Why Facials are your Face’s Best Friend

Facials in Southampton

From cleansing to rejuvenating: a quick guide to why facials are your face’s best friend

Skincare Facial southamptonWe all know it is essential to take care of our skin on a daily basis.

We’ve all read how smoking, one drink too many, days out in the sun as well as another multitude of sins which we commit on a regular basis are bad for your skin, its appearance and how quick (or not!) we age…

We know all this. But how many of us actually have a routine that involves making our skin a priority? We all have busy lives, so we may skip what we see as just another demand on our precious time. Sound familiar?

But let me tell you about a super relaxing way to look after your skin, one that has deep reaching benefits: Our YOU Massage Southampton Facials!

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Thai Massage – Lazy Yoga

Lazy Yoga – Thai Massage

By Southampton Thai Massage therapist, Georgia

Thai massage is also known as ‘Lazy Yoga’. The name became apparent because the massage consists of pressure points and stretches that aim to relieve blockages along the 10 energy channels within the body. Obstruction of energy flow can lead to weakness of muscles, fatigue, and many other musculoskeletal disorders. Yoga also works with increasing the energy flow and removing blockages. Slow stretching and breathing work in coordination to relax the body and mind, helping you feel revitalised, relaxed, and rejuvenated.

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Importance of stretching

Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong and healthy which helps to maintain a healthy range of motion within the joints. Otherwise, muscles become shortened and tight. If you then exert yourself with tight muscles you are at a higher risk or joint pain, injury, and muscle damage. Ideally, we should all be stretching every day – especially if we have an inactive lifestyle. Now with less times on our hands this can seem challenging. Thai massage is a great way to unwind, but also a way to tick off the list one of those yoga classes you’ve been wanting to attend.

Relaxation

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Southampton Yoga classes for Life Balance

Yoga for Life Balance

When it comes to a good life, it is all about Balance

When it comes to a good life, it is all about Balance

The importance of finding balance in our lives has never been more significant than in today’s frantic world. Pressures from work, family and social commitments can sometimes leave us off kilter, depleted of energy. Often suppressing our own needs for the sake of others, we may inwardly desire simply an hour to ourselves but somehow it feels wrong to admit this, for fear of acting selfishly. Left unchecked, this unbalanced approach can permeate every part of our lives … and, at one point or another, the result is usually burn out, exhaustion and a quiet seething and often unconscious resentment towards those we help.

Making wise energy choices

It is well documented that our energy levels are highly influenced by our diet, lifestyle and even the people we spend time with. However, for many of us we are simply not consciously aware of this energy within our system. Consequently, a specific diet or lifestyle change can feel forced upon us, as if to please others, rather than a choice from within.

A simple, regular yoga practice can develop our capacity to notice the fluctuations in our own energy levels so that, over time, we can start to recognise those parts of our lives that deplete us, and those that raise us up. This conscious awareness of the energy within our own systems, gives us the best possible chance to make our own personal choices; where possible to resist energy-depleting situations and to open to rejuvenating, and life-balancing practices.

Enroll for a Wednesday evening Southampton Yoga class today >

Ultimately, our Yoga practice teaches us that balance in our lives starts with balance within ourselves – within our own systems. So what does this look like?

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Exercise Related Pain and Sports Injury Therapy

Exercise Related Pain

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Paint hat is severe or persistent when you train?

If you exercise, you will probably be familiar with exercise related pain on some level. Whether you have started something new to boost your health or happiness, or you are a seasoned sports person, pain is a common part of any exercise regime…’no pain no gain’ and ‘R.I.C.E’ are well known terms because of the frequency of sports related pain and injury.

 

Contrast Showers can help reduce DOMS. Image from : http://www.endofthreefitness.com/contrast-shower-cold-shower/

Contrast Showers can help reduce DOMS. Image from : http://www.endofthreefitness.com/contrast-shower-cold-shower/

Aches and pains don’t necessarily come with age or injury, although these can, for physiological reasons, increase your chances of feeling exercise related pain. It is also true that exercise can produce pain when injury is not present; more common when you have just started training, just increased your training, or you train quite a lot. Exercise induced pain without injury, is normally down to the delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS), which occurs when muscles swell during exercise and are required to repair to build new fibres post workout. This should pass within a few days and stretching and hot and cold showers can help your muscles to recover, and can be distinguished from persistent pain, that continues to raise its head.

So you have this niggling pain when you exercise; you’ve noticed it before and trained through it, a stretch or rest may help, but every time you train it comes back, it’s all part of the process, right?! NOT if it’s causing you either severe of persistent pain……

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Holistic Advice to Boost both Female and Male Fertility

Boosting fertility as a couplePracticalities and holistic advice to boost fertility.

Another informative article from: Kirsty Hawthorn, Midwife and holistic therapist for YOU Massage Southampton

   More than 90% of male infertility cases are due to low sperm counts, poor sperm quality, or both. As a midwife and holistic therapist I see couples pre conception to create holistic planning for a change in lifestyle to promote optimal fertility. Pre conception is the best time to start making changes.

