My name is Andrew Thompson and I will be your Remedial Massage therapist. I am diploma-qualified and have been working on muscles for over 20 years.
This is why I became a Remedial Massage therapist - and indeed, started this business - in the first place. I love helping people to heal, to feel better, to share energy, and knowing that I'm making a real difference in their lives.
Have a brilliant day,
Prices ~ Rockhampton Remedial Massage
Please note that I no longer provide private health fund rebates. If you wish to make a claim through your private health fund, you will need to find a different therapist.
Questions & Answers ~ Rockhampton Remedial Massage
What are your qualifications?
I have two diplomas from the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences, one in Remedial Massage, the other in Oriental Therapies. I graduated in December 2002 at the top of my class and was subsequently awarded AAMT's Queensland Massage Therapist of the Year.
It's my first massage with you. What happens?
When you arrive for your first treatment, you will be given a new client form. Fill it out, paying particular attention to the questions relating to medical history and past injuries. Be honest and don't hide any information as this could be dangerous to your health.
I will then go through the form with you, asking questions where relevant. You will be shown through to the treatment room. You will be given towels then left to undress. For most massage, you can keep your underwear on, however if you prefer to be nude, that's fine too.
You will find body wipes on the side table if you need them. Remember to remove any loose jewellery such as a necklace or watch, then lay on the table and drape the provided towel(s) over yourself.
The treatment will begin. Relax and follow whatever instructions are given to you. Focusing on your breathing is a good way to calm your body throughout. Some people fall asleep during remedial massage and that's perfectly OK. I will let you sleep unless there is a need to wake you.
Once the treatment is complete, I'll summarise any issues that I may have found and possibly recommend further treatments if needed. It is very common to feel quite sleepy after the treatment. Remember to drink lots of water in the hours that follow, and don't drive until your mind is alert.
My son has Osgood-Schlatter Disease. Can you help alleviate the pain?
Yes. For most boys, Osgood-Schlatter's Disease resolves itself after puberty and the bones have reached their adult length. For younger boys on the threshold of puberty, say 9 to 12 years old, the condition can be painful and limit their ability to flex and extend their knee.
While remedial massage won't 'cure' the problem, massaging and stretching the upper and lower leg muscles will keep them limber and help the patella to track better, thus relieving discomfort while nature does it's thing.
Will you perform massage on someone with HIV?
Yes. As with all viruses where there is any risk of contagion, simply inform me during your pre-treatment consultation.
Can you perform massage after a waxing treatment?
Yes, I will massage you with after-wax lotion instead of oil to minimise the chance of infection.
Will you perform massage on someone with cancer?
No. There is an unacceptably high risk of spreading cancer to other parts of the body due to elevated movement of toxins and lymphatic fluid during a massage treatment.
How do I know which type of Remedial Therapy to choose?
You don't need to. Over the years, all the different modalities I've trained in have just become a cluster of techniques to me. I combine all of them within a single treatment, drawing on what I need to achieve a particular result. Virtually every massage I perform includes aspects of Tui Na, Acupressure, Shiatsu, Remedial and Sports Massage. No two treatments are ever the same.
Will you perform outcalls to my home or hotel?
Will you perform massage on a pregnant woman?
Yes, after the first trimester.
I am scheduled for ultrasound lavage of the shoulder but the pain is killing me. Can you help?
Yes, definitely. Ultrasound-guided lavage of the shoulder is performed to removed calcified deposits inside the shoulder capsule, or rotator cuff. From personal experience, the pain can be quite unbearable.
Remedial Massage is ideal to alleviate the pain, and will also help clear the deposits before your procedure. In fact, if you jump onto treating the condition soon enough, you might not even need the ultrasound treatment.
I'm also a Remedial Therapist in Rockhampton and looking to do mutual massage. Interested?
Possibly. Get in touch.
I have a sports event this weekend. How should I plan my massage schedule?
Massage, just like exercise, causes micro-bleeding in your muscles. This process is natural - It helps your skeletal muscles purge dead cells, re-oxygenate, and grow.
Before a big sporting event, athletes want their muscles in peak condition and train hard in lead-up to the race. Muscle recovery and stretching usually form part of that training.
The big key is to plan ahead. If you have a sporting event on the weekend, you don't want your muscles to be recovering from a hard deep-tissue massage just as you need them to perform.
Have a strong massage on the Monday then allow a few days for your muscles to recover. Low intensity training, combined with increased water intake, is a good way to help them clean out dead tissue released by the massage.
Then midweek, have a very light massage. This way, your muscles will be in premium condition for the weekend's big event.
What's the difference between Sports Massage, Remedial Massage, and Deep Tissue Massage?
Nothing. They are all the same thing.
What's the difference between Trigger Point Therapy and Chinese Acupressure?
These two massage modalities are similar in only one regard and different in every other way. Both involve pressing precise points.
Originally used to treat cramps in elite athletes during competitions as an alternative to Hydrocortisone injections, Trigger Point Therapy is an offshoot of Sports Massage.
Due to the urgency and intensity of this type of cramping, the Therapist will push their thumbs, knuckles, elbow - or really anything hard and pointy - into the belly of the muscle with the goal of shocking it so it will release.
On the other hand, Acupressure involves pressing precise points along the body's meridian lines, not only for muscle release but also to treat underlying medical conditions.
For example, pressing certain points on the bladder channel are helpful in treating neural and emotional problems and the reproductive organs. Many Acupressure points are on muscles but just as many are located on tendons, ligaments, nerves, and even bone.
Do you perform proper manual lymphatic massage?
Yes, I perform traditional MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage) and usually combine with Acupressure of the spleen channel. I find this is an effective combination to treat sluggishness and water retention in the limbs.