With fifteen years experience, I specialise in Swedish Massage techniques using relaxing music, oils and hot towels. I am also a member of MMA (Massage & Myotherapy Australia).
Offering a Residential or Clinic Service, with Remedial, Therapeutic, hot stone or Relaxation massage and Trigger Point Therapy .
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- Health Fund Rebates Receipts are available for Remedial Treatment.
In Swedish massage, the person to be massaged lies on a massage table and is draped with a towel or sheet. It is a full-body massage treatment, except in areas that are contraindicated or where the client requests not to be touched. Aromatic or unscented oil or lotion is used to facilitate the massage movements. Each session usually lasts 30-60 minutes. Depending on the client's preferences, a massage session may involve the use of several or all of the following basic techniques: effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration, and tapotement.
Unlike drug therapy, which is often associated with many systemic and long-term side effects, massage therapy is relatively safe and has few contraindications. It also provides many benefits.
There are numerous physical benefits associated with the use of Swedish massage:
- loosening tight muscles and stretching connective tissues
- relieving cramps and muscle spasms and decreasing muscle fatigue
- loosening joints and improving range of motion
- increasing muscle strength
- calming the nervous system
- stimulating blood circulation
- firming up muscle and skin tone
- relieving symptoms of such disorders as asthma, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome , chronic and acute pain syndromes, myofacial pain, headache , temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, and athletic injuries
- speeding up healing from injury and illness
- improving lymphatic drainage of metabolic wastes
- improved sense of well being
Effleurage is the most common stroke in Swedish massage. It is a free-flowing and gliding movement towards the heart, tracing the contours of the body using the palm of one or both hands. Oil is applied with this stroke to begin the first stage of massage. The therapist applies a light or medium constant pressure. This stroke is used to warm up the muscles, relax the body, calm the nerves, improve blood circulation and heart function, and improve lymphatic drainage.
This technique resembles kneading dough. It involves lifting, rolling, and squeezing the flesh under or between the hands. Pétrissage is designed to release muscle tension, improve blood flow, and increase lymphatic drainage.
Friction strokes work on deeper muscles than the techniques previously described. The friction technique is a pressure stroke and is the deepest that is used in Swedish massage. The massage therapist applies pressure by placing the weight of his or her body on the flat of the hand and the pads of the thumbs, knuckles, fingers, or the back of the forearms, and then releases the pressure slowly and gently. This movement should be a continuous sliding motion or a group of alternating circular motions.
To effect vibration, the massage therapist gently shakes or trembles the flesh with the hand or fingertips, then moves on to another spot and repeats this stroke. Vibration is designed to release muscle tension in small muscle areas, such as those on the face or along the spine.
Tapotement, or tapping and percussion, is a quick choppy rhythmic movement that has a stimulating or toning effect. The following are variations of tapotement:
Deep / Remedial Tissue Massage
As its name suggests, Deep/Remedial-tissue massage aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of muscle tissue and fascia. As such, it uses more intense kneading techniques than Swedish.
Benefits: Deep/Remedial-tissue massage is ideal for releasing chronic tension and may also help improve range of motion.
Try it if: you suffer from chronic aches and pains or want more pressure than classic Swedish massage offers.
Deep / Remedial Tissue Massage
As its name suggests, Deep/Remedial-tissue massage aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of muscle tissue and fascia. As..
This relaxation-focused form of massage is what most people think of first when they think about massage. Therapists use a sequence of long, gliding strokes, kneading and circular motions to help ease shallow tension in the muscles.
Benefit: Besides helping to relax the muscles and ease superficial tension, Swedish massage may also help boost circulation throughout the body.
Try it if: you’re new to massage or you’re looking to relieve light to moderate tension in your back and shoulders.
This relaxation-focused form of massage is what most people think of first when they think about massage. Therapists use a..
Hot Stone Massage
Rather than relying solely on their hands to work out stubborn knots, the massage therapist places and moves heated basalt stones on the body to help melt tight areas.
Benefits: Besides helping to relieve tense areas, the heat from the stones can help improve blood flow.
Try it if: you suffer from hard-to-loosen trouble spots and like the therapeutic heat.
Hot Stone Massage
Rather than relying solely on their hands to work out stubborn knots, the massage therapist places and moves heated basalt..
This massage style aims to relieve pregnancy pains for expecting mothers. Instead of lying on her back, the client will recline on her side
Benefits: Reduces pain brought on by pregnancy, and also may help with depression, insomnia, and anxiety.
Try it if: your pregnancy is causing you significant lower back pain (just make sure to check with your doctor first).
This massage style aims to relieve pregnancy pains for expecting mothers. Instead of lying on her back, the client will..
Keith is a very compassionate and a friendly guy. The techniques that he uses are original and effective. I have been visiting his parlour for the last 6 months to help me relax and relieve my body and mind from the regular stress and toxins that I encounter every day. I am really satisfied with his overall services and rates.
I have been going to keith for many years. He massages my tensed and aching muscles away with great skill and care. Highly recommended.
Excellent massage therapy with very friendly staff. I highly recommended this place.