Whether you are looking to relieve tension, relax tight muscles or take some time for yourself, many people really enjoy receiving a massage. I am often asked by patients which is the best form of massage; Swedish, Sports, Therapeutic, Remedial, Deep Tissue etc. My answer is always “if it feels good, then it is good” – because you are the only one able to know what
helps you and your body the best.
Physiotherapists often use massage as a therapeutic tool when treating patients. I have often stressed to my students, staff, and colleagues that good hands are an essential part of being a good physiotherapist. Along with good hands, physios have broad experience and knowledge working with the body: encompassing anatomy, disease, injury, sports, biomechanics, scientific rigour, and healing. This allows us to not only give a massage that is good but to give a massage that is healing.
So, what is a healing massage?
First off we assess your aches and pains to ensure that your massage is conducted in a position that will not exacerbate your pain. We like to consult with you to make sure the pressure of the massage is “just right” to follow the soft tissue pathways to relieve tension. We are confident in gently mobilising any stiff joints that would benefit from increased range once the muscle tension has been reduced. At the end of the massage, if you are interested, we might offer some exercises to continue to promote healing.
Late last year, I welcomed Brendan Luo into our practice. One of the favourable factors in Brendan’s CV was that he worked for many years as a massage therapist at a chiropractic clinic. He is a qualified physiotherapist with good hands and a good heart. If you are seeking a healing massage, I would recommend to book in to see him.