Customized physical therapy may be a useful way to ease low back pain, which affects an estimated 31 million Americans a new study says. Researchers from La Trobe University observed that ‘many patients with low-back disorders persisting beyond 6 weeks do not recover.
Sean now offers Pranic Healing treatments at his Maroochydore clinic.
Pranic healing can be used for spiritual, psychological and physical conditions. As it works by treating the patient through their bio-energetic network, it is a drug free treatment and clothes do not have to be removed. It is very non-invasive.
Sean will use his connection to Energy/Prana, via his hands, to absorb and project the prana (life energy) onto areas of the aura (bio-energetic network) where the patient’s own energy is diseased, depleted or congested, removing the bad energy and replacing it with fresh energy. Results are often immediate. Because Pranic healing works on the energy body, it is able to pick up potential disorders or illnesses before they manifest in the patient. Each treatment session is tailored to the condition and specific combinations of energy colours and vibrations are used in order to effect a treatment.
Just about everyone loves a good massage: massage feels good and studies show it benefits your health. For example, research has found that massage therapy can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure and alleviate low back pain. Of course there’s much more to massage than that.
While massage has many health benefits, a good therapist is vital to your treatment. September 7-13 is National Massage Therapy Awareness Week. To celebrate here are some tips for how to choose a good massage therapist. A good first step when choosing a therapist is to check for professional qualifications.
Graduates of Certificate IV programs perform general health maintenance treatments such asrelaxation massage. Diploma graduates can treat common musculoskeletal presentations such as lower back pain, headache, neck and shoulder pain. And Advanced Diploma graduates can treat complex musculoskeletal presentations with a more extensive range of treatment protocols, primarily via the use of Dry Needling technique.
You may also wish to check whether your therapist is a health fund provider if you want to claim your treatment through a private fund. If you have extras cover for remedial massage, it is important to check with your therapist about their provider status. Generally, Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualified therapists will fulfill the requirements to operate as health fund providers.
Additionally your therapist should be a member of a professional association. Choosing a massage therapist who is a member of a professional association is an important safeguard in terms of professionalism and standards. Many of us are bound by a Codes of Ethics and Practice, a benchmark set of standards for the safe and ethical practice of massage therapy.
Massage is a patient-centred therapy. Your massage therapist should discuss your treatment planwith you and establish goals. However, you are in control of the treatment at all times and you should expect to be treated with respect, courtesy and dignity, If you have any questions about the Massage industry please feel free to discuss them with me at you next appointment. I shall put my years of experience as a therapist and an educator to good use in a bid to answer your questions satisfactorily.
A Pregnancy Massage helps:
- reduce stress, emotional and physical
- give relief from muscle cramps and spasms
- reduce stress on weight-bearing joints
- improve outcome of labor and ease labour process
- enhances the pliability of skin and underlying connective tissues
- allow an increase in blood and lymph circulation, which can reduce fluid retention
- provides support for the new mother with the physical and emotional strains of expectancy
- give some relief from myofascial pain (including sciatica) in the lower back, neck, hips and legs
Acquiesce Massage offers Pregnancy Massages specifically suited for the expectant mother’s needs and ensures you are feeling very relaxed and comforted. We have a selection of Belly Pillows that allow pregnant women to lie safely on her front, ease the pressure off her back and lets her have a professional massage throughout her entire pregnancy.
‘Sean was highly professional – the massage was so relaxing and just what I needed. I was 9 months pregnant at the time so having it done in the comfort of my own home was a relief. Sean’s table and cushions that helped me lie on my tummy, with support, made it an even better experience.’ – Teresa from Maroochydore
Great Article by newswire.com about Acquiesce Massage!
Acquiesce Massage ranked 6th in the the Facebook Top 10 Maroochydore Businesses in the Sunshine Coast Daily, Saturday 02 November 2013, Pg42
Rebecca Marshall – Sunshine Coast Daily
30th Jul 2013 12:20 PM
Sean has his business future in his hands
SEAN White doesn’t like to use the word “proud”.
But if you launched a business six months before a global financial crisis, and that business is still flourishing today, pride should be the overriding emotion.
His Acquiesce Massage turns four next month, and what a fiery baptism it’s been.
“If you cast your mind back to 2009 and 2010, it was pretty grim, especially here on the Coast,” he said.
“I didn’t feel it as much although my projections were very much deflated. But my mentor (Rod Richards) was saying it was a positive, a lot of businesses were coasting along in good times and perhaps they found it harder to adjust to the economic downturn.
“He said at least you haven’t fallen from a great height, and it made me fight that little bit harder to stay in business.
“I do feel surprised and pretty positive about the character I’ve built over the last four years. It’s matured me as a person, a therapist and as a business person.”
Mr White said his business was less reliant on mobile bookings compared to the early days, and he had now aligned with Physiocare on Wises Rd to offer in-clinic massage as well.
Pregnancy massage is something of a speciality, a skill he honed with his wife during her two pregnancies.
He also treats car and horse-riding accident victims and others with sciatic or neck and shoulder strain.
“It’s not life or death, but it’s improving people’s quality of life.”
Mr White has taken short courses in bookkeeping and marketing over the years to hone his business skills.
He said the GFC experience had taught him the importance of resilience, flexibility and improvisation.
“In four years time I definitely like to think there’ll be a physical premises with a sign up out the front.
“That will give people more of a complete experience, to manifest the vision I’ve got for Acquiesce.
“I always wanted it to be a collaborative, holistic approach where every muscle is connected with another part of the body.
“Even the word acquiesce… people would start thinking what does that mean, how does it relate to me and how can I surrender to the process more?
