Massage & Dry Needling
Our Massage Therapists are passionate about helping you improve your health and wellbeing and work hard to ensure you get the most out of your treatments.
We provide a professional, supportive environment in which you can relax and unwind and focus on your health.
Our Massage Therapists not only treat the presenting problem, but also look to find a long term solution.
Our treatments may include a range of hands on manual therapy techniques, musculoskeletal assessment, movement screening, postural analysis and awareness, and exercise prescription, depending on your individual needs.
Our Massage Therapists work to improve mobility and function, reduce pain and discomfort, and enhance general wellbeing.
Remedial, Relaxation, Pregnancy, Sports, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy Massage
30 Mins — $55
60 Mins — $80
90 Mins — $115
Hot Stone Massage
60 Mins — $85
90 Mins — $125
Myofascial Dry Needling
30 Mins — $65
60 Mins — $90
90 Mins — $130
Conditions we treat include
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscular tension and pain
- Chronic pain
- Fluid retention disorders
- Stress and anxiety
- Overuse injuries/conditions
- Post surgery and post injury rehabilitation
Benefits of massage include: Pain relief, Improved circulation, Reduced muscle tension, Reduced fluid retention, Reduced stress and anxiety, Improved immunity and Enhanced general wellbeing.
Remedial Massage vs Relaxation Massage
Ever wanted a massage but couldn’t decide whether you needed a remedial treatment or simply a refreshing and stress reducing relaxation session? Well here’s an explanation to help you decide exactly what you want!
What is a Relaxation Massage?
A relaxation massage helps de-stress and loosen up your body and is great for those who have had a hard working week or feel like treating themselves to some TLC! The treatment consists of flowing strokes, kneading and gentle manipulations of the muscles performed at your chosen pressure. It is a pain free way to relax both your muscles and your mind.
What is a Remedial Massage?
If you have particular muscle tension or chronic pain a remedial massage may be for you. Your remedial massage therapist will assess where you need treatment and what may be causing your pain. They’ll perform some tests to see exactly which muscles are giving you trouble and will tailor a treatment plan to suit. The treatment itself may involve deep tissue work for short periods of time, but the results are definitely worth it!
Conditions such as sciatica, carpal tunnel, stiff necks, headaches, sports injuries and many more can be eased with a remedial treatment.
If you’d like more advice regarding what’s best for you, please call us to discuss your condition. Or, simply book your appointment and enjoy the benefits. Private health fund rebates are also available.
Deep tissue massage
is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue.
Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as lighter styles eg Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots.
A quality Deep Tissue Massage helps to loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles, and get blood and oxygen circulating.
What is Lymphatic Drainage?
Developed in the 1930s, lymphatic drainage is a delicate form of massage that stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, improving the metabolism, helping the body to eliminate waste and toxins and providing a boost to the immune system.
Unlike some other forms of massage, lymphatic drainage utilises a very light pressure combined with soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes.
Lymphatic drainage massage is especially useful for individuals who seem to suffer regularly from common illnesses like colds and flu. It is also recommended for people who lead sedentary lifestyles, or those who want to reduce puffiness or swelling. It has been cited as having a positive effect on problem skin, cellulite, dysfunctional respiratory systems and people with low energy.
Lymphatic massage is a specialised treatment that requires additional qualifications. If you are interested in lymphatic drainage, please ensure that your massage therapist is appropriately qualified.
Pregnancy massage is a combination of relaxation massage and deep tissue. The massage therapist adapts their techniques to address changes a woman goes through during her pregnancy.
For instance, in the early stages the therapist will work on relaxing the body and loosening the muscles related to stress and any niggling injuries the mother may have so these are not a concern in the later stages of the pregnancy.
In the second trimester, the therapist will change the technique to work on not only the upper body area but focus more on the lower body region, hips and legs.
As the pregnancy progress to the third trimester the treatment will accommodate more flowing movements to move any problematic fluid areas, focus on the lower body region to loosen tight muscles in preparation for the birth, and may also incorporate the arms, hands and feet in the cases of swelling.
