- Why should I get a massage?
- What is a trigger point?
- Where does muscle tightness come from?
- What can I do about cramps?
- How often should I have a Relaxation Massage?
- What should I expect when I get a Relaxation Massage?
- What are the benefits of a Relaxation Massage?
- How Much Does it Cost?
- What is the difference between relaxation and deep tissue massage?
- Will my massage hurt?
- How do I know how long I need to have?
- What are your opening hours?
- Do I need to make a booking/appointment?
- What payment methods are available?
Why should I get a massage?
This depends on your body and your lifestyle.
It is healthy to get a massage for its calming and soothing properties on the nervous system.
It lowers stress and counters some of its side effects, so if you are in a stressful situation or find yourself fearful and angry on a regular basis, a massage can be of great benefit to you.
Relaxation massage also has many positive physical effects on the body – releasing muscles and increasing blood flow so if you are in a sedentary job it will keep you physically and mentally supple.
On the other hand if you are physically active these same properties will keep your muscles flexible and thus go a long way in preventing injuries.
What is a trigger point?
A trigger point (TP) is a tight point within a band of muscle fibre.
Depending on the muscle use it may develop in an area where the muscle fibres are unable to release due to poor blood flow.
Muscles held in a certain position for extended periods of time commonly exhibit TP’s as the tension restricts the blood flow. Stress, fear, anger all makes us tense up and in case of prolonged tightness may give rise to trigger points. Stretching after first warming up is a great way to stimulate circulation and thus minimise them.
Where does muscle tightness come from?
This is a complex question as muscle tightness can come from many places.
Stress is one, cold penetrating into your body, poor posture, wearing back packs or handbags on one shoulder are quite common causes. This is true even if your back pack is empty as it’s mere presence on the shoulder will make you raise it to stop it from slipping off.
Sedentary lifestyle is also a large factor.
What can I do about cramps?
In the case of cramps in the legs such as calves as well as a massage, a good thing to do is to look into your diet. Magnesium is a mineral that amongst other important functions assists in muscle relaxation. Lack of it often contributes to cramping. Unfortunately the body cannot store much of it and depends on constant absorption of it in conjunction with calcium from our diet. The best way to address this is via diet.
Almonds, Kelp, Cashew nuts, Walnuts, Millet, Banana, Beetroot greens, Rice and Lentils are all excellent sources. Excessive consumption of Milk or Alcohol will negatively impact your levels too so you may wish to look into Soy or Rice milks. It is easy to make your own delicious Almond milk. There are other reasons also depending on your levels of physical activity Lactic acid buildup can also be a contributing factor so hydrate up. As always consult a qualified Naturopath for a thorough examination if symptoms persist.
How often should I have a Relaxation Massage?
It certainly depends on why you need one.
If you are seeking massage for stress management, I suggest you see me for an hour and a half every fortnight as part of an overall stress management program.
If you would describe your stress as high, then an hour long massage every week is ideal – on Friday so you can unwind, or Wednesday to keep you going until the weekend.
For those who have had remedial work done to fix muscle problems, I would recommend a plan of – a two hour full body massage every week for four weeks, followed by hour and a half massages once a fortnight as part of your overall body maintenance.
I have a client that sees me for a 90 minute massage every fortnight. He is an emergency ward nurse, and works intensely every week. It helps him clear his mind once a week.
For massage to be used as a therapy, a regular visit is most beneficial.
What should I expect when I get a Relaxation Massage?
Relaxation massage is all about relaxing. It focuses on giving the client time to recover from the stresses of daily life. When you experience relaxation massage, you can expect a treatment that involves:
- Gentle “Kneading and Squeezing” of muscles to warm them up.
- Long smooth gliding strokes that are rhythmic and flowing.
- Pressure that is deeply relaxing, but not painful.
- A treatment designed to soothe and relax you, not to relieve chronic pain or other underlying ailments.
- A therapist who takes the massage environment into account – soothing music, comfortable room temperature, soft luxurious towels, the use of essential oils to enhance both the environment and the effects of the massage.
What are the benefits of a Relaxation Massage?
The benefits of a relaxation massage can last for several days after your treatment.
A regular relaxation massage can offer the following benefits:
- Alleviates stress and stress-related symptoms.
- Enhances the health and nourishment of skin.
- Quality of sleep is improved.
- Strengthens the immune system function with regular treatment.
- Improves circulation of blood and lymph fluids.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Improvements to peripheral circulation.
- Improvements to gastrointestinal motility (bowel movements will become more regular).
- Fosters peace of mind and perfect feeling of well being.
- Helps to relieve mental illness and reduces levels of anxiety.
- Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness.
- Promotes awareness of the mind-body connection.
- Reduces muscle tension including the relief of muscle tension headaches.
How Much Does it Cost?
Relaxation massage will vary in price according to your location and the experience of the therapist (and how much she or he is in demand). At the time of writing, you can expect an hour-long relaxation massage to be in the region of AUD$60-$100 per hour. Expect to pay significantly more within a spa setting.
What is the difference between relaxation and deep tissue massage?
Relaxation massage is using firm therapeutic strokes in a sweeping motion and hardly breaking contact with the client once massage has started. This massage is great for stress and tension.
You should leave feeling relaxed and healthy. Sometimes it leaves you drowsy.
Relaxation massage can provide benefits for the both the physical body as well as the mind.
Deep tissue (sports massage) is a firm, fast, controlled pressure which works either along or across the muscle tissue and is combined with pressure point therapy to give a deeper muscular release.
It is not uncommon for deep tissue clients to experience pain and exhaustion afterwards.
Will my massage hurt?
A relaxation massage shouldn’t hurt. Communication with the massage therapist is essential.
At Adcona Relaxation Massage, Adam has been highly trained and is registered with the Massage Association of Australia. His training allows him to change the pressure to suit his client’s pain tolerance. At Adcona specific warm-up techniques are used to warm the muscle tissue, allowing a firm massage without pain.
How do I know how long I need to have?
When booking your appointment, Adam will ask a few simple questions relating to your problem. He will then advise you on the appropriate length needed.
What are your opening hours?
Adcona operates 7 days a week on flexible hours. Bookings are essential.
Do I need to make a booking/appointment?
Yes, bookings are essential. All bookings/appointments require a 1 day minimum notice.
What payment methods are available?
Cash paid at an appointment, or bank transfers are acceptable.