Massage Therapy

The Benefits of Sports Massage

by Ryo Shitamichi on March 9, 2015 · 0 comments

Many professional and Olympic athletes include Sports Massage in their training programme to keep their performance level high. It helps strengthen and tone your muscles and get you ready to perform at your best. It also reduces the risk of injury. On their website, the Australian Sports Commission recommends Sports Massage as a physiological and psychological strategy for recovery.

However, Sports Massage is not just for top athletes but also for amateur athletes, those who do physical work and even people who take their dog out for a walk. [read more....…]

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The Benefits of Shiatsu Massage

by Ryo Shitamichi on February 9, 2015 · 0 comments

Until I came to Australia, ‘massage’ meant ‘Shiatsu’ to me. In Japan, the majority of massage done is Shiatsu.

Shiatsu is a Japanese style massage, which means “finger pressure”. The Shiatsu therapists apply pressure using not only fingers and thumbs, but also the palm of the hand and elbows. Some even use their knees and feet. Pressure is applied in a continuous rhythmic sequence following meridian lines (energy lines) as used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Shiatsu is mainly used for reducing muscle stiffness and works well with many chronic conditions. There are several research papers on the effects of Shiatsu. The Shiatsu Society UK has published a few of these papers on their website. In general, Shiatsu works on:

  • Lower back ache
  • Sciatica
  • Digestive disorders
  • Stress
  • Tight shoulders
  • Arthritis pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

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Top 5 things you can do to get the most out of your remedial massage

1. Focus on your breathing during your massage

During your massage, remember to breathe. Taking slow, deep breaths deep into your ribs will help to relax you and aid your muscles to release under the firm pressure used during a remedial massage. During remedial massage, trigger points and firm pressure can be used to get tight muscles and knots to relax. People often hold their breath or contract their muscles when sore spots are found during a massage. Never tell yourself to “handle the pressure” as this can lead to you feeling anxious or in pain. Let your therapist know if the pressure is too strong so a good balance can be found to help the muscle to release, without causing pain for you. Connecting to your breath helps you release tension.
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Relaxation Massage at Vibe Natural Health Brisbane

These days it seems that no pleasure is complete without a side of guilt.

The biggest misconception about Relaxation Massage Therapy is that it is a luxury. How many of you only pamper yourselves to a massage on a special occasion or when you’ve hit the wall are are in acute pain?

Massage Therapy may seem a little self-indulgent; after all you are serenading yourself into the warm healing touch of your therapist and drifting far away from daily stresses into pure relaxation and harmony. But Massage Therapy is not only a blissful experience; it is just an added bonus. Massage has been proven to have many health benefits and should be an absolute priority in achieving optimal health and well being for the body, mind and spirit.

There’s a great article on CNN’s health.com  which explains this very well. Many of us with our busy lives today fulfil obligations to everyone else except our selves. We have so much to do for work, for family, for friends, often ourselves come a distant last. For long term physical and mental wellbeing, time out or “me time” is more important than ever. For some this is turning off the mobile phone, getting away from the computer or having a massage. Me time has many benefits, and should be scheduled into a busy lifestyle to balance out the noise and stress. [read more....…]

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Pregnancy Massage Brisbane at Vibe Natural Health

by Elysia Humphries - Naturopath on December 17, 2012 · 0 comments

At Vibe Natural Health we offer pregnancy massage to women all over Brisbane. Our therapists are all fully qualified massage therapists, with current first aid, professional association accreditation and are registered with private health funds. Our massage therapists are trained to offer safe and professional pregnancy massage.

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We use specially designed memory foam pregnancy massage tables  which  allow you to lie face down while your belly and breasts are fully supported. If you are uncomfortable  lying this way we can massage you lying on your side supported by pillows or seated on a massage chair. About one third of our total massage clientele consists of pregnant women and all our therapists are experienced pregnancy massage therapists who have a special interest in natal massage care.

We thought we’d write a blog about the benefits of pregnancy massage and the questions we get asked by our clients before they book.

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Benefits of Remedial Massage – Vibe Natural Health in Brisbane

by Elysia Humphries - Naturopath on July 11, 2012 · 0 comments

Remedial Massage has become a very popular treatment over the past few years.  Our clients of our Brisbane based clinic, Vibe Natural Health,  often ask us about the ways massage can benefit their health.

 

The difference between Remedial Massage and Relaxation Massage is that Remedial Massage is aimed at reducing pain, improving range of motion of the muscles and joints and aiding and preventing injuries.  It’s a much firmer massage style, using a combination of deep techniques that release the muscles and tendons.

Remedial Massage helps to re-educate and re-align the body. After a massage you find you are much more aware of your body and your posture.  We walk around, drive around and sit for long periods of time, often without giving much thought to our posture. We may slump – putting pressure on the lower back, stick our neck out like a turkey while driving – causing neck, chest and shoulder pain or carry a heavy bag – changing the dynamics of the hips and shoulders when we walk which can lead to lower back pain. [read more....…]

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