How a Remedial Massage Therapist (RMT) can contribute to general health and wellbeing.

What is remedial massage?

Remedial massage is a form of bodywork used to identify and repair damaged areas of the body and increase the body’s own healing processes.

A skilled RMT plans to identify the reason for the tension and pain, treating both the cause and the symptoms.

What’s involved in remedial massage?

A range of techniques involving deep compression of local nerve and hypersensitive areas in muscles.

This can aid the release of toxins, relieve muscle and joint tension, and help pain management by way of stimulating the release of endorphins.

Passive or facilitated stretching is applied and recommended in order to lengthen the soft tissue, therefore preventing further tension and pain.

What are the post remedial massage effects?

In the initial 24-48hrs after your  treatment Individuals many experience the “Healing Crisis” which includes the following symptoms:

  • Pain/Tenderness & Stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Light Headedness
  • Insatiable Thirst
  • Increased Urination
  • Emotional Upsets

To reduce the severity of these after effects it is advised to do the following: 

  •  Drink at least 2 litres of water daily.
  • Avoid alcohol for at least 4-6 hours post treatment.
  • Refrain from vigorous activity for at least 24 hrs post treatment.
  • Elevate your feet above your heart. Relax and Meditate.

What are the health benefits of remedial massage?

  • Stimulate the blood supply
  • Releasing muscle tension and pain
  • Increase joint mobility
  • Aid the repair damaged tissues
  • Improves posture
  • Immune boosting and increasing circulation
  • Stress reduction and heightened alertness
  • Improves skin tone
  • Relief from chronic complaints

The overall aim of the RMT is to provide balance to the length, tone and tension of muscles and tendons, which restores the correct position of the bones, increases blood flow and helps heal injuries.

In conjunction with a team of Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologist at Enhance Physiotherapy, a skilled RMT such as myself will formulate the most ideal treatment plan and provide the highest level of care to those in need.

Apart from being a RMT for the past 16yrs, here are 5 things you might not know about me:

  • Has a partner for 20yrs and two gorgeous girls, 5 and 7yrs old.
  • Favorite fitness activity is swimming and walking.
  • Avid reader and movie/doco buff, esp crime thrillers and suspense.
  • Enjoys giving others energy healing using the benefits Reiki and Chakra Balancing.
  • Loves to go out dancing as it’s grounding and good for the soul!!


RMT at Enhance Physiotherapy Mandurah – to book an appointment with Briella call our clinic on 9583 5165.

Women’s AFL

Womens AFL

With the AFL season just around the corner, football hype is starting to ignite again. However, in comparison to previous years, there is something new and exciting happening in the world of AFL; this year marks the inaugural year of the Women’s AFL. Women’s football has been steadily on the rise for the past 10+ years and was bolstered when brought to the public’s attention in 2013 with the first Women’s exhibition match between Western Bulldogs and Melbourne Demons. The teams were made up of players from all over Australia and the game was held at Etihad Stadium prior to the E J Whitten Legends match. Over the next 3 years they continued to hold exhibition matches with the final match between the two exhibition sides televised at the end of 2015.

In 2016 it was announced that there would be a AFLW competition in 2017 comprising of 8 teams (Melbourne Demons, Western Bulldogs, Carlton Blues, Collingwood Magpies, GWS Giants, Brisbane Lions, Adelaide Crows and Fremantle Dockers). The competition began on Feb 3rd with old foes Collingwood and Carlton opening the competition. The game exceeded all expectations both on and off the field; it was a hard hitting, fierce contest with Carlton running out winners after gun forward Darcy Vesico kicked 4 goals. Outside the ground spectators had to be informed by AFL chief Gill McLaughlin that the ground was full to capacity and was in fact a lock out! Television ratings were impressive as well and that trend continued over the weekend.

It is a seven round competition held in conjunction with the NAB cup. Some games have been played as the opener to a JLT cup match whilst others are stand alone matches at local footy grounds. Channel 7 has committed to televising one Saturday night game per week with Fox also televising all of the matches. The final will be played between the top 2 sides at the end of the seven round season and will coincide with round 1 of the mens AFL competition. All games are free (apart from those held as the precursor to a mens match) and I encourage anyone who is interested to get down and watch the girls battle it out (you may be surprised at the intensity/ferocity that the girls show out there as well as their skill and passion for the game).

I myself will be helping out at the Collingwood vs Fremantle match at Bendigo Bank Stadium on the 4th March (in Collingwood colours – which as a Carlton fan is going to be very painful to do!)

This competition just adds to a multitude of women’s sport that is taking off in Australia, in the past few years we have seen the success of the women’s BBL, Netball Australia has become the first female professional sport in Australia (not including tennis), the women’s soccer team got deep into the finals at the World Cup (which succeeded all expectations) and our women were dominate at the 2016 Olympics winning 5 gold medals out of the total 8 won for Australia and who can forget the memorable Melbourne Cup win for Michelle Payne.

Women’s sport is on the rise in Australia and I can’t wait to see what else we achieve in the coming years!