Meet our newest practitioner, Mandy!


Everyone give a big warm welcome to Mandy, our brand new practitioner in the Barossa. She’s jumped on board not only to treat while Tania’s having a well-deserved break in America, but to open up more appointments for all of you wonderful patients!

Mandy completed her Diploma in Remedial Massage in 2009, and has since spent 5 years working in the SANFL for Woodville West Torrens and the Port Adelaide Magpies A-grade teams. She’s seen her fair share of up and coming legends, as well and AFL players returning to the SANFL. 

Mandy is a Tanunda local, and has lived here almost her whole life, except for her time in with the SANFL. She currently is working with the Tanunda Football Club teams as a Sports Trainer and Massage Therapist, as well as the Tanunda Lutheran Aged Care Home, helping to care for over 100 patients.

With a huge background in sporting injuries, treatment and prevention, Mandy loves a good challenge, as well as helping every day people overcome any injuries or simply maintaining their good health.

You can book in to see Mandy all day Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as regular Saturdays in the Barossa.

Book now HERE, or call us on 8418 3812.



Massage Therapist jailed for indecent assault

Just recently in the news, it was reported a ‘We Massage’ Massage Therapist was jailed for indecently assaulting 2 women who had trusted him in his care as a supposed ‘health professional’.

As a diploma qualified and experienced (15+ years) remedial massage therapist, I’m disgusted with another tarring of our profession.

Unfortunately, unlike the physiotherapy profession, at this point in time, we (the massage industry) are unable to stop anyone calling themselves a ‘massage therapist’.

Our national body, the Australian Association of Massage Therapist (AAMT) fights strongly for professionalism in our industry but public perception is so wide and varied, much like the quality and qualifications (if any formal training) of practitioners.

The only weapon we have as a profession (that I can see) is improving community awareness in how to differentiate a legitimate massage practitioner from a dodgy ‘therapist’.

When our clients move or need to travel interstate, they always ask me how to find a high quality, qualified practitioner while they are away. These are the guidelines I recommend to anyone looking for a quality practitioner:

- Do they hold a Diploma of Remedial Massage from a registered training organisation (RTO) or, at a minimum, a government recognised Certificate 4 in Massage?

- Did they gain their qualification online? BEWARE of qualifications gained via external study. Very little hands-on and face to face training is required. RIDICULOUS for a hands-on industry! You can’t learn massage safely and effectively watching a DVD.

- Are they a member of a national body such as the AAMT?

- Are they insured? Look for professional indemnity and public liability insurance as a minimum.

- Do they hold a current Senior First Aid certificate (a minimum requirement for any massage therapist to gain membership with a quality national body)

- Can you claim your treatment on your health insurance?

- Do they have HICAPS (on the spot health fund claiming) and EFTPOS facilities? (This shows a higher level of service and professionalism)

- What experience do they have?

- If you have a trusted health professional (doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath, podiatrist), ask them who they recommend – this is one of the BEST ways to find a trusted practitioner.

Practitioners will still vary widely with their treatment approach (we’re not robots, after all) but if you follow all the points above, you should be confident your massage practitioner is legitimate and you will be safe in their care.

I have SO much more to say on this topic as dodgy practitioners INFURIATE me! Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in the hands of their health professional.

How have you found a great, legitimate practitoner?

Leave a comment or email us at

Holly Hicks
Owner, Bodyline Health International
(aka legitimate remedial massage company with qualified and experienced remedial massage practitioners!)

Do you live near Unley Road?

Do you live near Unley Road? We have good news for you! Hayley & Tania are now available at Malvern, for Remedial & Sports Massage Therapy.

We’re working closely with the wonderful practitioners at Move Physiotherapy & Pilates, so we can provide a range of treatments and services, ensuring you get back to your best as quickly as possible. Move specialises in headache physiotherapy, pregnancy & post-natal physiotherapy and Pilates, as well as many other areas.

Hayley & Tania have appointments available Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings. To book an appointment, give us a call on 8418 3812, or you can book online here.

If an after hours or weekend appointment would work better for you, then fear not! We have a wide range of times available at our clinic at the SA Sports Medicine Centre on South Terrace, which just a 5 minute drive down the road from Move.


Update on Christmas Hours

Reception hours over the holidays will be slightly reduced from 24th December - January 10th. For any bookings or inquiries, please call between 9am – 3pm, Monday – Friday (fear not, we will still be treating outside these hours). Alternatively, you can email us at, or make a booking online here.

