Therapeutic massage and bodywork for relaxation and pleasure and to relieve stress and tension. Neuro-muscular therapy and remedial exercises to treat injuries.
|Location:||Off Queens Drive on the Melrose Hill|
|Hours:||By appointment afternoons/evenings and some weekends|
|Charge:||$70 per hour; $40 per 1/2 hour|
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Treat yourself to a pleasurable experience from a registered and experienced professional.
I am a registered Remedial Massage Therapist with MNZ, with twenty-three years experience. I aim to personalise a massage session by best meeting the therapeutic needs which a client identifies. I am gay friendly and GLBT clients are welcome. Have had considerable cross cultural experience in a professional capacity.
Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
Taking care of your body should be at the top of your priorities. By adding therapeutic massage to your routine now, you'll feel, look and be healthier far into the future. In fact, stress relief alone can improve your vitality and state of mind. So what better way to prepare for a long, happy life than by having regular relaxing, therapeutic massage?
Stress relief is key to achieving a healthier lifestyle. Even a single massage session can significantly lower heart rate, help reduce daily stress.
Do you have neck, back or muscle pain? Odds are, sitting all day at the office is the culprit. Massage can assist persistent pain by relaxing tense muscles. Massage improves lung functioning by relaxing over tight muscles associated with breathing.
Relax. Reset. Repeat massage has been shown to help the body enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery modem an effect that lingers long after the massage is over, including improving sleep.
Improve Chronic pain
Helps break the “pain – spasm” cycle whilst reducing associated muscle tightness. Deactivates trigger points, which can cause referred pain.
The pressure on the muscles and soft tissues created by massage therapy moves blood through congested areas of the body. This improves blood flow and can lead to improved body function.
Massage may speed recovery from injury and assist in lessening pain and regaining full range of movement. Sometimes exercises may be prescribed to assist in recovery from soft tissue injuries.
Reduces or removes tension- related muscle pain. Speeds recovery of muscles from exercise.
Strengthens the Immune System
Studies indicate that regular massage can increase the immune system’s effectiveness and remove toxins from the body, and encourage energy flow in the body.
Massage can assist with relieving chronic headaches and migraines. Massage helps ease the pressure and pain, and it can also reduce the severity and frequency of headaches.
For more information on massage and on the modalities below: http://massagenewzealand.org.nz/answers/
Body Work modalities which I use to meet individual client needs
Relaxation Massage: Relaxation massage is a gentle form of massage that uses slow, smooth, gliding strokes with the purpose of encouraging relaxation in the body. Relaxation massage is pleasurable and commonly used for stress management and as a method of maintaining a healthy sense of well-being.
Remedial/Therapeutic Massage: This is used to address specific soft tissue (muscle, tendons and ligaments) injuries and dysfunctions in the body. A variety of techniques are used to bring about changes to the soft tissues.
Sports Massage: This is used to meet the needs of active sports people. It may include pre-event, inter-event, post-event and maintenance massage and may employ a variety of massage techniques.
Aromatherapy Massage: This massage utilises pure essential oils extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods and roots. Each freshly prepared oil mixture is individually prepared and has its own characteristics and benefits.
Myofascial Release (MFR): MFR Utilises gentle pressure and stretch which is applied to the skin over areas of tension and restriction, until a release is felt.
It is a useful method of treating neck and back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain, by working on the connective tissue (fascia), which lies under the skin and surrounds all our muscles, organs and bones.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT): This treatment aim to release muscle spasm and eliminate trigger points, which cause referred pain (see below). This can bring back flexibility and improve the strength of muscles. It is beneficial for the treatment of many painful dysfunctions including headache, OOS, chronic back, jaw and neck pain.
PNF Stretching: This may be used with an active sportsperson or with a client recovering from injury. PNF stretching or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching, are stretching techniques commonly used to enhance both active and passive range of motion with the ultimate goal being to optimize motor performance and rehabilitation.
Trigger Point Therapy: This involves a systematic de-activation of trigger points which are tight bands in the muscles, tendons or ligaments which refer pain to other areas of the body. It is often used to relieve pain following injury.
Indian Head Massage: The massage works on the upper back, shoulders, scalp and face. These areas are massaged with a firm and gentle rhythmic fashion involving acupressure points). Ayurvedic oils (I use Alma hair oil) are massaged into the scalp for their many therapeutic properties.