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Bodywork and Massage Modalities

Bodywork & massage encompasses therapeutic techniques involving the body and predominantly aims to assess and improve areas of the human physics such as posture, skeletal and connective tissue (fascial) and muscle pain. All massage techniques are considered forms of bodywork. Types of Bodywork and massage include:


Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy that is the art of utilising naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonise and promote wellbeing and health.

Aromatherapy encompasses human pathology and the treatment of different conditions both emotional and physical with essential oils.

Did you know?

  • Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for over 6,000 years
  • You might visit an aromatherapist when you are feeling tense, anxious, stressed or unbalanced with your health
  • Aromatherapy can promote relaxation and is designed to enhance your overall wellbeing
  • Application of essential oils in aromatherapy can include massage, inhalation, baths, ointments and creams

Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy is a remedial and body work technique where the practitioner uses fingers and thumbs on certain areas of the body with gentle pressure to stimulate the muscles.

Using a holistic approach to pain relief and healing, Bowen Therapy considers the body as a ‘whole’, without referral to a named disease.

Did you know?

  • Bowen Therapy may be used to treat suffering from sports injuries, circulation problems and other physical aches and pains
  • Tom Bowen (1916-1982) developed this technique when working as a therapist at his clinic and also as a massage therapist for football clubs in Geelong
  • It is believed that Bowen Therapy prompts the body to reset, repair and balance itself. Clients report they experience relief from pain, improvement in function and recovery of energy


Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body.

The practice of Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure, primarily the spine and pelvis, and their function as coordinated by the nervous system and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.

Did you know?

  • Sufferers from back pain, neck pain, stiffness and bad posture may benefit from visiting a chiropractor
  • “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “done by hand”
  • Chiropractors administer treatment that deals with bones, joints, muscles and nerves, particularly those of the spine.

Clinical Hypnotherapy & Hypnosis

Clinical Hypnotherapy is the process in which the state of Hypnosis is utilised for therapy.

A person enters the hypnotic state with the aim of achieving deep relaxation or changing specific behaviours, habits and physical conditions, by addressing conflicting emotions, attitudes and beliefs.

Did you know?

  • Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation, which individuals allow themselves to enter under the guidance of a clinical Hypnotherapist
  • In Hypnosis, the subconscious mind, which influences mental and physical functions, is more accessible and receptive to suggestions and other more advanced techniques
  • Hypnotherapy is used in a variety of conditions and assists with anxiety control, stress-related illness, motivation, attitude change, eating disorders, fears and phobias, memory training, panic attacks, performance anxiety, sexual dysfunction, sleep disorders, personal development and the cessation of smoking


Counselling occurs during a therapeutic relationship between a qualified Counsellor and the client. It is both professional and intentional and may include a variety of techniques and/or models of Counselling most suited to the client.

Counselling offers an objective perspective, often enabling the client to gain insights and strategies to assist in managing their particular life situation.

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  • Counselling usually takes place on a one-to-one basis with the Counsellor and client playing an equal or individual role in the process
  • The Counsellor’s intention is to make the Counselling process both safe and supportive, encouraging a sense of wellbeing for the client and resolution of the concerning matters
  • A person may seek support from a Counsellor when they have feelings of depression, anxiety or stress


Kinesiology is a specialised natural health care that involves combining many different techniques for an integrated approach to recuperation. Its focus is mainly on re-training the person’s nervous system to adapt to all kinds of stress responses, either conscious or subconscious. The modality looks beyond the symptoms of a person and recognises the patterns formed are as a result of an accumulation of unresolved conflict.

Evaluation of a conflict or stress within the person is monitored by a change of muscle response. Many different muscles can be used to access and evaluate different organs, glands, systems and mental/emotional responses.

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  • Through monitoring the muscle response Kinesiology can quickly identify which context of conflict to address. Physical, mental, emotional, nutritional, energetic, or a combination or variety of different contexts
  • Kinesiology is used to identify personalised options for the client’s conflicts in which to support their ongoing recuperation
  • Kinesiology uses different methods to balance any conflict including activating reflexes for organs, systems and glands, techniques for emotional and mental stress, stimulating acupressure points, resetting neurological pathways and re-training the persons responses to adapt
  • Some of the conditions Kinesiology may be used for are: current or past trauma,  emotional stress, mental or physical fatigue, back pain, common aches and pains, injuries and digestive problems and allergies and other physical or emotional imbalances

Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic Drainage is the use of gentle massage (strokes and pumps on the skin) to stimulate the lymphatic fluid in the body.

The human body contains about 50% more Lymphatic fluid than blood and when the lymphatic system slows down, is congested or blocked, our body has less defence against viruses, fungi and bacteria.

Did you know?

  • Complete Digestive Therapy (CDT) is a combination of manual lymph drainage (MLD), bandaging of affected areas, exercises and skin and nail care
  • When carried out with care and consistency with the expertise of a trained therapist, CDT is the treatment of choice for chronic extremity Lymphoedema
  • Lymphatic Drainage may assist with colds, flu, sinus, bronchitis and viral infection, water retention, cellulite, fibrocystic and tender breast tissue, and chronic and sub-acute inflammation

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a gentle blend of massage and stretching. It uses hands-on manipulation of the body to promote healing, release of fascial tension and pain relief.

