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RELIEF/MANAGEMENT WITH SPECIFIC COMBINATION THERAPY TECHNIQUES TO ADDRESS YOUR SPECIFIC ALIMENTS. I AM SPECIALIZING MORE & MORE WITH CHRONIC PAIN RELIEF, INJURY RELIEF / MANAGEMENT, POSTURE ANALYSIS / REHABILITATION AND STRESS AND TRAUMA (Physical and Psychological) RELIEF / MANAGEMENT with specific combination therapy techniques to address your specific ailments!
Therapist Background/Training Therapeutic benefits / Ailments Helped Therapeutic / Remedial Massage Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Reflexology Myofascial Release Therapy Pregnancy Massage ITOVI BIO-READINGS/ BODY SCANS for Whole Body Analysis/ Nutrition TRIGGER POINT DRY NEEDLING/ SUPPLEMENTS FAR-Infrared Sauna Prices / Concessions / Sliding Scale Gift Vouchers Testimonials
Whether you want to complement your holiday with a relaxing massage or to have pain/ ailment relief or to have a deeper tissue sports massage I can adhere to your needs! OR if you have on-going "maintenance" needs and ailments that need addressing I can also help! I can combine several different modalities accordingly and specifically to your needs! In our every day hurried world in the west with too much stress and rushing, we need to start listening to our bodies again and dropping more into our bodies to be able to restore and relax more into the Parasympathetic Nervous System - out of the 'fight, flight or freeze' of the Sympathetic Nervous System. As the body cannot maintain this without adrenal fatigue and then a decreased immune system and then general fatigue and dysfunction can start to occur with numerous body system's. Receiving Holistic Bodywork can help assist the body into a more re-balanced state within it's body system's - to then reach more OPTIMUM HEALTH again!... STRESS AND PAIN FREE!! I give a one-on-one personal / client centred consultation and analysis to combine the different remedial therapies I have learnt over the last 29 years of bodywork. I apply accordingly to your specific individual needs at the time. This is according to current ailments, health, constitution, work and/or home stress patterns on any level, if there is any pain, etc. I also give corrective postures / exercises and advice for self help, e.g., breathing exercises for stress / insomnia, core strength exercises to help rectify / antidote back pain, etc... as well as referral advice if I feel other complementary therapies / advice will help you holistically, e.g., naturopath, osteopath, counselling, etc. I only charge for HANDS ON TIME and consultation is FREE and not included in the overall cost. Please allow extra time for your first visit above the treatment time as we will discuss and go over your case history form / body background so I can treat you accordingly to your body's individual and specific needs! HOURS: (by appointment)
- Monday to Wednesday: 10am - 7pm
- Thursday: 10am - 5pm
- Saturday: 10.30am - 5pm
~~~ HOT WINTER SPECIAL ~~~
from 1st June until 31st August I have reduced my HOT VOLCANIC STONE MASSAGE by $25 and my FAR-Infrared Sauna Session's are reduced from $23 casual rate to $15. Please email or text me to book either of these. - Only reduced for these 3 months
Also offering my Therapeutic/ Remedial Massage Treatments for a once a year 'flash discount' of ONLY $59 for 1 hour - from June - August.
GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE CONCESSIONS AND SLIDING SCALE PAYMENT POSSIBLE
To call for an appointment or for any enquiry or queries with a NO-OBLIGATION confidential chat to discuss what your need's are and what may help you:- PLEASE TEXT 021-1368439
Within your treatment I am combining, when needed, POSTURE AND AILMENT(S) ANALYSIS AND REHABILITATION and/or STRESS AND PAIN RELIEF AND MANAGEMENT. Also please see my THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS LIST that may be achieved in receiving these treatments.* I can combine the different therapies, (to an extent,) together in the one treatment to address your needs from many angles! If you specifically want 2 therapies in one please just ask. My most popular combination is the Massage Therapy with Cranio-Sacral Therapy... Then Massage with Reflexology or Aromatouch with extended Massage Techniques to follow!
Our greatest wealth is our health!!
