Remedial Massage in Coogee
Remedial Massage is a safe form of manual therapy popularly utilised to address everyday stress, aches and pains. Remedial Massage can be beneficial as a standalone service or as an adjunct to other health services such as Physiotherapy. So who is remedial massage good for? Should it hurt? And what’s the difference between it and other types of massage like Swedish or Sports massage?
Massage can be effective at reducing the sensitivity of nerves that cause our muscles, joints, or other tissues to feel tense, sore, or immobile. This sensitivity is influenced by many factors, such as quality of sleep, diet, intensity and frequency of physical activity, and mental wellbeing.
Rather than simply ‘ironing out the knots’ in a muscle, massage works by safely introducing novel pressure and movement in a manner that desensitizes overactive nerve endings, bringing about a reduction in muscle tension.
- Easing occupational discomfort.
- Reducing the sensitivity of sore areas during injury recovery.
- Reducing the sense of tension and tightness in joint and muscles.
- Exploring comfortable range of motion in a safe environment.
- Managing stress, anxiety, and depression.
Remedial Massage has a reputation for being painful. A lot of patients have been told – or decided based on their own experiences – that firm, hard or painful massage is necessary for a good outcome. Recent research suggests that when painful sensory input (i.e. very aggressive massage) relieves the pain of an injury or condition, it is most likely due to a mechanism called counter-irritation analgesia.
When this mechanism is leveraged during a massage, the relief is generally short lasting, and in the long term, there is a risk of increasing, rather than decreasing the heightened state of sensitivity of nerve endings that is (probably) driving your symptoms. When this occurs, there is a tendency for daily activities to become more rather than less painful! A cycle of“get a massage… feel better for a few days… get sore again… get another massage …etc etc” can be established. This isn’t what you need.
Massage can be firm, even heavy… but it doesn’t need to be painful
A comprehensive massage session will feature a range of pressures, techniques, and body positions which serve to desensitize (normalize) all those nerve endings that are plugged into your joints and muscles. When the system as been desensitized, you’re much more likely to get longer lasting results.
Our sessions utilise a mix of techniques and styles that we tailor to your preferences. Broadly, we can categorise these styles as follows;
Swedish Massage is characterised by relaxing strokes that work into muscles by pressing, lifting, and rolling them while you are either lying comfortably or being moved passively. Swedish massage may have gentle to hard pressure – whatever you find most relaxing.
Sports Massage is a vigorous form of massage designed to assist you with preparation or recovery from physical activity. It won’t decrease the soreness you get after heavy exercise (that’s another massage myth), but it can be a powerful tool in the case of injury or aggravation as you approach the big day. Pain isn’t a requirement of sports massage technique, but many athletes who request sports massage prefer counter-irritation analgesia (very strong pressure) in areas that they find to be particularly tight – this is where sports massage gets a reputation for being painful.