Massage

 

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Massage therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving a range of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body. The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain. It is a clinically-oriented health option that achieves undeniable results in the relief of an array of discomforts stemming from stress, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes.  

At Restore we offer Remedial Massage, Relaxation Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Hot Stone Massage and finally Lymphatic Drainage Massage.  It is a wonderful combination of therapeutic and relaxing, and wonderful for your health.  Please be aware that the only form of massage that is covered by most private health funds is Remedial Massage.  

Remedial Massage

When muscles and tendons become damaged or impaired, knotted and tense or immobile, Remedial Massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or shallow. Remedial massage uses several specialised techniques to locate and repair damage and to support and speed up the body’s own repair mechanisms. The massage is applied directly to the skin using a lubricating medium, usually oil, which ensures that the muscles associated with the disorder and mobilisation of the joint are deeply penetrated. Passive stretching moves are also used.

Key benefits of Remedial Massage include: the stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed; the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort; and the toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility. An improvement to the health of the cells, the repairing of tissues, and the easing of stiffness and tension can also be experienced through therapeutic relaxation.

Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with Remedial Massage include Fibrositis, Spondylitis, Arthritis, frozen shoulder, muscular cramps, Whiplash, muscular atrophy, sports and dancing injuries

As extensive study is involved in being registered as a Remedial Massage Therapist, this is the only form of massage which is covered by private health insurance.

Pregnancy Massage

We tend to think of massage as a treat, or a great indulgence for relaxation and stress relief in our lives, however it is also an important form of health therapy, especially during pregnancy.

  • Reduced swelling in hands and feet
  • Minimise back pain
  • increases circulation
  • Ease muscular discomfort in legs, neck, and other areas of the body
  • Reduces problems with insomnia
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Helps alleviate anxiety or depression

It increases blood flow to our tissues, and reduces swelling and inflammation.   It is particularly helpful for swollen feet, aching backs and assisting our skin and fascia to stretch and adapt as we grow.  This reduces the likelihood of stretch marks and discomfort in our growing bellies, as well as reducing the chance of abdominal muscle separation in pregnancy.

At Restore we have a special pregnancy massage table which allows you to lie on your stomach, whilst your belly is supported.  It is truly delightful in those advanced stages on pregnancy, to once again lie on your belly!

Hot Stone Massage

Enhance your remedial massage by adding hot stones. In this treatment, heated basalt stones are used to massage the body in long sweeping strokes inspired by Hawaiian lomi lomi in combination with remedial techniques in areas most needed. The stones provide deep heat which increases blood flow to the tissues and promote a deeper release more easily. The heat from the stones create a wonderful sense of relaxation which may help relieve stress, insomnia and chronic pain. It is a great nurturing treatment and is beneficial at any time of the year.  Hot stone massage in not suitable during pregnancy and in conditions involving loss of sensation in limbs or skin irritations.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

A light relaxing treatment done in a specific sequence which aims at returning excess lymph and toxins which have accumulated in tissues back into circulation to be eliminated. If you suffer from oedema, whether it is chronic such as with lymphoedema or results from injury or surgery, manual lymphatic drainage may help reduce swelling, inflammation, pain and speed up recovery.  It can assist in detoxifying the body and getting over infections like colds, sinus congestion and associated headaches when you can’t seem to shake them off. A great way to improve sluggishness brought on by improper diet or lack of activity and illness and to boost your immune system.  It may also help with joint pain, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, and give dull or acne prone ski a glow over time by removing toxins below the skin.  Lymphatic drainage is contraindicated in some conditions.  Give us a call if in doubt.

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