Check out a few of the beautiful photo entries we got:
To make it fair, we placed all entries into a santa hat and drew out the winning entry.
And the winner is.............Kristy Annett!
Kristy please call or mail us to redeem your prize. Congrats!
And as it was such a beautiful sunny day today which made us really happy,
we decided to draw another winner............congratulations Chantal Robert!
Please call or mail us to redeem your prize. Congrats!
Your prize: 1 hour massage (remedial massage, relaxation massage, myotherapy, deep tissue massage or pregnancy massage) valid until 30/06/2011.
If you didn’t win this time don’t worry ... we soon will do another competition. Want to know more about future competitions, health, sports and some local information. Sign up for our massage newsletter.
The Boulevard Lights has been running for over 60 years, with the residents of The Boulevard and surrounding streets decorating their houses, gardens and windows with colourful Christmas lights. As well as the great lights displays, there will be entertainment from a variety of choirs and musical groups, and refreshments available along the way.
Just get off Burke Road Exit on the Eastern Freeway and park your car close by. Walk down the street for the best experience - don’t drive just through the street. I suggest arriving at around 8:15pm. You get easily a car park and it is not so busy yet. Usually the council also runs a shuttle bus from Ivanhoe train station.
The lights are on display every year before christmas. The display is open in 2010 between Saturday, 11 December to Thursday, 23 December from 8.30pm - 11pm.
We give away one full hour massage treatment of your choice worth $80 at Souri’s Myotherapy & Massage in Doncaster East, Melbourne. You can choose between a remedial massage, relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, pregnancy massage or a myotherapy treatment.
How to enter
You can enter our competition in more than one way (get as many entries as you can - a maximum of 3 photos and 3 comments count towards the competition)
- 1 entry - tag yourself in this photo on facebook - What treatment do you prefer ...?
- 3 entries - write a interesting massage, health, sports or relaxation related comment on our facebook wall.
- 6 entries - What is relaxation to you? Post a photo on our facebook wall.*
- 6 entries - Your favourite sports picture? Post a photo on our facebook wall.*
The winner will be drawn out of all the entries and announced on facebook and on our website on the 29th of December 2010. Just check if you have won and contact us.
A few Terms & Conditions ... to keep it fair
- Entry is available for all people in Australia over 18 years.
- The competition runs between the 30/11/2010 and 28/12/2010.
- A maximum 3 comments and 3 photos count towards the competition.
- Prize is not redeemable for cash. The prize is redeemable until 30/06/2011 only at Souri’s Myotherapy & Massage in Doncaster East, Melbourne.
- All uploaded photos must be taken by yourself. You give us the right to use your photo on our website and facebook page.
And don’t forget:
A massage gift voucher from Souri’s Myotherapy & Massage, Doncaster East, Melbourne is always a good present.
Re-Learn to Walk
I was very flat-footed and loved running. My legs were not happy. I had suffered shin pain, calf pain, ankle instability, foot pain. A doctor suggested I get some orthotics, but at $400 a pair I wasn't rushing out to get them.
I tried some cheaper half orthotics which just transferred my weight onto the outside of my foot. This caused more shin pain and a lot of blisters on the arch of my foot. I did persevere with them and they got a little softer but were never comfortable.
A few years ago I attended a workshop on ankle and foot pain. I was only doing it in order to gain some needed continuing education points as a requirement to remain with my myotherapy association. The presenter was a physiotherapist named Phillip Brownrigg. I learned a lot.
He talked sense. He started off by telling us of how he used to make and sell orthotics, lots of them. That was until he realised that they weren't necessary. My thoughts exactly. I always thought it was unnatural for people to be reliant on these things. Now someone who was an expert in that field confirmed it.
Phillip went on to say that people are born knowing how to walk correctly. They just learn to walk incorrectly by watching others (parents, siblings). Incorrect walking results in back, hip, leg, ankle and foot pain. Phillip now teaches people how to walk correctly.
The correct way of walking is as follows:
1) Heel hits the ground
2) Roll along the outside of your foot to the ball of your little toe
3) Roll along the balls of your toes to the ball of the big toe then push off.
Easy as that.
Most of us will be walking on the outside or the inside of our feet which puts unnecessary strain on different parts of our body. Just take a look at the bottom of the shoes you wear the most and see where it is worn out the most. That is where all your weight is going. If your shoes are worn out evenly, then you are walking correctly.
Only a short while later of practising the correct way of walking, I threw out my half orthotics. I have not suffered my normal leg pains. I enjoyed running more.
Years later I am still walking correctly. It's quite natural now. I have even developed a nice little arch in both feet! I advise a lot of clients on how to walk correctly as part of my treatment. Those that listen do feel the benefits.
