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How’s the pressure?

“How’s the pressure?”

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It shouldn’t be the first question you have to answer. As Massage and Myotherapists it’s a question we ask a lot, and because massage is all about you, you can’t get the answer wrong. Our aim is to work with you not on you.

There are so many different styles of massage and different techniques that we use depending on what we believe you need. What we believe is, or at least should be based on our initial conversation or interview with you. We will do our best to get a thorough understanding of your needs during this interview so please, take this opportunity to share as much information as you think is necessary to help us get it right for you. It is surprising how many people start taking their clothes off as soon as they walk into the room. We are not mind readers, and we don’t do “cookie cutter” routine massage. We tailor our treatment to you, so a short conversation is going to help you get quality even if you miss a couple of minutes of quantity.

Here’s some things that are really helpful for us to know as Therapists.

  • Have you had massage before? If so, what type? (relaxation, therapeutic, remedial, deep tissue)
  • What is the reason for your visit? (injury recovery, stress release, better quality of life, better movement)
  • Are you feeling fit and healthy?
  • Do you have a history of illness or injury that could affect your treatment? (Fibromyalgia, disc herniation, Haemophilia etc.)
  • Have you had a tough week? (this can have a massive effect on your resilience)
  • Do you know the names of techniques that have worked for you before? (Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Dry Needling, Cupping, Mobilisations etc.)

These are some of the basics we’d like to know before we start further assessment or treatment, and can have a massive impact on how much you get from our session.

All going well we should only have to ask you about the pressure once or twice at most as we’ll already have an understanding of your needs and expectations.

The end of a massage is not the time to tell us our pressure was not right. Yes, it did happen once but there was not much I could do about it by then.

So, if we haven’t got it right for you, please tell us straight away.

The thing is, we are here to work with you to achieve your goals. So a few extra minutes of interview time at the beginning can make the difference between an average session and an AMAZING session!

Our aim is for you to walk out the door feeling better!

Have you tried this drug?

I just had the best massage

The huge list of treatable disorders and benefits of massage at the bottom of this post is taken directly from the Victorian Govt. Better Health guide (see here for the full scoop).

If you already get regular professional massage then that is GREAT! I congratulate you and encourage you to keep looking after yourself.

If you haven’t had a professional massage yet then it’s time you did. Massage is sooooooo good for you on soooooooooo many levels that you more than owe it to yourself. If you have had a massage somewhere and were not happy with it, don’t give up. Not all massage styles or Therapists are the same. As a starting point, make sure they are registered with the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT)

There seems to be a perception that massage is a treat, that it’s something special that should be reserved for special occasions. And that’s great! That in itself means that you hold massage up as something of real value.

These days we are all busy, and In general we are experts in finding ways of not looking after ourselves. When it all comes down to it, we either reap the benefits of making the time, spending the money & giving ourselves permission to look after ourselves, because WE ARE WORTHY. Or… we suffer and lament missed opportunities, aches, pains, ill health and excuses.

I know which I’d prefer!!!

Modern studies have shown that massage can be used to successfully treat a variety of disorders,
including:
• anxiety
• arthritis
• back or neck pain
• soft tissue injuries
• chronic pain
• constipation
• depression
• headache
• high blood pressure
• insomnia.
Benefits of massage
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
• improved circulation
• stimulation of the lymphatic system
• reduction of stress hormones
• increased joint mobility and flexibility
• improved skin tone
• speedier healing of soft tissue injuries
• heightened mental alertness
• reduced anxiety and depression.

If there was one drug you could buy from the chemist that could do all of these things for you I bet you would have already bought a life time supply!!

If you haven’t already, it’s time to make massage a regular part of your life.

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