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Couples Massage

April 25th, 2015 by Alison Shaw

Couples Massage

Tops tips to make the most of your couples massage.

Couples Massage

Couples Massage

So you have made the time to book in a couples massage with your partner. Whether you are having this in your home or hotel with two therapists at the same time, or going to a day spa, couples massages are a great way to relax and escape from the world for a little while. Here are some tips to get the most from your massages with your partner.

  1. Switch off your phone, turn off the computer, put a do not disturb sign on your door. This is your time to relax and retreat from the world so make sure that there is no way for anyone to intrude on that electronically. Do you have trouble with this? Maybe try an electronic detox for the whole day. Get all your work and other phone calls out of the way, answer any urgent emails and then switch everything off. If you need to, leave your phone in the car or somewhere it will be difficult for you reach for it automatically. This way you can give your partner your full attention both before, during and after the massage and make them the only priority for that time.
  2. Do not book in anything for after your couples massage – yep, seriously, take the whole day off to enjoy the post massage blissed out state. One good thing about having the massage therapists come to you is that you won’t have to wake up and drive or get dressed or go anywhere afterwards. After the massage can be just as important as the actual massage itself as this gives you and your partner time to connect and enjoy being totally relaxed in each others company. Keep that horse ride or sky dive for another day.
  3. Have a hot shower or bath before hand to not only relax the muscles but to be nice
    Couples Massage Tips

    Couples Massage Tips

    and clean before the massage. A couples massage with oils is a great way to not only release muscle tension but also to allow the oil to soak into dehydrated skin. After your massage it can be good to leave the oil on your skin for a little while and let it soak in and nourish your body. So have your shower before hand, your body will thank you.

  4. If you are going to eat before your couples massage, make sure its nice and light. A heavy breakfast of eggs and bacon or lunch of steak and potato will make you feel sluggish and might interfere with the massage. So try to have something light instead.
  5. Go easy on the alcohol.. its your day off and you are with your partner so naturally you might want to have a glass or two of wine to relax. But keep it to a minimum before your massage. As massage increases the blood flow around your body the effects of one glass of wine are the same as having six glasses of wine. So to prevent you becoming nauseous, try not to drink before your treatment and take it easy afterwards.

Prefer to do the couples massage yourself? Here are some super easy tips if you would like to give your partner a professional styled massage

Couples massage in home

Couples massage in home

  1. Warm the oil and use a professional massage oil or something like sweet almond oil. You can warm the oil by putting the bottle in a warm water bath or a couple of seconds in the microwave.
  2. Keep all of your palms on the body at the time, try not to pinch the skin, it can hurt!
  3. Use long strokes up the body
  4. Ask your partner what feels good (even if their communication is just a groan) and do more of that!
  5. Slow right down! Doing the massage super slow will give a relaxing energy to your partner and relax them and will feel like the massage is deeper. Doing a fast massage will often only wake them up and may make them tense. Slow your massage to half, then you are still doing it to fast, slow it by another half. Again ask your partner what feels good.
  6. Make it a full experience .. dim the lights, get some rose petals, burn some relaxing essential oils, really go to the trouble of setting the scene for your partner.
  7. A massage for your partner is all about them, its not about you. So whilst you might like a certain technique, it might not be your partners favourite. Take the focus off what you like and want and put that focus on your partner. They will love it!
  8. Put in some pressure. The biggest complaint about most couples massages is that the pressure was too soft. So put in some pressure, use your forearms as well as your fingers if your hands are
    Relaxing Couples Massage

    Relaxing Couples Massage

    getting sore

  9. Try not to massage over bone, particularly shoulder blades or spine, it hurts! Try just to keep on the muscle.
  10. For some basic massage strokes and ideas, you tube it! There are some great simple massage techniques on there that are easy to do.
  11. Don’t squirt the oil straight onto the body, warm it in your hands first and then apply.
  12. Have the room nice and warm so your partner does not get cold during the couples massage
  13. Put on some music that is relaxing, maybe not heavy metal.
  14. Massaging on the floor with rugs or something soft can be a lot easier or more comfortable.

Ripple massage provides couples massage across Australia. Simply give us a call and we can send two therapists out to you on 0438 567 906



Swedish Massage

April 11th, 2015 by Alison Shaw

Swedish Massage

Where do you begin with what massage would suit you or what massage you would like? There are so

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage

many variations available today, it can be a little daunting to know where to begin. Let me take you back a step – Swedish massage is the basis of a lot of massage therapies. The Swedish massage was developed by Per Henrik Ling from (you guessed it) Sweden. Per Henrik Ling was a physio therapist who developed Medical Gymnastics that later became known as Swedish massage – this all happened in the early 19th century.

