I have 20+ years experience in remedial massage, treating a variety of muscle-related issues, including neck and shoulder tension, headaches, lower back pain and sports related injuries. I specialise in Bowen therapy and deep tissue massage.
About Peter Murray
My specific interest is in the treatment of muscular skeletal problems - neck and shoulder tension, headaches, lower back pain, sore knees, elbows, ankles and general sporting injuries.
My most frequently used treatment modalities are Bowen Therapy and Deep Tissue massage but I also use other techniques when appropriate. I also offer Swedish massage, which is basic relaxation massage.
At my Swanbourne clinic I offer the following: PELVIC ALIGNMENT:
I consider the correct positioning of the pelvis to be vital to correct alignment of the spine. If the spine is compromised by the pelvis being out of balance then the whole body can be effected. I certainly find that correct alignment of the pelvis is benificial in the treatment of nearly all lower back problems.
Most of my initial treatments start with me checking the pelvic alignment. In many cases one hip is higher than the other(this manifests itself by one leg appearing to be shorter than the other), and also the pelvis is often tilted forward (sway back) and very often more so on one side than the other. Using Bowen therapy these inbalances can very often be quickly remedied by releasing certain muscles. If you come to me with a neck problem then I usually start the first treatment by balancing the pelvis before moving on to the neck.
This is a form of muscle manipulation and consists of rolling over groups of muscles to achieve muscle release and activation of the lymphatic system. I use it particularly to correctly align the pelvis and to treat spinal disfunction.The muscle release that Bowen achieves is appropriate for use all over the body e.g. Lower back pain, sciatica, sporting injuries, headaches, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, and also for treating lower back problems that often come with pregnancy.
The lymphatic system's activation assist with after-sport soreness, post operative swelling, dipersing of bruising, sinus congestion and the dispersal of fluid when fluid retention is present.
Patients who are aware of the body's innate energy flow often find Bowen Therapy has a balancing and clearing effect on their energy channels.
Most patients experience significant changes to their leg length, pelvic contact with the table and muscle tone of targeted muscles during a session. On standing, they also often feel additional changes in their posture - feeling taller, straighter and more grounded. They also feel a new-found freedom of movement in their pelvic region.
My Bowen treatments are not gentle in nature but they cause significant and usually immediate change.
Bowen is a truly remarkable tool to have at my disposal as a massage therapist.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE:
Myofascial Release is a form of Deep Tissue massage and is ideal for the release of tight muscles and increasing the range of motion of joints.
Strong, slow force is applied to the area being worked, using the forearm, fist or fingers. It may take as long as 2-3 minutes to make 1 run down the length of the spine.
This technique is useful for treating conditions such as headches, neck and shoulder tension, lower back pain, sciatica, and rehabilitation from sporting injuries.
This is a very slow and thorough technique, therefore usually only one area of the body can be addressed in a one hour session (e.g.neck and shoulders).
Swedish Massage involves the stroking and kneading of muscles after oil has been applied to the skin. This style is considered to be a typical massage in Australia and is suitable for relaxation. It is most often performed as a full body massage.
ABOUT MASSAGE THERAPIES
PAIN AND MASSAGE:
Some level of pain is inevitable with therapeutic massage, simply because I am seeking out the tight muscles, which also happen to be the sore muscles. As a rule, muscles that are not sore do not need to be "fixed".
WHEN IS MASSAGE APPROPRIATE?
Massage is perfect for relaxation and when one feels like being pampered. However, most of work I do is therapeutic massage which involves me endeavouring to remedy various ailments such as:
lower back pain
neck and shoulder tension
knee and ankle problems
aid to flexibility
pre and post event massage
FEES: 1/2 hour $40 (this option is not usually available for the first visit.)
1 hour $70
11/2 hours $100