Escape the stress of your everyday life with a Massage designed for Relaxation and Rejuvenation
At Portofino Massage we only provide ethical massage for relaxation and stress relief as well as Deep Tissue for Sports minded and active people.
For all new clients please allow an additional 10 mins to complete a client information form, this will provide valuable information about your current and past health, the sort of work or sports that you are active in, and the reason why you are here today.This information lets the therapist know how to work with you or if there are any contradictions that may conflict with you not receiving a massage.
Portofino Swedish Relaxation Massage
Indulge in our Signature Full body Massage using essential oils to help relieve a tired body and calm the stressed mind.
Each relaxation Massage can take between 30 to 90 minutes, however you will require a minimum of 60 mins for a full body relaxation massage.
Portofino Hot Rocks
The ancient use of Basalt flat stones offers a head to toe treatment. These hot stones bring relief to tense muscles and sore joints, the gentle use of the rocks themselves over trigger points and muscle offer another dimension over the typical massage. The use of oils keeps the senses stimulated and allow smooth and carefree rolling over the skin.
We only offer a 90 minute massage as any shorter length of time does not do justice to this type of massage.
Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage provides an effective way to release muscle tension and helps restore the balance and function of the muscular skeletal system. A very effective way to treat sprains and sports injuries. The therapist will work the areas of tension to a level that will allow the muscle to open and provide for better blood flow and rejuvenation.
Indian Head Massage (Holistic Head Massage)
the Traditional Indian massage is invigorating, revitalising and rejuvenating, the massage works the areas of the upper back, shoulders, scalp and face. the use of oils in the scalp is an option if the hair and scalp requires nourishment.
Cardiac Rehabilitation *
This is a series of one hour consultations whereby we work through the following areas.
Your dietary needs, including visiting supermarkets and understanding what the labels mean and what is more appropriate food.
Understanding your condition, helping with terminology and plain English.
Stress relief through massage.
Supporting your ability to return to the workforce. understanding your current situation and helping work through options to get back to the workforce or making changes in your life style.
*Some of the services may require more specialised advice, then additional health Care specialists may be required i.e Physiotherapists, Psychologists and Cardiologists.
Balinese Massage is a very popular form of the Indonesian and Indian forms of Massage, it was developed in Bali and can be found almost everywhere on the Island of Bali.
The Balinese Massage is a full body, holistic treatment, that uses a combination of long flowing strokes, gentle stretches, acupressure and reflexology.
The massage is designed to stimulate the flow of blood and open up the muscle structure, yet allowing you to relax,and bring a sense of well being.
This particular massages uses hot oils, in general terms Sweet Almond cold pressed oil is used as a carrier oil, and essential oils can be added to suit. Traditionally the use of Ylang Ylang oil is used.
Typically the client is fully draped and only uncovered when the massage of a particular area is attended to.
NOTE: Due to the use of the hot oils, we offer disposable underwear to be used.
Because the typical Balinese Massage is a full body massage, we offer woman additional draping of the chest area, while lying on the back.
Benefits of Massage
- Improves range of motion and decrease discomfort
- Helps lower back pain caused from muscle tightness
- Promotes easier and deeper breathing
- Helps to release muscle tension
- Reduces spasm and cramping
- Increases joint movements
- Can decrease inflammation by increasing lymphatic flow
Relaxes the mind
- Aids in better sleeping patterns
- Promotes speedy recovery from injuries
- Provides better performance for athletes
- Improves blood circulation to the muscles
- Increase lymphatic drainage
- Increased circulation to the blood and lymph systems , this helps the condition of the body's largest organ, the skin
Here is what our customers say:
"....I've been using Chris for Sports Massage since late 2012. I compete as a professional Cyclist, run a busy coaching business and study so my life is hectic and finding time to actively 'recover' from racing and training can be difficult. I've found Chris to be professional, efficient easy going and above all a great massage therapist. I leave Portofino Massage feeling relaxed with my aches and pains soothed out and ready to get on the bike again. I have no hesitation in recommending Chris to any sports person looking for that extra edge. "
Gordon McCauley Commonwealth Games Medalist (Melbourne 2006) Sept 2013
"...I saw Chris for a series of massages throughout my pregnancy to work on areas of tightness through my upper back and my hips. Being a health professional myself, I'm picky with handling techniques but I could never fault Chris. And I loved that he finished the sessions with a relaxing head massage! I would highly recommend Chris for massage to work on specific areas or just for relaxation!"
Emma, Physiotherapist April 2013
"....I have had four massages by Chris at Portofino Massage and was thoroughly impressed with the whole experience, Chris was completely professional with good knowledge regarding the massage. Although my visits were for recreational massage, Chris happily worked on a few problematic areas on my body precisely and effectively. I plan a monthly massage will become a regular part of my health plan. To that effect, I would thoroughly recommend Portofino Massage to all"
Blair , Whangaparaoa Rd, March 2013.
"....I have been having massages with Chris over the past 6 months and find Chris takes the time to listen, asks questions and the massage is always what suits me on the particular session. He always requests feedback which I found important. I have felt comfortable and rejuvenated after a great massage that is always both therapeutic and relaxing..."
Faye of Whangaparaoa March 2013
"....I went to see Chris after an ACC Shoulder injury and Chris certainly helped relieve my pain and also was very thorough and interested in my problem. I found him very easy to talk to and he explained to me how my muscles were working. At times I required deep-tissue massage and other times more a relaxing massage. I can thoroughly recommend Chris."
Albert of Manly
Chris currently holds a certificate in Relaxation Massage from the New Zealand College of Massage and is a fully paid up member of Massage New Zealand (MNZ).
With over 20 years owning and managing small businesses , Chris has been on the receiving end of Relaxation Massages, and understands the need for stress relief for any business owner and how important it is to be in good health and well being.
Chris enjoys helping people of all ages and abilities to help rejuvenate and re-energise through Massage therapies.
Having gone through a personal and significant health scare, Chris understands the benefits of good rehabilitation and focused stress relief, of which Massage Therapy is a significant part.
Acupressure, Deep Tissue Massage, Indian Head Massage, Mobile Service Massage, Reflexology, Sports Massage, Stone Therapy Massage, Swedish Relaxation Massage, Thai Massage