Therapist Background/Training MELISSA POTTER brings you over 29 years experience in bodywork. She was born in New Zealand but traveled for 15 years overseas and did most of her training then. She first became involved in body work in 1989 when first learning and becoming certified in Anatomy and Physiology(A & P) when becoming an Aerobics Instructor and Gym Assistant / Weight Trainer. She qualified with AFAA and was certified with them in the Caribbean for 4 years of Gym work. She then went on to be certified with a THERAPEUTIC / REMEDIAL MASSAGE - I.T.E.C, INTERNATIONAL THERAPY EDUCATION COUNCIL DIPLOMA. Diploma with "Essentials for Health" in London in 1993, combined with further A & P training and an I.T.E.C. Diploma over 2 years. In 1995 she learnt the MEHTA INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE directly from Mr Mehta himself! He is a blind Indian osteopath in London who brought these special techniques to the west from India! In 1995 she also got a Diploma in REFLEXOLOGY through the Anthony Larkin School of Reflexology in Ireland over 2 years, also with further A & P training. Over 2 years, she also learnt and was initiated into REIKI HEALING through the Dr Usui energy system. She was certified in the training of Level I & II and III with the HANDS OF LIGHT INSTITUTE in Dublin. Then over 2 years she became certified in UPLEDGER CRANIO-SACRAL with four levels in England and Ireland. Learning levels: CSTI & II, SERI, VMIA. Which included SOMATO EMOTIONAL RELEASE and VISCERAL MANIPULATION. In 2006 she then certified in Level I with the BIO-DYNAMIC form of Cranio-Sacral Therapy here in New Zealand. Since 1993 Melissa has practised Yoga mainly from IYENGAR teachers. Then in 2000 she did a 2 year YOGA INSTRUCTORS Certification with two British Wheel of Yoga Instructors / Tutors, again with further A & P training in Ireland. In 2003 she did a course learning further ADVANCED MASSAGE techniques to certification level to combine using the amazingly effective VOLCANIC BASALT STONES from an Hawaiian Practitioner/Tutor! In 2004 she did an NMIT - ADVANCED THERAPEUTIC/REMEDIAL AND SPORTS MASSAGE Certification Course over 3 months. She also has worked extensively for four different 5-star lodges/hotels over 20 years and has received further training from them all including one in Ireland and then in NZ, the PARATIHO LODGE, the RESERGENCE LODGE and the KINA COLADA LODGE. In 2013, Melissa completed 2 levels of MYOFASCIAL RELEASE THERAPY including an advanced level. This has had amazing results, especially with pain, injury and postural restrictions. Melissa also started in July, 2013 a 2 year Practitioner Diploma Training in BODY INTELLIGENCE - BIODYNAMIC CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY. This is a whole new approach and with new researched techniques within the Craniosacral Therapy training - it is now taught in 34 countries, (check www.bodyintelligence.co.nz), as it is having incredible results with injury, pain and trauma relief / management. Melissa graduated with her BCST Diploma in February, 2015. She is now specializing in this Osteopathic model and has had GREAT CLINIC RESULTS with this gentle hands on therapy that palpates and helps improve the Craniosacral Rhythm but it also is catalyst for homeostasis/ balance to ALL BODY SYSTEMS plus for the body's own natural alignment. Hence it is incredibly deep and exciting work in it's scope to help the human body, mind and emotions! Melissa is now a fully registered and advanced BCST Practitioner with the P.A.C.T - PACIFIC ASSOCIATION OF CRANIOSACRAL THERAPISTS. P.A.C.T. assure you of a professional and properly trained Practitioner level plus of on going training and professional support. Check www.bcst.info for further information on this Australasian Professional Body. Melissa completed the Bioydynamic Craniosacral Therapy Paediatric level in April 2014 then in July 2017 she did an Advanced Seminar/ Training with Steve Haines - one of the founders of BCST. The Post Graduate Seminars/ Training's help maintain keeping up with up to date research in the neuroscience field and to keep learning the latest BCST advanced techniques and to help specialize in the Craniosacral Therapy field. Then in June and July of 2017 Melissa attended 2 different levels/ training in the TRIGGER POINT DRY NEEDLING. (TPDN) TPDN is a Physical Therapists take on using acupuncture needles but not on meridian points but on the muscle belly itself to help relieve a wide spectrum of ailments - especially with pain and tightness of the musculo-skeletal system. There is also acu-stimulus applied with a acu-stimulator which has a jade ball on the end to help apply acupressure to the Meridian Points. Melissa will be learning the advanced level of TPDN in 2018 which will include Cupping and Moxabustion to assist body circulation, release and hence balance.. Melissa is grateful to have learnt all of these body-work/therapy modalities to help people in what she passionately believes in for helping the human body and it's healing. She has seen over the years great results and she continue's to learn techniques/modalities to help people from many angles in what she strongly believe's in!
