Massage Therapy

About Massage

We believe you deserve to feel good in your body, as your state of mind often relies on how you physically feel.

You may not even realise how tight and sore you are until you get a massage, or how good it will feel once the tension is removed.

One of the main benefits of massage is calming the nervous system and relaxing tight muscles. Massage can help reduce inflammation and increase blood and lymph flow, which then aids in the circulation of oxygen around the body and the removal of toxins. It works through the mobilisation of soft tissues – muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. As these soften with the treatment, we can achieve a greater range of motion at joints, improvements in muscle function and a reduction in pain.

With a gentle, empathetic, and focused approach, remedial techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release, P.N.F stretching, mobilisation, and cupping may be utilised during the appointment. The aim of the treatment is to release tension wherever it resides, allow a space for you to slow down, relax, and ultimately leave the clinic feeling a lot lighter, fluid in movement and at ease. The appointments are designed to be comprehensive and targeted, while done in a relaxing manner so you can get the best of both worlds: a relaxing massage with all of those particularly tight spots addressed and thoroughly worked out.

Two types of massage are offered at Karori Chiropractic:

  • Remedial/therapeutic deep tissue massage: a targeted treatment that includes an examination, diagnosis, and treatment of the problem area.
  • Relaxation massage: For those that wish to relax and unwind, using techniques that aim to make you feel comfortable and at ease.

All appointments consist of a thorough consultation prior to the massage to discuss why you have come in and what you hope to achieve in the treatment.


Our Massage Therapist

Wellington Massage Therapist Barney
Hi I’m Barney Johnson, the massage therapist at Karori Chiropractic.
I studied and worked as a massage therapist in Melbourne and recently moved back home to Wellington. I had always been interested in anatomy and the human body’s ability to heal and decided that being involved in the process of helping others heal would make for a rewarding career.

My qualifications include a Certificate IV in Massage and a Diploma of Remedial Massage, obtained at the Melbourne Institute of Massage and Myotherapy. I have since treated people from all walks of life ranging from athletes to office workers, and those purely seeking the wonderful benefits of massage therapy. From my intensive studies and the wide variety of health issues I’ve seen in practice, I’ve built a skillset that allows me to formulate personalised treatments to suit each client’s individual needs.

I have been in a range of different roles in my work life, including industries such as hospitality and carpentry. Outside of work, I am a musician and have played the drums in bands for close to 10 years, including currently around Wellington. I enjoy spending my time writing, reading, cooking, exercising, hiking, diving, and simply being outdoors in the open air. In the past, I’ve trained in Muay Thai and grew up skateboarding and playing rugby for close to 10 years. With my experience in both my life and the health industry, I believe I am able to gain a comprehensive understanding of the musculoskeletal issues people seek help for.

If you would like to discuss an aspect of my treatment, I will be happy to have a chat. You can get in touch through the contact page or call today on (04) 476 3230.


Appointment Type 45 minutes 60 minutes 90 minutes
Remedial/Therapeutic Massage $100 $120 $160
Relaxation Massage $100 $120 $160


When compared to a general relaxation massage, remedial/therapeutic massage offers a more targeted approach. The treatment involves diagnosing and treating the problem area causing the pain, which may not always be the exact area where the pain is actually felt. Pain is often located where the muscles connect to the bones, whereas the tension may actually reside in the muscle belly. Tight muscles can cause dysfunction, with the surrounding muscles often required to pick up the slack. By analysing movements that cause the pain, together we can figure out what is going on and address the pain in hopes to remedy the issue at hand.

Therapists that use remedial massage are required to study for longer than many other massage therapists because they must thoroughly understand how the body works and the specific tissues that they are treating.

Possibly, but no more than it needs to and no more than is tolerable for you. The massage therapist prefers to apply as much pressure as necessary for what is being treated, but not so much that you are unnecessarily writhing in pain on the table. This is seen as counterproductive when the goal is to get rid of the pain.

Sometimes yes, but not all the time, it all depends on what we are treating. Often people walk out with no pain (which is great) but other times they may be left slightly tender, depending on what we treated and how intense the treatment was. In saying this, the pain will make sense and be nothing to worry about. Aftercare advice is provided and the end of each appointment so clients can best look after themselves in the subsequent days, and get the most out of the work we have done.

In the days following an acute injury, it’s best to wait at least 3 days before a massage in order for the body to naturally deal with the inflammation process on its own. This also gives you time to ensure the injury is not too serious, allowing you to gauge if having a massage is appropriate.

There will be very little room for anything to go wrong during/after the massage if you follow the R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) method and obtain advice from your healthcare provider before a massage appointment.

Unfortunately, ACC does not cover massage therapy appointments.

Having each appointment back to back should be fine in most cases. However, if this is your first time receiving either treatment, or if you are known to be a bit sore after massage or chiropractic, perhaps it is best to wait at least a day between appointments.

When booking online, you will need to book both appointments individually. Be sure to give enough time between each booking to allow the first appointment to be completed fully.

Alternatively, give us a call on 04 476 3230 and we can make the bookings for you.