A Tradesman's Health

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Tradespeople need Remedial Massage in their Toolkit

A tradesman's health is their most vital tool, yet Australian tradespeople experience some of the highest claims of injury and time off work compared to other industry workers.

Over 30% of work-related injury cases are related to manual handling or body stressing claims (Body stressing injuries include muscle strains, back conditions, and tendonitis/tenosynovitis). While efficient and effective Occupational Health and Safety practices are now compulsory, musculoskeletal disorders, joint and ligament injuries and wounds still account for over 70% of all cases. Consequently putting in place a preventative program that involves remedial massage alongside good occupational health practices could bring around fewer aches and pains and a better functional working life.

The four most typical areas that tradespeople experience pain and injury are the necks, back, elbows and knees. Here's how remedial massage can help:

Pain Relief

Remedial therapists use their professional training and knowledge to provide therapeutic benefits that have a scientific basis, unlike a general masseur. Remedial therapists can provide pain relief by working on specific areas that trigger a natural release of endorphins, your body's pain-relieving hormones. Aside from this, kneading, rubbing and twisting of soft tissue generally feels nice! It also boosts the flow of blood and oxygen to your muscles. All that increased circulation flushes waste products such as lactic and uric acid out of your muscles.

Loosen Up Tight Muscles

A massage is most people's go-to whenever we're feeling sore or tight after a long day at work. Even if a practitioner does not perform it, self-administered massage feels great on tired muscles. A tradesman's job has high physical demand, and it's no wonder their muscles often feel sore and 'knotted' from constant twisting, bending down and lifting heavy objects. A remedial therapist will use a variety of methods to loosen your muscles. Remedial massage breaks down knots and adhesions and helps improve posture and flexibility. Both are important when it comes to staying active and pain-free.

Help Stiff Joints

Tradespeople commonly experience joint pain. Repetitive lifting, gripping, drilling and kneeling affect the knees and elbows. Remedial massage can help reduce aches and pains and loosen up sore muscles and joints. Subsequently improving your joint flexibility and range of motion (ROM).

Promotes Optimal Health

Our bodies have over 600 muscles that keep us moving, it's essential we give them some regular love and attention. Remedial massage not only helps to reduce muscle tension and, aches and pains that arise on the work site, but it also has an enormously positive impact on your mobility as you age. If you're on a quest for life-long optimal health, a professional remedial massage therapist can help you stay in your trade longer. Make remedial massage part of your routine.

Massage Across Southeast Asia

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"There is no denying that the spa and wellness industry is one of the most lucrative businesses in the world. A skilled person can expect a lot of work opportunities in this sector."

Having followed my dreams and turned my passion into a profession, I get to explore some incredible places. I have to pinch myself sometimes and remember that my hard work is finally paying off. Currently, I'm the number one massage business in Melbourne according to TripAdvisor. It’s not always what it’s cracked up to be! Massaging requires continuous physical effort daily and hourly. You have to work hard and not get tired, be able to handle many customers at a stretch without compromising quality. I’m blessed to have a job I genuinely love and allows me to travel to so many of my dream spots around the world. I can’t always sleep in and read by the beach when it’s a work trip because I have too many obligations, including covering all my travel expenses from hotels, flights, food, and transfers. 

I decided to head towards Southeast Asia and visit both Thailand and Bali. I’ve heard they are fantastic holiday destinations to spoil yourself, and it’s still cheaper compared to the rest of the world. The first thing I think of when it comes to Southeast Asia is the picturesque beaches where you can relax and get massages all day long. The great news is that both Thailand and Bali have excellent massage treatments and beaches galore! I LOVE massages so much! Every time I receive a remarkable massage, it's like a mini vacation where I'm so calm and in a state of great comfort without a care in the world, even if it is just for an hour. The plan is simple. I only want six things; spend time planning the launch of my men's essential oils collection, spoil myself daily, sit on a beach, eat Balinese and Thai food, get to know the culture as much as I can, and immerse myself in photography. 

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Famous Island Massage Styles

After a little homework, I found a few places that specialised in Thai and Balinese Massage. My main priority was to visit a few resorts and spas so I could try different massage treatments by different therapists. If you are new to massages or tend to be thrown off by confusing names on spa menus, here are three popular options to consider: Balinese Massage, Thai Massage and Deep Tissue Massage. If you’re getting a massage to overcome stress, choose a Balinese Massage, If you want to relax and loosen up muscles, Thai Massage is the one for you, and If you have a sports injury and don’t mind your massage a little rough, the Deep Tissue Massage is your best bet. 

Balinese Massage

Balinese Massage is a vigorous massage with firm pressure focused on relaxing the muscle tissue, making it useful on achy joints and strained muscles. It also combines acupressure and gentle stretching to help restore the flow of energy throughout the body. Unlike Swedish or Relaxation Massage, Balinese Massage strokes are performed very slow and very deep with essential oils. The benefits of a Balinese Massage are: Relieves stress, Alleviates sore or tight muscles, Increases blood and lymphatic circulation, and Helps with sports injuries. 

Thai Massage

Thai Massage is one of my favourite therapeutic massage styles. It's a stimulating massage that works your full body. It combines finger and palm pressure with plenty of stretches to release tension. You will experience awkward body positions, BUT once the massage is over, you will feel extremely comfortable. Unlike most massages, it does not require you to undress, as long as you are wearing loose-fitting clothing. If you prefer to stay grease-free, you are in luck because massage oil is not used. The benefits of Thai Massage are: Relieves stress, Soothes muscle aches, Eases tension, Enhances flexibility and Circulation.

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Do you want to go beyond just relaxation, Then you need to try Oscar Calvo's Deep Tissue Massage at Elite Male Massage. This firm massage gets right into knots and problem areas of muscles using slow strokes and deep pressure. Deep Tissue Massage is an excellent massage for active individuals. It helps to release and remove built-up toxins from the body. It's also the perfect massage for recovery from injuries. The benefits of Deep Tissue Massage are: Reduces chronic pain, Increased flexibility and range of motion (ROM), Breaks down scar tissue and adhesions, Improved posture and physical performance, Rehabilitates injured muscles, Improves blood pressure, Boosts mood and relaxation, and Reduces stress levels.

'Everyone was incredibly friendly day after day in Bali and Thailand. What an unforgettable trip, both incredible and magical countries, and I can't wait to visit you again and again!"