Hi and welcome,
My name is Andrew Thompson. I'm a diploma-qualified Remedial Massage Therapist and have been working on muscles for over 20 years.
Nowadays, many people think of Reef as a hair removal clinic but its roots are firmly planted in Remedial Massage and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).
Remedial Therapies have always been my first passion. 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 insurance, sorry, you will need to find a different therapist.
Questions & Answers ~ Rockhampton Remedial Massage
It's my first massage with you. What happens?
When you arrive for your first treatment, you will be given a consultation form to complete. Fill it out, paying particular attention to the medical questionnaire.
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, and then determine the reason for your visit. Once the consultation is finished, you'll 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. All you have to do is 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 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.
What are your qualifications?
I have two full diplomas from the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences, one in Remedial Massage, the other in Oriental Therapies. Around 3 years of full time study.
I graduated in December 2002 at the top of my class for both diplomas. I was subsequently awarded AAMT's Queensland Massage Therapist of the Year.
Can I claim your treatments through my health fund?
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.
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'm also a Remedial Therapist and desperate to find another 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 the muscles. This process is natural - It helps muscles purge dead blood 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 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 do proper 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.