CORONAVIRUS: My clinic status

21 April 2020 The Queensland Government today (21/4/20) FINALLY used some COMMON SENSE and bowed to public pressure and allowed qualified massage therapists to re-open their practices after closing us down on 27/3/20. We will, of course, abide by strict health and hygiene standards. Massage therapists are LICENSED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS and have a significant role to play in your overall health care. This does not ONLY apply to muscle and joint aches and pains, headaches and migraines, but to a range of other ailments as well, including some you would consider “medical.” The Queensland Health directive on Friday, 27/3/20, forcing professional health-related massage clinics to close down, but still allow AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency) registered physical hands-on bodywork therapists, in my opinion, had nothing to do with Coronavirus health and safety but was a totally MEDICO-POLITICAL decision designed to cripple NATURAL therapies (that is a long and detailed… Read More

Chest, shoulder, neck muscles contributors to lower back pain

2 January 2020 One thing almost overlooked or ignored by most physical therapists in treating your lower back pain (LBP) is the contribution of shoulder, neck and chest muscles. This can result in numerous useless treatments, sometimes over many weeks, where the therapist not only could aggravate or prolong the LBP problem, but also cause you additional financial stress and/or drain your private health fund rebates. As a remedial massage therapist, I occasionally get a client whose only problem is LBP or neck and shoulder pain and headaches and he/she just wants me to concentrate in those areas. Sorry, but if that’s the case you are going to the wrong therapist! I look at the “big picture” and consider a range of factors that could either cause or contribute to your LBP so I can usually make a noticeable difference in just ONE session. That definitely includes shoulder, chest, neck… Read More

Guaranteed Best Value for Money Remedial Massage in Townsville

Updated 1 January 2020 I absolutely guarantee you the BEST VALUE FOR MONEY REMEDIAL MASSAGE IN TOWNSVILLE. Lots of businesses offer guarantees with their products or services. But in many cases, particularly with products from major companies, offering a guarantee simply means that if the supplier occasionally has to actually honour the warranty, it doesn’t even make a tiny dent in their profits. However, I’m a one-man band. My only income is from the service I provide. My time equals money/income. So I have to be extremely confident in the quality of my service because a guarantee of the best value for money remedial massage in Townsville is a big claim. How do you judge VALUE FOR MONEY? Many factors need to be taken into account – not just the price. My price is competitive with what local massage firms, independent therapists and other types of physical therapists charge considering… Read More

My Points of Difference for Best Value and Best Results

Updated 1 January 2020 Do you NEED a massage or do you WANT a massage? You can come to me for either, but if you really NEED a massage and want RESULTS, you NEED to see me. I specialise in REMEDIAL MASSAGE, which is what you NEED if you have headaches, migraines or sore muscles or joints anywhere in the body and need pain relief, or if you are preparing for or recovering from sports, exercise or other fitness and recreational activities. Yes, I can offer relaxation massages in very comfortable and convenient surroundings. But if you just WANT the absolute pampering, spa-type relaxation treatments with the scented oils, candles, etc, you want resort/spa type services at highly inflated resort/spa prices. I offer good, old-fashioned professional, competent, personal service based on 29 years massage experience (2020) with full and current qualifications designed to not only help relieve your aching muscles, but leave you totally relaxed as… Read More

HACSATT™ – Hall’s Anatomical Common Sense Approach To Treatment

28 August 2019 With any remedial massage, I apply what I call my Hall’s Anatomical Common Sense Approach To Treatment – or HACSATT™. HACSATT™ is an overall system, not a specific technique, I’ve developed over my 29 years (in 2020) as a massage therapist and particularly in the 20 plus years since I’ve focused on remedial massage. It really is just a simple approach any hands-on physical bodywork therapist could apply in virtually any common muscle or joint pain treatments, for headaches and migraines and in preparation for and recovery from exercise, fitness, sporting and recreational activities. It often means a significant or least noticeable difference, or even a complete fix, can be achieved in just ONE SESSION. Hall’s Anatomical Common Sense Approach to Treatment is exactly what the name implies – a simple COMMON SENSE APPROACH to identifying and treating the real ANATOMICAL causes and contributing factors to your… Read More

Make remedial massage part of your get fit, lose weight resolution

1 January 2019 Have you made a resolution recently to lose weight, get fit and/or stay fit? If so, you should consider regular remedial massage as an important part of your fitness regime. Without it, some of the energy you use in getting fit may be wasted! Getting fit is basically about being more healthy, improving stamina and developing or toning muscle. As a result you’ll feel better about yourself and be more energetic, productive and positive. An overall healthy lifestyle, which incudes regular exercise and stretching in a gym, at home or outdoors – together with a nutritious and balanced diet, are key factors in losing weight, getting and staying fit. Remedial massage is another vital ingredient. This is especially so for those who exercise regularly or strenuously with weight programs and/or impact activities like running and aerobics. If you participate in any of the many 12-week challenges, crossfit… Read More

