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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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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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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Introducing Ibrahim – our newest experienced Massage Therapist

You-Massage-LogoHello, my name is Ibrahim, I have been a massage therapist for the past ten years; I greatly enjoy my job and have enjoyed travelling doing what I love. I have a lot of experience working in various spas, clinics, 5 star hotels  and 5 and 6 star cruise ships; so I am more than aware of the luxurious as well as clinical and therapeutic aspect of the profession. I am fully qualified and insured to practice.

I take great pride in my work and love to help others feel better and alleviate pain and stress. I have given over 5,500 massages in my career.  I believe I have strong interpersonal skills, pay close attention to detail, and maintain a helpful, friendly and professional attitude. I have been in the customer service industry for almost ten years with a proven track record of providing excellent quality.

About me!

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Ovarian Cysts and Massage/Reflexology

headacheIt is believed that when our bodies as a female are under stress regardless of whether you feel ‘stressed’ ovarian cysts can form very quickly in a matter of days which is a symbol of our inner body trying to speak out to us as women.

 

 

 

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Thai Herbal Hot Compress

thai compressIf you are looking for that something special or a little different from your usual aromatherapy massage than Thai Hot compresses is for you.  These compresses contains various herbs that blend together nicely that when heated and used directly onto the skin can relieve sprains, strains and stiffness whilst stimulating the blood flow that allows nutrients to get to vital organs.  The treatment will also lower blood pressure creating a very relaxing sensation, brilliant for those who suffer with high blood pressure or stress.

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Fascial lines

What is Fascia?

Fascia is continuous throughout the body.  It holds everything in place and gives us our form.  Using the Superficial Back Line as an example- what occurs in the foot, may actually be creating the postural stress in our body. The memory of any accidents we may have had, poor postural habits and any physical and emotional trauma we have experienced can be stored and set in the connective tissue. Fascia works out in different issue around how we conducing our body posture.    Tight fascia affects the whole organism. The Structural imbalance of our skeletal can create many obtrusion in human mechanic system.

 

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Reflexology

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.

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Indian Head Massage therapy for insomnia

 

Insomnia is a symptom usually caused by another disease, it is usually recognized by the inability of the patient to fall asleep or stay asleep, or both. Insomnia is far more common than we may think and can be quite debilitating for those who suffer from it. The causes are many, from excessive stress, harmful diet, hormonal disorders, drugs, etc.

 

The solution offered to the person who suffers from insomnia will depend on the disease which is causing insomnia. Once that is established, and then the treatment will be focused on resolving the originating cause, so the Insomnia can go away.

There many massage therapy’s that can help in the insomnia solution as a prophylactic therapy and get the really relaxation that you need.

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New Parent Massage – Why It’s A Good Idea!

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

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