Massage Techniques used at Active Healing

  • Remedial Massage
    Works to restore full movement to injured or troublesome body parts.  Techniques such as joint mobilisation, myofascial release, trigger points and cupping can be used.  This is the only type of massage which attracts a rebate from Private Health Insurance.
  • Deep Tissue Massage
    A combination of techniques that penetrate deep into the muscles and surrounding tissue.  This relieves pain and deep set tension.  It can often completely eradicate the cause of pain.
  • Sports Massage
    Deep tissue massage combined with appropriate stretching and pre/post event techniques.
  • Stretching
    A great way to relax and lengthen muscles and get a better result from your treatment.
  • Trigger Point Therapy
    Also known as muscle knots, are described as hyperirritable taught bands in skeletal muscle.  Pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself.  Compression on the area can help dissipate tightness and relax the muscle.
  • Myofascial Release Therapy
    Is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain.  The therapy relaxes contracted muscles, improves blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulates the stretch reflex in muscles.
  • Craniosacral Balancing
    Is a form of bodywork focused primarily on the concept of “primary respiration” and regulating the flow of cerebral spinal fluid by using therapeutic touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the head.  To do this, a practitioner will apply light touches to a patient’s skull, face, spine and pelvis.  It is very useful in helping with headaches and stress.
  • Therapeutic/Relaxation Massage
    Gentle holistic massage strokes for a general de-stressing.
  • Cupping
    Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a suction cup is applied to the skin in order to draw and hold skin and superficial muscles inside the cup. Sometimes, while the suction is active, the cup is moved, causing the skin and muscle to be pulled.  This is called gliding cupping.  On one hand, cupping removes any stagnation in the body and opens the merdians so that qi can flow freely.  On the other, it also helps to rejuvenate certain merdians and organs that are not functioning at their best.  From a scientific standpoint, cupping is known to help activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation, and is helpful for deep tissue repair.
  • Spooning (Gua Sha)
    Is a traditional Chinese treatment in which the skin is gently scraped to produce light bruising. Gua Sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood and Qi flow and healing.  It helps the muscle to release tension.
  • Ear Candling
    This is an Indian relaxation ceremony which involves the lighting of a Hopi Ear Candle.  It is placed gently into the outer ear surface of the ear whilst you are lying on your side.  A light suction affect is created which gives the eardrum a massage.  This induces a pleasant feeling of warmth and balance of pressure in the ears, forehead and sinuses.  It can help with earache, headache, ear noise and stress.
  • Hot Stones
    Hahana stone massage is based on Hawaiian Lomi Lomi techniques, which mimic a firm yet gentle stream of flowing water.  Volcanic basalt stones are used and you will feel your stress and tension melt away.
  • Pregnancy
  • Children/Baby