Remedial Massage is a deep, targeted massage performed by skilled hands to optimise the conditions for the body’s return to health after injury, trauma or chronic conditions created by lifestyle such as poor posture and repetitive strain. Remedial Massage incorporates *Deep Tissue Massage, *Trigger Point Therapy, *Myofascial Release and *Swedish Massage (see below).
A Remedial Massage Therapist, in addition to being competent in manual techniques, understands human anatomy and physiology, pathology and psycho-social issues and will apply this knowledge when practicing massage. A remedial massage treatment is directed by an initial assessment of the patient, is modified to suit the needs of the individual and adapted in light of the individual’s response to it. Take home exercises and stretches will often be recommended.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Using specific targeted compression and friction techniques its purpose is to loosen and unstick the muscle fibres to relieve the deeply held tension points and restore blood supply to the inhibited tissue. Deep tissue massage removes blockages and damaged cells, loosens scar tissue and adhesions left after injury or surgery, speeds recovery and encourages more complete healing.
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Trigger Point Therapy consists of precise pressure applied to specific trigger points causing pain and restricted movement. These may be located in areas different to where the client actually feels the pain.
A trigger point is a focal area of hyper-irritability in the muscle that can cause either acute pain or latent pain (unnoticed by the patient until pressure is applied by the practitioner). Trigger points are manifested as small contraction knots in the muscle which can cause muscle spasm, maintain constant tension on the muscle’s attachments and refer pain to other areas of the body. A trigger point affects the muscle by keeping it both restricted and weak, inhibiting blood supply and nourishment to the tissue as well as the waste elimination process, causing a build-up of metabolic waste that can perpetuate trigger points for months or even years unless treated.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE (MFR)
Myofascial Release (MFR) involves the extremely effective application of sustained pressure to the fascia, sometimes gentle, sometimes deep, gradually working through restriction to restore flexibility and balance and relieve pain. Fascia is the web-like connective tissue that covers and protects the muscles, and gives our body its shape. Injury, trauma, surgery, stress and poor posture can cause restriction to the fascia resulting in pain and restricted movement. Katja incorporates MFR into every massage session wherever necessary as an integral part of each treatment.
Swedish Massage is the best-known and most popular type of western massage therapy. It involves mild to moderate pressure kneading, gliding, effleurage, tapping and light shaking of muscles for pain relief, stress release and relaxation. It helps promote healing by stimulating circulation to nourish muscle tissue and assist with toxin elimination, thereby improving overall muscle function. Swedish massage forms the foundation for all other massage treatments. It is both relaxing and invigorating.
Sports Massage is the application of both Swedish and Remedial massage techniques to the specific anatomical and physiological considerations of the athlete, be it the elite athlete, or the weekend warrior. The timing of the massage will determine the approach taken, be it pre-competition, pre-event, inter-competition, post-event, recovery or maintenance. Sports massage has been scientifically shown to help reduce the risk of injury and enhance recovery.
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a specialised style of massage therapy that aims to improve the flow of lymph fluid in the body and in particular to move excess fluid away from swollen or congested areas (odema). Gentle rhythmic pressure is applied to stimulate contraction of lymphatic vessels and reduce odema and fluid retention. In addition to improving lymph flow, lymphatic drainage stimulates the immune system. It is a very gentle, non-invasive therapy that is so relaxing it will often put the client to sleep.