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Remedial massage uses a variety of techniques to address specific muscular dysfunctions occurring as a result of trauma, injury, repetitive strain, poor posture or degenerative disease. Each therapist has a variety of methods and unique skill set to address your individual problem. A thorough consultation takes place, prior to your treatment. Methods used may include deep pressure, stretching – both active, and passive, joint mobilisation, lymphatic drainage, NST, and *myofascial release.
Benefits of remedial massage include:
- Increased range of movement
- Accelerated, and enhanced healing of injuries
- Improved muscle strength
- Reduction of pain
- Greater ease of movement
- More cohesive healing of scarred tissues – reduced scarring
- Increased blood supply to injured areas, facilitates removal of toxins
- Facilitates removal of oedema (swelling)
- Aids healing of bruising
*The fascia is a connective sheath covering each muscle fibre, and muscle. It extends beyond each muscle and is the connective matrix that connects all aspects of your amazing bodily vehicle together. It is rich in nerve fibres, communicating pressure, temperature and, pain to name a few of the many messages conveyed throughout this web. In simple terms, the fascia is somewhat like a pair of pantyhose. If it is twisted and tight in one area, it will have an effect somewhere else in your system, causing tension and discomfort. (This is why, when you have a treatment, you may have other areas treated apart from your presenting issue). When we straighten out the fascia, your body can return to a more relaxed state. Many clients state how they feel more ‘aligned’ after a treatment.
Lymphatic drainage is a VERY light form of massage. Its purpose is to reduce swelling (oedema) and, facilitate removal of toxic waste from your system. The lymphatic system is like your body’s garbage disposal system. Cellular waste and toxins, that are too big to be transported by your circulatory system get shunted into the interstitial (intercellular/lymphatic) fluid. This fluid, gets filtered and broken down by your lymph glands, before being returned to your blood to be removed by the body. Because there is no pump (like the heart) to move this fluid through your body, your lymph may become blocked and stagnant in places, resulting in swelling, and sometimes pain. I’m sure you’re well aware of the swollen gland feeling around your neck, when you’re coming down with a cold.
Lymphatic drainage can be very helpful when you’re feeling a bit under par, as a way to cleanse your body of toxic build up. It can be particularly helpful for those that have endured glandular fever at some stage in their life. Remnants of this particular virus can hang around for a long time – many people state they’ve ‘never quite felt the same since my glandular fever’. This type of massage will reboot your system and have you feeling much better – more like your old self.