5 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas!

Christmas is a lovely and stressful time of year. The following tips may help you survive the silly season!

Plan ahead

When it comes to shopping, for gifts or food, planning your shopping trip will not only save to money, but time as well. Making a list of presents to buy will keep your budget on track and reduce instances of impulse-buying or unnecessary “Christmas stocking fillers”. Setting a budget for each gift, or even making a home-made gift, will reduce stress on you and your credit card!

Delegate

Whether you have all the family over to your place, or not, dividing up tasks between family members can lighten the load. This will be less stressful for you and everyone will feel like they are contributing. Organise within your circle of family and friends who will bring the side dishes and dessert.

Moderation!

The holidays are a time of over-indulgence. Whether its food or booze, moderation is KEY! Set yourself limits for the number of servings, or number of drinks you will have for the evening.  Allowing yourself to have a little bit of everything is better than stuffing yourself like a Christmas turkey on a smorgasbord. Remember that one glass of wine or one beer, may be up to 2 standard drinks, so make sure you keep track of this.

Keep Hydrated!

I know massage therapists go on and on about water intake, but at this time of year it is especially important! With warmer weather, we need to increase of fluid intake to avoid dehydration. In addition, alcohol can dehydrate your body, so make sure you have a glass of water between each glass of wine. Not only can this keep you hydrated but it may reduce the impact of a hangover the next day! Trust me, your body will thank you!

Make time to unwind and relax

Whether you are the type of person that loves the holidays or loathes it, it can be a stressful time of year. When we experience stress, our muscles tighten, and we can feel tension in our neck, shoulders and back. Massage can help you to reduce tension, alleviate stress and have you feeling wonderful for the holiday season!

For more information about which treatment is right for you, contact us or book your next massage now!

This information is advice only, and should not replace professional recommendations from a GP or psychologist. If you are having trouble during the holiday season, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14

5 Ways To Feel Radiant During Pregnancy

Pregnancy massage is a time to pause and acknowledge the physical, emotional and mental changes that occur during pregnancy. Not every pregnancy is the same, so treatment is tailored to suit the needs of mum-to-be. Pregnancy massage uses techniques specific to the common musculoskeletal issues that are unique to pregnancy.

It is recommended that mothers coordinate their massage treatment with their GP, OB/GYN or midwife check-ups. This ensures that we can provide the best massage treatment relative to your health and your baby’s development.

Some of the benefits of pregnancy massage include:

Deeper Sleep:

Pregnancy massage can help the mother sleep more easily and deeply by soothing and relaxing the nervous system.

Manage physical changes during pregnancy:

Studies indicated that massage is safe and effective in managing physical changes of pregnancy, such as the increased lumbar lordosis that causes discomfort in the lower back and pelvis.

Reduced depression:

Massage during pregnancy has been shown to increase dopamine and serotonin (the happy-feel-good chemicals) and decrease levels of cortisol and norepinephrine (stress hormones).

Decreased likelihood of premature birth:

Studies show that pregnancy massage can improve neonatal outcomes and decrease incidences of prematurity and low birthweight.

Manage Labour Pains:

Studies show that women who received prenatal massage felt more relaxed, experienced less tension and reduced anxiety during the initial stages of labour.

PLUS – Partner Massage during the first stage of labour can help you feel supported and relaxed during childbirth!

Pregnancy massage assists in managing many of the common discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as:

  • muscular discomforts, lower-back pain, upper-back pain, neck pain
  • joint aches, such as sacroiliac and hip joint pain
  • headaches
  • leg cramps
  • sciatica
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • fatigue
  • oedema/swelling of the lower extremities
  • constipation

If you would like more information or advice to see if Pregnancy Massage is suitable for you, contact us or book now!

Resources and Links:

http://pregnancymassageaustralia.com.au/

Field T1, Diego MA, Hernandez-Reif M, Schanberg S, Kuhn C. Massage therapy effects on depressed pregnant women. J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 2004 Jun;25(2):115-22. Viewed 20/9/17

Oswald C, Higgins CC, Assimakopoulos D. Optimizing pain relief during pregnancy using manual therapy. Can Fam Physician. 2013 Aug;59(8):841-2. Viewed 20/9/17

Smith CA, Levett KM, Collins CT, Jones L. Massage, reflexology and other manual methods for pain management in labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 2. Viewed 20/9/17

5 Things To Ask Your Remedial Massage Therapist

Seeing a massage therapist for the first time can be very daunting, particularly if you have never had a massage before. In this blog post, I explore the questions you can ask a remedial massage therapist to ease you mind and reduce concerns prior to your appointment.

  1. What qualifications do you have? Are you a member of a professional association?

I have a Diploma in Remedial Massage, completing my studies through Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy in Melbourne. I have also completed the Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage  course through Pregnancy Massage Australia.

I am a senior member of the Association of Massage Therapists (AMT) which is a national, not-for-profit association representing qualified Massage Therapists and Massage Therapy Students. As part of my Association membership, I must have public liability and indemnity insurance and Level 2 First Aid certificate.