The Swedish massage uses hands on movements gliding over the body, kneading, cross fiber friction to break up muscle knots, also known as adhesion. This massage is not just about breaking up muscles and relieving tension it’s about relaxation and pampering.

Your massage therapist uses oils to massage the skin so their hands glide effortless over the body. There

are many different types of oils that can be used to enchance the massage experience – this leads to other styles of massage, like Aromatherapy, Magnesium massages to name a few.

Although your therapist maybe using different oils for your massage, the basis of the massage will still be the Swedish relaxation massage.  It should take about an hour for the therapist to completely massage your entire body.

The therapist will use their hands, elbows, fingers, forearms to apply pressure to the body – the

Relaxation Swedish Massage

Relaxation Swedish Massage

pressure is really up to you. How much pressure you feel comfortable with. Sometimes a firmer pressure is required to ensure knots are broken up.

Swedish Massage Techniques

The Swedish massage therapist uses five different strokes or moves throughout your massage.

  • Effleurage – long, gliding, sweeping strokes with open hands and / or forearms. This move is for relaxation, spreading the oil and for the therapist to evaluate your body condition for knots and tension. Your therapist will usually start with a light pressure and building the pressure as they progress into the massage, warming and stretching the muscles and so begins your relaxation time. Your therapist should also check how the pressure is for you as everyone is different and what may be a firm pressure for me is quite light for you.
  • Petrissage – your therapist will move onto this movement by kneading the body, rolling, wringing and lifting strokes. This is where they will really start to get into knotted and tight muscles. The Petrissage moves will also stimulate circulation which in turn helps cell repair and regeneration.
  • Friction movement is a warming movement to generate heat very quickly on the muscle. Similar to placing a heat pack on your body where there is a pain – the heat helps to alleviate the pain by
    Relaxing with a massage

    Relaxing with a massage

    softening the muscle. Using the friction movement during a massage will help loosen the knot or tension and allow the therapist to manipulate the area to ease the problem.

  • Tapotement movement is performed with cupped, open palms or interlinked fingers in the palms or fists. Quick percussive movement using hands alternatively to tap the muscles. This movement is to assist with release of tension, cramping or muscles spasm.
  • Vibration or Shaking movement this is where the therapist rapidly applies shaking, rocking technique to the limb or part of the body being massaged this assists with breaking down the postural holding patterns within the body and to release tension with the muscle being worked on. Vibration and shaking technique also helps boost circulation. Vibration works really well for people with lower back pain.

Therapist developed their own style and technique incorporating all of the five movements and adding to them as they gain experience. Some may incorporate moves from other massage styles this is simply to enhance your treatment.

Massage therapist traditionally use a massage table which is padded and sturdy for your comfort. The

Swedish Massage therapist

Swedish Massage therapist

table comes with a head hole for you to look down through and breathe easily. Your therapist will keep all areas of your body towel when not massaging that area. There a couple of reasons for this – firstly for your modesty and a lot of people feel more comfortable covered than being exposed and also to keep the body temperature even – as your therapist massages you, the area being massaged will heat up and it is advisable to keep an even temperature. It is quite normal for you to remove all but minimal clothing for your massage.

In more recent years face and head massage has been added to enhance the Swedish massage experience. At your massage appointment your therapist will ask you to complete a client questionnaire, this is to make sure any health problems you may have will not be hindered by having a massage. Your therapist will also ask if you require any specific areas worked on, even though you may be after a relaxation massage, you may have certain areas that are carrying a slight injury or holding some pain – with a little bit more attention to these areas throughout your massage will provide you

Swedish Massage Techniques

Swedish Massage Techniques

with more than just a relaxation appointment. Your therapist will also be asking about specific areas to massage in case you don’t like having your feet touched or you don’t want your make up removed so no face massage. This is for your comfort and to ensure a wonderful experience you will want to return for over and over again.

In a nutshell the Swedish massage is a beautiful relaxing massage using long rhythmic strokes to massage, knead, stretch and vibrate your body to a place of well being. Be aware this amazing massage will not only pamper you and send your mind on an amazing day dream it will help to repair and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Time out is needed you can’t go past a relaxing, pampering Swedish massage.

How to Relax

April 7th, 2015 by Alison Shaw

So here at Ripple we are all about relaxation and how to relax.

