Woman & Children’s Massage Therapist Brisbane

As a leading massage therapist in Brisbane, Louise Ryan aims to improve the health and well being of the women, children & infants that she treats.

Driven by a passion for holistic health and an innovative approach to wellness, Louise Ryan founded Maitri Massage in 2008.  As trained child health and paediatric nurse, her focus on optimal health and wellbeing for women and children.

Our Services

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy is a time of physical and emotional changes.  Massage helps you feel relaxed, and confident at this unique time of life, loving your body and the changes and preparing for the new life to come.

As a trained child health nurse and massage therapist, Louise has a thorough knowledge of pregnancy and women’s health, and both physical and emotionally, and can provide tailored support to each clients needs. Pregnancy is a joyful and unpredictable, a regular massage can help ease the demands on a women’s body, and aid the baby’s development.  Massage can also help in preparation for labour.   It should be part of a regimen of self care strategies to facilitate a smooth transition to parenthood.


Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

  • Mother-baby connection
  • Reduce oedema and swelling
  • Improved sleep pattern
  • Improve postural awareness
  • Eases back pain, shoulder, neck pain and joint, muscular conditions common in pregnancy
  • Enhance positive effects of pregnancy
  • Educate partner in support role
  • Preparation for breathing/relaxation for labour



Postnatal Massage

The birth of your baby, and your journey as  parents begins.  At no other time in life do we have such enormous changes every aspect of our lives.

The joy of motherhood brings with it a need to be supported, as you transition into your new role, you learn to nurture, feed and protect your newborn baby.  Women need to recover from birthing their baby, optimal recovery is supported by postnatal massage as you get to know your newborn and your role as mother.

Postnatal Relaxation massage  is a way to ease the muscular strain not only from labour, it also assists the rebalancing of the body’s muscular system.  Positioning and comfort are important as a new mother adjusts to the demands placed on her body as she nurtures her baby with breastfeeding, swaddling during this fourth trimester.


Infant Massage

Infant massage

In many cultures, infant massage is a centuries old ritual and research has demonstrated the physiological and psychological benefits. Tiffany Field demonstrated that regular massage improved the growth of premature babies.  Babies who were regularly massaged were discharged from hospital up to 6 days earlier than those premature babies who were not treated with massage.

A frequent complaint from parents with newborn children is lack of sleep and inconsistent sleeping patterns of the infant.  Ferber (2002) describes how regular massage assists babies to adjust their circadian rhythms and concludes that this adjustment is probably due to nervous system maturation which in turn aids regulation of the infant’s body clock.

Benefits of Infant Massage

  • Improve infant settling and sleep quality
  • Relieve gastrointestinal discomfort, reflux, colic and constipation
  • Improve immune system function
  • Maturation of nervous system
  • Improved lymphatic circulation and flow
  • Assist establishment of close/trusted attachment
  • Provides opportunity for fathers to have special time with baby
  • Development of awareness of infants non-verbal communication
  • Increased confidence in settling and handling baby

Paediatric Massage

Parents can give their baby the best possible start to a healthy life by learning the massage techniques suitable for their children.  Children require tactile stimulation through a variety of sources in order to fully develop their body, mind and spirit.  Louise’s training in paediatric health provide her with a unique set of skills to adequately assess needs and employ a variety of techniques with infants and children.


Benefits of massage for children and infants

  • decreased anxiety and stress hormones.
  • reduced aggressive behaviour.
  • production of optimal hormones.
  • increased body awareness (visual, tactile and proprioceptive input.)
  • improved muscle tone and muscle relaxation.
  • improved joint mobility.
  • reduced hypersensitivity to tactile input.
  • increased quality and quantity of vocalisation.
  • increased bonding.
  • enhanced body image and self esteem.
  • increased healthy sense of boundaries.

Remedial Massage

Remedial Massage is a form of manual body work, often described as a holistic method of manipulating the soft tissues of the body to have a specific effect and help restore healthy function.

When muscles have become tense from overuse, postural imbalances and dysfunctional patterns in coordination, balance, gait and respiration. Remedial Massage can provide a healing treatment. Techniques including deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and stretching.


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Oncology Massage

Oncology massage is a form of light touch which is effective in reducing the side effects experienced from the conventional treatment for cancer and the symptoms of the disease process itself. (Cassileth and Vickers,2004).

  • Pain reduction 47%
  • Fatigue improved 42%
  • reduced Anxiety 59%
  • reduced Nausea 51%
  • Depression improved 48%

Louise has trained with Oncology Massage Limited, completeing Modules one and two, to safely and effectively treat those with a diagnosis or history of cancer.