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Relaxation Massage
Eases muscular and psychological tension and rebalances vital body energies, giving you a chance to let go, relax and enjoy a time of peace and tranquillity. On a regular basis relaxation massage will reduce the effects of stress, thereby helping to avoid stress related illnesses.


Sports Massage
A must for the competitive and recreational sports person. Prior to activity, it will prepare you, reducing the risk of injury and enhancing your performance. Post activity, massage is effective in speeding recovery, insuring or increasing your current levels of flexibility, muscle responsiveness and body awareness.


Trigger Point
Therapy Isolates and treats points of muscular spasm, which cause localised and extended pain patterns, which are common to all overworked muscles, pain is reduced and or eliminated.


Myofascial Release
Releases restriction between muscles and other soft tissues. It also helps to improve posture and can release restrictive emotional holding patterns.


Acupressure
Using principals of Chinese and Western Knowledge of endorphins, acupuncture points are massaged to provide pain relief, increase relaxation, and promote harmonious energy flow.


Lymphatic Drainage
Helps prevent or remove cellulite (with diet and exercise), improves skin and muscle tone, and decreases fluid retention (ankles, groin, knee, neck).


Cupping
The therapy of cupping has been used in China for thousands of years. The clinical application of cupping has become increasingly wide.

Now it can be used to treat asthma, the common cold, chronic cough, indigestion problems and some skin conditions.


Remedial Massage
A paramedical treatment method, which utilises any or all of the above techniques to reduce pain, and restore function to injured tissue. When used regularly or in conjunction with other health practitioners Remedial massage helps to maximise your health and well-being.

Remedial massage uses several specialized skills to locate and repair damage and speed up the body's repair mechanism. A professional remedial massage therapist has to draw on his knowledge of anatomy, physiology, related pathology and the techniques of many therapies, including heat and cold therapies.

Remedial massage can involve gentle to strong strokes as well as shallow to deep strokes. It works on the fact that soft muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia is responsive to touch. Sensitive points in the muscles often refer to pain in other parts of the body. For instance, headaches may originate from muscles in the neck and pelvic pains maybe caused by certain areas in the abdominal and pelvic area. Remedial massage helps to stimulate blood flow in these areas, thus reducing pain, swelling, and speeding up the body's natural healing process.


Swedish Massage
Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. Swedish massage reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. It also has many specific medical uses.


Pregnancy Massage
During pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes many changes, some of them stressful and uncomfortable. Back, shoulder and leg aches and pains can some times be very painful and uncomfortable; you need not suffer any further. Massage is a perfect way to reduce stress and promote general well-being.


Hot Stone Massage
Warm, relaxing and invigorating, it's "the massage of massages". This massage involves one hour of peace and harmony, using the application of water-heated stones of varying sizes to key points on the body, giving a deep massage and creating sensations of comfort and warmth. The direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage.


Mind and Body Massage
By combining a one-hour whole body relaxation massage with a 1/2 hour guided visualisation directly after the massage, heaven comes to earth to give you a long lasting relaxed feeling making your life less stressful and much easier to cope with. What a better way to release further stress, tension and anxieties!


Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibres of the muscles, tendons and fascia.

People from all occupations and lifestyles, are discovering the health enhancing benefits of massage therapy. This branch of natural health care, spans wide variety of therapeutic approaches that work to improve a person's health through the hands on manipulation of muscles and other sorts of tissues in the human body.

This long respected healing art, has a history which stretches back thousands of years and spans the whole globe.

The healing powers of massage have been recognized since antiquity. In the 5th century BC, the Greek physician Hippocrates wrote, "that his colleagues should be experienced in rubbing"… for rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose, and loosen a joint, that is too rigid.

The ancient Chinese, Egyptians and the Romans also employed various forms of massage.

Today, massage continues as an integral part of the health care system. Many present day therapies synthesise information from traditional approaches with modern day scientific knowledge, producing precise and effective therapeutic techniques.

