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Massage Therapy is the Ultimate Happy Food

Massage Therapy is the Ultimate Happy Food

So we all know that exercise, chocolate and wine encourage the body to release endorphins. Those wonderful happy feel good hormones that the body produces that make you feel relaxed, comfortable and just genuinely good about yourself.

It’s cold and raining outside, you’ve just worked all week and feel like a lazy weekend. You’ve been so good, you’ve been losing weight, watching your caloric intake, you don’t want to ruin it with chocolate and wine. But what if you could release those endorphins another way.

The relaxing, pampering nature of massage encourages the body to release Endorphins and not only does massage encourage the body to produce them, but it also increases blood flow and circulation around the body, meaning they get distributed around your whole body quicker. No wonder you feel so good after a massage, right? And you don’t even have to work up a sweat or worry about empty calories.

If you need a dose of happiness this week, why not schedule your next Massage with us. Book Online any time of the day or night.

Who Needs A Massage Gift Voucher This Christmas?

Who Needs A Massage Gift Voucher This Christmas?

With less than 5 weeks to go until Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas Shopping. If you are anything like me, you have barely purchased a thing for Christmas. We also have our son’s birthday 9 days before so double shopping needs to be done. I do not want to be going anywhere near Macarthur Square or Campbelltown Mall next month so looking for alternatives helps crowd fearing people like me. Massage is a gift that suits many people. Have you thought about who needs a Massage Gift Voucher this Christmas? The Person Who Has Everything We all have a family member who have everything you could think of to purchase them at Christmas. In this day and age we can pretty much get anything we want, when we want so material objects are easy to obtain. When it comes to self care though, this is often something we put last on our lists. So if you are stuck to find something creative, a Massage Gift Voucher will give that person something they don’t already have.  Grandma or Grandpa I have clients in their 70s, 80s and 90s. They are of the generation that worked hard and never really thought of themselves. Some of these clients are having their first massage ever at this age. They are also at a stage in life where they don’t want to accumulate more stuff. They would rather have experiences and finally take care of themselves. A Massage Gift Voucher leaves their house uncluttered (well no more than it already is) and gives them a wonderful way to relax. Massage can be more gentle for our older clients and care taken when helping them on and off the table.  The Person Who Puts Up With Pain Too Long We are all time poor and focused on caring for others. We often forget about ourselves and are put last on the priority list. We know that many people push through pain to make sure they fulfil their responsibilities. They complain and are not experiencing a good quality of life. Remedial Massage can help address the pain and improve their mood as the pain eases. Give the gift of Self Care with a Massage Gift Voucher.  Someone Who Deserves Your Thanks Are you looking for that perfect gift to say thank you to those that do so much for you? It can be difficult to purchase clothing as it may not fit. Or jewellery as you don’t know their style or size. With Massage it is a versatile tool that can be modified to the individual receiving this gift. If they need relaxation, the massage can be calm and relaxing. If they need a good working over, deep tissue massage can be applied. It’s a way to say thanks by helping them care for their health and their body. All you need to do is purchase the Gift Voucher and they can decide upon booking what they need. It’s the perfect way to say thank you. If you know someone who deserves a Remedial Massage Gift Voucher this Christmas, Contact Us today to make your purchase. Phone | 02 8964 1673 or 0414 990 335Purchase Online | Us | Suite 3, 150 Lindesay Street CampbelltownWith onsite parking and away from the Campbelltown CBD, you can avoid the crowds this Christmas. We hope you enjoy your Christmas and find that special someone the perfect Gift.

How Often Should I Have a Remedial Massage?

How Often Should I Have a Remedial Massage?

This is a common question we get asked about Remedial Massage. How often should I have a Remedial Massage? Well there is no one size fits all answer. Many factors can influence why you may need more treatment than your friend. But as a general guide, here’s what I usually recommend to my clients.

You have an injury

Firstly your injury needs to be assessed to determine how Remedial Massage can help. If it is an acute injury, like a sprain or contusion (think corked thigh from sport), then massage is not likely to assist when it first occurs. Follow the RICE principles (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).  Speak to me about your injury and I may recommend referral to a Physiotherapist, Osteopath, etc.

You have pain due to muscle tension

Every day we work our bodies in different ways. We sometimes force ourselves to sit still in a chair at a computer for many hours or we are out on the sporting field running around like crazy. Muscles have a mechanism where they go into spasm to protect your body from sustaining further injury. You muscles need some specialised attention to get you moving better again.  As a general guide, initially I recommend having a Remedial Massage weekly until the pain settles. This would be for 2-3 weeks maximum. Once you are seeing improvement, we begin to stretch the timeframe between appointments to fortnightly. This will continue until your pain has settled. At the end of your treatment I will recommend how long until you should come back based on your progress.

You are feeling stressed

If you are feeling stressed you can book as often as you need. As busy people we sometimes just need an hour without talking or even an hour of venting to feel better again. Massage has the ability of relaxing the body and in turn calming the mind.

If you are lucky enough to be without pain or an injury it is still a good idea to stay on top of potential musculoskeletal issues by coming in for regular Remedial Massage. I have clients that come in every 3-4 weeks and others who make it a habit to come every 6 weeks. Once again, it depends on what works for your schedule, your finances and your personal needs.

If you have an issue and would like to find out if Remedial Massage can help, please Contact Us and we can have a chat.

Remedial Massage Vs Relaxation Massage

Remedial Massage Vs Relaxation Massage

When booking a massage you should understand the differences in massage styles so you know what type would best work for you and your needs. I am often asked the differences in Remedial Massage Vs Relaxation Massage so let’s have a look.

Remedial Massage

Remedial Massage involves the use of a range of manual therapy techniques to treat specific injuries, pain or muscular conditions. These techniques can involve deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and muscle energy techniques. Remedial Massage Therapists can also assess imbalances in the body through postural analysis and may prescribe specific stretching and strengthening exercises.  Remedial Massage Therapists are trained at a higher level. The current training standard is the Diploma of Remedial Massage (or equivalent).  Remedial Massage may assist with:

  • Lower back pain
  • Headaches
  • Pregnancy related hip and back pain
  • Poor posture
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Restricted movement caused by soft tissue
  • Restricted breathing
  • Sports injuries

While it is expected that a Remedial Massage is deep and painful, it does not need to be. Some Remedial techniques involve a more gentle approach and can be as effective, if not more effective, than deep techniques. Deep Massage techniques can sometimes cause a stress response in the body which goes against what is trying to be achieved. Your Remedial Massage Therapist will check with you regarding your pain levels, so please be honest and do not think you need to ‘suck it up’.

Relaxation Massage

Relaxation Massage, also referred to as Swedish Massage, is a gentle massage aimed at promoting a relaxation response within the body. The massage strokes are long and flowing. The pressure is gentle and does not address any injuries or pain.  Relaxation Massage is beneficial for:

  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced anxiety and tension
  • Improve circulation
  • Improved overall well-being

Massage Therapists are qualified at a Certificate 4 level, with Certificate IV in Massage being the current standard.  While there are some differences with Remedial and Relaxation Massage, you may find that a Remedial Massage Therapist can provide you with a relaxing experience while still treating areas of pain and tightness. This again reinforces that we want the body to be relaxed and to promote overall well-being.

At Evolution Health Services we aim to provide an effective Remedial Massage treatment while leaving you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Our Remedial Massage Therapists will communicate with you regarding your injury and do our best to complete your Massage with targeted relaxation techniques to ensure you forget any discomfort you have experienced.  If you have any further questions about Remedial Massage or Relaxation Massage, please feel free to Contact Us or Book Online Here.