Remedial Massage Therapy consists of a range of remedial therapies that aims to heal and rehabilitate a stressed muscular-skeletal system. Remedial massage is the main therapeutic form used in this treatment, employing a systematic assessment and treatment of inflamed/damaged muscles and joints. Treatments are carried out on a specialised power-driven table using a healing oil blend enriched with 8 therapeutic botanical extracts, mineralised with magnesium. All treatments are eligible for health funds rebates (see end of this page).
My name is Greyson (Registered Remedial Massage Therapist with Australian Natural Therapists Association), I have 13 years of experience in remedial massage, fusing Eastern Chinese Medicine and Western remedial techniques in my massage treatments. Previously, I worked as a clinic manager in Melville, South Fremantle and Forrestfield. I was a senior therapist and I provided in-house training.
Over the years, I have treated a wide portfolio of clients (e.g., miners, trades, athletes, deskwork), hence I am proficient in working with various pain patterns. Remedial massage can be delivered in 2 forms: (1) treatment form – to alleviate chronic or acute pain syndrome, or (2) relaxation form – to induce overall release of the body’s tension, easing the mind and body. These are some common muscle ailments I see in my practice frequently; and within 1 session, I can provide significant relief for these issues:
In addition to remedial massage, different augmenting techniques can be used to tap onto various healing systems to enhance the treatment benefits:
- Dry Needling Therapy: releases myofascial trigger point and tight connective tissues safely using an acupuncture needle.
- Vacuum Cupping: creates negative pressure to release, loosen and lift adhered connective tissues, removing toxins to enhance healing process.
- Foot Reflexology: stimulates reflex points to clear body’s energetic blockage and restore the body back to it’s harmonic state.
You may use each of these therapies as a set of combined treatments, which is generally more effective, or singularly. Read on to find out more about each healing method and its benefits, to decide which approach would best suit you.
Remedial Massage serves to relief the muscular-skeletal system by releasing adhered muscles and mobilizing stiff joints. The term “remedial” explains that each treatment is structured to assess the origin of the problem, and mitigate with treatment options. As such, the therapist will spend time with you to understand the source of your pain, which may include muscular-, skeletal- or nerve-related symptoms. These symptoms will then be targeted specifically during the session to ensure that your concerns are addressed. At the end of each session, a debrief will be included and documented, to discuss with you the treatment progress and possibly impart some skills and options for self-care at home for your long-term wellbeing.
Depending on your intentions for the session, remedial massage can be delivered in either of the following ways:
1. Treatment-based remedial massage – the therapy focuses largely on the specific area of pain and the collateral areas that are related to it. Techniques used are more clinical to release myofascial tension and mobilize skeletal structure. Such arrangement allocates time to more effectively relief an isolated acute or chronic pain region. Given this specialization, you will experience an immediate relief after the session, and most common muscular-skeletal symptoms can be alleviated within 1 – 3 sessions.
2. Relaxation-based remedial massage – the therapy is done on the full body using techniques that are more soothing in nature, while giving targeted attention to the symptoms discussed. Such approach releases tension on a mind and body level, greatly easing the body’s stressed state. It is ideal for individuals with minor pains regions and intend to relax the body fully during the session.
- Acupressure and meridian – works on channel blockages in the system to enhance body’s self-healing mechanisms
- Trigger point – a neuromuscular technique to systematically release muscular triggers underlying an inflamed region
- Myofascial release – a gentle and deep approach to release adhered connective tissues to restore motion and eliminate pain
- Active release technique – a combined muscular and joint technique to release nerve-related trigger points by manipulating the muscles and bone structure at the same time
- Positional release – systematic shortening and lengthening of muscles to restore range of motion
- Swedish massage techniques – a system of long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration and shaking motions that apply pressure between muscles and bones, in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart, inducing a deep sense of relaxation
- Aromatherapy – massage oils are infused with organic essential oils to enhance intended treatment outcomes. Treatment-based session uses oils intended for anti-inflammatory purpose (e.g., eucalyptus, tea tree), while relaxation-based session uses oils intended for relaxation and calming purpose (e.g., lavender, ylang ylang).
