Remedial Massage is a holistic, client centred approach to healthcare. It combines the relaxing effects of human touch with scientific knowledge of anatomy and the physiological effects of applying massage techniques to our bodies.
Effective Treatment Protocols A Remedial Therapist applies targetted, effective, massage treatment protocols to musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.
In a Remedial Massage session Carol may combine a variety of techniques from the following therapies:
Trigger Point Therapy is a specialised neuromuscular therapy used to relieve the pain and muscular dysfunction associated with the tiny areas of localised muscle hypertension known as Trigger Points (TrPs).
TrPs can be released using a variety of techniques including static pressure, deep longitudinal stroking, or with an electronic acupuncture device such as the AcuPlus.
TrPs may be classified as either latent or active. Latent TrPs and their assossiated tight bands of muscle fibres may contribute to:
excessive muscle tension
altered muscle firing patterns
reduced joint functionality.
People with latent TrPs in their muscles may experience stiffness, and loss of muscular strength and stamina.
Active TrPs may produce the same diminished muscle function, plus, they may contribute to strong localised and referred pain. Pain associated with TrPs may be experienced as extremely strong and debilitating, and may be mistaken for pain associated with other musculoskeletal injuries or conditions. For example, TrPs in neck and facial muscles may contribute to the pain of migraine headaches.
Benefits of releasing Trigger Points may include:
reduced muscular tension and improved flexibility
increased muscular strength and stamina
increased blood circulation and lymphatic flow
faster recovery from physical effort and training
quicker recovery from injury or surgery
Many of my clients have been totally amazed by the pain relief they receive from Trigger Point Therapy. Releasing TrPs is especially beneficial after a fall, an injury, or surgery.
Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that can help relieve pain and restore normal range of motion following injury, surgery, or the cummulative effects of gravity & wear and tear over the years! Sustained pressure is applied to tissue restrictions in muscles (myo) and connective tissue (fascia) to:
restore tissue pliability
reduce adhesions between fascial layers
lengthen shortened muscles
relieve strain on over stretched muscles.
Thus restoring balance to joints, and providing an opportunity to improve posture and general musculoskeletal function.
Neuromuscular Therapy Neuromuscular Therapy combines Trigger Point Therapy with Myofascial Release to even greater therapeutic effect! Releasing the taut bands of muscle fibres caused by trigger points makes it easier to relieve restrictions in the fascia, and changing the fascial restrictions in muscles on one side of a joint releases the tension that may be causing muscles elsewhere to develop trigger points... so these two techniques work very well together, and will often be used in Remedial Massage treatment sessions.
What is Fascia? The fascia is a specialized connective tissue system of the body that:
is a densely woven net of collagen fibres that provides the framework for all our other body systems
extends as one complete interconnected structure from head to toe
surrounds, interpenetrates, and attaches to every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord
Without fascia we would be a sack of random, unconnected, bones, organs, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels with no way of moving! [Read Less...]
Sports Massage is a type of Remedial Massage that specifically targets the needs of people, such as athletes, who demand maximum effort from their bodies, often in a competitive situation. As well as helping to maintain the physical body in top condition, sports massage is useful in helping a tense competitor to relax before an important event. Sports massage aids in recovery after an event, and can be of immense benefit assisting the natural healing process when an athlete is injured.
Improve your Athletic Performance
Sports massage works all the muscles of the body, deeply and thoroughly, with close attention paid to the specific needs of people involved in each type of sport.
The musculature of the body develops in response to the demands placed upon it, and it is important to keep the whole body supple so imbalances that may impede performance do not occur.
Sports massage uses a variety of techniques including kneading, deep longitudinal stroking, transverse stroking, squeezing, friction, percussion, rocking and shaking, and passive stretching. It may also use trigger point therapy, myofascial release and tui na techniques to obtain the best therapeutic outcome.
Benefits of Sports Massage may include:
increased circulation and lymphatic flow, = more efficient removal of waste products and toxins from cells;
softening of scar tissue and reduction of adhesions and fibrous tissue = increasing muscle function, strength, and flexibility;
reduction in tension and stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system = improved digestive function and general well being.
Client History & Assessment A Remedial Massage Therapist assesses each clients' suitability for treatment by taking a medical history and some baseline measurements of pain & functionality, so progress and response to treatment methods can be monitored. This informal information session is a great chance for you, as the client, to make a connection with your therapist, and make sure all of your health concerns are communicated. Carol will let you know how she can help you with Remedial Massage. She may refer you to a more appropriate healthcare provider if that will give you a better outcome.
