Remedial Massage

PRICES:

30 minute treatment:
Initial Consultation                 $50
Follow up Consultation             $45

50 minute treatment:
Initial Consultation                 $80
Follow up Consultation             $75

90 minute treatment:
Initial Consultation                 $125
Follow up Consultation             $120

What is it?

Remedial massage provides assessment, treatment and management of soft tissue structures, including muscles, ligaments, fascia and tendons. The technique involves varying pressures or friction which is applied with use of fingertips, hands, elbows, knuckles and forearms depending on the desired pressure. Remedial massage can also involve the use of trigger points, muscle energy technique, myofascial release and many other techniques depending on treatment indications.

How long does it take to get results?

Most people experience immediate relief after their first massage. However if nothing is done to modify situations causing the discomfort, (for example sitting in an uncomfortable chair for 8 hours a day with a table that is too high), the original aches and pains may gradually build back up again. Talk to the therapist about types of activities, stretches and other techniques that can help reduce the reoccurrence of pain.

How firm should the massage be and will it hurt?

In Remedial massage, it is important for the client to take an active role in deciding on appropriate pressures. There seems to be a very false myth that if you can withstand torturing pressures in your massage that you will see results sooner and that you will get more out of the massage. If you are one of these people, this is not true and you are probably experiencing a lot of unnecessary discomfort following your massage.

There are pressure sensors in the skin that via nerves get information to the muscle and determine whether a particular pressure will pose a threat to the structures underlying the skin. If the pressure is too deep, the muscles will be told to contract and instead of relaxing them you will in fact be tensing them. Enduring pain when you feel tensed is going to result in tissue bruising and soreness the following day.

A trained therapist that understands the neuromuscular communications will start gently and gradually get firmer. Incorporating feedback from the client, the therapist will feel and usually see (via muscle movement) the point at which the muscle reflex starts. Working just below this threshold will allow a gradually deeper massage without the need to cause pain and reflex contractions.
You should not feel embarrassed to ask for the pressure to be modified if necessary.

It’s important to drink extra water after a Remedial massage and to keep warm to avoid feeling tender the next day. Some people may experience slight tenderness after their first massage and it is important to let the therapist know the specific locations, so that pressures and time spent on these areas can be adapted for future treatments.