Glossary of terms and meanings
Massage Everyone can benefit from a massage whether it is for muscular / skeletal pain relief, injury treatment, postural / spinal realignment, increased immune function, stress / anxiety release or purely relaxation.
Remedial Massage: Incorporates approved scientific massage techniques to alleviate a large range of muscular- skeletal problems. Ideal for pain, muscle spasm and injuries whilst enhancing the function of the whole person.
Sports Massage: An extension of Swedish and Remedial massage, Sports massage focuses on injury prevention and rehabilitation, pre/ post event treatment and advice and corrective exercises. Lymphatic Drainage Massage: A gentle massage technique that stimulates the lymphatic system to remove waste products and toxins from the body enabling stronger immune function, reduction of fluid and swelling and general wellbeing.
Pre/ Post Pregnancy Massage: Massage during pregnancy can help your body adapt to the many changes experienced. After the birth massage can aid the body to return to normal more effectively and is just as important for you as it is for the baby. I use a pregnancy cushion to support your body that enables you to lie comfortably on your stomach whilst supporting your back. Central Coast Calmbirth
Aroma- Swedish Massage: Swedish massage is a basic massage using gentle but firm pressure and has its emphasis on relaxation and the removal of muscular tension. It enhances whole body functioning. Pure essential aromatherapy oils are used in this treatment for increased relaxation.
Deep Tissue Massage: The use of deep, slow strokes along and across muscle fibres to free muscles, connective tissue and the fascia. Helps with postural correction, injuries, over use syndrome and other problems. Dry needling can also be used in combination here for deeper muscle release.
Reflexology (Foot Massage): Internal and external areas of the body are related to specific reflex areas in the feet and hands. The stimulation of these points restores energy flow and improves nervous function in the targeted areas resulting in improved body functioning and relaxation.
Dry Needling: Developed by a physiotherapist dry needling is accredited by the APA (Australian Physiotherapy Association). It is a unique, freestyle, movement and palpation driven approach to needling with techniques from traditional acupuncture approaches. Myofascial trigger points along the body's meridians are inserted with acupuncture needles to release deep muscle spasm and associated pain whilst increasing healing benefits. There is also a remarkable absence of the "post treatment tissue soreness" often experienced following other manual therapy interventions. Dry Needling is used in conjunction with massage techniques.
Bowen Technique: A progressive series of gentle, precise moves on specific areas of the body that facilitate nerve communication and correct and nourish body imbalances. The correct tension of muscle and fascia is reinstated and tension removed from the bones and joints, while redistribution of fluids and energy flow occurs. Ideal for joint pain, injuries, oedema, lymphatic function, reflux and organ problems. It is painless, non invasive and safe to use on anyone from the newborn to the elderly and provides lasting relief from a wide variety of acute or chronic conditions. Central Coast Calmbirth
Ear Candling: Traditionally used by the American Indian's, ear candles can help to relieve pressure, clear the ear canals of wax and debris for clearer hearing, sinusitis relief and reduced pain. Great for children's ear problems or before flying.
Touch for Health Kinesiology: Designed by a chiropractor to evaluate and restore muscle function, posture and body imbalances Touch for Health Kinesiology can be used to find food allergies, nutritional deficiencies, integrate the brain hemispheres to assist with learning and coordination, stop pain and restore vitality.
Vibrational Therapy: The use of vibrational healing and hands on healing methods to improve body, mind and spirit functions. Techniques used include: Body magic, polarity therapy, chakra balancing, Reiki (Tibetan and Ursui), breath work, music and meditation.
Herbal Medicine: Herbal medicine is one of the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. It is medicine made exclusively from plants. It is used in all societies and is common to all cultures. Herbal preparations may be prescribed as part of your treatment plan as tinctures, tablets, capsules, teas or as a homoeopathic remedy thereby suiting all constitutions.
Homoeopathy: The basic principle of homeopathy, known as the "law of similars", is "let like be cured by like." Apart from the presenting symptoms all aspects of your physical and psychological state is examined and a remedy is selected based on the presented symptoms. Homoeopathy is a gentle and powerful and is especially suitable for those who are sensitive or find assimilation difficult of herbal medicines and supplements as well as babies, children and older generations. It will help the constitution as a whole with chronic and acute disease patterns or as a preventative therapy.
Iridology: The ancient study of the markings of the irises to monitor health conditions of the internal body. Iridology can be used preventatively to detect possible dysfunction in body and mind. An iridology assessment
Bach and Bush Flower Essences: These remedies are made from wild flowers and plants and are designed to treat the whole person. Every disorder in the body arises because of an inner imbalance for which nature has provided a cure in the form of healing plants, sunlight, spring water and fresh air.
Nutrition: Fifty years of scientific studies indicate that most diseases seen in modern countries are the result of diet. A plant-based, high-nutrient, whole-foods diet can be used not only to treat and reverse disease but prevent it from ever happening in the first place. I will design an individual high nutrient density plan for you to follow to help with your health concerns.
Diet Plan: Diets have evolved over the years to ensure they fit into a busy lifestyle. During your consultation you may be offered a specific diet for your health concern or asked to keep a diet diary. Some diet types are: elimination diet, weight loss diet, Candida diet, acid/ alkaline diet, low GI diet, wheat/ dairy/ gluten free diets, Amine free diet, salicilate free diet, detoxification diet.
Lifestyle Plan: An important component of every treatment plan is lifestyle advice. This can range from what type of exercise suits you and your health goal to what shampoo or soap to use on your hair and skin.