Church St

Massage and Acupuncture Centre

42A Church Street,
Hawthorn, VIC, 3122
Phone/Fax: 03 9855 0568

Life is full of anxiety, stress and pressure. It is important to find the time to take care of our own health and not burn out.

Massage therapists treat patients "from the outside in", manipulating specific muscle groups to release tension. Reflexology practitioners provide treatment "from the inside out" -- stimulating the nervous system to release tension.

Private health insurance extras cover and Workcover provided.

Single and Combined Treatments
Gua Sha (Scraping Therapy)Herbal Ball Massage
Deep Tissue (Remedial) MassageChinese Massage
Sports MassagePregnancy Massage
Relaxation MassageShiatsu Massage
Foot on Back MassageEnergising Meridian Massage
Glass CuppingReflexology
Remedial Massage and Gua Sha (Scraping Therapy)Remedial Massage, Cupping and Moxibustion
Glass Cupping and MoxibustionAcupuncture and Moxibustion
Glass Cupping and Remedial Massage

Energising Meridian Massage

Meridians are energy pathways, a system or network of invisible bodily energy (qi) channels that run and recharge the body's energy fields. The meridians interconnect deep within the body core and there are specific acupressure points along the meridians. They can be envisioned as highways between the acupressure points in the body.

In the simplest analogy, the meridian systems is something like the train network system that connect the vital town and city areas. The acupuncture points are similar to the various train stations and the meridian lines are similar to the train tracks that connect this vital town and city areas.

Blocked energy points or areas are at the source of malfunctions, dis-ease and degeneration of associated organs, tissue and energy pockets, as they turn off our innate ability to receive proper nutrients from the food we ingest, to feed the blood properly, to heal and regnerate.

In the last twenty years, the meridian theory is becoming an important therapy in complementary medicine. Different from tradtional medicinal treatments, the meridian therapy takes acupuncture massage to palliate the symptons of patients. These include kneepain, chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, migraines and the tension associated with stress, poor blood circulation, cold hands and feet.

Some of the common exmaple of blockages in our meridian systems are overweight, underweight, deterioration of sleep quality, aches and pains, lethargic, high blood pressures, and a bloated stomach.

Gua Sha (Scraping Therapy)

Gua Sha is similar to massage and acupressure, but it focuses directly on increasing blood flow beneath the surface of the skin. This heightened circulation can lead to a number of noticeable healing effects in the body.

In recent decades, Western physicians and patients have begun studying and using gua sha. Today’s researchers have found scientific explanations for gua sha’s anti-inflammatory and immune boosting effects, which may last for days and counteract a number of symptons and diseases.

Researchers have shown that gua sha causes a dramatic increase in circulation in the soft tissues under the skin. It helps disperse toxins by increased circulation and aiding lymphatic and immune systems. Then as the blood is reabsorbed by the body, it promotes an enzyme 9HO-1) which is anti-inflammatory and increases immunity. These potent chemicals fight infection, inflammation and a number of other diseases.


Swimmer Michael Phelps recently competed in the 2016 Olympics swimming events with purple circles visible on his shoulder and back, cupping marks. Cupping marks were also commonly seen in many other Olympic swimmers and athletes.

Glass cupping first and foremost warms the body by promoting the free flow of Qi (energy) and blood in the body. Glass cupping is applied based on this function to treat circulation disorders, pain caused by stagnation of Qi and/or blood, and numbness or tingling in the extremities. Cold hands and feet, menstrual pain, musculoskeletal disorders and headaches are all examples of disorders caused by a stasis of Qi or blood in the body. We use different types of glass cupping to treat these disorders.

Weak Cupping

Weaker suction cupping allows for gentle treatment that can be used on patients of any age. This method is intended to remove stagnation and tonify weak Qi and Blood without depleting energy in the weak or frail. Weak cupping is effective for trating heat conditions such as stress, stomach problems or neurological conditions including paralysis and post stroke weakness.

Medium Cupping

This type of cupping has a stronger suction than weak cupping and thus is suitable for muscular pains, stress problems, and enhancing circulation of the body.

