Remedial & Relaxation Massage, Oncology Massage, Pregnancy Massage & Esoteric Massage
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
Lowers blood pressure and improves circulation
Remedial Massage involves systematic assessment of the body to treat muscle-skeletal ailments to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. Remedial Massage is designed to support a return to balance of muscle/soft tissue length; increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the tissue; reduce or eliminate pain and restore function. This type of massage uses specific techniques to access the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue and may also combine stretching and joint loosening.
At Living Stillness our Remedial Massage is based on the foundation of understanding that a massage does not need to be painful to “work" or be effective. Our knowledge of anatomy and physiology supports us to understand that in order to access the deeper layers of muscles and fascia/connective tissue, a client’s surface muscles must first be appropriately warmed, elongated and relaxed to allow deeper tissue work to be effective and not cause pain or additional damage to a client’s muscles.
Through our vast experience we have found that massage that goes straight into strong and force-full pressure will cause surface muscles and surrounding fascia/connective tissue to respond in a protective manner thus tensing up and not allowing effective access to deeper tissue. Our Remedial Massage comes with absolute respect for a client’s body, thorough assessment and the development of a treatment plan in consultation with the client that will effectively meet the needs of their presenting condition or injury.
If you have a particular musculoskeletal condition that needs attention or need to work on a specific area of the body, Remedial Massage may be for you.
Session duration is usually 30, 45 or 60 minutes, depending on the issue and you may require follow-up appointments to complete the treatment.
Remedial Massage can be claimed by your health insurance fund
Benefits of Massage
Research indicates that massage is effective in managing:
sub-acute/chronic low back pain
delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
soft tissue injuries
high blood pressure
Massage can also be effectively used to support people with:
a chronic disease
a life threatening illness such as cancer.
And for women:
Oncology massage involves gentle, nurturing touch, deep care and respect for the client and an absolute attention to detail in every moment which ensures the therapist is ever responsive to the changes observed from the client during the massage. This responsiveness is essential, supporting the therapist to ensure the massage is tailor made to the client’s physical experience in the present moment.
At Living Stillness we work in conjunction with your medical team to ensure that you receive support that is in line with your treatment plan. Each massage begins with a consultation to update your massage therapist on the stage of your treatment cycle, how you are feeling both physically and emotionally and any consultations you have had with your medical team.
What is Oncology Massage?
Oncology Massage is a complementary medicine therapy that uses specialised massage for people who have been diagnosed with cancer, have a cancer history, are receiving active treatment, are recovering or in the survivorship phase, as well as for those who are at end of life. Due to the specialised nature of all the stages involved in the cancer disease process, a trained oncology massage therapist is the most appropriate type of massage therapist for clients within these stages to see if they would like to add massage to their support plan.
Oncology Massage training ensures that the massage therapist has specialised knowledge that understands the disease and the many ways it affects the body. Training provides an informed understanding of treatment and the side effects that may occur from medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation as well as having an understanding of the impact that Cancer has on the person as a whole. Oncology Massage training equips the therapist with specialised massage techniques, clinical assessment and ways to adapt the massage to ensure it is client centered and forever responsive to the clients changing needs both within the session and between appointments. For a person experiencing cancer or with a history of cancer these elements are critical to ensure they receive safe massage.
"I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my left breast 12 months ago and had a total mastectomy which left me with a big scar and restriction in my movement. There was always a tight, pulling sensation in the area and it was difficult to raise my left arm above my head. After having my first Oncology massage with Bianca, I felt immediate relief in the area, there was less restriction in my movement and my scar felt softer."
~ EW 60yrs.
Client’s who receive Oncology Massage are often surprised by the depth of relaxation they receive and the effects it has on reducing the side effects associated with cancer treatment & the disease process itself
Medical Research has found with Oncology Massage: Pain improved 47%, Fatigue improved 42%, Anxiety improved 59%, nausea improved 51%, depression improved 48%, and 48% improvements in levels of shortness of breath, memory problems, dry mouth and disturbed sleep.
