Massage Therapy is Knot Pointless

Massage - Tara Angkor Hotel

by Leilani Waters

Massage Therapy is a beneficial form of relaxation that is often overlooked despite it’s proven benefits to both physical and mental health.

Massage - Tara Angkor Hotel

Photo Credit: Tara Angkor Hotel

Physiotherapy students are participating in a Thursday afternoon massage clinic available to staff, students and the public to broaden their skills and provide relaxation for anyone.

The clinic organizer Ms Sue Barrs says the clinic is not only about providing physiotherapy students with experience in real life situations, but also an option for people to come and relax.

“The clinic was really related to the needs of JCU staff and also to help scaffolding, learning, and to help students be able to apply and consolidate their skills,” the organizer says.

“It’s more of a relaxation massage than a remedial one.

“You definitely get a psychological benefit because it can be relaxing itself and depending on if the performance of the massage is nice and slow and rhythmical it lulls you into that relaxed state, and you can leave with a clearer mind really,” she says.

Constant use of computers and other IT items such as iPads or laptops can lead to a lot of tension and muscle pain.

Ms Barrs says that these pains are common among students and many others.

“Because of the electronic age, everyone is on laptops and iPads and you can’t have an ideal set up with a desktop,” she says.

“You’ll find [students] are probably sprawled on their beds learning, or curled up in a chair which doesn’t necessarily lend itself to posture.

“I think most of [the problems] tend to be due to stress and ergonomics, incorrect position of things at a desk.

“We see a lot of neck, shoulders, and upper back tenseness coming in to be treated alongside other things as well,” Ms Barr says.

Libby Hackwood, a massage therapist of twelve years, says that most of the clients she sees suffer pains due to excessive work on computers.

“I do a lot of remedial work and a common problem I see are sore shoulders and necks because of constant computer work,” Libby says.

A lot of research points to the many benefits of massage beyond being physically stimulating; including, boosting the immune system, reducing anxiety, and even helping ease headaches.

“When your body feels better then of course it will make your brain feel better,” Libby says.

“Depending on the pain or how it’s assessed some people should really have themselves seen to once a week.”

“Nobody has a regular massage because unfortunately, it’s the cost.

“People don’t necessarily perceive it as something worthy of spending that kind of money on, which is a shame because it’s one of the best ways of looking after yourself.”

James Cook University offers its own massage clinic to staff and students for as little as $10 for staff and $5 for students.

To find out more or book an appointment, contact JCU Health on, 4759 6300.