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Alternative Medicine Townsville The benefits of Massage Therapy


The benefits Thanks to at least 4300-years of medical literature and a whole lot of science carried out in the last few decades, we can say at least a few things about massage. (1) – there is plenty of evidence that the various types of massage can relieve pain, anxiety and depression and; (2) – we’re pretty sure the science has narrowed down how massage actually does this.

The best studied and clinically tested elements of massage therapies suggest most physiological reactions by the body to massage occur through relaxation. Blood pressure and heart rate drops during and after massage, as does anxiety. Connected to this state of relaxation is improved sleep. Now this might seem pretty small and innocuous stuff, but the impact of anxiety and sleep deprivation on the body can lead to all sorts of debilitating ailments. Depression is one of the most serious – and is often attributed to anxiety and altered sleeping patterns. Anxiety can also manifest into muscle tension causing pain, migraines, reduce respiratory function and even bowel dysfunction. Of course, that’s not to say the various massage therapies are a cure-all, but it is clear the symptoms of tension and anxiety-caused illnesses can be reduced by just about anything that relaxes the body.

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The theory There are various theories behind how massage works. Some research suggests nociceptive pain – a common cause for chronic pain – can be physically blocked by more active remedial massages. Another, and no doubt more closely related to the act of relaxation, is the release of endorphins and serotonin – our happy hormones. Now this could be the result of the actual massage procedures, or it could be something far deeper – our innate need for the human touch. Now Touch Theory – now often called Hug Theory – has been written about almost as long as massage therapy – and the sensation of nurturing or joy felt by one person’s contact with another could help explain how some low impact or light touch massages can produce similar muscle reactions and relaxation to the more vigorous remedial type massages.

But then again, maybe there is an even simpler answer to the how massage relaxes us. Quite simply, in this hectic schedule we now call life, we rarely take a moment to step from the maelstrom and stop. Meals get eaten at the desk or on the commute, sleep gets snatched between text messages, phone calls. checking your social media statuses late at night and the early morning. The opportunities for completely switching off in our own time are becoming increasingly rare. Enter massage. Whether it’s Swedish, Sports or Stone, the massage room means an enforced hour or more separated from the rush of life outside. For many people these days, massage, no matter what the style or technique, may actually be a their only opportunity to sit still, relax and go blank.

Benjamin Setter

Bowen Therapy Specialist – Instructor In Training

If you’re looking for Remedial Massage Therapy in Townsville then you need to know there’s a gentle, yet powerful alternative – Bowen Therapy.FacebookCover-Pic

Here at Setter’s Health Centre we’ve been delivering this alternative to Remedial Massage Therapy for 22 years and time after time we are meeting new clients who have given up on Remedial Massage Therapy because in their words – “I’m sick of the painful treatments and the bruising that follows it.” Now, if you want to avoid those bruises and pain, but you want the same convenience – then Bowen Therapy is for you. Bowen Therapy is set of gentle, small moves encouraging the body to do what it is meant to do – heal itself. It is a gentle, fast and effective way to treat muscle and connective tissue disorders. There’s no oils, there’s no thrust or manipulation of bones and there’s no shouting, “Be gentle, you’re hurting me.”

So if you want the fun alternative to Remedial Massage Therapy don’t hesitate to contact us, we’re here to help you help yourself.

To contact us immediately about a Bowen Therapy session tailored specifically for you.

Book an appointment on 07 4728 8800, via email at or on our online appointment form.

For your convenience you will find us located right in the heart of the Medical Precinct of Pimlico

Welcome to Setter’s Health Centre and congratulations on taking the first step to taking your health into your own hands. Setter’s Health Centre is a local alternative medicine-health centre, which has been providing pain relief by using Bowen Therapeutic Technique (Bowen Therapy) and Massage Therapy to Townsville and surrounding Towns of Charters Towers, Ingham, Ayr and Home Hill since 1991.

Celebrating 22 years of continual practice of Bowen Therapy in Townsville.Memephoto

With a supporting wing of Massage Therapy, and proudly produce an on going Alternative Medicine – Health Information Service to the Townsville community. Bringing the highest level of professionalism to Alternative Medicine and Natural Health Services in Townsville.

Setter’s Health Centre Specialises In Pain Relief In Townsville!


Are you in need of pain relief?

To contact us immediately about a Bowen Therapy session tailored specifically for you. No Referral Necessary!

Book an appointment on 07 4728 8800, via email at or on our online appointment form.

Home to Bowen Therapy in Townsville… Setter’s Health Centre.


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