Wisdom to the mind is what health is to the body!
Different ailments and health aspects that can therapeutically benefit from these therapies: All these therapies are HOLISTIC in approach and complementary and may bring HOMOEOSTASIS (equilibrium) to the human body, as well as many other benefits. This list is by no means complete and benefits have been combined that may be achieved from receiving any of these different therapies. To define which specific therapy may help which specific ailment, please contact me, even though there are many "over laps". NB: Response to any of these treatments can vary according to your current personal health and individual constitution. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA or TGA and they do not make claim to cure, diagnose, treat or heal any disease.
- Relief of stress and tension (physical and psychological)
- Helps reduce pain - acute to chronic
- Rehabilitation / relief of repetitive strain
- Increase flexibility / range of motion
- Enhances removal of metabolic waste
- Relief of headaches, migraines, sinusitius
- Relief of muscle cramps / spasms / tightness
- Aiding decreased or painful joint mobility
- Assisted recovery from accident / illness / ailment(s)
- Decrease muscle deterioration
- Increases tissue metabolism
- Increases blood and lymph circulation
- Enhances red blood cell count
- Enhances the removal of metabolic waste
- Stimulates the release of endorphins
- Increase flexibility and range of motion
- Promotes deeper and more effective breathing, thus deeper relaxation (sometimes to the "alpha state")
- Strengthens the immune system
- Reduces swelling / scaring
- Helps improve posture and helps relieve the symptoms of poor posture
- Stretches and helps bring circulation to connective tissue
- Slows respiration
- Can lower blood pressue
- Calms the nervous system
- Assisted digestion and excretion
- Helps with depression / anxiety / mood swings
- Helps M.E., M.S., I.B.S, C.F.S
- Balance to endocrine and reproductive systems
- Asthma, Excema
- Birth Trauma
- Dyslexia / Autism
We warrant of fitness our car's, what about our bodies?!
Therapeutic / Remedial Massage (Integrating: Swedish/Relaxation, Deep Tissue/Sports, Acupressure, Trigger Points, Hot volcanic Stones and/or Mehta Indian Head Massage techniques). I combine many different techniques I have learnt over the years according to your specific needs. I ask for feed back throughout the treatment as to whether the depth is adequate or too much, are you warm enough etc... as feedback is crucial to your needs! I will give posture and ailment feedback and analysis as I see it during the treatment and/or afterwards. Only quality essential oils, oil blends and creams are used in your treatment. Massage is an ancient touch therapy used for 1000's of years bringing many effective therapeutic and holistic benefits to the body, (see THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS PAGE). I combine accordingly more relaxing and Swedish based strokes / effluerage to more deeper tissue release work combining trigger points and acupressure not only within the muscle belly but also at origin and insertion of the muscle. Also combining some myo-facial general releases and also some pulsing/stretching of the limbs / neck. Depth of treatment is always gauged to your comfort and a full "warm up" of the tissue through stroke work of the tissue and muscle fibre is achieved before going into the muscle any deeper. Working with the "stretch reflex" of the muscle and with the breath is also paramount at different times. I combine different sports techniques / stretches / "point release" work, etc where and when needed for the more problematic areas in the body. Lympathic drainage techniques are used and drinking plenty of water is recommended after the treatment to help assist the lymph glands to excrete the lactic acid dislodged from the muscle fibre through massage. Hence cellular metobolism/elimination is greatly assisted/enhanced. I can combine the MEHTA INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE while you lie in supine position or it can be done in the traditional way sitting up. It is traditionally passed within the Indian families and applied while getting their hair done. The scalp, face and neck and shoulders are gently, firmly and rhythmically massaged allowing pressure and tension in these areas to release. By stimulating scalp circulation, the scalp relaxing and subcutaneous muscles toned up, eyestrain and headaches are relieved. Great for computer users and long distance drivers. HOT VOLCANIC STONE MASSAGE - using the geo-magnetic qualities of the Volcanic Basalt Stone, (sourced here in New Zealand), I place the stones on the body, (and use them to massage with at different times), so that their heat can transmit into the body. The Volcanic stones and the massage techniques applied release even more tension, tightness and toxins! It becomes like a sauna with the stones on the body under the towels! The weight of the stone also likens to myo-facial release as well as being stilling and nurturing. Meridian lines and thus prana ("energy") flow within the body is activated and this in turn strengthens the "yin" energy and reduces excess "yang" energy. Visceral tone and general circulation is encouraged. I use EXTRA FULL BODY STONE PLACEMENT with over 55 Basalt stones of varied size accordingly. NATURE'S PURE BLISS AND THERAPY!!
