Massage

What is therapeutic massage therapy?

Massage is an important part of a healthy life, just like a good diet and moderate exercise, helping to improve body function. It induces relaxation that is both mental and physiological and affects nearly every system of the body. It relieves stress, alleviates pain, flushes out toxins and prevents injuries. Physiotherapists increasingly incorporate massage into rehabilitation programs to return muscles to normal faster; chiropractors and osteopaths often encourage massage in between treatments and athletes know massage is part of their fitness training, improving performance and endurance.

A therapeutic massage will:

• Stimulate the skin and the nervous system
• Trigger a reflex relaxation of local muscle groups
• Cause the skin’s capillary blood vessels to increase blood flow
• Increase blood return to the heart and lungs, so decreasing blood pressure, improving oxygenation and cleaning the lymphatic system
• Stretch and relaxes muscles and promote flexibility and joint range
• Mechanically clean lactic acid out of muscles

Which style of Massage is right for you?

At Alice Springs Massage & Yoga we offer the following range of services:

Relaxation massage is light and relaxing, working on nerves close to the skin. It is excellent for relaxation and pampering, or for newcomers to massage.

Remedial massage is more vigorous and firm, working deeper into muscles and on specific problem areas. It is good for local backache, tense necks, sports injuries and for those who do physical work.

Sports massage is used to repair or avert injury in bodies which are heavily used.

• Pre-event as the ideal muscle warmup
• Preventatively, regular massage aids muscle tissue repair, aids flexibility and shortens recovery time
• Heal injuries

Oncology massage reduces the side effects experienced from conventional treatment of cancer and the disease process itself (Cassileth and Vickers,2004). Research has shown oncology massage improves the quality of life for people with a history of diagnosis of cancer.

Skin health is cared for with attention to skin care education and treatment of scars from  surgery and radiotherapy. Oncology Massage training is an internationally recognised course and Fiona Gordon is an accredited  Oncology  Massage Therapist completing  level 1,2 and Advanced techniques.

For more information check www.oncologymassagetraining.com.au

See also Yoga After Cancer Classes

Thermal Stone or hot rock massage combines the healing sensation of hot and cold with the therapeutic value of massage. Stones of various sizes and weights are warmed or cooled and placed on areas of the body that tend to hold tension. Other oiled rocks are then used in flowing strokes to relax the whole body.  The penetrating heat of the stones soothes nervous tension, reaching in to deeper layers to reduce stress. Cool stones can reduce inflammation and pain.

Pregnancy Massage can help with the many aches and pains of pregnancy. Massage during pregnancy can help to reduce stress , anxiety and supports you in your efforts to look out for No.1 (and a little  No. 2!). Massage in pregnancy involves a lot more cushions and pillows for support. A special chair may be used, or you may be asked to lie on your side.

Massage during pregnancy is very safe when carried out by a qualified practitioner. However, it is important to tell us about any changes in your medical condition; for certain conditions massage can be contraindicated, or we may need to modify the techniques we use for you.  Massage during pregnancy can help you prepare for labour by enhancing an awareness of tension in your body and learning how to release it.  Practicing breathing techniques, and breathing into tender areasduring massage can increase confidence for the coming labour.