Massage therapy can be used for a variety of physical complaints or simply for promoting relaxation and wellbeing. Here at Newtown Acupuncture Centre we offer massage as a modality on it's own as well as a compliment to our acupuncture treatments. See HERE for our price list.
We understand the need for athletes and sports people to be free of aches, pains and restrictions so they can train and play with ease.
Tight fascia and sore muscles can lead to a host of subsequent muscle imbalances. We encourage regular treatments to keep athletes at the top of their game.
Our massage therapist, Hernan Rojas Nazar is a martial artist who has competed internationally at championship level in both Latin America and here in NZ. He understands how challenging and rewarding competitive sports can be.
Mobilisation & Stretching
Injuries, lack of exercise and natural ageing can all result in restricted muscle and joint mobility. Massage therapy can help stretch and relax tense muscles, allowing for increased range of motion. We encourage people to take stretching into their daily life and also offer classes in Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Yoga, which are all great systems for increasing flexibility and strength of the joints, muscles and tendons.
Life can be full of responsibilities and challenges, and sometime this can leave us feeling disconnected and worn out. Relaxation massage can be a great way to take time out for yourself and relax tight tense and tired muscles and get you back in touch with your body.
Hot Stone Massage
The hot stones create warmth and circulation at the place they are applied, helping to relax tight and sore muscles. This treatment is particularly good for those that find heat very therapeutic. Hot stone massage provides a lovely sense of relaxation. The massage therapist will continue to massage parts of the body while the stones do their work on other parts.
Acupuncture & Massage
Massage and acupuncture treatment work well together and we provide special rates for those wishing to use both these therapies on the same day. You can see two practitioners, however it must be on the same day.
15 mins massage for $20 (usually $25)
30 mins massage for $35 (usually $50)
50 mins massage for $65 (usually $80)
Please book ahead to ensure that the massage therapist is free to see you before or after your acupuncture treatment. If not, feel free to ask on the day, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Cupping is not unique to TCM. It has been used across a variety of cultures and ages for different reasons. According to conventional TCM practice cupping is mainly used for
Muscle pain- very often applied to large muscle groups on the back, shoulders, ITB and gluteal muscles.
Treatment of colds & flu’s
Cupping usually leaves a round cupping mark for 3-10 days after the treatment. It does not tend to hurt, but can feel quite tight. It also may feel a little tender for a day after the treatment. We advise keeping the area covered for the first 4 hours.
Acupressure is a form of massage that uses the acupuncture points of Traditional Chinese Medicine, but rather than inserting the fine acupuncture needles, the practitioners hands are used to stimulate the acupressure point. This is a great alternative to acupuncture treatment if you have a concern about the acupuncture needles, but still want the benefits of this system of medicine. Treatments are 30 mins long.
Weight Reduction Support
Our massage therapist Hernan trained in the technique of weight reduction massage in Chile where it is a popular treatment. The practitioner manually stimulates the fat cells, breaking fatty accumulations. This treatment is bought as a package, as 10 treatments are needed over a 5 week period. As well as this this, we offer TCM support with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, ensuring a healthy and sustainable pathway for weight loss. We believe that the more internally balanced your metabolism is, the more sustainable your weight loss journey will be.
Gua sha (scraping method) can look a little intense, but it is a technique used to activate the bodies own healing system.
We use traditional and modern gua sha tools. Check out this short video to see gua sha in action!
Sliding glass cupping
Sliding cupping, and cupping in general is not for everyone. It can look more painful than it feels, and leave cupping marks for up to 10 days.
The key to sliding cupping is finding the right level of suction under the cup, so it pulls and stretches the fascia in a comfortable way. For those that love strong treatments or deep tissue, this is for you!
This technique creates a kind of micro-trauma, that then encourages healing and lymphatic activation.