Massage Techniques

May be performed individually or in combination. After a proper assessment your therapist will advise you on what will work best for you.

Sports Massage

Performed by all therapists.

Focuses on the muscles that you will use for a specific event. If you are constantly training, Sports Massage will help to enhance your endurance, lessen the chance of injury and shorten the time needed to recover from the event. Before the big day, you can have a Sports Massage to increase blood flow and improve flexibility of your muscles. After the event, Sports Massage will help to prevent stiffness, relieve soreness and return the muscles back to their normal state. This technique can also be used for injury rehabilitation.

Intensity

50%

Deep Tissue Massage

Performed by all therapists.

Technique applied to the deeper layers of muscle tissue. The idea is to release chronic tension in the body using slow strokes and deep pressure on tight areas, either using thumbs, knuckles, the forearm or the elbow. Deep Tissue massage helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue, it usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. The soreness means that your muscles have got blood flowing within its fibers and the dead cells once stuck in them are being flushed out of the tissue.

Intensity

60%

Trigger Point Therapy

Performed by all therapists.

A Myofascial Trigger Point is a hyper-irritable area within a taut band of muscle and/or it’s fascia. The area is painful on compression and can evoke characteristic referred pain. These trigger points, when they become active or latent, show up in the same places in muscles in every person. To help treat trigger points and their referred pain, it is necessary to apply pressure to the trigger point to break the cycles of spasm and pain, allowing the muscle to relax and heal. Usually the client may notice referred pain in other areas of the body that could be several inches from the the area being pressed.

Intensity

75%

Myofascial Release

Performed by all therapists.

Fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds all muscles in our body. If the fascia becomes restricted – from overuse, inactivity, infection or trauma – the muscle will end up with less blood flow, being tight and painful. Myofascial release is used to stretch the fascia and bring the muscles to their normal functionality and mobility, by applying gentle pressure on he restricted spot. It is a very soothing and effective technique, and has helped many people with acute and chronic conditions.

Intensity

30%

Cupping

Performed by Aki only.

Cupping is a technique that uses vacuum for negative pressure, rather than tissue compression. The vacuum draws up underlying tissues and superficial muscles, and when left on the skin for 10 to 15 minutes, the flow of blood and lymph increases and dead cells come out to the surface of the skin. This technique is used to treat muscle soreness, stiffness and tension. After cupping, it is natural that marks will appear and stay 3 days to a week depending on how much dead blood, lymph and waste products are drawn out to the surface. The colour ranges from pink/bright red to dark red/purple. The darker the colour on the skin, the more stagnation was present in that area. Although quite intense at first, you feel really light and relaxed after a cupping treatment.

Intensity

65%

Myofascial Cupping Technique™

Performed by Annemarie, Matt, Mauricio and Satoru only.

Developed by David Sheehan in 2002, MCT™ involves the gliding of negatively pressurised cups over the body with the assistance of massage cream and can be accompanied by joint mobilisation. The negative pressure and sliding can increase nutrient-rich blood supply to the tissue, while giving a gentle passive stretch to the underlying soft tissue. The Myofascial Cupping Technique™ can provide profound benefits, particularly with assisting the body in maintaining range of motion (ROM), eliminating Myofascial Trigger Points and reducing restrictive and sometimes painful fascial adhesions, commonly found from repetitive movement originating from sports and the workplace. By reducing fascial adhesions, while encouraging optimal hydration levels of soft tissue, the MCT™ can assist in reducing the incidence of injury and maintaining functional soft tissue.

Intensity

50%

K – Taping

Performed by Danny only.

Kinesiology tape was first developed by a Japanese Chiropractor Dr Kenzo Kase in 1970. K-tape can be used to effectively manage and prevent acute/chronic sporting injuries. K-tape is not a stand alone treatment but rather it can be combined with other therapeutic soft tissue techniques such as: deep tissue, myofascial release or trigger point release. The elastic component of K-tape allows it to be stretched up 120%-180%. K-tape can be worn for up to 3 days, providing 24/7 therapeutic support and benefits. Kinesiology tape has been shown to effectively reduce pain and inflammation. The lifting skin mechanism caused by k-tape can create more space in the skin and allows significant reduction of pain as well as decreasing inflammations for affected areas. “Swelling causes pressure and pressure causes pain” John Gibbon – specific kinesiology tape procedures can be used to assist to reduce both pressure and pain that has built up in the soft tissues.

Intensity

35%

Please note:

We do not offer relaxation and/or pregnancy massage. Massage is contraindicated during the first trimester of pregnancy. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will have to sign a consent letter and also be present during the session. We have a 12 hour cancellation policy. Gift vouchers are not entitled to health fund rebates. Junior Therapists are not registered with health funds until they have finished their Diplomas and/or have applied for all health funds. Once that happens, they become Remedial Therapists and then can offer rebates. Please check our therapists pages for more info.