We asked our clients their favourite tips, and this is what they came up with! There maybe some ideas here for you to chill, take some time out and de stress.

1. Movies, books and TV featured large in ways to relax…

A decent rom-com at the movies takes your mind off any troubles for a while!

Reading a good book

This may not sound entirely relaxing but I like it. Do some exercise, have a warm shower, and then take it easy. Be it watching tv or hanging with a friend and having a drink of some kind.

Your favourite tv show, comfy over sized fluffy clothing, throw, and a cup of your favourite hot drink

2. Travel was also a popular option –

Rolling along on a long country train trip easily makes anxiety drip away.

A drive to the beach at night and lay there listen to the waves

Take holidays and just do nothing

Escape the city for a bit… I went to the Yarra Valley yesterday and it renewed me to be out in nature!

A night away child free

3. Self care is always an easy way to relax…

A long shower with no deadline to follow…

A few sneaky zzzzz’s on the couch after lunch sure relaxes!

Breathe. Just breathe

Bubble bath & a glass of wine

A hot bath with lavender oil, Epsom salts and coconut oil, candles and relaxation music…..with a glass of wine of course!

Having my feet rubbed, soft music,followed by an all over massage

Put on some relaxation music and do some deep breathing. My hubby gently rubs my temples and strokes my hair. Will always make me feel totally relaxed.

Just take a deep breath and count to 10

Sleeping in on Sundays no alarms just peaceful sleep

Everyone out of the house. Music on usually rock n roll. sit down on the lounge with a face mask on,hair mask under the shower cap,do my nails and order pizza. Warm shower then everyone can come home

For me with three kids… Just being able to sit down and have a quiet cuppa is bliss!

Relaxing bath with Epsom salts, lavender oil and a nice cup of tea = bliss

Going to the gym to get the endorphins flowing and release any frustration from the day then follow it up with a hot bath with candles and music

An afternoon siesta when the children are all out!

Run a relaxing bath with lavender bath salts. Relax in the bath with a good book and let my worries fade away (if only for a while)

Mindfulness, music, meditation, massage, yoga, the outdoors, gentle stretching, sex, deep breathing techniques, aromatherapy, laughter, being playful and childlike, hugs, petting animals, gentle exercise, reading, taking naps, spending time with loved

Nothing like a bikram yoga class to get you relaxed works for me every time

4. Connection with loved ones is an easy strategy

It’s the simple things in life that bring so much pleasure / family / friends / laughs & downtime

Cuddles with my little man

Patting a pet such simple pleasure

Laughing with my Mum. At almost anything!

Reading a book to my son when he cuddles up and listens.

A Husband-given peppermint foot scrub/moisturise/massage while snacking on ferrero roches!

I find card making and painting a really relaxing way to unwind, but I think the most wonderful was the beautiful massage from Ripple my family gave me which was just amazing, while smelling delicious lava cakes being made for me by my daughter.

A nice big cup of Rose Tea, while clearing my mind and enriching my soul with a good book.

I roll out my yoga mat, let go of all my thoughts take a deep breath and do some stretching.

An hour or so of qi gong or tai chi, bedtime cuddles with my beautiful sons or just burying my face into my golden retrievers fur. These are my favourite moments to be thankful.

Candles and a cold drink, soaking in the tub with my favourite blend of essential oils burning

Champs by the sea at sunset.

Put on a Ryan Gosling movie marathon on a Friday night with your feet up and a box of chocolates!

Crazy but I like to do jigsaw puzzles. They take away all the worrying thoughts of my day.

5. Simply heading out to nature can help you de stress

How I like to relax is by lying outside on the grass with my pillow and blanket under the stars and watching the night sky…… there are so many shooting stars, and every night is different……..

Sitting by the pool sipping green tea with ginger

kicking off the shoes and soaking in the sun at the beach

Swimming in the ocean. Listening to the Chinese bamboo flute. A long hot bath with candles and relaxation music..

Yoga and a day at the beach is incredibly relaxing to help my anxiety and overall relaxation

For daily relaxation I took the tip to get some chooks. Not only do they provide me with eggs but they also are extremely relaxing to be around and funny at the same time.

Lying in a hammock that is gently rocking in the warmth of the late afternoon with a light breeze and a great book that I can read in between snoozes

Spending time with my husband and son on an outing

Putting Frozen on the tv to entertain the kids and drifting away with a foaming latte does it for me!