   Working on reproductive health for men, women and as a couple cannot be understated for a healthy, happy journey into pregnancy, birth, parenthood and indeed into the older years.

  Ways in which to boost fertility are generally the same for men and women, so if you are thinking about getting pregnant now or planning for the future here are some top tips for lifestyle changes that you can start to implement now:

Boost your chances of conception together with these Holistic lifestyle changes….

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Complementary Therapies for conception

Southampton fertility massage

Taking care of you, so you can take care of new life

Holistic Therapy for Fertility…

As written by midwife and Holistic Massage Therapist, Kirsty

We spoke in the last chapter about the importance of self care for your well being, here, I want to go into more detail about the specific care I would recommend. All available at YOU Massage, Southampton; The complementary therapies I see having the most affect for men and women and couples in the fertility journey are…

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Holistic Therapy for Fertility

Pregnancy Massage Therapist Southampton

Kirsty is our Pregnancy Specialist at YOU Massage

Kirsty Hawthorn works as a Holistic Therapist at YOU Massage Therapy, and also a midwife and Infant Massage Instructor. Kirsty has dedicated her career to helping women from pre-conception with fertility boosting treatments, to pregnancy massage, birth and beyond.

Holistic Treatments for Infertility: Part 1

by Kirsty Hawthorn, Midwife and Therapist

The statistics show that as high as one in six couples find it hard to conceive but there is very little written about in relationship to complimentary therapies. Evidence shows that a range of complimentary therapies from massage to acupuncture and energy healing can boost fertility and aid the often stressful journey which accompanies infertility. Complimentary therapies are not a fix for infertility, instead they encourage the body to return to a homeostasis and therefore aid conception.

Here I tell you why I am fascinated by women, how I can help you and how we can help one another to develop a good self care routine, which is so important when trying to conceive…

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Why are we so stressed?

Are we more stressed these days? We sure are! Modern day stress is a big problem, but, we are also aware of it way more, that’s the solution, awareness and support. So, why are we so stressed these days?

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A lot more is expected of us these days, we all want to be the best, that’s great! But there is a multitude of choice available, are we making the right choices? Is someone out to take what we have? Are we a lot busier than we were 50 years ago…?

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Stress: What is it?

Stress is becoming more and more common in modern society but what does this word even mean? There are a myriad of different stresses and whilst depression and anxiety are becoming more acknowledged and further diagnosed as a mental health disorder, many find themselves saying daily ‘I’m just feeling so stressed”. As a general rule stress in this context refers to a feeling of being under mental or emotional pressure or strain, but how much is too much and can stress be a good thing?

Stress Massage SouthamptonStress can be loosely put into two camps. Eustress (good stress) and distress (bad stress) (As coined by a Canadian biochemist Hans Selye of McGill University in Montreal in 1936). Of course stress is a part of our lives and can actually help us in many ways. It is linked to our evolutionary ‘fight or flight’ reflex which, whilst we do admittedly no longer have to fight wild animals for resources on a daily basis, may still have already saved your life on a number of occasions. When this response is triggered the Hypothalamus (a small area of your brain) responds causing the adrenal gland to release a hormone called ‘cortisol’ which is sometimes referred to as the ‘stress hormone’. As the reflex is triggered, the body releases cortisol and prepares to use this to aid it in either the ‘fight’ or the ‘flight’. The reason this can cause problems for so many people, is that whilst your body is in this state, glucose levels rise and so do the levels of substances that help your body repair damaged systems. As your body focuses on these essential areas for fight or flight, non-essential systems get shut down. Your body essentially needs the threat to be over before the hormone levels can return to normal. If they don’t, then the excess cortisol can start wreaking havoc on your bodies systems and increase glucose levels in the bloodstream, contributing to illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes, digestive problems and depression. Elevated cortisol levels can also inhibit your memory and your ability to learn as well as inhibiting your immune responses and it can even lower your bone density or cause you to gain weight. With stress so prevalent in modern society some people, sometimes without even realising it, can be living in a constant state of heightened arousal with your fight or flight reflex constantly ‘turned on’.

How can I lower my stress levels?

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Share the love: Couple’s Massage

Can you quite believe that we have now got through January and heading fast into February which of course is the month of LOVE

Who doesn’t love a little bit of romance? Booking yourself and someone you love in for a massage for Valentine ’s Day in or around that day couldn’t be a more lovely and sweet gift for someone.Couples Massage Southampton

Massage has many benefits for you and your loved one:

  • Reduces stiffness
  • Increases energy levels
  • Stabilizes blood pressure
  • Reduces swelling
  • Increases better sleep patterns
  • Speeds up the healing process
  • Helps depression & anxiety
  • Helps clear colds and illnesses
  • Makes you feel better in your general well being
  • Better connection between you both
  • Bonding time
  • Alone time
  • No kids around just some adult time
  • Perfect excuse for some ‘me’ time

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