WHAT IS MASSAGE THERAPY?
Massage therapy is a “hands on” therapy where we work with the soft tissue to reduce muscle tension and pain. It includes techniques primarily applied with the therapist hands, digits, forearms, elbows and other tools which hold, move, and apply pressure to muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia of the body to create tissue change. The techniques affect the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body.
TYPES OF MASSAGE THERAPY?
Remedial Massage uses systematic assessments and treatments to assist in pain, injury, and rehabilitation. If you have muscle tension or chronic pain a remedial massage may be for you.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep tissue massage uses firm slow strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and fascia in the body. This breaks up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduces tension in muscles and tendons.
Sports massage is intended toward athletes and active people of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. It promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares the body and mind for optimal performance. These sessions can be performed immediately before, during or after competition or activity.
Neuromuscular therapy uses soft tissue manipulation to help improve nervous system function and the alignment of the skeletal system. This group of techniques uses static pressure, where the therapist places a constant amount of pressure on a specific muscle in the body, helping to reduce pain and tension effectively.
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Involves the application of pressure to tender points within muscle tissue to relieve pain and dysfunction both at the trigger point and areas of referred pain.
A gentle technique that uses sustained pressure to loosen and lengthen constricting fascia and skin. This reduces “the pull” on nerves within muscles, restoring normal range of motion of the tissue.
Is a technique that uses plastic, glass or silicone cups to create a vacuum suction on the skin. The cups are fitted with a valve that attaches to a small hand-operated pump, allowing the practitioner to suck out air to depressurise the cup. This suction draws soft tissue up and into the cup, away from underlying structures. This promotes nutrient-rich blood flow to the area as blood from your vessels are pulled towards the tissue surface.
Sometimes when the cup is removed from the skin; circular skin discolouration may be seen. This is a normal result of blood capillaries being pulled closer to the surface of the skin within a small area. This is a normal response to the therapy and should not be painful. They then reduce over 2-3 days following treatment.
Focuses on the requirements of the mother-to-be as their body changes during the stages of pregnancy. A pregnancy massage can treat discomfort, reduce lower back pain, and help increase range of motion while enhancing the function of muscles and joints. It can be beneficial to improve circulation, reduce swelling as well as relieving mental and physical fatigue.
MAKE A BOOKING
Massage is useful for various conditions to treat either directly or in conjunction with a primary treatment. Conditions include muscle tension and strains, low back pain, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff injury, myofascial pain syndrome, sciatica, tennis or golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, insomnia, depression and anxiety related conditions as well as others.
Unfortunately, massage therapy is not accredited with ACC in New Zealand, so the full cost of the appointment is met by the client. However, those with Southern Cross Health Insurance can claim for remedial massage therapy with our registered therapist if they have one of the following policies: 1.The Wellbeing 2 Health Insurance Plan. With the add-on “Body Care Module”, allows policy holders to claim 100% of their costs up to $500 per year for remedial massage therapy. 2.The Health Essentials plan with Self Care benefits allows policyholders to claim for 75 % of their costs up to an annual maximum of $250 per claims year for Remedial massage therapy. Our appointments range from 30mins to 60mins. Longer sessions are available on request. *Please note* Session times are inclusive of consultation, treatment & dressing. First time bookings are not available for 30 minutes appointments.
Prices- 30mins: $45.00 45mins: $65.00 60mins: $85.00
WHAT TO EXPECT ON ARRIVAL? Your Massage Therapist will: Ask you to fill out a ‘Health History Form’ and ask you about your pain or symptoms (location, onset, quality, timing, severity etc). They will perform some quick movement tests to see if any movement contributes to your symptoms. This allows us to see how well your joints move and assess whether it is safe to massage. Discuss a plan of action for treatment and gain your consent to areas being treated Leave the room for any client undressing/dressing if some bulky clothing needs removing for treatment Clients are treated in a private professional setting lying on a treatment a table with non-treatment areas remaining covered for patient privacy and respect. We follow Massage New Zealand code of Ethics and standards of practise outlined in our profession. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? Our massage therapist may need to see you do some movements of your shoulders/hips/lower back/arms/ legs to see if there are any restrictions coming from your joints. Wearing loose sports clothing i.e. shorts is recommended. Jeans can be bulky and restrictive while performing the examination. WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER MASSAGE THERAPY? Following your massage session, your therapist may give you some stretches or inform you of changes you can make to improve your health and wellbeing. They may also go over a treatment plan with you for management of your condition. They will explain that if any soreness that presents itself it should fade after 24 to 36 hours. The muscles that were tight should remain noticeably more relaxed for 4 to 14 days, depending on tissue condition. It is recommended that you drink plenty of water to help flush metabolic products that have been released into the blood stream and to help your body to prolong the benefits of the massage treatment.