Remedial & Therapeutic Massage

When was the last time you had a massage?


  • How long have you been in pain for?
  • Are you a busy mum and suffer from overwhelm?
  • Do you work on your fitness yet always have tight or sore muscles?
  • Is your body getting more and more tense and inflexible?
  • What about that headache, is it becoming chronic?

Then it is time for a relaxing and rejuvenating massage!

The Purple House have been soothing aches and pains and correcting muscle imbalances for residents of Devonport, Ulverstone, Penguin & Burnie for more than 20 years. What sets us apart from other remedial massage providers on the north west coast?  It’s our focus of getting to the core of your issues to help relieve pain whether that be from sciatica, arthritis, neck and back pain, headaches, digestive or hormonal upsets and also help you to correct structural imbalances. Pain is a symptom, not a cause and therefore if massage is not performed holistically, the benefits, while profound, might only be short lived.  Your massage therapist will be able to give you resources, tips & recommendations to help you stay well and avoid recurrence!  In quite a number of cases involving first time massage clients the therapist will intuitively identify deeper issues worthy of a follow up combination consultation.  Read more about the combination consultation so that you can have a better understanding of the benefits.

There is now a good body of scientific research proving that remedial massage and it’s various accompanying modalities are effective in managing:

  • lower back pain, whether it be acute from a recent injury or chronic long term pain
  • delayed onset muscle soreness – the muscle pain experienced in the days following unaccustomed exertion
  • stress & anxiety – muscle fibres react to anxiety
  • soft tissue injuries – whether it be work-related or a sports/exercise injury
  • insomnia – whether related to stress, hormonal or work shift work changes, short-term or chronic pain.

Remedial massage and other modalities such as Reflexology are also used therapeutically to provide relief for people with a chronic disease or life threatening illness such as cancer or diabetes.

What Are the Major Benefits of Massage?

One of the immediate benefits of massage is an overwhelming feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins – the brain chemicals that produce feelings of wellbeing.

Levels of stress hormones responsible for our fight or flight response, such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. It’s now well recognised by science and medical researchers that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system and long term activation of these hormones leads to chronic illness. Regular massages help to achieve and maintain homeostasis – the human body’s natural state of balance without the use of chemicals or drugs.

There are many proven benefits of massage and its various modalities, including but not limited to:

  • stimulation of the lymphatic system
  • reduced muscle tension
  • increased joint mobility and flexibility
  • improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
  • reduced anxiety and depression
  • improved circulation
  • reduction of stress hormones
  • heightened mental alertness

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Different Types of Massage Offered at the Purple House

Therapeutic needs vary from person-to-person and our massage therapists use a combination of methods based on an individual’s needs at the time of assessment. At the Purple House, our health fund approved therapists will combine different types of massage into a session; it’s basically tailored to your individual circumstances. A massage at the Purple House may include a combination of the following:

  • Remedial Massage is used to ‘remediate’, to correct or improve a biomechanical dysfunction or injury. The therapist will aim to balance the length, tone and tension of muscles and tendons, which restores the correct position of the bones, increases blood flow and helps heal injuries. 
  • Therapeutic Massage – also known as ‘Swedish’ massage, this is one of the most popular forms of massage and is primarily designed to promote relaxation and improve blood circulation.
  • Lymphatic Drainage – a gentle whole body treatment which relaxes the nervous system and aids the body’s immune system, Lymphatic drainage is a technique designed to stimulate the flow of lymph (a fluid that transports white blood cells, oxygen, and nutrients to tissues throughout the body).
  • Aromatherapy – uses essential oils added to the massage oil for their particular therapeutic properties. For example, the scent of sandalwood or lavender is known to reduce nervous tension and stress.
  • Reflexology –  Reflex points, which relate to all parts of the body, can be found in the feet, hands, face and ears. These points respond to pressure, stimulating the body’s own natural healing process. The best thing about reflexology however, is that it feels absolutely divine and you will walk out of our treatment rooms in a state of bliss. While Reflexology is traditionally a form of bodywork, it should not be mistaken as a foot massage. The history of reflexology goes back more than 2000 years to China but modern technology such as brain imaging has shown how various parts of the brain light up when reflexology is applied in corresponding points on the feet or hands. At the Purple House, our Reflexology practitioners are highly trained and apply its benefits in combination with other energy medicines such as kinergetics. For this reason, a reflexology appointment needs to be booked under a Combination Consultation.

