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Massage Canberra

Massage Canberra

Everyone loves a good Massage. It can be the difference between having a good night’s sleep and being awake all night. Having a Massage in Canberra can take you from a stressful situation, to being able to breath easy and resolve your pain and discomfort.

Most people agree that massage makes you feel good. But what does it really do for you?

The Association of Massage Therapists (AMT) defines the practice of massage therapy as “the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to: maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function; relieve pain; prevent dysfunction; enhance health and promote wellness”.

When performed by a qualified practitioner in Canberra, massage techniques are based on current scientific understanding and evidence-informed practice. National Competency Standards were introduced for massage therapy in 2002 as part of the Australian Government’s Health Training Package.

There is a significant body of evidence for the effectiveness of massage therapy in the treatment of a range of musculoskeletal conditions including lower back pain, shoulder and cervical pain. Other studies indicate that massage can help in the management of pre and post-operative pain, anxiety and tension, and post-operative nausea.

Research studies have found that massage is generally a very safe form of therapy when guidelines are adhered to and treatments are given by appropriately trained and qualified massage practitioners. Of course, if you have a medical condition and you’re not sure whether massage therapy would be right for you it’s wise to discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider.

But where do you go in Canberra to get a good massage, and what type of Massages are available?

Accelr8 Rehab has been massaging in Canberra since 2004.

My name is Daniel O’Sullivan and I am the owner of Accelr8 Rehab.

Let’s first look at where can you go to get a massage in Canberra.

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Belconnen, Canberra Massage Locations

Accelr8 Rehab

I provide Remedial Massage to clients in Belconnen and the surrounding suburbs of Canberra. Remedial Massage or Soft Tissue Therapy addresses acute and Chronic injuries using Massage, Exercise and general movement. A typical session will last for 60 minutes.

Remedial Massage

The aim of the Remedial Massage session is to make you feel better after the treatment. Remedial Massage focuses on the sensory, neural and muscular systems. The session with me will drive your body back to a resting state (homostasis) so your body can repair itself over time. Remedial Massage can assist with acute back pain, shoulder pain and general pain, but in particular Remedial Massage is ideal if you are in Chronic or Persistent pain.

It’s critical that your therapist takes the time to talk to you, to run through physical assessments such as range of motion testing, functional muscle testing and special orthopaedic tests, to ensure they are choosing the best techniques and treatment to assist you.

Chronic or Persistent Pain

If you are in Chronic or persistent pain it is essential that you find the right therapist for you. I have written an article on 5 indications you are with the right therapist.

Here are a couple:

1)     Your Therapist Must Listen To You.

You think this would be obvious, but if your therapist forgets vital details of your condition, then move on.

2)     Your Therapist Talks about Themselves More Than You.

It should always be about you, even if you have known your therapist for years.

Thai Massage Belconnen

If you are more interested in Thai Massage, then there are a number of options in Belconnen.

I don’t practice or give Thai Massage. I do suggest if you want a more evidence based massage in Belconnen, stick to Remedial Massage as mentioned above.

Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions. The recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the giver and receiver, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked.

The recipient wears loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. In Thailand, a dozen or so subjects may be receiving massage simultaneously in one large room. The true ancient style of the massage requires that the massage be performed solo with just the giver and receiver. The receiver will be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, that is also combined with deep static and rhythmic pressures.

The massage generally follows designated lines (“sen”) in the body. The legs and feet of the giver can be used to position the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fix the body, while the feet do the massaging. A full Thai massage session may last two hours and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, walking on the recipient’s back, and moving the recipient’s body into many different positions. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the giver will adjust to fit the receiver.

The most popular Thai Massage in Belconnen is Foot and Thai Massage.

Another popular Thai/Asian Massage Therapist in Belconnen is True Balance Massage Therapy.

Other Canberra Massage Locations

Canberra is really not a very big place. There are many good Massage Therapists in Canberra.

Here is a list of some of the more common Massage locations in the Canberra City. These recommendations are more relaxation type massages, and to make it easy for you I have provided a link from the Her Canberra Website.

Foot & Thai {Northside} Belconnen

When Her Canberra’s Michelle Brotohusodo posted about her visit to Foot and Thai, we received a tonne of feedback from their loyal clients. Michelle raves about it and says you can’t go wrong with a Deep Tissue, Remedial or Swedish massage. They also offer prenatal massages for soon-to-be Mums needing a little relaxation.

Where: Shop 6, 36 Weedon Close, Belconnen

When: 10am to 10pm, seven days

Price: One-hour $65-$80

Bai Bua Traditional Thai Massage {Northside}

Bai Bua is another Northside parlour with a vote of confidence from another HerCanberra team member – Martina Taliano who excites ‘they are fantastic’! It’s great for those located in the Gungahlin area not wanting to make a major trek to the city.

Where: 86 Phyllis Ashton Circuit, Gungahlin

When: 10am to 10pm, seven days

Price: One-hour traditional thai massage $65

Siam Senses Thai Massage {City} Canberra

For those working in the city, Siam Senses is a great stop over at lunch or after work for a little relaxation. The bonus being they offer a discount to public servants! I’ve been recommended by a close friend that the Milk Senses Massage is a must try and an amazing hydrating experience for your skin.

Where: Shop 5 Jolimont Centre, Corner Northbourne Ave & Rudd St, Canberra City

When: 9.30am to 9.30pm, seven days

Price: One-hour $89-$95

Thai Bliss Therapeutic Massage {City} Canberra

Why drive a second-hand Corolla when you can have an Italian Ferrari? At least that’s how HerCanberra’s Beatrice Smith describes the massages at Thai Bliss. Bea recommends either a 30-minute Foot Reflexology Massage or a 90-minute Stone Massage with hot aromatherapy essential oils.

Where: 14 Childers Street, Canberra City

When: 10am to 10pm, seven days

Price: From $49 to $219 (depending on length of treatment)

Body Temple {Inner South}

Suez Geelan has the hands of an angel, and while she gives a great Relaxation Massage, the Heartworks Lomi Lomi is our favourite. A massage for body AND mind, it features long fluid rhythmic strokes that lull you into a deep relaxed state. One of the benefits of the treatment is Lymphatic Drainage, so this massage helps to clears toxins and waste which cannot be removed by any other means from your tissues and cells. The massage is apparently designed for the emotions – so particularly good for people experiencing change or stress.

Where: Body Temple,6/16 Barker Street, Griffith Shops

When: Call Suez for operating hours.

How much: $105 for an hour, $135 for 90 minutes

Sawasdee Thai Massaage {Southside}

Sawasdee Thai Massage is my personal favourite! I love the atmosphere that’s created and if you listen carefully the classical music they play is actually covers of rock songs. The ladies there are fabulous and I can’t recommend the Thai Foot Reflexology and Aromatherapy Oil Massage enough.

Where: Shop 3 Tuggeranong Square, Anketell Street, Greenway

When: 10am to 10pm, seven days

Price: One-hour traditional Thai massage $75

Gaya Spa {Southside}

As a South-sider, I thought I’d try somewhere new on my side of town and opted for Gaya Spa in Phillip. I was pleasantly surprised with a beautiful atmosphere and lashed out at trying the Hot Stone Massage which I hands down will be having again!

Where: Unit 3, 46-48 Colbee Court, Phillip

When: Open seven days from 10am

Price: One-hour treatment from $80 to $100

*All prices are correct at the time of publishing the article but are subject to change at businesses discretion.