Massage. What type is right for you?

Liz Darrington, Massage Therapist

Nobody (and no body) could argue with the health benefits of a massage with an experienced massage therapist. No doubt you’re aware of the various types of massage available. But it can be daunting working out which one is right for you. Firstly, don’t stress! Any massage will provide benefits! Secondly, if in doubt, we will talk to you to help find the massage type that will be of most benefit to you!

Remedial Massage

Remedial massage may be beneficial for migraine and tension headaches, neck and back pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, hamstring injuries, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and repetitive strain injury. Treatments are individually tailored and may include trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, joint mobilisation and facilitated stretching to reduce pain and improve range of motion. Liz also assesses for postural imbalances and offers advice on corrective stretches and exercises for long-term results. 


Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Manual lymphatic drainage massage uses very light pressure applied in a certain direction to encourage the movement of lymph fluid around the body. Enhanced lymphatic circulation speeds-up the process by which waste products are carried away from the tissues and back to the heart. It can be beneficial for treating lymphoedema, fluid retention, post mastectomy lymphoedema of the arm, post-operative swelling, sinus congestion, swelling during pregnancy, and fibromyalgia. (Please note a full-body manual lymphatic drainage massage requires a 90-minute appointment.)


Relaxation Massage

Relaxation Massage has been found to destress the body and mind by activating the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system. Long smooth gliding pressure gently manipulates superficial muscle tissue to achieve a general sense of calm. Relaxation massage is not just a feel-good massage. It has many other health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, increasing peripheral circulation, improving skin tone and appearance, stimulating the lymphatic system, improving gastrointestinal activity, and boosting the immune system.


Make a booking!

Liz is an accredited (ATMS) Remedial Massage Therapist with almost 10 years experience treating soft tissue related pain, restriction and injury. Liz is in the Northside Health clinic Mondays, Fridays and every other Saturday. She is a registered health fund provider for Australian Unity, Bupa, CBHS, Doctors Health Fund, Grand United Corporate Health and NIB. Work Cover clients welcome. For more information, visit
Call (02) 6652 5322 to book your next massage.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research. 

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Australia and the second most common cancer to cause death in women with 12 Australian women dying every day from a women’s cancer. Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with 89 out of every 100 women (Cancer Australia) diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis. Advancements in breast cancer research and prevention have caused this survival rate increase.


Be Breast Aware

Finding breast cancer early provides the best chance of surviving the disease. Remember you don’t need to be an expert or use a special technique to check your breasts.

Changes to look for include:

  • new lump or lumpiness, especially if it’s only in one breast
  • change in the size or shape of your breast
  • change to the nipple, such as crustingulcerredness or inversion
  • nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing
  • change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling
  • an unusual pain that doesn’t go away.

Most changes aren’t due to breast cancer but it’s important to see your doctor without delay if you notice any of these changes.


What Can I Do?

The money you raise helps the charity of your choice fight cancer through prevention programs, support services and world-class cancer research. Here’s how you can get involved and help:


  • Donate directly to breast cancer research organisations.
  • Host a pink ribbon event or Girl’s Night In event. See their websites for event and fundraising ideas.
  • Buy Pink Ribbon merchandise.


How does it help?

Every donation, big or small, helps women fighting this disease. Donations help provide information, tools, support and financial assistance to those undergoing treatment as well as fund studies and further research into breast cancer.


Northside Health has a number of doctors specialising in Women’s Health to help you with breast checks. Please call 02 6652 5322 to make an appointment. 

Prenatal acupuncture, yoga & pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of rapid change and growth for both mother and baby. It’s an opportunity to balance and connect with your body to enable the best outcomes for both you and your baby.

Health issues can arise throughout pregnancy on both physical and emotional levels, which conventional medicine cannot always address (mainly due to the side-effects of medications).  Acupuncture offers a safe, gentle and deeply effective approach to support your well-being as a blossoming mother.

Research has shown that acupuncture during pregnancy, and especially in the month leading to birth, results in shorter labour times with fewer emergency caesareans and less intervention. Acupuncture can also assist with changing the baby’s position and with some preparatory treatments leading up, can naturally induce birth without the hard and fast effects of medical induction.

Celia Brisa offers a unique skill set, both as an acupuncturist and prenatal yoga teacher. She has over 25 years of experience as a yoga teacher and 15 years as an acupuncturist, focusing her work primarily on supporting women in pregnancy and birth education. At Northside Health, you have the opportunity to find that support and guidance that all women need during pregnancy in Celia, as your own personal pregnancy and birth coach. Ensuring your body and mind are balanced and prepared for a strong and happy pregnancy and an empowered birthing experience.

We offer a range of pre-natal programs including: acupuncture, yoga and meditation sessions that are designed for your personal needs. Closer to birth Celia can also equip you with powerful yogic tools for birthing, breath and mind focus, positions and visualization techniques. Pregnancy is an opportunity to train for climbing that Mt. Everest of birthing. Commit to making that training as powerful, nourishing and conscious as you possibly can for your health and the health of your baby.

Contact Celia today at Northside Health on 6652 5322 to discuss the right prenatal program for you.