Choosing the right type of massage for your needs 

*A post from our massage and reiki therapist, Andrew.

With so many different types of massages out there, it’s hard to figure out which type is the most suitable for you. Swedish massage, sports massage, remedial massage, the list goes on and it can be a bit confusing.

Let me explain two different massage methods.

Remedial Massage

The simple explanation

Remedial massage uses specific techniques which focus on areas of pain and tension to help enhance body movement and functionality, release muscular tension, and promote wellbeing to get you get back to your full potential.

An example:

I get back pain and shoulder tension.

I would book in for a remedial massage because I want back and shoulder relief. My qualified remedial therapist would assess me to understand what is going on and how to approach the massage to best suit me. From this assessment, my therapist would identify what techniques would help alleviate the presenting complaints.

Remedial massage techniques could also help with the following but aren’t limited to:

Headaches, poor posture, sciatica, stiff neck and shoulders, sports recovery, anxiety and stress, lymphatic drainage, tight muscles and other aches and pains and further education on how to prevent and manage musculoskeletal issues.

Private health fund rebates are available for remedial massage.

Relaxation Massage

The simple explanation

Relaxation massage focuses on lighter pressure and free flowing movements to induce positive change and relaxation to the body.

An example:

I’ve had a busy day, feel stressed and my muscles ache.

I would book in a relaxation massage because I want to de-stress and simply relax my tired body and mind. I don’t have any specific muscular tension or pain and I don’t want to feel any pain when receiving a massage. All I want to do is zone out (maybe fall asleep) and walk out feeling relaxed throughout my whole body.

Private health fund rebates not available for relaxation massage unfortunately.

Whatever massage you choose to book in may also vary time to time, depending on what you are feeling. Remember that you’re not limited to one type of massage and your body will respond differently on each occasion depending on what is going on. The key is understanding your own body and what is needed to get the most out of your treatment.

Ask your qualified therapist if you have any queries.

If you would like more advice regarding what massage is best for you, please call on 03 9620 9503 or email me and I will be happy to discuss. Or simply book online and we can have a chat about what type of massage is best suited for you at the start of your appointment.

Thank you and have an amazing day!


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