How to choose a competent, experienced massage therapist

14 March 2018 If you are relatively new to massage or never had a massage before, how can you tell if your therapist is qualified, competent, experienced, professional and giving you value for money? By the end of the massage, you’ll obviously know whether you thought it beneficial, enjoyable and worthwhile – or you never want to see that therapist again! If you’re trying to find a therapist in the first place, here’s a few things to look for: Does the therapist have a website? If so, do they mention specific qualifications and experience? Are there reviews or testimonials from satisfied clients? Are they a member of a professional industry association (eg Massage & Myotherapy Australia – formerly Australian Association of Massage Therapists)? How many years massage experience do they have? Do they provide credit card facilities or health fund receipts/HICAPS? Professional association membership requires Continuing Professional Education (CPE). Check… Read More

Builder’s spirit level and Leaning Tower a clue to headaches and migraines

23 April 2017 What do a builder’s two-metre-long spirit level, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and headaches and migraines have in common? Nothing really. But the spirit level and the Leaning Tower can give you great clues as to what causes many headaches and migraines. It’s something most physical therapists and medical practictioners totally overlook. Think about why a builder uses that level, say when building a wall or fence. If it is angled out even a few millimetres near the base, it could be 20 to 30 millimetres out at two metres high. Check out a picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa to put that in even more perspective. Your feet are the base or foundation of your body. If they are not in their correct alignment and the four arches of both feet are not striking the ground at the proper angles, they will help create muscular… Read More

Special Occasion Gift Vouchers

11 November 2016 Giving a special friend or family member a GIFT VOUCHER for a REMEDIAL massage for any special occasion or just as a “thank you” will not only make THEM feel good and totally relaxed. YOU’LL feel better too knowing you’ve provided a gift that’s not just a trinket or a bit of pampering for an hour or so but can make a real and lasting difference to their health and well being. If it’s the first time your voucher recipients have been to me for a remedial massage, they will also receive an EXTRA 40-50 minutes FREE so I can get their information, explain some things about how various muscle interactions might be contributing to their problem areas, and do some assessments. To organise a voucher, just give me a call on (07) 47746973 or mobile 0438774819. Credit card/EFTPOS facilities are available for over-the-counter or over-the-phone payment.… Read More

Close links between lower back and neck and shoulder pain

22 August 2016 Do you suffer neck and shoulder pain and/or lower back pain and possibly headaches or migraines? They are among the most common areas of pain treated by remedial massage therapists like myself. You may experience pain in just ONE of those areas (eg. neck and shoulders) on its own and you could probably justifiably assume that is where the major focus of the massage would or should be. So it often comes as a surprise when I explain things in detail and show you the close connections between lower back and neck and shoulder pain. In other words, there’s no point just massaging the main problem area. In many cases, it’s even best not to work too hard or too long in the sore areas. Soreness (pain) means those areas are inflamed – even if not noticeably – and it makes no sense to inflame that area… Read More

“Let your proprioceptors do the talking” for best massage results

26 March 2016 If anyone asked me what is my overall philosophy for successful remedial massage, I’d have to say, “I take account of your opposites and I let your proprioceptors do the talking!” Opposites are important because every muscle has an opposing muscle. Opposites also apply to sides of the body – left v right, front v back, up v down and in v out. Pain in a particular area is usually the result of a problem – tightness, weakness, trauma or inflammation – in the opposite muscles or side of the body. Proprioceptors? They are neurotransmitters, like nerve terminals, that constantly send messages to and from your brain about your body’s balance, position and movement. Firstly, a bit more about proprioceptors. In effect, they act like the sensors feeding information to the gyroscopes on an aircraft. They then constantly feed information into the plane’s various systems to help… Read More

DID YOU KNOW – Body Interactions

Opposites Every muscle in the body has an OPPOSING MUSCLE. When muscles contract, opposing muscles must release (simple bio-mechanics!). Muscle pain or soreness often occurs when contracting muscles need to work harder than they should because OPPOSING muscles are too tight. Your pain is often the SYMPTOM, but the tighter OPPOSING muscles where you may not feel sore or tight are often the CAUSE or a contributing factor. The same applies to opposite SIDES of the body – front v back, left v right, in v out and up v down. Eg: pain on the LEFT side of the body is often due to tighter muscles on the RIGHT. Pain Origin The ORIGIN of many common muscle and joint aches and pains, headaches and migraines can usually be traced back to your feet, hips and/or jaw joint being out of alignment. Any misalignment of one or more of those areas… Read More

Have you ever had a “Mongrel Massage?”

