“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly." – Buddha

Have you ever felt so tense you just knew your body was holding all sorts of unnecessary tension and with that, impacting you on levels you weren't even aware of?

Did you keep struggling through, or did you seek the support of a massage therapist to relieve the tension and help you achieve relaxation, stress release and more?

Many people save massage therapy for when they are away, travelling and enjoying time away from home. Or it becomes a sacred treat to be saved for a special occasion. How about if massage therapy became a regular part of you taking care of yourself?

Massage therapy is suitable for nearly every person on the planet. It's adaptable to meet your needs and can offer benefits way beyond the obvious.

Here’s 5 of my reasons why a regular massage is good for your mental health and your physical health.

1. Safe touch – we live in such a clinical world where political correctness threatens to desensitise our human-ness. Receiving touch in a safe and professional environment restores our deeper connection with each other as people and provides emotional balance.

2. Stress, anxiety and depression – our mental health has never been so challenged as it is in today’s society. A regular massage reduces cortisol and adrenaline, as well as increases serotonin and dopamine to reduce anxiety, depression and stress.

3. Not just a luxury – there is no need to feel indulgent and frivolous when receiving a massage. As a simple and basic tool to manage our own physical, mental and spiritual health, a massage is not a guilty pleasure – it’s a means for our overall wellbeing.

4. #customisedmassage – diving straight into a regular massage practice with no prior experience can sometimes add to the stress component you are actually trying to reduce! That’s where a trained massage therapist will do more for your healing than you think.

They will tailor a massage therapy session with attention to lighting (not too dark not too bright), sound (soft music no loud bells) and the length of your session (the first one is only short). It’s GOT to feel safe. Plus, they want you to come back!

5. Confidentiality – you know the part where I said it’s got to feel safe? This is another aspect.

Your massage therapist understands all about confidentiality. While they are not a counselor or psychologist and will not offer specific advice, they are more than capable of listening. And the best part of this? No judgement.

“Angelique is my Angel! When I first visited her after receiving a gift voucher for my birthday I didn't realize how much I needed her in my life! After a really bad year last year she is the only person that can put me in such a relaxed and calming state. Her energy and healing powers are truly amazing! Thank you for coming into my life Angelique, you have no idea how much I appreciate and value your ability to heal through the perfect massage!" ~ Maria Lynch

“An hour on the table with Angelique working her magic and I don't want to get off. I have severe anxiety and chronic illness and the stress and fatigue take their toll on my body. Massage helps me to relax the tension in my body like nothing else can. It's a blissful experience that I wish I could access every week. Thanks and gratitude to you Angelique." ~ Mandy Roney

In 2008 I completed my Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice. This has been followed by a Diploma of Reflexology in 2011, and Reiki Level I and II. In 2013 I started on the path to become qualified as a specialist Oncology Massage Therapist and have since gained the Oncology Massage Level I and II qualifications. At present I’m one of a handful of Massage Therapists qualified to this level in Western Australia.

The important thing to understand about Oncology Massage, is it has provide me with the training required to support clients experiencing symptoms of Cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis and other chronic or long term illness and disease.

I believe Oncology Massage is a very special calling. It goes beyond the technical skill of providing massage to clients with diverse health conditions, not limited to cancer. It takes someone with the maturity and compassion to truly support people on every level. This is something I hold sacred and I feel honoured to be able to provide this service.

In addition to supporting people with acute and long term health issues I'm experienced in supporting new mothers at all stages of pregnancy and then after delivery of your new baby. Both massage therapy and reflexology offer significant benefits for expectant and new mums, including physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, stress release, relaxation and support for circulation.  Scroll down to book your session at my Bunbury clinic.

If you've ever experienced Reflexology then you don't need convincing this is most definitely more than just a foot massage.  Reflexology is a highly regarded modality providing significant health benefits.

Modern reflexology is based on an ancient form of therapy. There is evidence of some form of foot and hand therapy being practised in China as long ago as 4,000 B.C. and also at the same time in Egypt, as depicted in the tomb of Ankmahor.

Our foot bears the weight of the whole body, allows locomotion and does a lot of work. They are often the least taken care of part of the body. Foot reflexology helps in promoting physiological as well as physical health.

Reflexology is an ancient healing practice based on the principle that there are reflex points on the feet that correspond to the body’s different organs and glands. The human foot is capable of handling hundreds of tons of force and your weight in motion. It has 42 muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints, 250,000 sweat glands and at least 50 ligaments and tendons, plus the feet have almost 15,000 nerve endings.

So, in reflexology pressure is applied to these reflexes on the feet, which promotes good health. Here are some health benefits of foot massage and reflexology:

Improves blood circulation: Due to a more sedentary lifestyle, we often don’t use the feet muscles properly and wear tight footwear, which all hampers the circulation in the feet. Reflexology helps to transporting oxygen to the body’s cells, which is essential for overall health.

Fights depression: Certain points on the feet are helpful in alleviating depression symptoms. Massaging these points or applying pressure to them for a few minutes can be helpful to relieve symptoms of depression and other mental health challenges that can impact mood and your ability to function.

Helps in relaxation: Foot reflexology can improve feelings of general well-being and is well documented for it's relaxation benefits.

Promotes better sleep: 
A soothing and relaxing foot reflexology treatment improves blood circulation which helps in achieving more peaceful sleep.

Relieves body aches and pains: Reflexology can treats pains and aches such as headaches, migraines, neck pain, lower and upper backaches.

“Your caring and loving nature, the peace you bring to the body and mind as you massage away the tensions and emotional stresses our bodies have! You are amazing!" ~ Samantha Pessotto