Introducing Emma, Our New Sports Therapist At YOU Massage Therapy, Southampton

Introducing Emma And How She Can Help You

Hello all, my name is Emma Coleman from Phoenix Mobile Sports Therapies. I am fairly new to You Massage Therapy, Southampton and would like to take an opportunity to introduce myself and let you have an insight in to how I got here and what I can do to help you get back to feeling better.

Emma Coleman, YOU Massage Therapy Southampton

Emma Coleman

I am qualified Sports and Remedial Massage therapist, Sports therapist, Sports exercise and fitness first aider; I am also currently a Physiotherapy student at the University of Southampton.

My background is in the Armed forces and I served 15 years as a Vehicle Mechanic and carried out deployments to Afghanistan, Kenya and Sierra Leone. During my time serving in the Army I trained as a Sports therapist and Archery Coach. As a coach I delivered training sessions to personnel recovering from mild traumatic brain injuries such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD.

Sports have always been a huge part of my life having been a competitive archer representing the Army at competitions, representing REME at Football and Hockey, and more recently, playing rugby for the Southampton University Ladies Rugby Team. I now support the team as Pitch Side first aid for the first team.

Treatments offered by Emma

Below is some information on the treatments I can offer:

This is a group of massage techniques delivered to the body’s soft tissues. It aims to remove muscular tension, improve circulation, stretch muscles and to break down unwanted adhesions between the soft tissues.

The methods used are Soft tissue release (STR), Myofascial release (MFR), Deep tissue massage (DT), Muscle energy techniques (MET) and Trigger pointing (TP).

Even though this category of massage therapy is called sports massage it is beneficial for all individuals who find they are in discomfort, not just for those who are sporty. If you find yourself with aches and pains from everyday life, recovering from and preventing injuries or just having done a bit too much at the gym, work or at home, a sports or remedial massage will help you get balance back into your body by helping to work away the stress and tension in muscles, helping to relieve discomfort.

Sports Therapy is great to help you recover from injury (rehab), increase mobility, build strength and make postural changes. The therapy is about working with you to achieve your goals through exercise to build strength, flexibility, endurance and confidence in exercise. If you have been out of exercise for a while or have noticed that you are getting aches and pains, this therapy will help bring structural balance to your musculoskeletal system.

Sports therapy aims to educate individuals in exercise and rehabilitate following injury or operation, but is equally applicable for those who just want to learn some exercises they can do at home or place of comfort.

How to Book

You can book a treatment with Emma using our online booking system or by telephoning us on 02380 639747

Article written by Emma Coleman. Edited by YOU Massage Therapy

New Antenatal Pilates Classes Launching in 2018 at YOU Massage Therapy, Southampton

What Is Antenatal Pilates, And Is It For Me?

Antenatal Pilates is Pilates classes specifically designed for individuals during and after pregnancy. Both Pre- and Post-Natal Pilates follow the same concepts and principles of traditional Pilates, but include modified exercises to ensure they are safe and effective for expectant and new Mums. Antenatal Pilates strengthens the entire body, focusing on the core and pelvic floor, specifically for expectant and new Mums.

If you are expecting and are having an uncomplicated pregnancy, then Pilates may be for you. If you have complications, please check with your midwife or GP first.

Pre-natal Pilates is a great way for pregnant women, having an uncomplicated pregnancy, to commence weeks 8 – 20; to stay in good shape throughout your pregnancy. Ir is not recommended to commence Pilates over half way through your pregnancy, if you commence prior to week 20, you can then continue until week 32. For ladies wishing to join a class after week 20, or for continuing with exercise from week 32 – birth, we recommend Pregnancy Yoga, which is designed to help the body prepare for birth.

What Benefits Can I Expect During Pregnancy Pilates?

Pilates will help strengthen your core, back and pelvic floor, In addition, you may achieve the following benefits:

  • Improved breathing control throughout pregnancy and labour.You Massage Therapy Antenatal Pilates exercise ball
  • Reduced back pain from postural changes.
  • Stronger muscles to aid lifting and bending once the baby is born.
  • Improved balance.
  • Improved relaxation.
  • Improved mobility of joints.
  • Improved labour due to increased strength of the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor.
  • Improved self-esteem & confidence.
  • Improved well-being.
  • Improved body awareness.

I’ve Just Had my Baby, How Soon Can I Return to Pilates?