Grada’s personal massage experience.

The other day we were enjoying a nice meal with a group of friends at our dinner table when one of my friends declared that “a massage is enjoyable but had never helped him overcome any of his health problems”. As he was saying this he was scratching his ears (my mind thinks: food allergies?) and his nose (parasites?). I kept on chewing my food and said nothing, but inside I was protesting furiously. However, I learnt long ago that if you want to have any friends and family left you have to learn to bite your tongue. This can be quite difficult at times because my eyes are trained to pick up any potential health flaws in the people I mix with, and the back of my mind never stops thinking like a therapist. But you can’t afford sprouting your health solutions when nobody has asked for it. (a pity really!)

Afterwards I couldn’t help thinking how fantastic massage really is. Every day we experience small and great miracles in the work we do. That is what keeps us going. Over the years we have seen people with every health problem under the sun, and I dare to say that at least 95% felt a great improvement from having massages.

Recovering from a serious accident and Post Traumatic Stress.

Take me for instance. I had noticed that I had developed some pain and stiffness in my neck. Seeing that it had been broken in 2006 I assumed that I had grown some bone spurs or developed scar tissue in between my vertebrae. Yes, I am the world’s best catastrophiser! I had already made up my mind that nothing could be done about it, so I didn’t even mention to my therapist at the Purple House, when she questioned me before the start of my massage. Her hands however immediately found all the right spots and before I knew it, an hour had passed and I had to get back to work. It was only 2 days later that I realised my neck pain had completely vanished!

I knew I was onto something good here, so I re-booked with her the following week. I told her how good my neck felt, but forgot to tell her about my niggling headaches. I had already visualised a brain tumour and brain tumours are not something you can help with a massage. Well, I was wrong, because I felt as good as new the next morning and I haven’t had a headache since then. I guess it hadn’t been a brain tumour after all!


The easiest way to book your massage session, any time of the day or night, is by using our online booking app. Click the button below to book an appointment. From this screen you can select your preferred therapist or the next available therapist. We also have a booking app that you can install on your iPhone or Google Android phone.

1/2 hour $80 | 1 hour $95

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ph_bowenBowen Therapy

Bowen is a version of holistic remedial massage technique that focuses on the soft connective tissue (fascia) of the body. Bowen therapy can be used to treat musculoskeletal or related neurological problems including acute sports injuries and chronic or organic conditions. It dissolves pain and energy blocks that are caused by stress, injury or disease.

The freeing up of the energy flow boosts your immune system and restores healthy energy levels. A very gentle yet effective technique suitable for newborns to the elderly and relieves anything from chronic pain to hay fever, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel and constipation. This modality was created by Tom Bowen from Victoria and is now practised world wide!

During the treatment you may stay fully dressed. Expect to drop into a deeply meditative state within minutes and feel completely refreshed after the session.

1/2 hour $80 | 1 hour $95

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Combination Consult

Are you stuck, stressed or in pain? You know that you need some sort of help, but don’t know where to start? A combination healing session at the Purple House is a great option and a real eyeopener.

If your pain is of an emotional/spiritual nature, your therapist works with you using new generation energy medicine. Stress and confusion is cleared from the subconscious (computer hard drive) in a pain free way. If your pain is related to your digestion, we can look at your live and dried blood, as well as your diet and lifestyle. You may also receive some mineral and energy corrections which will create positive changes in your body and circumstances immediately. With decades of experience in the field of functional nutrition and clinical intuitive work, we are global leaders in the wellness and transformational industry. A combination consult is our most referred option, particularly for new clients.