Having a relaxing stroll along a quiet beach with the woman I love then resting on the beach with some wine and a good book.

What is your favourite way to relax?


Benefits of Yoga

April 1st, 2015 by Alison Shaw

Yoga is calming, soothing and gentle, away of leaving the world behind and not just while you are in your Yoga

Benefits of Yoga

Benefits of Yoga

class, it becomes a way of life.. There are many forms of Yoga and you may need to try a few different styles of Yoga to see which one suits you and your needs best. Most styles of Yoga are based on the same physical postures, known as poses with their own unique emphasis.

Types of Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a gentle form that includes many of the physical kinds of yoga. It is slow paced and a great introduction to basic yoga poses.

Vinyasa a more vigorous style of yoga based around poses called Sun Salutations. Your movement is matched to your breathing.

Iyengar Yoga works on bodily alignment and practice holding poses over long periods opposed to moving

Benefits of Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga

quickly form pose to pose. Iyengar yoga also uses props such as blocks and straps to assist with bringing the body into alignment.

Hot Yoga or Bikram Yoga very popular in the present day. Hot yoga is practiced in 100 degree temperature – this assists with the loosening of tight muscles and also lots of sweating happening which is thought to be cleansing. Bikram Yoga has 26 poses but not all are used in each class.

There are still more and more types of Yoga, the thing to remember is that all Yoga is based around similar poses and breathing. It is recommended to try a few different styles of yoga classes and teachers to find the one that suits you.

The one thing most people know about Yoga, whether they have practiced Yoga or not, that Yoga is old… Probably going back 5,000 years and that it is good for you. Is it exercise?

Benefits of yoga

Benefits of yoga

Will I lose weight? Will I get fitter? How will I benefit from Yoga?

Benefits of Yoga

  • Flexibility is improved with the moving and stretching poses. With more flexibility throughout your body comes a greater range of movement to tight areas. With regular classes you can gain more flexibility through your hips, back and shoulders. Your hamstrings will improve over time as well
  • Strength is increased (again over time with regular classes) with poses requiring you to balance of one leg or holding your body up with your arms. Keeping our strength up is an important issue as we age – this helps us avoid becoming fragile. Leading a more vigorous lifestyle
  • Muscle tone goes hand in hand with your strength training. As you body becomes stronger you can expect increased muscle tone. Muscles being shaped into longer leaner looking muscles.
  • Balance – a concern as people age and can make you unsure of your footing when walking even around a shopping centre or your own home. Similar poses used for flexibility also enh
    Benefits of Yoga - balance

    Balance yoga

    ance your balance. As you become more advanced in Yoga your balance will lead to inversion balancing and this helps to strengthen your core strength. With a strong tight core comes great balance.

  • Breathing is something we simply do every minute of every day without so much as thought as to how or why we breathe. Most of us breathe through our mouths in short shallow breaths. The first thing you will be shown in a Yoga class is how to breath. The technique call Pranayama encourages you to focus on your breathing, taking deeper breaths which will benefit our mind, body and soul. Long breaths in through the nose and slow release out through the nose. This breathing technique can help calm and also clear nasal passages.
  • Mental calmness, follows straight on from breathing. Asana (the practice of Yoga) is physical and intense concentration. The intense concentration on what you r body is doing can lead to a calmness of the mind. Yoga also brings to the class, mediation techniques, such as breathing, disengaging from your thoughts, being still, in the moment, closing out the world. Mediation skills can work for your mental well being outside of the Yoga class – in stressful situations, insomnia, childbirth, anxiety attacks.
  • Stress, any sort of movement is a good stress release, sitting and thinking is not always a good choice.
    Mental calm from yoga

    Mental calm from yoga

    The movements in Yoga are extremely good for stress relief, with the total concentration on what your body is doing, the movement itself seem to melt away the pressures from your day. In a Yoga class one of the important lessons shown is to be in the moment, washing away the thoughts and fears that flooded your mind before you sat on your mat. Being in the moment (once you have mastered this technique) has a lasting effect by not dwelling on the past or worrying about future events. Reducing stress has far reaching health affects, not just reducing worry.

