Noel Parkin – Sports Massage Therapist

Noel has worked with a range of clients from Olympic Athletes and weekend warriors to chronic pain and disease sufferers. As well as remedial massage Noel is a qualified practitioner in both Dry Needling and myofascial cupping and has 4 years experience in lecturing in anatomy and remedial massage at a leading Brisbane college.

Noel is a fully qualified enthusiastic and passionate remedial therapist. He has trained with the London School of Sports Massage and has completed both certificate IV and a diploma of Remedial massage locally here in Brisbane. Certified in Myofascial Dry Needling and cupping, Noel is fully insured, holds all required first aid qualifications and is a member of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists. Noel is also a part-time lecturer at a leading Brisbane manual therapy college. A keen distance runner, kitesurfer, downhill skier, scuba diver and mountain biker, Noel likes to spend as much time as possible being active and outdoors.

Possessing both a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Master of Science Degrees, and having spent over 15 successful years working in IT and Finance Project Management in London​ and Zurich, Noel is committed to offering the highest level of service to his clients.

Following his heart into remedial massage therapy Noel offers progressive treatments including dry needling and promotes client education. A disciplined approach with a strong emphasis on exercise forms the back bone of his successful therapies.

bodyforward endeavours to identify the original biomechanical dysfunction, thus treating the source of any issues and not just the symptoms.

Sports Massage Brisbane

Many professional athletes consider sports massage an essential part of their training and recovery routine. These athletes report sports massage helps them train more effectively, improve performance, prevent injury, and recovery quickly.

In the past, competitive and professional athletes have been some of the heaviest users of sports massage. Today, a growing number of remedial massage therapists offer therapeutic sports massage and many recreational athletes enjoy sports massage on a regular basis. bodyforward treatments in this popular discipline are:

  • pre-event sports massage
  • post-event sports massage
  • restorative sports massage
  • rehabilitative sports massage
  • dry needling


​Remedial Massage Brisbane

When muscles and tendons become damaged or impaired, knotted and tense or immobile, Remedial Massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or shallow.

Remedial massage holistically treats the whole body and traces the discomfort as far as possible back to the original cause, healing both the cause of the disorder as well as the symptoms​.

Remedial massage is a deep massage creating the conditions for the body’s return to normal health after injury. It is used to treat strains, sprains, broken bones, bruising, any injury where the skin is intact. Deep tissue massage removes blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions left after injury, speeds up recovery and encourages more complete healing. Remedial massage is also used for conditions created by lifestyle for example repetitive strain injury and back pain. It is designed to increase the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas.

It is an unusual form of massage in that it does not set out to relax the patient, the intention is more to fix a mechanical problem. However all-round health improvement is seen: better sleep, increase in vitality and performance levels, as well as increased mobility. It can also be used to treat general muscle soreness from over exertion.

Remedial massage is often used by athletes but is equally effective for non-sports people requiring rehabilitation following personal accident or injury. Many debilitating conditions that people associate with age can be traced back to an old injury and treated successfully with a return of free movement and strength.

Some common conditions that can be successfully treated with remedial massage and dry needling are:

  • ​Head aches & migraines
  • Back Pain
  • Achilles Injuries
  • Tendinitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Groin Strain
  • Cartilage damage
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Hamstring Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Scar tissue
  • Adhesions
  • Whiplash
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Repetitive Strain Injury


Massage skills that make up your comprehensive assessment and tailored treatment plan. We find that a combination of techniques always makes for a more effective remedial or sports massage.

Myofascial Dry Needling

​Dry needling is used to strengthen tendons and ligaments, stimulate Golgi receptors and muscle spindles, deactivate trigger points, treat over-active motor points, provide growth and blood factors to hemodynamically disturbed tissues (commonly seen in Myofascial pain syndromes) reset motor points and neural control and stimulate other reflex mechanisms.

Dry needling achieves pain relief by inactivating trigger points and thus eliminating nociceptive focus of the muscle, The dry needling causes localised haemorrhaging which promotes healing by stimulating collagen and protein formation

Muscle Energy Techniques

This is a collective name for a variety of techniques that stretch, strengthen or break down fibrous adhesions.

A muscle energy technique is one in which the patient’s own effort and movement, rather than that of the remedial massage therapist, provides the primary force in treating the problem. These techniques are incorporated into both remedial and sports massage treatments and give great results when incorporated as part of an effective client stretch program.

Positional Release

Also known as Strain Counter Strain (SCS).

Originally developed by an osteopathic physician, Lawrence Jones, DO, FAAO, positional release technique (PRT) is a method for reducing chronic and/or acute muscle spasm anywhere in the body. The big advantage of this technique is its extreme gentleness to the patient. PRT is usually practised by qualified remedial massage therapists in conjunction to NMT to reduce client discomfort.

Orthopaedic Testing

Our initial consultation focuses on a full client assessment which incorporates a comprehensive postural analysis and general muscular screening. This helps form a differential diagnosis.

With a comprehensive arsenal of orthopaedic tests up our sleeve the therapist will further isolate dysfunction with​ specific orthopaedic testing to provide a working diagnosis and focus the treatment plan to directly work on the cause of the pain. If your current remedial massage therapist does not provide this service how do you know they are providing an effective treatment?

Myofascial Release

Also know as connective tissue manipulation (CTM). The direct myofascial release method works through engaging the myofascial tissue restrictive barrier, the tissue is loaded with a constant force until tissue release occurs.

Knuckles & elbows slowly stretch the restricted fascia by applying a few kilograms-force or tens of newtons. Direct myofascial release seeks for changes in the myofascial structures by stretching, elongation of fascia, or mobilising adhesive tissues. The therapist moves slowly through the layers of the fascia until the deep tissues are reached.

Neuromuscular Techniques

Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is a form of soft tissue manual therapy. It is distinguished from other types of massage in that a quasi-static pressure is applied to the skin with the aim of stimulating specific areas of skeletal muscle. Often these areas of muscle are myofascial trigger points.

NMT is a comprehensive program of soft tissue manipulation techniques that balance the central nervous system (brain, spinal column and nerves) with the structure and form of the musculoskeletal system. NMT is based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system maintains homeostatic balance.

Mobilisation Techniques

Mobilizations a​re used when range of motion or mobility is lacking. Furthermore, gentle oscillations within the available joint play range is a technique used to decrease pain.

Manipulations are quick movements that occur beyond the available joint play range. The purpose of manipulations, or joint thrusts, is to increase the available range if it is not full. Secondly, manipulations are done to break adhesions that disrupt joint movement.

​Sports Cupping

Cupping is a therapy in which a jar is attached to the skin surface to cause local congestion through the removal of the air in the jar created by the introducing heat in the form of an ignited material. The history of cupping goes way back into antiquity and has been practised by many cultures over thousands of years.