Remedial massage is a treatment for specific injuries or muscular dysfunction or nagging pain that just won't go away. Remedial massage uses several specialised techniques to locate and repair damage to muscles, tendons and joints such as; Myofascial Release, Trigger Point, Acupressure, Cross Fibre strokes, Deep Massage, Mobilisation and Positional Releases. Massage therapy supports and speeds up the body's own repair system and treats it holistically. The therapist works within the needs and pain threshold of the client.
This technique involves long soothing and stroking movements. It is well known for its relaxation effects. More oil is used in relaxation massage than other massages to reduce friction and allow more gliding, calming strokes.
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This technique uses very slow stretching of the connective tissue (fascia) just below the skin. Fascia responds well to slow techniques as the lowest level of fascia moves to a gel form once it is heated with friction. Once the fascia begins to unwind, the emotion that tensed the body in the first place can also be released. For this reason this technique works very well in reprogramming body patterns and beliefs.
Trigger points are very common and are often referred to as muscle knots. Trigger Point Therapy involves applying pressure to these knots to relieve pain and dysfunction in muscles. Trigger points often cause local muscular pain and can refer pain to another area of the body when pressure is applied. They are believed to be one of the causes of stiff joints and restricted movements in old age. After several treatments, the swelling and stiffness of muscular pain is reduced, movement is increased, tension relieved, and circulation, flexibility and coordination are improved.