Remedial Massage Vs Relaxation Massage

When booking a massage you should understand the differences in massage styles so you know what type would best work for you and your needs. I am often asked the differences in Remedial Massage Vs Relaxation Massage so let’s have a look.

Remedial Massage

Remedial Massage involves the use of a range of manual therapy techniques to treat specific injuries, pain or muscular conditions. These techniques can involve deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and muscle energy techniques. Remedial Massage Therapists can also assess imbalances in the body through postural analysis and may prescribe specific stretching and strengthening exercises.  Remedial Massage Therapists are trained at a higher level. The current training standard is the Diploma of Remedial Massage (or equivalent).  Remedial Massage may assist with:

  • Lower back pain
  • Headaches
  • Pregnancy related hip and back pain
  • Poor posture
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Restricted movement caused by soft tissue
  • Restricted breathing
  • Sports injuries

While it is expected that a Remedial Massage is deep and painful, it does not need to be. Some Remedial techniques involve a more gentle approach and can be as effective, if not more effective, than deep techniques. Deep Massage techniques can sometimes cause a stress response in the body which goes against what is trying to be achieved. Your Remedial Massage Therapist will check with you regarding your pain levels, so please be honest and do not think you need to ‘suck it up’.

Relaxation Massage

Relaxation Massage, also referred to as Swedish Massage, is a gentle massage aimed at promoting a relaxation response within the body. The massage strokes are long and flowing. The pressure is gentle and does not address any injuries or pain.  Relaxation Massage is beneficial for:

  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced anxiety and tension
  • Improve circulation
  • Improved overall well-being

Massage Therapists are qualified at a Certificate 4 level, with Certificate IV in Massage being the current standard.  While there are some differences with Remedial and Relaxation Massage, you may find that a Remedial Massage Therapist can provide you with a relaxing experience while still treating areas of pain and tightness. This again reinforces that we want the body to be relaxed and to promote overall well-being.

At Evolution Health Services we aim to provide an effective Remedial Massage treatment while leaving you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Our Remedial Massage Therapists will communicate with you regarding your injury and do our best to complete your Massage with targeted relaxation techniques to ensure you forget any discomfort you have experienced.  If you have any further questions about Remedial Massage or Relaxation Massage, please feel free to Contact Us or Book Online Here.


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