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Five Benefits Of Massage Therapy – Injury Management And Prevention For Seniors

Five Benefits Of Massage Therapy – Injury Management And Prevention For Seniors

Written for YOU Massage Therapy, Southampton by guest author, Marc Innes, Owner and Principal of the School of Natural Therapies

Whether you are an athlete, a senior citizen, someone who went through surgery, or a simply a regular Jane or Joe, you will find massages beneficial and enjoyable. In general, massages help reduce stress levels and lessen the effects of depression, anxiety and digestion problems. It can improve blood flow, as well as the immune and nervous systems.

As people age, the body becomes increasingly frail and movements slower. Geriatric massages are specifically designed to meet the needs of the elderly. The process involves using the hands to work on the muscles, soft tissues and joints in the body.

Massaging the body enhances blood circulation, increases range of movement, and relieves pain caused by chronic ailments such as arthritis, Parkinson’s, stroke or heart disease. It also helps reduce the chances of injury.

Here are some of the benefits of deep tissue massage therapy for the elderly.

1. Improves blood circulation

Getting the blood to flow to the various parts of the body becomes more difficult as a person ages. Massages counter the effect of aging by improving the circulation of blood around the body.

2. Enhances balance and gait

One common concern when it comes to seniors is getting into accidents and falling. As people grow older, their bones become weaker and more fragile. A massage helps improve the blood circulation to the limbs and the person’s sense of balance. This reduces the chances of falling.

3. Softens the muscles and tissues

Muscles and tissues harden over time due to lack of activity. Massages improve the blood flow to muscles and tissues, reducing the tension in the body. As a result, the muscles and tissues soften.

A deep massage helps reduce stiffness and pain on the joints around the hip, shoulder and knees.

The body’s muscles and joints also become more flexible after a massage, enabling a wider range of movement. This offers the elderly a chance to function more regularly and perform daily tasks.

4. Relieves symptoms of arthritis

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Velichka’s Well-being Offers

Introducing YOU Massage Southampton Therapist, Velichka “Veli”

 Veli has some exclusive Special Offers for her massage treatments, available  December 2017 and January 2018 *subject to availability.

southampton honey massageMy name is Velichka and I am a Massage Therapist, originally from Bulgaria. I am one of the newer Massage Therapists at YOU Massage, Southampton and specialise as a Holistic and Aromatherapy therapist.

I discovered my passion for massage in 2010 and qualified as a Massage Therapist in 2016. I attended a one-year Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine training course at Shibumi Shiatsu School in Italy where I lived for 15 Years. That was an amazing experience which gave me a lot of knowledge and inspiration.

The treatments I am offering are:

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Honey Massage Therapy

YOU Massage now offer Honey Massage in Southampton

Heave you heard of it? Popular in Europe, our very own Eastern European Therapist, Velichka, introduces this amazingly relaxing treatments with many hidden benefits!

On offer Until November 30th for just £25! * 30 minute treatment, can be added to a Massage for just £20!*

Price afterwards £30 / £25

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HONEY MASSAGE THERAPY

Exclusive at You Massage Southampton

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With High Quality Homemade Raw Honey

This massage involves working the soft tissue of the body, to ease day-to-day stresses and muscular tension, and promote relaxation, like a regular massage but with so much more…

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Meet Catherine, Southampton Pilates Instructor and Nutritional Advisor

Catherine is running a mixed ability lunch time and beginners evening Pilates classes from our Bedford Place Studio on Mondays

Pilates Instructor SouthamptonHello, my name is Catherine. I am a member of the team at You Massage, offering Pilates Classes and Nutritional Coaching on Mondays.

Enroll today and get a £5 Pilates Taster!

I am a qualified Level 3 Nutrition Advisor with specialist knowledge in nutrition and weight management, behaviour change coaching and sport nutrition. In addition to this I am also a Pilates Instructor with Future Fit Training and I have completed my Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Mat Pilates. I have continued studying whilst working at You Massage Southampton to obtain my Level 3 Pre- and Post- Natal Exercise, Pilates for Common Orthopaedic Conditions, Exercise Referral for Health Management and ultimately complete my studies by becoming a Level 4 Low Back Pain Exercise Specialist in May 2018.

I am really passionate about healing through Pilates….

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Introduction to Hypnotherapy at YOU Massage, Southampton

Southampton Hypnotherapy

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When was the last time you treated yourself to some Me Time ?

Most of us lead busy, even at times chaotic, lives. We rush from one thing to another and always seem to have one eye on the time, our minds feeling overworked and strained.

We all need and deserve a little Me Time , to slow down for a while, to simply relax or even to resolve issues that have been intruding on our minds.