Sometimes it is great to relax and read a good book.
I recently bought the third generation of the Amazon Kindle to read my books. Everybody talks about the iPad but all what I wanted is a ebook reader. Great battery life, light weight and a perfect display. What do you want more?
Get your Kindle here:
Join Melbourne’s most exciting cycling
event in 2010! This is your unprecedented opportunity to ride on
the full length of EastLink whilst raising funds to help Hanover
break the cycle of homelessness.
This traffic free experience allows cyclists to ride non-stop using both EastLink carriageways from Ringwood to Frankston and back, including trips through the two 1.6km Melba and Mullum Mullum tunnels. Two completely separate rides will safely cater for both skilled cyclists and those looking for a rare recreational experience to share with family and friends. Safety is our priority.
Challenge riders will enjoy an uninterrupted 75 km course; professionally timed with an ability based structured start and an exclusive team start time. Corporate team and individual riders are welcome – places are strictly limited, so register early. Skill and speed criteria apply.
Recreational riders will enjoy an unmatched, uninterrupted recreational 35 km cycling experience. Individuals, couples, teams, friends and families able to cycle 35 km are all welcome.
Entry is by pre-event registration and payment only – places are limited!
Ringwood is very close to Doncaster East (where Souri’s Myotherapy and Massage is located). Book your massage or myotherapy treatment after your bike ride or for your training.
We encourage all of our customers to write a review on one of these sites. We like to hear about positive and also negative comments to improve our massage and myotherapy treatments.
Here are a few of the latest comments we received so far:
Angela - written on Truelocal:
Thank you soOOoo much Souri! The hot stone massage you gave me, was more than just an amazing experience, it was incredible!!! I am still enjoying the relaxing effects of it today! I feel restored! I think of myself as a relaxed, fun and happy person. It had been years since I had allowed myself the luxury of a massage. I was really surprised to find I had been living with and accepting as normal, extreme tension, aches and pains. To have all of that massaged away, with beautiful smelling oils and hot stones was just bliss... A heavenly experience!!! Thanks again Souri, your the best!!!
Anita - written on Truelocal:
I enjoyed an awesome Hot Stone Massage last week. It was simply divine and I felt so much better and relaxed after it. Souri truly knows which trigger points to use to just blow away tension and stress. Must be her many years of experience in this field.
I look forward booking in the next massage and can recommend the same to anyone. Lovely and charming set up room in a private atmosphere and a therapist who truly knows what she is doing!
Tiff - written on Truelocal
Highly recommended. A beautiful environment and a highly trained therapist. An incredibly relaxing experience while also getting the benefits of a degree in Myotherapy. Souri gave me some tips and stretches in order to rectify my posture and therefore reduce tension. Hot stones are amazing, best massage I've ever had, definitely go and see her!!
Emma - written on Truelocal:
Wow! Thank you Souri! Your massage was absolutely fantastic!.
I can highly recommend anyone with aches and pains to see Souri and try her deep tissue massage. My legs and lower back were so tight and heavy feeling I now realise just how much I was in need of a massage. Souris attention to detail was fantastic and she is truly talented, my hip flexors and legs are so much better now!
Thank you for making me feel so warm and invited your studio is really lovely, I will be back again very soon and promise to try the stretching exercises that you gave me!
Sabine - written on Truelocal
Great massage in a beautiful room. It was as nice as any day spa I've visited. I felt so relaxed! Thanks!
Miniwombat - written on Truelocal
Thanks for the great massage.
Positive: Nice environment ... very relaxing and private atmosphere. Well trained and experienced massage therapist with myotherapy diploma. My back pain is gone. Also got some stretching and exercise tips. Will definitely come back.
Negative: Availability. Not cheap ... but worth every cent.
Tristan - written on Google Places
Very Relaxing and enjoyable Massage from Souri. I would recommend her to others.
Joanna - written on Google Places
Souri’s techniques are amazing. One of a kind and a must for all. I look forward to getting back there again.
You can choose between a Remedial Massage, Myotherapy Treatment, Relaxation Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Pregnancy Massage or a Hot Stone Massage. You can select different options in our store to personalise your gift voucher.
We have online payment facilities via Paypal (Visa, Mastercard). Shipment is only 2.50 per order or you can also pick up the voucher in Doncaster East, Melbourne.
Treat yourself or someone you care about to a massage today. Click here to go to our online store.
We got a lot of great entries:
Here are some examples:
my mother in law gets a chronically sore back from holding her 6 month old grandchild but she loves her too much not to, she always helps babysitting often at short notice and has really great advice.
