Muscle Management

Massage Therapy 














Leah Hide

Leah graduated from the Canterbury College of Natural Medicine with a Diploma in Remedial Massage in 2008. 
Since then she has completed a post graduate certificate in Advanced Sports Massage and Kinesio Taping.

In 2014 Leah became a Certified Infant Massage Instructor with the International Association of Infant Massage. 
 
Leah has designed and implemented Back Care and Injury Prevention courses for large companies who have lifting requirements in the work place. She has worked with national and international professional NRL teams, provided massage at sporting events and also doing corporate massage. 

Her passion for massage started with her own experience of acute back and neck pain through a car accident in 2004. Massage also helped her with her high level of fitness training both personally and as a volunteer Fire Fighter at Shelly Beach Fire Brigade, assisting her to maintain optimum health and condition of her muscles to achieve her training goals. 

With Leah's qualifications and experience she can help you to overcome acute or chronic injuries, aid in recovery from injury and surgery or provide regular maintenance massage, to ensure you obtain optimum health from your body.














Sharyn Andrews

Sharyn graduated from the Canterbury College of Natural Medicine with a Diploma in Massage Therapy in 1997. She also holds Certificates in Craniosacral Therapy I & II and Visceral mobilisation. She has also completed courses on the Myofascial System. 

After graduating Sharyn set up her own private clinic in Christchurch and in 2001 also returned to the Canterbury College of Natural Medicine to become a tutor in Massage Therapy, eventually becoming the Academic Manager for Massage & Reflexology, and the Clinic Manager. Sharyn also runs workshops in Massage.

Sharyn moved to Auckland and has joined the Muscle Management Massage Therapy team in 2011.
Sharyn deals with a variety of clients from babies to elderly all presenting with their individual areas of concern. Working with people in chronic pain, or those requiring massage as general maintenance to prevent problems occurring, are areas Sharyn is experienced in. 

“Pain can be very debilitating and being able to bring some relief is very satisfying.”  - Sharyn

How to choose a Massage Therapist

So you decided to get a professional massage...Good for you! Now you may be wondering how to find one that is a good fit for you. Massage therapy is a term used generically these days for anyone doing massage work. Massage is part of health care and choosing a massage therapist should be taken as seriously as choosing a doctor or dentist. 

Here are some questions to ask a massage professional to determine if the two of you can work together to meet your goals and achieve... the outcome you desire from the massage work.


Are they Qualified?

In NZ there is no legal requirement to have a qualification to practice massage however as the client it should be one of your top priorities in receiving care. Their qualification indicates that they have met the minimum standards to practice massage therapy safely and that they have a thorough knowledge and practical application of anatomy, physiology and pathology. This qualification should be on display for you to see. You may have noticed massage businesses showing up in shopping malls and airports, for example. Often the therapists do not have adequate training or may be operating under someone else's qualification. So make sure to ask to see their qualifications.


Where did they receive their training?

There are many different paths a person may have taken to become a massage therapist.
Also, massage schools vary in the styles of massage they teach, the number of hours of training they require, and in their educational philosophy. So it is a good idea to look into the reputation of the school the therapist you are considering went to. Some massage schools operate Student Clinics where you can receive a discounted student massage. You can receive a massage at the Student Clinic and get a good idea of the quality of training they offer their students.


Their experience

How long has the massage therapist been practicing? Do they have experience working the conditions or physical complaints you choose to have addressed?


What styles of massage and bodywork do they do?

There are many different styles of massage therapy and bodywork. Each massage therapist develops their own style and combination of techniques. For example, they may practice Swedish massage in a relaxation style; deep tissue; trigger point therapy; neuromuscular techniques (NMT); myofascial release; cranio- sacral; acupressure to name a few.

 
Does their style of work match your preferences?
Is their style of work effective in addressing the conditions you choose to have addressed?


You can ask these questions of any massage therapist and they should be able to answer them all.