Remedial Massage

The core service we offer at Body Be Well is Remedial Massage.

Remedial massage has long been misunderstood by the general public, with many people still believing it to simply be a deep rub. However in actual fact remedial massage is an umbrella term for a range of treatment styles with the particular goal of remediating a medical, pathological or musculoskeletal condition. According to our massage association, the definition of a remedial massage treatment is:

Remedial massage is the assessment and treatment of dysfunction, supported by a treatment plan and documented treatment notes.

At Body Be Well, we offer a remedial massage service true to the definition. Our therapists will take the extra time and care to listen to you. We will identify the dysfunction that you have come to have addressed and use verbal & physical functional assessment to formulate a treatment plan tailored to your individual requirements. Your therapist will explain why specific treatment techniques are recommended and how they will assist, and will recommend a course of treatments with a measured outcome. We will always refer on where we feel necessary or where the desired outcome in the recommended course of treatments has not been achieved.

A Remedial massage session tends to be more “active” than a general Swedish or deep tissue massage, as your therapist combines specific techniques, exercises & stretches that may require your participation in order to assist your recovery from your dysfunction as efficiently as possible. Your therapist may also provide some lifestyle advice and exercises to take home and perform regularly between sessions.

Cupping

When the therapist exerts suction on the different points on the body by way of massage suction, certain changes are brought about up to four inches inside the body. These changes stimulate the body to heal itself. Massage cupping results in:

  • Promoting the flow of blood to the muscles and tissues, and removing stagnation
  • Supplying oxygen and nutrients to the cells
  • Softening the tightened muscles
  • Loosening of adhesions and knots
  • Lifting the connecting tissues
  • Opening the blockages of the lymphatic nodes and easing the flow of lymph
  • Releasing and draining of excess fluids and toxins like lactic acid from the tissues and cells
  • Drawing inflammation from the deeper tissues to the surface of the skin so they can heal
  • Stimulating and later, calming the peripheral nervous system
  • Eliminating chronic congestion

Massage cupping can be used to treat ailments like stiff muscles, stress, migraines, fatigue and exhaustion, and back and neck pain. It can also be used in rheumatism, weight loss and cellulite reduction treatments. Muscles that have been injured, undergone trauma or exertion, accumulate lactic acid and other toxins. Massage cupping can be used to drain these toxins so the muscles can heal

Gua Sha

What is gua sha?

Gua sha may be used to treat muscle pain and can break down scar tissue.

Gua sha is the practice of using a tool to apply pressure and scrape the skin to relieve pain and tension. This action causes light bruising, which often appears as purple or red spots known as petechiae or sha.

The name gua sha — pronounced gwahshah — comes from the Chinese word for scraping. It may also be called skin scraping, spooning, or coining.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, qi or chi is energy that flows through the body. Many people believe that a person’s qi must be balanced and flowing freely to ensure their health and wellbeing.

People also believe that qi can become blocked, causing pain or tension in the muscles and joints. Gua sha aims to move this blocked energy to relieve aches or stiffness.

Traditional East Asian medicine also views blood stasis or stagnation as a cause of pain and illness. Another aim of gua sha is to move pooled or stagnated blood to relieve symptoms.

Some physiotherapists use a version of the technique known as instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). Using a tool instead of the hands during a massage allows a physiotherapist to apply more pressure.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage is a nurturing style of Remedial massage that is carried out with mindful awareness of the unique changes in a mother’s body. Your therapist will advise which position on the massage table is best for your stage of pregnancy. We use side-lying and supported supine positions but may be able to accommodate lying face down on your belly using our Belly Pillow. We use a combination of safe, relaxing massage strokes to support mothers at all stages of their pregnancy journey. Pregnancy massage can beneficial to relieve headaches and leg cramps, reduce muscle tension, reduce backache, reduce swelling (particularly of the legs), and enhances sleep by relaxing the body.

Women who get regular prenatal massage deliver healthier newborns.

Massages during pregnancy can help:

  • Reduce swelling in feet, ankles and hands
  • Help your muscles relax and ease tension in your back, neck, shoulders and calves
  • Reduce sciatic pain
  • Improve blood flow to your body and your baby
  • Increase energy by improving lymphatic flow
  • Helps you relax and feel good by releasing endorphins!

Relaxation Massage

Swedish relaxation massage techniques are used primarily to induce a relaxation response in the body.  This is why “Swedish massage” is often interchanged with “Relaxation massage” when referring to this technique. Don’t be fooled by the “basic” nature of the Swedish relaxation technique though – its benefits are many, including:

  • Increasing oxygen in the blood
  • Removing waste products from the body
  • Increased circulation, and
  • Gently reducing tension in the muscle tissues

The Swedish relaxation massage technique itself incorporates gliding and flowing strokes, circular movements, kneading, rhythmic tapping, friction, or vibration/shaking of the muscle tissue. It tends to be performed with a mild to medium pressure.

Stress does not just go away, it accumulates. Make massage therapy a regular part of your personal health plan

Swedish Relaxation Massage can be offered as a stand-alone treatment if the client’s primary aim is purely to relax (please note that in this case, health fund rebates will not apply. Please see below for more details). However your therapist can and often will use Swedish relaxation massage techniques within a remedial massage. In this case the techniques are primarily used to warm up muscle and tissues before applying more specific remedial techniques to remediate your pain / tension / injury.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a great choice if you suffer from:

  • Sports-specific injuries such as
    • Shin splints
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Shoulder impingements and / or restrictions
    • Patella Tracking pain / issues
    • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB Syndrome)
    • Piriformis Syndrome
    • Joint pain caused by sports activities, such as knee, ankle or elbow pain
  • Muscle tension patterns and / or repetitive strain injuries caused by a sporting action
  • DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)
  • Want to improve recovery after a sporting event or training session

Take a proactive approach to your sport.  Regular massage is a proactive approach to Recover Quicker, Maintain Condition & Prevent Injuries

If you want to enhance sporting performance during training, regular massage can help.

Dry Needling

Based on human anatomy, neurophysiology and pathology, Dry Needling is the practice of gently inserting fine needles into the skin to stimulate certain trigger points. When stimulated, these trigger points encourage the brain to secrete endorphins (your body’s natural pain killers) and enhance your natural healing response.

Dry Needling works by restoring balance and triggering the body’s natural response to cure itself

Performed by one of our qualified Therapists certified in Dry Needling, this safe and effective form of treatment can complement and enhance your remedial massage treatments.