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What is remedial massage

What can you expect from a session

Questions about what a remedial massage session involves

Qualifications a remedial massage practitioner should have

What can Remedial massage treat?

For research on remedial massage


What is remedial massage

Remedial massage is a therapeutic deep tissue massage. It incorporates massage, manipulation of soft tissues and exercise advice to reduce symptoms of overuse injuries, treat muscular aches and pains and correct postural problems.

Remedial massage is a holistic therapy; it treats the whole body, identifying and treating the cause of the disorder and not just the symptoms.

A variety of techniques are used which can be similar to those used in sports massage.

What can you expect from a session:

The therapist will use their hands, fingers, thumbs, forearm†and elbow to apply techniques. This massage may be initially uncomfortable if you have scar or fibrous tissue or are already in pain.

Remedial massage will alleviate your pain, reduce your stress levels and leave you with a sense of well being.

Questions about what a remedial massage session involves


Do I need to buy any equipment?


What to wear

This massage is performed directly on the skin and lubricants are used. Clothes will have to be removed but your practitioner will respect your modesty and cover areas not being worked on with towels or a sheet.

How long is a session

1/2 hour to 1 hour. The first consultation will take longer than an hour to include a full case history and assessment.

What is expected of clients?

You may have to move into different positions on the couch depending on areas to be treated. You may be required to do exercises, make changes to your lifestyle or work environment to make the treatments more effective.

Average costs / fees per session

£ 30-60 depending on length of session, experience and location.

What are the main Qualifications a practitioner should have?

Any qualifications that are validated by one of the following professional associations or membership of any of these associations. They are member organizations registered with the General Council of Massage Therapy

STO The Sports Therapy Organisation

LCSP London and Counties Society of Physiology

SMTO Scottish Massage Organisation

APNT Association of Physical and Natural Therapists

ISRM Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage

NAMMT National Association of Massage and Manipulative Therapists

What can Remedial massage treat?

Remedial massage can help conditions such as:

Back, neck and shoulder pain

Stress related neurasthenia, nervous exhaustion, headaches or aches and pains

Muscle sprains and strains

Muscular atrophy

Sports and other injuries

Recovery from surgery

Arthritic disorders



Frozen shoulder

Temporary or permanent paralysis

Irritable bowels and constipation


For research on remedial massage:

The Massage Therapy Foundation has a research database; you need to register to have access.


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