Strong Cupping

This has the firmest suction of all three and therefore drains Qi from the patient. Strong cupping is able to manipulate significant amounts of blood and Qi, often leaving marks. This type of cupping removes toxins and imbalances that cause diseases, improves blood circulation, treats painful, swollen joints, and stiff or frozen shoulders.

Moving Cupping

Moving cupping applies strong cupping to a larder area of the body. Cups are moved while still in suction and is effective for excess heat conditions of the skin such as acne, skin lesions and inflammation. It helps treat neurological conditions such as paralysis, post stroke weakness and painful swollen joints by manipulating excess energy and bringing up the heat to the surface of the skin.

Empty (Flash) Cupping

Cups are re-applied multiple times to create a popping action. Flash cupping stimulates blood and Qi, improving the immune system in the weak and frail. This method is commonly used for treating children and the elderly.

The services we provide are suitable for treating:

Sporting InjuryUpper/Lower Back, Neck, Shoulder, Leg and Foot Strain
High and Low Blood PressureJoint Sprain and Muscle Strain
Arthritis and Ankle ArthritisSciatica
Headache and DizzinessCold, Flu and Cough
Other internal problems

Deep Tissue (Remedial) Massage

Using deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle, the purpose of Deep Tissue Massage is to unstick the fibres of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held tension points. Specific hand positions and strokes are used to respond to various tissues while breath and movement techniques are employed to release muscular congestion. It helps to loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles and get blood and oxygen circulating properly. It is both corrective and therapeutic. It is beneficial for many physical problems, including sports injuries and chronic pain. Because it works very deeply, emotional issues can also be addressed, when these have been stored in the body.

Herbal Ball Massage

The blend of traditional herbs used in these compresses has a relaxing and invigorating effect on the body and mind, soothing sore and overworked muscles while giving the body's energy reserves a huge boost. The hot compresses are ideal for alleviating pain, stiff, sore or pulled muscles and ligaments, chronic back aches, arthritis, and chronic stress or anxiety.

The herbs in the compress possess properties that are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant. They are used to address sprains, bruises and sore muscles, cleanse and heal the skin by promoting cell growth, and aid upper respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, asthma and the common cold.


Moxibustion can regulate the body's physiological function, promote metabolism, enhance blood circulation, and improve the immune system to fight infectious and refactory diseases. The main role of traditional Chinese medicine is to correct the yin and yang, clear the meridians, blood, organ coordination and function, to prevent premature aging, and treat disease.

Through the heat of the body, moxibustion stimulates meridian acupuncture conduction, regulating the visceral nervous system, achieving prevention and treatment.

Moxibustion helps regulate the endocrine system and can activate adrenocorticotropic hormones which play a role in anti aging effects with no side effects.

Moxa is the sole ingredient of moxibustion and is non toxic and natural. Pure moxa has been used for thousands of years to warm the meridian points, increase blood circulation, and to dehumidify the body.


Health benefits of acupuncture include relief from chronic pain, arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, depression, migraine, nausea, postoperative pain and obesity. Acupuncture is one of the most widely used alternative medicines throughout the world, and in simplest terms, acupuncture is the practice of penetrating the skin with small needles at specific points on the body. This stimulates certain nerve endings of the body, and can relieve a wide variety of health conditions.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine is still the first choice of medicine to treat the body, prevent disease, strengthen and support hereditary weakness and treat imbalances of the body due to diet, lifestyle and physical and emotional stresses of the body and mind.


Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet. Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person's general health. For example, reflexology holds that a specific spot in the arch of the foot corresponds to the bladder point. When a reflexology practitioner uses thumbs or fingers to apply appropriate pressure to this area, it affects bladder functioning.

Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders, millions of people around the world use it to complement other treatments when addressing conditions like anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, kidney function, PMS, and sinusitis.

Body Scrub Msssage
Back ScrubLeg Scrub
Feet ScrubBack or Leg followed by Relaxation Massage
Full Body ScrubDe-Stress Package (aromatherapy, hot oil massage and full body scrub)
Body scrub massage includes your choice of Tea Tree, Lavender or Orange aroma oils.

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