Monday 23rd December – OPEN

Tuesday 24th December – OPEN

Wednesday 25th December – Wednesday 1st January 2014 – CLOSED

Thursday 2nd January – OPEN (reduced hours)

Friday 3rd January – OPEN (reduced hours)

Saturday 4th January – OPEN (reduced hours)

Monday 6th January – OPEN as usual

Update on Chirstmas Hours

Need a last minute gift idea?

Does a friend or family member need to loosen up this Christmas? Get them a massage voucher! Our remedial & sports massage vouchers are available for purchase in person, over the phone or online here. One treatment never enough? Give a massage pack! 

Looking for a great gift under $20? Get your hands on our Trigger Balls! (No, not Jingle Bells!) Perfect for anyone who loves a massage.

Need more info or help purchasing a gift voucher, massage pack or trigger balls? We’re here to help. Call us on 8418 3812, click here, or email us at

Trigger balls & Gift Vouchers

Did someone say Christmas?

Did someone say ‘Christmas’? Wow, how time flies! I read a funny quote recently that said ‘You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle a rainy day, an ill loved one and their Christmas lights!’ Made me giggle. Especially as I’d completely forgotten if I’d carefully wrapped up the Christmas lights from last year or just chucked them in the box! “JOEL!”

This will be our last year without a mini Joel/ Holly around the place so I’ve made an extra special effort to put the nice Christmas decorations low on the tree and am just absorbing how clean and tidy the house is. It may never be the same again. But, I love Christmas and the best part, for me, is seeing the faces of my little nieces and nephews light up when they see the presents under the tree on Christmas morning. Truly magical. That’s what I’m looking forward to next year (or perhaps the year after… mini Joel/ Holly might be a tad too young to know/ care next year!).

Christmas is also a good time to reflect and be grateful for the year that’s been. As with anyone, we’ve had our ups and downs this year. Our whole team were touched by tragedy in 2013, as were many patients and friends. I’m grateful for such a wonderful team who are strong and supportive of each another. It’s a timely reminder that time waits for no-one. If you’ve been sitting on an idea or passion in 2013, get it started. You never know where it might lead.

To all our wonderful patients, customers, class attendees and workshop participants, thank you for supporting us this year. We literally don’t exist without you! I hope we’ve been able to help you throughout 2013 and we look forward to helping you achieve your best in 2014.

We’re very fortunate to have an awesome support network in the physio’s and practitioners at South Terrace and Malvern with SA Sports Medicine Centre, Move Physiotherapy and Pilates and MyPod Podiatry. In Tanunda, we are very grateful to share the building with all the lovely ladies and volunteers at The Hub (we will NEVER be lonely or go hungry there!).

To Elyse, Tania, Hayley, Vicki and Flick – it’s been a real pleasure working with you in 2013. You’re such talented, committed professionals and a supportive team. I’m very proud to be working with you all. We have many exciting new plans for 2014 and I can’t wait to get stuck into it with you next year!

From everyone at Bodyline Health Int, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas, filled with many beautiful moments and happy memories. We sincerely wish each and every one of you a happy and healthy 2014.

Love, Holly x



Fun with Foam Rollers!


Fun with foam rollers – 12 things you can do with your foam roller!

  1. Alleviate boredom: chase the dog around the house with it (or small children, preferably your own) – childish but very amusing
  2. Use the Force: Pretend you’re a Jedi and the foam roller is your Light Saber
  3. Be Tom Hanks: Tie several together to make a floating raft
  4. Protect your car: cut large rollers in half and line a section your garage where you would open your door to prevent dings and scratches
  5. Summer fun: Pool toy
  6. Be a Jetson: 2 small foam rollers tied together makes a great pretend jet pack
  7. Ski: 1 long foam roller attached to each foot could work for both water and snow
  8. Art Deco bedside tables: small foam rollers stood vertically each side of the bed
  9. Bike park: 2 large foam rollers with a small gap in the middle to allow for your bike to cruise straight in and park
  10. Improve your batting skills: Use your foam roller as a replacement for a baseball bat – it’s much harder to strike out!
  11. Move heavy objects: Lie a couple of foam rollers on the ground and roll whatever object you need to move over them. It’ll stop you straining your back from heavy lifting.
  12. Give the gift of health: Everyone could use a foam roller in their lives. If you’re out of gift ideas for your friends and family this Christmas, grab a foam roller! Happiness is guaranteed.

