Modalities

The Australian Massage Directory connects you with accredited massage therapists across 40 massage disciplines in your local area. Backed by the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT), the peak representative body for massage therapists in Australia, you can be sure that all therapists listed in this directory are qualified practitioners.

Acupressure

Acupressure is a technique of Chinese Traditional Medicine and is often described as 'acupuncture without needles'. Deep finger pressure is applied at certain points and can reduce tension, increase circulation and offer pain relief for many complaints, and removes energy blockages to promote good health. These points follow the energy channels of the body's meridian lines. Acupressure is one of the massage therapies that encompass the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit.

Alexander Technique

The Alexander technique works by eliminating poor habits of coordination through improved self-awareness in activity, better understanding of how to consciously cooperate with your structure, better understanding of how to carry out actions well and the application of basic principles which facilitate your natural reflexes of balance and coordination. This is achieved by observing posture, breathing patterns and movement patterns such as walking, standing up or sitting down in a chair.The practitioners hands will guide your body to encourage a release of restrictive muscular tension.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the art of applying essential oils combined with relaxation massage. The essential oils are easily absorbed through the skin with a gentle caring massage by a professional aromatherapist. The selected essential oils and base massage oil are combined to create a unique mix for individual needs. The oils can also be used in oil burners for inhalation or in the bath to provide therapeutic outcomes.This form of massage is designed to improve physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Baby/Infant

Baby/infant massage is an excellent way for both parents to bond and communicate with their child. Gentle touch is a very important part of a baby's existence and allows them to feel secure and loved.The benefits of baby/infant massage therapies include improvement of their immune system, better quality sleep, relaxation, and can relieve pain from colic, gas, and congestion. Parents will enjoy a closer relationship to the baby and increased confidence in baby care.

Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy is a very gentle, yet dynamic remedial therapy that empowers the body to heal itself. Exact moves over muscles, tendons and ligaments are applied to disturb the fascia. There are frequent pauses between each series of moves to allow the body time to benefit from the treatment.These types of massage promote physical, emotional and mental healing, as well improve energy levels and provide relief from pain and discomfort from a multitude of chronic and acute conditions. Bowen does not interfere with the effectiveness of other disciplines. Related to Fascial Kinetics.

Cancer/Palliative

An Oncology Massage therapist understands the impacts of cancer treatments on the body and will adjust a massage according to the symptoms of the client. Oncology Massage is a complementary therapy to be utilised alongside of cancer treatment and is proven to reduce common side-effects of treatment and improve quality of life. This is a very gentle style of massage with the client's comfort being the most important consideration. Training in this area of specialisation varies so be sure to ask your therapist about their knowledge and experience in this area.

Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine - refer to Shiatsu and Tui Na for more information.

Corporate

Corporate/seated massage therapists can be contracted by an employer, as a health benefit for their staff. These types of massage are performed in the workplace and the therapist provides their own mobile massage chairs or tables. The client stays fully clothed and a session lasts 15 minutes with the therapist concentrating on back, shoulders, neck and arms. The client will experience relief from muscle tension, stress, headaches and back pain. This can result in less absence in the workplace, and improved company morale.

Craniofascial

Craniofascial Therapy uses slow pressure and stretching techniques to release connective tissue. An involuntary movement is induced that assists with assessing and releasing restrictive patterns. It's a gentle non-invasive energetic touch therapy developed to help trigger the body's innate self-healing ability to release old suppressed trauma and establish ultimate balance in the body. This technique is closely related to other massage therapies and techniques such as Polarity Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Acupressure and Myofascial Release.

Cupping

Cupping is used to expel toxins from areas of pain and tightness and uses glass cups, held by suction, to massage the body. Traditionally the cups are placed on the back, shoulders and lower back.Stationary cuppingStationary cups are left on the skin for 5 to 15 minutes to facilitate the release of stagnant blood, pathogenic factors and dispel internal heat.Massage cuppingMassage cupping uses oil so the cup can glide over the skin to release tension and congestion in the muscles. Most cupping procedures will create a red to dark red circle on the skin but will disappear within a week.BenefitsThe action on the nervous system can be sedating and the client can experience a deep state of relaxation. Clients can also experience a feeling of lightness and flexibility in the area of pain or range of movement restrictions. Conditions that respond well to cupping massage therapies include:fibromyalgia,anxiety,insomnia,chronic pain,sciatica, andasthma.

Deep Tissue

Remedial Massage / Deep Tissue Massage concentrates on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body, through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, by either following or crossing over the muscle fibers, fascia and tendons. The techniques can include Trigger Point Therapy, deep tissue massage and stretching thereby creating an improved range of motion through the joints.This type of massage therapy addresses specific problems associated with chronic muscular pain, injury rehabilitation, sporting and occupational injuries, and physical and mental fatigue. It's important to drink plenty of water after a deep-tissue session to help eliminate toxins from the body.