What is a Combination Consult?

A combination consultation can include one, two or as many of the different modalities listed below as you and your therapist prefer. At your appointment discuss with your therapist what you would like, or what problem areas you would like to focus on and then a suitable treatment plan will be decided to suit your needs.

1/2 hour $95 | 1 hour combination consult – $145

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1/2 hour with Grada $145 | 1 hour with Grada $245

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1/2 hour with Peter $95 | 1 hour with Peter $195

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Which Purple House Natural Therapies Are Included in a Combination Consult?

  • Reflexology

Reflexology is not only deeply relaxing, it also helps to get rid of chronic pain and tension by massaging the 7000 nerve endings on each foot. It is the twin to acupuncture, only much more enjoyable. Like hacking into the computer, and replacing old stuck programs with updated new ones your body gets a new lease of life. Your immune system remembers what to do, and within days everything is working better than before. Chronic problems often vanish after 2 or 3 sessions. Reflexology is a powerful healing tool which will supercharge your body. Read more on Reflexology

  • Robertson Technique

Are your hips out of whack? Do you feel off balance? The Robertson Technique is a simple, non-invasive bodywork therapy that releases physical, emotional and mental blockages. It is particularly effective for symptoms such as back pain, neck & shoulder pain, sciatica, headaches, sports injuries, stress, depression and much more. Read more on Robertson Technique

  • Cranio-sacral Therapy

This therapy may be of benefit in many areas, including hyperactivity, cerebral palsy, dyslexia and stress related problems. It also helps to boost general well-being, reduce stress, improve quality of sleep, increase energy and enhance the functioning of all the body’s organs. It is a non-invasive therapy that works with the entire structure, physiology, mind and spirit. For a treatment, clients usually lay on a massage table and the therapist works through light clothing. It is a very gentle and profoundly relaxing procedure. Read more on Cranio-Sacral

  • Pranic Healing and Reiki

Energy that is diseased, congested or stale is removed which frees your body up to heal itself. Pranic healing and Reiki is great to alleviate depression and anxiety, physical, mental or emotional pain.This therapy brings about feelings of peace, security and well-being. It also improves the effects of medical treatments, reducing negative side effects, shortening recovery times and eliminating stress. It can be used on its own in which case the client can stay fully clothed as the treatment is done in the energy field. We often use Pranic Healing or Reiki in conjunction with reflexology or massage with really great results. Read more on Pranic Healing & Reiki

  • Kinergetics

Do you suffer from Candida, allergies, insomnia, chronic fatigue, pain, addictions dizziness, dyslexia, hormonal or structural problems and you have tried everything else? Then it is time for Kinergetics which is a super fast application of kinesiology. Through muscle testing we are able to pinpoint exactly where your main imbalances are held in your body or aura, field which are then corrected with healing energy. Dramatic changes are often experienced right there and then, as your subconscious lets go of trauma and stress which may have been trapped inside your cell memory, holding you back all these years. Read more on Kinergetics

  • Allergy Testing & Balance

Many people believe they may have a food or chemical allergy or intolerance, but identifying what is causing the problem can be difficult. Using kinesiology, we can test you for nearly 200 different food and chemical items so that you can find out which items, if any, that you have an intolerance to. Kinesiology is muscle testing and it yields quick, efficient results. It also helps in correcting the cause or severity of the reaction by balancing the body, all in the same session. Allergy testing at the Purple House will save you years of misery and thousands of dollars as this treatment far surpasses skin tests or elimination diets. Highly recommended by thousands of happy clients. Used in our combination consult.

  • Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and Emotional Freedom Technique(EFT)

Brings rapid relief and resolution to most common psychological and emotional problems, like anxiety, phobias, irrational fears, grief, loss, and anger. TFT and EFT is a meridian therapy and works by tapping specific meridian points on the body in a certain sequence which is easy to learn. When these points are tapped in the correct order, you feel a rapid and dramatic overall improvement.