National Eczema Week! Eczema Awareness…

What is it?


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…

Migraine: The invisible Illness

Hi Naomi here, this week is Migraine Awareness Week  – an issue that doesn’t get much coverage.

For many people the frustration of a migraine can be detrimental to their overall wellbeing. I am not simply talking about the migraine itself but the misconception made by most people who do not suffer migraines. Migraines can effect every aspect of a person’s life making it difficult to conduct day to day tasks, this can impact a persons professional, family and normal life. We really want to help so here we go into a little more detail on Migraines and Holistic treatments that have been known to help.

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What Massages are popular in Southampton and Why?

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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…

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Hot Stones Massage using chakras: How they do it in Thailand

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

Thai Foot Reflexology

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…

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Leg Injuries: How massage helps issues and when is it appropriate?

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.

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Reiki: How Relaxation and Calm Heals the Body

Too many of us don’t set aside time to rest.  We tend to forget the importance of resting and how it can help heal our minds, body and spirit.

Recently I undertook a stress management course and it really got me thinking about what I am doing to myself and those that surround me.  Now I know what you are thinking, how can a massage therapist who is trained in relaxing others be suffering from stress?  From a young age I have always worked two jobs or more at a time.  It’s been drummed into me that if you work hard it will pay off at the end.  My average working week is close to 60 hours and I am not alone.  With England in a recession for the second time within 4 years, gas and electricity bills going up, people are working longer and harder to make rent.

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Injury Rehabilitation in Sports Massage

One of the main reasons people have a sports massage is due to an injury they have sustained through various activities such as whilst competing in their sport, at work or in a public place.

Other types of massage will aid the recovery process such as deep tissue and lymphatic drainage but not as well as a sports massage because of the techniques involved and the deep pressure involved in the treatment. Sports massage first came about to help athletes with their injuries as far back as when the Greeks first started holding the Olympic games. It was known that those involved would have regular treatment during the tournament to keep away injuries and prepare them for sporting activity.

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Pete’s Blog: My experience in Sports Massage

During my time studying Sports and Remedial Massage and treating clients I have gained a lot of experience from those that were teaching me, my fellow students and co workers as well as the clients that I have been treating.

Throughout my studies I gained so much insight into the world of Sports Massage, I learnt the basic massage techniques, more advanced Sports Massage techniques, how to keep my posture whilst massaging, masses of anatomy and physiology which I continue to learn everyday and plenty more. I learned in various ways such as watching others through treatments, listening to my teachers and classmates describe what they were doing but most importantly to an up and coming Massage Therapist was the amount of practical work I was able to carry out during my studies at lessons and in my own time. The only way to get better at something is to carry it out over and over, so that what we did and it was very effective. Remember PRACTICE DOESN’T MAKE PERFECT, PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT!

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Sciatica: Its causes and how massage can help.

Hi, Naomi here, this blog post will be talking about sciatica, its causes and how massage can help.

For many, Sciatic pain is often experienced as sharp burning pain which travels form the lower back to different places within the legs, but those affected will often describe other sensations such as tingling, numbness and weakness.

This type of pain is often referred to as sciatica, for some it is something they experience every so often due to a nerve popping into the vertebrae and then popping back out. But for some it can be permanent experience that requires treatment.


Often Muscular tension in the glute min area can cause pain and discomfort in the area, often this leads to trouble walking and is referred to by patients as sciatica, in this case Deep Tissue Massage to releive the tension should be sufficient….

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