The Muscle Mechanics, Dunedin NZ, Massage Therapy, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Relaxation

Services + Pricing

Sports Massage | Muscle Therapy | Remedial Massage | Deep Tissue Massage |  Pregnancy Massage | Neuromuscular Therapy | Dry Needling | K-Taping | Myofascial Release | Trigger Point Therapy | IASTM | Functional Movement Coaching | Pre Event Sports Massage | Post Event Sports Massage

The Muscle Mechanics Method:

At The Muscle Mechanics, our skillset has evolved far beyond just massage, and enables us to help people from all walks of life.

Using a combination of body assessment, specific manual therapy techniques, and functional movement coaching, we help our clients to gain then maintain healthy muscles and a biomechanically balanced body. Expect to feel healthier and more in control of your body with every session.

For each appointment with us, your expert therapist will assess your needs and carefully customise your treatment to your body.
All of our therapists are highly skilled in all of our treatment methods summarised lower on this page, so instead of needing to book any specific style of treatment, simply choose the length of your appointment + your preferred therapist, then look forward to experiencing rehab at it's best.

Treatment Modalities: 
Our team use a variety of methods to help to restore soft tissue health and improve biomechanics, if you are interested to find out more about our skillset, please ask your therapist. We are always more than happy to educate and spread the word of what well targeted manual therapy can do! 

  • Neuromuscular Therapy (aka "Active Release" or "Passive Release"):
Neuromuscular Therapy is an approach to soft tissue manual therapy in which specific pressure and restriction is applied to the layers of soft tissue, with the client simultaneously instructed to move the effected body part. The goal of this treatment technique is to tease open tight muscles and fascia, with the help of movement. Because of it's speed of effectiveness + it's reduced amount of pain (because the brain is busy moving)... this is one of our favourite and most used techniques.

• Deep Tissue Massage/ Remedial Massage: 
Deep Tissue Massage is an overused term and an often abused skillset. To be clear, we think that many practitioners of "Deep Tissue Massage" do not understand enough about biomechanics, and often fall into the trap of "over treating the symptoms". Which can leave the client feeling bruised + temporarily relieved of their symptoms, without  addressing the cause.

We use deep work/ very firm pressure when that is what is needed, but we also often use lighter pressures. The pressure, or "depth" of massage that we use will be dictated by the biomechanical goal and the condition of the tissue, as well as the request of the client.

For example: If you have upper back and neck pain, we will first assess the position of your neck and shoulders, and assess which muscles are truly tight vs which muscles just feel tight (we guarantee you will be surprised). Then we use lighter pressures on the weak/ fatigued muscles and a firmer pressure on the strong/ tight/ antagonist muscles... So, our deep tissue work is always intelligently targeted to improve biomechanics, which means faster and longer lasting results.

• Dry Myofascial Release (MFR):
Dry Myofascial Release is a slow/ oil free technique which does many of the same things as massage with oil (releases tight muscles, stretches fascia, improves blood + lymph fluid flow, influences pain feedback + the nervous system). The key difference is that less oil= more friction= slower work. Which is often a lot more comfortable for the client, and gives an over-active nervous system plenty of time to let go of tight muscles and fascia. We find this a particularly effective treatment for people with a low pain tolerance, or for clients wanting a relaxing as well as highly beneficial treatment.

• Dry Needling (Using Acupuncture Needles):
Dry Needling is a the use of acupuncture needles to relax muscle fibres + effect the pain feedback process. This is very different from Traditional Chinese Accupuncture (same tool, different philosophies).

Relaxing Muscles: First we carefully palpate the location of "involuntarily contracted muscle fibres" (aka "trigger points". Then we will then mark and insert very thin (single-use) acupuncture needles into these points in order to stimulate the nervous system to let the muscle fibres relax.

Pain Relief: We also use needles for direct pain relief. The exact mechanisim of how this works is yet to be fully understood, but the basic explanation is that; if a body part is mostly sending pain signals back to the brain, it can take over the signalling "bandwidth" and not leave much room for other information. The sensation of a needle in the tissue is so unique that it takes over a significant amount of the "bandwidth" and in doing so, shuts off any unnecessary pain signals.

