Types of Massage
A therapist trained in Remedial Massage Therapy is able to use numerous techniques to treat a broad range of physical conditions with the end result to have a positive effect on the health and well-being of the patient.
Remedial Massage Therapy requires a high level of training and skill across a broad range of massage modalities.
For example, in treating a condition such as lower back pain and discomfort, the therapist may use numerous techniques such as Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage techniques, Deep Tissue massage and even P.N.F. stretching techniques to relieve the cause and the symptoms. In some cases, taping with Rocktape or K-Tape may help in the management of injuries.
If you are carrying any kind of injury, Remedial Massage Therapy is what you need to restore you back to full function again.
Perhaps the most well known and popular massage. Swedish massage involves manipulation and massage of the muscles and connective tissues of the body to provide a totally relaxing and health enhancing effect on the body. The movements are generally flowing and continuous. The pressure used can be gentle or firm; it is up to you.
Swedish Massage is the perfect way to unwind, relax and be pampered.
A Swedish massage is traditionally a Full Body massage. This means that the whole of you body; front and back, is massaged. Areas such as the feet, stomach & chest or any other sensitive areas are of course optional. If you wish to just have your back, neck & shoulders massaged or perhaps just your legs for example, advise your therapist before the massage starts.
A Full Body massage usually takes a minimum of an hour to complete. You also have a 30 minute or 90 minute massage instead if you wish.
Performance Enhancing Massage
Sports Massage includes pre-event and post-event massage techniques designed with the athlete in mind. It utilises techniques slightly firmer and vigorous than that of Swedish Massage. Encompassing pre-event and post-event techniques aimed at preparing the body for it's upcoming task using compression techniques to increase blood supply and nutrients to muscle tissue, light stretching and warming techniques and flushing lactic acid build-up from muscle ttissue in order to reduce fatigue and pain.
Sports massage techniques stimulate the circulation and loosen the fibres that have been bound together. This enhances Lymph circulation, lubricating the muscles, decreasing friction and removing toxins and acids.
If you are serious about achieving optimum performance levels and extending your athletic career, this is for you. Sports massage is very sport specific to suit each individual type of sport and is therefore very much individually tailored to each specific athlete.
We have a great deal of experience in preparing athletes for events in a broad range of popular sports including swimming, cycling, canoeing, boxing, even bull riding and professional touring dance troupes.
We are privileged to be the 'Therapists of Choice' for many mainstream sporting teams that pass through Mandurah including Cycling Tours, 'A League' Soccer teams, and visiting international sporting teams.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage involves the application of light, rhythmic strokes in a formalised procedure to remove excess fluid and waste products and to open the lymphatic pathways so that lymph can drain efficiently from the body.
This technique is primarily used to help conditions related to poor lymph flow such as inflammation and oedema (swelling and fluid retention). Useful for people who have build up of toxins in their system from drugs, poor diet, heavy alcohol consumption, smoking (active or passive) and exposure to chemicals in the air and water.
MLD massage is a painless massage technique that requires specialised training. The pressure used by the therapist in the treatment is a very light touch, as the silk-like lymph vessels we are affecting are very close to the surface of the skin. It is a very relaxing massage and you will feel no discomfort or pain.
Correct lymphatic drainage techniques causes collateral lymphatics in the superficial lymphatic networks to become larger, and therefore carry more lymph, making the system more efficient. Manual Lymphatic Drainage can also lower blood pressure, assist in draining excess fluid, correct a dormant injury and reduce fever. It aIso can be useful post-surgery to reduce inflammation.
For more informaton, click on PDF tag to the left and download our Guide to Optimising your MLD session. The "De-Tox" massage!
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue massage uses slow strokes, direct pressure or friction applied across the 'grain' of the muscles with the fingers, thumbs and elbows. Deep Tissue massage works deeply into the muscle fibres and connective tissues to release chronic aches and pains. It is useful to break down adhesions that form in muscles from injuries and trauma. Deep Tissue massage helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue.
It is not for the faint hearted! Deep Tissue massage is not for everyone as deep pressure applied to soft tissues can be quite painful and in most cases leaves bruises. It does however bring about many benefits associated with the increase of blood and nutrient supply into muscle areas.
It is especially helpful for athletes or clients with a lot of muscle bulk who require extensive conditioning.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Points (TrPs) are found as extremely sore points occurring in ropey bands throughout the body. They can also be felt as painful lumps of hardened fascia. The bands are often easier to feel along the arms and legs.
TrPs can occur in myofascial, skin, ligaments, bone lining, and other tissues. You have probably never heard of TrPs, yet they are quiet common. Each specific TrP on the body has a referred pain or other symptom pattern that is carefully documented in Travell and Simon's medical texts, "Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manuals Vol I and II."