I would like a hot stone massage because I'm feeling really run down and stressed and need something to help boost me back up.
My chance for the only relaxation from studious year of HSC. Perhaps one that I could think off to break free from my textbook and the failed massage chair that was import from china on ebay.
Motobike riders are often "naughty", and "stones" in the road are hazards, but this massage would be the perfect blend of "hot stones" smoothing out the "naughty" rider. )
I would love a hot stones massage because I'm feeling the streess of 2010, after straining my back in front of the tv with the world cup. Still hurts from then
I want a free hot stone massage beacuse I get these really stiff knots in my back from sitting at the computer all day. I go to the gym to try and excercise them out but I can't givee myself a massage.
I'd love to win a hot stone massage as I'm currently stressed to the max i'm in my last year of my doctorate of forensic psychology, i go to uni full time, do unpaid placements 3 days a week, run psych programs for offenders two nights a week, teach at deakin one day a week and work in retail two days a week. In my free time I write my thesis. Please help me!!
Id like to win a stone massage for my friend as she works incredibly hard as the manager of a retail store, as well as having to come home and look after her entire family. She only gets one day off a week and I know she'd LOVE to use it having a massage she so desperately needs! Thanks
feeling a little bit stale...need a mind and body freshen up for Spring and what better way to do that than relaxing with a Souri's Hot Stone Massage?!
This wet winter is making me low and lethargic, my arthritis is active and Im not. Some Souri stone treatment is what I need to put spring into my step.
Cath never stops working whether she is at work or home. I think she deserves a nice, relaxing unwind. What's in it for me? Well...a happy Cath is a happy Cam...
Because I love massage! And love it more when it free!!!
I deserve a free hot stone massage because 1) I SO DESERVE IT!!! and 2) BECAUSE I SO DESERVE IT!!! and 3) because I still feel sore from Zumba in certain places, ha ha!Seriously, if I win the free massage, not only will I be giving you free advertising via word of mouth to whoever will listen, you will have another regular customer like your Tuesday ones... well, almost as regular
I think I deserve a Hot Stone Massage because it definitely helps me to relax my body and soul especially after a long day of work.
The gift of giving would keep on going to win this for my mum as she's just a stone throw away from Doncaster East which is really sweet!
Cycling all the way out to Doncaster should be a good enough incentive to get stoned!
And the winner is ...
We found it very hard to choose the winner from all the great entries! So we have decided on 2 winners - Tiff (she begged for help!) and Ian's mum in law (how many guys speak about their mum in law like that!).
Thanks again for all entries - you will get another chance in our next competition.
Love life and smile lots
All you have to do is follow us on facebook (just click the button below and then the “like” button on our facebook page to follow us) and post the reason why you or someone you know deserves a Hot Stone Massage the most. That is all.
Hurry as entries close at
midnight Sunday 22nd of August 2010.
Winners will be notified at the latest by Sunday the 29th of August 2010 via facebook. Good luck!
So, in an effort to get back on the road to fitness, I gather a group of girlfriends who had also not experienced Zumba yet and headed for a class. I was very curious to see what many females were raving about. It involved music and dancing - it must be good. I am not ready to hit the gym or do anything else that is specifically designed as an exercise. Zumba may be the answer. I had attended a couple of salsa classes and loved it! I was even slightly good at it. This was going to be a breeze.
So I stand at the back of the class with my equally nervous friends. It's an all female night.
The instructor turns on the music and
starts us off on some easy first moves. Hey, so far so
good. Second song comes on and the instructor starts shaking
her hips like Shakira. She's good. The moves get harder and I am
reminded of my horrid experiences with aerobics in the
past where I couldn't keep up with the
moves. I vividly remembered a gay instructor
addressing me personally, via his headset
microphone, to please keep up and move in the right
So I shook my hips and shimmied my way as Shakira-like as I could through the rest of the class. I looked around me to see if I was the only uncoordinated one there. No. There were a few who were really good at it but the majority were there just as bad as I was. The difference was that they were enjoying it! And why not? There was a bit of salsa, hip-hop, bollywood moves and great music.
The class finishes finally, but not
before the instructor gathers us all to the middle of the room to
put our hands together and shout -
And after all that hip shaking and twirling, some of my back muscles are crying for help. I need a massage in Doncaster East!
I have now experienced Zumba and will not be going back for more. My girlfriends enjoyed themselves and one is keen to do more classes. For someone who is good with sports and loves hitting a dance floor, I failed miserably at Zumba.
The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times in India and China, and more recently by the North American Indians. Smooth, heated basalt (stones rich in iron which retains heat) or river stones (used because they are so smooth) are placed on key points of the body to relax muscles and increase blood flow in those areas.