The therapy is based on the idea that poor posture, physical injury, emotional stress and illness can throw the body out of alignment and cause its intricate web of fascia to become tight and constricted.

Did you know?

  • The skilful use of the hands in Myofascial Release is said to release disruption in the fascial network, which links every organ and tissue in the body with every other part
  • Pressure on the bones, muscles, joints and nerves is relieved in the process, and balance is restored
  • Myofascial Release can be helpful for physical problems, including back strain or pain, chronic cervical pain, vertigo or dizziness, carpel tunnel syndrome and lumbar or thoracic pain

Polarity Therapy

Polarity therapy is a holistic and complementary medicine dealing with the whole person and recognising that energy moves between positive and negative – passing through a neutral pole.

Four therapeutic approaches are utilised within Polarity Therapy – body therapy, nutrition, exercise and self-awareness.

Did you know?

  • Polarity therapy blends both Eastern and Western medicines
  • Originally developed in the early 1900s, Polarity Therapy was established by American Osteopath, Dr Randolph Stone
  • Energy balancing is a central concept in many ancient and traditional health care systems such as Ayuvedic Medicine from India and also Traditional Chinese Medicine


Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which is based on the relationship between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopathy is concerned with how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a unit.

Did you know?

  • Benefits from osteopathic treatment may include improvement in mobility and the structural stability of the body
  • Osteopathy can improve body systems allowing the circulatory, nervous and lymphatic systems to function more effectively
  • Statutory Registration of Osteopathy is mandatory in order for practitioners to practise in Australia


The basic principle of Reflexology is that congestion/tension in any part of the foot mirrors the congestion/tension in a corresponding body part. These body parts (or reflex points) can also be found on the hands and other body parts, however, the most commonly treated area is the foot.

Did you know?

  • Reflexology is used to treat asthma, back, neck and shoulder pain, migraines, pre-menstrual syndrome and other menstrual irregularities, sciatica and sinus pain
  • Reflexology is a non-intrusive technique
  • It can be a relaxing therapy that works on many levels, soothing, calming, balancing and boosting the entire body

Remedial Massage

Remedial Massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management.

The treatment is designed to balance muscle/soft tissue length and tension which may in turn promote the return to normal joint function. Massage also promotes the flow of blood and lymph, particularly to injured areas, thus reducing damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions that may result from injury.

Did you know?

  • Remedial massage is used to treat muscle injuries, pain and soreness
  • If a person has suffered a moderate injury resulting in structural pain and/or loss of function, then remediation may be required to reduce or eliminate pain and help restore the body’s function to normal
  • Massage therapists may use their hands, forearms or elbows to manually affect muscle tissue, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue


Shiatsu incorporates the use of a range of techniques to apply pressure to various parts of the body to stimulate a therapeutic effect.

The pressure used may be firm or light, using not only thumbs but feet, elbows, knees and palms. This may be combined with stretches and techniques to improve joint mobility to give an all-over body treatment which aims at treating with a holistic focus.

Did you know?

  • Shiatsu is an oriental technique maintaining that health is dependent on all parts of the body and lifestyle being in balance
  • The emphasis of Shiatsu is to reinforce or re-establish the body’s ability to function harmoniously and stimulate the immune system to protect against disease
  • Shiatsu integrates meridian therapy, point selection and corrective exercises as part of the healing process
  • Treatment is carried out fully clothed, usually with the patient lying or sitting on a futon mat on the ground

Traditional Thai Massage

Traditional Thai Massage has been practised for more than 2,500 years and uses a blend of techniques to achieve a state of deep relaxation in the body, mind and spirit. Traditional Thai Massage is a unique form of body therapy developed as a therapeutic method of healing to treat illnesses and to maintain health and wellbeing.

Did you know?

  • Thai Massage is a full-body treatment, starting at the feet and progressing up to the head
  • During a session, a practitioner guides the client through a series of passive stretches, using their hands, forearms, elbows, knees, and feet to compress and palpate the muscles of the body
  • Rhythmic rocking and pressure point techniques are used throughout the treatment to restore energy and bring the client to a state of relaxation. It is the combination of energetic and physical techniques that makes Thai Massage unique and so effective
  • Physical benefits of Thai Massage include increased blood circulation, lower blood pressure, muscle relaxation, increased flexibility and mobility, improvement in posture and balance, relief from arthritic pain/back pain, improved body tone, and strengthened joints, including chronic joint problems

Did you know?

Remedial massage is used to treat muscle injuries, pain and soreness. Massage also promotes the flow of blood and lymph, particularly to injured areas, thus reducing damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions that may result from injury.

Did you know?

The human body contains about 50% more Lymphatic fluid than blood and when the lymphatic system slows down, is congested or blocked, our body has less defence against viruses, fungi and bacteria.

Did you know?

Osteopathy is concerned with how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a unit

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