Massage techniques date back to very early
civilisations and have been utilised for a variety of purposes.
Today, the therapeutic benefit of massage is well accepted
with specific techniques continuing to develop throughout
Massage involves direct contact of "hands
on skin". It is a technique of manual manipulation
of the soft tissues of the body.
The type of massage available to SFH clients
is a combination of European, Chinese, and Swedish soft tissue
manipulation techniques (a combination of touch and
pressure). This style of massage is most effective when
- Soothe the body and mind
- Ease pain
- Stimulate circulation
- Assist skeletal alignment through
- Increase energy
Massage aids the circulation of blood and
lymph systems, reduces swelling, relaxes tension and helps
us cope with the stresses of everyday life through the release
of emotional tension.
- Helps stop fibrosis (muscle fibres
- Aids respiration (especially back
- Assists blood pressure control
- Aids excretion of waste and old
- Helps facilitate lost movement
therefore restoring mobility
- Revitalises the mind and body
It is a natural instinct to "rub away"
pain and as such massage can assist in the enhancement of
quality of life. Furthermore, massage reaffirms the receiver
as a worthwhile person.
The massage program is intended for SFH
clients. However, in addition to the Enrolment Form completed
when commencing SFH fitness classes, clients will need to
complete an "Massage Interview Sheet" prior to receiving
any services from the massage therapist.
Half hour (1/2) and one (1) hour appointments
are available Monday to Friday (and occasional Saturdays).
To make an appointment please phone 8222 1736 during office
hours. If unattended, please leave a message (including after
hours) on 0414 240 188.
All massages are conducted within facilities
of the Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing, Hampstead Rehabilitation
Centre, 207 - 255 Hampstead Road, Northfield.
A choice of massage is available in
regard to bringing your own linen or having it supplied by
the massage therapist.
If supplying your own linen you
will need to bring along 3 towels, 1 hand towel, 1 sheet and
a pillow case.
A fee schedule is available on application.