21 August 2014 Have you ever had what I term a “MONGREL MASSAGE?” It’s a “bitsa this and bitsa that” type “massage.” It’s where you go to a therapist who has advertised remedial massage and you get a little bit of “remedial massage” with bits of one or more other modalities mixed in, and you leave thinking “That’s not what I asked or paid for.” Those other modalities could include things like Bowen Therapy, Emmet Technique, trigger point therapy, dry needling, cupping, reiki, myofascial release, acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy, Atlas realignment, Dorn therapy and aromatherapy.  There’s also various others – some of highly questionable value. To a competent, confident, properly qualified and experienced therapist in those other modalities above (not just someone who has done a weekend or short course), they should be capable of being “stand alone” therapies. They should work on their own if they are applicable to your… Read More

Posture self check for sport and exercise enthusiasts

Whether you’re just about to implement a New Year’s “Get Fit” resolution with gym or 12-week challenge sessions, or you’ve been enjoying Townsville’s fabulous Winter weather and its opportunities for many outdoor sports and recreational activities, there is something simple you can do to make that exercise more effective. It’s time for all you sport, fitness and exercise enthusiasts to do a SELF-CHECK to see if you need what you probably think is a SPORTS massage. You might think you’re fabulously fit, fat-free, trim, taut and terrific and don’t need a massage? But are you and do you? Is your posture as it should be? Does you idea of “taut” convert into “TOO tight?” Do your legs feel sore after going for a run or do you regularly get shin splints? If you’re lifting weights, does one shoulder hurt or feel weaker than the other? Do you assume your ongoing… Read More

DID YOU KNOW – Foot Facts

Four Arches Each foot has four arches. There’s the medial arch (the one you think about) on the inside of the foot, a lateral arch (outside of the foot), a transverse arch (across the foot), and a metatarsal arch (ball of the foot). All are vital to the correct alignment of the feet and, in particular, the ankle joint on which all your weight initially rests. One or more of those arches (usually the medial and/or metatarsal) out of alignment can start a chain reaction of muscle imbalances throughout the body. These subsequently may be at least part of the reason for headaches and migraines. Level Toes When the weight is off your feet (as in sitting or laying down), the top of your feet and toes should be level. If your toes pull back and then curl down and your big toe is starting to pull inwards, that is… Read More

DID YOU KNOW – Massage Types

Sports In its truest context, SPORTS massage is 10 to 15-minute pre or post competition massage. Many people think they need a SPORTS massage when they actually need a REMEDIAL massage. A sports masseur should already be a qualified remedial masseur because he/she may need to work with injuries. If you’re trying to recover from heavy sports, gym or exercise pain or injuries, or prepare for competitions (or things like Defence BFAs), you need a REMEDIAL massage. Deep Tissue This massage works deep into the muscle tissues to release and stretch tight muscle and help tone weaker muscles through improved blood, oxygen and lymph supply. Remedial REMEDIAL massage is DEEP TISSUE massage, but DEEP TISSUE is not necessarily REMEDIAL. A massage is only DEEP TISSUE if the therapist only works on one side of the body – eg just the back of the body, instead of the front of well.… Read More

Poor foot alignment cause of many muscle aches and pains

28 March 2014 Poor foot alignment is often at least largely responsible for common back and other muscle and joint pain throughout the body. It’s impact can be easy and inexpensive to rectify. Because the feet usually don’t feel sore, they are seldom mentioned to health practitioners of various types and therefore are rarely taken into consideration. I’ve had numerous clients over the years where a thorough massage and pair of off-the-shelf orthotics from a pharmacy or shoe store has fixed or relieved back and other pain they’ve suffered for years. In one case, an 80-year-old client had been on multiple strong medications for back pain for years – with their consequent many often-debilitating side effects. But after a comprehensive massage to loosen muscles and realign posture, and buying a $45 pair of generic orthotics from a pharmacy, the chronic pain disappeared. No one had bothered checking her feet before.… Read More

Having trouble falling pregnant or suffer hormonal issues?

