Hot Stones Massage, Why it is so good for you in winter

There are many benefits from receiving a hot stone massage. At Quay Health in Sydney’s Circular Quay, it is one of our favourite massages.  Here we’re going to discuss just how good it is for you.  If it’s something that you’ve been wanting to do for some time.  Don’t put it off for another second.  It’s one of the best things you can do for both your mind and body.

Hot Stone Massage at Quay Health Sydney Circular Quay

The first benefit of receive a hot stone massage is the most obvious.  The hot stones make your muscles more relaxed.  That means your massage therapist can more effectively give you a deep tissue massage.  There are a whole host of benefits to this that we’ll get into throughout this article.  It’s one of the most reoccurring benefits of a hot stone massage.

Pain relief is one of the most important benefits of a hot stone massage.  The relaxed muscles allow the massage therapist to work their magic better.  Many people feel immediate relief once the massage is over.  Making this a drug-free pain relief method that’s actually good for your body.  As many of the over the counter and prescription pain relievers have serious side effects, it is great to be able to use massage to avoided the need for pain relievers.

Improved circulation is another benefit of hot stone massages.  Poor circulation can lead to fatigue.  This tenses up your muscles and causes build-up of fluid and lactic acid in the muscles.  Increased circulation will deliver more oxygen to the muscles.  Which will help ease aches and pains.  You’ll notice a difference the minute you step off the table.  You’ll feel more than just limber.  You’ll actually feel the improved circulation.  You’ll have a spring in your step because of it.

Then there’s the one benefit that everyone enjoys the most.  Especially those of you that are stressed out all the time.  A hot stone massage is extremely relaxing.  You’ll feel the stress melt away.  Every second will seem like it’s erasing a minute’s worth of stress.  You may even lose track of time.  It can be that relaxing.  There is simply no drug in the world that can reproduce this effect.

Along with stress reduction a hot stone massage can also improve your mental health.  Those who are experiencing depression or anxiety may notice a decrease after receiving a massage.  It should be noted that you can’t replace your current treatment with massage.  Instead, use it along side with your current treatment.  This way you can get the maximum benefits and improve your medical condition.

Massages are something people have enjoyed for thousands of years.  They’re a great way to improve your health and to simply feel better.  Make an appointment today to receive a hot stone massage at Quay Health.  It’ll do more than just improve your physical health.  It’ll also improve your mental health as well.  There is nothing else in this entire world that can do that.  You can achieve these health benefits without having to take a single drug.  All natural is the way to go.  That’s why you need to schedule yours today!

To book your hot stones massage at Quay Health call us today on 9252 2825

Click..ouch! Was that my jaw?

Jaw pain is no laughing matter!


p1040971The jaw, also known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is one of the most frequently used joints in the body. It is used for talking, eating, sucking and yawning. The TMJ muscles activate and oppose gravity to keep the mouth closed. When the mouth is slightly open, the TMJ is relaxed.


If you are experiencing pain in the TMJ, this is usually caused by an imbalance in joint movement because of poor bite, bruxism (clenching or grinding), or joint problems such as inflammation, trauma and degeneration.


The following may be indicative of TMJ dysfunction:

  • Headaches in the temporal region
  • Point tenderness in jaw muscles on the sides of the face
  • Pain on full open or full close
  • Lateral deviation of the jaw during movement
  • Pain while eating
  • Chewing food on one side instead of evenly across both sides
  • Waking from sleep with jaw pain
  • Breathing from the mouth instead of the nose
  • Clicking during jaw movements
  • Jaw locking
  • Malocclusion, missing teeth or dental decay
  • Clenching or grinding of teeth (bruxism)
  • Bad habits such as chewing gum, biting nails, leaning on the chin and smoking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Stomach sleepers
  • Poor cervical and thoracic alignment
  • Dizziness


Everyday tasks such as sleeping, brushing your teeth or eating tough foods can be become difficult and painful.


If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, physical therapy such as chiropractic adjustments, massage and acupuncture can decrease pain, restore function and limit degenerative changes.


Dr Rebecca Squire
Quay Health

The Nine Months Transformation – Pregnancy Massage

The 9 Months transformation

Pregnancy massage and Maternity reflexology at Quay Health

The body is an incredible phenomenon. It finds way to adjust, reestablish balance and knows how the heal best. Being a woman creating a new life can be added to that wondrous list.

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Pregnancy is a very exciting and precious time. While inside your bubba is building its little palace, you are creating the best living environment for your new arrival to grow and develop.  A nine months transformation is a team effort.


There are always plenty of reasons so see a massage or reflexology therapist. If you’ve never had a massage or reflexology session before being pregnant this is the best time to change that!


Why?  To stay fit and healthy during your pregnancy.


Many women can find relief by getting a relaxing massage. It sooths the nervous system, lower stresses that your body goes through including decreasing the stress hormone cortisol and supports your body to repair and calm. It is an excellent way to alleviate a range of symptoms or target specific complaints.


Especially in the first weeks a lot is happening and your body goes through a lot of specific changes to accommodate baby, making you very tired or give you a lack of energy. This development means re adjusting the hormonal balance and altering the body which can lead to lots of ailments in the months to come.

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Taking time out in the form of a therapeutic relaxing massage gives your body time to care for itself and helps you to cope better with the aches, pains and discomforts and may assist with low blood pressure, light headedness or fainting. While reflexology can try to reduce symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and decreased appetite.


From the second and third trimester, remedial massage can target specific complaints such as; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, neck, chest and back aches and pains, pain around hips, pelvis and sacrum or sciatic nerve pain including radiation into the front or the legs or legs cramps.


