People come to Cammeray Massage for many and varying reasons, ranging from general stress relief and wellbeing bodywork, to problem solving and treatment for injuries or problems they haven’t had luck with elsewhere.

Generally, we can provide help for most situations. However, if the problem is beyond our scope we will not hesitate to refer you to someone we think is more qualified in a particular area.

At the end of the day some people just want a good massage.
We always try to accomodate this wish.

Treatments we provide

We will design a personalised treatment strategy that suits your goals. If you would like to talk to us about any of the treatments listed below, and the most suitable approach to your treatment, please contact us.

Often a firm massage treatment directed at releasing tension in specific problem areas.  Can incorporate Swedish massage, Trigger Point work, and Stretching.

Lighter and more flowing than remedial. Usually a lot of effleurage or stroking techniques aimed at increased circulation, lymphatic drainage, enhancing wellbeing and calming nerves.
Deeper than remedial to access the very deep layers of muscle and fascia.
Recovery, maintenance & pre-event.

Specific for sports people depending on what the purpose of the massage is, and what stage of their training program they are at. My sports massage is tailored to the specific sport the client is involved in. My knowledge of movement and biomechanics comes in handy here. Also, there’s a reason Olympic athletes require regular massage to perform at their peak. Massage helps the muscles and the athlete perform at their best!

Works with the fascia that inter-twines muscle fibres and lays in sheets throughgout the body. Involves stretching and other tissue manipulations. Less invasive than the deep tissue techniques, yet very effective. All massage is myofascial work essentially, however the distinction is one of semantics and there are particular ways to address the connective tissue itself rather than the contractile elements of the mucles.
Deals with pain points that give referred symptoms to another area.  Often sciatica symptoms come from a referral from a trigger point  for example.  Can be a less irritating way of releasing pain.
We offer a treatment using therapeutic grade, natural and pure essential oils to target specific musculo-skeletal problem areas.

Traditional Aromatherapy treatment is the practice of using natural oils extracted from plants to improve psychological and physical wellbeing. These essential oils used during massage are absorbed through the skin, and travel through the bloodstream to provide health benefits. The odour molecule passes through the nose and straight into our brain, which is believe to assist in improved human moods and emotions.

Aromatherapy helps to relieve neck, shoulder and back pain; reduces inflammation and associated pain; and is widely believed to stimulate the brain function e.g. stress, anxiety, insomnia.

*Not all therapists offer this treatment.  Please confirm when booking.

*Essential Oils used in massage treatments may incur a small surcharge.

Considers the nature of posture in relation to being a cause or a factor in a patients pain or problem.
I use visual assessment skills, Range of Motion Testing, and Muscle Energy Technique alongside general massage work to help people re- align.
Corrective exercise may be incorperated.
Specific deep treatment for very adhered muscles, tendons and ligaments. Good for chronic problems. Based on the Pfrimmer Method, as taught to me by Chris Lewin, this involves a series of cross fibre strokes in a particular way to address chronic adhered muscles.
Please go to our Acupuncture page for more detail.

What does massage actually do?

Massage essentially is the process of manually manipulating muscles, ligaments, joints, tendons, fascia and skin using a variety of manual techniques to optimise circulation.

This enhances delivery of fresh oxygenated blood to cells and aids in the removal of waste, resulting from metabolic reactions, from cells.

Massage also helps to break down adhesions where connective tissues (mainly fascia) are stuck to each other and releases these previously ‘stuck’ areas to provide more fluid movement and hydration. This lessens nerve irritation caused by these dysfunctional areas, which we feel as aches and pains.

Skilled massage therapists can assist in restoring functional balance to joints and movement by using a variety of assessment and treatment options. This is enhanced by a knowledge of how the body is meant to function and how when there is a restriction somewhere in the movement chain it can cause dysfunctional movement and reflect in other areas of the body.

Massage also has a positive effect on the nervous system by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the calming side that is not very active in stressed individuals. There is a reflexive calming associated with all touch, which initiates the body’s own healing processes. This happens via the sensory receptors in skin and fascia having a reciprocal effect on motor neurons and the endocrine system that regulates feel good hormones, and reduces stress hormones. The restoration of balance between these hormones and the nervous system is called, simply, relaxation.

The terms used to describe the type of massage you receive, like remedial massage and sports massage, are interchangeable terms that don’t necessarily reflect different actual techniques used in a treatment. Each individual massage therapist has their own way of doing things and it is communication and experience that usually counts for success when selecting a Remedial Massage Therapist.

How often should I get a massage?

We get this question A LOT. I feel you need to consider a few different factors;

Most importantly, how long the effects of your treatment last and then how much it affects your daily functioning if/when the problem (ie, pain/tightness/restricted movement/stress/headache/ etc.) returns.

You cannot understate the value of being able to function day to day without the distraction of such problems.
Also, you need to factor in how physically active you are. If you are physically active more than 3 days a week (training, physical job) and/or leading a highly busy and stressful lifestyle, I would recommend getting fortnightly treatments to keep on top of issues before they become injuries.

Or in the case of stress, before you have a meltdown!

Naturally you have to also consider how much you can afford. Ensure you are getting the most value out of your health fund and if things are tight maybe getting a 30 minute treatment will be enough to keep your issue under the threshold.

Please also think about the availability in both your and our schedules. If you are only available at certain days/times when your favourite therapist is on duty, it absolute pays off to book ahead for a month or two to secure your spot.

A side benefit of booking ahead is you don’t get that disappointment of missing out when you call at the last minute!