A lot of clients ask me what is the difference between a Relaxation and a Remedial Massage. Most people are confused and don’t know which treatment is best for them and why. It’s time to set the record straight and determine which treatment will be best for you!
The general benefits of both relaxation and remedial massage are, broadly speaking, very similar. You will experience feelings of relaxation and calm as massage supports the release of endorphins – a neurotransmitter in the brain that produces feelings of wellbeing.
The general benefits of massage include:
- reduced muscle tension
- improved circulation
- stimulation of the lymphatic system
- reduction of stress hormones
- general feelings of relaxation
- increased joint mobility and flexibility
- improved skin tone
- improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
- heightened mental alertness
- reduced anxiety and depression
So now that we know the benefits of massage in general, what are the benefits of relaxation and remedial massage – more specifically?
Relaxation Massage is about just that… relaxing. It gives you time to escape the stresses of daily life. Using continual contact and long, flowing strokes, relaxation massage warms the body and helps the body and mind to relax. Relaxation massage does not treat chronic or underlying musculoskeletal injuries.
During a relaxation massage, hormones such as dopamine and endorphins are released which boost mood and help you feel better. Relaxation massage has also been shown to reduce the stress hormone cortisol, which in high levels can contribute to sleep deprivation, anxiety and depression.
Remedial Massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. Remedial massage aims to assess and treat specific musculoskeletal injures and assist the rehabilitation and recovery process.
Remedial Massage has been effective in treating:
- Migraines and headaches
- Frozen Shoulder
- Tennis Elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis
As a Remedial Massage Therapist, I possess an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and use this knowledge to treat clients. In addition to the physical benefits of Remedial Massage, if you have Private Health insurance with extras cover, you may be eligible for a rebate.
I hope this information provides you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about your future massage treatments. For more information about which treatment is right for you, contact us or book your next massage now!
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