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The human body is designed for movement. Yet, many of us spend hours at a desk on computers or driving, putting our bodies into static positions. This creates poor posture, shortens muscles, and stresses our circulatory and lymphatic systems. In our technology-driven world, spending many hours at a desk is often unavoidable. We tend to hunch our shoulders, extend our necks forward, and collapse our lower backs, contributing to back, neck, and gluteal pain, often recreating sciatic-type discomfort or headaches.

Sitting for long periods has been known to affect our mood. Cortisol, our stress hormone, when released over a long period, can make us susceptible to anxiety and depression.

So, the good news is, yes! Regular remedial massage, along with moderate physical exercise and stretching, can significantly improve the damage caused by prolonged sitting. The main ways your Remedial Massage Therapist can assist are highlighted in the following points:

Improving Mobility and Tension:

– Massage opens up the shortened chest muscles caused by slumping shoulders, allowing for a more upright posture.

– It releases tight hips, glutes, and hamstrings, allowing for better movement in the hips and discouraging niggly sciatic-type discomfort from those tight muscles pinching on the nerves.

– Reduces tension in the neck from computer mouse usage and possible headaches.

Improving Posture:

– Reduces tightness in the muscles that are pulling the body out of alignment, allowing the body to stand as it is designed.

Improved Circulation:

– Blood flow decreases in certain areas of the body when we sit for too long, leading to poor circulation, swollen feet, and numbness in the legs.

– Massage brings a fresh blood supply to those restricted areas and removes waste products via the lymphatic system.

Improved Mood and Sleep:

– Massage therapy boosts circulation and sparks the release of endorphins or “Happy Hormones,” which naturally improve mood and sleep and decrease feelings of anxiety. The ambient space created by the massage therapist is designed to promote a calm space to relax, rest, and revive.

So, What Now?

If you are dealing with any issues related to prolonged sitting, integrating regular massage sessions can mitigate the effects. Lisa Wasilew is a Remedial Massage Therapist and registered Nurse skilled at targeting specific issues related to posture using a variety of techniques, including cupping, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release. Book through our lovely reception or online. Health Fund rebates are available.

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Lisa Wasilew

Remedial Massage Therapist & Registered Nurse

Lisa has been in the health industry for over 36 years.
Working in a variety of roles as a Registered Nurse gives her the necessary skills to understand each of her client’s needs and modify her treatments accordingly.

Lisa loves working one-on-one with her clients, thoroughly assessing their posture, movement and applying special tests to correctly pinpoint soft tissue injuries and treat accordingly. Nothing gives her greater joy than to see her clients leave her clinic room happy.

Lisa defines herself as a bit of a massage nerd, so when she is not at work she likes to refine her massage knowledge with online courses and research. Apart from that she enjoys life on her property in the hills with her husband, two daughters and very large garden.

Lisa is trained in the following techniques:

  • Trigger point therapy
  • Myofascial release
  • Deep tissue therapy
  • Relaxation/Swedish massage
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Cupping