I sat down with our highly sought after Massage Therapist and Kinesiologist Camila Goncalves to find out a little bit more about her and what she does best.
What is holisitic kinesiology?
Kinesiology is a practice that relies on the philosophy that under the right conditions the body has the ability to heal itself. Kinesiology uses muscular testing to determine if there are imbalances in the body’s structural, chemical or emotional energy. It then works to re-balance this energy effecting muscles, hormones, organs and bones helping to combat old ailments and prevent new ones. In practical terms I usually say Kinesiology has the benefits of Acupuncture (with no needles), Psychology, Massage and Naturopathy all combined.
What lead you towards kinesiology?
I have always believed the body was more than just a structural system. I have been researching the body and mind for the past 15 years, this is my life’s passion. I was looking for a way to link the body, the mind, and our individual spiritual path. I chose Kinesiology because it treats the individual in the most holistic manner, aligning both the physical and energetic systems. This way we can explore the unseen factors affecting our wellbeing, such as unresolved situations from the past, emotions and stress which the body stores in our cells and body structures.
How can kinesiology benefit someone?
Kinesiology is a natural method of treatment which can benefit the individual’s health in a myriad of ways. It recognises that everyone is unique. What may be good for you, might not be as beneficial for someone else.
For example, some experts say eating meat is good for you while others say it is bad for you. Yet they can still both be correct, it really depends who they are talking to. Often these messages are directed at a large audience, and the information that is being presented can’t possibly be true for everyone.
Kinesiology finds out what is best for you as a whole, it considers your blood type, your lifestyle, all your symptoms instead of just isolated factors.
What would you say to someone who is sceptical about kinesiology?
I have seen first-hand the many benefits of kinesiology. My clients feel and see the results every day. In current times there really has been a shift towards natural and alternative medicine. We are now beginning to search for more effective and long-term solutions for our health. As well as beginning to understand the enormous role our mind plays in our well-being.
You also are a massage therapist, what do you enjoy about massage?
I enjoy that it is a time where my clients can focus on themselves and take a break from their fast paced lives. Regardless of the style of massage I am using, even if it is deep tissue, it will send a relaxation message to the brain and nervous system. It allows my clients to maintain a better focus at work, perform better in their chosen sports/hobbies and remain injury and pain free. I also love the positive effects that massage has on those who suffer from anxiety and depression.
Can I combine massage and kinesiology?
Yes, most definitely! Massage and kinesiology work extremely well together. This is especially the case for conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, lower back pain, neck pain, anxiety, depression and hormonal imbalances.
How often should a client be seeing you?
It varies depending on the clients’ individual needs and condition. If there is an acute condition to treat I may see them up to twice a week. As a general rule for maintenance I recommend that clients make appointments every 2-4 weeks.
What is your most common complaint?
The most common complaint I get in the clinic is lower back pain and neck pain, which often leads to headaches and migraines. I also have a large number clientele who suffer from hormonal imbalances which causes them to feel fatigued and experiencing lowered vitality.
Can people get health fund rebates?
Yes, most health funds offer a rebate for massage and kinesiology. It is best to check with your individual fund to determine what you are covered for.
Can a pregnant woman get a massage?
Most definitely! As a general guide I choose to only massage women after the first trimester of pregnancy. This is a completely safe and beneficial experience for both mother and baby. I really enjoy massaging pregnant women as it is a great opportunity for the mother to relax and really take some time to connect with her growing baby, whilst also getting all the benefits of a therapeutic massage.