MASSAGE THERAPY at Health In The Bay.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy involves hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons and ligaments) to promote and restore optimum health and well-being. Massage has a therapeutic effect on the body by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. It has positive benefits for each of the three aspects of health – body, mind, and emotion.
What are the benefits of massage?
Massage Therapy can be extremely beneficial for many people. As the pace of modern life increases, the number of people now suffering from conditions, such as work related stress and anxiety, is also growing. Muscle tension and pain can result from sedentary lifestyles and poor posture as well as intense exercise and manual labour. A masseuse can relieve both physical and emotional tension, thus improving your overall mood as well.
Massage is a highly effective treatment that can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, such as:
- Muscular tension and pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Repetitive strain injury
- Work-related stress
- Insomnia related to stress
- Digestive disorders
- Pre-natal conditions
- Frozen shoulder
- Post-operative rehabilitation
- Sports injuries
- Circulatory problems
Do health funds recognise Massage Therapy?
Most private health funds now recognise Massage Therapy, but how much you get back does depend on your level of cover. Please feel free to call your health fund prior to your visit if you are unsure how much the rebate will be for you. Read more on our rebates page.
What kind of massage would suit me best?
Most people wait until pain occurs before seeking assistance, but having a regular massage is a highly effective preventative measure. It also helps to improve an individual’s overall sense of well-being for optimum physical and mental health.
A wide range of different massage techniques are used by our masseuses at Health In The Bay. They all have the same overall goal – that of restoring structural balance to the body.
Types of Massage
- Full Body Massage – If you’re feeling ok with no real pain issues or concerns but feel tense all over, this free flowing full body massage is just the thing.
- Deep Tissue Massage – focusing on specific areas, working very slowly and gently to get into the deeper muscle layers that are responsible for chronic pain. These sessions require a treatment program to achieve sustainable long term changes.
- Remedial Massage – This is not for the faint hearted. If you have strong pain and muscle adhesions, a day spa massage can not help you. Lisa will work gently and carefully to help soften and release your neck, shoulders, lower back but this is a slow process that can take form 6- 12 treatments over a few months to achieve the kind of results we are looking for.
- Relaxation/Swedish Massage – light superficial work to soothe the mind and body. No deep tissue work is done.
- Sports Massage – Deep strong and challenging work for athletes to break down fibrotic tissue, restore strength and flow and increase flexibility. This will improve circulation and get these muscles firing on 6 cylinders again. This is no a massage for pleasure, expect some discomfort to get those results.
- Hot Stone Massage – feel tension melt away with the heat softly unlocking tissue. Zero pain, maximum pleasure (perfect for people with high tension who say “i just can’t relax”).
- Pregnancy & Pre-Pregnancy Massage – to get you feeling great and address those aches and pains. You can mix and match styles for your pregnancy massage. Choose from relaxation only to deep tissue or remedial as we move from legs to back to neck. Feedback about pressure is important to design the right massage for you.
- Trigger Point Therapy – this is a technique used throughout remedial and sports massage. A very tender tight spot that is resistant to release is held, with deep pressure being applied. The patient will breath into the pressure which can be highly painful. After 10 seconds the pain starts to dissipate and after about 30 seconds the pain is very minimal as the target locked up adhesion has now been relaxed by the nervous system. Fresh blood and oxygen flows in and the muscle starts to regenerate and move freely again.
- Lymphatic Drainage – is not in essence a separate type of massage, but rather a specific medical technique that is very light using a flowery touch sequence to target the lymph vessels nodules and nodes. Then deeper lymph structures in the abdomen are addressed with stronger pumping type action to help clear and cleanse the lymphatic system. A great detox and helpful after injury or illness.