What is Remedial Massage?

It is a form of massage that is aimed at remedying an issue. The musculoskeletal, soft tissue, nervous or lymphatic issue depends on the client. It could be muscle aches and pains from sedentary lifestyle or going to the gym, headaches, stress or fatigue. More and more people are using remedial massage as a key ingredient in their wellness regime.

Many remedial massage therapist will have different techniques they use, from trigger point therapy, myofascial therapy, dry needling or cupping. Ultimately treatment is guided by the client as to their preference, as is the pressure used. As a therapist it is important to feel how each individual muscle reacts to the pressure of the massage and let that be the guide. But my advice would always be make sure you can relax and not just grit your teeth and bare the pain, that’s counter productive in my opinion as relaxing your nervous system is a crucial part of getting your muscles to relax. If you feel your massage therapist is going to light or too heavy during your massage say so, remember it’s all about you.

Benefits of Remedial Massage include:

  • Relieving muscle and fascia tension,
  • Decreased muscle pain,
  • Lowers stress,
  • Calms peripheral and sympathetic nervous systems,
  • Improves movement,
  • Increases circulation,
  • Normalises blood pressure,
  • Boosts immune function,
  • Fosters sound sleep,
  • Breaks down scar tissue adhesions,
  • Promotes muscle repair.

When muscles and tendons become damaged or impaired, 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 discomfort/pain as well as the symptoms.

What to expect during your treatment.

On your first treatment you will need to fill in a client information sheet. This is a legal requirement and part of my code of conduct with my professional association, this also gives me legal consent to treat you. Once that is out the way I will ask you initially what I’m able to help you with for this particular visit, as well as any medical, surgical and injury history and allergies. It’s nice for me to know what your expectations are from the treatment so I can do my best to meet them or advise you if I feel I cannot for any reason and then reassess from there. An hour goes quickly so be realistic about what you want focused on if there are several issues you are coming for. Before we begin the massage I will let you know my plan for areas I intend to work on relating to you particular reason for seeking treatment. Once you have agreed then I get to work!

Remedial massage is done with direct contact to your skin so you will need to be in your underwear during the treatment but rest assured you are always draped well with towels for your comfort. I leave the room when you are getting ready for you treatment and when the treatment is finished for your privacy. I use mainly Tui Balms and Magnesium Go Plus during my treatments. These high quality products enhance the therapeutic benefits of the massage. Please always feel free to give me feedback at any stage during your massage. If my pressure is too light or firm, your are too hot or cold, you need a glass of water, or maybe you are feeling some discomfort in your neck or lower back. It’s very important that you are comfortable at all times.

I will always have a recommendation as to when I feel you should return for your next massage if you have specific outcomes you wish to achieve and depending on how acute or chronic the injury/issue you have come to see me about is.

On subsequent appointments it’s great if you can give me feedback from the previous session you had. This helps me get to know how your body reacts to massage, recovers and benefits. I will also ask you if there is anything you want me to alter from the previous treatment, maybe you would like your feet worked on more/less or include having your arms and hands done this time. Remember it’s all about you.

How often should I have a massage?

A few things to consider here first:

  • How much pain are you in?
  • How committed are you to resolving the issue you have come to see me for?
  • Are you seeing any other practitioner for the same reason?
  • How much of what is causing the issue will you be doing in the next week or two?
  • Is this chronic or acute?
  • Are you aiming to have regular massage to keep you body healthy and avoid acute episodes that take longer to heal?

These are all things I will consider before giving you a recommendation. However as a guideline, if you are in acute pain and this pain is stopping you from doing basic day to day activities or disrupting your sleep then I would recommended seeing me again within a week for further treatment. If your pain is moderate and causing you a medium amount of discomfort then it would be 1-2 weeks. For clients looking for regular massage to keep them fit and healthy this would be anywhere between 3 and 6 weeks depending on your level of activity and how you see your current health state as representing your actual state of wellness. Again, I welcome an open discussion about these recommendations and value your feedback.

Thank you for putting your health in my hands.

Warm regards, Amanda.