Dry Needling Therapy releases tight muscles effectively within a short period of time using a thin threadlike needle. This technique is useful for clients who have chronic muscle tension, and are sensitive to manual massage techniques.
Dry needling facilitates muscular-skeletal recovery by:
- stimulating blood flow to treatment area
- releasing endorphins to reduce pain
- providing neural feedback to release trigger points
- restoring muscle activation capacity
Different needle gauges are available to suit client’s level of sensitivity to treatment. The therapist will communicate closely with the client to ensure comfort throughout the treatment process. Most individuals will not feel the insertion of needles, while some may experience a light sensation on the skin. Dry needling is recommended to be performed in adjunct to remedial massage, as both techniques are complementary to muscular recovery.
- Immediate release of trigger points
- Pain relief with minimal manual pressure on sensitive muscles
- Deep muscular pain relief
- Increase range of movement
- Promote overall blood circulation
Vacuum Cupping utilizes negative pressure to rapidly facilitate soft tissue release, by lifting the connective tissue over a period of time. In addition to increasing blood flow to the area, this pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system to relax the involved area, allowing a deep relaxation to move through the entire body. The usual outcome of this treatment is a sense of warm and relaxed lightness that remains in the body for hours and even days after the treatment.
It is common for discoloration on the skin to occur after cupping sessions. The discolouration is the result of drawing pathological factors and stagnant fluids (e.g., toxins, lactic acid, metabolic wastes) to the surface of the skin via the negative pressure. This is a desired therapeutic effect – the more visible the discoloration, the greater level of stagnation and toxicity. The discoloration will fade away after a few days, and will not hurt like a bruise. As you experience more cupping sessions (usually by the 3rd or 4th session) in the same area, less or no discoloration will occur, as a result of effectively purging the toxin stagnating in the area.
You may engage this treatment as a session in itself or combine it with remedial massage. Cupping can be a useful addition to follow after remedial massage because the negative pressure can complement the downward pressure used in massage, to manipulate the muscles more thoroughly. Also, when the muscles are relaxed through massage, the treatment effects of cupping can be enhanced when the muscles are more pliable to the negative pressure.
- Deep tissue release without discomfort
- Stretches muscles and loosens myofascial adhesions
- Relieves inflammation and muscle fatigue
- Calms nervous system and instills relaxation
- Facilitates blood and energy circulation
- Detoxifies the body and expels toxins
Foot Reflexology stimulates the body’s systems to move towards better functioning and harmonic equilibrium. It is based on the principle that the anatomy of the body is reflected in miniature on reflex zones on the feet. Stimulating or sedating a reflex point triggers a response in the corresponding area of the body. Reflexology helps to create a healthy harmonious state within the body and triggers the body’s natural powers of self-healing.
During a reflexology treatment the client may experience:
- A feeling of deep relaxation and the desire to sleep
- Sensations of the body expanding and spreading out as it relaxes
- Twitching or tingling
- Warmth in the area of the body being worked on
- Some discomfort in certain areas, however this will usually be brief, and may indicate areas of imbalance in the body
You may engage this treatment as a session in itself or combine it with remedial massage. When combined with remedial massage, foot reflexology adds on the benefit of stimulating the body’s inner healing system to facilitate muscular-skeletal recovery. Also, foot reflexology has an immensely relaxing effect, which can be used as an ideal finish to the massage session. While working on foot reflexology, the therapist can also address muscular issues related to the foot (e.g., plantar fasciitis, tired/restless feet, foot spur), relieving pain and soreness in the feet.
- Balances body systems
- Improves nerve and blood supply function
- Relieves acute/chronic pain
- Reduces stress and tension
- Improves sleep
- Revitalizes energy
Pricing & Contact
All treatments listed are eligible for private health funds rebate.
30 mins – $45, 60 mins – $90, 90 mins – $135, 120 mins – $180
Add $5 to include Dry Needling in treatment.
30 mins – $45
30 mins – $45, 60 mins – $90
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