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  • On Pembroke St Lwr, off Baggot St. The green fronted building, just before Matt the Thrashers. The green door on the left. Press the button below The Peak Wellness Studio name tag.

    Outside view of the Peak Wellness Studio
  • Despite the different types and styles of massage they fall into three categories:


    • Functional – Sports Massage, Injury recovery, Dry Needling


    For pain management and injury to specific areas. Using Sports and orthopedic massage techniques.


    • Corrective – Manual movement, muscle imbalance, Postural Alignment


    For chronic pain and problem areas, postural and muscular imbalances. Focusing on specific areas.


    • Relaxation – Swedish/ Deep tissue/ de-stress


    For tight and tired muscles, to de-stress and unwind, after work or pre-event.


    45min sessions are best for lighter full body, specific pain areas or acute injuries. Obviously if your time is limited they can be used for whatever you need, just be aware we may not get all the work done in one session.


    1hr sessions are best for firmer full body, more extensive pain areas and chronic injuries.


    1.5hr sessions are best suited to deep full body relaxation, extensive corrective sessions and chronic pain relief.

    Pain and injury generally take 3 sessions, though it can be more. The more extensive or chronic the pain or injury the longer it can take to resolve although relief should be felt after the first treatment.

    What kind of massage should I book?

    Sports massage
    • You should not attend an appointment if you feel unwell, have a fever or cold or a skin condition that is contagious.

    • Usually, the first trimester of pregnancy is not advised, but this can be a personal decision, please let me know though.

    • If you are actively receiving Chemotherapy or any other intensive medical treatments. Your medical provider will let you know when you are cleared for massage.

    • After acute injury or accident where a suspected break or severe tear may be involved. It sounds obvious but it has happened.

    When the doctor needs to clear you.

    Pregnant woman at Pilates
    • Your therapist will have you fill out a Medical Screening form and then ask about the precise nature of the massage you want, where, what pressure, etc. After advising how you should position yourself on the table they will leave so that you can change and get into position.

    • During the session the therapist may ask you about sensations of intensity and pressure.

    • If at any point you need to ask a question or feel uncomfortable speak up. Let the therapist know what you want, it’s your session. They will always do their best to accommodate.

    Communication is key

    Massage oil
  • Working on the skin is generally best but practicalities and your level of comfort or custom will ultimately dictate.


    For Relaxation massage - long strokes are used, so wearing comfortable underwear is best. Other clothing is not needed but if you like, a regular bra can be worn so the straps can be lowered while on the back and then undone when you are lying on your front.

    For Corrective or Functional massage - shorts and a sports bra, as you may be changing position much more regularly, depending on the issue.

    For Acupuncture - loose trousers and top. You may need to remove tops or bottoms depending on where the needles need to be placed, covering will be provided or you may prefer to wear shorts and sports bra.

    At the end of the day whatever you are comfortable with is fine. Massage treatment can be delivered through clothes if you prefer (barring acupuncture), the treatment can be adapted to your needs.

    If you prefer not to wear any clothing please inform the practitioner ahead of time so that towelling can be adapted accordingly. Please note this is not an invitation to anything other than treatment and would merely reflect the comfort and preference of the client.

    What Treatment are you getting.

    Relaxed massage client
    • Massage should not be painful; the pain makes the muscles tighten which makes it harder for the therapist to create relaxation and change in the nervous system and tissues. There may be some soreness and the occasional sharp sensation, but these should either dissipate quickly or be backed off from.

    Soreness and release, but no pain.

    Happy client receiving deep tissue massage
  • If the body is held in a poor postural position or is guarding due to injury it can become accustomed to this. When corrected in the session it can feel wrong or somewhat painful as the nervous system readjusts to the new position, known as a healing crisis. These after affects should fade within 1-3 days.


    Guarding – when the muscles are engaged, consciously or unconsciously, to prevent further injury or pain, often by reducing the range of motion or transferring of weight.


    Adjustment and the healing crisis.

    Back and shoulder massage
  • For relaxation I generally recommend once a month but it really depends on the individual. At more stressful times you may book more regularly at other times 2/3months may pass without an appointment.


    For pain and injury I recommend once every one or two weeks until the issue is resolved only rebooking should the issue reoccur or a new issue arise.


    It generally takes up to three days for the body to settle after a treatment but, it is possible to work more conservatively. If someone wanted to book in several days a week due to exceptional discomfort or time constraints a program could be devised, beginning more gently and with a deeper or stronger treatment toward the end.


    Relaxation vs Functional

    Relaxing massage area
  • The health experts at National University of Health Sciences presents the top five health benefits of adding regular massage therapy to your health and wellness strategy. Massage therapy from a licensed practitioner can:

    • Lower stress
      The long-term effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls. Massage therapy may relieve stress and conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches.

    • Increased Immune Function
      Medical research indicates that massage therapy can help boost immune system strength by increasing the activity level of the body’s natural “killer T cells,” which fight off viruses.

    • Boost Mental Health and Wellness
      Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected by massage therapy.

    • Pain Management and Improved Range of Motion
      Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Recent findings highlight the role of massage in pain management.

    • Improved Physical Fitness
      Elite and recreational athletes alike can benefit from massage therapy – massage can reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance, and prevent injuries.

    National University of Health Sciences

    Stress free woman breathing outdoors
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