BIODYNAMIC CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is a gentle, specific touch technique to enhance the flow and potency of the cerebro-spinal fluid, (CSF), held within the Craniosacral System (CSS) which consists of the cranium and spinal column. Also involved and brought to alignment to the mid-line of the body for more optimum function is ALL the multiple layering of the fascia which "webs" around the body. The Fascia is a very influential vast body matrix, connecting and binding around everything from muscle, bone, ligaments, tendons, glands to organs. The CSS is a semi-closed hydraulic system contained within a tough waterproof membrane, (the Dura Mater), which envelopes the brain and the spinal cord. This system is responsible for producing, circulating and re-absorbing the CSF. The Dura is also known as the RTM - Reciprocal Tension Membrane. It acts like a shock absorber/ protection to the brain and spinal cord. The CSS has its' own rhythmic pulse through the "filling" (flexion) and "emptying" (contraction) throughout the CSS which BCST Practitioner palpates with informed listening thus within this, assists it's changes in potency, amplitude and rate. If there is any mis-alignment or trauma / dysfunction within the CSS and /or other corresponding bones, muscles and organs in the body, BCST can assist this as well. It's healing scope is wide due to assisting the "inner core" of the body and it triggers the body's own "innate wisdom" and self corrective / healing mechanisms. *BCST *scope can also be wide as it assist's bringing homeostasis to the human body, which is ultimately, a naturally occuring phenomena. But, due to illness, trauma, accidents, etc the body can need assistance from a BCST Practitioner. This is an Osteopathic research based technique, yet can assist not only fluid, tissue and bone re-expression and balance but it can also assist in aspects of *SOMATO EMOTIONAL RELEASE (SER)* which entails a deeper aspect of BCST*. SOMATO* being latin for "body". Hence deeper ingrained trauma for the Sympathetic Nervous System can be still "locked" in Flight, Fight or Freeze. The body can need help to "re-progam" through the neural matrix back to the Parasympathetic Nervous System. The body governs the inherent treatment plan on the table, as symptoms arise and the body titrates trauma at it's own pace and then it literally "reorganises" it's body system's accordingly. The body presents it's patterning and individual needs and hence defines the "inherent treatment plan". It will resource as needed to reorganize, re-potentize, re-balance, etc. The visceral (organs) can release the emotion held cellularly through *SER *which goes on to inner dialogue and dialogue outwardly with the practitioner, if needed and if it comes up in your treatment, guiding you through psycho-somatic release through the release of tissue memory. The organ's are the seat of many emotions, e.g: the lungs hold grief, the liver hold anger, the kidney's hold fear, etc.... hence the scope widens again to assist the root cause and hence release/ relief/ balancing of many ailments, e.g:- PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attack's, etc. I am very passionate about this modality! It is on-going learning through Neuroscience Research/ Discovery being updated so regularly with such incredible technology to study the human brain and whole body with advanced MRI's and CAT Scan's, etc. BCST has such an incredible scope in what it can treat with solid Osteopathic researched beginning's dating back to the clinical and scientific finding's of Dr William Sutherland , a renowned Osteopath back in the 18th Century! NB: I am also treating children and babies with BCST in Clinic with good results to assist optimum function/ health even after birth trauma, accidents, etc. Pease Check: www.bcst.info for further BCST description and for the P.A.C.T - Pacific Association of Craniosacral Therapists for the NZ and Australian Directory's. P.A.C.T. assures that Registered Practitioner's with them keep to a specific standard with on-going tutorial supervision, post-graduate study and seminars towards maintaining constant update of skills and knowledge within the BCST field of Practitioners.
