Welcome Cristina

massage sportsHello, my name is Cristina, and I have just joined You Massage Therapy as a Sport Massage Therapist.

Sport and health are the two areas I have always been very interested in. After finishing school, I moved to Chieti (Italy), looking for a good Sport Science program at the university. During my three years of the undergraduate course, I started exploring the basic of Sport Science and also went deeper into some fields. I was really excited by  most of the subjects I was studying, particularly anatomy, neuro-anatomy, physiology and sport performance.

I graduated in February 2006, and my final thesis was about “Shoulder impingement syndrome”.

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Piriformis Syndrome

The Human Skeleton

I thought I would write a bit about Piriformis Syndrome (PS) since I have had a few clients recently with this condition and I know from the literature that it is relatively under diagnosed. I see so many people in Southampton with symptoms of ‘sciatica’ or gluteal pain that it inspired me to write this blog on how Sport Massage and Deep Tissue Massage can be of real benefit.

 

 Piriformis Syndrome occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated by the piriformis muscle in the hip. Piriformis is a small muscle that connects the lower spine to the upper surface of each thigh-bone and its action is to assist in rotating the hip and turning the leg outward.

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Our new Osteopath Laura – an Introduction

Laura Barfi, Registered Osteopath at the GOSC and Master of Osteopathy (M.Ost) is proud to now be a part of the YOU Massage team of professionals.

Laura has advanced skills in Osteopathy, Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage.

Laura has had a keen interest in health, sport, and exercise for as long as she can remember. Going on runs with her father at the aged of eight, or playing netball for the under tens at primary school.

Laura developed in to a keen athlete playing a wide variety of different sports throughout her teens and early twenties. Her main focus being athletics and netball the latter of which she still plays today.

As an athlete Laura has first hand experience and understands the frustrations of having an injury and wanting to return to pre-injury training and fitness levels.

Laura discovered the benefits of Osteopathy after successful treatment of a long-standing netball injury. Her rehabilitation inspired her to become an Osteopath and consequently she develop an interest in treating sports injuries.

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Pre-Summer Beauty Treatments

relaxing nature blogSpring is the perfect time to take advantage of the changing weather and get your body prepped for summer. We’ve narrowed down some of our favourite pre-summer beauty treatments to have you looking and feeling your best by the time bikini season comes around!

 

Massage.

Regular massages will help to drain toxins, smooth and tone the skin, break up fatty deposits in those stubborn areas and increase circulation. As we are heading into a season where so much more skin is exposed, smooth, dimple-free and well moisturized, glowing skin are the key to enjoying summertime. We have a few favourites that will have you not only refreshed, and invigorated, but that will also improve the texture of your skin.

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Hot Stones Massage

401304_511901052180070_767227853_nMany people ask about the benefits of the hot stone massage and how enjoyable can be this massage style. When we said hot sometime coming to your main I can get Burn, you maybe don’t realise that this hot stone first have to be in the therapist had after in your skin.

During in treatment the hit can help very much.  Imagine laying on a massage table after have one of these long days also your back it painful and you just book a hot stone massage. Hot stone massage is a form of “thermotherapy” in which hot stones are positioned on specific areas of the client’s body and allow for greater deep tissue manipulation.

The massage technique

The stones used for a hot stone massage are usually basalt stones which are chalky grey in colour but turn dark once oil is applied to them. Stones of marble are used for the cold stones. The stones are heated to 130 degrees F and placed strategically along the spine. The therapist gently rubs the stone into muscles and tissues on both sides of the body; the firmness of the stone couples with the heat enhances the therapeutic benefits of the massage.

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Massage with Rosie

I chose to practice massage therapy a few years ago as I was initially intrigued by its simplicity yet profound effect on calming the body and mind. I believe that our bodies have all they need within to heal themselves from the mental trauma and daily stress we put them though. YOU Massage Therapy is a space where you can rest and receive hands-on treatment to encourage your body-mind to realign with its natural state. Having studied and worked in western medical science for over ten years, I know what our bodies get up to during periods of disease. ‘Dis-ease’. So much of this is caused by our lifestyle; rushing around, eating on-the-hoof, fizzy drinks, poor posture, our sedentary routine. There is so much we can do to ease this burden on ourselves. So come and get easy with yourself and try out one of my memorable massages.

The types of massage I offer include:

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So, What Do GPs Think Of Massage?

gpA little while ago we were given the great pleasure of being involved with a workshop being run at the University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust… They had a day of training with local GPs, where their aim was to introduce them to a series of complementary therapies and see what they thought.

 

In addition to a number of other complementary therapies (such as colonic irrigation!) being done elsewhere around town, we had the pleasure of seeing eight GPs for Energy Healing, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Pregnancy Massage, Accupressure, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Hot Stones, and Indian Head Massages.

 

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A Guide to massage

blog menuWhen ordering coffee there is a lot of choice – do you want a quick and effective espresso, a luxurious cappuccino, or a gentle latte (maybe with a flavor shot of something sweet or nutty)?  There are a lot of options, and making sure that you get what you actually want is going to make or break the experience.  Like coffee, massage now comes in many styles – all different, all designed to suit different needs; and just as important to get right when it comes to choosing which one to have.

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Why Massage – Why Do People Use Massage, And What Do They Use It For?

massage blogThere have been a lot of changes in the health industry in the last few decades, and many new or previously rarer therapies have been getting a lot more attention because of this.  Massage is one of those therapies now getting more attention and use, with much medical research being done into the benefits of massage, and many massage styles being modified and tailored to compliment research findings.

 

One of the most medically tested styles of massage is Lymph Drainage Massage – designed to increase the flow and drainage of lymph fluid and thus reduce cellular waste build-up.  Lymph Drainage Massage is now often done in hospitals to help patients with kidney or heart problems whose systems have trouble expelling lymph fluid without assistance.

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Stretches

Maintaining correct posture whist carrying out stretches is vital to improving posture and getting a better stretch for your muscles. Many think you must push back your shoulders and your head should be facing upwards like an old army drill sergeant.

1. The best way to describe holding a good, steady posture is to firstly keep your whole body in line.

2. Slightly ‘tuck’ your coccyx (the lowest part of the spine) underneath you so you are engaging your abdominal muscles slightly as to not create an arch in the lower back.

3. Straighten both clavicles (collar bones) so they form a nice straight line along you body keeping your shoulders in a more neutral position.

4. Tilt your head slightly upwards so you are straight ahead instead of looking towards the ground.

5. Bring your head back so that you ears are in line with your shoulders.

6. Straighten your upper back so back is straight to avoid creating a curve in your upper back.

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