The difference between Remedial Treatment & Relaxation Massage ... explained

Many people are confused or unclear about what makes massage Remedial or Relaxation, and what they can/can't claim rebate for with their Private Health insurance.

Hopefully the information on this page will help you gain a better understanding of what is involved/included with each service offered at this clinic. If you have further questions - please ask us ...

Remedial Massage Treatment ...

The focus of a Remedial Massage Treatment is to:

  • Improve or resolve an injury or pain/condition;
  • Improve or increase flexibility or joint ROM (Range of Motion); or
  • Support Athletic Training.

To achieve appropriate results, an Assessment Process is incorporated into a Remedial Massage Treatment to identify specific structures (muscles and/or joints) for attention and treatment ... and Re-assessment after your massage quantifies the effectiveness of the treatment.

An Assessment Process includes, but is not restricted to:

  • Orthopaedic Tests (similar to what a Physio would do);
  • Observation of how your body moves;
  • Discussion (Q&A) about your presenting condition, injury or pain presentation; and
  • Palpation of how your muscles feel (tight, toned, relaxed, etc).

Techniques used during a Remedial Massage Treatment will depend on how you present on the day, as well as the goal we are trying to achieve through Remedial Massage.

They can be applied broadly to the more superficial layers of musculature, or they can be applied more deeply to target more specific and/or deeper muscular structures.

Techniques can include, but are not limited to:

  • Deep Tissue techniques;
  • Myofascial Release techniques;
  • Trigger Point Release techniques;
  • Gentle Joint Oscillatory Mobilisations;
  • Remedial Cupping; and
  • Focussed Stretching Advice.

As the focus of Remedial Massage Treatment is recognised as having therapeutic benefits, you can claim rebate with your Private Health Insurer (Health Fund) depending on your type & level of coverage.

Relaxation Massage ...

The focus of Relaxation Massage is to:

  • De-stress the Nervous system;
  • Calm and relax the body & mind; or
  • To take a 'Time-Out' to escape the worries of the world.

While we will still ask you how you are feeling when you come in for a Relaxation Massage, there is no need for an Assessment Process.

Techniques used during a Relaxation Masssage are not as complicated or focussed as those used in Remedial Massage Treatments, and usually centre around effleurage and petrissage only - applied firmly but lightly to stimulate the Relaxation Response in the Nervous System.

Effleurage is the basic rubbing or gliding over the skin - spreading the oil, balm, or other lubricant, and connecting with the body.

Petrissage is the gentle kneading of your muscles to help release tension, and stimulate circulation ... again this is done firmly but lightly.

A Relaxation Massage Therapist is usually either a Certificate IV Trained Massage Therapist, or a Beauty Trained Therapist. Neither of these qualifications have the same Anatomical & Physiological Training as a Remedial Massage Therapist, and so you cannot expect any Remedial Techniques from a Relaxation Therapist.

All Relaxation Massage Techniques are applied broadly to focus on the more superficial layers of musculature, with an overlying focus to stimulate circulation and the Relaxation Response ... helping your body feel relaxed and calm.

As the focus of Relaxation Massage is recognised as having less specific therapeutic benefit, you cannot claim a rebate with your Private Health Insurer (Health Fund) for Relaxation Massage .