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Plantar Fasciitis

I have many times treated my Massage Clients for Plantar Fasciitis. It was not until I experienced it myself that I realised the amount of pain you can have. It can be excruciatingly painful to the point you cannot walk. I opted to treat my own plantar fasciitis by resting, having regular massages, by using orthotics and change my shoes to the brand Hoka, using essential oils such as Young Living’s PanAway, icing it and rolling the foot with a spiky massage ball. It did take some time, and it did work.

So you might wonder why plantar fasciitis is? First of all the plantar fascia is a piece of strong and thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes, creating the foot’s arch. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, either through overstretching, overuse or a medical condition.

This condition can be caused by extra stress put on the heel bone through over sure in exercise, by high or fallen arches, by being over weight, being middle-aged or over, pregnancy or standing a lot during the day and also by using poor footwear.

Plantar fasciitis is often associated with a heel spur which is a spike of bone poking out from the heel bone, but many people have heel spurs without any pain.

When you have symptoms of plantar fasciitis you will experience pain under the heel and this can be sharp of dull pain. The sole of the four can ache and may be a bit swollen. The pain is usually worse during the morning or during the night and after a long time of standing or sitting or if you have done a lot of intense exercise


As a Remedial Masage therapist I highly recommend that you go and seek some health from a Physio or Massage Therapist that deals with this problem. They can treat it and also give you some strengthening and stretching exercises to do. You may want to go and see a podiatrist for some orthotics. At home you can ice it, use Pan Away essential oil, use a spike massage ball to roll the foot on.

If the pain persist for a prolonged time there are other options for treatments but i highly recommend Massage and the things above as a starting point as I have found this works extremely well.

Karin Hagberg – Dip. Remedial Massage, NST Practitioner, 20 years experience




Experience the Benefits of Sports Massage

Experience the Benefits of Sports Massage

Sports massage can help maintain the body in generally better condition, prevent injuries and loss of mobility, cure and restore mobility to injured muscle tissue, boost performance and extend the overall life of your sporting career.

Like exercise itself, the benefits are cumulative, meaning the more regularly you receive a massage, the more you’ll reap their advantages.  Think of it as preventative maintenance.


  1. Reduce muscle tension by decreasing muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise

Massage can alleviate muscle pain. If an athlete is stiff and sore due to an injury or working hard, he or she will not be performing at their peak with regular massage, muscle pain can be curbed and the athlete can perform at peak without being distracted by pain or injury. This occurs by removing lactic acid build up in the muscle and stripping the muscle of any other toxins.

  1. Promote relaxation by encouraging better sleep patterns

Regular massage can actually improve the quantity and quality of sleep by relaxing the athlete and easing off any muscle pain therefor the athlete is well rested and ready to perform.

  1. Helps Prevent injuries

Consistent massage increases flexibility which leads to an increase in the range of motion a muscle requires. For an athlete to maintain optimal performance, they must have a high degree of flexibility. No matter which sport or sports the athlete is involved in, if a client can gain more flexibility from massage, then they will have an advantage over there competitors since massage stretches the muscle fibres, flexibility is promoted and maintained.

  1. Improves blood and movement circulation

With better circulation, the athlete can breathe easier and move more smoothly. Since the practice of massage helps with blood flow, by pumping it back to the heart quicker to me oxygenated thus improving an athlete’s performance.

  1. Dilates the blood vessels supplying fresh nutrients

Massage acts to dilate the blood vessels which increases the efficiency of both supplying fresh nutrients to the tissues and eliminating metabolic wastes out of the body at a faster rate.

  1. Helps drain sluggish lymphatic material

Massage acts as a mechanical cleanser, helping to drain sluggish lymphatic material. Good lymphatic circulation is very important for ridding the body of toxic materials like lactic acid build up and calcium which are commonly known as ‘knots’.

  1. Improves muscle tone

Massage improves muscle tone by mechanically stimulating inherent reflexes found within muscle fibres. (This is particularly important to those who do not obtain adequate daily exercise due to a sedentary lifestyle or long periods of convalescence.)

  1. Prevents adhesions

When muscle fibres start to adhere together it restricts their full range of motion. Transverse massage strokes help to prevent adhesions from occurring in between the muscle fibres, again these adhesions are commonly known as knots. Adhesions build up bigger and the muscle cannot do its job to the best of its ability with the restriction stopping the flexibility in the muscle. Eg. The muscles belly becomes short and tight.

  1. Has a stimulating or sedative effect on the nervous system

Massage can have either a stimulating or sedative effect on the nervous system creating a more mentally focussed athlete. If you are mentally focussed you are going to get the best out of your physical attributes.

Written by Joanne Jones – practising Remedial Massage Therapist at Aspire Wellbeing



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REMEDIAL MASSAGE – 45 minutes $80, 60 min. – $95, 90 min. – $130

Remedial massage aims to relieve muscular aches, pains and injuries, to improve postural imbalances, to reduce scar tissue and prevent build-up of deposits in joints. Remedial massage techniques are used to locate tense muscle tissues, tracing the discomfort to the original source, healing both the cause of the disorder as well as the symptoms. Massage of these tense areas helps to accelerate the body’s own repair mechanisms restoring your body to its natural state.