YOU Massage are pleased to announce a collaboration with Hypnotherapist, Marion Harvey, available soon at our Bedford Place, Southampton studio

Meet Marion Harvey Dip.hsoh  who runs small group relaxation sessions as well as effective one on one Hypnotherapy at YOU Massage, Southampton.

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What is Hypnosis?Southampton Hypnotherapy sessions

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How Yoga can help to build your Core Strength

Yoga for Core Strength

Agnieszka Olechowska, Yoga Teacher at YOU Massage Therapy, Southampton, describes how Yoga is not just for flexibility and relaxation

Some people associate yoga exercises with muscle flexibility rather than strength. Students coming to my classes often ask how long it’s going to take for them to perform splits or back bends. Flexibility is, to some people, the main goal with their Asana practice. However, although muscle stretching to aid and improve flexibility plays an important role in a typical yoga class, we shouldn’t forget about simultaneously developing our strength.

Strong muscles play an important part in supporting the joints and protecting them from damage. The weaker our muscles are, the less stable our joints become. Prolonged imbalance can lead to chronic pain and this in turn makes us involuntarily take it easy on the muscles by unconsciously avoiding movements that cause discomfort or pain. The muscles can then become progressively weaker and a vicious circle arises.

Some people may associate strength with gym bodies with their chiseled abs and generally well-developed musculature. This is another popular misconception: Simply having carved muscles doesn’t necessarily make us strong and functional humans. Yoga practice itself won’t turn our abs into a dreamed-of six-pack, but it offers much more than just boosting appearance. Practiced regularly, it helps to develop core muscle stability which positively impacts our physical health.

What is the core and why is core strength and stability so important?

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Mindfulness Courses – coming soon to YOU Massage Therapy, Southampton

Mindfulness for a Contented Life

Article by Sylvia Clare, Mindfulness Teacher at YOU Massage Therapy, Southampton

Mindfulness is in the health news so often now it seems to be a new discovery, but really it has been with us for thousands of years in one form or another. Most people are mindful at times but they don’t realise it or know how to develop or harness that skill to enhance their sense of wellbeing and inner peace.

There are a lot of books and self-help takes around which claim to enable you to develop your mindfulness practice but in over two decades of teachings I have met so many people who tried it that way and then found something missing in the experiences they had until they were able to learn from an experienced teacher.

Mindful person looking over calm water

Stable Heart and Mind – greater resilience to life generally

Mindfulness enables you to remain more emotionally stable through the challenges that we all face in life. As you learn and develop the skills of regulating your emotional and cognitive activities they become less reactive and more balanced so that in a crisis you are more able to maintain calm balanced ways of managing and dealing with it.

Better Relationships – less conflict and greater intimacy

These develop from better self-awareness and compassion for others and the places we live in. We cannot change the outer world but we can adapt the inner world so that the outer world is less intrusive or stressful.

Acceptance – and gratitude for the life we have whilst still moving forward

We cannot always have what we want but often even if we get what we want in life we are not satisfied for long. Learning mindfulness helps us become accepting of what we need and frees us up from the dictates of a materialistic and consumeristic culture, enabling us to live simply and with greater freedom from external pressures.

Letting Go and not allowing past hurts to continue to damage your present and future

So often we are hurt and then when we want to move on we find we cannot let go of the fear of being hurt again. This frequently leads us to repeat the same unhappy cycles and patterns in life. We all talk about letting go but very few people show you how this is done in a way that gradually works more and more powerfully until it is your default mode.  Continue reading

Pilates for Posture

How Pilates can help you to achieve and maintain good posture

With Heather’s Pilates Classes in Southampton

Pilates class in Southampton can help with good posture

Posture is something that most people take for granted, however the long term effects of poor posture can cause irreparable damage to your spine, pain throughout your body, poor breathing, and even digestive issues. Good posture enables the spine to distribute the weight effectively so there is the least amount of pressure on the spine throughout the day. Poor posture is often caused by poor movement patterns and long periods of inactivity slouched over a desk. These bad habits mean that some muscles can become weak, and some can become overactive causing tension.

For good standing posture make sure you have:

  1. Ears over shoulders with chin tucked.
  2. Shoulders down and back, you should feel like your shoulders are pulling away from each other and the bottom of your shoulder blades are drawn together. If you could see your shoulder blades then they’d have a nice ‘V’ shape.
  3. Stomach drawn in, imagine your belly button being drawn towards your spine.
  4. Pelvis is in neutral, if your hips were a bucket of water, would that water be level?
  5. Weight balanced between your toes and your heels.

Good posture can be hard to hold, especially when you’ve fallen into bad habits. If you want to improve your posture, Pilates is perfect for this.

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