Fact: Remedial massage employs deep tissue massage and sports massage techniques, developed in 1940 and 1924 respectively.
Therapy Type: Bodywork
Massage therapy relieves pain from injuries, stress and muscular tension through the manipulation of soft tissues of the body. Massage treatment enables the body’s recovery and healing process from some acute and chronic conditions. Additionally it enhances lymph and blood circulation, supplying fresh oxygen and nutrients to the recovering tissues as well as flushing out the body’s toxins.
Remedial massage is a holistic treatment, which has become acknowledged as a genuine method in the reparation of muscles and tendons which have been injured due to poor posture, strain or over use. There are a number of specialized procedures, which enable the therapist to establish damaged tendons, muscles or joints, with this in mind remedial massage can be used as a preventative measure as it accelerates the natural healing abilities of the body. Remedial massage is a more intense therapy than a standard massage due to the deeper nature of remedial massage the results can be longer lasting.
The therapy can be helpful in treating specific areas of muscle tension caused by stress or injury and can help to get blood flowing to injured tissues to speed up the repair process. Furthermore remedial massage can advance the ability for the body to restore and recuperate from injury or illness, clients can experience even after the initial session a decrease in pain and improved suppleness within affected areas. The therapy can also be used for relaxation and general wellbeing.
Remedial Massage may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM REMEDIAL MASSAGE SESSIONS
Sessions typically last between 30 minutes and 45 minutes although you should expect the first session to be longer as your therapist will ask you about your medical history along with other relevant health and lifestyle details. They will also examine your body for any muscular imbalances. From this feedback the therapist can then put together a profile for you and tailor your massage to suit.
Your massage will take place in a warm, comfortable and relaxing environment. The therapist will take into account your individual needs regarding certain areas that may hold injury or stress, bearing that in mind you may receive a full body massage which focuses upon general relaxation or the reduction of stress, or one that concentrates on certain areas of pain or injury.
Your therapist will use their hands, fingers, thumbs, forearm and elbow to apply a combination of different massage techniques. The stroke patterns utilized within remedial massage include drumming motions on fleshy parts of the body (tapotement), quick shaking movements (vibration), circular and small pressured movements (friction), slow, fluid strokes (effleurage) and pressing, rolling and kneading of muscles, termed as petrissage.
After a treatment, most people feel very relaxed and experience freedom from their habitual aches and pains. However, following an episode of experiencing sluggishness, an improved sense of awareness, energy and efficiency occurs which can be present for a few days. As with all massage toxins are released from soft tissues, so your therapist will advise you to drink ample amounts of water following your treatment.
FINDING A QUALIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST
Most people find Remedial Massage Therapy deeply relaxing and enjoy the tension it releases throughout the body. It is also extremely safe when carried out by a qualified therapist. It is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as the Massage Association of New Zealand (MNZ). Remedial Massage Therapists are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment. These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.
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