Massage Therapy & How it can help you
Why do we need Massage?
For many of us, pain or restricted movement can limit our lifestyles. Causes range from sports injuries, accidents, repetitive action, or simply the stress and tension of every day living. Quite often our emotional stresses take up residence in our bodies, and massage can be an excellent and lasting form of relief.
How does Massage reduce stress?
Massage improves the body's circulation, eases muscle pain & tension, assists our body's immune system and promotes a feeling of well-being. All these physical factors combine to reduce our emotional and mental stress levels, which in turn give us more energy and reduces the chance of injury and illness.
How does Massage help muscle pain?
Massage works directly on the muscles, stretching and kneading actions stimulate the nervous system, causing muscles to relax and relieve tightness. Massage also assists the muscles to flush out any built-up toxins that can be stored after exercise, which eases pain and tightness.
How does Massage help injuries?
Massage releases tight muscles and loosens scar tissue, it increases range of movement in the body's joints especially after injury. This promotes flexibility and strength, and stimulates production of natural joint lubrication. This all combines to help prevent further injury.
Did you know Massage improves Posture?
Massage relieves muscle tension and promotes flexibility in our muscles, joints and connective tissues; it assists our bodies to return to a freer and more natural posture.
Massage relieves muscle contractions and pain caused by spinal abnormalities such as scoliosis & kyphosis. Sitting at a Computer every day changes your posture too and massage can help improve it.
How does Massage help with fluid retention?
Massage really does improve our body's circulation and assists our waste system to flush toxins and residual fluids from the body.
Because of this benefit massage is a fantastic form of relief for those suffering from fluid retention caused by surgery, inflammation, injury, hormonal imbalances or pregnancy.
What will a Massage feel like?
Therapeutic massage is always a very pleasant, relaxing sensation. Remedial massage is different and when working on areas of recent injury or chronic pain, you may notice some discomfort initially which will usually lessen noticeably in the first few minutes as the muscle tension begins to ease.
Massage Therapist's are trained to work within each client's comfort zone; communication is the key factor to ensure the treatment is right for you.
Making Massage work for you!
Find a therapist you connect with, you feel comfortable with and on your first visit you will be asked a number of questions regarding your general health and any conditions or problems you have.
This assists your therapist to assess any problem areas (they may do special tests and check for restricted movement, muscular and joint pain, muscle tenderness and posture), and this assessment will assist in structuring the best treatment plan specifically for you and your body.
A series of treatments may be recommended eg. A series of 6 or 26 may be needed to alleviate your problems. However, if you're just after a relaxing massage, then how often you have one is up to you.
Is massage right for you?
Always let your Doctor know you have regular massages, there are certain conditions where massage is contra indicated, so advise your therapist if you are being treated for anything, communication with your doctor may be necessary.
What's best to do after a massage?
Drink plenty of water to help flush out the debris and toxins that have been stirred up. It is good to walk for 5 minutes after a massage so the body stays in balance. You may feel lethargic or fatigued, so rest and relax, try not to drink alcohol; it may have a stronger effect.
How can you help yourself?
Self-Massage is simple and free of charge. Learn some techniques of your Massage therapist so you can use them outside of your massage treatment.
Techniques include breathing, relaxing, stretching and gentle exercise. This will help relieve tension between treatments.
Claiming the Cost of a Massage
Most private Health Funds and personal injury insurance plans provide rebates for Remedial Massage - Check your policy or ring your insurer to see if your covered, then simply claim with your receipt.