What is remedial massage?
Remedial massage is widely regarded as a scientific and powerful form of manual soft tissue therapy, that effectively reduces your pain and restores function to your muscles, nerves, fascia and other connective tissues. In addition to this, it also enhances other systems in your body, which may have been impaired due to injury, dysfunction or overuse.
Varying degrees of appropriate hands-on pressure will be applied during your remedial massage, to improve the integrity and function of both muscles and your body as a whole, so you can immediately begin to feel the positive, powerful changes that so many of our clients enjoy every day.
Who will benefit from Remedial Massage?
Whatever you do for work or play; whether you are highly active, sedentary, or abiding by the ‘all things in moderation’ mantra, remedial massage will be beneficial for you. If you feel physical pain or discomfort in your body, it’s likely being caused by dysfunction (such as tightness, misalignment, overuse or incorrect postural habits) within your musculoskeletal system, and we can help you with this.
Some of the more common conditions remedial massage can assist with include:
- Headaches and neck pain.
- Hip and leg pain.
- Pain between the shoulder blades.
- Lower back pain.
- Running pain (shin splints, ITB tightness).
- Chronic inflammation.
- DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness from exercise).
On the flip side, if you’re in optimal health, with little to no complaint of pain or discomfort, remedial massage is a highly effective way to maintain that health. Regular treatments can help to keep you injury free, increase mobility and flexibility, promote healthy tissue growth/restoration, or to keep stress levels at bay.
What is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy is used to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structure (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia) of the human body.
A Myotherapist will assess and physically treat pain, injury and dysfunction that affects movement and mobility.
Common conditions that a Myotherapist will treat include: Sporting & occupational injuries, Stiffness & pain associated with poor posture, Associated joint & vertebral dysfunction & pain, Acute & chronic conditions affecting function & mobility, Scoliosis / Kyphosis, Headaches / migraines, Acute and chronic stiff and painful neck, Chronic overuse syndromes – tendonitis, RSI, tennis/golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel, Acute & chronic back pain / ‘sciatica’, Shoulder pain, impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder, Hand & finger numbness / tingling – thoracic outlet syndrome, Knee, leg & foot pain – shin splints, patella tracking dysfunction, runners knee, ankle sprains, Arthritis / Multiple Sclerosis, Pregnancy – pre/post natal complaints, Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Pain & dysfunction associated with stress & tension, Rehabilitative stage of an injury or illness
A Myotherapist will treat these conditions through a variety of techniques including but not limited to:
Soft tissue manipulation, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial dry needling, Myofascial release, Cupping, Postural assessment and correction, Corrective exercises (stretches, strength)
What is Sports Massage?
Sports Massage, just like Remedial Massage, consists mainly of soft tissue manipulation, and is often working the deeper tissues of your body. It works by increasing blood flow for rapid muscle repair and promotes healthy muscle function through the elimination of any adhesions (microscopic tears) in the muscles and surrounding soft tissues, as a result of your sporting activities. Different soft tissue techniques are carefully selected, depending on if your massage is pre or post event. Your sports treatment is tailored to your past, current, and future sporting programs and we work with you to achieve your peak athletic performance – whatever that may mean for you.
Who will benefit from Sports Massage?
Sports Massage is suited to anyone active who is placing specific challenges on their body; from weekend warriors, those just beginning to get fit, to elite athletes. You may be deep in training for a special event, or just embarking on a new program, it’s all going to place strains on your body that we can assist with. Massage aids muscle growth and development, and is also crucial in preventing injuries such as muscle strains and tears.
For those in physical/sports training of any kind, sports massage can assist in maintaining consistency which is arguably the most important aspect for achieving results.
Sports Massage will also benefit clients pre-event to ensure the body is in optimal condition for competition, or post-event to aid in recovery. Timing of treatment is important, so talk with your therapist about your training goals today.
What is Dry Needling?
Myofascial Dry Needling (MDN) is a relatively new and exciting form of treatment available to aid dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system. During this therapy, super-fine filament needles (similar to those used in acupuncture), are inserted into the skin to directly affect the myofascia (muscles and fascia), with the aim of altering dysfunction that has developed. For example, dry needling is commonly used to deactivate hyperirritable areas in skeletal muscle known as trigger points or ‘knots’. Dry needling can help to restore healthy function to the effected tissues, helping you to feel better, more quickly.
Can I book in for Dry Needling?
Myofascial Dry Needling is usually implemented in conjunction with Remedial Massage rather than as a stand-alone treatment.
As skin penetration occurs during this treatment technique; it is therefore essential that your suitability for Dry Needling be determined by your therapist, after a thorough consultation and assessment with you. After this, if both you and your therapist feel it is an appropriate technique for your condition, you may book in for Dry Needling in addition to your next massage.
What is cupping?
Cupping is a gentle and effective technique that aims to restore function, movement and flexibility to the soft tissue that connects the body’s muscles, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.
Derived from traditional Chinese medicine, cupping uses either heat or suction to create a vacuum effect in a glass or plastic cup, which is placed on the skin. The vacuum acts to gently lift the skin and underlying tissues, to break up cross linkages between the tissue layers that limit our flexibility. Cupping also promotes the hydration of these tissues to help prevent further cross linkages from forming.
It is not uncommon for clients to occasionally have residual marks, similar to bruising, from cupping, on the surface of their skin, but these are usually painless and will clear within 2 to 7 days. Cupping is a highly effective technique which you will find very gentle and highly enjoyable. Cupping is known to help activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation, and is extremely useful for deep tissue repair.
Can I book in for cupping?
Cupping is generally employed as a complimentary technique during massage treatments rather than as stand-alone treatment.
Although cupping is suitable for the majority of clients, we ask that you mention your desire to have cupping included in your treatment at the time of booking, to ensure the availability of equipment, as it is a very popular choice by our clients.
In the first 24 – 48 hours after a treatment you may feel:
Tenderness or superficial soreness through the area massaged particularly if it is your first massage of this kind. Those who are susceptible to bruising may bruise through some areas worked. You may find you feel tired or lethargic.