Massage can help
· Reduce pain and discomfort
· Speed injury recovery
· Promote flexibility and mobility
· Relax and de-stress
· Enhance quality of life and well-being
Swedish style massage using long gliding strokes of light to gentle pressure to enhance quality of life and feelings of well-being
Massage techniques that Help to restore muscle fibers to their original alignment, reduce pain and tension and increase flexibility. This can affect cortisol and serotonin levels, increases oxygenated blood supply to muscles and supports the immune and lymphatic systems.
Sports focused techniques specifically designed to enhance performance among individual athletes or physically active persons who are placed in physical achievement situations. Sports massage is personalized and sports specific, designed to assist in the athletes training programs on/off season. Assists in soft-tissue injury rehabilitation, recovery from overworked muscles and addresses faulty biomechanics and joint mobility due to soft tissue restrictions
Myofascial Release (MFR)
MFR uses trigger point release and muscle energy techniques by applying pressure, stretch and friction to alter tissue structure. Tissue that has been put under repetitive strain results in abnormal tissue changes causing pain, reduced range of motion, joint dysfunction, discomfort and restrictions.
Trigger Point Release (TrP)
TrPs are specific areas of pain within muscles that when pressed cause increased pain and sometimes pain to another area of the body. TrP techniques apply gentle, gradually increasing pressure to the TrP using a finger, to a point where the client feels some discomfort. The pressure is maintained until the discomfort has eased. This inactivates the TrP and releases muscle tension. Trigger points rarely occur in isolation and the key to success is addressing the precipitating and predisposing factors for each particular client.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT) is a detailed and specific approach using advanced massage techniques, to identify and address the causes of soft tissue pain and dysfunction. NMT is based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system initiates and maintains pain.
NMT manipulates the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to achieve balance between the nervous and musculoskeletal systems by targeting the possible cause and extenuating factors leading to and keeping the body in a state of pain and dysfunction.
The principal of NMT is not only to reduce and alleviate pain, but restores function, furthermore to educate and involve clients in their own healing.
NMT uses advanced massage techniques to:
Improve blood supply to soft tissues
Release any nerve entrapment by soft tissue
Eliminate myofascial trigger points and release muscle spasm
Reestablish postural alignment
Encourage good biomechanics
Michele Colthurst has been my massage therapist for the past few months and what a find she is. Not only is she sensitive to your needs but she is also highly knowledgeable. I have found Michele to be one of the best sports masseuses I have ever used as she has eased the aches and pains out of my body. She is ready to listen and caters her massage style to suit individual clients. I whole heartedly recommend her.
Maree Todd, Warkworth.
Thank you for your assistance as part of the North Harbour massage team during the 2012 ITM Cup
The players, coaches and management staff have really appreciated you expertise, effort and enthusiasm during the massage sessions. The efforts of you and the massage team helped the players recover and prepare well despite the intense nature of the training and competition. Your professionalism and high-quality massage were invaluable to the team.
On behalf of the entire team, thank you. We hope you will be available to work with the team in future seasons.
North Harbour ITM Cup Team
Michele maintained a professional and friendly environment where I felf my need as an athlete were met. Michele showed awareness and understanding of my massage requirements. It is great to have someone of Michele’s knowledge to address any muscular problems and sooth the aches and pains from the demands of professional rugby. I would highly recommend Michele as a massage therapist.
As a professional rugby player, massage is an important part of my training week and preparation for a game. Michele really helped me keep the aches and pains to a minimum despite the intense training and competition. I can highly recommend Michele for sports massage.