Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body (such as tendons, ligaments and fascia) for therapeutic or relaxation purposes.
Hands are primarily used in massage therapy. In addition to hands, forearms, elbows, and instruments can also be used to apply different intensity and pressure during treatment.
Using a variety of techniques, massage therapists knead, rub or tap areas of the body to improve circulation, relieve pain and tenderness, reduce stress, increase flexibility and relax the whole body by targeting the skeletal, circulatory, muscular, fascial, lymphatic, and nervous systems. The overarching aim of the massage is to help promote general wellness with a healing touch. Following are the popular types of massages:
Hot stone therapy
Trigger point massage
Regional methodologies like Lomi Lomi, Kahuna, Thai, Balinese Massage etc. (These methodologies may include a mix of the above techniques plus some unique strokes)
To get the most out of a remedial massage, it is important that you know what you wish to achieve from the session. It may be to assist your general health & wellbeing. And also be to relieve specific, aching muscles or general stiffness in your body.
You should tell your massage therapist about any other health issue(s) that you may be experiencing.
In your first session, the therapist will determine your treatment goals. They will also undertake a general assessment which may include postural and structural assessment. This is when you can mention any specific complaints that you wish to address. After that, once you lie down on the massage table for treatment, the therapist may perform diagnostic strokes on various parts of your body. This is to determine levels of tension in your body and the state of your muscles.
A towel will cover you for most of the session. The therapist will expose only the areas that they will be working on. The therapist may use a suitable oil or cream, and a variety of techniques to remedy your problem and to soothe your problem areas.
The massage therapist can work with a variety of pressures. This is because different bodies/clients require different types of pressure and strokes. if you feel any discomfort during your massage session, please feel free to tell your massage therapist. They can alter their strokes or vary their pressures.
For certain types of treatments, it is possible that you feel some soreness or tenderness a few days after your massage therapy session. Please feel free to ask your therapist, how to take care of your body after your treatment.
At tonika health, we have ambient music, controllable soothing lighting and quiet rooms with maintained temperature. This means that you will have the best therapeutic massage experience in Sydney.
Eiko is a certified Remedial Massage Therapist with a diploma in Remedial Massage and a Bachelor in Human Movement Studies. If you want to get an invigorating and refreshing massage then please book a session of therapeutic remedial massage by Eiko Oki.
Eiko’s has a signature style of holistic remedial massage. Due to her well-trained, well-tuned muscles and body structure, Eiko is able to generate strokes that are broader and firmer in comparison to your regular remedial massage therapists. This is thanks to her history as a former JBBF: Japan BodyBuilding Federation’s state champion, and her highly developed skills as a Karate instructor (3rd Dan Blackbelt). Combined with personalised passive joint mobilisation and soft tissue alignment techniques (a much gentler approach for those who suffer from issues such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis and frozen shoulder), Eiko’s treatments have been known to effectively aid clients to alleviate symptoms including general muscle fatigue, postural imbalances, scoliosis and post-injury muscle imbalances just to name a few. All of Eiko’s sessions involve some well-needed relaxation and TLC, so that you leave the treatment feeling calm as well as energised.
When she’s not in the clinic you can find Eiko teaching Karate classes and refereeing tournaments, and exploring and enjoying Aussie craft beers at the end of a long day, or after Karate class. She also loves to research new and old movement therapy methods, stretching for soft tissue and joint mobility!