Assessment + Treatment = Better Results
Every body in the community can benefit from massage, you are never too old or too young because at the Catalyst Massage clinic we tailor the treatment to suit you.
We massage athletes, children, infants, men, women, office workers, tradies, truck drivers, teachers, students, mums, dads and grandparents – the list is endless.
Massage is a dynamic therapy that helps the body find its natural balance for optimal living. Whether you are sore, stressed, in pain, or using massage to improve performance, we are here to support your pursuit of a healthy, happy and active life.
We evaluate your needs, conduct an assessment and develop a personalised treatment plan that will help you do what you
We often associate massage with relaxation more than rehabilitation.
Whilst massage is ideal for stress management and general relaxation, when you are in the hands of a remedial therapist, massage is a powerful tool that can help your body to recover from illness and injury.
At Catalyst Massage we work closely with Chiropractors to enhance the benefits of massage even further. This Massage / Chiropractic collaboration offers additional value to you.
• Easy referral to Chiropractors for assessment and treatment
• Massage expands the benefits of a Chiropractic treatment
• Chiropractic expands the benefits of a massage treatment
Combining massage and Chiropractic is part of our commitment to providing you with holistic treatments for a healthy life.
Our Massage Therapist
Ben has been working as a remedial massage therapist since 2008. Having worked in massage in Daylesford since 2006, Ben joined the Catalyst Massage team in 2015.
He has completed further study in lymphatic drainage, oncology massage and infant massage. Ben is also qualified in Myofascial Dry Needling. He has a special interest in sports injury rehabilitation. Ben also has a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education.
Ben lives in Ballarat with his wife and 2 wonderful children. Outside his family and work, his main interest is sport, having played cricket, football, soccer, basketball, table tennis, badminton and athletics, just to name a few. Ben enjoys providing individualised care for his clients.
How does my body respond to massage?
You feel great after a massage because of how your body physically reacts to the treatment. Typical responses to massage include:
These are just some of the benefits of massage. All of the body’s systems can be assisted through the expert application of massage therapy such as:
Typical conditions treated with Massage
At Catalyst Massage, we treat the body holistically. If you have a condition that we cannot effectively treat with massage we will refer you to the best practitioner for your needs. Some of the conditions that we treat include (but not limited to):
We treat by reducing tightness by lengthening muscles, increasing circulation, flexibility and range of motion, and encouraging the body to get rid of toxins naturally.
How it works
Our treatment plan is a collaboration between you and your massage practitioner. We talk to you about your medical history, specific concerns and how you are feeling. We encourage you to share personal information and assure you that it will be kept confidential.
If you have any questions or comments about your treatment plan please share them with your practitioner during your sessions. You will get the most out of your treatments if you have a thorough understanding of the goals and the treatment itself.
Our process has four main steps:
we get to know you and your concerns
a physical assessment that generates a treatment plan (including goals) along with the consultation information
that works towards mutually agreed goals for better health
undertaken at regular intervals to ensure that goals are being met.
Note: Feedback to or from the client is an essential part of the ongoing process.
*Incl. assessment & development of a treatment plan
How Long will the benefits last?
This varies depending on the individual, their reason for massage and how long they have had the condition/pain/injury.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET A MASSAGE?
Regular massage is advisable for optimal health, your practitioner will discuss your needs during your consultation and assessment.
WILL I GET RELIEF IMMEDIATELY AFTER A MASSAGE?
This depends on the individual and their condition. Some relief will be experienced after the massage however for long term conditions repeat visits may be necessary for lasting results.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INITIAL MASSAGE, STANDARD MASSAGE, AND REASSESSMENT MASSAGE?
Initial Massage - where the assessment and client consultation is followed by the first massage. This allows the therapist to determine the needs of the client and establish the appropriate treatment plan.
Standard Massage – a massage that is a part of the treatment plan.
Reassessment Massage – the therapist revisits the assessment process to verify that the plan is on track by checking for improvement against the set goals.
how long is a massage?
Our initial massage is 40 minutes to allow for the consultation as well as the treatment, this can be increased to 60 minutes if you have a number of concerns to discuss. Your therapist will recommend the best length of massage for you depending on how many areas need treatment.
WHAT TYPES OF THINGS CAN MASSAGE HELP FIX?
CAN I RECEIVE A FIRM/DEEP MASSAGE?
The pressure of the massage is adjusted to suit the individual clients request or needs by using different techniques to achieve different levels of massage (e.g. hands, forearms or elbows).
DO I HAVE TO TAKE MY CLOTHES OFF?
No, myofascial trigger points can be performed over your clothing however, for the best results and to avoid hard clothing digging into your skin (i.e. buttons or bra straps) our therapist will ask you to remove clothing at the affected area to allow for the use of oils and creams throughout your massage.
If you find it more comfortable you can leave your bra on however your therapist will undo or ask you to undo your bra for the massage to be performed.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO GET A MASSAGE?
There is no time that is better suited for having a massage, we recommend that you have a massage at the time that best suits your own needs.
HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK IF I BOOK MY CHILD IN FOR A MASSAGE?
We ask that a parent or guardian remain in the massage room while the massage is being performed, the rest of the process will remain the same.
CAN I CLAIM THROUGH MY PRIVATE HEALTH FUND?
Yes, check your policy to see if you are covered.
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