Massage Therapy

Relaxation Massage

Superficial massage movements that help to alleviate stress and anxiety, stimulate circulation and can improve quality of sleep.

Remedial Massage

Deeper, more therapeutic technique often used in treatment of specific injury or complaint, increases range of movement. Decreases pain and improves tone and function of muscles. Promotes circulation allowing faster healing of muscles and other soft tissues.

Pregnancy Massage

Yarraville Health Group Massage Therapists all provide specific massage for pregnant women, with a specific pregnancy table available that can cater to all terms pregnancy. Pregnancy Massage is massage therapy specifically tailored for the expectant mother’s needs. The mother’s body is properly positioned and supported during the massage, using these specialized pregnancy pillows and padding it allows you to be face down during the treatment to maximise comfort. Massage during pregnancy can alleviate general postural stiffness & muscle strains often seen with the ongoing changes of the pregnant body, along with stimulation of circulation and improved quality of sleep. Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy. Massage therapy has been found to reduce anxiety and depression.


Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy (MTPs)

MTPS are an extremely common cause of pain. Trigger points are painful when pressed on, cause a shortening of the muscle fibers, and have a special property called referred pain. Referred pain means that a trigger point in one muscle can create pain in another area. For example, MTPs can exist in neck & shoulder musculature and may produce headaches, arm pain & other nerve disturbances. Since a trigger point is the contraction mechanism of the muscle locked into a shortened position, the treatment of the trigger point involves unlocking that contraction mechanism (sarcomere). This can be achieved in several ways. Trigger Point Pressure Release (David Simons, MD and Janet Travell, MD) involves applying pressure with a finger or other instrument to the trigger point and increasing the pressure as the trigger point “releases” and softens. There are a number of variations on this technique and a skilled practitioner will choose which is right for each patient and muscle treated.

Sports Massage

Generally a more invigorating style of massage incorporating techniques to either reduce muscle recovery times between exercise or to prepare muscles for activity. Massage techniques include muscle testing for strength/weakness, hacking, pounding, deep stroking, deep friction as well as passive stretches to help lengthen muscles and improve range of movement.

The Bowen Technique *

This technique realigns and re-balances the muscles and connective tissue, stimulating energy and circulatory flow enabling the body’s own resources to heal itself. A series of transverse muscle and connective movements enables effective treatment of a wide range of musculo- skeletal and organic disorders.

*appointments with Darren Salerno only

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)*

A very specific and gentle massage technique that assists with stagnant lymph flow. It aids with the drainage of swollen or congested areas of the body by allowing lymph to be filtered of toxins and other debris (Detoxification). Lymph can stagnate from stress, food additives, poor diet, chemical overloading, obesity and fatigue or damage to lymph vessels. This in turn leads to the body not eliminating its wastes properly. The Lymphatic system is an important part of the immune system that is often overlooked in people’s health care. MLD has been shown to be vital in pre and post surgery in accelerating healing time.

*appointments with Sandra Zerial only

Muscle Energy Technique (MET)*

A new technique particularly aimed at strengthening weakened muscles, mobilises restricted joints. Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a manual therapy that uses the gentle muscle contractions of the client to relax and lengthen muscles and normalize joint motion. Post Isometric Relaxation (PIR) – Muscle to relax after an isometric contraction (Basis of MET). To define it specifically, it is “a direct manipulative procedure that uses a voluntary contraction of the patient’s muscles against a distinctly controlled counter-force from a precise position and in a specific direction”. It is considered an active technique, as opposed to a passive technique where only the therapist does the work.

* appointments with Sandra Zerial only

Our Massage Therapists are Sandra Zerial, Darren Salerno & Noel Peters.

Sandra  is a fully qualified Remedial Massage Therapist with over 15 years clinical experience. She uses a variety of techniques to achieve results such as Chinese cupping, Myofascial Release Technique (MRT) and gentle STRETCHING to lengthen muscle and connective tissue to reduce pain and increase range of movement. Sandra has also completed a course in both Muscle Energy Technique (MET) & Manual Lymphatic Drainage(MLD). Sandra’s expertise in aromatherapy oils enhances the benefits of Relaxation massage, especially when there is stress, anxiety or insomnia issues present. Sandra has worked extensively with women thorough out their pregnancy & post-pregnancy recovery. She has worked with various holistic health clinics as well as at the Queen Elizabeth Centre with pre and postnatal mothers.

Darren  holds a Diploma in Health Science (Massage) and Certificate IV Health Science (Remedial Massage) and has been a fully qualified remedial massage therapist since graduating from Victoria University in 2003. Since then, he has treated thousands of clients with issues ranging from general aches and pains to more complex sports related or overuse injuries.

Darren combines a variety of massage techniques such as myofascial release, and trigger point therapy to release tight muscles and knots throughout the body. His style of massage has proven beneficial to professional athletes, ‘weekend warriors’, office workers and parents who lift children endlessly. He is consulted by a variety of clients ranging from expectant mothers to the chronically ill. Working closely with personal trainers, exercise physiologists and chiropractors Darren has fine tuned his massage skills to give his clients relief from pain and injury and assist them with getting the most out of their bodies, their training, and their busy lives. Darren is also a certified Bowen therapist and holds a certificate in myofascial cupping.

Noel achieved his Diploma of Remedial at the Australian College of Massage, South Melbourne in 2009. His proficiencies include Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Remedial, Sports Massage, & Trigger Point Therapy. Having started work in a Gym in Hoppers Crossing (Platinum) Noel progressed to a Chiropractic Clinic in Point Cook (Point Cook Chiropractic) and then a Health Beauty Salon in Balaclava (Sens Amore), also working with the Altona Football club for two seasons.

Noel has many clients return for his services, due to the firmness he applies in relieving those tight, aching muscles, improving mobility, and helping create a better quality of life for clients with limited range of motion. Some other highlights of Noels work as a therapist include volunteering to work with Black Saturday Victims & getting into the Guinness World Record book for Participating in “Massage en Masse” – where an attempt to massage 263 people at the same time, in the picturesque surrounds of Daylesford was successful in 2010.

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