Deep tissue therapeutic style of massage with our qualified diploma remedial massage therapists. Available selected regions.
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1 hr – $110 ($95 members)
1.5hr -$150 ($135 members)
2 hr – $195 ($180 members)
3 hr – $295 ($280 members)
4 hr – $395 ($380 members)
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Remedial Massage Therapy
Remedial massage is a deep tissue style massage, therapeutic in nature, designed to heal specific health issues, muscle problems and injuries.
Massage therapists believe that everything in the body is connected and related and that if one part is injured it will in turn affect the whole body. A person with an injured knee may then favour the other leg which will throw out the muscles in the hip and back leading to back ache. The tightening of these muscles may then cause an imbalance affecting the neck muscles which may then cause a head ache.
So the client may come in complaining of persistent headaches whereas the primary cause of this problem maybe a knee injury.
A remedial massage therapist is trained to not only diagnose what is causing the problem but also in treating it with massage.
Clients that visit a remedial massage therapist will have a consultation with them before any treatment takes place to find out what is causing the issue or injury. This consultation will take a variety of forms, usually questions and also a series of tests to see how much range of movement the client may have in certain muscles groups. For example if the client is complaining of headaches, the therapist may get the client to turn their head, to see how far their muscles will let the head turn to see if there is muscle tightness in the neck region which might be causing the problem.
The therapist will also observe the clients posture. In the example above, the therapist might notice the client favoring one leg whilst walking and then find out that there has been a knee injury that needs to be fixed. Remedial therapists also use palpitation of the muscles which is generally just feeling the different muscle groups to feel if they are tight or shortened.
Muscle tissue works by contraction. If muscles tissues are so shortened it cannot work properly then sometimes it cannot contract further and is not able to do the work of the muscle. This can occur from repetitive use of the muscle or it can occur from inaction, for example is an arm is in a sling for a long period of time.
A remedial massage therapist will then use a variety of techniques to soften, stretch and manipulate the muscle so that it will start to work as it should again. These techniques include trigger point therapy. Trigger points are small, highly contracted areas of the muscle and the remedial therapist will manipulate these regions to release them.
Trigger points are often a large source of pain, and releasing them can cause relief from tension and hurt. Sometimes trigger points cause referred pain. So a trigger point maybe located in the shoulder but the pain maybe referred by the muscle to another region in the back. Remedial massage therapists are trained to diagnose referred pain and also treat the underlying cause.
Remedial massage also uses a wide range of other techniques like deep tissue friction that warms and releases the muscles, relaxation massage strokes that soothe the muscles after the deep tissue work, and also stretching. The therapist may get the client to do follow up exercises and stretches at home to continue the work. Remedial therapists are qualified to deal with issues such as arthritis, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, muscular injuries from sport, neck and back pain, headaches and whiplash.
Ripple Massage has many qualified and experienced remedial massage therapists on staff that will come to you in your home or accommodation.
Remedial Massage – Where we found it
My shoulders were sore from back packing and staying in really uncomfortable hostel beds ..
I was 17, doing the Oz overseas trek and my body was complaining.
I decided to wander around Covent Garden and watch the buskers when I saw a small place offering remedial massage.
Never having had a massage before, let alone a deep tissue one, I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for.
But one hour later I was converted, an instant massage addict, and a back that was a lot happier.
Since then I have had remedial massages in many countries and all sorts of styles Tui Na, Balinese, you name it and I’ve probably had it.
I love the deep tissue work and the release of the muscles and that feeling when I walk out of oh so this is how my body is supposed to feel, I can turn my neck!
14 Ways to make the most of your remedial massage
Stiff shoulder? Seized up neck? Sore back? Relaxation massage can be a great style of massage if you are wanting to relax and de-stress, but to fix muscular problems you probably need a remedial massage.
Remedial massage uses a whole range of techniques to unlock muscles and help you move and feel better. These can be trigger point techniques, that can hurt a little but help release tight muscles, and also friction, that warms the muscle, again helping it release.
In Australia, remedial massage therapists do extra training to obtain a diploma in remedial massage, and if they have this qualification are able to offer health fund rebates on their massages.
Ripple has remedial therapists in all regions and is able to offer health fund rebates on remedial massages.
Here are some of our favourite remedial massage tips for you to get the most out of your remedial massage.
- Have a hot bath with Epsom salts before we arrive to start relaxing and warming the muscles.
This will help your therapist really start to get into the sore areas and work the muscles. Alternatively have a really hot shower.
- Another way to heat up the muscles is with a wheat heat pack or hot water bottle. Apply to the area both before and after the massage to encourage healing.
- Try to do some stretches in the days after your massage. Your therapist will be able to help you with suggestions on what
stretches are best.
Rest – after your massage, schedule in some time to just relax and let your body restore.
- Your body maybe a little sore after the massage if you haven’t had a massage for a while and
the therapist has done some really deep tissue work. Be aware this may happen and take it easy for a few days afterwards.
- Get regular massages! One massage often won’t fix the problem, and usually you will need a few a week or two apart to help fix the muscular problem.
- Ask your therapist for a receipt so you can claim from your health funds. Ripple is linked to all the major and minor health funds and we are a member of the AAMT.
- Ripple is a mobile service, and sometimes this can be really convenient, especially if your neck is stiff. We can come to you throughout many regions in Australia including Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and QLD.
- Remedial massage therapists do not do manipulation of the spine, this is outside of our scope of practice, so we will refer you to a chiropractor for this sort of treatment if that is what you are after.
- We often work in with physio therapists as well – physio and remedial massage are often a great mix and complementary. If you are seeing a physio therapist already, check with them to see if remedial massage may help your injury or condition.
- There are common health tips that will help any sore part of your body. Whilst
these might not directly fix or relieve the pain, they will help your body to heal. These include things like drinking lots of water, getting lots of sleep, eating well, reducing caffeine and alcohol and reducing the stress in your life.
- Magnesium is an essential element for muscle well being, and stress can quickly chew this up. This can lead to muscle tightness so perhaps take a daily magnesium supplement to ensure that your body and your muscles are getting enough.
- Check the mattress in your bed. If you are sleeping on an old mattress that doesn’t support you well, this may lead to pain in the body, especially the back.
- De stress. Stress is the most common way for muscles in the body seize up. Take time out to relax and rest. The mind body connection is powerful, and as massage therapists a lot of the tension we massage in bodies comes from stress and every day problems. Be gentle with yourself and those around you .. your body will love you for it.