Benefits of massage

Massage is a systematic manual application of pressure and movement to the soft tissue of the body, the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (the membrane surrounding muscles and muscle groups). It encourages healing by promoting the flow of blood and lymph, relieving tension, stimulating nerves, and stretching and loosening muscles and connective tissue to keep them elastic.

Before physical exercise, massage helps get blood moving to assist the muscles to warm up. Massage after a workout has been shown to reduce waste products (lactic and carbonic acid) that build up in muscles after exercise and cause cramping and discomfort. Massage also enhances the immune system and aids recovery from soft tissue injuries by increasing blood circulation to injured areas. Some studies indicate that massage can also reduce blood pressure.

• Reduces Mental Stress
• Improves Concentration
• Relaxes in stress situations
• Reduces levels of anxiety
• Reduces pain
• Reduces discomfort in pregnancy
• Aids in mental relaxation
• Promotes restful sleep
• Increases tone function of skin & muscles

Therapeutic massage does not treat, heal, prescribe or cure anything. It is complementary healthcare, not a substitute for a Medical Doctor.

Some conditions are 'red flags' that prohibit massage, including phlebitis, some cancer, infectious disease, and some skin and certain cardiac conditions. Your therapist should take a health history, but it is always best to consult your physician if you have any concerns.

“Don’t wait until you feel like a train wreck before you come to see me.” I, like many therapists, offer a discount for those who come regularly; it makes the work more effective for you and easier on both of us.

Massage is effective in treating:

• Tension Headaches
• Back Pain
• Whip Lash
• Tennis Elbow
• Golfers Elbow
• Muscle Spasm
• Cramps
• Tendonitis
• RSI
• Premenstrual Syndrome
• Stress & Tension
• Shin Splints
• Poor Posture
• Sciatica
• Neck & Shoulder pain
• Joint mobility
• Circulation
• Constipation

Stages of massage healing
There are four main stages of healing through massage:

Relief
The first few sessions of therapy will be directed to relieve pain, reduce muscle tension and relax nerves. The relief sessions are concentrated at the symptoms of the problem.

Correction
When the pain is gone, the therapist will work on the problem that caused the pain. Techniques will lead toward at stimulating the lymphatic system and freeing knotted and scarred muscle fibres.

Strengthening
Strengthening is important in a badly damaged area. Weakness at the injury site can mean recurring problems. Techniques will be aimed at strengthening the tissues near the injury enabling them to provide adequate support when the injury is healed.

Maintenance
Maintenance is the final stage in healing and the first step in preventing other injuries. Maintenance techniques are directed at treating the problem and preventing the occurrence of new problems.

Initial Consultation
You do not normally require a medical referral to see a Remedial Massage Therapist unless it is for a Workcover or Comcare related problem. It is recommended however to advise your Medical Practitioner that you are receiving remedial massage treatment.

First Visit
You should bring with you any referrals, x-rays, or medical reports that relate to your problem. You maybe asked about your general health and history of your problem. You may also be asked to define areas, which are painful, or movements that are being restricted. You will also be asked about your problem, its course, its nature, and then decide on the most appropriate treatment.

Tips for Discussion
If pressure is too hard or too light, ask to have it changed. Let your practitioner know if you are too hot or too cold. Pinpoint areas of pain. Breathing deeply can help you get the most out of a massage.

Before and After Massage
After your massage, drink lots of water to further release toxins from your body. Plan to take the first 20 minutes after a massage lightly. Take a warm shower or bath after a massage; this will help with your recovery.

Who should avoid Massage
Massage, is not advised for anyone with an infectious skin disease, a rash, or an unhealed wound. It is also wise to avoid massage immediately after surgery, or if you are prone to blood clots.

Circulatory ailments such as phlebitis or varicose veins prelude the use of massage and it should never be performed directly over bruises, inflamed or infected injuries, or in areas of bleeding or heavy tissue damage, or at the actual site of recent fractures or sprains.