Remedial Massage is beneficial for your overall Wellbeing; it tones and relaxes muscle and improves join mobility, it can assist you with postural imbalances, it stimulates the blood flow which allows toxins to be removed from the body, it is a great option for treating and rehabilitation new or old injuries and will calm the peripheral nervous system. Specific essential oils are used for muscle aches and inflammation.

Neurostructural Integration Technique; 45 minutes $80, 60 min. – $95, 90 min. – $130

Neurostructural Integration Technique aim to remove acute & chronic pain, dysfunctional physiological conditions and emotional conditions by “restoring structural integrity of the body”.

NST – Neurostructural Integration Technique is considered by leading health authorities to be the worlds’ premier “hands-on” technique in spinal and structural therapy for lasting pain removal and rejuvenation.

Using highly specialised soft-tissue manipulations, NST is able to reset the body’s muscle tensional system causing safe, natural auto-regulation to occur within the spinal column and it’s structures, thereby rapidly eliminating pain and symptoms, whilst restoring integrity and vitality!

  • NST differs because it Awakens very powerful innate healing responses from deep within.
  • NST regards all symptoms as manifestation of imbalances within the system & seeks within the system and seeks to remove via systematic integration!
  • NST offers the Human Organism an opportunity to re-integrate via structure & related systems which acts like a RESET

NST alone won’t make you healthy. You also need to incorporate a healthy lifestyle, mindset and emotional health.

SPORTS MASSAGE; 45 minutes $80, 60 min. – $95, 90 min. – $130

Sport Massage Treatments focuses on athletic training, performance, and recovery, using different massage techniques at specific times such as deep tissue and remedial massage.  It can greatly decrease recuperation time after athletic activity, combat fatigue, and improve performance by easing pain and reducing tension. It can prevent muscle and tendon injuries, reduce the strain and discomforts of training, and prevent many of the common problems athletes develop from repetitive motion. Specific Therapeutic Essential Oils will be used during this treatment.

Sports massage has increased in popularity and offers distinct advantages for pre-event, inter-event, post-event and rehabilitation treatment and is increasingly regarded by professional athletes and coaches as playing an essential role in enhancing athletic performance and injury prevention.

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE; 45 minutes $80, 60 min. – $95, 90 min. – $130

This technique focuses on the deeper layer of muscle tissues. Specific issues will be addressed such as chronic muscular pain, sporting and occupational injuries etc. Techniques such as Trigger point, Myofacial Cupping, frictions may be included. Cupping strives to balance and improve the flow of qi, or life energy, which travels throughout the body in channels called meridians. Deep Tissue massage can greatly decrease recuperation time after athletic activity, combat fatigue, and improve performance by easing pain and reducing tension. It can prevent muscle and tendon injuries, reduce the strain and discomforts of training, and prevent many of the common problems athletes develop from repetitive motion.

RELAXATION; 45 minutes $80, 60 min. – $95, 90 min. – $130

This rhythmic, flowing, light pressured full body massage will send you to another level of relaxation. It helps to unwind the effects of stress & tension of everyday life and nurtures the body. Every part of your body will become completely relaxed and you will simply float out the door.

A choice of de-stressing and relaxing Therapeutic Oils such as Stress Away, Lavender Therapeutic Oil are used in this amazingly relaxing treatment.

AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE 45 minutes $80, 60 min. – $95, 90 min. – $130

For this massage you get to choose your own unique blend of essential oils to compliment your own signature massage. The blend you choose is the one you need the most! Light to medium pressure is used in this massage.

This amazing treatment with Therapeutic Essential Oils will assist to lift negative impressions and allow openness to new beginnings. The session will start with a ZYTO scan – a scan that will works on the body’s energy field and suggest what essential oils would assist your body into balance.

Relaxing Hot Stone, Gemstone and Essential Oil MASSAGE  90 min. $130

This relaxing hot stone and Essential Oil Massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. It promotes deeper muscle relaxation through an amazing relaxing Massage with essential oils and the placement of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body. Hot stone massage therapy relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to their deeper muscle layers. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation. The session is finished off with the use of Gemstones (crystals) and Essential Oils for Healing.

An blissful Aromatherapy Massage

It’s August and it’s time for some extra Pampering.

I am offering a Blissful hour of Aromatherapy Massage.

You get to choose Your favourite Essential Oil to be used during the treatment. The oil you choose will be dependant on your emotional, physical or mental state.

This treatment also includes a FREE Essential Oil Jojoba Body Oil (valued at $20)

Be quick to book as I have limited spots.

Look forward to seeing You! You can purchase the massage in the shop here. the product is called A Blissful Aromatherapy Massage.

Look forward to seeing you,

Karin Hagberg



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