REFLEXOLOGY (including foot massage) Reflexology is a zone therapy based on the science with the principle that there are relexes in the feet, (and hands), which correspond to all the glands, organs and parts of the human body. It correlates longitudinal zones which run from the reflex points of the feet up into the rest of the body. Through a method using specific thumb and finger pressure on these reflex areas of the feet, an increase of pressure and hence stimulation, on these reflex areas of the feet can increase energy flow along all of these corresponding zones. It works very similary to electricity if you can imagine us as an electrical system and this taps into energizing and clearing through these pathways to all parts of the body! Hence reflexology has very few contra-indications when used as it can reach every part of the body indirectly. Great for elderly or anyone concious of wanting to remain clothed. It is incredibly effective due to over 7,200 nerve endings being in each foot!! How's that for a complex "electrical" system to tap into! Instead of lactic acid knots that we get broken down through massage, there are uric acid "lumps" to work on and break down and flush out into the lymph system to be excreted. This in turn allows the body to find it's optimum health and balance again. Hence the importance of the foot massage at the end, alot more stroke work than Reflexology!, to push the dis-lodged uric acid up to the closed lymph gland being the poplital gland behind the knee. Hence again alot of water drinking after the treatment is beneficial. Pressure is adjusted to the client's comfort.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE THERAPY The concept of Myofascial Release originates back to the late 19th century to Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathic medicine. The technique really became popular when John F. Barnes, PT, LMT started teaching Myofascial Release seminars to therapists and body workers about 50 years ago. Janet Travel then published the first reference book on Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction in 1983. John Barnes states.. "We must be clear that medicine, modalities, muscle energy techniques, mobilization / manipulation, massage and flexibility and exercise programs do not alter the powerful fascial restrictions that occur in the high percentage of our paitients. These restrictions are only altered via MYOFASCIAL RELEASE". In its normal healthy state, fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It is strong yet flexible - a perfect tensegrity model holding and binding all our muscles, bones and organs within the body yet helping them move physiologically with every day function / movement. It is normally free to stretch and move without restriction. It absorbs and distributes tensile forces and acts as a communication network for mechanical, energetic, chemical, experiential and informational exchange. It helps maintain homeostasis in the body at ALL levels. So LIFE HAPPENS and it is all "recorded" in the mind-body complex. It all gets absorbed into the memory and structure of our soft tissue, our muscles, the connective tissue.... THE FASCIA! These "recordings", (due to influences such as stress, accidents, repetitive strain, etc), can become restrictions in the fascial system of the body. The layers slowly tighten over time, restricting the body until we loose our "physiologic adaptive capacity". We loose space in the body and hence flexibility, both physically and emotionally, to respond effectively to the stress of every day life. This is when muscles start to ache all the time, headaches increase, we sprain, strain or pull muscles easily, etc. Then where there is stagnation within the fibre /cells disease can then also start to form. Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR) is a safe and highly effective form of soft tissue "hands-on manipulation" that releases restrictions in the fascia and helps restore an individual's "physiologic adaptive capacity". When restrictions are released space is created, restoring movement and glide-ability within the sliding layers of the fascia in the body. This creates a chain reaction on all levels of the mind-body complex enhancing the efficiency and functioning of all the whole body systems, enhancing key functioning at the cellular level and facilitating the release of emotions and stored active memories. MFR works WITH the body rather than pushing into or against the body like some deeper tissue modalities, which in turn triggers the body into a protective response / reaction and the body does not fully release or open / soften, like with the response from MFR. On a deeper level MFR can help body realignment, break old holding patterns within the muscular-skeletal system, improve posture distortions, lengthen and free up muscles, etc, etc....
PREGNANCY MASSAGE Offering all woman at this special time a combination of specific pregnancy techniques and only with the client in a comfortable position. Generally side lying is most favourable for expectant mother's. Treatments are always adjusted according to ailments and the individual's needs and especially due to all the body changes of an expectant mother! Treatment's are aimed towards optimum balance and health for both mother and baby! I combine Myofascial Release techniques with some Medium tissue Massage and effleurage / relaxation techniques. Deep Tissue is kept to a minimum to assure not too much blood flow too quickly to keep mother and baby safe and to keep the treatment at optimum therapeutic value for both. Sometimes reflex points in the feet are applied according to ailments being experienced by the mother in her pregnancy time. Also Indian Head Massage and/or Craniosacral Therapy can also be used. Individual Consultation and body background decides on what Therapy and/or combination.
