Camille is a freelance ghost blog and web content writer. She's also a musician and an "Autoimmunee". She loves learning and sharing about how to live life with positive energy and meaning.
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Published July 31st 2012
Looking for a massage that not only makes you feel calm and relaxed – but leaves you feeling good for at least a week after? That's what I've always looked for. At Coastal Physiotherapy based in Maroochydore, I found my little heaven – and I've been there three times now. While not seen as a day spa or branded as one, as the business also offers physiotherapy and occupational therapy, it also offers remedial massage hence the reason why I am reviewing it as a great place to have a massage.
Traditional relaxation massage helps you relax, but does it actually help your body? While I am still learning about the many benefits of Remedial Massage, it was the first time I think my body truly relaxed and was encouraged to heal itself. Remedial Massage should last for an hour and your therapist can concentrate on certain areas. So if you have problems with migraines or back pain, the entire hour will be spent on areas (including areas you didn't realize were causing you pain) to alleviate any tensions and stress in your muscles.
At the beginning of your session, at Coastal Physiotherapy, you are given a glass of water and a rundown of what is ailing you and what the therapist believes should be worked on. You will also be given a quick questionnaire while you wait at the front reception for your treatment. This questionnaire asks you if you have any chronic conditions causing you pain or stress and other questions relating to your overall health and expectations for the massage.
As you enter the massage room, there are maps of the body on the wall that illustrate all the muscles, bones and basically your whole body and how it functions. In my case, I suffer from migraines, so the therapist (I recommend going with Kerry) would concentrate on my head, neck, upper back, a little of the lower back and also on my chest and jaw line. Some parts could get a little painful, but a good pain. I could literally feel the tension leave my body and the effects lasted for quite a while.
Though there are illustrations and maps of the body on the wall, this may give you the impression that the room looks similar to a doctor's office, don't assume too fast. The room was dimly lit and quite cozy. With a comfortable massage bed, stereo with some very relaxing music playing (I almost got into a trance state), and I'm not quite sure if there was essence burning in the room but the room smelled beautiful. The environment was most conducive for a massage that would let you forget all your problems and just relax.
Kerry (the therapist I recommended earlier) also let me know that if ever it got too painful to let her know and she would adjust the pressure. She also explained to me at times she would use different techniques including deep tissue massage (which I never thought I could take as I am quite sensitive, but the timing and technique she used was what I needed and I learned that I could take it – even enjoy it).
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Located opposite Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre, you too can experience a really great massage. Private health fund rebates are available, but if you aren't a member, you can pay the usual fee like I did. It may seem a little expensive, but most massage places charge around this price for an hour, and it is also well worth it. I am going back next month and I am truly looking forward to it.