The difference between relaxation and remedial massage

Really need a massage, but unsure if you need a remedial or relaxation?
Here’s Sam’s explanation to help you decide which type of massage you need.

What is a relaxation massage?

A relaxation massage helps relieve stress and general tension by loosening up the body’s muscles and joints.  A typical relaxation will be more or less a full body treatment, using long flowing strokes, kneading and some stretching. A relaxation massage makes a great start to the week, by going in refreshed, recharged and ready to go. They also make a great gift for someone special.

What is a remedial massage?

Remedial treatments are suitable for those that are dealing with a specific complaint, like neck or back pain, headaches, poor mobility of the joints, or a musculoskeletal injury.

A typical remedial treatment with our therapist Sam, begins with an assessment and history taking. He will ask questions about your presenting problem to gather as much information as possible so he can determine exactly what is going on.

An assessment of posture and mobility and in some cases reproducing your pain pattern helps identify the cause of your complaint and allows him to know which areas to work on.

A remedial massage can require some active participation on your part. You may be asked to resist stretches, breathe in a particular way, or activate different muscle groups. Throughout the treatment the therapist will be retesting mobility and muscle tension, and you will be asked to give feedback, this allows your therapist to determine if the treatment is being effective.


A few things to keep in mind when getting a remedial massage

Sometimes you may wonder why your therapist is working on areas away from the site of your pain. The body is complex and vastly interconnected. It’s not uncommon for neck pain to begin in the foot, or lower back pain to begin in the jaw. If you’re wondering why a technique is being used, please ask. Sam is more than happy to explain the concepts behind a technique, and give you some take-home tips and advice.

Another common assumption by clients is that all knots or painful spots are the result of tension and therefore need to be dealt with by deep pressure. While this is true in some cases, more often it’s a combination of muscle weakness in certain areas leading to other muscle groups having to compensate. This ties into why a therapist may work away from the site of pain.

You may not achieve your desired results in only a single treatment. The number of follow up treatments will depend on a number of things; how long you’ve had the problem; what your lifestyle is like; how often it gets aggravated etc.  Sam will be able to determine your personalised treatment plan and thoroughly track your progress.


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