What is Hayfever?
Otherwise known as allergic rhinitis or pollinosis, hayfever is an allergic reaction triggered by allergens such as dust, pollen, mites, grasses, moulds, animal fur/hair and/or air pollution. The condition tends to occur seasonally with outdoor allergens and at any time to those found indoors but can also happen at any time of year too.
Hayfever occurs when allergens become trapped in the fine hairs and mucous membranes of the nasal passages, mouth, throat and lungs. The immune system reacts by stimulating the release of the antibody Immunoglobin E (IgE), which is designed to fight and eliminate the allergens. Histamine is then released from the IgE to flush the allergens out of the airways, which produces a list of symptoms described below.
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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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What is Parkinson’s Disease? (PD)
Parkinson’s disease is caused by death of nerve cells in mid section of the brain; particularly the cells that are responsible for producing a chemical called dopamine. This reduction causes, Parkinson’s, a progressive neurological condition where part of the brain become progressively more damaged over many years.
Dopamine plays a vital role in regulating the movement of the body and the reduction of this chemical is responsible for many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The average age for the symptoms to start is around 60; although around 1 in 20 cases first develop in people aged fewer than 50. Men are one-and-half times more likely to get Parkinson’s disease than women.
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When 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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What is the lymph System?
Your Lymph System is a vascular system that if found just underneath the skin. It is your waste management system and helps the body remove toxins and by products from chemical reactions.
The lymphatic system is made up of lymph vessels, lymph nodes and lymphatic fluid. Your spleen, thymus, tonsils and adenoids are also part of the lymphatic system. There are over 600 lymph nodes located in a plethora of locations around the body. The lymph nodes job are to filter lymphatic fluid until it reaches the thoracic duct where is it is filtered again; before being reabsorbed by the blood stream. The lymphatic fluid is in fact made up of clear fluid which contains white blood cells.
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The lymphatic system is one of the body’s lesser known systems – you’ve heard of the respiratory and digestive systems, but how well do you know the workings of your lymphatic system? And what do you know about Lymph Drainage Massage, and what to expect if you come for one? Below are the answers to these questions – I hope you enjoy learning about it all.
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