Remedial Massage is a type of Therapeutic Massage that utilises the kneading and stroking techniques of Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage techniques such circular frictions, as well as other, more advanced Massage techniques. I specialise in the following types of Remedial Massage Therapy:
Myofascial Release & Trigger Point Therapy
Poor posture does not happen overnight. Improper biomechanics, physical injury and even emotional stress can cause the body's intricate fascial web - the web-like system of connective tissue that integrates the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body - to become constricted and unbalanced, giving rise to chronic postural imbalances, reduced joint mobility, and muscle aches, pains and dysfunction. In turn, this may lead to a predisposed tendency toward strains, compensatory patterns and the development of chronic and/or acute injuries. Myofascial Release (MFR) addresses poor posture by addressing uneven tension within the body's myofascial tracts. Deep compression and stretching along these tracts, as well as gentle “unwinding” of the fascia, releases these constrictions, thus relieving pressure on the associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, bones and joints. This aids in improving flexibility and mobility, as well as improving posture and biomechanics. Additionally, application of sustained, direct pressure to the trigger points that are found within the fascia - the "knots" in a muscle that often refer pain to other areas of the body - may be used to deactivate these tender points. This technique is known as Trigger Point Therapy.
Suffering from an injury or poor posture, or had a recent surgery? Orthopaedic Remedial Massage assists in recovery & postural improvement by increasing soft tissue flexibility, reducing muscle tension & spasm, restoring normal range of motion to affected joints, and addressing the biomechanical dysfunctions which caused the injury or postural problem in the first place. In particular, the restoration of normal, pain-free movement is crucial to a speedy yet thorough recovery, and is the aim of Orthopaedic Massage. This is achieved through Deep Tissue Massage involving compression techniques and friction along or against the grain of the muscle fibres, as well as kneading the impaired tissue to increase local blood flow to the affected area. Additionally, a specialised form of therapist-assisted stretching called "Muscle Energy Technique" (or "MET") may be used during to increase movement & mobility. This technique involves brief contraction of a specific group of muscles, followed by relaxation of those muscles and gentle movement into a new, improved range of motion.
Sports Remedial Massage
Athletes place a considerable amount of strain on their bodies. Remedial Massage prior to a sporting activity or exercise may enhance performance and endurance, and minimise risk of injury; in contrast, Remedial Massage following sports activity or exercise aims to reduce muscle tension, assist in recovery, restore flexibility and aid in the increase of blood flow and lymph to muscles that have been placed under exertion. Remedial Massage for sport utilises Deep Tissue Massage frictions into the muscle tissue to loosen "knots"; Myofascial Release techniques to lengthen contracted muscle tissue & improve joint mobility; Gentle Effluerage to reduce swelling and inflammation that may be present within muscle tissue after strenuous exercise; vibration and percussive (brisk tapping and hacking) techniques to loosen muscle tissue without losing muscle activation; and therapist-assisted stretching, including Muscle Energy Techniques to increase muscle flexibility. Regular massage between competitions helps to decrease recovery time between training sessions, thereby increasing your overall training efficiency, as well as potentially reducing incidences of injury.