The therapist then uses the warm stones
to massage the body at a depth which is requested by the
client. It may be of the lightest pressure, or deeper for
areas where there is a lot of tension. The warmth of the
stones may help to improve circulation, aid in
mental relaxation and accelerate the healing
People generally request a Hot Stone Massage for relaxation as they find the heat from the stones very comforting. Hot Stone Massage is great for people who feel the cold. People who would like relief from tension but only want light pressure would enjoy and benefit from a Hot Stone Massage at Souri’s Myotherapy & Massage in Doncaster East, Melbourne.
The heat from the hot stones also
allows the therapist to deliver a deeper massage to those in need
of deep tissue work.
Hot Stone Massage is also used to help a variety of conditions such as:
- Muscular aches and pains
- Poor Circulation
- Tension, stress and anxiety
Hot Stone Massage is not recommended for:
- People with infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
- People who have just had surgery
- Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
- People prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged.
- People with heart disease should consult with their doctor prior to booking a Hot Stone Massage
- Pregnant women should check with their doctor first before booking a Hot Stone Massage
Come and experience a Hot Stone Massage at Souri's Myotherapy and Massage which will be customized to your needs.
Give the gift of a Hot Stone Massage with a Souri's Myotherapy and Massage gift voucher to someone you care about.
Call Souri's Myotherapy and Massage for more information or to make an appointment.
You can reach Souri’s Myotherapy & Massage easy in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne (Doncaster East, Doncaster, Templestowe, Lower Templestowe, Park Orchards, Donvale, Blackburn, Blackburn North, Box Hill, Box Hill North, Balwyn, Surrey Hills, Mont Albert, Mont Albert North).
As there are so many different health funds and different levels of extra cover we recommend that you check with your health fund first.
The following health funds accept claims for Myotherapy and/or remedial massage treatments (depending on your cover):
• Australian Unity
• Grand United Health
• HBA/ Mutual Community
• Manchester Unity
• Medibank Private
Australian Health Management Group - AHM
• Australian Country Health
• Better Health
• Government Employees Health Fund
• Illawarra Health Fund
• Mutual Health
Australian Regional Health Group (ARHG)
• A.C.A Health Benefits Fund
• Cessnock District Health Benefits Fund
• CUA Health (former Credicare)
• Defence Health
• Health Care Insurance Ltd.
• Health Partners
• HIF WA
• Latrobe Health Services (Federation Health)
• Lysaght Peoplecare
• Mildura District Hospital Fund
• Navy Health Fund
• Phoenix Health Fund
• Queensland Country Health
• Railway & Transport Health Fund
• Reserve Bank Health Society
• St. Luke’s Health
• Teachers Federation
• Health Teachers Union
• Health Transport Health
• United Ancient Order of Druids Friendly Society
If you have any more questions feel free to give us a call at Souri’s Myotherapy and Massage in Doncaster East, Melbourne, VIC.
What is stress?
Stress is our body’s way of dealing with an increase in demand.
When we experience a high level of demand due to situations occurring around us (life, work or anything really), it can trigger an increase in energy, alertness and strength.
In some cases this is a healthy reaction, as it helps us to cope with a situation. It can also be harmful, especially when the stress is significant or prolonged. Emotional stress or stress from fatigue and over work can be detrimental to our physical and mental wellbeing.
What happens to people who are stressed?
Stress can affect both your body and your mind. Physical manifestations of stress can include headaches, aches and pains and feelings of exhaustion. But not only can they can make us physically sick, stress can result in significant reduction in motivation and mental wellbeing. Stress can also lead to serious mental health issues, especially if it is prolonged. People who are stressed can be irritable, angry and depressed, they can feel lost and overwhelmed and in some cases can be feel suicidal.
Ways to deal with stress
Some handy simple tips for dealing with stress:
• Take time to look after yourself physically and emotionally
• Allocate time for thing you enjoy or that make you happy
• Don’t place unnecessary pressure or expectations on yourself.
• Make time for friends and family amid other priorities– strong connections with loved ones are good for mental health.
• Make time for discussion about emotions within your family – make mental health a discussion point without judgment or stigma attached to it.
• Limit alcohol intake and use of other substances.
• If you feel your stress levels peaking take a few minutes of time out in a private place to assess the situation.
• Schedule both personal time for relaxation, and social time for getting involved in group activities.
Places to go for help
Studies show that if people seek out help, some can significantly alleviate issues of distress and negative mental health experiences:
• Talk to a trusted family member or friend, or a professional such as a GP or Psychologist.
• Connect with a helpline such as Lifeline’s 24 hour telephone counselling
service – 13 11 14.