  • Joint health is improved with gentle Yoga. Gentle Yoga for people who suffer from joint inflammation and strains assists with the pain. Breathing techniques and mediation also included in Yoga classes assists with pain management
  • Pain prevention as with joint health, by practicing Yoga, will assist with pain. The poses practiced such
    Pain prevention as a benefit of yoga

    Pain prevention as a benefit of yoga

    as flexibility and stretching help reduce the tightness most people carry around with them in the back, neck and shoulders. People who sit at computers all day, driving trucks, taxis or similar work styles often experience a lo t of back pain. The long periods of very little movement is detrimental to good posture and this is where regular Yoga class will give you so much more flexibility, movement and pain release

  • Body awareness – how aware are you of your body and its capabilities or lack of   With age, weight gain, eye sight or hearing diminishing, we become cautious or unsure in our day to day lives. Unusual movements, getting up and down even from a lounge can become hard. Yoga will heighten your awareness which in turn will improve your posture and greater self-confidence.
  • More information on the Benefits of Yoga are here

To really get the most out of your yoga stretches try combining yoga with regular massages. This will help further reduce stress, increase flexibility in your body, increase circulation and removal of toxins and generally increase your well being. Ripple is available for massages across Australia on 0438 567 906.

Weight Loss Tips

March 26th, 2015 by Alison Shaw

Do you want to lose weight?

Here are some top tips for not losing weight but refocusing your mind set – changing and challenging what you have always done or thought

  • Weight Loss Tip 1. The first tip is knowledge, knowledge is
    Weight Loss Tips

    Weight Loss Tips

    power. Understand your body and how it works. Losing weight is 80% food and 20% exercise.  Read, research from sources that you trust. An understanding of how and why your body and food relate is a good start to a new healthy lifestyle that encourages weight loss.

  • Weight Loss Tip 2. Don’t starve yourself. Your body won’t function without enough good nourishment. Like petrol is to your car – food is to your body. Your metabolic rate slows down if there is not enough fuel in your body. Metabolism is the chemical reaction that takes place in your body – converting the fuel in food we consume into energy.
  • Weight Loss Tip 3. Eat when you are hungry and avoid snacking. Eat consistently each day, this helps regulate your sugar levels. If we overeat or under eat the blood sugar levels end up all over the place and this can cause, mood swings, irritability and health risks. Some health care people recommend 5 – 6 small meals a day while others suggest 3 solid meals a day and no snacking.   All recommend not to over eat. Choose snacks wisely with the only reason to eat a snack is for nutrition and health reasons.
  • Weight Loss Tip 4. Protein is one of the main building
    Weight Loss

    Weight Loss

    blocks in our bodies – protein makes up about 16% of a person’s body weight – as connective tissues, skin, hair and muscle. It is recommended that each meal should include some form of protein. Protein is a great source of fuel and will keep your engines running for hours – snacks or food high in sugar is not able to sustain the same amount of energy as protein, so in a few hours or less you will be tired and hungry again.

  • Weight Loss Tip 5. Have you ever thought HOW you eat
    Tips for weight loss

    Exercise is key

    your food – are so hungry that you grab something that’s quick and down the hatch – like a quick fix! Plan your meals and menu’s each week.   Think about what you are eating and why! Ask yourself how is this going to benefit me? Will it help me? If the answers are no – don’t eat it. Find an alternative choice. Enjoy your meal, chew slowly and meals an event to be relished with family and friends – your food needs to be savoured. If your meal makes you feel overly full, uncomfortable your body will not perform at it’s best.

  • Weight Loss Tip 6. Be aware that there is good and bad fats…don’t avoid the good fats. Fats help absorb the protein. The good fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) are good for your heart and cholesterol – they assist with preventing health risks. Bad fats (saturated) increase cholesterol levels and the risk of disease. A point to note that when cutting down on saturated fat you should replace them with healthy choices.

    weight loss tips

    weight loss tips

  • Weight Loss Tip 7. Dehydration works against weight loss as well as other factors. Without enough hydration your body slows down. Drink water – the old saying “8 glasses a day” is fairly close to t the mark as a minimum requirement each day.
  • Weight Loss Tip 8. Sleep or lack of it plays a part in any weight loss regime. Poor sleep affects the hormones leptin and ghrelin. Set your bedroom up to what is the optimal place for you. Quiet, peaceful and warm. Wind down before bed, and if sleep doesn’t come easily try a magnesium bath. Magnesium has a multitude of benefits from relaxation to assisting in muscle fatigue. Magnesium is absorb through the skin much better than taking a capsule.

