Apart from making us feel good, massage has a long list of proven benefits especially when performed by a trained and qualified therapist.

Some of these benefits include:

  • Relief from muscle tension
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improvement in circulation of blood, lymph and energy
  • Removal of toxins
  • Enhanced immune system functioning
  • Overall improvement in emotional well-being
  • Improvement sports performance
  • Relief from chronic pain

Many of us work hard and sit for long hours. For some, exercise is a rare privilege and for many couch potato would best describe them. This is where thherapeutic massage can help if you make it part of a regular health routine.

Is Massage Just a Treat?

I often hear clients say, “massage is a treat.” Sadly, it is not yet part of a regular holistic health routine. Our bodies have muscle memory, and as a result we adapt to whatever imbalances our bodies experience. Even old injuries can cause ongoing stress and pain. Pain is the body’s way of saying something is wrong and needs attention. Massage can help alleviate the source of pain and bring balance back to the body, thus retraining our muscle memory.

Our bodies need time to heal. Underlying stress and the harmful effects of cortisol and adrenaline require management. With monthly massage, many causes of underlying tension are reduced, and good health can be restored.

Over the years I have learnt many forms of massage and I adapt each session to suit a client’s specific health issues. I work according to a person’s comfort level and pressure can be firm and gentle. My job as a therapist is to release muscle tension and ease pain. I am registered with the Allied Healths Professions Council and thus have a proficiency and knowledge some other therapists may lack.


Before the start of a treatment, I will discuss your lifestyle to get a good idea of where and how you hold tension. There is a visual assessment of your posture and an explanation of how this could affect you movement.

At all times you are covered except for the part of the body being massaged. Safety and relaxation are vital if you plan to receive a professional massage. Deep breathing is encouraged in order to relax you and release pain or tension.

Specific areas are worked on more thoroughly depending on where tension lies. The strokes are slow and deep in order to reach into the deeper layer of muscles. A good carrier oil is used (usually Grapeseed oil) with some basic aromatherapy oils which are easily absorbed into the skin.

After a massage it’s a good idea to drink lots of water to help further eliminate toxins and reduce the possibility of a radical detox.

A little bit about me. I have been involved in the healing arts for more than 15 years and studied deep tissue massage, rebalancing massage, hot stone massage and reflexology. To operate legally I am part of the AHPC (Allied Health Professions Council) and have more than 1000 hours of hands-on work. I believe that physical ailments indicate greater discord within ourselves, and if left untreated, these ailments can lead to more serious illness.


It’s important to go to a registered therapist who knows when massage is contraindicated. You should not go for a massage if you have the following illnesses:

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Open sores or lesions
  • Rashes
  • Swelling and extensive bruising
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Serious sprains
  • Acute muscular pain
  • Torn muscles or ligaments
  • Serious flu or cold symptoms


Regular massage not only gives you more energy to deal with everyday pressures, but it is vitally important for reducing stress. As many of us know, stress can lead to serious illnesses (e.g heart attacks, strokes) and in fact stress is regarded as the number one killer in the Western world.

With a regular massage routine, I can predict you will suffer far less illness and begin to feel an overall sense of ease in our body.

For an appointment call Julia Griss on: 082 904 8224 or 0282738859 or email:

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