I’m Tim, the remedial massage therapist at Time & Space Therapies.

I hold a Diploma of Remedial Massage and am registered with the Association of Massage Therapists.

I also hold a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy and am provisionally registered with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

What types of massage are available?

I offer a range of approaches, suited specifically to your needs.

I typically use a high-quality, unscented, water-dispersible oil for all my massages, but please let me know if you’d prefer no oil. [If you’re concerned about allergies, the ingredients are: Sunflower seed oil, Rice bran oil, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 85 and Tocopherol (vitamin E).]

Remedial massage

The term ‘remedial massage’ typically refers to a massage treatment for a particular musculoskeletal problem.

This is the type of massage for which private health rebates are available.

A remedial massage may focus on one or two particular areas of the body, and might include techniques such as frictions, ‘trigger point’ releases, joint loosening, and passive and active stretching.

It may also involve more talking than you’re used to in a massage, as it’s important for me to get a really clear picture of your experience of pain or muscle dysfunction.

I might also recommend some stretches or other lifestyle changes to help address the problem.

For people with chronic pain, it will also likely include some education on pain management and perhaps some mindfulness strategies.

Massage for mental health

Massage can help to improve your mood and reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

It also offers a time-out from the stress of modern life, helping the nervous system to shift from ‘fight or flight’ to ‘rest and digest’.

This type of massage is more likely to include the whole body but may focus on particular areas where tension is being held. It will typically feature a slow rhythm, a little less pressure and less talking than a remedial massage. I recommend a treatment time of 75-120 minutes.

It might also include some time off the table learning about and practising mindfulness approaches such as mindful breathing, sensory awareness, body awareness and mindful meditation.

Please note: massage for mental health is not counselling, nor is it intended as a substitute for counselling or psychological treatment.

Unfortunately, private health insurance rebates are not available for massage as a treatment for mental health maintenance.

Relaxation massage

If you’re like me, the enjoyment and relaxing effects of getting a massage are reason enough to get one. You don’t actually need any other reason.

This type of massage will include the whole body, and will typically feature long strokes, a consistent rhythm, less pressure and less talking than a remedial massage. For real relaxation, I recommend session lengths of 60 minutes or more.

Unfortunately, private health insurance rebates are not available for relaxation massage.

For more about my approach to massage, please visit the Time & Space Philosophy page.

Where is Time & Space Therapies?

Tim massages from a lovely home-based studio in Murrumbeena, in Melbourne’s south-east, and also offers mobile services within a 10km radius of Murrumbeena for an extra fee.

How much does it cost?

The rates for massage services are as follows:

30 mins        $65 full / $40 concession (+ $20 for mobile service)

45 mins        $80 full / $55 concession (+ $20 for mobile service)

60 mins        $95 full / $70 concession (+ $20 for mobile service)

75 mins        $110 full / $85 concession (+ $20 for mobile service)

90 mins        $125 full / $100 concession (+ $20 for mobile service)

120 mins     $155 full / $130 concession (+ $20 for mobile service)

Concession discounts are available on presentation of a current:

  • Concession or Seniors Myki,
  • Health Care Card issued by Centrelink,
  • Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink,
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card issued by Centrelink, or
  • Seniors Card.

Remedial services can be claimed on private health insurance, and the gap amount depends on your specific policy. Most policies offer a rebate between one and three quarters of the total cost of a treatment.

Important note

Tim does not offer massage therapy to clients who see him for counselling. Concurrent massage therapy and counselling at Time & Space Therapies is strictly prohibited. Among other things, this helps to:

  • maintain clear professional boundaries,
  • maximise the benefits of the work, and
  • maintain a more balanced power differential.

In certain circumstances, at the therapist’s discretion, clients receiving massage therapy may transfer to counselling, on the explicit understanding that they will not be able to receive massage therapy from that point forward. Generally, clients who request counselling will be encouraged and assisted to seek counselling from a different practitioner.