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I finished my Level 5 Diploma in Massage Therapy at The NZ College Of Massage in June 2018 and am currently studying full time to attain a Level 6 Diploma in Clinical Therapeutic Massage. I really enjoy seeing the positive change in my clients from when they walk into the clinic, to when they leave. I have all sorts of clients male & female, different shapes, sizes, ages, fitness levels & in varying professions. I use massage therapy to help reduce stress, tension and pain in my clients, so they can function and perform at their optimum.
What To Expect
When you visit Optimum Massage for the first time it pays to arrive 10 minutes early to fill out a Customer Information Form, I will talk with you about your general health and ask you what you would like to achieve from the massage therapy session. Depending on your session goals I will conduct a short or longer health assessment. This will likely involve asking you some questions and possibly doing some clinical tests. I will use this information to identify the main problems, give me direction for the best possible treatment for you, ensure that massage will be appropriate and will not cause you any harm, and some tests may provide a measure to see if your treatment has been effective afterwards.
I will inform you of the treatment plan for you and will explain what it involves, what clothes to remove, how you will be draped, what parts of your body will be uncovered, and agree on what pressure level you expect and will be most effective for your goals. I will also outline what outcome I am aiming for from the session. No treatment or hands-on massage will be done without your consent. If you don’t understand any aspect of the session/treatment, please ask me to explain it further.
I will then leave the room to leave you to disrobe. You will be expected to leave your underwear on and to lie on the massage table covered in a large sheet. I will then knock to check you are covered before entering the room. I use music and dim lighting to assist with your relaxation.
I use a variety of relaxation and massage techniques. These may include:
- Breathing techniques
- Various types of massage therapy
- Education to prevent injury and promote wellness
The approaches selected will depend on my scope of practice and your session goals. At all times you will be treated with care, skill, dignity and respect, and you have the right to withdraw from your session / treatment at any stage or seek a second opinion. If any part of your massage doesn't feel right, is uncomfortable or painful, please speak up right away. You are also welcome to bring a family member, whanau, friend, caregiver and/or interpreter to your session.
30 Minute Appointments
$45 Relaxation Massage
$45 Deep Tissue Massage
$45 Sports Massage
$45 Pregnancy Massage
$55 Hot Stone Massage
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60 Minute Appointments
$65 Relaxation Massage
$65 Deep Tissue Massage
$65 Sports Massage
$65 Pregnancy Massage
$75 Hot Stone Massage
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90 Minute Appointments
$90 Relaxation Massage
$90 Deep Tissue Massage
$90 Sports Massage
$90 Pregnancy Massage
$100 Hot Stone Massage
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*Prices are subject to change.
Cancellation/No Show Policy
I am the sole Massage Therapist at Optimum Massage. I work part time and I study full time (Level 6 Dip M.T. to further refine my existing skills). Optimum Massage is not a large company that can absorb the lost profit from late cancellations or 'no shows', nor do I have the time to try and fill appointments due to a late cancellation while I am attending class at college.
Out of courtesy, I kindly ask that you provide a minimum of 48 hours’ notice if you have to cancel/change your appointment. I have an answerphone, text messaging, e-mail, Instagram D.M & Facebook Messenger, so messages can easily be left outside of work hours for your convenience. Or, worst case scenario, simply reply back to the text confirmation 24 hours' prior to your appt that you are unable to make it.
I do reserve the right to charge the full cost of your appointment for last minute cancellations made less than 24hrs prior to your appt, or 'no shows' IF I am unable to fill your appointment. If this were the case you will be unable to book again until the invoice is paid. Please note: Any vouchers bought, won or given will be forfeited if I am given less than 48hrs notice.
Thank you for your understanding with this difficult subject (I know 95% of you already do, and I really do appreciate it).
Types of Massage
Relaxation massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.
RELAXATION MASSAGE TECHNIQUES
Additional Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Before and during your Swedish massage session, communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish/Relaxation massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people's blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Sports massage is designed specifically for the very physically active (whether you're a professional athlete or not). It combines fast Swedish massage to warm up muscles, Deep tissue massage and other techniques to concentrate on the areas that are related to your sport. Athletes often get sports massages to prepare for peak performance & prevent injury.
The benefits and effects of sports massage include physical effects such as circulating blood and lymphatic fluids as well as stretching muscle tissue and breaking down scar tissue. There are physiological effects such as reducing pain and relaxing muscles as well as psychological affects which include reducing anxiety levels.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling). In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension -- which aids in better sleep -- and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
DURING THE PRENATAL MASSAGE
At Optimum Massage I take extra care to ensure my pregnancy massage clients are comfortable. Sideline positioning with supportive, soft cushions is used to alleviate the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas when the pressure of massage techniques are applied. Extra strain in these areas can cause unnecessary back or abdominal pain, so naturally we want to avoid any potential discomfort.
RELIEF OF EVERYDAY SYMPTOMS
-Massage for pregnant women offers a number of benefits, and it's always a good idea to discuss with your therapist any everyday symptoms you'd like to see relieved. Those might include:
-Headaches can be relieved by massage focusing on the head, neck and shoulders. In addition, maintaining optimal levels of stress relief through massage reduces the chances of migraines or tension headaches by relaxing trigger points and muscle spasms.
-Muscle tension created by carrying the extra weight of a baby can be relieved by encouraging blood flow to the afflicted areas. This provides more nutrient-rich oxygen and also increases the flow of lymphatic fluid, which sweeps away toxins and metabolic waste.
-Fatigue, backaches, leg cramps and swelling/edema can all be relieved through various types of massage for pregnant women. The ordinary aches and pains of pregnancy are countered by the release of serotonin, your body's natural anti-pain chemical, which is stimulated by massage.
While a massage can't promise that your newborn will sleep through the night, it can provide you with a better night's sleep both during pregnancy and afterwards. Regular massage therapy not only helps diminish anxiety and discomfort but boosts relaxation as well. This ultimately can lead to improved sleep patterns. In addition, the serotonin, endorphins and dopamine released by your body in response to massage provide an extra helping of those natural chemicals. "Massage is very effective at increasing deep sleep," says Touch Research Institute director Dr. Tiffany Field.
Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from the variety of massage techniques offered by a massage therapist after the first trimester. However, I recommend you consult your doctor or midwife before beginning one of our massage therapy sessions. If you experience discomfort at any time during the pregnancy massage, tell your therapist immediately.
HOT STONE MASSAGE
Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. Each hot stone massage therapy session promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, heated stones at key points on the body. I also incorporate a customized massage, with the use of hot stones which offers enhanced benefits.
The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to their deeper muscle layers. Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage provides a very healing and effective experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
Possible Benefits of Hot Stone Massage:
Provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions
Decreases pain and muscle spasms
Reduces chronic stress and tension
Increases flexibility in joints, aiding in easier mobility and movement
Relieves pain and tension created by strained and contracted muscles
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