NB: As clever as these uses are, they are meant for fun. Roll responsibly.

Ok, so perhaps you might also like some serious, helpful information about how you can use foam rollers for their intended purpose – stretching and massage.

There’s a bunch of information out there on the inter-web (see our how-to videos here) on how to use a foam roller.

How to roll effectively

1.       Relax When you roll, you’re essentially aiming to release tension of the soft tissues (so muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, etc). Soft tissue needs time to release and when using a roller, soft tissue needs to be relaxed, not tense. By relaxed, I mean you can’t be rolling so hard that you’re tensing the very area you’re trying to release. It’s completely futile, don’t waste your time. If you find this the case for you, reduce the pressure or weight you have in contact with the roller.

2.       Slow down If you try and sneak in a cheeky 5 minute roll at the end of your training or session, you might as well not bother. As mentioned above, soft tissue needs time to release. You’ll experience far less pain and a much more effective rolling session once you slow down. Be the tortoise, not the hare.

3.       No pain, no gain There is only a smidgen of truth to this when it comes to rolling. Foam rollers can be brutal and incredibly painful but you can avoid unnecessary pain by following the golden rule of EFFECTIVE foam rolling – refer to point #1.

4.        Breathe As tempting as it is to hold your breath, especially as many areas can be tender, you’re not doing yourself any favours turning into a smurf. If you find yourself doing this, refer to point #1.

Most important areas for athletes to roll

1.       Quadriceps: This is the big muscle group at the front of the thigh. It helps straighten the leg by extending the knee and flexes the hip (brings knee towards chest). The muscle group responsible for the majority of your cycling workload.

2.       Illiotibial Band (ITB): This dense, fibrous tissue runs along the outside of the thigh and helps stabilse the knee joint. Due to the bio-mechanics of body positioning while riding, this area is very susceptible to tightening up.

3.       Gluteals: Your butt muscles – very powerful. As a group, the glutes help stabilse the pelvis and maintain proper leg alignment. Combined with hamstrings, contributes to a significant amount of your power output when cycling.

4.       Hamstrings: The large muscle group at the back of the thigh. It does the opposite to the Quadricep group – flexes the knee to bend your leg and brings your heel towards your butt and extends your hip (moves your leg backwards).

5.       Calves: Two-headed muscle at the back of the lower leg. Plantar flexes the foot (think of how your foot works when using the accelerator in your car – you plant your foot down. Same goes to help you peddle.

6.       Thoracic: Your upper back. Being bent over on a bike for sometime puts strain on your upper back and neck (always looking for pesky cars) so it is important to release this area sufficiently after a ride.

Need to get your roll-on?

Email us at by 5pm Monday December 16th to score yourself a large foam roller for only $60! Bargain! We only have 5 available at this price, so first in, first served!

Make sure you this article to take advantage of these awesome deals! Happy rolling!

Holly, Owner/ Remedial Massage Therapist, Bodyline Health Int.


Avoiding stress & headaches these holidays


In the last part of the year life gets pretty busy!  No real surprise that stress levels start to rise when you consider that students are studying for exams and finishing off course work with deadlines looming, teachers are busily working through marking and report writing, and the rest of us are finalising our own work for the year’s end in addition to the craziness that our busy social lives bring with them.

Normally, stress results in short term increases in cortisol levels in our body, which has the great effect of helping us deal with the acute situation before us.  Unfortunately though in our society these stressful events tend to last longer and longer, and so with persistent high cortisol levels we start to see an effect on our health and well being.

In my experience these often manifest in conditions like headache, back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions flaring up.  In other words, it may not be the old back injury getting worse, but in fact the stress levels rising that makes us FEEL it more.  This isn’t helped by the muscle tension which we often feel in times of chronic stress also.

So, what to do about it?  Well, every situation is different, but here are some tips:

Stay active – a little bit of exercise on a regular basis is POWERFUL.  It helps reduce our stress levels and gives you time to clear your head.  Warm mornings are ideal to get up a bit earlier and maybe ride or walk to work.  IF you catch a bus, maybe get off one stop earlier or park the car a bit further away and walk the rest of the way.  You’ll feel better for it.

Eat healthily – enjoy the festive season but don’t over indulge.  Same goes with alcohol.  Do you really want to be the one at the Christmas party to be remembered for dancing the lamp shade on your head anyway?

Take time – schedule some me time, however short, to stretch, meditate, relax and breathe!

