Massage

Remedial

Lymphatic Drainage
Remedial massage is an effective treatment for sports and work related injuries, tendonitis (including tennis and golfer’s elbow), headaches, tight, sore muscles, conditions such as sciatica, frozen shoulder and carpel tunnel syndrome. As well as treating musculoskeletal problems and injuries remedial massage can help prevent them by maintaining length and suppleness of muscles and tendons.

Sometimes the source of the pain is not where the pain is actually felt so when treating clients, a careful assessment is done to reach the cause of the problem.

Along with treating specific problems Remedial Massage has wholistic benefits, helping to alleviate stress and bring about a general feeling of wellbeing.

Massage promotes increased circulation of lymph and blood and brings about a healing effect on both the physical body and the mind. It can be therapeutic in managing and reducing pain and stress. It supports the body in a feeling of deep relaxation and wellness, optimising the body’s own capacity for healing. With repetitive activities, whether it is sport, work or hours spent using a computer tension can build up in the muscles causing them to become tight and contracted. The muscles then may not function properly because their ability to lengthen is reduced. Over time this effects posture and puts stress on other muscle groups.

Deep Tissue

Deep TissueA combination of advanced massage techniques that go beyond the superficial muscle layer to realign muscle fibres, break up adhesions and increase range of motion and flexibility.

Ideal for alleviating repetitive strain injury, postural imbalances and sciatica.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial ReleaseMyofascial Release works towards correcting postural and structural imbalances brought on by incorrect use of the body or injury.

Very slow intentional techniques are used with deep and/or light pressure that are designed to release the fascia that surrounds muscles in areas that are causing pain or have limited movement.  This release allows nutrients to feed the muscle and encourage it to fall back into it’s natural postural position, which then helps to restore the body’s structural balance.

Fascia is a form of fibrous connective tissue that lies beneath the skin enveloping muscles or groups of muscles.  It is continuous and connects the body as a whole unit from the top of the skull to the tip of the toes.  Any distortion to this fibrous network can affect underlying and/or surrounding structures, and even those most distant to the area causing muscular imbalance and/or dysfunction.

It is fantastic for people who have chronic pain and postural issues that seem to be stuck.  The sessions are quite intense and can involve participation from the client.

Lymphatic Drainage

RemedialLymphatic Drainage is a very light, gentle and meditative treatment which can be applied for many different reasons including detoxification, boosting the immune system and removing fluid.

The treatment includes gently pumping the major lymph nodes, vessels and organs which are mainly found on the front of the body. You can expect to feel relaxed, tired, a reduction in any swelling, reduction in pain, reduction of head and facial pressure associated with sinus and migraine. The treatment can also increase bladder or bowel movements, reduce blood pressure and move of toxins which at first can cause nausea or headaches as the toxins make their way out of the body.

The following is a list of medical conditions that regular lymphatic drainage would assist in:

  • Migraine
  • Arthritis and rheumatism
  • Lymphoedema
  • Sports injuries and bruising
  • Sinusitis
  • Constipation
  • Poor immune system
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Ongoing diseases such as glandular fever and chronic flu
  • Acne
  • Multiple sclerosis and stroke
  • Before or after surgery
  • Oedema in pregnancy

It is important to note that initially treatment may only last 30 mins and gradually build up to 1 or 1 ½ hours depending on the condition and your response.

It is also very important to consult your therapist on the day or day before your appointment if you feel you are coming down with a cold or infection as lymphatic drainage will exacerbate the condition in these early stages. Your appointment may need to be postponed.

For clients following a detox program it is important to let the therapist know what stage they are up to. For anyone wanting to know more about detox programs and diet it is highly recommended to speak with a naturopath.

Shiatsu

What is Shiatsu:

Shiatsu is a holistic healing modality, which works on very subtle and deep level. It originated from Japan and shares the same 3500 year old oriental medicine principles, which also apply to acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Medicine aspects. Shiatsu is a Japanese word (pronounced ‘Shee-at-soo’) and literally translates to ‘finger pressure’.

