Article by Jessica Darmago, AEP
Massage is a very popular remedial treatment, it not only feels good, but it also has a range of health benefits and healing properties. It is particularly beneficial for office workers that spend hours of the day seated at a desk. Back and neck pain, circulation issues, headaches and stress are some common problems associated with sitting at your desk all day.
So how does massage assist us? Beneficial massage techniques include myofascial release, deep-tissue massage, postural taping, cupping, sports massage and trigger-point therapy, delivering a customised release for everyday performance.
Benefits of Massage
Therapists can use techniques to address a specific injury, postural or joint issue, or medical condition. A recent study investigated twenty-four adults with chronic low back pain, and over a five week period they received a 30 minute massage twice a week. At the end of the study, subjects reported improved sleep, less pain, depression and anxiety, with an increase in serotonin and dopamine levels 1. In conclusion, massage therapy improved both physical and mental wellbeing.
Other benefits include:
- Increased joint mobility 1
- Improved sense of general well-being 2
- Improved circulation and lymphatic drainage 2
- Reduced muscular tension 2
- Reduced stress 3
Types of Massage we Offer at O2 Active
Remedial: A holistic treatment that assists in locating and treating muscle pain and injuries which helps restore normal function of the muscles and joints. Conditions that benefit from remedial massage include: necks and back pain, tension headaches, carpel tunnel, arthritis and many more.
Sports: Specifically tailored massage to prevent and treat sporting injuries and conditions related to exercise.
Deep Tissue: Focuses on deep layers of muscle and facia that can assist in reducing pain, stress and treat injuries.
Relaxation: Flowing strokes, gentle manipulation to help you to de-stress and loosen your body allowing you to relax your mind and body.
Our Remedial Massage Therapists are available onsite at your workplace, home or our Mosman Park studio. We offer 15, 30 and 45 minute bookings at our Mosman Park studio, and 60 minute home or corporate workplace sessions.
Whether you are a weekend warrior, office athlete or just need to take some time to relax; massage makes a difference.
- Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T.,Krasnegor, J., & Theakston, H. (2001). Lower back pain is reduced and range of motion increased after massage therapy. International journal of neuroscience, 106(3-4), 131-145.
- Vickers, A.,Zollman, C., & Reinish, J. T. (2001). Massage therapies. Western Journal of Medicine, 175(3), 202.
- Field, T. (2002). Massage therapy.The Medical Clinics of North America, 86(1), 163-171.