Massage, is not recommended for cancer patients immediately after chemotherapy or radiation therapy. While there is no evidence that it actually prompts cancer to metastasise to other parts of the body, the theoretical possibility exists. (It is preferred that you bring a letter of referral from your Medical Practitioner to be on the safe side.) Avoid massage over any known tumour and in any area of a recent surgical incision.

Is this type of bodywork done fully clothed?
You lie on a massage table partially clothed. At all times your body is draped by warm towels and the only part of your body that is exposed, is the part that is being worked upon.

How much does it cost?
The cost of a 1 hour massage is $70.00. I always recommend having the one-hour treatment, as this is more beneficial for the whole of the body, rather than half hour. The cost for the half hour massage is $45.00. (Not available on the initial consultation). Click here for current prices>

Consultation payments?
Massage Australia One, has facilities for EFPOS. Payment is due after receiving the treatment. Payment methods are either by personal Cheque, eftpos or by Cash.

What is your cancellation policy?
We at Massage Australia One have a cancellation policy that requires you to give at least 24 hours notice on cancellation of your appointment. Otherwise, you will be charged the standard fee.

Do you have a waiting room?
Yes, there are waiting rooms in each of the clinics.

Is this a non-sexual type of massage?
Remedial massage is a Para-medical treatment accredited therapists are bound by observing a strict code of ethics and conduct. The Codes of ethics are on display in treatment rooms.

Is this relaxation, deep tissue, or remedial massage?
The treatment is determined on your initial consultation. We will asses your problem give you a course of treatment, then determine the best course of massage to suit your needs.

Can another person sit on a massage treatment?
Providing that the person who is getting the massage is comfortable with that situation yes, it is ok.

Are children able to receive massage?
Yes, in most cases, children enjoy massages the same as the adults do. I always insist that there be a parent present during the treatment. During the past years, I have found that massaging children helps them to settle down with schoolwork and prepares them for exams.

What base oil do we use?
To the base oil (one of olive, almond, baby, avocado, sesame, coconut, wheat germ, or sunflower oil) is added an aromatic essential oil to enhance the goal of the treatment.

Do you use scented oil and what type of oil?
If the aim is to calm and relax, oils such as rosemary, lavender, pine, lemongrass, or musk may be added to the base oil. If the aim is to stimulate circulation and promote healing of injured tissues, heating balms with a combination of wintergreen camphor, eucalyptus, peppermint, and others may be used.

Confidentiality?
We at Massage Australia One have a very strict enforcement in confidentiality. Your information remains strictly private and confidential.

Can I claim treatment on Private Health Insurance?
Providing you have the right cover with you Insurance provider, yes you are able to claim your treatments. You will need however to consult with your Insurance to be sure you can claim.

Health Rebates

Most private health funds accept claims for remedial massage therapy under the extras cover.

Larger banks and companies provide insurance to staff and many of these accept remedial massage claims.

You will need to investigate this further with your private health fund in order to know if you qualify for rebates under your existing cover.

Workcover

If you require treatment for a workcover or Comcare related work injury and workcover or Comcare has accepted your claim, your treatment costs will be paid for by those authorities. However, a medical practitioner must refer you for treatment. You will need to consult with your physician to obtain a written referral addressed to your treating therapist.

You will also need to bring with you all your relevant workcover details and x-ray reports that you may have.

Relaxation - Swedish & Remedial Massage Fees

Initial Consultation
1 Hour
AUD $70.00
Short Consultation
1/2 Hour
AUD $45.00
Long Consultation
1 Hour
AUD $70.00
10% discount - Prepaid 5x1 hour or 5x1/2 hour consultations

Speciality Massage Fees

Hot Stone Massage
1 Hour
AUD $75.00
Pregnancy Massage
1 Hour
AUD $75.00
Lymphatic Drainage
1 Hour
AUD $75.00
Mind & Body Massage
1.5 Hour
AUD $115.00