Massage Therapy

Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter Massage Therapists

ATUNE Health Centres provide massage therapy services throughout Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter. Therapists at ATUNE Massage Newcastle are fully qualified and specialise in therapeutic and relaxation massage.
What is massage?


Massage is considered the oldest and simplest form of therapy. The word "massage" has its origin in both the Greek and Hebrew languages. It is a combination of the Hebrew word 'me-sakj' which means 'to anoint with oil' and the Greek word 'massein' which means to knead. It is the practice of influencing soft tissue through physical manipulation of the body.

Most people understand that massage creates a pleasant sensation on the skin, but did you realise that effective massage also relieves pain and relaxes, stimulates and tones the body? Massage is not just a luxury for the few, but has therapeutic value for everyone. It is an important partner to medical and allied health professional therapy as it stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, improves blood supply and waste elimination throughout the body.

Anyone can use their hands and apply pressure to give a form of a massage, but in order to administer a therapeutic massage that achieves beneficial results, a thorough understanding of anatomy and bodily systems is required. All Massage Therapists at ATUNE have achieved national training and education standards and work within their professional scope of practice. At ATUNE, Massage Therapy is conducted within a coordinated team of Health Professionals to ensure our Therapists offer every client the most beneficial care. It is ATUNE Clinic Policy that every Massage Therapist participates in ongoing education to make available to you the most recent advances in health care.

Massage therapy standards


When attending ATUNE you can expect your Massage Therapist to comply with the standards for ethical practice outlined by the Governing Body for Massage Therapy.

Comfort - Your comfort is our priority. We understand that every individual is different and we would encourage you to inform us if any aspect of your treatment is not relaxing and comfortable.

Pain - Every person enjoys a different style of massage. Some clients enjoy a light touch while others enjoy deep muscle work. Massage should not be painful however some clients find that in order to achieve their goal for treatment some discomfort may be felt. Informing your practitioner of the pressure and style of massage you enjoy will ensure you are given the therapy that most suits your needs.

Hygiene - All practitioners at ATUNE observe the strictest hygiene standards. Clinic Hygiene Policy is stringent and medically sound so that you can be assured that each Massage Therapist is diligent to wash their hands thoroughly, use clean linen and fresh oil for every client.

Modesty - Our Massage Therapists respect your modesty at all times. We supply you with garments suitable for massage and leave the room while you undress. No client, regardless of sex, will ever be asked to remove their most personal undergarments.

Types of massage offered


Swedish/Relaxation Massage is a form of massage that originated in Sweden in the 18th century. Every stroke and movement is directed toward the heart. This type of massage has two major benefits: it increases circulation of blood and oxygen flow around the body and enhances the flushing of metabolic waste from the body.

Remedial Massage/Therapeutic Massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue and the associated connective tissues. Connective tissue and fascia cover and support all the internal structures of the body. The aim of this therapy is to remove deep muscular and connective tissue tension caused by poor posture, stress and acute or chronic injury to the body. The slow deep pressure used in this method assists the elimination of many bodily toxins.

Aromatherapy Massage is a form of therapy that combines essential oils and relaxation massage. It is non-invasive and very effective in rejuvenating cells and promotes relaxation of the body. The essential oils are pure extracts from aromatic plants which have unique and highly complex chemical properties to help restore balance in your body.

The benefit of using such oils in combination with massage produces -

  • Stimulating, soothing and calming benefits to the sense of smell and touch which help relieve stress-related disorders.
  • The distribution of the oils throughout the circulatory and lymphatic systems via skin absorption. This distribution in combination with massage techniques gives a deeply relaxing treatment to ease physical and nervous tension.
  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a gentle whole body treatment which relaxes the nervous system and stimulates the body's immune system. It involves gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move skin and muscles in the direction of the natural lymph flow. This movement increases the elimination of congested lymphatic fluid and promotes wound healing and relief from stress.
Massage and cancer


Massage is one of the most popular complementary therapies for cancer patients. Complementary therapies are used in conjunction with the conventional interventions of mainstream medicine and are not used as an alternative to chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. AAlthough massage is not a cure for cancer, it may help diminish the side effects of conventional treatments and improve quality of life.

Some people worry that massage can spread cancer cells throughout the body via the lymphatic system. It is well documented that comfort-oriented massage does not contribute to the spread of cancer. Lymphatic circulation occurs naturally and gentle massage does not increase lymphatic circulation any more than activities such as shopping, gardening or exercising.

Scientific research shows that massage can reduce pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression and nausea. This information can be confirmed by the Cancer Council N.S.W. Contact them on HELP LINE 13 11 20.

At ATUNE our Therapists specialise in massage for people with a cancer diagnosis.

Benefits of massage


  • Pain relief for musculoskeletal injuries
  • Release of endorphins to relieve pain
  • Reduction of muscular tension
  • Improvement in joint and muscle mobility
  • Prevention of scar tissue
  • Reduction of anxiety and depression
  • Improved sleep
  • Calming of peripheral nerves and stress
  • Increase circulation around the body
  • Increase lymphatic and venous flow
  • Increase elimination of metabolic waste
  • Relief from congestion

Massage enhances the body's natural ability to heal itself.

Do I need a referral to see a Massage Therapist?


No referral is required to see a Massage Therapist. You can simply contact us directly to make an appointment.

How much is a massage consultation?


Remedial Massage Therapy
45 Minutes $65.00
60 Minutes $80.00
90 Minutes $105.00
Relaxation and Indulgence Massage

1-hour aromatherapy full body massage (selected essential oils on consultation): $75
1-hour back treatment includes skin exfoliation for back plus remedial and/or relaxation back and neck massage. Using aromatherapy oils and natural skin products: $85
1.5-hour indulgence pamper package includes specialised face treatment (exfoliation & mask); back, arms & hand exfoliation; full body massage (remedial and/or relaxation); face and head massage: $140

For other treatments ask your massage therapist for prices. ATUNE therapists are fully qualified Remedial and Beauty Therapists.

Gift vouchers are available and are a fantastic gift idea.

Are there any rebates for Massage Therapy?


Yes, there are rebates and financial assistance available for Massage Therapy. Clients who are covered under the schemes below are eligible for rebates.

  • Private Health Funds with ancillary or "extras" cover. All clients in such schemes can claim partial rebates depending on their insurance policy.
  • Workers Compensation and Transport Accident compensation - Both schemes are available with all treatment costs covered.

Health Fund Accredited (Hicaps available from a majority of Health Funds)

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