Have you ever experienced a disappointing massage? Sounds oxymoronic, but it's entirely possible to feel robbed on the massage table - that is, if you sought the wrong technique for the wrong symptoms.
It's easy to assume that all massages are the same. Don't be fooled: there are key differences in technique that affects different parts of the body.
It's worth noting that if you are unsatisfied with the result, it could be because of the practitioner; not necessarily the technique. Shop around to try the work of different professionals before giving up on the technique altogether.
Remedial massage is used to stretch and warm up muscles in consultation with a trained remedial therapist.
If you have particular muscle tension, experience chronic pain or are dealing with a past injury, a remedial massage might be right for you.
Your remedial massage therapist will assess where you need treatment and what may be causing your pain. They’ll perform some tests to see exactly which muscles are giving you trouble and will tailor a treatment plan to suit. The treatment itself may involve deep tissue work for short periods of time.
Remedial massage is great before, during and after exercise. A word of caution - do NOT use remedial massage immediately after an injury, as you might inflame the site more. Talk to your GP first.