“It’s more of an ethos about surrendering and being open to being released, which delivers the best end result.”
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Remedial massage improves circulation, reduces muscle tightness and breaks down adhesions and the build up of scar tissue.
All of these can affect performance as well as a general sense of well-being.
“It is much better to be aware and prevent injuries from occurring first,” Sean White said.
“Rather than suffering from the pain and discomfort after activity, it makes sense to avoid injury by having regular massage while training and for recovery purposes.
“This will help to optimise your performance and achieving your goals in whatever sport and fitness level you aspire to.”
Whether we are at work or play, the last thing we want is to be injured or suffer unnecessary pain and discomfort.
Just as important as preventing injury is looking after the aches and pains we already have so they don’t become chronic and debilitating.
Work and competitive sport are part of our everyday experiences. Working physically hard, undertaking repetitive work, or simply having fun or taking part in local cycling, swimming or triathlon events for charity often results in stresses, strain and injuries.
Remedial and therapeutic massage is a natural way of looking after ourselves and maintaining an active lifestyle.
‘It is used extensively in the rehabilitation of work, sport and accident-based injury, and in the long-term maintenance of debilitative and chronic conditions.’
Common injuries from the workplace, such as neck pain, overuse injuries and lower back pain can all be assisted by remedial massage techniques. Likewise, sports massage therapy has become a standard regime in big sporting clubs, and for sporting events or personal fitness goals that require extensive training.
Remedial massage improves circulation, reduces muscle tightness and breaks down adhesions and the build up of scar tissue. All of these can affect performance as well as a general sense of well-being.
‘It is much better to be aware and prevent injuries from occurring first. Rather than suffering from the pain and discomfort after activity, it makes sense to avoid injury by having regular massage while training and for recovery purposes.
Would you like to experience a massage treatment which also liberates trapped emotions and allows a more balanced response to your life’s challenges and opportunities?
There is a real and scientifically documented observation that links what we feel and how we act to our environment. Life is about choices and how we respond (or react) to any given situation. The events which shape our character are generally buried within our muscles and other organs and carried (for better or for worse) around with us in our day to day lives.
There are many healing modalities and massage techniques which specialise in emotional release and energy balancing. These have tended to be on the periphery of medically accepted treatments but these days society has been recognising the results of such practices and the results which have been catalysed through them. What much of science has not recorded, and perhaps unable to record and therefore show, are the effects on people’s decision making ability. There is wide acceptance of the virtues of relaxation massage and the lowering of blood pressure, relief of anxiety and promotion of regular sleeping patterns, but the effect of these types of modalities on the person’s desire and ability to self preserve and function well emotionally (and psychologically) in their family and community is less easy to appraise and judge.
And perhaps it is only in hindsight that you can best judge the significance of these sorts of treatments in improving your ability to respond to life issues and lifestyle matters. Still, it is possible to do so; yet it is likely that any results are anecdotal and highly personal accounts that may be so totally unique and subjective that it may never be truly able to be put into a scientific paper, let alone garner the levels of respect and acknowledgement by health funds and medical journals. I certainly am no better off in recording these measures of success and effectiveness either, though I do have a degree in Science and therefore one part Scientist. What it comes down to is anecdotal evidence and empirical recognition, that is you have to experience it to measure it’s success for yourself (this type of non-scientific support does not currently satisfy Health Funds, as modalities like Aromatherapy have recently found out!).
But that does not stop practitioners like myself from practicing massage with the full acknowledgement that we can also work on the emotional body, not merely the physical body. In fact it is widely accepted that most people judge a medical doctor on their bedside manner more than the university they attended. Many of us already choose the practitioner based on their ability to tap into “us” and bring forth healing and comfort. I figure I may as well make it clear and perhaps encourage some people power to embrace it, regardless of what certain sections of the community would have us believe (or not believe).
Through conventional remedial massage techniques, focussed and mindful breathing plus drawing on my Reiki experiences I can offer my clients a deep massage that is not necessarily a deep tissue massage. Clients frequently learn to release frustrated emotions, physical restrictions and tightnesses, and mental obscurities. Then truer feelings of compassion, peace, lightness and clarity innervate mind and soul allowing the body to loosen and reset to a truer blueprint of health and ease.
‘Sean’s massage was one of the most effective I have had and all I wanted was to find someone with the same magical skill in Brisbane. His intuitive approach and incorporation of reiki is so good. He is a truly gifted massage therapist who tunes in to his client’s needs very quickly. I wish he would move to Brisbane!’
Roxanne from Pinjarra Hills, Brisbane
‘Just a short note to let you know that I haven’t been pain free for years. Such a great relief. Thanks for the massage.’
Peter from Buderim
Massage therapy is now being recognised as an evidence-based therapeutic modality effective in treating non-acute low back pain and improving well being for people with chronic illnesses, according to the ‘Effectiveness of Massage Therapy’ report released recently.
The report, commissioned by AAMT, comprises a review of 740 Australian and international evidence-based academic research papers, published between 1978 and 2008.
Effectiveness of Massage Therapy Highlights:
- Seven studies were in unison concluding that massage therapy for subacute and chronic low back pain to be more effective than placebo.
- Multiple studies provided good evidence supporting the effectiveness of massage therapy in managing anxiety, stress and promoting relaxation.
- Positive outcomes reported following massage therapy include pain reduction, better quality of life, improved sleep and function as well as reduced depressive symptoms.
- Studies into the benefits of massage therapy for maternal and infant care reported a reduction in infant distress, significant newborn growth and development, improved mother-infant interaction and reduced symptoms of post-natal depression.
View Full Research Report – The Effectiveness of Massage Therapy.