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.
A 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.
Written by guest author Wendy, from Reflexology and massage (http://www.reflexologyandmassage.com/)
Reflexology uses body maps that are on the feet, hands and ears. Massage does not. Massage is all about working the muscles, tendons and fascia. In reflexology, the sensitive areas on the feet and hands indicate there is either something out of balance in the body map area of the body or something in the foot itself or something along the meridian. The sensitive areas are areas that the practitioner will work more or longer on, say up to five minutes on a sensitive place. This is to have a better response for the client. This may be similar to massage, but the massage therapist will keep in mind the tendons and massaging to the desired end result of releasing the muscles and easing the pain. Where as the reflexologist will be focusing on the reflex points or maps and how the body works and how specific conditions or illnesses work.
Reflexology is a therapeutic massage that uses certain points on the feet to treat the body as a whole. It is a non-invasive treatment usually focusing on the feet and lower legs, but can also be performed on the hands. It is a very gentle and relaxing treatment, using light compression to stimulate circulation and encourage healing throughout the body.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we thought it might be a good idea to let you know how massage can be useful to new parents (and parents in general!).
Parenting is hard work. You spend your days tripping over toys and washing your babies bodily fluids from your clothing and carpet; then your nights are spent
The Detox Deluxe Experience Massage
The festive season is always a time for over indulgence and when the new year hits, we are bombarded with information about the newest diet plans and exercise regimes for people to sign up to in an attempt to lose the holiday weight and start another year healthier, stronger and filled with energy. Many people I know will launch into some extreme plan to punish their bodies into submission and get to their desired weight/fitness in the shortest time possible, but is this really a good idea? More and more people are now realising that maybe brute force is not the best way to get your body to react, there is a much more pleasant and effective way to boost your body’s natural abilities to sort out all the rubbish that has been thrown at it over the past month! Start with drinking a little bit more water, make time for fruit, nuts and seeds and get some fresh air each day…
…and book yourself in for YOU Massage Therapy’s famous Detox Deluxe Experience! The treatment combines a number of techniques to kick start your body’s systems and rid you of the horrible lethargic, bloated and muzzy feeling that accompanies January each year.
Here’s a bit about how The Detox Deluxe Experience can help you and each of its sumptuous elements to tempt you to treat yourself with the most comprehensive treatment around!
Reflexology is a Deeply Relaxing and Body Balancing Foot Massage.
It’s Widely used for the prevention of illness, to encourage healing and to cure symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.
At YOU Massage Therapy, we utilise these ancient techniques to treat symptoms of IBS, PMS, Endometriosis, Migraines, Sciatic Pain, Sinusitis, Chronic Coughs and low immunity….
YOU Massage Therapists: Amy, Naomi, Nikki and Lynn are qualified and experienced Reflexology practitioners; our other Therapists Pete, Melissa, Elise and Caz have been trained in Reflex Massage, to enhance their foot treatments with zone therapy. In this blog Lynn talks a little about the history of this great therapy, and her experiences in learning Thai Foot Reflexology. Lynn spent time in Thailand learning their ways of applying Massage and other Holistic Techniques…
Reflexology is a truly holistic treatment which helps to re-balance the body. Originally it started in China around 4000BC and was developed by Dr William Fitzgerald during the 19th Century, he discovered that by applying pressure to certain areas of the body he could relieve pain in other, seemingly unrelated areas. It is based on the theory that our bodies contain energy which flows through all organs and systems. This energy should be able to travel freely around the body, but occasionally blockages occur when this happens the body becomes out of balance. Reflexology is believed to be able to asses where the imbalance lies and treat the area. Some times it is better to try and treat the whole body at once instead of focusing on one area as an illness may also be affecting other areas of the body including the mind, similarly a condition like stress could have an impact on your body such as the tightening of shoulders.
Beat Those Winter Bugs that are inevitably doing the rounds throughout the office and the classroom by boosting yourself with a Holistic Massage with Aromatherapy!
It’s that time of year again, colds and flu are coming back giving you those groggy, sniffling, bunged up days with no energy and a miserable head. People have always tried anything to make them feel better, some of the weirder ones include wear a necklace of onions, spreading mustard across your chest, putting a hairless dog on your chest…hmmmm…do as you like but you won’t find a better cure than rest, water and taking care of your body. I’ve always found that most complementary therapies don’t work like they say they will, often it’s a placebo effect that encourages healing within the body, yet I can tell you here not only the ones that do but how they work with no nonsense.