Tips and tricks for new Mums!

by (Remedial Massage Therapist)

In my time as a Massage Therapist I have come across many ladies with what I call ‘Mum Posture’. It wasn’t until I became a Mum and started living the day to day life first hand that I realized the full extent of what causes this.

From breastfeeding your little one, to carrying them on your hip for hours and forever hanging over the cot trying to get them to nap. This combined with lack of sleep or time to recharge our own batteries, it is no wonder our bodies end up tired and sore.

When our shoulders are hunched this has a follow on effect on our pec, back and neck muscles causing pain and sometimes headaches.

In keeping with the theme of Mothers Day I thought I would share with you a few stretches to help with that ‘Mum Posture’. I’ve also shared some tips I’ve discovered along the way and things you can do to help yourself!

STRETCHES

Sarah Pec Stretch

Mum Stretch #1 – Pec Stretch and Thoracic Rotation

This is a handy stretch to do anytime you are feeling hunched over. Grab a broom stick and bring it up and over your head. You will feel this stretch … read more »

James Tran

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James established his interest in human anatomy after going through many periods of injuries himself. Upon seeing a Myotherapist, he certainly found a new path for his career. In addition, James decided to learn and expand his knowledge about the practice.  James has graduated Remedial Massage in 2018 at RMIT University. Recently, James has also completed his Adv. Dip in Myotherapy in 2019.

James has a passion for competitive sports. He has been playing tennis since he was 10 and lifting weights at the gym since he was 13. He also played rugby throughout his days at school and more at University. In addition, James’ passion for lifting weights leads to his first and recent bodybuilding competition and he aims to compete again in the future. James has a keen interest in strength and conditioning and loves to know the biomechanics of the human body which he will be undertaking further studies in.  This will be applied to his clinical treatments.

James really enjoys meeting with people and treating their conditions, however, he particularly enjoys treating SIJ and lower back pain.

James can help you on your journey to feel great and perform at your best.… read more »

Massage & The Pregnant Body

by (Remedial Massage Therapist & Pilates Instructor)

There are many physiological, structural, and psychological changes that occur daily when you’re pregnant. You may experience constant growing pains from the increase in bodily mass, hormonal changes, and continuous dropping of the pelvis. Massage therapy can provide significant relief from all those aches and pains to enhance the happiness of your pregnancy journey.

pregnant client Anita thoroughly enjoys treating mothers throughout their entire pregnancy. She believes massage therapy provides a connection from mother to baby and can simply relax the body and mind.

Anita likes to offer a soft or firm pressure of your choice to help reduce any tension you may be holding. Our plush pregnancy pillow allows for maximum support of the belly to provide extreme comfort.

 

Anita believes the following points can help with your pregnancy journey.

  • Regular pregnancy massage can help soften the muscles around the lungs and thoracic cage, which helps to expand breathing capability and can provide more oxygen to your baby.

 

  • Massage can improve skin elasticity, increases flexibility and tone to the muscles, which can help ease muscle cramps and reduce stress on weight bearing joints.

 

  • Massage works very effectively on the nervous system. A decrease in internal stresses can help
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Sarah Girvan

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Sarah’s love of massage therapy came when her father was completing marathons. Whilst attending physio and massage treatments with her father she became interested in anatomy and ways to treat the tired aching body of a runner.
She completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage at Southern School of Natural Therapies in 2007. She traveled to China in 2010 with a fellow Stay Tuned therapist to study the Chinese Massage practices and has also completed Units 1 & 2 of Oncology Massage.
Sarah enjoys and has had great results treating lower back pain, neck and headache pain with deep tissue techniques, trigger point therapy and myofascial release.
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Easy 20 minute spikey massage ball session

by (Osteopath & Clinical Pilates Instructor)

It can be hard to release tension and increase flexibility with a busy lifestyle, but knowing a few tricks can really make a big difference. I’ve put together this at home 20 minute spikey ball session to do just that. We will start at the feet, and work our way up!

Do each point for about 45 seconds to 1 minutes. Take long and slow breaths through-out.  

  1. Single foot spikey ball rolls.
    Hold onto a wall or table.
    Place the spikey ball under one foot
    Transfer your weight onto this foot and roll the ball back and forth.

 

  1. Double spikey ball prance                
    Hold onto a wall or table.
    Place spikey balls under both feet and stand up tall.
    Slowly move both balls under your feet to release the fascia.
  2. Tibialis Anterior
    Kneel down onto all fours.
    Place the spikey ball on the outside of your shin bone, close to the knee. 
    Slowly roll the ball down your leg keeping weight on the ball. When you find a tender spot, commence gentle small circles until the pain eases.

 

  1. Tensor Facia Latae (TFL)
    Lay down on your side and stack your knees, hips, and shoulders on top of each other
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Regan Gardiner

by (Myotherapist)

Regan discovered a love of anatomy whilst studying her Double Diploma of Sports Development – it was at this time that she decided on a career in Myotherapy.

