Do you have muscle or joint problems? Are you injured and looking for relief? Are you under a lot of stress? Do you suffer anxiety?
At True Health, our skilled massage therapists are able to tailor a treatment to best suit your needs.
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What is massage?
Perhaps the oldest form of healing known to man, massage involves using pressure, friction, vibration and stretching to relieve stress and tension in muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, skin and connective tissue.
Your practitioner uses their hands, elbows and forearms to rub, press and knead your muscles, relieving them of stress and restoring function to your joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues.
What types of massage do you offer?
At True Health, we rely on a number of massage techniques to achieve the best outcome for your body.
Our practitioners are trained in relaxation, remedial injury management, sports massage, pregnancy and post-pregnancy massage, hot stone massage, Bowen therapy, myotherapy and dry needling.
They may also use complementary techniques in conjunction with massage, including cupping and Gua Sha, Kinesio taping, TENS stimulation, stretching and exercise rehabilitation.
Your therapist will always discuss any techniques they plan to use with you before doing so. This way you will know exactly what is being done and why.
Does massage hurt? Will it bruise or leave marks?
Massage is a relaxing, restorative experience, but sometimes patients can have feelings of discomfort (depending on the techniques being used).
Some forms of massage, such as remedial and sports, use techniques that create ‘mircotrauma’, which are microscopic tears or breakdowns in muscle fibres. This can often cause a dull achy discomfort that persists the following day and feels very similar to the pain in muscles after exercise.
This is normal and will typically resolve within 12 to 24 hours.
Also, oriental massage techniques use two procedures that can leave temporary marks on the skin:
Be sure to let your therapist know before your treatment if bruising may be a problem (e.g. before a wedding or party!)
Can I get a massage if I’m pregnant?
Pregnancy can be a stressful time in a woman’s life, and massage can do wonders in helping you to keep your stress levels in check.
At True Health, we offer a special ‘pregnancy cushion’ that allows pregnant women to safely lie face-down, right up until you are full term.
Will I be naked?
Massages are usually conducted with items of clothing removed so that your practitioner can apply oils and liniments to your skin; however, there is no need for you to completely remove your clothing and body areas that are not being massaged remain covered by towels.
What should I expect on my first visit?
During your first visit, your new massage therapist will take a detailed medical history and thoroughly assess your condition. As with most massage assessments, your practitioner will also conduct ‘range-of-motion’ tests to check which muscles are restricted in their action.
Once your problem is identified, techniques such as massage, cupping, stretching or mobilisation will be used to help restore full functionality to the muscle and surrounding tissue. Once complete, the success of the treatment will be assessed and a recommended treatment plan will be discussed.
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Cupping is a form of massage that uses special glass cups under vacuum to attach to your skin surface. Cups are left in place over muscle trigger points or gently moved over oiled skin to reduce muscle tension and restore muscle and joint function.
Gua Sha is the gentle scraping of a special tool over oiled skin to reduce muscle tension and to restore normal muscle and joint function.
Please note that occasionally slight non-painful bruising may result from treatment. Check with your practitioner if you have any concerns.
Dry needling involves the insertion of very fine acupuncture needles in muscle trigger points. Occasionally a very slight sensation may be felt as the needle passes through your skin layer, but this is generally mild and short lasting.
Over several minutes the tight and sore zones in your muscle tissue dissolve, leaving your muscles softer and less tender.
Bowen therapy involves the resetting of the connective tissues (called fascia) that hold and integrate your nerves, muscles and skeleton. Gentle, specific techniques ‘flick’ across muscle and fascia allowing this three dimensional web to be reset and holistically restore balance to your muscles, skeleton and nerves.
This painless therapy excellent for pain and musculo-skeletal dysfunction, and it is suitable for people of all ages.
Kinesio taping uses special tape strapped to your skin surface to support the function and mobility of damaged joints or muscle tissue, allowing your muscles to heal and to prevent re-injury. It is excellent at reducing muscle pain and joint dysfunction.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, involves placing special adhesive pads on your skin and gently stimulating your muscles with mild electrical impulses. This creates a mild twitching in your muscle tissue that helps to relieve pain and muscle tightness. It is painless and relaxing.
Occasionally tender spots in your muscles may be slightly sore while being treated. Remember that your practitioner is able to change pressure or techniques to suit you, so be sure to tell your massage professional if you are experiencing any discomfort.
We offer massage treatments ranging from 10 to 90 minutes long.
Costs for massage range between $15 and $115. Please find our treatment charges here.