About Dale Christoff (Remedial Massage Therapist)
- Diploma of Remedial Massage (HLT 50307)
- Qualified Strain-Counterstrain Therapist
- Member Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT)
Dale has been practicing as a Remedial Massage Therapist since 2010. He is dedicated to providing effective science-based treatments for muscle, spinal and joint problems, and is particularly interested in the scientific approach to treating pain.
‘I believe that, once you have a thorough understanding of how a client’s body is working, and have then tailored the right treatment for them, the vast majority of muscle and joint stiffness and pain can be effectively treated. I like to give my full focus and attention to my client’s condition when I am treating them, yet still create a very warm and friendly experience at the same time.’
What do I do?
‘If you have any body aches and pains, or if something feels out of place, then please come and see me. My greatest strengths are in
- Helping people suffering from chronic / persistent pain
- Back, neck and shoulder issues, including headaches / migraines
- Hip and pelvic issues, including sciatica
- General muscle and joint issues
- Pregnancy and postnatal realignment, and support for maternal aches and pain
- Manual lymphatic drainage
I work by determining the underlying causes for many musculo-skeletal and connective tissue problems, and then developing a treatment program designed to relax the muscle tension, decrease the pain, increase range of motion, and restore the right balance to the soft tissue structures of the body.
I am qualified as a Strain-Counterstrain Therapist. This is a very gentle approach which is great for people who feel pain with even light touch. In many ways this technique has similarities to Bowen Therapy. It is a form of positional release technique, and works by improving poor communication between the brain and muscles. It is very compatible with other therapies, and can easily be woven into any of my treatments.’
‘Before studying massage I worked in landscaping. Years of heavy work led to lower back pain that at one point had me lying flat on my back for two weeks, unable to even put on my shoes. It took 6 weeks before I was back to normal duties. As I attempted to find ways to manage my ongoing episodes, I tried Remedial Massage and was impressed by how much it helped me resolve my pain and allowed me to continue working.
In hindsight I realised that if I had sought Remedial Massage earlier it wouldn’t have taken me 6 weeks to get back to work.
For my wife also, Remedial Massage has been the most effective way we’ve found to support and correctly align her body during pregnancy, for optimal birth, and while caring for newborns. It has been great for our children as well, to manage and align their growing bodies as they juggle active lifestyles with sitting at school desks for hours.
I realised this was my true calling; I wanted to help people the way my family had been helped.
During my massage career I have spent time working alongside chiropractors and have also been mentored by physiotherapists. As a result I have a wealth of knowledge and experience that have moulded me into a highly effective therapist.’
What to Expect
‘During your initial appointments I will usually perform a detailed assessment to fully understand your unique case, which may include a postural analysis and orthopaedic assessment.
Healing should happen naturally; if your body is struggling I would love to help you find a way to resolve what is holding your body back.’