What is remedial massage?
Remedial massage refers to strong massage techniques aimed specifically at relieving particular areas of pain in the body, rather than general relaxation. It can involve all over massage to locate and release areas of tension, or more targeted towards particular problem areas.
It can combine a number of different techniques such as:
Deep tissue massage: this is a technique that works deeply into the muscles and connective tissue to release chronic aches and pains.
Myofascial release: this refers to pressure and movement applied to the fascial system, which covers and provides support to the body, to remove restrictions; and
Trigger point therapy: this is the identification of trigger points, or areas of soft tissue in the body characterized by local pain, tightness, and tenderness and the application of appropriate pressure to release these points.
Remedial massage can positively influence your overall health and wellbeing by helping to improve circulation and muscle relaxation, relieve pain and increase mobility.
What is sports massage?
Sports massage therapies can be considered as both preventative and therapeutic in nature, as treatments can be tailored for event preparation, maintenance as well as recovery, depending on your needs.
As part of a balanced exercise regimen, sports massage may be used by athletes and weekend warriors alike to treat and/or assist in the prevention of injuries, help improve flexibility, range of motion and performance, and aid in mental clarity.
The aim of sports massage is to free up fibrous tissue in the muscles and help them to recover quickly after periods of sustained physical activity.
Are there side effects or risks to be aware of?
Massage therapy is considered to be generally safe and is not known to have serious side effects, provided it is performed properly and appropriate precautions are followed.
One minor side effect may be some soreness afterward, but this should be temporary and is not harmful.
Precautions may be necessary if you have any serious medical preconditions, such as pregnancy, cancer, blood disorders or following recent surgery. It is important that you disclose this information to me prior to commencing any treatment in order that I can make a full assessment of your needs, and the appropriateness of any treatment.
As with any complementary or alternative treatments, if you do have a pre-existing medical condition and are unsure of whether massage would be appropriate for you, I suggest that you discuss your concerns with your primary health care provider before proceeding.
Will it hurt!?
Remedial massage differs from general relaxation massage in that it specifically focusses on areas of discomfort, in order to release the pain/restriction being experienced. While great care is taken to warm up the area first before more intense treatment is applied, the focus of this body work is the myofascial trigger points, that is, the muscle ‘knots’ that both cause the current discomfort, and can cause symptoms elsewhere in the body. These points can be painful when pressed.
Nevertheless, you should always remember the amount of pressure applied at any time is UP TO YOU! You are free to, and should, communicate with me throughout the massage as to how you are feeling at any point in time throughout the massage.
After the massage you should feel some relief, although sometimes you may experience 24-48 hours of soreness. This should be a ‘good’ kind of sore, like you might feel after a hard workout. Light bruising is possible but not at all common.
I would strongly suggest that you try and take it easy and rehydrate afterwards, in order to enjoy the full benefit of the massage.
The massage session
If you have not been before and are unsure of what to expect, click here to get an overview of a typical appointment, or if you are still unsure, feel free to contact me to discuss any concerns.
Where do you practice?
Since 2006 my primary place of practice has been located at my home in Cremorne. Treatments take place in a private and dedicated massage room and clients can also enjoy a grand view of Middle Harbour from the balcony!
I also practice at various clinics in the local area. Other arrangements can be made for corporate events or where there are special circumstances.
How do I get there?
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What if I am running late?
Arriving late for an appointment will simply limit the time of your treatment. If you know you are going to be late, please call me so that I can rearrange times, otherwise your treatment will end on time so the following client will not be delayed.
What if I want to change my appointment time?
No problem! Just contact me to let me know and I can rearrange another time that is more suitable for you. Obviously the more notice you can give me the easier it is for me to juggle things around.
What if I have to cancel?
The treatment times you select are reserved especially for you. While sometimes last minute cancellations are unavoidable, 24 hours’ notice would be greatly appreciated.
Can I claim from my health fund?
Many health funds offer rebates for remedial massage treatments, and you should contact yours if you are unsure.
I am registered with most, but not all, so please check with me prior to receiving a treatment, if this is important to you.
“That's the thing about pain....
It demands to be felt.”
John Green, The fault in our stars
Are you any good!?
I'll let my clients answer that! More at:
“I am much much much better today, virtually pain free thanks.” - Helen, 63, Cremorne
“Thank you – that was really beautiful, just perfect. You have a gift – thank you again I very much appreciate it.” - Bonnie, 35, Neutral Bay
"I felt it as soon as I got off the table—it’s almost a miracle! The power has returned to my leg - I’d say it’s an 80% improvement. I couldn’t walk to the top of my street before and now I have walked all the way over here, that’s 30 minutes – my wife said she had not seen me walk like that for 2 years!" – Colin, 50, Mosman
"This is to thank you for your excellent work,helping me get ready for the World Masters Games." - Michael, 59, Cremorne
“Thanks for a great myofascial session. I put an intention out there for it to be a profound healing session, which I felt it was, so thank you. It's always interesting meeting energy-workers!” - Juliette, 26, Cammeray
“I'll give you 9.5 out of 10 only because I never give 10! See you next week. I have been looking for 3 years for a good massage.” - Peter, 38, Cremorne Point
“Thank you You have magic in your hands. My neck belongs to me again” - Ann, 30, Neutral Bay
"Find me a regular spot please - I'm onto a good thing here!" - K, 60, Cremorne
"I would have to say this is very nearly as good as coffee for me - please don't take that the wrong way - I'd kill for a coffee sometimes!" - Michael,44, Mosman
"Truly amazing !" - Dr Robert, 34, Cammeray
"Finally! Do you know how hard it is to get a good deep tissue massage these days? Thank you" - Sarah, 35, Clontarf