Massage is administered in order to achieve the proven benefits of:
- Improved circulation of Oxygen to the tissues, providing faster healing and recovery time
- Passive management of acid/alkaline balance by helping the body to remove CO2 and other bi-products of muscle fatigue
- Improved lymph flow, providing a filtering function and delivering immune support more efficiently
- Reduction of fibrous scar tissue and adhesions post-operatively and post injury
- Mobilization of bi-products of muscle fatigue e.g. Lactic acid, and general toxic build up due to exposure to heavy metals, organic pollutants e.g. pesticides, solvents, etc
- Reduction of pain and improved sense of well-being with increased endorphin flow.
- Stress reduction and improved sense of wellbeing
- Slow down the breathing and settle the nervous system
- Relax and lengthen tight muscles e.g. neck and shoulder, jaw, lower back.
- Deep tissue massage focused on specific muscle groups
- Preventative care for athletes and repetitive work practices
- Maintenance of range of movement and flexibility
- Pain relief
PREGNANCY MASSAGE (NB. After first tri-mester only)
- Relaxation for the mother and baby during 60 or 90 minutes of nurturing massage
- Calms the nervous system
- Assists circulatory and eliminatory systems, improving oxygen levels in the blood for mother and baby
- Helps to release and relieve muscles of the hips and lower back (e.g. sciatic pain) particularly in the last trimester
- Important in Mother’s recovery after the baby is born and also during breast feeding to prevent muscle fatigue and soreness particularly between the shoulders
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture and Chinese therapies look to help realign the body’s energetic balance by activating specific reflex points and energetic pathways of the body. This allows the body to harness its innate healing capacity at emotional, physical and chemical levels.
We may integrate kinesiology into body work sessions as required, given that this muscle testing approach allows you to balance energetically, physically, emotionally, chemically and spiritually. We get back to the source where the dysfunction is coming from.
Osteopath’s are highly trained in assessing the structure & function of the muscular & skeletal systems, provide holistic hands on manual treatment, and tailor management plans to help restore your body to its optimal state.
Osteopath’s use a number of treatment techniques aimed at decreasing pain and improving overall healthy body functions, which include:
- Soft tissue massage & stretching to release tight muscles
- Counter-strain to restore balance to the musculoskeletal system
- Muscle-energy-technique to create a nerve related relaxation of muscles
- Joint articulation & mobilisation to restore healthy movement patterns
- Joint manipulation to further assist adequate movement & alignment
This large ‘tool-kit’ of techniques allow Osteopathic practitioners to individualise your treatment plan to your current pain presentation, previous experiences & sensitivity levels.
Osteopath’s can help with a large number of conditions, including:
- Acute/chronic back pain
- Neck & jaw pain
- Headaches & whiplash injury
- Postural/work-related strain
- Sports injuries & rehab.
- Repetitive overuse-strain injuries
- Tendonitis complaints
- Hip & pelvic girdle pain/dysfunction
- Arthritis & sciatica related symptoms
- Pregnancy related aches & pains
Prior to treatment, your Osteopath will take you through an in-depth personal & medical history, including injury-onset analysis & relevant assessment. This is vital in guiding the diagnostic process, to identify the root cause of your pain, and to educate you on the best treatment & management plan going forward for sufficient healing to occur.
Naturopathy is a complementary medicine, founded upon “nature cure”. It recognises that health and wellbeing are inter-dependent upon our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual environments. It acknowledges that each of us has an inherent healing ability, enhanced by working with nature to restore balance.
This holistic approach utilises many tools to build a big picture perspective of what’s going on. Detailed questioning, physical assessments, dietary and lifestyle analysis identify various imbalances and patterns, providing a clearer understanding of the underlying cause of disease or illness. Mutually acceptable treatment plans are then developed, incorporating dietary and lifestyle modifications, herbal medicines, nutritional supplements and/or flower essences. Potential interactions with existing medications or treatments are always considered, ensuring a safe and effective approach to healings.
KaHuna Bodywork Explained :
What happens during a Kahuna Bodywork session?
Kahuna Bodywork begins with the client undressed and covered with a sheet, lying face down on the bodywork table. Oil is applied and a dynamic flowing rhythmical motion is performed over the body. All bodywork techniques and moves are applied with Ki (chi) energy. The soft part of the forearm is used for long sweeping motions, which encourages cell communication, and synchronisation of the heartbeat and breath in the client almost immediately. Both the front and the back of the body are addressed and treatments are either 90 min or 120 mins in length. You will be draped respectfully with a sheet throughout the session.
How is Kahuna Bodywork different from normal massage?
Kahuna Bodywork can be likened to a style of massage. It is not called massage, however, as there are some unique elements that differentiate it from massage. What is similar to massage, is the use of oil on the body. The client is undressed and lying on a massage table, and oil is applied in long rhythmical motions. There are however, a few very important differences between regular massage and Kahuna Bodywork.
Kahuna Bodywork is performed with no intention. We do not look at the body to see if there is something to ‘fix’. In regular remedial massage, the therapist may look at the body to see where there are issues to be resolved, or areas of pain. In Kahuna Bodywork, we see the body as one whole, with an innate intelligence of its own. All we do is perform the work and apply the chi strokes. With this shifting of energy within the body, the body is then reminded of better ways of being, and has the ability to readjust and rebalance itself into a more contributing fashion.
We apply the work to the whole body –legs, arms, back, chest and neck. We do not focus on one particular area, or skip another area, as issues are not always in the area of concern of discomfort. Energy shifts to different locations in the body, and when a therapist is applying all the focus in one area of the body, we can unconsciously be telling the body there is an issue there, when the issue might be elsewhere. By applying the work to the complete whole, we are allowing the body to remember its own self, and where changes are needed, and giving the space for it to rebalance and adjust itself using its own unique intelligence, rather then us ‘thinking’ we know what the body needs.
All the stroking actions that are used throughout the session are applied using chi (or energy). The motion that is created from the application of this style of work is what takes the client to new spaces within themselves, and shifts the patterns that are no longer contributing. This motion is the result of a tai chi like movement that is performed on the client. It connects the body to itself, balances the hemispheres of the brain, and allows clients to synchronise their breath and heart beat almost immediately.
The application of Kahuna Bodywork is performed with Kahuna principles. Kahuna Principles are ways of living that have been followed for thousands of years from before the discovery of Hawaii. The principles are learnt to understand yourself and others while performing Kahuna Bodywork and for your own life situations. They are taken from observing and living with nature, and learning fundamentals about the environment and how it evolves and changes. By applying the bodywork with the application of these same principles, we are speaking a language that the body understands and also speaks.
When all of these elements are in alignment and performed with 100% commitment by the practitioner, then Kahuna Bodywork has the capacity to take the client to realms beyond the mind, and deeply into the cellular transformation of the body.