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Fascial Kinetics

Fascial Kinetics is the name given to the work taught by Russell Sturgess who studied the soft tissue therapy from Tom Bowen. It addresses fascial and connective tissue restrictions in a very gentle and less obtrusive manner by working across the muscle fibres in a specific sequence.This type of massage stimulates the healing response of the connective tissue, reducing inflammation, swelling and pain significantly and increasing mobility. This treatment is suitable for everyone. Conditions that can be treated, amongst others, include: frozen shoulder, back and neck problems, asthma, TMJ, tennis elbow etc. Related to Bowen Therapy.

Feldenkrais

Feldenkrais method uses movement sequences to detect in-balance caused by a person's habitual and unconsidered actions.It is recognised for its ability to improve posture, flexibility, co-ordination, self-image and to alleviate muscular tension and pain. It integrates both body and mind to achieve greater co-ordination, balance and performance.

FFT

Functional Fascial Taping method was developed by Ron Alexander over ten years using a combination of approaches from physiotherapy, soft tissue therapy and osteopathy. It is a simple drug free alternative that can immediately modify pain and increase your range of movement and flexibility. This innovative analgesic procedure is tailored to each client. It is a directionally specific and load dependent procedure that allows for activity and rehabilitation.This type of massage provides immediate and long term benefits, is non-invasive and a cost effective form of treatment. It works on a variety of conditions on most areas of the body including musculoskeletal injuries.

Flotation

Floating (Flotation) in a flotation tank is a way of achieving deep rest. Essentially, you spend an hour or so lying quietly in the dark, suspended in a warm solution of Epsom salt, about ten inches deep and so dense that you float effortlessly. Some operators play gentle music into the tank to aid relaxation. Flotation tanks are also known as isolation tanks, salt water spas, sensory deprivation tanks, and REST chambers.This technique helps you achieve deep relaxation.

Hawaiian Lomi

Hawaiian Lomi Lomi is a prayerful healing that works with breath. Flowing, soothing rhythm and pressure are used as part of a draped, full body massage with oils. Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage therapies incorporate assisted joint rotations and muscle stretches that are all done with a meditative touch and slowly the pressure can increase into a very deep muscle massage. Different strokes and pressures with heat are used for the client with spasm or injury.This massage technique delivers relaxation and is restorative to the body, mind and spirit.

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Hot Stone

Hot stone massage is a variation on classic massage therapy. Heated smooth, flat stones are either placed on key points on the body or used to massage certain areas of the body. The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they are within a certain temperature range. The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes.The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows for deeper massage techniques to be applied if required.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is the use of water at various temperatures and pressures as a therapeutic tool, a practice that has existed for thousands of years. Types of water include hot, cold, steam, liquid and ice. Modern techniques include ice or freezing water, spa baths, high powered jets, hot and cold baths and saunas.Hydrotherapy using heat is used to relax the body and is recommended for tense muscles or anxiety. Cold is used to invigorate the body and mind. Hydrotherapy is an accepted and proven aid in the treatment of many conditions, from arthritis to varicose veins, and in physical rehabilitation.

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Kahuna

Kahuna massage is a therapeutic massage technique based on the teachings and practices of the ancient Hawaiian spiritual traditions. The Kahuna massage technique is very vigorous and rhythmic. The practitioner uses fingers, palms, wrists and forearms as they move rhythmically around the table.The rhythmic motions alone have a deeply relaxing effect quite apart from the muscle relaxation that comes with a conventional massage.

Kinesiology

Kinesiology / Touch for Health is a very powerful tool that combines non-invasive muscle monitoring and feedback system with traditional theories of Chinese Medicine to evaluate energy (meridian flow) and body function. Kinesiology's premise is that the body has an innate healing energy and is always repairing and caring for itself, but sometimes it needs to be helped along to achieve this care.Kinesiology is not designed to treat or diagnose conditions. It helps identify imbalances in the body's structural, chemical and emotional energy to establish the body's priority healing needs. Some areas this assists with are: injury and emotional trauma, unresolved stress, fatigue and tiredness.

Lymph Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle whole body treatment which relaxes the nervous system and aids the body's immune system. It involves a range of specialised and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move skin in the direction of the lymph flow through a network of lymph vessels and lymph nodes.This supports the body to naturally eliminate excess toxins, dead cells, viruses, bacteria and chemicals. This massage type also relieves fluid congestion, promotes wound healing and relieves stress/anxiety.

Mobile Service

Mobile Massage Service is available for clients who are unable to attend a clinic or find it more convenient to have a massage at home. The elderly, those recovering from surgery or other physiological conditions and parents with small children at home benefit from the convenience of mobile massage therapies. Mobile massage is also offered at some hotels for business people, visitors and tourists.

Myofascial

Myofascial Release Therapy is a very gentle yet very effective hands-on manual therapy using sustained pressure into restrictions in the fascial system. Fascia is a system of thin connective tissue that weaves continuously throughout the body including the muscles, bones, organs arteries veins etc. The therapy is based on the principle that poor posture, physical injury, illness and emotional stress can shift the body out of alignment and cause the intricate web of fascia to become tight and constricted. It connects every part of the body to every other part of the body.This type of massage eliminates pain and restores motion and function to the body. Adhesions and scar tissue may also be broken down with these types of massage.

