Soothing Touch – Helping the Body to heal itself
Servicing areaAlstonville, Ballina, Lennox Head, Goonellabah, Lismore, Bangalow, Byron Bay, Wardell, Broadwater
WELCOME TO SOOTHING TOUCH MASSAGE
Thea is a professional, qualified massage practitioner with 25 years of experience. Qualified in a variety of massage styles, Thea has incorporated techniques from allied courses and workshops to further her skills in specific areas of treatment to create a unique, intuitive and integrated massage treatment, tailored to meet your individual needs effectively.
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Available by appointment only
Clinic open Monday to Friday and occasional weekends, flexible hours
ATMS accredited Member No: 15250
WorkCover Provider Member No: 3105
Remedial Massage covered by All Health Funds
MASSAGE: STYLES & TECHNIQUES
From around 2330 BC up to the present day, massage has been used by ancient and modern cultures all around the world to relieve pain, assist with rehabilitation from injury or illness, promote relaxation, relieve stress and tension as well as improve overall well-being. Although massage affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the activity of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems.
Remedial Massage (as defined by ATMS) is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. It is performed to create favourable conditions for the body to return to normal health after injury, and is defined by the premise that the treatment can reasonably reverse certain physical effects a patient may be presenting. If a patient has suffered a moderate injury resulting in structural pain and/or loss of function, then remediation is required to reduce or eliminate pain and restore that function. Remedial massage is designed to balance muscle/soft tissue length, tension and tone which will in turn promote the return to normal, joint/capsular/bone position; promotes the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in injured areas, thus removing blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions that may result from injury.
Bowen Therapy involves a precise, rolling movement over fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. It does not involve prolonged contact with muscle tissues as in most kinds of massage. This technique involves a gentle, dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue moves which realign the body, balance the nervous system and stimulate energy flows. Based on practices developed by Australian Tom Bowen, and practised throughout the world, the technique has positive effects on all age groups from infants to seniors to the infirm and immobile individuals.
Neuromuscular Therapy concerns the interconnection between the nervous system and the muscular system and is primarily concerned with what we commonly refer to as muscle knots. These present as small hyper-sensitive areas under the skin, often located adjacent or distant from the tender spot, that may be the cause of pain and discomfort and include a wide range of sensations from a heavy dull aching to searing hot pain, pins and needles or numbness.
Relaxation or Swedish Massage is aimed at relaxing the entire body using long, flowing and slow strokes to massage. Pressure varies and may include stretches and gentle, passive mobilisations. Benefits are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance and greater flexibility.
Therapeutic Massage uses similar techniques to Swedish massage but with the goal of reducing muscle stiffness and tension rather than relaxation. Commonly focused on one specific body part such as back, shoulders and neck as opposed to full body.
Deep Tissue Massage uses deeper pressure ‘between-the-muscle-fibres’ applied to one or two areas of the body during a Swedish style massage and is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension and may include static pressure, active motion and passive motion, techniques.
Treatment aims to assist the body to heal itself
When you come for your massage appointment Thea will briefly run through a consultation with you to collect your personal details, discuss any issues and aches and pains you might be experiencing and note any relevant health and medical history. You can ask any question you have about the massage and if this is your first massage, Thea will talk you through exactly what will happen and everything you need to know.
Sessions take place in a quiet, clean, comfortable room that may be dimly lit and soothing music is played if you wish. During the treatment there may be tenderness in some areas that are being treated. Open communications and your feedback is important to regulate the pressure used. The results are usually immediate; certainly within 3 sessions a big improvement will be felt. A recent injury, perhaps within weeks, will react and recover more quickly than a long-term injury. You may feel a difference in one treatment.
However, improvement is generally felt after the 2nd session. Keep in mind that soreness, especially after the first treatment, may occur and is part of the healing process. Drinking plenty of pure, preferably filtered water will help flush and remove toxins that may be released from the tissues during and after the treatment.
1 hour $80
A full body treatment (allow 75 mins)
1.5 hour $90
A more in-depth full body treatment with extra attention to specific areas (allow 105 mins)
30 minutes $60
A specific area treated such as back, neck & shoulders (allow 45 mins)
Payment by cash or personal cheque please, or payment by Gift Voucher presented at your
appointment. Internet banking / direct deposit also accepted.
Thea is unable to accept debit/credit cards payments and does not have
automatic health fund rebate facilities such as Hi-Caps. All Health Funds Accepted
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