Please stop thinking that massage is an indulgence and make it part of your regular wellness schedule.
We often have a tendency to put off scheduling a regular therapeutic massage session because of many reasons, but mainly because we are led to believe that massage is a luxury, not affordable, and not part of our regular self maintenance routine.
In fact therapeutic and remedial massage has so many benefits, not just alleviating pain! One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins – the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
Some of the physical benefits of massage include:
Reduced muscle tension.
Stimulation of the lymphatic system.
Reduction of stress hormones.
Increased joint mobility and flexibility.
Improved skin tone.
Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries.
Heightened mental alertness.
Reduced anxiety and depression.
Eliminating vicious cycle complaints.
Studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
Anxiety & Depression
Headaches & Migraines
Insomnia related to stress
Myofascial pain syndrome
Soft tissue strains or injuries
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
All these benefits from a regular massage! Simply by scheduling a regular treatment even once a month “Like exercise, massage does more for you if you engage in it regularly… even a monthly treatment can help maintain general health. ‘Touch is basic to survival,’ says Elliot Greene, past president of AMTA [American Massage Therapy Assn.].” That’s all the excuse anyone should need to indulge.
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection. As women, we generally have a number of others to care for, our families, friends and those we interact with on a daily basis. We often put our needs last, but as the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup
Remember, your body strives to maintain optimum health by keeping all of its systems in balance. Along with proper nutrition, exercise and rest, massage relaxes tense muscles and stimulates the body’s communication lines to help it do its job — and to keep you feeling your best. So, make regular massage a priority in your life for a healthier tomorrow!
Regularly scheduled massage sessions shouldn’t cost the earth either. A hour hour session starts from $60. So basically $15.00 a week, or 3 large lattes. Plus, getting a massage from a Qualified and Insured Remedial Massage Therapist like Fiore Massage™ is covered by Health Fund membership and is eligible for a rebate from your Health Fund (We are looking into providing a HICAPS facility in 2017). We offer concessions for students, government concession card holders (including HCC, Seniors Cards, Carers) and provide payment plans for special circumstances, just chat to us! And as always, check our blog for specials!
At Fiore Massage™ we use many different techniques, either as stand alone treatments or a combination of techniques in one session. But what are those techniques?
Stand Alone Treatments:
Remedial Massage – encourages healing of injured soft tissue, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments
Therapeutic Massage (Relaxation Bodywork)– also known as ‘Relaxation’ or ‘Swedish’ massage. This technique is designed to promote relaxation and improve blood circulation.
Hot Stone Massage (ili ili Hawaiian Hot Stone Bodywork) – Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly. We provide a complete body treatment called ili ili Stone Bodywork, which incorporates heated basalt stones, lomi lomi and kahuna strokes and heated coconut oil.
Aromatherapy/Flower Essence Therapeutic Massage (Essential Oil Bodywork) – essential oils made from selected flowers and plants or Flower Essences are added to the massage oil for their particular therapeutic properties. For example, the scent of sandalwood is thought to reduce nervous tension.
Remedial Pregnancy Massage (NurtureLife® Pregnancy Massage) – NurtureLife® is a holistic perinatal massage therapy method developed by Pregnancy Massage Australia that supports women who are nurturing new life. NurtureLife® was born from a desire to share our specialist knowledge and natural support techniques with women on their journey through pregnancy and beyond. NurtureLife® is safe for all FOUR trimesters of pregnancy, from conception through to the early weeks of parenthood.
Fertility Massage Therapy (Womb Love Bodywork) – Fertility Massage Therapy is a deep; yet gentle, non invasive abdominal and sacral therapy that focuses on improving circulation to the abdominal organs, in turn helping to improve blood, nerve and lymph flow. The massage also focuses on releasing physical and emotional tension, helping to loosen harden debris (that has been accumulating in your gut for years) encouraging a natural movement and clearing both physical and emotional congestion, leaving you and your abdomen feeling lighter and freer.
We often incorporate many different techniques into our tailor-made bodywork sessions, such as:
Reflexology – based on the principle that certain parts of the body reflect the whole. Reflex points, which relate to all parts of the body, can be found in the feet, hands, face and ears. These points respond to pressure, stimulating the body’s own natural healing process
Shiatsu – an oriental massage technique that aims to improve energy flow by working certain points on the body. The underlying principles of shiatsu massage are similar to those of acupuncture
Hot Stone Massage – Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.
Kahuna/lomi lomi – Kahuna massage is a therapeutic massage technique based on the teachings and practices of the ancient Hawaiian Kahunas. In the language of native Hawaiians, “huna” means “secret knowledge” and a master practitioner of any of the huna arts is known as a “kahuna”. Lomilomi is the word used today to mean “massage therapist” or “Hawaiian massage.” In the Hawaiian language, the word used traditionally, called lomi, means “to knead, to rub, or soothe; to work in and out, as the paws of a contented cat.
Trigger Point Therapy – a form of Remedial Massage Therapy in which direct pressure is applied to specified points on tender muscle tissue to bring about reduction in muscle tension and pain relief.
Lymphatic Drainage – a gentle whole body treatment which relaxes the nervous system and aids the body’s immune system
Myofascial Release – a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion
Muscle Energy Techniques – Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a manual therapy that uses the gentle muscle contractions of the client to relax and lengthen muscles and normalize joint motion
Reiki – Reiki is a therapy often described as palm healing or hands-on-body healing in which a practitioner places hands lightly on or over a patient’s body to facilitate the patient’s process of healing. Reiki combines the Japanese and Chinese word-characters of “rei” (spiritual or supernatural) and “Qi” (vital energy)
So what’s stopping you from booking a regular massage session? Call us today to discuss making massage part of your wellness schedule. You can even schedule a meet and greet so we can discuss your needs, you can check out our treatment space and develop a plan, setting time aside each month or fortnight for you to fill your own cup and practice taking care of YOU. Self-care is not an indulgence or a luxury, it’s a necessity.