Please understand that the needles we use are a fraction of the thickness of the smallest commonly used injection needles... much of the time the patient cannot even feel the acupuncture needle as it passes the skin.

• Trigger Point Therapy:
Trigger Point Therapy as a term is widely used (and miss-used) since the phrase was came into use in the 1940's. We have it listed here because we are aware that is what a lot of people are looking for, but we want to make our clients aware that trigger points are simply "involuntarily contracted muscle fibres", and that our Neuromuscular Therapy + Myofascial Release + Dry Needling skillsets have this base covered.

• IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation):
IASTM is a tool assisted form of superficial Myofascial Release, it enables the therapist to efficiently target the superficial layers of fascia and muscle. When these layers are tight it is very difficult to treat deeper tissues, so on our tightest clients this layer is often where we focus initially.

In practice, the harder edge of the tool means that the therapist can't push as deep into the tissue, so when the tool is pulled across and through the tissue the more superficial layer is targeted (this is accentuated when using the sharper edge of the tool). When using ones thumbs or fingers, the therapist can push deeper into the tissue, which is what we refer to as "Deep Tissue Massage" or "Remedial Massage".

Ultimately IASTM allows the therapist to be more thorough with treating tension/ dysfunction right through all the layers of the soft tissue system. IASTM is an extremly effective treatment, especially for our tighter/ more athletic clients, and for bigger muscle groups like the quads.

• Kineseotaping (K-Taping):
Kinesiotape, is a cotton elastic tape with an adhesive surface that can stretch up to about 140% of its resting length. As a result, when applied with a stretch it will "recoil", therefore applying a pulling force on the skin and the tissues under the skin.

K tape can be useful in supporting a joint, or pulling a joint into a better position. It can also be used to decompress an area (when applied it slightly lifts the skin its stuck to away from the muscle and fascia, slightly improving fluid flow). Lastly, K-tape can enhance proprioception (your brains awareness and connection to/ control of an area), simply because one can feel where it is applied.

• Relaxation Massage:

Relaxation Massage techniques are very useful in warming up tissues, relaxing the nervous system and getting each client comfortable, as well as giving the therapist time to start palpating the patterns of tension in the body.

• Pregnancy Massage:
During Pregnancy, the body goes through major changes in the musculoskeletal as well hormonal system. Massage before, during and after pregnancy assists the body in going through these changes more comfortably by improving soft tissue health and joint function, improving circulation, relieving general fatigue, reducing swelling and helping with stress.

During your treatment, your therapist will use pillows as well as utilising side lying positions to keep you safe and comfortable while using more gentle strokes to perform the treatment.

Our female Sports Massage Therapist/ Sport Rehabilitator Hanna Morley is fully qualified in this treatment, to look for an appointment time with her using our online booking system please click the above book now button.

• Functional Movement Coaching:
When needed, we follow the hands on part of the treatment with coaching in Mobility Exercises and Self Massage for tight muscle groups, Strengthening Exercises for weaker tissues, and Postural Corrective Exercises for improving the positioning of a dysfunctional body part. We have two private gym/ stretching spaces at the clinic to facilitate this. This work is often essential to achieving long term results.

Clinic prices for The Muscle Mechanics Dunedin 

Please choose your appointment length (we recommend 60min if its your first time), once you click the "Book Now" button you can choose your therapist and appointment date/ time. 
All of our therapists are skilled in all of our treatment methods (Sports Massage/ NMT/ Deep Tissue/ Myofascial Release/ IASTM/ Dry Needling etc), so you don't need to choose a treatment method - just choose and appointment length and talk to your therapist about your specific needs on the day - they will tailor the treatment to you. 
If you are booking a pregnancy massage, please choose Hanna as your therapist. 

Short Consultation: 
30 Minute Appointment                                         $55.00                           

Standard Consultation:
60 Minute Appointment                                         $90.00                           

Long Consultation
90 Minute Appointment                                        $135.00                           

Payments: Can be made at the time of the appointment. We accept Cash, Eftpos and Credit Cards (2% Credit Card fee applies) 😊