At Health Place, we value a researched and calculated decision regarding your health. That’s why we’ve complied this section of our website. We want you to be thoroughly prepared for your treatment, which means understanding exactly how our clinic operates and how your body will respond in the days following.
Parking – James Street
Onsite, free parking is available. However, during peak times like lunch time, it can be limited. In this case, the best alternative would be street parking.
Parking – West End
Free onsite parking is also available at our West End clinic. Although, please be aware that the front parking area is limited to 15 minute only. Ensure you are parked in the green highlighted area below.
If this is your first visit, we ask you to arrive a few minutes early. We have two forms for you to fill out and with this completed before your appointment time, you will get the full treatment time with your practitioner. On these forms you will be able to circle your preferred music for your treatment, your usual preferred level of pressure for massage and your preferred level of conversation (because sometimes you might just need an hour of peace and quiet).
When your practitioner is ready for you, they will come to the waiting area, introduce themselves and show you to the treatment room.
On your first visit, your practitioner will review your forms and have a quick chat with you about any specific health goals, pain, injuries etc you might have. They will discuss treatment types (remedial massage, trigger point therapy, cupping, needles etc) with you together you will decide on the type of treatment.
They will then usually ask you to remove the top layer of clothes (keeping underwear and bra on) and lie on the table face down, covering from your hips down with a towel. They will explain this to you and then leave the room for you to get ready in privacy.
We are very big on hygiene and also not destroying make up, so you will find a fresh face protector on the massage table and towels are always fresh.
Your practitioner will always give you enough time to get ready and will knock on the door before entering to ensure you are ready. They will then begin the treatment as discussed with you.
Your practitioner will ask you sometimes if the pressure is too firm or too soft. Please let them know.
When your practitioner has completed the treatment, they will let you know and ask you to get dressed (feel free to use the mirror on the back of the door to check hair and face etc) and then slightly open your treatment room door once you’re dressed.
They will exit to allow you to do this in privacy.
Once you are dressed and have opened your door slightly, they will re-enter and discuss any exercise or stretches they think will assist you to achieve your goals faster. If another appointment is necessary, they will discuss this with you at this point also.
Your practitioner will then show you to the reception area where you can pay for your treatment and re-schedule if necessary. Remember to bring along your private health insurance card for on-the-spot health fund rebates.
Massage, cupping and some other therapies bring the toxins out of your body. It is important to drink plenty of water following your treatment to flush these away and ensure you are feeling great fast.
If this was your first treatment with us, we will send you a text reminding you to drink plenty of water (approximately an extra litre than a regular day) and to apply heat to any sore areas. Soreness might be felt in the areas massaged, especially if this was your first massage of its kind in a long time. This soreness is a “superficial” soreness and should go away within 48 hours. If you are susceptible to bruising, this may also occur in some areas. You may also feel tired and lethargic.
Micro tears occur in muscle fibres when they have been damaged or under significant stress. While these fibres are aligned nicely in a healthy muscle, when a muscle is healing it lays down new fibres in a mesh like pattern. This process for healing can cause scar tissue to build up on the muscle, decreasing the range of motion. Massage realigns these fibres, allowing the muscle to perform its functions of contracting and relaxing properly. To realign these fibres though requires some pressure (i.e. massage) and this can create slight inflammation or bruising. After the treatment, it is this slight inflammatory response that is felt through the soreness or bruising.
Don’t worry, when I explained in detail, it doesn’t sound great however for the most part you will be feeling great after your massage treatment and even more fantastic by the next day!
To further ensure you are feeling fantastic fast, we recommend you complete any stretches or exercises your practitioner has recommended for you. Also, try to avoid excess coffee, tea, alcohol and other toxins for 24 hours after your treatment.