Introducing new Sports Massage Therapist – Ali

Hi! My name is Ashraf Ali, and you can call me Ali, I run Optimal Sport Massage from YOU Massage & Therapy Centre at weekends. I’m a Sports massage therapist and a Chiropractor in training at Bournemouth AECC

My interest in sport from a young age has led me to train as a Chiropractor and a massage therapist. I have learned a lot of about avoiding injuries and self-treatment methods from playing rugby for years and competing in Powerlifting.

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Laser vs IPL

Laser vs IPL

There are so many hair removal systems out there nowadays, often with no indication of which one is best suited to you, so it can be very confusing.

It is essential to know the skin type before commencing with IPL, or Laser hair removal, and this should always be assessed during a consultation and Patch test.  This is called the ‘Fitzpatrick’ skin type; on a scale of skin type 1 – 6:  1 being the lightest, and 6 darkest.

Knowing the skin type for laser hair removal will mean safety and efficacy of hair removal.

Clients most often will not know the difference between IPL and Laser which is what has prompted this article

IPL can only work on light skin, and dark hair because of the Wavelength, whereas the latest Lasers (such as our Initia from Lynton) can work on skin types 1-6 (as mentioned earlier), and on all hair colour – apart from white, grey and red due to there being no pigment.

IPL and Laser are completely different. 

Laser stands for: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

IPL stand for:  Intensive Pulse Light

Laser hair removal accounts for 70 per cent of technology-based hair removal; IPL 30 per cent – make sure you do check before you book.

How does it work?

Lasers produce a single wavelength of light with a very concentrated beam, and specific target, which is the hair follicle’s melanin. The heat is absorbed by the follicle, leaving the surrounding skin unharmed.  Lasers do get better, faster results than IPL.  Many hairs can be treated at one time with Laser as each laser pulse takes just milliseconds.

IPL  is not a type of Laser at all.  It produces a broad spectrum of wavelengths which are dispersed at a variety of depths which mean that only some of those wavelengths go dep enough for permanent hair reduction.  Surrounding skin tissue absorbs some of the Pulse Light, and the skin’s pigment also heats up, therefore the risks of burning are greater.

This is why IPL is NOT as good for hair removal.

IPL works well for the following:

  • Fine blood vessels (spider veins)
  • Superficial pigmentation
  • Sun damage
  • Anti-ageing

Why is IPL hair removal cheaper than Laser?

IPL machines are cheaper than Laser machines, therefore treatment cost is determined by this, (and other factors mentioned previously); also the quality of the machine, so please bear this in mind when choosing your hair removal clinic.

Cheap hair removal machines equals cheap prices, which could likely result in insufficient results for you.  Also please be wary of clinics offering Groupon Laser hair removal deals! If they can afford to slash their prices so much, there must be a compromising quality somewhere!  Do your research, and always ask questions if not sure.

Laser Hair Removal Southampton

Our expert, Julia, can answer all of your questions on the best hair removal for you

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Laser vs Waxing

Whilst waxing may appear cheaper than Laser hair removal, in the long term it is not due to the fact that waxing requires life – long dedication, whereas once Laser results have been achieved (usually after 6-8 sessions), then all that is required are yearly maintenance top up treatments.

Of course, this all depends on the individual, and hormonal factors, but if you add up the costs of life time waxing, you will be surprised at how much you actually save on a course of laser instead! Plus, no more in grown hairs and fuzzy time in between sessions! The other thing to consider is that Laser is more permanent than waxing, and less painful if you choose our Lynton Initia.

Our in house Hair Removal Expert offers both Botanical Waxing and Laser, so she can chat to you about your options from a place of real experience!

Laser vs Shaving:

Shaving only removes the tips of the hair, and not the root, it is very temporary. The hair will appear blunt, and coarse in texture. The hair will also grow back faster, meaning that you will have to shave every other day, and in some cases, every day, which is very inconvenient for many people, as well as irritating.

Apart from the time consuming aspect of shaving, it can be very painful if the skin is cut or grazed.  Ingrown hairs are a common problem which can be both painful and unsightly.  An ingrown hair is when the hair grows back on itself, and re- enters the skin. The follicle can then become blocked with dead skin cells, and sebum, resulting in the appearance of black heads, or pimples. When bacteria gets trapped, pus forms, which can then lead to inflammation. This results in a painful bump in the skin. Not ideal.

If the hair is dark, red, or coarse, it can be more prone to ingrown hairs and irritated skin.

Laser hair removal will help eliminate the ingrown hair problem!

OK, so shaving IS required before laser hair removal, purely on the basis that the root must be there for laser to have effect, but evidence suggests that it actually REDUCES the likelihood of ingrown hairs!

So, for a short period of the ‘inconvenience’ of shaving, and an investment outlay, you, can permanently enhance your life by not having to continually upset your skin in the name of smooth comfort.

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Introducing Martin Genovese– Traditional Acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese medicine

Hello, it gives me great pleasure to meet you and to be working alongside the other wonderful therapists at YOU Massage.

I graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in 2010 and have been in practice since then. During this time I have met and helped 100’s of amazing people. Most of whom generally come to me when they are in some form of pain, have serious illness, or just don’t feel healthy and themselves.

In my experience I have found Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are effective methods for helping people with their health issues. I use two main methods of treatment; Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Five Elements (Constitutional) Acupuncture. Alongside this, I also employ additional tools such as tuina massage, cupping, moxabustion, guasha (skin scraping) etc. These all support and enhance the treatments. However, most importantly, I work closely with all patients to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Offering lifestyle advice and coaching such as exercise, dietary support, motivation, problem solving or relationships, are often considered an essential part of the treatment and will help you to achieve the best results and in becoming your best self.

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Western Acupuncture – Dry Needling – with Osteopath Edward

Southampton AcupunctureSouthampton Osteopath, Ed Webb, offers Dry Needling from our Bedford Place studio

What is dry needling?

The popular treatment of dry needling (as opposed to wet needling such as Botox, corticosteroids, anaesthetics etc), also known as western or medical acupuncture, is frequently used by health care professionals such as osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and even some GPs.

By effectively isolating problem areas on the body, namely myofascial trigger points, the therapist can deliver fine acupuncture needles intramuscularly. Several studies have shown immediate improvements in pain and/or disability by targeting trigger points in this way, and there is no shortage of clients and patients who can advocate the outstanding effects of this ever-popular treatments.

How does Dry needling it work?

The proposed mechanism of dry needling involves the mechanical disruption of the integrity of dysfunctional endplates, alterations in the length and tension of muscle fibres and stimulation of mechanoreceptors, increased muscle blood flow and oxygenation, and endogenous opioid release affecting peripheral and central sensitization, among others.

What on earth does that all mean I hear you say?

Essentially, dry needling therapy induces a stimulatory effect on the body’s tissues, which helps kickstart the body’s own painkilling and healing capabilities; amazing right? Osteopaths amongst many other practitioners and therapists have known for a long time about the internal powers our bodies possess to heal themselves, our job is merely to bring about and facilitate this change and reach equilibrium.

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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

Introducing Intuitive Deep Tissue Massage Therapist – Daisy

Hi!  I am Daisy – massage therapist from Eastern Europe.

I graduated as a massage therapist in 1997 and immediately I had started work as a masseur at my home city in a big leisure centre.

There I practised classical, holistic and deep tissue massage. Also I carried out sports massage to the clients of the fitness hall and the sports centre.

My interest in massage and learning of new techniques lead me on to Japan,  where I’ve stayed for 6 years. That time I had the chance to study about zen as a philosophy, as a lifestyle, as a massage therapist also I learnt a lot about Reiki healing and Japanese culture and language.

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Bikini Laser Hair Removal and Waxing

Bikini Line Laser or Wax

laser hair removal bikini southampton

As written by Hair Removal Expert, Julia, of Julia’s Beauty Hub (follow us on facebook >)

A Bikini Line laser or wax is the removal of hair from the sides and top of the knicker line.

We offer both temporary (Botanical Waxing) and permanent bikini laser hair removal in Southampton.

Our Sparkly Mulberry Botanical non-strip Wax is very gentle on the skin, it shrink wraps around the hair, and does not stick to the skin.

Read our waxing reviews to see what clients have said >

A standard bikini line hair removal is where those unwanted hairs that show outside of the pantline are removed.  If  it is your first time having a wax or laser treatment of the bikini area, it is quite normal to feel a little embarrassed or worry you have too much hair etc, but please remember, our hair removal Specialist is an expert, and knows how to make you feel comfortable and at ease.   She has also seen it all before, over the years, so rest assured, your bikini waxing experience will be superb, and you may even feel rather relaxed!

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Sarah – Yoga Introduction

Welcome, I’m Sarah, a yoga teacher based in Southampton. I’ve been practising yoga for about 5 years and teaching for a couple of months now. I’m so excited to be able to share my passion for all things yoga with the world through my teaching.

I teach predominantly Yin Yoga, but I also run Vinyasa and Restorative classes. Each of my classes are based around a theme, linking our yoga practice with our day-to-day lives, as I think it’s really important to be able to take what we do on the mat and incorporate it how we interact in the world.

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How does Laser Hair Removal Work

Laser hair removal can be performed on any area of the body, including sensitive areas such as the bikini, areola, underarms, face.

Laser Hair Removal must be performed when the hair is in its active stage.  Not all the hair is at the same stage, so this is why a course of treatments is necessary to catch the hairs at the correct stage (growth phase).

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Meet Ed – Osteopath and Sports Massage Therapist

We would like to welcome Ed to the team of YOU Massage and Therapy Centre.

Whether you’re an office worker or a sports person, Ed’s treatment can help you! Working across London and the South, he has gained valuable experience in treating treating a wide variety of patients, such as the homeless, chronically ill, pregnant women, the elderly and children. Furthermore he is also a fully qualified personal trainer, dry needling therapist and sports massage therapist to complement and enhance his treatment approach.
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