What is Remedial Massage?
Remedial massage is a massage therapy that combines a number of different techniques to work on sore and damaged muscles, soft tissue and joint and tendon injuries. We use massage, trigger points, myofascial release and lymphatic drainage techniques to assist in your recovery. Remedial massage holistically addresses the whole body to ease out tension, and repair damage to muscles, joints, tendons and soft tissue.
Soft Tissue Massage
Soft Tissue Massage involves direct physical action on the muscle and other soft tissues of your body. Soft tissue techniques target your muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other connective tissue like fascia. A soft tissue massage includes a range of massage depths, pressures and durations. Your soft tissue massage aims to alleviate aches, pains and injuries located in your body’s soft tissues.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue, and is used to help chronic aches and pains and contracted areas, such as a stiff neck and upper back, lower back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. It is a more intense form of regular massage, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper in order to concentrate on areas of tension and pain. This may sometimes lead to slight discomfort so make sure you tell your therapist if it is outside your comfort range. This pain should subside within a day or so.
The primary difference between sports massage and regular massage is that sports massage is performed with the goal of returning you to your chosen activity with optimal function. It is a treatment focused on the physiological demands needed for a specific sport. Sports massages can include more aggressive techniques that approach muscles more deeply, utilising a variety of modalities such as remedial massage, trigger point therapy, cross fibre techniques and deep tissue work.
Relaxation massage uses smooth and slow strokes with light pressure and less emphasis on working knots in muscle tissues. Our primary aim is to help you relax without pushing your pain limits. Relaxation massage is a process that helps people relax, attaining a state of increased calmness, reducing levels of anxiety, stressor angerand sometimes people even fall asleep during a relaxation massage.
There are still substantial health benefits to a relaxation massage, including calming the nervous system, promoting a sense of well-being, improving blood circulation and stimulating the body's lymphatic system, which carries away waste products.
How does Remedial Massage differ from Myotherapy?
Myotherapists use a much broader palette of tools. This is primarily focused on trigger point therapy but may also draw on other techniques such as dry needling, musculoskeletal alignment, deep tissue massage, cupping, muscle stretching and a range of rehabilitative exercises. It is also instructive to know that the prefix ‘myo’ in Myotherapy refers to muscle.
Remedial Massage Therapists on the other hand work exclusively with a variety of manipulative techniques to eliminate muscular tension and aid relaxation. Practitioners generally only make use of their hands, sometimes with the aid of oils or powders.