Your assessment session may include:
medical & lifestyle history
postural & gait observations
muscle & joint functional tests
hands on palpation of muscles.
Please bring any recent relevant scans, Xrays, or medical reports.
Client Education An important aspect of Remedial Massage is helping you learn how to take good care of your body. Carol will introduce you to simple health-promotion strategies:
basic healthy nutrition
a regular exercise program
stretching & postural improvement exercises
avoidance of aggravating factors
so you can stay active by maintaining good musculoskeletal health.
Therapeutic Massage is a relaxing, Swedish style full body massage. It has many health benefits and is the perfect antidote to feeling stressed out!
Therapeutic Massage enhances the body's natural healing mechanisms. Therapeutic Massage uses oil to facilitate smooth, gliding massage techniques that increase blood and lymph flow, bringing more oxygen to the soft tissues of the body, and helping to clear away waste products. You can enjoy the harmonising effect of therapeutic massage as your muscles are gently stroked and kneaded to ease muscular tension and calm the nervous system, bringing about a sense of relaxation and peacefulness.
Therapeutic Massage helps to prevent and alleviate muscular pain and discomfort by releasing muscle spasm and relieving chronic tension. Once your muscles have been warmed and relaxed Carol will focus on any problem areas. She will be working more deeply and slowly, to release muscle spasms, breakup adhesions or "knots", and return proper blood flow, muscle function and movement to areas of chronic tension that may have been stiff and painful or lacking sensation due to restricted blood flow. During this deeper work it is important that you, as the client, give Carol feed back regarding the level of pressure you are comfortable with. And remember, it is your body and your massage, so please always indicate to Carol if you would like her to do more (or less) work in any particular area.
A good therapeutic massage will be energising as well as relaxing, invigorating tired muscles and promoting a sense of euphoria and well being. Most people see massage as a welcome escape from the stresses of our fast paced modern world and are mainly interested in the relaxation benefits of a therapeutic massage but that is only half the story... After the deeper work is done Carol will soothe and re-invigorate your body with an assortment of faster paced techniques designed to be both stimulating and relaxing to the soft tissues. She will be working to create even muscle tone throughout your body, re-connecting your awareness with areas of your body that may have lacked sensation, so giving you a more complete and connected sense of your physical self.
Therapeutic massage is a holistic natural therapy. Therapeutic massage is a journey through relaxation, relief from tension and pain, invigoration, and re-connection, to a more complete sense and awareness of your whole body. After the more invigorating part of your journey Carol may use gentle passive stretching and movement to further relax your muscles and allow you to feel for yourself how much better movement your body is capable of now that you are less tense. To finish your massage she will be using long, smooth, gliding strokes and gentle shaking and vibration to integrate the massage work into a complete whole body experience, and ensure you emerge from your journey feeling both relaxed and refreshed. [Read Less...]
Traditional Chinese Massage, or Tui Na, uses the same system of energy meridians and points as Acupuncture. It has been used for over 3,000 years to achieve improvements in general health and well-being, and for the treatment of physical injuries, stiffness and muscle soreness.
Tui Na encourages and supports the body's natural healing processes. Tui Na uses gentle thumb and hand pressure, and a variety of massage techniques (including hand rolling, brisk rubbing, elbow work, gentle plucking, stretching and warming) to encourage the free flow of chi, or life energy, throughout the body, removing blockages, and harmonising body and mind.
Tui Na relaxes the body and calms the mind. Tui Na reduces tension holistically, allowing the body to be more comfortable, and the mind to be still. As the flow of chi is normalised, all the body's systems function more efficiently, and all of a persons resources become available.
Get your engine re-tuned! Whatever the state of your health, Traditional Chinese Massage feels like having all the rough spots smoothed out - improving your general health and enhancing well-being, so you can start running on all cylinders again! So no matter how you are feeling when you arrive, you'll enjoy the benefits of a Tui Na 'tune up'. Often the full effects of this gentle, yet powerful, therapy are not completely felt until several days later. [Read Less...]
Registered Provider with most Health Funds. You can use your massage receipt to claim a rebate. Rebates are not available for HCF. Please ask about your fund when making an appointment.
60 min. massage - $90
90min & 120min massages are not available due to COVID-19.
Monday - 1pm to 5pm
Tuesday - 1pm to 5pm
Friday - 1pm to 5pm
Closed Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun.
Carol is a qualified Remedial Therapist who has been providing professional Massage and Natural Therapy services since 1993.