products. But one of the most important benefits of a sports massage treatment is the increase in flexibility and the strength in the clients’ muscles.

 

 

 

 

When I say strength I want to make it clear that a client can’t just walk in, have a sports massage and come out with bulging muscles. What I mean is through strengthening techniques and massage, over a period of treatments together we can strengthen an area so that it causes less pain to another area or to better ones posture.

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New Parent Massage – Why It’s A Good Idea!

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we thought it might be a good idea to let you know how massage can be useful to new parents (and parents in general!).

 

 

Parenting is hard work.  You spend your days tripping over toys and washing your babies bodily fluids from your clothing and carpet; then your nights are spent

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Types of injury

There are numerous types of soft tissue injuries that many of us suffer with at some point in time whether this is through a normal, daily activity, a sporting injury or maybe even a work injury. Sports and Remedial massage is one of the best treatments for these types of injuries and the benefits can be great at getting you back to full fitness.

One common injury is a muscular strain which will most likely occur when a muscle or muscle group is overstretched and a tear occurs in the muscle fibres as a result of this. There are varying degrees of muscle tears; a Grade 1 tear is where up to 5% of a muscle’s fibres are torn which will cause some discomfort to the area but should have healed fully within 2 or 3 weeks. A Grade 2 tear is where up to 50% of muscle fibres tear causing a more intense pain with some swelling and bruising as well as some loss of movement and should repair within 3 to 6 weeks depending on the severity. A Grade 3 tear is a major tear to a muscle or a complete rupture ranging from 50% to 100% of muscle fibres torn. A lot of pain will be felt and often a popping or snapping sound may be heard where the tear occurred as well as ineffective movement in the damaged area, bruising, and swelling and because a muscle contracts when it is torn, a groove can be seen where it  has gathered at one end.

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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

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