Therapeutic Massage

What is Therapeutic Massage?

Therapeutic massage helps you to look after your body and to enjoy it more because you feel better in it!

Therapeutic Massage – adopts a holistic approach and is personalised to fit the client. It aims to both treat your symptoms and issues and in the process, to enhance your well-being. It is an application of touch that may incorporate various models of manual touch therapies to create a cause and effect on the person.

Often a person doesn’t know what kind of massage treatment will help them the best. Remedial can seem too firm. Swedish too soft. Deep tissue too deep. Relaxation too non-specific. Lymphatic too light. Myofascial too taut.

Therapeutic massage – is when the practitioner provides a treatment based on an informed assessment of their client, and uses their combined skills and experience to deliver it, and to create a therapeutic difference in the person.

Here are examples of therapeutic massage for some of our clients:

Liz is 45 years old and she needs lymphatic drainage on her legs for oedema. She also needs light remedial massage and myofascial massage to make her spine more flexible. A couple of stretches to integrate the treatment will finish off her therapeutic massage.

Derek is 65 years and has mild arthritis in one of his neck vertebra. This affects the muscles in his neck and back and the way he moves his head. The surgeon he saw advised against having surgery. He recommended Derek to have weekly massages to keep his neck supple. And that’s what he does. Regular massage means that Derek’s other physical aches and pains that crop up from time to time, can also be treated.

A good massage takes time to do and receive. It’s important to find out what the client wants!  And to find out what they expect that you will do for them!  An initial assessment includes history taking, expectations within the treatment, other treatment that they have sought and any improvements made or not, and a visual assessment of how the client is impeded or aided by their symptoms is all noted.

For example: Is their neck too far forward? Does their hip slip more to one side? Is their upper back rounded? Does their knee ‘click’ when they bend down? Is their much movement in their spine when they walk? And how do they walk?

Kate is 29 years old and doing her PhD and has mild anxiety, a tight neck and slight frozen shoulder in her writing hand. She does no specific exercise other than short walks walking her dog. She needs a calming massage, settling her abdomen, stretching her ribs to allow her to use her diaphragm more effectively. Gentle and persistent myofascial stretches on her arms, hands and neck help to lengthen and release her fascia into the muscles and tendons. Her jaw also needs a gentle letting-go.  Teaching Kate some simple calming techniques will help settle her abdomen, promote more serotonin, and help her to self-soothe, particularly so in getting herself off to sleep at night.

Massage has three stages

1. the warm-up. Letting the client feel comfortable to your touch and pressure. Checking in with them that they are okay under your care.

2. the specific part of the treatment. Working their body with the right touch and manual approach that fits the client’s need and understanding of that need.

3. the integration. The client needs time to allow all of this therapeutic touch to settle in their body, before they get up from the table. Sometimes, a roll-down stretch integrates the front and the back of the body more so.Or a gentle cradling of the sacrum or occiput helps the integration of body and mind settle some more. Therapeutic massage has a beginning, a middle and and an ending that needs to be as considered as well as the other parts.

After that, a follow-up is always recommended to deepen your treatment or take your body that next step further into more release and integration.

The other part of treatment beyond the clinical space is doing your homework of exercises to improve your well-being and to manage your issue. We like our clients to know more about their bodies and especially how to take care of them and make them more fun to be in.






Get to know us! Introductory Offers
“Therapeutic Massage”
Schedule your $75 “Therapeutic Massage”

* New Clients Only
Please mention this offer when booking your treatment to get the discount. Regular Price is $115.

Therapeutic Massage is a massage for a whole 60 minutes and guaranteed to get you back into your day in great shape in body and mind for only $115.
Returning clients schedule a Massage service

Treatment time

1 hour – is sufficient for a treatment.

1.5 hour is much better for the client to get a more complete treatment.

Claire has a rare combination of natural intuition and extensive skill and knowledge in the healing arts. I at once felt relaxed in her presence and very shortly into my first treatment I knew I was in good hands. Claire knows which method is the most suitable for each situation and freely combines all her training into a seamless healing experience.

I feel like every session with her is a gift, and I recommend her to anyone confidently knowing that she will be able to assess your needs and work with you to reach a place of healing and freedom.


Sidney Barker

Composer, September, 2014

I find Claire’s massages wonderful. I’ve walked in with sore stiff hips and walked out relaxed and next day walking without stiffness or pain.
I love the range of modalities that Claire uses and my body responds so well to her massages. I particularly like how respectful Claire is –
she listens and if you ask her to be careful around a particular area she is or if you ask her to not massage on a particular spot eg after an operation,
she avoids that particular spot. I think Claire is highly intuitive as she seems to know exactly where my body needs a massage and which modality my body responds to best.

Maret Staron

November, 2013

The Healing Practice
129b Balmain Road
Leichhardt, Sydney NSW 2040

Contact The Healing Practice Learn how we can help you or Call Claire on 0438 216 351.