Outline of My Practice as a Remedial Massage Therapist
There are many misconceptions about massage therapy. The following outlines the basics of what I do as a practicing Remedial Massage Therapist.
The vast majority of the work I do is therapeutic massage treating pain and injury. Remedial Massage Therapy is an assessment and treatment framework incorporating the fundamentals of Physiotherapy to assess posture, pain and injury. Treatment is largely massage based to release tightness, strengthen weakness and promote circulation. My practice also includes Osteopathic Fascial Release techniques, Craniosacral Therapy and Traditional Chinese Medical practices of Cupping, Gua Sha and Dry Needling. By and large it is an overtly physical form of treatment.
An increasingly important aspect of my work focuses on the effects of a structural leg length difference on pelvic posture which is frequently the underlying cause for many lower limb, lumbro-sacral and spinal issues. It is always the right leg that is short. The two signature traits of a Short Right Leg are an elevated left hip and elevated right shoulder. This gave mother and child a greater chance of survival in prehistoric times...baby on left hip, bag over right shoulder and right arm free for work and defence. It was the most successful model. It is now a dominant genetic trait in Homo Sapiens. Compensating distortion through the pelvis for a structural leg length difference is the underlying cause of many conditions. Medico's and therapists typically do not assess for it. In the presence of acute symptoms, a 3mm or 5mm heel lift frequently resolves issues and improves mobility.
Remedial Massage and Myotherapy are the only forms of therapeutic massage treatment recognised by the Health Department and are typically covered as an extras item under Natural Therapies. I am a registered provider with all Health Funds and Workcover.
Fusion of East and West
I provide a fusion of Eastern and Western medical science and philosophy able to resolve many conditions poorly understood by conventional practitioners. Achieving outcome beyond expectation. The story of how my ten year association with Professor Lun Wong OAM, 9th dan Tang So Do, influenced me starts here.
How I came to massage or "Problem in arm. Come from shoulder."
Additional modalities I practice include Relaxation and Sports Massage, Lymphatic Drainage and Craniosacral Therapy. The first three listed are self-explanatory and most people will have an idea of what they are.
Short Right Leg Syndrome
More complex discussions on my FB page and website cover Short Right Leg Syndrome and the resulting contra-lateral hip rotation, assessment of the Lumbro-Sacral Complex and consequent chronic tightness, pain and suffering this causes along the back line of the lower limbs...gluteal, hamstring, calf, achilles and and plantar fascia...plus effects above the waist from scoliosis.
RSI and Carpal Tunnel
Similarly upper body anomalies in the torso and shoulder affect the extremities of the upper limbs causing Repetitive Strain Injuries and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Lymphatic Drainage Case Study
A full Lymphatic Drainage session will take at least 90 minutes. However, it is not always necessary to do a full session where one limb only may be affected. For those that need Lymphatic Drainage it can be powerful and have dramatic affects reducing fluid retention. The Lymphatic system can also be blocked and this treatment can clear the blockage and normalise function.
Mr Australia Rubdown
In relation to Sports Massage, I am experienced working on athletes of the highest standard. I have a massage routine called The Mr Australia Rubdown developed over a decade working on a now five time winner of the Mr Australia body building title...he came second in the 2019 IFBB world championships.. I have been a high performing athlete both as a youth and mature age veteran and have done sports massage treatments for cyclists, tennis and badminton players, runners, triathletes, gymnasts, divers, dancers, martial artists, yoga instructors and Army commandos. A dozen or more of these clients have represented their countries in international competition and the Olympics.
Craniosacral Therapy and Fascial Release
Simply put, CranioSacral Therapy is the release of fascial restrictions in the cranium, brain and spine. The affect of this treatment ultimately extends to the entire body. Using the lightest of touch, the degree of movement in these releases is mostly in the order of microns but to the practitioner it can feel like several millimetres of travel are achieved. In truth, at times I am not yet sure whether I am sensing movement or energetic pulses, barriers and waves. Outcome for the client/patient is profound and even life changing. This work is carried out in concert with the Cranial Rhythm of expansion and contraction of the bones of the skull moving at a rate of approximately 5 to 6 cycles per minute. This action is thought to be associated with the mechanism of Spino-Cerebrial Fluid production and distribution but there are energetic life forces rhythmically at work here too.
The same technique used for the gentlest of releases in Craniosacral Therapy are used treating limbs, torso and major joints of the body. Integrative Fascial Release was one of the first post graduate courses I undertook. The movements and results are on a bigger scale and more readily apparent. As with Craniosacral Therapy, wrapping my head around Integrative Fascial release and learning to incorporate into basic Remedial practice took several years. It is now a component of all treatments I carry out dealing with long held unconscious holding patterns.
You will find considerable material on my FB page Massage Works Dandenong Ranges and website of the same name. Should you have any questions, please ask.
Remedial Massage Therapist
Member of Massage & Myotherapy Australia
mbl 0416 268 255
Massage Works Dandenong Ranges
18 First Ave, Cockatoo VIC 3781