Why Remedial Massage Therapy?

Our bodies, minds and lives are in constant movement, change and adaptation. The body and mind are part of a whole and regular massage therapy not only helps treat and manage musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain but also optimises a person's resources on all levels.

Massage therapy is the most commonly used complementary therapy chosen by the public (Government Health Survey, MACCAH, 2004). The knowledge and skills of an appropriately trained massage therapist can be invaluable in assisting patient recovery, rehabilitation and prevention. Registered Remedial Massage Therapist (RMT) are trained professionals who satisfy Massage New Zealand's professional educational and developmental requirements and adhere to a Code of Ethics (www.massagenewzealand.org.nz). Your RMT is skilled in many different modalities and techniques and individually tailors each session to the needs of the client .

It has been shown that with regular massage you can reduce the recurrence of a large range of issues such as chronic tension headaches, sciatica, lower back pain, sports injury or dysfunction, chronic muscular pain, carpal tunnel, occupational overuse syndrome, and the symptoms of stress. Massage assists the clearing of metabolic waste from the muscles and tissues in areas that may have become stagnant due to contraction, immobility, unhelpful posture or injury. Encouraging circulation allows an increase in the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the body's tissues to nourish and support cellular healing and functions, and can help remove excess swelling or fluids. The sensory feedback experienced while getting a massage can help you become more aware of parts of your body you may have become unconscious of.

There is clear scientific evidence to support the physical and psychological benefits of massage through the action of neuronal stimulation, hormonal and chemical substances released by the brain and body during massage.

Regular massage can:

Your Flow therapist will be happy to talk your healthcare or medical professionals to discuss how best to address your needs. Flow also collaborates within a network of recommended health and wellbeing specialisations in central Auckland. These include: Physiotherapy, Physiotherapy for Women's Wellness (pregnancy and post-natal), Podiatry, Osteopathy, Yoga, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Management, Acupuncture, Psychology, NLP, Counselling and Mindfulness Training, Naturopathy, Nutritional Medicine, Personal Training, Craniosacral Therapy, and Lymphatic Drainage for post-surgical and cancer rehabilitation or management.

The following links provide further information on research studies being done on the benefits of massage:
International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork -- www.ijtmb.org
Massage Magazine USA -- www.massagemag.com
Massage New Zealand -- www.massagenewzealand.org.nz
Massage Therapy Foundation -- www.massagetherapyfoundation.org
Massage Therapy Research -- www.internethealthlibrary.com
Touch Research Institute -- www.miami.edu/touch-research