Hayfever Blog By Elizabeth

relaxing nature blogWhat 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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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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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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Amy’s Blog: Our New Look!

Our Welcoming New Look!

 

Hello! Amy here, founder and Head Therapist of YOU Massage Therapy. So here we go, my first blog post, it’s a bigg’un, sorry! I have been so incredibly busy with many little projects to get YOU Massage Therapy (Massage Southampton) running like a dream, we’ve been growing so quickly that we’ve all had to adapt and grow as therapists and co-workers. I’m ecstatic to say we are a busy, happy little family and I’m so proud of every one of my team for their hard work and patience over the past 6 months. We’ve added new treatments such as Indian Head Massage, Sports Massage, Thai Massage, Reiki, Hot Stones Massage, Thai Hot Compress (page coming soon) and Pregnancy Massage! I feel that now, finally, we have hit all our targets in terms of the building, the processes and the attitude, which is so important to our success, everyone is caring for clients and colleagues alike, expertly in their field and everyone’s mucked in to get the jobs done!

Last weekend we closed our Southampton Massage Studio for three days (well, two and a bit, I managed to fit a couple of clients in on Saturday afternoon as we are so so busy with bookings, hope you didn’t notice the saw dust out the back!). Our main focus was getting up-spec ventilation installed; with the closure in mind and we being tenacious multi-taskers, I decided to pull in a team of lovely friends, family, clients and colleagues to grab a brush or roller and get stuck in, let’s get the place looking gorgeous! And it certainly does, every inch of the place has been given a coat or two of fresh, beautiful paint….

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