  1. Can I claim treatment with my private health insurance?

On the spot HICAPS claims are available for Remedial, Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage. Find out more here.

  1. Will you ask for a medical history? What sort of assessments will you do in the initial treatment?

At your first appointment, you will be required to complete a health history form. This will provide me with an understanding of not only your current health situation and massage requirements, but your history of health that may still be having an impact. The more you are willing to share, the more information I will have to be able to help you reach your health goals.

As part of this process, you may be required to perform some range of motion assessments, which helps me to work out where to focus treatment.

  1. What do I wear? Will I be covered with towels during treatment? What clothing will I need to remove?

I recommend that you wear loose, comfortable clothing. Something that you can easily slip in and out of. Keep in mind that your body temperature may drop at the end of your massage, so bring an extra layer or two in cooler months.

During treatment, you will be covered with towels, except for the area that is being treated. If you feel uncomfortable with the draping of towels during the treatment, please let me know.

Underwear must always remain on during a massage, for hygienic reasons. In some cases, you can leave some items of clothing on, for your own comfort.

  1. When can I book?

Laura is available for appointments  on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am – 7pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm.

Booking a massage has never been easier! You can book online or contact us for more information!

Which Treatment is best?

A lot of clients ask me what is the difference between a Relaxation and a Remedial Massage. Most people are confused and don’t know which treatment is best for them and why. It’s time to set the record straight and determine which treatment will be best for you!

The general benefits of both relaxation and remedial massage are, broadly speaking, very similar. You will experience feelings of relaxation and calm as massage supports the release of endorphins – a neurotransmitter in the brain that produces feelings of wellbeing.

The general benefits of massage include:

  • reduced muscle tension
  • improved circulation
  • stimulation of the lymphatic system
  • reduction of stress hormones
  • general feelings of relaxation
  • increased joint mobility and flexibility
  • improved skin tone
  • improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
  • heightened mental alertness
  • reduced anxiety and depression

So now that we know the benefits of massage in general, what are the benefits of relaxation and remedial massage – more specifically?

Relaxation Massage is about just that… relaxing. It gives you time to escape the stresses of daily life. Using continual contact and long, flowing strokes, relaxation massage warms the body and helps the body and mind to relax. Relaxation massage does not treat chronic or underlying musculoskeletal injuries.

During a relaxation massage, hormones such as dopamine and endorphins are released which boost mood and help you feel better. Relaxation massage has also been shown to reduce the stress hormone cortisol, which in high levels can contribute to sleep deprivation, anxiety and depression.

Remedial Massage 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. Remedial massage aims to assess and treat specific musculoskeletal injures and assist the rehabilitation and recovery process.

Remedial Massage has been effective in treating:

  • Migraines and headaches
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Plantar Fasciitis

As a Remedial Massage Therapist, I possess an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and use this knowledge to treat clients. In addition to the physical benefits of Remedial Massage, if you have Private Health insurance with extras cover, you may be eligible for a rebate.

I hope this information provides you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about your future massage treatments.  For more information about which treatment is right for you, contact us or book your next massage now!

For more information, see the links below:

https://www.atms.com.au/visageimages/Health%20Funds/Medibanks-Remedial-Massage-definition-November-2012.pdf

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/massage

 

 

Get The MOST Out Of Your Massage

Whether it’s your first massage or your 100th, these simple tips will ensure that your next massage is the best one yet!

  • Make sure you arrive on time if not a little early!

This is especially important if you are attending your first treatment. Prior to your first massage, you will be required to complete a client health history form. This can take a little bit of time, so you want to be early so you can get this out of the way.  Furthermore, if you a rushing or running late to your appointment it will take you longer to relax and you will not get the full benefit of your massage.

  • Wear comfortable clothing.

Massage is all about relaxing, even if you are getting a remedial treatment. Wearing tight, constricting clothing may not be too comfortable once your body is feeling relaxed. Comfortable trackies, or leggings are easier to slip in and out of before and after your massage.

  • Keep hydrated!

Drink water throughout the day in the lead up to your appointment. Tight, sore muscles are dehydrated muscles. Massage increased blood flow and circulation to these areas. Drinking water after your treatment helps with the process of clearing away built up toxins that are stored in muscles. It is also best to avoid caffeine including tea and alcohol. Not only do these beverages dehydrate the body, the effects of alcohol may be exaggerated following a massage.

  • Make sure you go to the toilet prior to your appointment.

This one’s simple, and doesn’t need too much explaining! The last thing you want to do is get up half way through your appointment. If you arrive early, you will have time to do this!

  • Start to relax as early as possible.

Relaxing your body and mind in the waiting room is the perfect way to enter your treatment. Avoid the temptation to look at your phone in the waiting room. Switch it off, and relax!

Other things to keep in mind:

  • Prior to your appointment, or at the time of booking, let us know if you have any allergies to nuts, creams and essential oils.
  • During your treatment, let us know if the pressure is too firm or not firm enough.
  • You may feel dizzy or light-headed after your treatment. Take your time to get up from the table. Let us know and we can get you some water.

For more information contact us or book online