Remedial Massage is still eligible for private health insurance rebates
So what’s happening with natural therapies and private health funds? I get asked this question a lot! First of all REMEDIAL MASSAGE IS STILL COVERED. So long as your therapist has approved provider status then its business as usual. That’s the good news for people who need and love remedial massage therapy. However it’s not so good for some other therapies.
From 1 April 2019 the following natural therapies will be excluded from private health insurance general treatment, and will no longer receive the private health insurance rebate as part of a general treatment policy:
For more information go to the Department of Health website.
Kareena has just completed her fourth Ortho-Bionomy weekend training course in Hobart. This weekend was An Exploration of Movement, instructed by Frank Heslin. Kareena enjoys incorporating this gentle technique in her treatments and sees significant positive changes in her clients. 'Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle, non-invasive method of therapeutic bodywork which uniquely addresses pain and stress patterns and promotes structural balance and ease' Ortho-Bionomy Australia.
Interested in the latest research into the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain? Then check out Body in Mind for more info, and watch this quick video about understanding pain.
Stretch and Movement classes in Hobart
Is it time to get moving? Are you looking to add something more to support your regular massage treatments? My goal is to guide you on your path to health and wellness. Mark at Integral Movement offers stretch and movement sessions online, face to face and shares lots of great resources on facebook. Give it a try and feel the difference!
In 2017 Kareena received further education and training, completing a Certificate Of Pregnancy Massage with Pregnancy Massage Australia. This thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding course provided Kareena with many tools and techniques to safely and effectively massage pregnant clients experiencing postural changes, aches and pain. Kareena enjoys treating her clients through the many stages of motherhood; pre, during and post pregnancy. Pregnancy massage helps to support the many individual mental and physical changes a mother experiences during pregnancy. Kareena focuses on connecting mum and bub in a safe and supportive environment allowing you to feel completely nurtured.
After taking a full client health history, Kareena will recommend the safest and most comfortable massage position for each client, and discuss a treatment plan. Prone (face down) and supported supine (face up) positions may be fine for some clients depending on the stage of pregnancy and other factors. Each client has specific, individual needs, which require a deeper understanding of the needs of pregnant women.
How does the side lying position benefit a pregnant client?
The side-lying position is comfortable and comforting to mum and baby. This position enables easy access to all areas of the body allowing the whole body to be treated. The side-lying position allows safe access to the problem areas common in pregnancy, such as:
treatment of the complex hip and gluteal muscles
relieving sacral ligament pain and strain
balancing the sacrotuberous and sacrospinous ligaments which are important in preparation for birth
easing pelvic girdle pain (PGP) and symphysis pubis pain (SPP) with supported pelvis position
reducing the strain of increased lumbar lordosis (low back spinal curve)
placing the psoas muscle at ease
psoas muscle and lumbar extensors release
easy access to shoulder, neck and pectoral muscles to reduce the shoulder discomforts due to change in breast
size and forward head position
easing the axillary breathing muscles including rib cage releases
abdominal connection and massage to support many changes including constipation, lower back and thoracic pain.
delivers a sense of nurture and comfort accommodates the increase in joint laxity
addresses and supports low back and abdominal strain - particularly in the 2nd and 3rd trimester
minimises strain on uterine ligaments and musculoskeletal structures
prevents increase in sinus pressure, increase in mucus and potential nose bleed
Kinesiology tape, which you may have seen sports people wearing, can be used to treat sports and non-sports injuries including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, knee and back pain and oedema. The tape is soft, stretchy and conforming and lasts 2-5 days. Research shows it microscopically lifts the skin away from the muscle and fascia below, creating a decompressing effect. It provides external support and neuromuscular feedback, assisting with pain relief and recovery.