Pregnancy Massage is just as important for mother as it is for the child.
Please discuss your needs with our massage therapists. They’ll be happy to tailor a massage solution for you that is effective as well as addressing your individual ever changing needs during this amazing time of your life.
Stone massage utilises both hot and cold stones incorporated with massage techniques in order to bring about a feeling of deep relaxation and wellbeing. The hot stones are usually volcanic rocks such as basalt and cold stones are marble or cool sedimentary stones. The stones are heated or chilled to varying temperatures and come in all shapes and sizes. The stones are placed on the client according to their needs and, when used with massage, can provide benefits that are not possible through normal massage.
Cold stones are used to reduce and/or treat inflammation, to remove blood from a swollen area, and to rebalance the male and female energies in the body in order to restore the body to a state of harmony. Cold stones can also be used for detoxification purposes. Using hot and cold stones together can improve the functioning of the circulatory system and assist the body with its self-healing processes.
More often than not, most clients enjoy a hot stone massage for a deep relaxing massage treatment.
When shouldn’t I get a massage?
In my opinion, there are only a couple of reasons that should stop you from receiving a massage treatment altogether.
We will not be able to provide services if you are suffering from fever of any kind, cold or flu, contagious skin conditions, infectious disease or are in the 1st trimester of a pregnancy.
There are other conditions during which you should first check with your primary health care provider and then advise us when making an appointment. Situations such as: cancer, heart conditions, high blood pressure, HIV and the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy.
Finally there are other conditions for which we can adapt techniques or simply work around. These include inflammation, burns, fractures, bleeding, acute injuries.
How often should I get a massage?
In general terms, if you are after a massage to relax and release some of the stress and tension from everyday living, a session every 3-6 weeks may be beneficial, depending on how you feel. If you are seeking to address a specific soft tissue problem, then you will need to discuss this with your therapist as there are too many variables to consider. Most people receiving remedial work receive treatment more frequently at the start and taper this down to maintenance once treatment has been effective.
What should I expect on my first massage therapy visit?
Firstly you will be asked to complete a detailed client history form. If you have booked in for a remedial treatment, you will be asked some questions relating to your area of concern, which areas you would like treated etc. A detailed assessment will then be undertaken to ensure that not only the symptoms, but the root cause of the problem is identified and treated. This may take up to 15 minutes to complete.
New clients should preferably arrive 5 minutes prior to their appointment to allow time to complete their medical history form.
Can I bring someone with me to the massage?
Of course. If you are feeling unsure about what to expect, you may wish to bring along a companion. Most people however, feel that this restricts their ability to truly relax and enjoy the benefits massage delivers.
NOTE: All minors (under the age of 18) must be accompanied by an adult for the full duration of the treatment.
What if I am embarrassed about my body?
Massage therapists hear this all the time. “I would love a massage but first I need to lose a few kilos” or ” I can’t inflict this body on any therapist”. Please don’t let this stop you from enjoying the benefits of massage. Massage therapists are professionals and have seen and treated all sorts of different body types, regardless of age, weight, or any other variable that concerns you. Our goal is to make you feel good about yourself.
What do I wear during the massage? Do I need to completely undress?
When it’s time to commence the treatment, the therapist will provide you with a towel and leave the room while you undress to your level of comfort, lie on the table and cover yourself with the towel. The therapist will then knock before re-entering the room once you are comfortably draped. At all times a drape will be used to cover all areas of the body that are not currently being treated. The genitals (women and men) and breasts (women) will not be uncovered at any stage. When the massage is over, the therapist will again leave the room to allow you privacy to dress.
Should I talk during a massage?
This one is totally up to you. Although some people like to talk throughout a massage session, most people prefer to close their eyes and relax. The therapist understands that this is the case and the massage is all about you, so please don’t feel that there is any expectation that you make conversation during your treatment.
