Autumn 2021

March 2021

Autumn is a lovely time for a massage at the Akeso studio: mist lifting gently from the trees in the nearby valley, light filtering onto the golden carpet and a comfortable, temperature-controlled studio.

Step into a warm and peaceful room and be offered a seat. Speak with your therapist about what brings you for a massage and how you would like to feel after your treatment. Lie down on a super comfortable massage table, complete with head and arm rests. Enjoy the feeling of warmed towels covering your body. You’ll feel relaxed before the massage has even begun!

After the tumultuous year that was 2020, Akeso Massage Therapy re-opened in November last year and has been happily welcoming customers back into the studio since then.

When you receive a massage at Akeso Massage Therapy, you receive a full 1 hour of massage time on the table, as well as time to discuss your needs with the therapist. The massage is relaxation-focussed, delivered by a Diploma of Remedial Massage qualified therapist.

A range of days and times are available for appointments.

All you need to do is let Sally know you are ready to book your massage. 😊

Ph: 0448 010 052


Or enquire here.

Closed for COVID-19

Mar 2020

With the new Coronavirus at large, Akeso Massage Therapy aims to help reduce its spread.

As of Tuesday 17th March 2020, Akeso closed its doors (for now!)

This decision was in fitting with the recommendation made by the Association of Massage Therapists (AMT).

All customers were notified of a four week closure and advised that further information regarding re-opening would be given when possible. At this stage, Akeso is likely to be closed until further notice.

Please return to this site in the future! When it becomes safe to be in practice once more, Akeso would love to hear from you!

Health and safety of community is priority


Your effort will be rewarded


Massage table

Some things are an effort to do, but once you’ve done them, you feel so glad you did.

Making that phone call you’ve been putting off. Giving yourself some time to unwind.

Many people love the idea of a massage, but making time for one is not easy and sometimes a simple thing like sending a message of enquiry can take a long time to get around to. Akeso Massage Therapy understands this.

If you like the idea of a massage and you manage to squeeze in some space in your life to make that booking…Akeso Massage Therapy wants to ensure you feel utterly happy with yourself for the effort you made. When you leave the studio feeling warm, nurtured, relaxed, and lighter and freer in your body, you will be very glad that you made that effort.

Massage and Mood

Oct 2019

World Mental Health Day (10th Oct) may have passed, but did you know it is currently
Victorian Mental Health Month? The focus for this year’s Mental Health Month (7 Oct – 6 Nov) is youth – people aged 16-25 years. 1 in 7 young Australians experience a mental health condition.

People often recognise that massage can have a positive effect on their mood, with many seeking massage to help lower stress levels. It may not be as commonly known that massage can also benefit conditions of depression and anxiety. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health conditions experienced by people in Australia.

There is a lack of good quality research on massage and myths about massage abound, but the beneficial effects of massage on anxiety and depression are the most well-established effects in the massage therapy research literature.

Looking after your mental health is important, whether you are experiencing a mental health condition or not. Our mental health affects how we think, feel and act and helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. A healthy mental state can boost your ability to deal with stress, solve problems, think flexibly and even fight disease.

So, if your mental health needs some extra care in order to flourish, do consider massage with Akeso Massage Therapy.


For those interested in reading the fine print…here is some more detail about the effects of massage on mood:

A series of massage therapy treatments has been shown to consistently produce sizable reductions of depression in adult recipients. Single sessions of massage therapy have been shown to significantly reduce state anxiety, the momentary emotional experiences of apprehension, tension and worry in both adults and in children. Multiple sessions of massage therapy, performed over a period of days or weeks, have been shown to significantly reduce trait anxiety, the normally stable individual tendency to experience anxiety states, to an impressive degree in adults.

“Affective Massage Therapy”, Christopher A. Moyer, 2008.

Thank Goddess!


That is, thank Akeso, the Goddess of Healing….for my business name!

Apparently Akeso represented the process of healing/curing, rather than a cure itself (her sister Panakeia, or Panacea, represented the cure).

It makes sense to me to consider healing a multi-faceted process, rather than something that can be found in a magical ‘fix’.

Massage can create favourable conditions for the body to heal, so it could be helpful as one of many tools in your healing-process ‘kit’.

Unsure about how to pronounce ‘Akeso’?

‘A’ (sounds like the ‘u’ in ‘umbrella’)

‘Ke’ (sounds like the ‘ke’ in ‘kettle’)

‘So’ (sounds like the ‘so’ in ‘so now you know how to say Akeso’)

Welcoming in the New Year

Jan 2018

I do hope the new year is unfolding well for you. It has certainly been a good time lately to enjoy the many ways for keeping cool in Castlemaine – whether it’s swimming in a pool or reservoir, mooching around in the library, drinking something cool in a cafe or staying at home with doors and windows shut and a cool facewasher on your brow!

If you’re considering a massage, you might be glad to know that the Akeso Massage Therapy studio has air-conditioning – perhaps it’s the relaxing little oasis you are looking for!

Akeso studio