Harvey Life Coach

Contact Details

Ph: (09) 442 4002
Mob: (021) 986 895


192 Chivalry Road

Frequently Asked Questions ...

What Should I Expect At My First Massage?

On your first meeting, your massage therapist will take your health history - asking questions about your general health, specific injuries and whether you are under a doctor's care.  They may also ask you to stand for a Postural Analysis.

They will welcome questions at any time and are more than happy to explain everything as you go.  The therapist will then give you instruction on how they want you on the table (face up/down etc).  They will also leave the room while you are changing.


Must I Be Completely Undressed?

Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed except for underwear.  However, YOU may decide what amount of clothing you prefer for your own comfort.   You will be properly draped during the entire session.  Remember you don't have to do anything you do not wish, or if it makes you uncomfortable.


Will I Be Covered During The Session?

You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable.   Only the area being worked on will be exposed.


What Will The Massage or Bodywork Feel Like?

It depends on the techniques used.  In general, Swedish Massage may start with broad, flowing strokes which will help to calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension.

As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension.  You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken.


How Many Massage Sessions Will I Require And How Often?

Research shows that the more often you are massaged, the more benefits you receive.  Circumstances vary with each client, but a general rule is that when recovering from an injury or illness, 2-3 sessions a week (even if shortened in length) yields optimal benefits.

When working with chronic conditions such as lingering low back or neck pain, a minimum of 1 session a week is recommended.  And for maintaining good overall health, 1 to 2 sessions a month, preferably every other week, is best.


What Does A Massage Therapist Do That A Physiotherapist Doesn't Do?

A massage therapist focuses on the normalisation of soft tissues affected by stress, injury, and illness through the use of manual techniques that improve circulation, enhance muscular relaxation, relieve pain, reduce stress, enhance immune function, or promote health and well-being.  Massage therapists specialise in the use and application of therapeutic massage techniques.

Generally, a physiotherapist concentrates on rehabilitation of physical damage caused by illness and injury through the use of various modalities, including electrical, mechanical and ultrasound devices; therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises; and manual techniques.


What Is The Difference Between Massage Therapy And Chiropractic?

Chiropractic addresses the joints of the vertebrae in the spine.  Massage therapy addresses the soft tissues - that is, the muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments.

Most chiropractors acknowledge that if muscles are too tight, adjustments either can't be done or will not last.   As it's said, "Bones go where muscles put them.  Bones stay where muscles keep them."

Tips and Advice

Chest Pain?

If your doctor has confirmed that you have no heart problems, but the pain is still present, it could be pectoralis minor masquerading as heart pain via a trigger point.  

Now that you know it is a muscle, posture and stress combination (get your doctor to confirm this), book a series of 6 appointments with Julianne to get rid of this pain.   Together, we will design a plan to reduce your stress.


You're A Star

Just to let you know that yesterday's massage was fantastic.

I came to you tired and a bit wrecked and went away feeling great, nicely pampered, and then later even felt a bit energised.  No headaches either which is nice. - Michelle