That being said though, whether it be a relaxation or remedial massage, there are times when a therapist will need to ask, and have you answer questions relating to your treatment.
At any time during the massage, you should advise your therapist if you are uncomfortable with any aspect of your massage experience. Please advise us if you require changes such as:
discomfort in relation to pain, pressure or any other variable.
you have any questions related to the massage
any other concern you may have.
Should I tell the therapist that I am unhappy with their pressure?
YES. Pain threshold is not dependant upon gender, size, or any other stereotype and it is not possible for a therapist to guess your level of comfort based purely on your appearance. Whether the pressure is too deep or too light, you should always feel comfortable that you will not insult the therapist by asking them to adjust their pressure or even use different techniques.
How much pain should I expect from a remedial massage?
Unfortunately, sometimes during remedial work, deep pressure must be applied in order to reach muscles deep within the body. This can ultimately be an uncomfortable experience. In general, if you consider a scale of 1-10, 1 being no pain and 10 representing extreme pain, you should advise your therapist if you experience anything greater than an 8.
How should I feel after my massage?
Everyone experiencing a massage whether it be relaxation or remedial, should leave feeling better than when they came in, however, especially with remedial work, it is not uncommon for the effects of massage to take 24 – 48 hours to become evident. The massage itself may sometimes cause the injured tissue to become inflamed during the initial stages after treatment, causing additional discomfort while the tissue heals. It is important to stay hydrated after a massage by drinking lots of water. This will improve the “washed out” feeling and assist your soft tissue to heal.
What should I do after a massage?
Follow the instructions given to you by your therapist. After a remedial massage, I will regularly ask my clients to apply some heat and drink plenty of water. I may even give them some stretches to do in order to keep the treated muscles relaxed. It is important though, to listen to the instructions given to you at the conclusion of your treatment.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling involves the application of acupuncture needles into tight, painful areas in your muscles known as “Trigger Points”, or sometimes referred to as “knots” in the muscles.
Dry Needling is performed to elicit a healing response in these tissues, but is different to traditional acupuncture as it is not necessarily aimed at specific “acupuncture” points.
Dry needling has been proven to be a very effective way of relaxing spasmed muscles, reducing inflammation and relieving pain.
Acupuncture has been used in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. In the last decade western medicine has shown a growing interest in acupuncture and dry needling (needling into trigger points in the muscles). As a result the quality and quantity of research into the benefits of needling injuries has increased. Although more research needs to be done, it is becoming clearer why needling has stood the test of time in Chinese medicine.
What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?
Acupuncture is a technique whereby the needles are placed in specific, pre-determined acupuncture points. These points are located along meridian channels that help the “qi” energy flow from inside the body (core organs) to more superficial tissues.
Dry Needling is a form of acupuncture where the needles are placed in muscle “trigger points”. A Trigger point is a discrete, irritable, overactive point in skeletal muscle or fascia that can be felt as a nodule or band in the muscle. Touching the trigger point reproduces the complaint of pain, so area’s of needling is dependent on therapist feel and reports of reproduction of pain.
What type of problems can be treated with dry needling?
Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Neuromuscular dysfunction and imbalances are thought to be a primary contributing factor to the symptoms. Such conditions include, but are not limited to neck, back and shoulder pain, arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow), headache to include migraines and tension-type headaches, jaw pain, buttock pain and leg pain (sciatica, hamstrings strains, calf tightness/spasms). The treatment of muscles has the greatest effect on reducing pain mechanisms in the nervous system.
Is Dry Needling Safe?
Despite the fact that it involves skin penetration, acupuncture and dry needling are relatively safe treatment techniques.
Our Remedial Massage Therapists use sterile single use filament needles to prevent infection and are trained to know the correct locations and needle depths to ensure safe and correct needle insertion.
Two recent studies reviewed hundreds of patients following acupuncture treatments: Only 10% of patients reported mild adverse effects such as tiredness after treatment, dizziness and bruising at the site of needling.
No major adverse events were reported.
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