Get help – headaches, stress, back pain sometimes need more than what you can do for yourself.  Give yourself an early Christmas pressie and schedule a massage or visit a health care professional to address those tight joints and muscles.

About the author: Peter Tziavrangos is owner of Move Physiotherapy and Pilates Studio.  He has a special interest in managing back pain and headaches, using a combination of manual therapy and exercise.

He can be contacted via email – or for appointments, via phone 83735655.

Massage & Exercise

Is it safe to exercise after massage? – Holly Hicks, Bodyline Health Remedial & Sports Massage Specialist

“How long should I wait to exercise after a massage?”

This is a common question raised by our more active patients and one we thought deserved highlighting. As the warmer weather kicks in, we’re noticing more and more people taking part in new and different activities.

So, when can you exercise after massage, or indeed, should you at all?

Advanced Rolfer Ray Bishop, of Atlanta, Georgia, recommends clients avoid strenuous exercise for at least twenty -four hours after a bodywork session. “Exercising after a session can both increase muscle soreness and compromise the value of the soft-tissue work you’ve just received,” he says. “By strenuous exercise, I mean activities such as running, weight lifting, high intensity aerobics, or power yoga classes.

Light exercise such as moderate walking, gentle stretching, or swimming laps at an easy pace is okay for healthy individuals. One widely accepted view in favour of this twenty-four-hour recovery period is that sustained pressure on connective tissue makes it more gel-like. The technical term for this change is thixotropic effect. This state of increased softness lasts about twenty-four hours, so high-intensity exercise may pull or move the tissue back to old patterns or even induce new strain patterns.

“I usually suggest you take it easy that evening and the following day. To further reduce any bodywork-related soreness, drink at least two litres of water in the next twenty-four hours to hydrate and flush your system. Take a hot Epsom salt bath and drink gently calming teas such as chamomile or passionflower to facilitate sleep and reduce stress that is so commonly seen as a contributing factor in chronic muscle tension and soreness. If you’re dealing with an injury, these guidelines would have to be adjusted, but these basic suggestions seem to work well for most of my clients.

“I do find that healthy people who exercise vigorously five to six days a week sometimes find even these modest recommendations quite challenging. If you’re one of these people, I recommend you work out before your session and then take it easy afterward.” By Ray Bishop

Originally published in Body Sense magazine, Spring/Summer 2007. Copyright 2007. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.

Got a gruelling training schedule that doesn’t quite fit with the text-book style of massage and exercise? All Bodyline Health Int. practitioners are trained to support your training schedule, not interfere with it. Find out how we can help you train better for an event; call to speak to one of our practitioners on 8418 3812 or email us at

Hayley’s Rundown of the SA Women’s Masters Hockey Championships

Hayley at the SA Women's Masters Hockey Championships

Hayley at the SA Women’s Masters Hockey Championships

To connect with Hayley, click here! To book an appointment with Hayley, book online here.

Massaging at the SA Women’s Masters Championships wow! What a bunch of fun crazy dedicated ladies. From the first day we were there it was crazy. Not knowing too much about hockey apart from a dabble in the sport in my younger school years, I quickly learnt it was a very social game. All of the ladies I spoke to had played their entire life and everyone I massaged had at least 1 massive bruise or clusters of bruises and seemed to have an exciting story about getting hit with the ball or stick especially in the head.

Many teams had ‘fines’ which their punishment was to wear a fairy costume or a ridiculous hat. I’m sure it would have been hilarious to see a bunch of ladies, 1 dressed in a fairy costume shopping in the Adelaide Central Markets.

Massaging from behind the bench we had front row seats to the games and were amongst all of the action, team cheering and team spirit. Not only did the players take advantage of the massage but the umpires jumped in as well. There were a few sore legs after umpiring up to 2 games a day for a week. The general pain complaints of the hockey ladies were not surprisingly hamstring and lower back.

What I most enjoyed was being amongst the atmosphere and being inspired by ladies in their 60’s getting out there and still loving their sport with no intentions to give up.

Treating at events such as hockey is a really fun environment. Over the past year we have also treated regional and local football clubs, championship swimmers teams and triathlons. I’m looking forward to the Gatti triathlon series, Tania, Holly and myself will be down there massaging the tired legs next Sunday the 24th of November. Hopefully we will see you there.

Hayley Yeomans

Remedial & Sports Massage Therapist

Bodyline Health International