What is the difference between massage and remedial massage?

January 31, 2023

Massage and remedial massage are two forms of bodywork that have become increasingly popular in Australia in recent years. While there are some similarities, there are also differences in approach and the results that can be produced. Let’s zoom in for a closer look at the difference between massage and remedial massage.


The Basics of Massage and Remedial Massage

Massage is a general term that encompasses many different types of bodywork. Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, Thai massage, and sports massage are all examples of different types of massage. Generally speaking, these types of massages use light to moderate pressure to relax muscles, reduce stress, and promote overall health and wellbeing. From this perspective, remedial massage is a subtype of massage, but there are other key differences as well.

Remedial massage or massage therapy is a more specific type of bodywork that has the goal of treating specific areas of the body that have been affected by injury or illness. It combines manual therapy with movement education to restore range of motion, reduce inflammation and pain, improve posture, break down scar tissue, increase joint mobility, and promote better circulation. This type of bodywork also uses various techniques such as trigger point therapy (pressure applied directly to specific points on the body) or myofascial release (massaging connective tissue).


Benefits of Massage vs Remedial Massage

Massage is great for those who want to relax or reduce stress levels without having to focus on any particular area. It will leave you feeling refreshed mentally as well as physically due to its calming effect on both the mind and body. On the other hand, if you are seeking from chronic pain or pain from an injury, then remedial massage may be a better option for you. Because it targets specific problem areas, it can provide long-term relief from pain as well as improved flexibility.  Furthermore, its holistic approach means that it can also be used alongside other treatments such as physiotherapy or chiropractic care for maximum benefit.


Massage therapy at Essendon Natural Health

The targeted approach used by our therapist Jodie Ling could be your ideal choice for remedial massage due to its targeted approach. To discuss your concerns and goals, make an enquiry now, book a session, or give us a call on 03 9337 8572. Jodie offers Reiki healing and chiropractic as well as other specific targeted massages. She’ll be able to discuss your specific needs and goals and tailor her approach to your requirements. Get in touch today to start your healing journey with Essendon Natural Health.

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.