ITOVI BIO-READINGS/ BODY SCANS for Whole Body Analysis/ Nutrition Every biological or non-biological thing has a unique energy signature that vibrates at certain frequencies. A frequency is the number of times a wave repeats itself within a second, called an oscillation. iTOVi has measured and recorded each unique frequency of essential oils and supplements for each product company. Through the electrodes on the iTOVi scanner, these frequencies are sent into the skin, inducing a measurable response from the body. Bioimpedance is a technology commonly used to measure body composition through resistance to electrical frequencies. During an iTOVi scan the device passes small electrical currents through the skin to measure the body’s resistance to frequencies, each of which is the natural energy signature of various supplements and oils. The passing of electrical frequencies induces a measurable response from the body which is then recorded and shown in the iTOVi report. Bioimpedance relies on the body’s autonomic nervous system in order to elicit reactions. The autonomic nervous system is the body’s central command center, connected to every other part of the body, and can be relied upon to give reactionary results. There are lots of ways to measure those results (i.e. blood pressure, blood flow, skin or body temperature, breathing patterns, eye dilation, sweat glands/skin moisture, etc.) One particular way to measure the reaction is the tissue will become more or less resistant to electrical current flow. Changes in temperature can also help us understand how the body reacts. During an iTOVi scan hundreds of frequencies are sent to the body, one at a time. The body has a unique reaction to each of these frequencies. As the body reacts to the electrical current flow, iTOVi measures these reactions. he way iTOVi calculates the body’s reaction is highly accurate. It uses a complex algorithm to organize the data from the reactions. An algorithm is simply a set of mathematical equations. This process is often referred to as the translation process. The iTOVi algorithm translates what your body is communicating to you. While running one scan, the iTOVi scanner is actually running the algorithm several times to find the body’s true response. As the iTOVi scan runs, your body will naturally react to frequencies and the scanner will record these changes, identifying supplements and essential oils that match. As the scan ends, these frequencies are recorded, analyzed, and compiled into a personalized iTOVi report. Based on the information gathered during each session, the iTOVi App will recommend the oils or supplements to which your body had the strongest reactionary response. These recommendations are presented in your report, ordering each product by the strength of their reaction. Using the recommended oil or supplement will bring your body’s frequencies back to its optimal state. I offer iTOVi Scan's for $29 in Clinic with a full explanation/ further product sheets and a Wellness Consult.
TRIGGER POINT DRY NEEDLING Trigger Point Dry needling is a technique Physical/ Massage Therapists use to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points. Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therapy. Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles, and supported by research 1. A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body. Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle allows a physical therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable. Physical/ Massage Therapists use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when dry needling, consistent with Standard Precautions, Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings, and OSHA standards. The sterile needles are disposed of in a medical sharps collector. Physical/ Massage Therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient's return to active rehabilitation. As part of their entry level education, physical and massage therapists are well educated in anatomy and therapeutic treatment of the body. Physical/ Massage Therapists who perform dry
FAR-INFRARED RAY (FIR) FAR-INFRARED RAY (FIR) Explained... There are two reasons all living things need sunshine - Far Infrared heat and Vitamin D. Far Infrared Ray (FIR), is the 'warm' energy in humans, animals and plants, emitted from sunlight. The intensity of Far Infrared produced by the human body constantly fluctuates. When the intensity is high, we feel healthy and better equipped to deal with physical challenges. When the Far Infrared begins to decline, we are subject to becoming unwell and tend to age more quickly. We can be exposed to pure Far Infrared heat for hours and it will not cause our skin to burn, in fact the Japanese use it to promote healing from sunburn. Far Infrared heat is completely healthy and safe for all living things. What is Far Infrared therapy (FIR) and what does it do? Far Infrared Ray are waves of energy, totally invisible to the naked eye, which penetrate the surface of the skin where they gently and elevate the body's surface temperature to 107.6F/42C and above, whilst positively activating body systems and functions... enhancing health and well-being! Our bodies radiate far infrared energy through the skin at 3 to 50 microns, with most output at 9.4 microns. Our palms emit FIR energy also, between 8 and 14 microns. NB: Benefit's of FIR are listed below... Far Infrared Technology Today For many decades, scientific evidence has found that heat can maintain and enhance the wellness of the human body. Scientists have researched different ways in how to develop more effective forms of thermal heat therapy that target specific areas and enable