How it works:

Like most natural therapies, shiatsu is based on the assumption that the body is a self-healing organism. The role of the practitioner is to support and trigger this natural process.

In Oriental Medicine theory any energy (Qi, Chi or Ki) imbalance can manifest as various physical or psychological ailments, depending on which meridians are affected. A well-trained practitioner can diagnose and treat an imbalance before it develops into an illness.

To release tense and stagnant areas and build up weak, empty areas of the body, the practitioner uses pressure and stretching. Pressure may be applied with fingers, palms, elbows, knees and feet and may vary in depth and intensity from gentle to deep. Flowing stretches and gentle rotations of the limbs and joints, simple structural alignments and muscle release techniques may also be included into a session.

These techniques stimulate the blood circulation and the lymphatic system, enabling adequate nourishment to tissue and draining of waste products and toxins. This way shiatsu maintains the body, strengthens the immune system and enables self-healing to occur.

What happens during a treatment?

Usually a diagnosis is made by questioning about specific symptoms, feeling your pulse, palpating your back, palpation of your hara (abdomen) or by observing your face, tongue or posture.

The treatment usually takes place on a cotton futon. Bolsters and cushions are used for extra support and comfort. There are no body oils or lotions used and you remain fully clothed.

Wearing loose, comfortable clothing that is flexible to movement and stretches would be ideal.

During the session the practitioner continuously ‘listens’ to your body and then acts upon this information to meet your needs, making sure to treat the whole body as well as specific problem areas.

What conditions can be helped with Shiatsu:

Shiatsu is excellent for general health maintenance and as a preventative therapy.

Specific conditions that may respond well to Shiatsu include:

arthritis; back, neck and shoulder pain; depression; digestive problems; fatigue; headaches and migraine; insomnia; menstrual issues; RSI; sciatica; sports injuries; stress

For more information please see the Shiatsu Therapist Association of Australia (STAA) website: www.staa.org.au

Oncology Massage

“Oncology Massage provides supportive caring touch throughout YOUR cancer journey”

What is OM:

Oncology Massage is mindful, intentioned and gentle massage for anyone who has ever received cancer treatment, from those in active treatment to those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life.

It is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely and effectively work with the special challenges of cancer and cancer treatment.

The practitioner shows informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body, such as pain, fatigue, anxiety, nausea, depression, reduced bone density, lymphoedema, scar tissue and sensitive skin.

It is not treating lymphoedema, like e.g. complex lymphatic drainage, however it keeps areas with compromised lymph nodes safe, as to not trigger or increase lymphoedema. Lymphoedema can occur 20 and more years after surgery or radiation and can be triggered by tissue trauma to the affected limb or area of the body.

How it works:

OM is a light touch massage, which was found to be the most effective form of massage therapy for reducing side effects experienced from conventional treatment of cancer (Cassileth and Vickers, 2004).

It elicits the ‘relaxation response’, a deep relaxation which allows normalisation of body chemistry and stimulates the immune system. This effect is facilitated through the fascia and the nervous system. When the gentle warmth of the therapists’ hands softens the fascia, the fascia is able to rehydrate which in turn influences the mechano-receptors and contractile nerves embedded in the fascia. This leads to a cascade of physiological and neural events. Ultimately the body chemistry is normalised and the body is at rest, the autonomic nervous system and other metabolic functions of the body, such as stem cell production in the bone marrow, are increased.

More information:

www.s4om.org

www.oncologymassagetraining.com

Tui Na (Chinese Massage)

Tui Na (Chinese Massage)Tui Na is one of the oldest forms of massage known to mankind and literally means “push grasp”.  Tui na involves a number of techniques that aim to change the balance of qi (energy) within the body. Tui na is a traditional form of massage that focuses on acupuncture point locations to enhance healing and therapeutic benefit.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of ‘essential oils’ to improve health and promote well-being. Treatment involves applying these oils to the body through massage, bath or simply through inhalation.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are volatile oils found in a variety of aromatic plants and trees, and although called ‘oils’, they are very different from ‘fixed’ cooling oils such as olive and sunflower. They are volatile, meaning they evaporate easily, when left in the open air. Rub your hands on some rosemary or lavender bush and you’ll know what I mean…

They may be found in flowers (rose, lavender), leaves (peppermint, patchouli), wood (sandalwood, cedarwood),  gum resin (frankincense & myrrh), seeds (cardamom, fennel) and citrus rind (lemon, orange).

