These are some of the techniques we use in clinic ...
All Remedial Massage Therapists contracted here at HANDS from HEAVEN have a Diploma of Remedial Massage as minimum qualification. This ensures that we are all formally and professionally qualified to perform multiple styles of massage. We like to tailor every massage to the individual to meet their specific needs today, and sometimes that means utilizing more than 1 style or technique during a massage.
Whatever works best for you is what we will deliver, ensuring best value for you! The choice is yours to mix-and-match between these styles, but we ask you to remember that while we always tailor your treatment to satisfy what you need - and try to give you everything you want - please don't leave it go too long between massages because we may not be able to do everything in one session ...
Deep Tissue - For postural balancing & realignment.
Deep Tissue Massage uses slow strokes that can be considered very similar to Swedish strokes. As the name implies, the strokes are applied with greater pressure to deeper layers of musculature than Swedish massage. This technique could be viewed as the connecting link between Swedish and Sports massage.
For people who recognize that they have developed poor postural habits, and that their poor posture may be causing aches & pains or headaches, Deep Tissue Massage might be the answer for them. Treating the deeper layers of musculature, coupled with regular stretching, can re-sculpt your posture and help you feel the best you have felt in a long time.
Sports Massage - For pre or post event and injury management for optimum performance and recovery.
Sports Massage is the application of purposefully timed massage techniques targeted to specific muscles or muscle groups. This style of massage can reduce muscular soreness and improve recovery time; provide prevention of and/or treatment for athletic injuries; and enhance athletic performance. Treatment is always individually tailored to your sport and/or personal needs.
Whether you identify as a serious athlete, someone who enjoys social games of sport, or someone who enjoys an active approach to health and fitness, this style of massage can help you stay on top of your game. Everyone services their car regularly to maintain peak performance, so why not adopt the same attitude with your body!
Swedish Massage - For pure relaxation and stress management.
Swedish Massage is the basic relaxation technique named after the Swedish physiologist and gymnastics instructor who devised the strokes. It incorporates long, smooth, flowing strokes to promote general relaxation. In contrast to Deep Tissue Massage, this style of massage targets the superficial musculature mainly.
This style of massage could be seen as the corner stone upon which the industry of Remedial Massage was built, because this is the basic style of massage from which most (if not all) other techniques were based. Essentially the difference between Swedish and any other technique in massage is the depth of pressure and the intent of the massage (relaxation, increasing flexibility, correcting postural habits, etc).
Trigger Point Release - to release those stubborn muscular knots.
Trigger points are specific spots in muscle tissue that can feel like a knot in the muscle fibres. They are usually very tender and sensitive to touch, and are usually accompanied by recognised pain referral patterns. If left untreated they can multiply or spread to surrounding muscle tissue and/or give rise to reasonable movement restriction.
Usually the release of trigger points would be performed during either a Deep Tissue or Sports Technique massage as they are found or identified, but it can also be the main focus of your treatment. Depending on the severity and/or number of trigger points identified during your massage, they may not all be able to be released or resolved at 1 appointment.
Cupping - To stimulate circulation and stretch superficial fascia.
Cupping has its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture, but is a very useful tool in Remedial Massage as well. I like to express 2 philosophies with regard to Cupping, and let you decide which aligns with your own belief system. Please ask if you would like to understand more about this amazing accompaniament to any treatment.
Cupping can be a part of your massage or the main focus of your treatment. Essentially Cupping uses the direct opposite technique from usual massage strokes (suction V's compression) for a very similar end result, and many people find using both techniques during a massage can bring better results for them than either technique used singularly.
Kinesiology Taping (K Taping) - For a less aggressive approach to pain Management and Resolution.
Taping and Strapping are frequently seen as interchangable in conversation, but there is a significant difference between the two techniques.
Sports Strapping uses rigid tape to support joints and prevent injury during sport - the focus with strapping is to stabilise a joint, and restrict the available Range of Motion (ROM) so that the likelihood of injury is reduced.
Kinesiology Taping uses elastic tape that is very flexible and comfortable to wear - the focus with K Tape is to disrupt the pain receptors in the skin, allowing your body to function with reduced pain sensation while your body repairs the condition. K Tape can be applied to almost any region of the body, and appropriate tape position has shown significant success in relieving tension headaches! Please talk to us about this if you would like to understand more.