© 2003 Andrew Thompson
The term 'Remedial' means to remedy or make better. In the case of massage, it means to remedy pain or other physical impairment via the manipulation of muscle and superficial tissue.
Unlike the rather pointless modality, Swedish Massage, Remedial Massage is a valid component of modern medicine.
In western culture, Remedial Massage is the most common treatment within a much larger category, Remedial Therapies. On this page, we will be discussing various types of Remedial Therapies, whether they are of eastern or western origin.
Loosely speaking, Remedial Massage is the same as Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage, however due to the comprehensive training of practitioners of Remedial Massage, they are usually skilled in other modalities which they incorporate seamlessly into a Remedial Therapy treatment.
Sports Massage can mean the same as Remedial Massage, but usually implies a focus on pre-workout and post-workout muscle release, as well as stretching to prevent further cramping. Nowadays, most Sports Massage therapists simply call themselves Remedial Therapists.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage, in its correct usage also means Remedial Massage, however, the term Deep Tissue Massage has fallen into disrepute, as it is often misused by people to get around the law, should they advertise themselves as Remedial Therapists without the right qualifications. Be wary of anyone who offers Deep Tissue Massage and always check that they are Diploma qualified in Remedial Massage by a reputable college, and have insurance. I am not aware of any qualified Remedial Therapists who use the term Deep Tissue Massage anymore.
Remedial Therapists, as a minimum standard, should hold a Diploma of Remedial Massage, which is generally a two year course of study.
Records of the widespread use of Acupressure date back 5000 years, making it the oldest known form of Remedial Therapy still in use today. Chinese Acupressure comes under the umbrella of Oriental Medicine, which includes Chinese Herbs, Tui Na, and Acupuncture.
Korean Acupressure uses the same points and techniques as Chinese Acupressure, and it is believed that the modality was first practiced in what is now modern-day Korea.
Acupuncture came later, and uses the same trigger points as Acupressure. Usually, a therapist will use one or the other modality, rarely both, as practitioners of Acupressure believe that piercing the skin with a needle releases life force from the body. Instead, they will use one of their digits to activate the point, or a blunted instrument.
Shiatsu is a Japanese modality draws on the fundamentals of Acupressure, but also focuses on the principles of Yin and Yang energy. It is a very worthwhile treatment, especially where emotional and spiritual issues are present as well.
Reflexology, contrary to popular myth, has no connection with Acupressure whatsoever. It is an American modality invented in the 1920s, and is largely viewed by therapists as rubbish.
Practitioners of Oriental Massage, as a minimum standard, should hold a Diploma of Oriental Massage Massage, which is generally a two year course of study.
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