Each oil comprises a unique combination of biochemical components which have different therapeutic properties, ranging from anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibiotic to stimulating, to name a few. Being complex substances, essential oils often have numerous properties and one single oil is likely to have many beneficial actions.

How does Aromatherapy work?

AromatherapyWhen used in aromatherapy treatments – diluted in a base oil and massaged into the skin or added to a bath – essential oils are absorbed by the body in two different ways: through the skin and by inhalation. The tiny aromatic molecules of an essential oil pass though the hair follicles and into the blood stream or are taken up by the lymph and interstitial fluid (liquid that surrounds all cells). Once breathed, in they arrive in the lungs from where they diffuse across the tiny air sacs into the surrounding blood capillaries. Having reached the bloodstream, an essential oil may have a pharmacological effect upon the body, even though the amount absorbed is very small.

At the same time, there is the emotional and psychological benefits of aromatherapy. On breathing the aroma, the essential oil molecules connect with the olfactory receptors in the roof of the nose. These are linked to the limbic system, an area of the brain associated with our instinctive drives: emotion, intuition, memory, creativity, sleep patterns, sex drive and so on. If the aroma is liked, the brain releases neurotransmitters that either relax or stimulate the nervous system.

From this, it may be easier to understand how aromatherapy can have a profound effect on our physical and emotional well-being.

Pregnancy

PregnancyA gentle and effective pregnancy massage is designed to nurture expectant Mothers.

By activating circulation this therapeutic massage helps to relieve common prenatal discomforts of tired legs, swollen ankles and wrists, sore lower back, neck and shoulders.

Swedish (Relaxation)

Swedish (Relaxation)A holistic relaxation massage to help balance mind, body, and spirit. Tailored to your preference of light, medium or firm pressure. Highly recommended for those seeking a nurturing, holistic and pampering experience, or as an introduction to bodywork for those who are new to massage.

Hot Stone

Hot StoneEvidence of stone massage dates back to over 5000 years ago. This therapy originates in ancient India and China, and more recently to the North American Indians living in the southwest states. The traditions and healing rituals, in which the stones were used, included laying the stones in patterns on the body, carrying or wearing stones for health and protection, using stones in the diagnosis and treatment of disease or during ceremonies such as sweat lodges or in medicine wheels. Some native healers used heated stones to ease the discomforts experienced during menstruation, or applied cold stones to impede blood flow after giving birth.

Hot stone massage combines the benefits of Hydrotherapy and ‘Thermalism’ or ‘Thermotherapy’ (the use of heat applications) with massage strokes, using stones to create a deep, relaxing and healing treatment. The heat of the massage stones warms the skin, which allows for the absorption of moisturizing and therapeutic oils, while simultaneously preparing the musculature of the body so the massage therapist can work into the deeper muscle layers.

The stones are placed into a purpose-built Stone Heater which is filled with water. The water is typically heated to 50-55 degrees Celsius.

Basalt stones were formed millions of years ago during volcanic eruptions that took place mainly near coastal areas. Basalt stones are used in hot stone massage because they contain magnetic or titanic iron which retains heat. The massage therapist always holds the stones first before touching them to your body, which ensures that the temperature will not be too hot. Everyone, however, has their own comfort range.

Some of the health conditions that are treatable with this kind of massage are back pains and aches, insomnia, depression, stress, anxiety and even arthritis pain. With the heat and pressure of the stones tailored to suit your needs, you will receive beneficial results.

Some of the benefits of thermotherapy include:

  • Deep muscle and tissue relaxation
  • Decrease in stress, tension, and fatigue
  • Release of toxins
  • Pain relief
  • Improved circulation

Hot stone therapy is a wholistic and grounding treatment that focuses on the whole Self, balancing mind, body and spirit.