Essendon Osteopathy

Remedial Massage: A First Timer’s Guide

June 1, 2022

If you’re considering remedial massage therapy as a treatment option for an injury or condition, you may have some questions about what to expect. This guide will provide an overview of what remedial massage is, what a remedial massage therapist does, what to expect during your first appointment, and how you’ll feel afterwards.

What is remedial massage

What is remedial massage?

Remedial massage is a type of manual therapy that uses specific physical techniques to address muscular imbalances and soft tissue injuries. The therapist uses their hands to apply pressure and manipulate the muscles, helping to release tension and promote healing.

Remedial massage can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • headaches and migraines
  • neck pain
  • shoulder pain
  • back pain
  • hip and pelvic imbalances
  • muscle tension
  • stress and anxiety


What should I expect during my first remedial massage appointment with the therapist?

During your first appointment, the therapist will take a detailed history of your health and the condition you’re seeking treatment for. They will also perform a physical assessment to identify any key areas of tension or dysfunction. The therapist will then explain what they’ll be doing during the massage and how it will help to improve your condition.


How will I feel after my first remedial massage treatment session?

If you’re wondering what to expect after your first remedial massage, you may feel some soreness and stiffness in the muscles that were treated, but this is normal and will usually resolve within a day or two. There’s also a chance of some minor bruising or skin irritation, but again, this is normal and temporary. The therapist may also give you some exercises to do at home to help speed up your recovery.


How often should I get a remedial massage?

The frequency of your massage sessions will depend on your individual needs. Your therapist will discuss this with you during your initial consultation, and can advise you on how often you should come for treatment.


How do I find a good remedial massage therapist near me?

It’s important to find a qualified and experienced remedial massage therapist who can tailor the treatment to your specific needs. You can ask your GP for a referral, or search for a therapist on an online directory like the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT).

At Essendon Natural Health, our gifted practitioner Jodie Ling provides personalised remedial massage treatments that are tailored to target your key areas of muscle tension, joint stiffness and body imbalances. We offer a range of natural health therapies to improve your physical and emotional wellbeing, including acupuncture, naturopathy, holistic healing and more. Book an appointment online today.

If you have any concerns about whether remedial massage is right for you, it’s important to speak to your GP or the therapist before starting.

Robert Gentile

B.C.M (Hons), C.Clin.Prac (China), C.Toyohari. Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist. Integrative Natural Medicine Practitioner.

Robert is a passionate and warm practitioner who has an extensive knowledge of integrative and functional natural medicine. He is down to earth and has an interest in organic foods, gardening and sustainable living. With over a decade of experience, he is renowned for being very thorough by both fellow practitioners and patients alike.