deep heat penetration. Traditional forms of heat therapy can be hazardous, uncomfortable, unhygienic, inefficient and ineffective. Traditional saunas create exposure to extremely high temperatures causing heat stress which can have detrimental effects on health, especially for people with heart challenges or needing to sustain blood pressure. Thermal compression's and wraps are uncomfortable, heat is easily lost, temperature does not remain constant and maintaining a thermal compression or wrap can be problematic and inconvenient. Research and development in the sixties - notably most extensively in Japan and also Germany - introduced the Far Infrared Ray (FIR) thermal technology. This revolutionized thermal technology to an effective, safe, natural, hygienic, and efficient approach to thermal treatment. Today there are multiple health and medical professionals internationally who rehabilitate and look after numerous physical challenges by using heat therapy for humans and as well as animals. Relief for sports injuries via thermal therapy is one example, whilst detoxification is another (research PubMed.gov for worldwide medical citations). HEALTH BENEFITS OF FAR-INFRARED RAY/ SAUNA'S Detoxification Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification. When compared to traditional Swedish saunas, far-infrared saunas allow you to eliminate about seven times more toxins. Relaxation Far-Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna will also help to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress. Pain Relief If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, far-infrared saunas can relieve this form of inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles. Weight Loss The heat generated by an far-infrared sauna will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate — the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. When your body has to work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body will burn more calories, resulting in weight loss. An article, titled Effect of Sweating, in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that a 30-minute infrared sauna session could burn roughly 600 calories. Improved Circulation As the heat from far-infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase along with it. Consistent infrared sauna sessions, especially in the middle-infrared level, can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation after intense exercise. Skin Purification Infrared sauna technology can help purify your skin by eliminating toxins from your pores and increasing circulation, resulting in clearer, softer, and healthier-looking skin. If you’re new to far-infrared saunas, I would recommend starting out with 4-minute sessions at 160-180 degrees Fahrenheit and slowly working your way up to 15- to 30-minute sessions. Sauna Casual Cost is: 23 for up to 1 hour for CASUAL USERS of the Sauna. For CONCESSION RATE this is possible through the purchase of a 10 SESSION CONCESSION CARD and then 1 hour is just $18...**SAVE $50!! PLEASE NOTE ALL FAR-INFRARED SAUNA'S ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY DUE TO CLIENT DEMAND
PRICES / CONCESSIONS / SLIDING SCALE: My Clinic Therapy Treatment Pricing per hour starts at $85 and then is $1 a minute after that. Please note I USUALLY ALWAYS GIVE CONCESSIONS as in the chart below to help affordability and support your health maintenance!.... Plus Payment Plans are available if the need arises. **CONSULT IS FREE and I just charge for ON THE TABLE TIME... quite a rarity these days! 😉
||BENEFICIARY/SUPER ANNUANT CONCESSION:
|1 Hour and 15 minutes
|1 Hour and 30 minutes*
|1 Hour and 45 minutes
**PLEASE ALSO NOTE FOR THE HOT VOLCANIC STONE MASSAGE A FURTHER $25 IS ADDED TO THE TREATMENT TIME WHICH IS A MINIMUM OF 90 mins to 2 hours. This is due to it being a SPA DELUXE Treatment with extra towels needed and with extra Clinic time preparation..., plus 1 hour is needed to heat the Volcanic Basalt Stones. NB: **Aromatherapy Synergy Blends can be made up in Clinic specialized to your ailments - please add $9 to your treatment cost for this. EFTPOS facility is now available in Clinic to pay for your treatment/ service/ products at the time for easy convenience. GIFT VOUCHERS can also be paid for in the above way or online. Thank you 😊
PURCHASING GIFT VOUCHERS Quality Gift Voucher's are available for any of the types and length's of Therapy Treatments listed on this site. Plus for any Clinic Service or Product. Please note the regular concession / discount applies if more than one Gift Voucher is purchased or if you are already a regular client! It is possible to purchase GIFT VOUCHERS through two options: - A Gift Voucher attachment can be sent by email directly to you for print off, for on the same day or over night, once your online payment clears! - To meet with Melissa directly for payment and pick up through arranging a meeting time at her Motueka Clinic, between treatments. Payment can then be through EFTPOS. OR: to email Melissa with a Gift Voucher request and to let her know of the forwarding postal address to post the Gift Voucher directly to the recipient and what message is requested to be written on the Gift Voucher if need be. With this option the bank account number is emailed to the buyer and once funds are fully cleared for the Gift Voucher purchase, (for the reference please use the buyer's name so that clarity is assured around payment) .... then the Gift Voucher will be sent out to where requested. THIS IS A GREAT OPTION FOR PEOPLE OVERSEAS OR ELSEWHERE IN NEW ZEALAND from Motueka, Tasman, Nelson or Golden Bay wanting to gift a Treatment Voucher to family or friends from afar!
