We are committed to promoting and delivering the personal health benefits of therapeutic massage to the Auckland community, in a safe, professional environment.
Introduction & Vision Statement
We are committed to promoting and delivering the personal health benefits of therapeutic massage to the Auckland community, in a safe, professional environment. To achieve that goal, our therapists have trained at the NZ College of Massage, hold Diploma level qualifications, and have more than 10 years experience.
Massage can be very beneficial in times of stress, helping to relieve tension in the body and revitalize the spirit, easing pain and bringing recovery after physical exertion. It can also be used as a preventative measure before partaking in sports to help avoid injury or cramps. Everyday tension from deep concentration, worries, work pressure, or the weight of decisions and responsibilities can affect the body, provoking muscular contraction and pain. Massaging the tight muscles not only eases muscular tension, it also eases mental tension, helping energy to again circulate throughout the body.
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
- Helps reduce stress and anxiety
- Releases muscle spasms
- Reduces aches and pains
- Headache relief
- Releases restrictions in muscles, joints and connective tissue
- Increases circulation of blood and lymph
- Reduces inflammation
- Speeds removal of waste products from tissues
- Injury prevention and recovery
- Strengthens the immune system
- Soothes nerves
- Increases sense of well-being
In 1999 Lee completed the Diploma of Therapeutic Massage and the Diploma of Body Therapies at the New Zealand College of Massage. Further study followed for the Advanced Certificate in Clinical Neuromuscular Therapy as she saw that as a relevant and effective way to deal with pain, discomfort and reduced mobility often associated with soft tissue injury or overuse.
In the 10+ years she has been practicing Lee has developed skills that enable her to help people address issues such as headaches, migraines, neck and shoulder tension (often associated with computer work), tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, lower back pain, sciatica and leg muscle tension.
“I gain a lot of satisfaction from helping people, both on a short and long term basis, to care for themselves and reduce or eliminate pain from their bodies. There are not many jobs where positive feedback is as immediate as having someone say “I feel so different from when I walked in here an hour ago”. Or to have a client, who initially sought help because they were experiencing 4-5 headaches a week, report back that they haven’t had any since their massage.”
In addition to her clinic work Lee also has long term experience with on-site massage, working with the elderly, and working with those with long-term health issues such as multiple sclerosis and stroke.
Diploma of Body Therapies (Dip B.T.),
Diploma in Therapeutic Massage (Dip M.T.),
Certified Neuromuscular Therapist,
Remedial Massage Therapist member (MNZ)
After graduating from the New Zealand College of Massage in 2000 Barbara focussed on sports and therapeutic massage, working in several clinics and with a variety of sports teams (netball, hockey, rugby union and rugby league) at club, provincial and national levels. Her focus later expanded to include pregnancy massage which she enjoyed providing through a midwives practice. Her association with NZCM continues with her role as a tutor in their Certificate programme and with her personal goal of completing their new degree course.
“Being a massage therapist gives me the opportunity to make a difference to people’s state of health on a physical level, by relieving the muscle aches and tension they present with. It’s great seeing them leave happy and relaxed. It’s also very satisfying helping people gain knowledge and understanding of their health needs in a holistic sense and very heartening when they take this information on board and make changes in their lives.”
Diploma of Body Therapies (Sports and Therapeutic Massage)
RELAXATION massage is helpful if you are feeling overstressed or over worked, coping with lots of responsibilities or just feeling generally weary and needing some ‘time out’. Being a lighter, more flowing form of massage it can help soothe nerves and ease mental and physical tension, thereby increasing the sense of well-being.
THERAPEUTIC/REMEDIAL/DEEP TISSUE massage addresses specific soft tissue injuries and conditions such as headaches, shoulder and neck pain, lower back pain and tight leg muscles. It works at a deeper level than relaxation massage in order to address the muscular pain and restriction.
NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY and TRIGGER POINT THERAPY may bring relief from chronic pain such as headache, migraine, OOS, sciatica, chronic back, jaw and neck pain. This approach searches for the underlying causes of long standing pain and aims to release muscle spasm and eliminate trigger points, to improve flexibility and muscle strength.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE is a useful method of treating neck and back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain, by working on the connective tissue (fascia), which lies under the skin and surrounds all our muscles, organs and bones. Gentle pressure and stretch is applied to the skin over areas of tension and restriction, until a release is felt.
SPORTS MASSAGE can be used as a preventative measure before taking part in sports to help avoid injury or cramps. It also helps to speed up recovery after training or an event by mobilising and flushing soft tissue. Improved performance and fewer injuries are the likely outcome.
PREGNANCY MASSAGE can help with the relaxation of tense back, neck and shoulder muscles, reduction of fluid retention in legs, and soothing of the nervous system, which can help reduce anxiety. You may experience greater energy, and less fatigue as a result.
The particular needs of each client are thoroughly discussed before the hands-on work commences.
Deep Tissue Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Remedial Massage, Sports Massage, Swedish Relaxation Massage