Not to mention re-energizing you and helping you sleep better. Reflexology, like no other, creates a state of wellbeing helping you sink into a deep state of relaxation. Wonderful when you are extremely fatigued and need a break or a good nap.


Even after given birth it can help you to restore your natural balance and feel you again.


With a background as a maternity nurse Mariska Smits has always been fascinated in the ‘miracle of life and looks forward to guiding and supporting you through the 9 months transformation as comfortable as possible.


Besides all the things to think about what’s best for the baby, get a massage or your feet treated! Not just for you but also for your baby.

Come and see Mariska at Quay Health and see how you can benefit.


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Mariska Smits Remedial Massage Therapist Pregnancy Massage and Reflexology Quay Health Sydney CBD











Quay Health is conveniently located at level 6, 10 Bridge Street Sydney, close to Wynyard and Circular Quay.  You can call us on 9252 2825 to make an appointment or click the button above.

Massage Therapy, what is it all about?

Are you a massage junkie, or have you never had a massage before?  Swedish Massage, Remedial Massage, Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Lymphatic Drainage????  What on earth are these styles of Massage Therapy?


Many people have misconceptions about what a Massage Therapist does and what happens during a massage.  Let’s try and cover some of those today.

Massage Therapy at Quay Health Circular Quay Sydney

At Quay Health we have 3 fantastic, very experienced, Massage Therapists; John Tran, Mariska Smits and Colleen Harris.  We offer all the styles of massage mentioned above.  Your massage therapist on the day will discuss with you your concerns and problems and will devise a treatment plan individually for you utilising all of their experience and skills.


Firstly lets cover what full body means.  In a full body massage you will be massage, using massage oil, on the back of your legs, your back,  neck and shoulders, arms, and front of the legs.  The therapist may also massage your face and upper chest pectoral region, or upper hip and gluteal/buttock region if indicated.  You will be covered or draped with towels or blankets so that only the part of your body being massaged will be exposed.  At Quay Health we use hot damp towels to remove any excess oil at the end of your treatment to allow you to dress and return to work.


Remedial Massage is a firm massage which will work into specific areas of concern for you, say your shoulder or hip.  While the majority of your body will be massaged, the problem spots will receive additional attention.  Additional therapies may be used including heat packs or stretching.


Swedish Massage is a general relaxation massage to the entire body using aromatherapy massage oils.  Great to destress and have some time out.


Reflexology is a massage which is applied to the feet only.  The idea being that the body is mapped out on the feet and by massaging certain areas of the feet you can have a reflex effect on that part of the body.  This is brilliant for when you have a lot of pain in an area and can’t stand for it to be touched or when you are not sure exactly what the cause of the problem is.  Deeply relaxing while being therapeutic.


Deep Tissue Massage uses a very firm to strong pressure during a full body massage.


Shiatsu Massage is a Japanese massage using pressure points through clothing.


Lymphatic Drainage is a very light style of massage with very little oil that concentrates on moving the lymphatic fluid through the body for elimination.  Great for swelling and inflammation.


Here is a short clip of Massage Therapist Mariska Smits talking with Chiropractor Dr Marti Harris about her background and types of massage.

If you have any questions regarding massage therapy or would like to know anything else, please post below or drop on into to see us.


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Pregnancy Massage, the glowing benefits of pamerping yourself

While pregnancy is an amazing time in a women’s life, with a new life growing inside of her and her body doing amazing things.  It is also a time of discomfort, aches and pains for many women as her body adapts to the extra weight and fluid plus hormones such as relaxin make everything wobbly and unstable.

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Pregnancy Massage is a lovely way to pamper yourself during this time, however there is plenty of research to show that having a massage while pregnant will do more than just make you feel good. A massage while pregnant will reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, improve labour outcomes and newborn health.  So it is good for you and for baby.

Studies have shown that a women’s stress and relaxation hormones alter significantly when she receives a massage during pregnancy.  This will help to regulate moods and improve cadiovascular health.  These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and a decrease in complications for the newborn such as low body weight.

Swollen ankles are common in pregnancy, sometimes it is swollen everything.  This is due to reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels.  Massage helps the lymphatic system removes this excess fluid.

Back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain and headaches can also be relieved during a pregnancy massage.  Your therapist will work on those areas causing you the most concern and helping to ease muscle tension and tighness,  aiming to help make the mum to be as comfortable as possible.

Insomnia is one of the most unpleasant side effects of pregnancy, with many women tossing and turning at night with a busy brain and trying to get comfortable.  A massage will not only give you an hour of peace during the day, but will help to improve your nightime sleep by reducing those stress hormones and easing the aches and pains.

At Quay Health we have three highly trained Massage Therapists who have massaged hundreds of pregnant women over many years.  Colleen Harris, Mariska Smits and Darren Geer (also an Acupuncturist) will ensure your massage experience while pregnant is a deeply relaxing but also beneficial experience.  We have a number of pregnancy pillow options to either lie you face down on your tummy or to massage you lying on your side and supporting your belly.  We use beautiful nourishing aromatherapy oils for the dry skin that so often comes with pregnancy.

Specialised massage during pregnancy can not only pamper you but also benefit both you and your precious baby.  Make sure you have a massage with a qualified and experienced remedial massage therapist.

You can book an appointment with one of Quay Health’s professional experienced massage therapists here

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Darren Geer Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist Quay Health Sydney


Mariska Smits Massage Therapist Quay Health Sydney