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Remedial Massage

Remedial massage uses a variety of techniques to address specific muscular dysfunctions occurring as a result of trauma, injury, repetitive strain, poor posture or degenerative disease.  Each therapist has a variety of methods and unique skill set to address your individual problem.  A thorough consultation takes place, prior to your treatment.  Methods used may include deep pressure, stretching – both active, and passive, joint mobilisation, lymphatic drainage, NST, and *myofascial release.

Benefits of remedial massage include:

  • Increased range of movement
  • Accelerated, and enhanced healing of injuries
  • Improved muscle strength
  • Reduction of pain
  • Greater ease of movement
  • More cohesive healing of scarred tissues – reduced scarring
  • Increased blood supply to injured areas, facilitates removal of toxins
  • Facilitates removal of oedema (swelling)
  • Aids healing of bruising

*The fascia is a connective sheath covering each muscle fibre, and muscle.  It extends beyond each muscle and is the connective matrix that connects all aspects of your amazing bodily vehicle together.  It is rich in nerve fibres, communicating pressure, temperature and, pain to name a few of the many messages conveyed throughout this web.  In simple terms, the fascia is somewhat like a pair of pantyhose.  If it is twisted and tight in one area, it will have an effect somewhere else in your system, causing tension and discomfort.  (This is why, when you have a treatment, you may have other areas treated apart from your presenting issue).  When we straighten out the fascia, your body can return to a more relaxed state.  Many clients state how they feel more ‘aligned’ after a treatment.

Relaxation Massage

Having trouble relaxing?  Feeling overwhelmed, and not functioning at your optimal best?  Maybe its time to consider having a relaxation massage.  The fact is, our bodies, and brains, were not designed to be in a state of constant stimulation all the time.  With advances in technology, many people are finding it increasingly difficult to ‘unplug’ and ‘switch off’ from work, communication, and the constant pull to be engaged in ‘thinking’ and ‘doing’.  Because the mind and body are not separate, this constant (sometimes unconscious) thought processing, causes increased tension in the body.  Without adequate ‘downtime’, we begin to feel fatigued, stressed, overwhelmed, achy, and stressed.

A relaxation massage is comprised of long, flowing, rhythmical strokes.  It can vary in depth of pressure, including lighter strokes for oil application and, defining areas to be massaged, through to slow, deep strokes that help your body to ‘unwind’, and release deeply held muscular tension.  Rocking, gentle stretching, and percussion movements may be incorporated to help your body let go, and allow your mind to relax.

Essential oils may be employed for their therapeutic benefits, to relax, warm, nurture, energise, and enhance your experience.

Gentle music, a water feature, and a fully air-conditioned environment add to the enhancement of your treatment, along with fluffy towels, and aromatherapy.

Benefits of relaxation massage:

  • Helps you reconnect with your body – a sense of embodiment, and feeling grounded
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Enhances blood circulation
  • Improved skin tone
  • Sense of calm
  • A feeling of wellBEing
  • Increases immunity, through relaxation, and improved lymph flow
  • Decreased muscular tension
  • Restorative
  • Beneficial for stress related ailments such as headache, fatigue, and neck/back pain
Remedial Massage

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage is a combination of various techniques, tailored to a client’s specific requirements.  It is a may combine deep tissue massage, accupressure, lymphatic drainage, neuro-structural integration, stretching and remedial tools, incorporated in a way, that is both healing and, relaxing.

Having a focus on relaxation in the treatment, can allow deeper work and, better outcomes.  The intent of this massage, is to decrease pain, increase range of motion and, allow for ease and grace in movement.

Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a VERY light form of massage.  Its purpose is to reduce swelling (oedema) and, facilitate removal of toxic waste from your system.  The lymphatic system is like your body’s garbage disposal system.  Cellular waste and toxins, that are too big to be transported by your circulatory system get shunted into the interstitial (intercellular/lymphatic) fluid.  This fluid, gets filtered and broken down by your lymph glands, before being returned to your blood to be removed by the body.  Because there is no pump (like the heart) to move this fluid through your body, your lymph  may become blocked and stagnant in places, resulting in swelling, and sometimes pain.  I’m sure you’re well aware of the swollen gland feeling around your neck, when you’re coming down with a cold.

Lymphatic drainage can be very helpful when you’re feeling a bit under par, as a way to cleanse your body of toxic build up.  It can be particularly helpful for those that have endured glandular fever at some stage in their life.  Remnants of this particular virus can hang around for a long time – many people state they’ve ‘never quite felt the same since my glandular fever’.  This type of massage will reboot your system and have you feeling much better – more like your old self.

Oriental Massage

Oriental massage incorporates techniques designed to effect meridians, and points along the meridians (accupoints).  Its purpose is to stimulate movement of ‘chi’, which translates to energy.  When energy is blocked or stagnant, we may experience pain, and diminished function, and flexibility.  By stimulating, or pacifying the chi, a sense of balance is restored.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), everything is connected.  The meridians connect to our internal organs.  Specific emotions, relate to specific meridians, and organs.  The seasons, the cycle of night and day, and periods of rest and activity are all important considerations.  The individual is not seen as separate from the whole, hence our environment, thoughts, emotions, and activities, all play a part in our overall health.

Oriental massage techniques may involve deep, penetrative pressure along meridian lines, or on specific points.  There may be frictional moves, and percussion.

Oriental massage may benefit:

  • Sinusitis
  • Headaches
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Emotional stress
  • Muscular tension
  • Fatigue
  • Neck and back pain
  • Menstrual problems