Myofascial Dry Needling

Myofascial Dry Needling derives from acupuncture and specifically “trigger-points”. Using extremely fine acupuncture needles the active trigger points are “deactivated” and released. Dry needling is more anatomically based (not meridian or energy systems based). The focus is on key areas of concern, as assessed by the therapist. Several trigger-points can be treated in a single session, with three to four treatments most often appropriate to eliminate those that persist. Some local pain or tenderness may be felt post-treatment but a heat pack will assist with this.Dry needling may benefit those presenting with dysfunctional postural patterns and chronic-pain problems.

Myotherapy

Myotherapy employs a number of treatment modalities for use of pain management for chronic musculoskeletal conditions, postural conditions, sporting and occupational injuries by method of assessment and treatment protocols. Types of massage treatment can include: soft tissue treatment, trigger point therapy, myofascial dry needling, thermal therapy, electrical stimulations (TENS) and corrective exercises. It is important to drink plenty of water after a Myotherapy treatment to help eliminate toxins from the body.This style of massage helps loosen muscle tissues, releases toxins from the muscles and promotes blood and oxygen circulation.

Oriental Massage

OrthoBionomy

Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle, non-invasive system of healing using the body's natural ability to restore balance. All techniques are applied with the body, or body part, placed into its "preferred" position or position of comfort.Tension relief, postural re-alignment and relaxation are achieved by using gentle movements, comfortable positioning, and brief compression.

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Polarity

Polarity therapy is a natural health care system that works with the human energy field. Energy fields and currents exist everywhere in nature - modern science knows it as electromagnetic forces. The body work involves gentle non-invasive touch, rocking or stimulating of an area with the hands to move the energy to balance mind body and spirit.Polarity therapy clears blockages and helps achieve balance within the person.

Postural Integrity

Refer to Structural Integration (Rolfing).

Pregnancy

Pregnancy massage is the application of Swedish and Remedial massage techniques by specially trained practitioners to reduce stress and promote general well-being throughout pregnancy.Regular massage throughout pregnancy is said to improve comfort for the mother during birthing and to assist with a speedier return to optimal fitness post birth.

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Reflexology

Reflexology is based on the principle that certain parts of the body reflect the whole. Reflex points found in the feet, hands, ears and face relate to all areas of the body.  Pressure is applied to the reflex points to stimulate energy flow to help restore the body's balance and health.

Reiki

Reiki is an ancient Japanese hands-on form of alternative healing that can incorporate other methods such as chakra balancing, meditation, crystals, aromatherapy and spiritual healing. Hands can be placed on or just above the client in a passive way and the energy from the universe is transferred through the practitioner to the client.Reiki promotes emotional balance, spiritual awareness and physical well-being to help the body heal itself with positive energy.

Rolfing

Seated Massage

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a traditional healing art based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It combines massage, stretching, and gentle physical pressure along meridian channels and pressure points. Acupuncture also uses these meridians and pressure points to balance the body's energy (known as "Ki" or "Chi"). Each meridian relates to an organ function. When the meridians are balanced, the tissues, muscles, nerves, metabolism and emotions are balanced. The practitioner uses fingers, palms, elbows, knees and feet to unblock and stimulate the flow of energy along the meridian lines.This is a holistic therapy designed to uplift and harmonise your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Shiatsu can provide relief from specific problems such as:lower back pain,migraines,insomnia,depression,sinusitis, andasthma.

Sports Therapies

Sports Therapy Massage is an application of massage, not a particular massage technique. The type of massage technique or treatment applied is dependent on the nature of the stage of training or competition, sports injury or condition and the assessment of the remedial Massage Therapist. Sport therapy massage involves the objective assessment and treatment of amateur and elite athletes alike, focussing on prevention and treatment of sports related conditions. It helps prepare athletes prior to competition both physically and psychologically, as well as assist in subsequent recovery from training and competition.

Stretch and Mobilisation

Structural Balance

Thai Massage

Thai massage is a system of massage and assisted stretching developed in Thailand and influenced by the traditional medicine systems of China, India and Southeast Asia. Thai massage follows the Sen Sib lines (similar to meridians) and works with the life force throughout the body. Thai massage is often performed on the floor with the client dressed in comfortable clothing to allow for movement. Oil is not applied in Thai massage except for the healing of certain parts, such as muscle trauma. The application of heat may also be applied by compress, oils, bath or sauna.Thai massage can aid in both relaxing and invigorating the body. It can reduce stress, increase flexibility and range of motion, as well as improve circulation.

Trigger Point

Trigger Point Therapy involves the compression of trigger points, causing the muscle fibres and nervous system to relax.  Trigger points are small areas of abnormally contracted muscle issue leading to muscle tightness, dysfunction and pain.  Trigger points may be treated by qualified massage practitioners using deep pressure, ischemic compressions, dry needling, vibration, "spray-and-stretch" techniques and other stretching techniques that cause muscles to relax.Practitioners may use elbows, feet or various tools to direct pressure directly upon the trigger point.

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