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What is Kodo Massage?

Updated: Apr 19, 2018

Sarah Millard

Massage Therapist

The ancient Aboriginal Kodo massage does more than just relieve tired and aching muscles.

It is like a massage for the soul, releasing negative energies and enhancing positive energy flow as well as releasing niggling knots and muscular tension,


Kodo means Melody and melodic is a perfect way to describe this rhythmic massage. Inspired by traditional Australian Aboriginal techniques, the oil based massage is intended to tone and re-align energy flow, enhancing mind and body balance and wellness. A combination of pressure point manipulation, gentle stretching and spiraling movements, ground and uplift to balance the body's energies.


You'll get onto the table face down and the masseuse will drape you in a warm fluffy towel over your lower body. Then a generous amount of oil will be applied to your back with medium pressure, in large sweeping strokes. I'll focus on the knots around the shoulder blades for a few minutes before moving on to the arms, then legs and finally (after turning onto your back) will move onto your neck and head. As well as kneading muscles of the limbs, gentle stretches to loosen the joints are also performed.

By the end of the one-hour massage, you will feel relaxed from head to toe. Unlike some types of massage that can leave you a little tense because of the anticipation of pain, the Kodo is pure relaxation. It is a massage that goes deep enough to alleviate muscle soreness and stiffness, yet not so deep that it is in any way uncomfortable. There's also a definite sense of psychological release during the massage – your usual mind chatter uncharacteristically quiet.


The Kodo massage is a treatment designed to suit everyone – even pregnant women can be accommodated. It is wonderful relief for stress and tension, leaving the recipient uplifted, more balanced and with a sense of improved wellbeing.

Ideal for reducing stress, promoting deep relaxation and total body rejuvenation.

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