Hi and welcome,
My name is Andrew Thompson. I own and operate Reef Studios in Rockhampton, Queensland. I've been working on bodies since 1999 and opened this clinic in 2010.
While nowadays, most people think of Reef as a hair removal clinic, its original name was Body Sync, with its roots firmly planted in Remedial Massage and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Through an accident of fate rather than design, the business morphed into waxing then IPL with little time available for remedial therapies.
But now, with the stress of Southeast Queensland and 47 staff behind me, I've returned to my roots. It's just me and Rocky now :)
Remedial Massage has 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.
The return of Remedial Therapy to my treatment rooms has been long overdue and the years ahead fill me with excitement.
My prices and FAQ on Remedial Therapy are further down the page so read on for all the info. If you have any questions or would like to make a booking, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Have a brilliant day.
Prices ★ Rockhampton Remedial Massage
Questions & Answers ★ Rockhampton Remedial Massage
It's my first massage with you. What happens?
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. You will find baby wipes on the side table if you feel the need to tidy up any sweaty areas.
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. If you prefer to lay fully exposed without a towel, that's fine too.
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.
Are you properly qualified and experienced or have you just done a certificate course?
I graduated in December 2002 and was also awarded AAMT's coveted Queensland Massage Therapist of the Year.
Combined, all of these diplomas, certificates and awards qualify me to perform absolutely all aspects of Remedial Massage, Tui Na Massage, Sports Massage, Chinese Acupressure, Cross-Fibre Mobilisation (a.k.a Bowen Therapy), Zen Shiatsu, Floor Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Reiki, Russian Massage, plus several strands of Thai Massage.
After my formal studies, in 2003 I began teaching massage and went on to publish several articles over the ensuing years, plus a monthly magazine called 'The Rubdown'. For the spiritually inclined, I am also a Seichim Reiki Master.
In 2004, I became the preferred therapist for several members of the Australian Cricket Team and that same year, I began putting other therapists in the field for mobile massage. In turn, we picked up preferred supplier status for several prestigious hotel chains including Treasury Casino, Marriott, The Hilton, Mercure, and Novotel.
I could go on for another hour but you get the idea. Re all the above, for the sake of keeping things simple on this web page, I'll refer to all of these modalities by the blanket term of Remedial Therapy.
Can I claim your treatments through my health fund?
Will you perform massage on someone with HIV?
Will you perform massage on someone with cancer?
I'm really body conscious. Do I have to get naked?
There is no elegant way for me to wedge bikini briefs or boxers into your butt crease to massage your glutes.
Also, if I have to hold your undies there, I've got one less hand to work with, which is just dumb.
Do bear in mind that I'm also a Brazilian Wax therapist. I've been surrounded daily by genitalia, both male & female for 20 years, so rest assured you've got nothing I haven't seen thousands of times before.
The fact I'm still in business after two decades proves that my ethics, discretion, and abilities are of the highest calibre.
How do I know which type of Remedial Therapy to choose?
Will you perform outcalls to my home or hotel?
I actually want massage, not some guy dressed like a doctor with a clipboard.
I'm not sure why some massage therapists do the tunic-and-long-pants thing while nodding empathetically and jotting away. Maybe it's due to the industry trying too hard to be accepted by mainstream medicine, but it's not for me.
Will you perform massage on a pregnant woman?
I'm also a Remedial Therapist and desperate to find another to do mutual massage. Interested?
Do you perform massage on babies?
I have a bike race this weekend. How should I plan my massage schedule?
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 lighter massage. This way, your muscles will be in premium condition for the weekend's big event.
I just want a soft relaxing Swedish Massage with scented candles and stuff.
What's the difference between Sports Massage, Remedial Massage, and Deep Tissue Massage?
What's the difference between Trigger Point Therapy and Chinese Acupressure?
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.