Trigger Point Therapy is specifically directed at exacting pressure on these trigger points to break them down and return them to normal length, in so doing, returning full blood and nutrient supply to the muscles as well as restoring full nerve response to the area.
Trigger Points are a major contributing factor to what is commonly referred to as tension headaches and Trigger Points therapy can, in most cases, alleviate the cause of major stress and tension particularly in the neck, shoulders and head as well as the rest of the body.
This kind of therapy is especially effective in treating stress realted headaches, cervicogenic headaches and neck trauma associated with a whiplash injury.
The theory of Myofascial Release requires an understanding of the fascial system also referred to as connective tissue.
The fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. Fascia plays an important role in the support of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to structures. These structures would not be able to provide stability without the constant pull of the fascial system.
Myofascial Release as a massage therapy, is a highly interactive stretching technique that requires feedback from the patients body to determine the direction, force and duration of the stretch and to facilitate maximum relaxation to the tight or restricted muscles.
Pregnancy and postnatal massage - performed by a practitioner with specialist training in pregnancy and post natal massage, can be both a treat and a therapy to ease the aches and pains caused by the pressures of pregnancy. Due to the special conditions of pregnancy and in the immediate post natal, you should only use a therapist that is trained in pregnancy massage.
We also recommend that you wait until the end of the first trimester (13 weeks) before seeking any form of pregnancy massage. Through your entire pregnancy, as a precaution, we only use plain massage oils with no blended essential oils as some essential oils can raise your blood pressure and even bring on uterine contractions.
In the advanced stages of pregnancy, you will find it more comfortable to be massaged whilst laying on your side. We use a body contour pillow to make you as comfortable as possible during your massage.
Just talk to your therapist before the massage session to discuss how we can make you as comfortable as possible.
Post partum, we also run baby massage classes to teach you how to massage your baby.
Baby massage is a gentle non-confronting skin contact treatment provided by professionals (and parents) in our warm, safe environment.
Baby Massage is an excellant opportunity for positive physiological development for babies and toddlers. Also as we share some skills with you, to carry on with at home, it is an opportunity to increase the positive relationship between carers and infants.
We work on soft tissue, with hands and fingers, to increase comfort, health and wellbeing of our tiny clients and their caregivers. Massage techniques for baby and toddler massage are an altered form of adult massage techniques to ensure that baby is safe and comfortable at all times. Therapists will use stroking, tapping, stretching techniques over the baby's entire body and as skin contact is necessary baby will have to disrobe (but keep their nappy on for comfort of all!)
Babies are at their best when in a comfortable environment with a relatively full tummy. A parent or care giver will be required to be present during the massage and to give a comprehensive medical history on the baby.
Reflexology is based on the principle that the feet are a map (in miniature) of all organs, glands and parts of the body. By effective stimulation of various areas or 'reflexes' on the feet, the body is encouraged to regain and maintain harmony and balance in a very safe way.
Reflexology is known for it's ability to quickly relieve stress, harmonise the body and increase immunity - all increasing important factors for people in all phases of life. Reflexology is a rewarding and fascinating tactile therapy and allows scope for creativity and variety within therapeutic practice.
Good results relating to pain relief, muscle relaxation, improved digestive processes, improved circulation and lymphatic flow can be obtained very quickly. This makes refexology an ideal complement to massage and other tactile therapies as well as nursing. It is one of the few natural therapies to be adopted by the nursing profession and is used increasingly in pallative care, midwifery and aged care.
You can book a 30 minute or a 60 minute Reflexology session. You can even book a combined massage/reflexology treatment which encompasses a 40 minute reflexology session combined with a 20 minute neck and shoulder massage. The perfect combination!
Workers Comp & Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident or in a work related accident, we are experienced in treating a broad range of soft tissue injuries.
For our Remedial Massage Therapists to treat your injuries, we need a referral from your General Practitioner.
Payment is made to us at the time your receive each treatment and we will supply a tax invoice enabling you to claim all or part of the cost from your insurer. The number of treatments we are able to undertake is determined by your G.P. and the Insurer and will also depend on the results we are able to achieve on your injury.
Your therapist will discuss a treatment plan for you at your first consultation once a full assessment has been undertaken.
If you are unsure of your rights, obligations and entitlements in relation to any motor vehicle accident or work related accident/injury, we suggest you seek legal advise to ensure you receive the full benefits to which you are entitled to.
If you have any questions in relation to remedial massage therapy and Workers Compensation Claims & Injury Rehabilitation please don't hesitate to contact us.