Massage as a healing technique has stood the test of time. We would be hard pressed to find a culture that has not embraced it for centuries, and for good reason - not only is there the power to heal through massage, but it relieves physical, mental and emotional stress and provides instant gratification for the patient through relaxation. Massage can be used on its own to treat many physical and emotional issues as well as in conjunction with other medical therapies.
Our remedial massage therapists approach their craft from a holistic point of view, meaning that their intentions lie in establishing the underlying issues within the problem that presents, and working with the whole body to aid its repair and maintenance. Many patients benefit from regular treatment, but, depending on the individual, one-off or occasional sessions may be enough. Where further assessment is required, our therapists may refer patients to one of our osteopaths or our naturopath, who also embrace a holistic approach. There may be instances where a referral back to your GP is advised.
Massage available at Fitzroy location.
Specific Massage treatments
Our remedial massage therapists may incorporate any of the following techniques into their treatments depending on the patient’s individual needs.
This method of massage aims to facilitate healing where stressed muscles, joints, or tendons are contributory factors. The technique ranges from light to deep pressure depending on the issue presenting, and is a perfect complement to osteopathic treatments. Our therapists will assess a patient’s needs and work around the body to locate not only known injury sites, but causal and related problem areas. The process will often include trigger point therapy where knots in the muscles are calmed through pressure application. This technique targets the trigger point itself, along with areas that may be tense through referred pain from this point.
Relaxation massage is intended to do just that. Using lighter pressure and slow movements, the therapist gently eases the body’s tensions and stimulates blood flow. This can be beneficial for people who need a little time to escape and recoup during stressful times. It is also used in conjunction with other techniques to relax the body, enabling more effective access to problem areas.
Where patients present with a severe injury or prolonged issue, deep tissue massage may be required. This targets the superficial muscles, deep muscles, and connective tissue. The therapist will assess the issue according to the patient’s verbal description, and through hands-on investigation to ascertain the core problem. It is not uncommon for muscles to react to this treatment in a similar way to strong exercise; there may be slight stiffness for a day or two following the treatment.
The Fascia are a part of the connective tissue throughout the body which offers support and helps maintain the structure and mobility of nerves, blood vessels, and muscles. Myofascial release focuses on the fascia relating to muscles. Just as muscles themselves can become stressed or damaged, so too can the fascia. This form of therapy can span from very deep pressure through to lighter pressures; the aim being to stretch and relieve tension from the fascia to restore typical levels of support and flexibility.
Lymphatic drainage is a method of promoting the movement of lymph through the body and thus enhancing the rate at which toxins are filtered out of the system. It involves gentle cyclical movements on the skin, and as well as being effective in it goal, is relaxing for the patient. Used alongside other techniques, the ailments it helps to regulate and heal are varied; they include torn ligaments, sprains, sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fluid congestion.
Anyone who is playing any sport knows of the possibilities around injury occurring through contact, strain, or repetitive over use of a particular part of the body. Sports massage incorporates any or all of the aforementioned styles in relation to the particular issue presenting. Often sports people require regular treatments which focus on particular problem areas to aid in healing as well as preventing further damage.
- Remedial Massage (Initial/Standard) 1hr
- Remedial Massage (Initial/Standard) 1hr Concession
- Remedial Massage (Senior Therapist) 1hr
- Remedial Massage (Senior Therapist) 1hr Concession
- Remedial Massage (Senior Therapist) 1.5hrs
- Remedial Massage (Senior Therapist) 1.5hrs Concession