In addition, following surgery patients also found reduced post-surgical pain, easier recovery from anaesthesia, improved mobility & appearance of surgical scars, improved range of motion and easier adaptation to implants.
Following radiotherapy & chemotherapy reduced post treatment fatigue, and improved peripheral neuropathy.
Oncology Massage at Living Stillness is applied by a therapist who is highly experienced with understanding cancer conditions and patient care.
Pregnancy & Post-Natal Massage
Pregnancy is a significant time in tha woman's life cycle, where she has enormous opportunity to heal and to connect deeply to her innate stillness. Specialised Pregnancy Massage at Living Stillness supports women with the physical discomforts that may arise throughout her pregnancy, particularly in the hips, lower back, shoulder areas and also prepares her body for birth, whilst also supporting her to stay connected to herself, to allow the opportunity for deep rest by providing a nurturing space for her to let go and surrender.
There is much change that occurs for a woman from week to week during her pregnancy, where massage can help to relieve the discomforts that may arise, with a focus on a woman's connection to herself & mother baby connection by creating a warm, safe, secure and nurturing environment where the woman can deeply relax and restore.
What to expect?
Your initial session will involve a longer consultation to discuss your medical history.
Each session will begin with a consultation to get an update as to how the pregnancy is progressing and to inform your practitioner of anything noted by your prenatal health care provider.
Pregnancy Massage is a side-lying massage. You will be covered with a sheet and blanket for warmth as needed.
Your therapist will work on one side and then ask you to turn over to work on the other side - including your back, shoulders, neck, legs and arms.
Your belly will also be included in the massage at the end of the treatment.
Ensure you drink enough water pre and post your treatment.
Benefits of massage during pregnancy, labour & beyond.
Massage Relieves many of the discomforts
during pregnancy including:
backaches & stiff neck
sore, swollen ankles & feet
depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes
Greater vitality & less fatigue for women
Helps soothe nervous tension resulting in improved sleep
A relaxed woman, leading to a happier & healthier pregnancy
Muscular flexibility, which is most helpful during the last trimester and birth itself
Massage for labour & beyond:
Massage during birth promotes ease and comfort
We can assist in educatin partners to support you during labour
Post natal massage will assist the mother in regaining her strength and will ease muscular tension
We work in conjunction with your prenatal health care providers ensuring that you are receiving the most supportive care for your pregnancy.
*Pregnancy Massage packages available
*Health fund rebates available
Esoteric Massage is a gentle, yet firm re-balancing & re-energising massage applied to the skin with specifically selected massage cream and oil. This very effective treatment supports the muscles to release any built up stress or tension, that can keep the body in a state of lethargy & low vitality. The practitioner works with the highest level of respect and integrity for the client and their physical body, coming from a true understanding of energy and how it works.
Esoteric Massage has a large variety of techniques applied depending on the physical needs of the client to assist in restoring true movement to the body. The massage supports the client to feel deeply still and relaxed, thus allowing the body to truly let go and make more space for healing. If we are living in a way that doesn't support and connect us to who we truly are, then our body is moving and therefore magnifying an energy that is only causing harm.
This Fiery massage can bring true healing by assisting in the discarding process of the stagnated and cemented energy that is held in the body. Also supporting the release of ingrained tension and patterns of ill holding, this gentle form of massage is effective without rigorous or painful massage and provides a deeply nurturing experience.
With 4 years at the basis in Sacred Esoteric Healing, along with extensive training in Esoteric Massage, your practitioner comes with a richness of knowledge and experience to the session.
All sessions are 60 minutes.
“I have been having regular massage for years and was very use to the ‘no pain, no gain’ approach of traditional massage. What I love about an Esoteric Massage is that my body is touched with such a gentle and nurturing quality that I feel safe to let down and release any feelings of tension my body is holding. During the massage the practitioner brings a deep level of connection that feels like you are held in this space of respect and delicate care. After Esoteric Massage I always feel lighter, like a heaviness or burden has lifted from my body, this has such a settling effect. I also notice that I move my body in a way that is more connected and more caring.”
~ JG aged 50yrs