May 4, 2018
Are you going hard with your footy club this year? Smashing out the PB’s in your running? Cracking the whip at Crossfit?
Are you sore?
You need an Athlete’s Lounge Membership.
If you’re going to go hard, you need to go hard on your recovery too. It’s not just about resting your muscles and suffering through the dreaded DOMS. You want to make sure that the increased activity doesn’t lead to injury.
It’s about reducing inflammation, flushing out waste products, improving circulation, promoting faster cell regeneration. All so you can get out there quicker and do it all again.
And that’s where we can help.
At Fluid, we have state-of-the-art sports recovery equipment, normally only available to sporting clubs and top-level athletes. This includes ice and contrast baths, recovery pump compression boots and overalls, and far infrared sauna. And with a Recovery Centre Membership, you can access this equipment as many times as you like, seven days a week.
A casual Sports Recovery Session at Fluid is $55, and includes use of the contrast baths, recovery pump boots and the far infrared sauna.
With an Athlete’s Lounge Membership, you get full and unlimited access to:
- Ice and Contrast Baths
- Recovery Pump Boots and Overalls
- Far Infrared Sauna
- Discounted use of the Hyperbaric Chamber ($40 per session instead of $65)
- 10% off all products and services including Myotherapy and Remedial Massage
- Priority use of all equipment
- Available seven days a week
You can choose the membership package that suits you, for however long you want it to go for. And the longer you sign up for, the cheaper it gets. Choose from:
- 12 Month Platinum Membership – @ $25 per week. (Direct debited quarterly, $325 every three months)
- 6 Month Gold Membership – @ $30 per week. (Direct debited quarterly, $390 upfront and in three months)
- 3 Month Silver Membership – @ $35 per week. (Total $455 paid upfront)
We even offer mini-memberships if you want a taste of Sports Recovery bliss for a shorter period. Chose from:
- 2 month Mini Membership $390
- 1 month Mini Membership $216
Obviously there’s huge benefits from a recovery perspective. I haven’t been injured since I started coming here. It’s the best my body has felt in 2 years. And the Recovery Centre is so relaxing, I feel like I’ve made myself a home here.”
Jo Oakeshott, Crossfit Weapon
Come in and see us and check out our facilities, or call us on 03 99391133 to find out more. If you want to book a casual recovery session, you can click here.
April 6, 2018
Manual Lymphatic Drainage – This technique has been getting a lot of attention lately, and with good reason. With so many of us feeling overworked and stressed, bloated and flat, and with cold and flu season on the way, it’s a good time to go over the ins-and-outs of lymphatic drainage.
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
It is a unique massage technique, specifically designed to encourage the natural drainage of lymph.
Lymph is the fluid, similar to blood plasma, that circulates throughout the lymphatic system. It has a lot of different functions, one of which is acting as the body’s garbage disposal system. It picks up bacteria, delivering them to the lymph nodes, where they are destroyed.
The natural lymphatic system can pump 1-2 litres of lymph through the body per day. With Manual Lymphatic Drainage, it can increase it to 10-20 litres per day. That’s effectively giving your body’s healing system a gigantic boost.
If you have fluid retention, you’re feeling sluggish, puffy or unwell, or if you feel the need to detox, then Manual Lymphatic Drainage might be for you.
Where did it come from?
While the concept might have been around for centuries, the technique itself was put together by a couple of Danish doctors in the 1930s, who noticed that their patients that suffered from colds tended to have swollen lymph nodes. They studied the lymph system further and developed a technique where they used gentle, rhythmic hand movements to promote lymph movement. They found that when the technique was performed, patients would heal quicker.
New techniques were developed further as time went on, as the medical profession began to understand the lymph system more thoroughly. The new techniques are based on following the lines of the lymphatic vessels, towards the corresponding lymph nodes.
What does it feel like?
It feels like really, really gentle touch. It’s very different from a remedial massage, or even a relaxation massage. Your practitioner will softly stimulate your lymph nodes, then use light, feathery strokes to encourage the movement of the lymph.
How will I feel after the treatment?
It depends. You could feel decidedly dodgy in the moments after a treatment. Despite the gentleness of MLD, there’s a lot going on under the surface, and a lot of toxins are going to get flushed out. It might take you an hour or two to start feeling like yourself again. You’ll need to up your water intake, and you will probably have to visit the bathroom more often. And the next day, you should feel better than ever.
Other people feel amazing, and completely relaxed during and immediately after a treatment.
What can it treat?
MLD can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including:
- Fluid retention
- Eczema and psoriasis
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- General Fatigue
- Pre and post surgery
- Low immunity
Where can I book a treatment?
At Fluid Health, we have two therapists that specialise in Manual Lymphatic Drainage – David Luke, and Lucy Fowler. Give us a call on 03 99391133 to book an appointment, or you can click here to book online.
February 2, 2018
Are you looking for Bowen Therapy? If you know what it is, you know just how powerful it can be. We’re proud to say that we can provide you with the best Bowen Therapist Melbourne has to offer.
Here at Fluid Health, we have practitioners trained in every modality related to musculo-skeletal health and wellbeing, including remedial massage, myotherapy, dry needling, cupping and more. One of the lesser-known therapies is Bowen Therapy. We’re on a mission to get this powerful clinical technique more airtime.
How does it work?
Bowen Therapy works by stimulating the fascia. The fascia is the connective tissue that covers every single organ, bone, muscle and tendon in the body.
A Bowen practitioner will lightly roll their fingers over the muscles of the body in a particular sequence. This stimulates the fascia, and provokes a response in the brain which causes the muscle to relax.
The Rest Times
One of the defining characteristics of Bowen Therapy is the rest time. Between sequences, the practitioner will leave the room for around 3 minutes and leave you to relax. This gives the body time to register the response that the fascia is sending to the brain, and gives the muscles the opportunity to relax before the next sequence is performed.
Why Bowen Therapy?
Bowen Therapy is very gentle and very relaxing, but the results can be powerful. The practitioner uses light strokes over the muscles – not deep pressure, which some people can find painful. The rest time in between sequences is also very calming, and you soon get used to the pace of the sequences and the tranquil break time.
After the treatment
A lot of clients will feel a little “out of it” after a Bowen treatment. The feeling has been described as zen, peaceful, and even slightly dazed.
We recommend you don’t sit down for longer than half an hour for the rest of the day following your treatment. Get up, stretch and have a walk around.
The Best Bowen Therapist Melbourne Has To Offer
Jimmy is a big fan of Bowen Therapy, finding it effective to realign the body and relieve pain caused by a vast array of conditions including frozen shoulder, TMJ, general neck and back pain and much more.
Michael finds that Bowen gives relief to clients when normal soft tissue strategies aren’t as effective, like cupping, dry needling etc. He recommends it to clients who might be guarded – whose bodies may be ‘on edge’ due to injuries or accidents. He says it’s a feeling like no other.