    Weight loss tips

    Weight loss tips

  • Weight Loss Tip 9. Stress and the affects it has on the body is far reaching. One of the major effects stress has on weight gain and loss is the release of Cortisol hormone, this creates inflammation and fat storage around the waistline. Managing your stress and inflammation is imperative to assisting in reducing weight. Take time for yourself whether it be yoga, mediating, exercise, walking, music…..
  • Weight Loss Tip 10. In line with the stress is your attitude, your feelings and emotions. We can be our own worst enemy with self doubt, self negative talk – our inner voice can be our biggest critic. Be kind to yourself, don’t allow negativity into your thoughts. We don’t have to be happy at every turn, unhappy or negative feelings can be destructive and in a bid to avoid dealing with those feelings we turn to food. If you don’t deal with your feelings you may struggle to lose weight.
  • Weight Loss Tip 11. It may only be 20% of weight loss but
    Massage weight loss tip

    Massage weight loss tip

    moving, exercise is important. You need to move – you to need to find out what floats your boat… Walk, playing with the kids, walking the dog, dancing. You need to enjoy when you move and then it fits into your lifestyle with ease. Going to the gym, lifting weights all are beneficial but what is it “that your body needs” Back to the research – talk to personal trainer, the local gym, a yoga teacher, marshal art or a dance class. Moving every day is vital to good health and with good health comes healthy weight loss.

  • Massage can be a key factor to helping you lose weight.
    Weight loss tips

    Weight loss tips

    Massage helps remove toxins from your body, increases your blood flow, increases nutrients reaching your cells, reduces stress and cortisol (the stress hormone) in your body, increases serotonin which regulates your moods, increases dopamine (the feel good neurotransmitter) as well as helping your digestion (stomach massage is sensational for this). Plus you can use it as a reward once you reach your weight loss goals.

  • Weight Loss Tip12. It’s not just one thing that will help you lose weight and develop a healthy lifestyle – it’s a combination of your food, sleep, exercise, mental health, hydration, support – one step at a time. Keep a journal of your journey.

Ripple is Australia’s premier mobile massage company. Bookings can be made on 0438 567 906 or online.

Prenatal Massage

March 24th, 2015 by Alison Shaw

Prenatal Massage – top reasons why massage helps you during pregnancy

Having a massage while you are pregnant can be one of the best things you can do for yourself

Pregnancy massage

Prenatal Massage

and your unborn child. Physically and emotionally the effects on you and your body are amazing. Don’t just have one, if possible book a regular prenatal massage.


Prenatal massage can improve blood circulation in turn this creates more oxygen and nutrients to both Mum and Bub. While the blood is moving toxins are being eliminated from the body as well.

Blood Flow

With the pressure on the uterus and pelvis building over the time of our pregnancy, this can inhabit the blood flow – massage will help the blood flow to these areas.


The parasympathetic system (The parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the ‘rest and digest’ activation, is the segment that assists with normal, autonomic functions.) is calmed through massage treatment. This assist with a better night’s sleep and the release of endorphins giving both Mum and Bub a sense of relaxation and calm. If Mum is calm then Bub will also be calm!

Helps balance your neurotransmitter system

Prenatal massage

Prenatal massage for mum to be

Prenatal massage has been shown to increase substantially serotonin which is the neurotransmitter that helps balance mood. It has also been show to increase dopamine (the feel good neurotransmitter) and also reduce cortisol (the stress neurotransmitter). The combination of this will make your pregnancy happier and less stressful, both positive effects that will add to your baby’s well being. Taking a little time to care for yourself during pregnancy will not only help you, but will translate into a healthier bub. Plus Mums-to-be should be spoilt, creating a bub is hard work!


Ahh… those dreaded hormones that are blamed for everything. During pregnancy there is an increase in hormones and this can affect our moods. Having regular prenatal massages during your pregnancy will help to stabilise our hormones and in this help our mood fluctuation.

Muscles and Joints

As you grow through each trimester more and more stress is put on your back, neck, shoulders, hips, legs, feet and the list goes on…..the more stress our bodies feel the more it seems to tighten muscles and joints. Prenatal massage is fantastic for relieving stress on these areas of the body and make it easier for you to move.

Blood pressure

Many of us can experience stress throughout our pregnancy, through lack of sleep, anxiety

Babyshower gift certificate

Prenatal gift certificate

about the pending birth, working, running around after toddlers….this can affect the heart rate and blood pressure. Massage – the power of touch to the skin – assists in relaxing the mind, the body and in turn reducing blood pressure. A much healthier place for you during this magical time.

Your time

Being pregnant is hard work, takes a lot of energy to carry your bump around. Take time (regularly) to nurture your emotions as well as your physical side – the power of touch – therapeutic touch is beyond measure.