10 February 2014 Are you having trouble falling pregnant? Or do you suffer any of the 6,000 or so medically diagnosable conditions where hormonal imbalance is considered a major factor? There’s just a chance one of my specialised remedial massages may help. Obviously there can be numerous medical, physiological or psychological and other factors involved in pregnancy difficulties and other hormonal issues, but sometimes the simplest ANATOMICAL issues that MAY be causing or contributing to those are often overlooked. Here’s why and how MY remedial massage may assist. The longer and harder you try to fall pregnant, the more physical and mental stress you put yourself through. Or that stress can come from a variety of other factors. Stress in itself will have an effect on your hormones. Remedial massage is a great stress reliever. Just about everyone knows that. On its own, however, a basic massage and simple stress… Read More

Defence Members Also Need Massage

8 February 2014 Many times over many years I have advocated in various media that Australian Defence Force members should have access to remedial massage as part of their normal health entitlements. After all, most Defence members work and train harder, longer and tougher than most elite athletes, including Olympians, who all seem to recognise the vital part massage plays in their preparation and ongoing success. But remedial massage is never likely to be made available to regular Defence members – in the same way that medical, surgical, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dental and podiatry is – because the current outdated system, archaic Defence health policies and “old boy” medical networks are so entrenched. Big Pharma also has a massive influence over these health policies. Natural therapies like remedial massage are the “natural enemies” of Big Pharma so there is little chance highly beneficial natural treatments will ever get a “look… Read More

What the ANGLES indicate – an easy guide to your pain areas

22 November 2013 Your primary school geometry teacher gave you the reasons for many of your common muscle and joint aches and pains, but you and your teacher probably still don’t realise it! Think about ANGLES. Remember the basic horizontals and perpendiculars? Think of the horizontals as the level of your hips and shoulders and the perpendicular as how your spine should be at right angles to those. If one shoulder and/or hip is higher than the other, it changes the angles and therefore the length of your muscles and other soft tissue like tendons, ligaments and fascia on opposite sides of the body. Muscles down one side of the spine will be tighter/shorter but on the other side they will be stretched/longer. That can manifest itself as pain or weakness in some muscles. The angles created between hips and legs also change. Outside leg muscles on the high hip… Read More

Low Back Pain Causes – A “Big Picture” Perspective

18 September 2013 Lower back pain (LBP) is one of the most common ailments treated by remedial massage therapists. The success or otherwise of treatment depends on the causes or contributing factors, the competency of the practitioner and, often, whether the client is willing to follow advice (eg exercise or stretching). If you mention LBP and any physical therapist just wants to focus the entire treatment on that area, you’d be well advised to leave and never come back. The reason is that with LBP (as with many other ailments), there can be a myriad of causes and/or contributing factors, many of which the sufferer probably isn’t aware of. By just focusing the entire treatment just on the lower back area, there is a good chance the therapist may aggravate the problem by increasing any existing inflammation. Here’s just a few things any practitioner should consider: •          Is the pain… Read More

Size does matter with remedial massage

28 March 2013 Size really does matter with remedial massage! Let’s face it. People are all shapes and sizes – some tall, some short; some overweight, some super slim; some young, some old; some average size but packed with tight muscles, others same size but much more loose and flexible. And believe me, those descriptions are just the tip of the iceberg when you think about some combinations of the above. Add to that the extent of particular problem areas, medical history, old injuries and skeletal conditions (eg scoliosis) and time between massages, and it creates whole new dimensions. Some big people might only be sore or tight in one area, but other small people are stiff and tight all over. Age and health conditions also throw in an extra list of challenges. I’ve had 29 years (in 2020) experience as a massage therapist and I have the skills, qualifications,… Read More

Massage the answer for muscles and many common ailments

21 March 2013 Some years ago in a “previous life” (I’m also an ex-journalist and newspaper owner/editor and massage was then just a sideline), one of my newspaper staff members once quipped to me, “You’ve got a massage answer for everything!” What she meant was that anytime anyone mentioned some type of ailment to me, it seems I could come up with a solution that included remedial, relaxation and/or lymphatic drainage massage. That was probably because I’m qualified and experienced in those and other types of massage and associated treatments and I’ve personally enjoyed the many benefits of massage over many years. In fact, I haven’t taken one full day off work through illness or muscle or joint issues for over 35 years (2020). It would be ridiculous, of course, to claim massage is the answer to every problem. But it is amazing how many ailments, which many people automatically… Read More

Do you need a Sports or Remedial Massage?

5 February 2013 If you are a sporty type, exercise enthusiast or Defence member preparing for or recovering from fitness assessments, other events or competitions, you probably assume you need a “sports massage” to help fix or alleviate sore and aching muscles and joints. However, be aware that in its truest context, “sports massage” is just five to 15-minute massage immediately prior to or after an event – if that’s all you want or need. If you do regular exercise or are involved in regular competition and want a thorough massage to release knots and balance muscles and postural alignment to prepare for or recover from events, you need a REMEDIAL massage. This could be a single or multiple massages anywhere from several days to several weeks before or afterwards. If your main focus is just on supervised exercises and stretching, rather than muscle massage, an exercise physiologist and/or physical… Read More