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ABC Wellness Centre (Style Guide Sample 2)

Level 3
46 Kippax St
Surry Hills NSW 2012

ABC Wellness Centre (Style Guide Sample 2)
Allow Live Well's exceptional massage therapists tailor a treatment to meet your needs; from gentle relaxation to deep tissue remedial massage.

ABC Wellness Centre - Massage Therapy

If you are in pain, suffering with tension or need to bliss out then you can be sure that, at Live Well, you are in good hands.

Relaxation Massage

Leave the busy world behind and let your body and mind unwind with a blissful relaxation massage. Relaxation massage incorporates flowing strokes to reduce tension and release muscular fatigue. If your primary need is to relax and unwind and you generally prefer lighter pressure then a relaxation massage is what you need. Whilst a relaxation massage is gentle, it is still a powerful healing experience combining the effects of touch and aromatherapy (use of essential oils) making it a blissful way to recover from stress and tension.

Remedial Massage

If you are in pain, suffering from an injury, or have postural issues you know need addressing then a remedial massage is the best choice. Generally in remedial massage your therapist will use deeper and stronger pressure than in a relaxation massage. If you prefer lighter pressure then try a relaxation massage instead or if you need the deeper work but find remedial massage too painful then try bodywork instead, which is gentle but also works deeply.


Bodywork is the name given to a range of remedial massage therapies such as Bowen Therapy that emphasize two really important things: releasing chronic tension and restoring correct posture and alignment. The wonderful thing about bodywork is that it both treats the cause of the problem as well as easing the symptoms. Bodywork is also gentle so if you are already in pain then bodywork is an excellent choice. Think of bodywork when you are dealing with chronic pain and tension, recovering from injury or dealing with the effects of ongoing tension and stress.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is used to prepare for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes the prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons by releasing areas of tension or strain allowing you to train harder with less chance of injury.

You don't have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is great for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area, sore neck and shoulders or tight hamstrings rather than giving a whole body massage.

Pregnancy Massage

Specially trained practitioners use a combination of massage techniques to ease the tensions and pains that can be experienced during pregnancy due to the increase in body weight and shift in the centre of gravity.

Pregnancy massage can relieve muscle cramps and spasm especially common in the lower back, neck, hips and legs, improve circulation which can reduce swelling as well as providing a supportive, relaxing and nurturing experience for the mother to be.

Hot stone massage

A form of relaxation massage, using heated smooth, flat stones which are placed on key points on the body as well as being held by the therapists and used to massage certain areas of the body. The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired. The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and is very calming and relaxing for the nervous system.


If you like having your feet massaged then you will love reflexology, a deeply healing form of bodywork which is a delight to receive. With specialist knowledge of your feet a reflexology practitioner will stimulate specific areas and energy lines to ease tension, improve circulation, assist with the removal of toxins and activate the flow of vital chi energy around your whole body. This, in turn, induces calm, enhances breathing and general wellbeing by restoring your physical, mental and emotional balance.


Shiatsu literally means ‘finger pressure’ and as such describes part of the therapy whereby natural body weight (finger, thumbs, elbows, forearms, feet and knees) is used in applying pressure to special points on the body. This is combined with stretches, joint rotations and joint manipulation to give an all-over treatment, which aims at treating the patient on a holistic level. 
The aim of a Shiatsu Practitioner is to rebalance the flow of energy (Ki), along the meridians or channels. Shiatsu incorporates pressure, holding, rubbing, heating or stretching techniques which can be deep and firm, but which are applied with sensitivity. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build-up of stress. Common conditions helped by Shiatsu include: back pain, headaches, whiplash and neck stiffness, joint pain and reduced mobility, menstrual problems, digestive problems, asthmatic symptoms, sports injuries, depression and stress. Treatment is carried out fully clothed, usually with the patient lying or sitting on a futon mat on the ground.

Oncology massage

Massage is one of the most universally used methods of healing the body. It feels good after a stressful day at work, after running a marathon or digging in the garden. Touch is an essential part of life that should be received at every part of a person’s life, no matter what, including cancer treatment or recovery from it.

Naturally, the person in chemotherapy isn’t going to be given the same massage as the person who has just completed a marathon. Adjustments will be needed. But with the right adjustments by the massage therapist, everyone with cancer or a history of it can receive massage.

Many of us, when we think of massage, relate it to sore muscles or a chance to unwind. For the person in treatment for cancer or recovering from it, massage takes on other meanings. As well as massage being used to work out knots, detoxify the body, or increase range of motion, massage becomes a strategy to lower anxiety and pain, improve energy, or decrease nausea.
A powerful tool, creating an environment of peace and recovering a sense of wellbeing in the face of cancer.

Chinese Massage

Chinese Massage is a traditional part of Chinese Medicine along with acupuncture and herbal medicine and is considered a comprehensive therapy in its own right. It can be used for a range of needs such as rejuvenation and health maintenance as well as the treatment of injuries and muscle problems.

Practitioners trained in Chinese massage learn how to stimulate acupuncture points and meridians to activate and regulate the body’s vital energy or Qi. Given its effect on Qi, Chinese massage can be very effective at releasing tension as well as being able to treat underlying health issues.

Thai Yoga Massage

Thai Yoga Massage is a dynamic bodywork therapy where the practitioner guides the recipient through a series of yoga postures whilst using touch and pressure along meridian lines and pressures points. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and restores body/mind balance.

Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a mat on the floor; both client and practitioner are dressed in comfortable clothing allowing ease of movement and flexibility. No oils or creams are used.

Live Well’s practitioners use a form of Thai Yoga massage known as Lotus Palm. The lotus is a symbol of loving-kindness and compassion and as such ‘Lotus Palm’ means “the compassionate touch” which emphasizes using the least amount of effort to achieve maximum results. Treatment focuses on the skilful use of proper alignment and flowing transitions from one posture to the next infused with an intention of loving-kindness.

Please note, Thai Yoga massage is not suitable if you are pregnant (please book in for pregnancy massage) or if you have osteoporosis or cancer (please book in for an oncology massage)

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy is massage therapy with the use of essential oils (oils derived from plants) added to the massage oil. Aromatherapy massage takes advantage of the fact that the nostrils are attached to a part of the brain called the limbic system which controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones making aromatherapy especially relevant for treating stress and stress related conditions, think of insomnia, headache, digestive disorders, PMS and back pain.

Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm, some are uplifting while others energize. Your aromatherapy trained practitioner can tailor a treatment to suit your needs.

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