Services

For the remainder of 2020, Akeso Massage Therapy is keeping it simple and offering one treatment:

Akeso Massage: 1 hour Massage (+ Consultation)    $90

Massage – 1 hour relaxing massage. This will be tailored to suit your needs. *See below for further info.

Consultation – Where we discuss your reason for coming for a massage and your previous and current condition of health and wellbeing. Please allow extra time for the consultation, especially at your first appointment. **See below for further info.

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* Further info regarding the massage style and the Akeso approach:

Individualised: We will discuss your massage to determine your needs and preferences. For example, you might like a whole body massage but with focus on your neck and shoulders, or you may wish to have only your legs massaged. If you are unsure, we will work out together what will be the most beneficial for you.

Focussed on the relaxing, pain and stress-easing nature of massage (though how you respond is up to you – you might find the massage refreshing or invigorating!) and underpinned by the belief that massage works on you as a whole person (and especially your nervous system). Remedial/deep tissue/sports techniques will be incorporated, where appropriate, into a generally relaxing massage.

Using a level of pressure that is comfortable for you and the practitioner. A firm massage can be given, but if you are specifically seeking very strong pressure, please look for another therapist more suited to your needs.

Remedial? The concept of remedial massage is linked to private health funds, who dictate a particular style of treatment. This, traditionally, involves treatment plans, physical/postural assessments and massage often focussed on the mechanical side of things. Sally prefers to treat the person as a ‘whole’ (a ‘biopsychosocial’, ‘client-centred’ approach) and is aiming more to make you feel generally ‘good’ than to ‘fix’ a particular condition. As a bonus, this general wellbeing may even help you to more easily manage your particular condition! E.g. Client: “I have hurt my back – can you fix it (with a massage)?” Akeso: “Probably not. However, a massage may give you a little relief from your pain and, combined with other treatments, may help to put you in a good ‘place’ for healing”.

Assessment? Remedial massage therapists are not trained to diagnose conditions or diseases – this is out of our scope of practice. If you are seeking a diagnosis, it is best to see a G.P. or other trained professional. The official definition of remedial massage includes “the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, ligaments and connective tissues of the body…” (Medibank) Sally’s training was not big on systematic assessment, so she prefers to leave that to GPs/physios/osteos/chiros etc, and her focus is on you as a whole person, not specifically on your muscles, ligaments and connective tissues. Contemporary science suggests that massage’s effects are functions of the nervous system (not individual muscles). Massage works more by affecting the whole person than by directly affecting soft tissues.

Trigger points? There’s been some interesting reseach and analysis into concepts like ‘trigger points’ in recent years. Whilst the sites of what might be referred to as ‘trigger points’ may be included as part of your massage, the focus is not on ‘trigger points’. If you prefer this style of massage you may wish to see a therapist who specialises in this style.

** Further info regarding the consultation:

At your first appointment you will be asked to complete an intake form and this information will be reviewed at subsequent appointments. Sally will be checking for contraindications (reasons it may not be safe/advisable for you to receive a massage or ways the massage may need to be modified). You may be referred to another practitioner if your needs are outside her scope of training.

Your massage treatment will be discussed so that it can be tailored to your needs and preferences and you will know what to expect during your massage.

For the remainder of 2020:

  • “Remedial Massage” as per health fund definition N/A (Not Available)
  • Health Fund Rebates N/A
  • Gift vouchers N/A
  • WorkCover appointments N/A
  • Concession/Pensioner rates N/A
  • Previously offered 3 Packs and 20 min ‘Pick me up’ treatments N/A
  • On request, a shorter massage appointment may be able to be arranged, if it is deemed the most appropriate treatment (for example, shorter massage duration is usually recommended for children)

PREGNANCY: All massage treatments can be tailored to be appropriate for women who are pregnant or post-natal. Specialised pregnancy massage tables and pillows are not provided, but you will be assisted to find a comfortable position, supported with regular pillows, either side-lying on the massage table or seated in a chair.

TREATMENT OF MINORS: In accordance with the Association of Massage Therapist’s Code of Practice, a parent, legal guardian or caregiver must be present at all times during treatment of persons under 18. Consent to the treatment must be given by the parent/guardian. Sally Alderson holds a Working with Children Check.

All services at Akeso Massage Therapy are strictly non-sexual. In the case of inappropriate behaviour, the massage will be terminated immediately.