Therapeutic Massage or Remedial Massage? What's the Diff?

Ever wanted a massage but couldn’t decide whether you needed a remedial massage or simply a refreshing and stress reducing relaxation session? Well here’s an explanation to help you decide exactly what you want!

What is a Relaxation Massage?

A Relaxation Massage or Therapeutic Massage helps de-stress and loosen up your body and is great for those who have had a hard working week or feel like treating themselves to some TLC! A therapeutic massage is a gentle soft tissue massage with little to no discomfort involved. It is a gently, flowing kneading of the muscles aimed to improve circulation, de-stress, calm nerves and relax. 

The treatment consists of flowing strokes, kneading and gentle manipulations of the muscles performed at your chosen pressure. It is a pain-free way to relax both your muscles and your mind. It is great for people who are highly stressed and need to relax more, it assists with anxiety as it helps with calming the nervous system, it is a good ‘time-out for myself’ massage. Bodywork treatments such as our ili ili Hawaiian Hot stone Bodywork is a prefect way to experience this type of massage.

What is a Remedial Massage?

If you have particular muscle tension or chronic pain a remedial massage may be for you.This particular treatment holistically addresses the entire body to ease out injuries, aches and pains that many people unfortunately get at some point in their life. It uses combination of many specific techniques to find and heal damage, to encourage and improve the body’s own repair mechanisms.  

A Remedial Massage Therapist will assess where you need treatment and what may be causing your pain. Remedial Massage employs many techniques to get the job done – deep tissue work, joint mobility, trigger point work, myofascial release and stretching. Some therapists also use other complementary methods such as cupping and dry needling (coming soon). 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, but the results are definitely worth it! 

The aim of Remedial Massage differs for every person’s requirements. Some may need it for improved joint mobility, others to reduce muscle tension and dysfunction, some for rehab requirements so you can get back doing the things you love faster. The benefit of remedial massage is that it can help stimulate blood circulation to damaged joints and muscles, which as result assists to remove toxins that may have built up.  Also, the massage can reduce anxiety and stress. Some Remedial Massage Therapists specialise in a particular area of care, such as Remedial Pregnancy Massage, Sports Massage, Oncology Massage or Lymphatic Drainage Massage, and many Remedial Massage Therapist have complimentary skills such as Aromatherapy, Yoga, Bowen Therapy and more. 

Remedial Massage Therapists hold a diploma and must continually update and refresh their skill base (known as CPE points) in order to be registered, insured and be applicable for health fund rebates with an association such as Massage & Myotherapy Australia. 

So now that we’ve cleared that up a bit, why not book in for a treatment! With either a Relaxation Massage or Remedial Massage, we’ve got your back. And it’s easy to book in too. Jump online via and head to our bookings page or call Rachael on 0417 950288.

Leave us a comment on how Remedial Massage has helped you out and I’ll randomly pick a name at the end of the month for a 20% off RRP voucher.

Looking forward to seeing you in the #zenzone soon!