A great way to take time out for yourself or perhaps share with someone special

Prenatal Massages

Prenatal massages

Prenatal massage is a great way just to take some time to enjoy your pregnancy, and perhaps, if you book two massages at the same time, is a way to enjoy some down time with your partner or someone special. It is also perfect as a gift certificate for the Mum to be. Often when people leave work it is difficult to get them a gift … a prenatal massage gift certificate is always welcome, for either before the birth, or sometimes they are saved until afterwards. They also make a great baby shower gift or book one when you are on your babymoon.


Massage Tips

March 12th, 2015 by Alison Shaw

Top 10 Massage Tips

Top ten things to ask a Massage Therapist

Massage tips

Massage tips

Do I need to bring anything?

Just yourself, as professional massage therapist we supply all that is required. We have a massage table that is set up for our height to ensure our back well being and to perform the perfect massage for you.

Do I have to wear undies?

Some therapists prefer that you do, but it is up to you. If you do prefer to wear underwear, we will tuck a towel into the top of your undies and roll them down so we can massage your glutes. Otherwise we will keep your private areas covered with towels or sarongs at all times, even in Ka Huna massages so that your privacy is respected.

Do I need to be toweled?

Massage tips and benefits

What to ask your massage therapist

As professional massage therapist we usually follow a protocol about draping, that is covering our clients with towels. We keep all areas covered that are not being massaged except during Ka Huna massages where we drape with sarongs. With towel draping, the area being massaged will warm up, so we need to keep the other areas of the body toweled and warm. You will feel cocooned under your towel and this gives you a real sense of comfort.

Are you a therapist or masseuse?

In reality we are both, however, with such a lot of misunderstanding about massage service and adult services, we prefer therapist. A professional therapist has completed a lot of training to be able to offer clients a well-planned massage with ongoing treatment plan to help alleviate your aches and pains.

Do I have to take my clothes off?

Yes, it is much easier and way more beneficial for you. We fully understand that you may not be comfortable being naked in front of a stranger however, therapist treat many clients and we see the body as a whole and as unit that requires our professional treatment. At your treatment you will be shown to your treatment room and your therapist will leave your for a few minutes to allow you to undress and pop onto the bed under the towel.

Homework – Really ?

Yes – if you have sort treatment with a Remedial Massage Therapist they will more than likely give you soft exercises or stretches to do daily. You will have booked a remedial therapist for an injury, or aches and pains and the ongoing homework will help to alleviate the pain.

What if my body makes noises?

How to relax during your massage

Relaxation massage tips

It’s ok, it’s a compliment!! You may snore – that’s great you are so relaxed and enjoying your treatment. Tummy rumbles, passing wind it all happens because your body is now in the rest and digest mode. It’s all part of your massage treatment. Just relax and enjoy – it’s all part of our job.

Can I talk in a massage?

Most people like to chat at the beginning of the treatment – it helps them feel comfortable and relaxed. As the massage proceeds most will go into a relaxed sleep mode. Clients can use their therapists as sounding board for pressures and stress in their lives.   Even though this is not part of the job, therapist care and are happy to let you unwind.

Will my massage hurt me?

Depending on what type of massage you are having. A Swedish Massage is a relaxation massage whereas a Deep Tissue massage is much slower and deeper to help knotted and tight muscles let go.

Your therapist will ask you how the pressure is throughout the massage – don’t be shy, tell them to back off or get into more! If your therapist pressure gets too much for you, don’t hesitate to ask them to change the pressure. Everyone’s idea of a firm massage is different. It’s your massage to have how you want – your therapist wants you to receive the treatment you are looking for.

How will I feel after my massage?

Massage tips

Post massage care

Having a remedial or deep tissue massage you may experience a little of bit of pain for up to 24 hours after your treatment. Second day you should feel great! Your therapist will advise you of this before you leave. They should recommend that you drink plenty of water, particularly in the first hour after your massage. They may also recommend heat, ice and or stretches as after care for your treatment. A relaxation massage should have you floating out the door – hydration is still recommended after any sort of massage.

Boost Serotonin and Decrease Mood Swings with Massage

February 23rd, 2015 by Alison Shaw

We all love to feel good. And serotonin is the neurotransmitter that research has shown is responsible for ensuring mood balance.