TESTIMONIALS "Melissa's caring, intuitive and skillful techniques have helped me immensely with a multitude of ailments! I feel her sensitivity, vast experience & training helps her combine many different modalities effectively in how she applies her treatments. She truly applies and has the Art of Touch!! ... and the Heart of Touch!!" J. Mason - Tasman "Melissa is the first bodywork practitioner to treat me so thoroughly and she helped explain the holistic aspects that I needed to look at to really heal an old trauma that has been causing me physical and mental restrictions and grief for many years. I am so relieved to understand the "root" of what I need to look at more and more with her support and treatments!.... Gratefully" P. Anderson, Motueka "I got the best night's sleep in many year's after seeing Melissa. I have had chronic pain ever since I can remember and I have been so exhausted and at times depressed with it. I feel SO much relief from Melissa combining several modalities to help me" J. McIntosh, Upper Moutere "I have tried a lot of different treatments and therapist's and am SO relieved to have found Melissa - she has very compassionate skill, focus and experience that has gotten me the best results I have found with my health issues here in the Tasman area after trying lot's of body work! You ROCK Mel!" B. Roughton, Mapua "I had no idea how tight and tense I was. I ended up realizing after seeing Melissa regularly that I have been working so hard for so many year's that I have had chronic pain from chronic repetitive strain in several places in my body. Thank goodness for her skill and she helps maintain my health and strain / tightness so that I am actually able to keep working!" M. Chappell, Kaiteriteri "I got tierd of seeing specialist after specialist and no solutions or help with my health and pain. I decided to try a natural approach. Luckily Melissa came recommended to me by a friend and I finally saw "some light at the end of the tunnel" with my ailments. The pain has dropped after seeing her regularly to at least 80% less. I am so relieved to have more range of movement now and hence a better quality of life to get on with what I want to enjoy!" S. Rankin, Lower Moutere "I find it really clever how Melissa combines all the different therapies she has learnt and she helps me in so many different way's. I am so grateful to get not only injury relief but pain relief and I feel so much more freed up! Now I can keep up with being such a busy working mother - phew!" K. Grant, Mapua "Thank God I discovered Melissa and her treatments - I really can't thank Melissa enough for her professional skill with her treatment's and the way she has helped my health, especially at my old age! I didn't think I could be helped any more!" S. Sheridan, Richmond "I received a Gift Voucher as a birthday present from family as Melissa came highly recommended to them for a great massage. I visited her to receive my treatment and WOW... I was then "hooked" - I have been seeing Melissa for many year's now and find her "combination treatments" very supportive to balance my hectic life as a business owner ...I have now joined those that highly recommend her body work!" M. Lawes, Mapua "I had a lot of different trauma in my childhood and I have been what feels like "battling on" at my old age and thinking that that was how life had to be. It felt heavy and sad but now I realise I can release this trauma and be free of it through getting therapy help with not only Melissa's treatments but have appreciated when she has refered me to other professional's who can help complement her therapy, e.g: counselling. I understand a lot more about the meaning of the word's "holistic" and "complementary" now! Thank for your support and help!" P. Collins, Motueka "I come to the Bay every quarter to my other home there and have travelled extensively around the world and received many, many Massages and treatments. I sincerely haven't had as good a Massage, or other bodywork when I need it, as to what Melissa gives me - I book her ahead now on her web site before I arrive from the States and look forward to it for my 3 visits a year! She's awesome!!" L. Balley, Golden Bay & U.S. "I found great health benefit's and relief with pre and post birth with Melissa's body work - I could enjoy my baby when he came even more and I really appreciate the on-going maintenance of my health through regular treatments which helps me keep going as a mother!" T. Baker, Motueka "I am a keen sportsman and find Melissa's techniques to release and help ease my muscles / joints incredibly effective. I get amazing relief and mobility to any problem areas and my performance has been so much better with her assistance and on-going body work" T. Phillips, Riwaka
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