• Utilise online self help resources. A number of organisations offer information and resources about mental health. Find out more or download a self help tool kit at www.lifeline.org.au
What can Souri’s Myotherapy and Massage do for you on Stress Down Day ... ???
How about a relaxing massage just to wind down? Relax a little bit and enjoy life ...
Update: Please be advised that on Stress down day all of our therapists are fully booked.
Gift Vouchers are available and appointments are still possible on the following weekend ( Sat 24th and Sun 25th July).
A few of these sites are:
Also listed on:
Manningham Business Directory
We are introducing our suburb pages for Melbourne. All of our surrounding suburbs of Doncaster East will get a little page to show you what is special there and how to get easily to Souri’s Myotherapy and Massage clinic.
- Box Hill
- Doncaster East
- Lower Templestowe
- Mont Albert
- Park Orchards
Book in your treatment today ... even when you live not in Doncaster East. We are conveniently located close to the Eastern Freeway.
This vitamin-like antioxidant compound which is present in all cells, is produced naturally in the body. Our bodies also produce free radicals (organic molecules responsible for tissue damage, ageing and possibly some diseases) during normal energy production.
As we get older we produce more of these free radicals. CoQ10 is an antioxidant which prevents cell damage due to free radical activity. We produce less CoQ10 as we age. This imbalance leads to a lot of damage in those whose bodies don’t produce enough of CoQ10 and other antioxidants.
CoQ10 is found in high levels within hard-working body tissues, especially in the heart. The level of CoQ10 becomes very low in people who suffer from heart disease, resulting in less energy for the heart to function normally.
It is not possible to acquire enough CoQ10 from diet alone. So, to increase the amount of antioxidants we need, a daily intake of a supplement is required.
Studies have been carried out on the affects of CoQ10 on:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Gum disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Male infertility
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Heart surgery
- Athletic performance
The studies have shown evidence that CoQ10 is effective on some of these conditions but not all benefits have been conclusively proven. Even if taken in high doses, there are no known side effects of CoQ10. Therefore it may be worth taking a daily supplement for those with any of the listed conditions, especially those with heart conditions, and to monitor the results.
It would be a good idea to seek medical advice before taking CoQ10 as certain cholesterol or blood sugar lowering drugs reduce the effects of CoQ10. The body’s response to warfarin and insulin may be changed by CoQ10 supplementation. CoQ10 is quite expensive compared to most supplements.
When you click on the banner you get to
page to register for the service which will start soon. That’s it.
I personally think that this is wrong advertising as they do not
have the specific offer at the moment and just want my email
address and registration to count me to their user base. Secondly I
am not a big fan of discounting services just to get first time
customers ... we at Souri’s Myotherapy & Massage prefer
fair prices for everybody and like to reward our long term clients.
Good therapists will not discount their services.
Update: Livingsocial is now live with some massage deals. Let me know what you think about it. Any good experiences?
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What is Remedial Massage?
When muscles and tendons become damaged or impaired, knotted and tense or immobile, Remedial Massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or shallow.
Remedial massage holistically treats the whole body and traces the discomfort as far as possible back to the original cause, healing both the cause of the disorder as well as the symptoms.
Remedial Massage Technique
It uses several specialised techniques to locate and repair damage and to support and speed up the body's own repair mechanisms. The massage is applied directly to the skin using a lubricating medium, usually oil, which ensures that the muscles associated with the disorder and mobilisation of the joint are deeply penetrated. Passive stretching moves are also used.
Benefits of Remedial Massage
Key benefits of Remedial Massage include: the stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed; the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort; and the toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility. An improvement to the health of the cells, the repairing of tissues, and the easing of stiffness and tension can also be experienced through therapeutic relaxation.
Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often treated with Remedial Massage include Fibrositis, Spondylitis, Arthritis, frozen shoulder, muscular cramps, Whiplash, muscular atrophy, sports and dancing injuries.
Remedial massage available at Souri’s Myotherapy & Massage in Doncaster East, Melbourne - Restore Balance to Your Body.
Need a great present? We now have glossy gift vouchers available. Treat yourself or someone you care about to a massage today. You find more information here: Gift Vouchers
Or do you need a myotherapy or massage gift voucher to hide it with the easter eggs and bunny. Unfortunately we have not yet setup our web shop that you can order online. Just give us a call and we can send you a voucher per mail or email as a pdf. Vouchers are valid for 1 year and cost $80 for a 1 hour massage or myotherapy treatment.
We finally got our new website up to give you some more information around our little Myotherapy and Massage clinic.
Here you will find soon some helpful information around different topics ...
- Myotherapy & Massage
- Health & Food
and many more interesting topics.