Balance mood swings and regulate serotonin with massage

Massage and serotonin levels

A deficit of serotonin can lead to a number of things that make us feel off balance and unhappy. A lack of serotonin can lead to depression and it can also lead to you not being able to delay gratification or follow through on plans. It can lead to people not being able to finish things, being a little down or snappy and being sensitive or easily irritable by small things. If this sounds like you, it maybe a serotonin imbalance that is in part causing your mood swings.

The good news however is that there are four powerful things you can do to boost your serotonin levels. Four very simple things that, yay, are also hugely enjoyable. So if you are finding yourself having these symptoms perhaps try

Pregnancy massage and serotonin

Pregnancy massage boosts well being and serotonin levels

these things. If they continue however, always consult a professional medical practitioner like a psychologist, there maybe more at play than low serotonin levels.

Need a serotonin boost? Here you go …

1. Massage – yep, that yummy lovely things we do for our bodies when we remember to and schedule the time, massage is also a great way to boost your serotonin levels. A study showed that pregnant women that were regularly massaged by their partners over a period of four months, showed significantly higher serotonin levels than a control group that did not receive the massage. This is particularly significant for pregnant women where pre and post natal depression can be a large factor in a new mum’s mental health and consequently the health of the baby. A good reason to book in regular pregnancy massages

Serotonin has also been shown to be elevated in new born babies who received

Infant massage and mood swings

Infant massage also boosts serotonin

regular infant massage over the period of six weeks. In this study, new born babies who received regular massage had serotonin levels 34% higher than the control group of babies who received no massage. Similarly serotonin has been shown to be elevated in migraine sufferers who received regular massage, with correlational research suggesting there maybe a link between massage and lower migraines. Yet another study indicated that women with breast cancer who received regular massages also reported higher levels of serotonin.

The bottom line? Massage will improve your mood.

2. Sunlight –  good old fashioned sunlight. Now too much UV light is a bad thing, but some UV light, which gets absorbed through the skin is crucial to

Sunlight serotonin

Sunlight boosts serotonin levels

producing vitamin D which in turn is essential to producing serotonin.

Experiments in rats have shown that bright sunlight correlated to the rate of production of serotonin in the brain. Further, when serotonin is released it is then scooped by reuptake cells in the synapses, and this seems to occur faster in the darker months of Autumn and Winter when there is less bright UV light around. It is this transporter (the one that scoops up the serotonin) that is blocked by anti depressants with the aim to increase the amount and duration of serotonin in the neurons synapses. Getting enough bright UV sunlight can have a similar effect. Further, there is an argument to get your bright light hit during day light hours.. bright light at night blocks the conversion of serotonin into melatonin which in turn prevents you from getting a good nights sleep (and this is all about feeling good.)

3. Exercise – there have been many studies that have shown serotonin levels

Exercise serotonin

Moderate mood swings with exercise

are boosted by exercise, specifically aerobic exercise. Feel good after working out? Feel more emotionally balanced and stable? An increase in serotonin maybe the cause of you feeling so good after your work out. Yoga has also been shown to boost serotonin levels as well.

There is one downside though, for the serotonin boost to work, you need to want to exercise. If you feel pressured into doing it you may not get the same serotonin boost as your gym junkie friends (and doesn’t that suck!). And here is the catch 22, you may not feel like exercising because you have low serotonin levels and you may not exercise regularly because your serotonin is low. The key is to do it regularly (yes, we know, that can be really hard) so that it doesn’t feel like an imposition but just part of your normal routine and your serotonin levels don’t drop so low its hard to get the exercise regime kick started.

4. Remember things that make you happy – thinking back over things

Happy memories and serotonin

Happy memories can also modulate mood swings and increase attention

that in the past have made you happy, or happy events you have shared with friends, lovers or family, is a great way to boost your serotonin levels. Plus it comes with the bonus of being free and really involving very little effort.

This has been shown to increase serotonin levels in the area of the brain responsible for attention. Studies have also shown that remembering sad or negative events have the opposite effect, reducing serotonin in this region and allowing you to become more distracted. The best thing about remembering times when you were happy has a double effect .. increasing serotonin plus also reducing that amount of times you remember negative events. This can be hard if you are depressed or in a downward spiral, it can be particularly hard to remember happy events when you are feeling down. One of the biggest negative effects of depression is that depressed people find it difficult to remember when they were happy or find it difficult to remember the happy events. If this is the case, looking back over happy photos or calling a friend or family member to reminisce about happier times can help stimulate serotonin production in the brain.

So there you have it! Massage, sunshine, a little regular exercise and savouring the good times of the past can help you keep your moods constant and your serotonin levels boosted.

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