Completing her degree in early 2015 at the Southern School of Natural Therapies, Regan spent time working at Carlton Football as a Myotherapist. Working at the football club exposed her to a range of injuries including muscle strains, sprains and overuse injuries.

In her consults Regan uses a combination of tchniques including soft & deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger-point therapy, cupping, dry needling, stretching, joint mobilisation and corrective exercises.

Regan believes that treatment is a two way street – the client needs to be involved in their recovery by completing prescribed exercises, self massage, stretching and therapy aids to assist the treatment plan.read more »

Posture, Breathing and Arthritis

by (Osteopath & Exercise Scientist)

Osteoarthritis (OA)

OA is a group of chronic, degenerative conditions that effect joints (also known as Degenerative Joint Disease and osteoarthrosis). Arthritis means – inflammation of the joint but OA is more degenerative than inflammatory.  OA is the most common form of arthritis.

What happens to the joints in OA?

With repeated stress the cartilage in the joints initially thickens, then eventually breaks down, softens and becomes thinner. Later the underlying bone undergoes changes and becomes worn from contact of bone on bone.  Micro-fractures and cysts can appear which weaken the bone.  To support the joint, new bone is laid down at the edges of the joint and bony spurs occur which restrict movement.  These bony spurs can painfully compress nerve roots.

Symptoms:

Initially this is painless but the end result after a period of time is pain, bony enlargement and restricted mobility.

Where does OA occur?

Common locations of OA are in the hand, spine, hip and knee. Reduced pain and mobility are usually noticed in the morning or after periods of immobility and may improve as a person gets moving.  Nerve pain can also occur if nerves are irritated by bony spurs.

Diagnosis:

Diagnosis of OA can be … read more »

How can massage improve general health and wellbeing?

by (Remedial Massage Therapist & Pilates Instructor)

How can I benefit from a massage?

Immediately following massage, you can experience reduced tightness in the muscles, improved blood flow and breathing, plus reduced anxiety and stress.

Over the long-term, massage can increase a person’s range of motion, strengthen the immune system and provide an improved sense of well-being,

If you are participating in physical activity, regular massage can help with the recovery process and reducing the risks of injury. The aim of a massage pre and post events is to replace the muscles with fresh oxygenated blood faster, reducing lactic acid build up and promoting faster healing to the damaged muscle fibers.

Our therapists like to assess the whole body prior to your treatment to locate any muscle imbalances or dysfunction you may not be aware of.

Types of massage

Swedish Massage: A relaxation style of treatment which is great for stress relief and anxiety.

Deep Tissue Massage and Neuromuscular Trigger Point Therapy:  If you are experiencing any aches and pains.

Hot Rocks: Another style of treatment that is popular during the winter months. It is effective in muscle relaxation. The heat in the stones is used to enable the muscles to loosen and relax. It Relieves pain … read more »

Cupping

by (Myotherapist)

Cupping dates back to 1550 BC in Egypt and has been used by various cultures over the years. Traditional Cupping is where a flame is lit inside the cup to heat the air which forms a vacuum on the skin; or a vacuum pump is applied manually to create a vacuum inside the cylinder. It draws the soft tissue structure up creating a tensile force to the tissue. The cup can be left static in the same spot for a short period of time or moved along the muscles. It creates a suction effect that increases blood flow to help flush out toxins that have built up and relaxes the muscle.

AIM; application of this method helps to mobilise dysfunctional components within the muscle, in particular the myofascial layers (Strong connective tissue surrounding muscles).

  • It disturbs incorrectly laid down collagen cross linkages by allowing the muscles to maintain its volume, which reduces the likelihood of adjacent collagen fibres from binding.
  • Transforms tissue from a gel or dense substance to a more fluid like form.
  • Helps decrease excessive muscle tension by sustained stretch applied by the cup, this activates receptors in the muscles.

Stretch receptors (muscle spindles) that have a prolonged … read more »

Anita Brickle

by (Remedial Massage Therapist & Pilates Instructor)

Anita completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage in 2012 at Sage Institute of Massage Therapy. She has gained a lot of experience working within sporting environments such as AFL and Rugby Union. She has assisted with pre and post event massage for Elite International Rugby teams, and currently works as the match day medic for a local Rugby team every Saturday. She has an ongoing passion assisting the players with injuries during the game and helping them with the rehab process to get them back to what they love doing.

In a clinical environment, Anita likes to get an understanding and work with her patients to get the best out of the treatment. She includes Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy, Dry Needling techniques and various stretching to compliment the massage. She has a holistic approach towards her treatments believing the whole body needs assessment, not just the symptom. Anita likes to treat postural imbalances and weaknesses, chronic headaches and sporting injuries.

Anita is a trained Pilates instructor and understands the value of stretching and strengthening key areas of the body to maintain the bodies’ alignment. She likes to use these techniques during her treatments to educate the patient on read more »