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What is Remedial Massage: Benefits and Techniques for Pain Relief and Recovery

What is remedial massage and how can it help you find relief from pain or facilitate recovery?  In a nutshell, it’s a therapeutic intervention that targets sore or injured muscles through specialised techniques to promote healing and enhance mobility.

Unlike other forms of massage designed for general relaxation, remedial massage is about finding and fixing the root of the issue.

Dive into the following sections to learn about its methodology, benefits, and how it’s tailored to manage a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

Key Takeaways

  • Remedial massage is a therapeutic treatment for pain relief, mobility, and soft tissue issues. It is different from other forms of massage due to its targeted approach and its role in physiotherapy.
  • Techniques used in remedial massage include deep tissue release, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release. Each addresses different issues, such as chronic tension, muscle spasms, and fascial tightness, to improve physical function.
  • The benefits of remedial massage extend beyond pain relief, offering improvements in joint mobility, blood circulation, and stress reduction, with potential coverage by insurance plans, including private health insurers and NDIS.

Defining Remedial Massage

Illustration of a person receiving remedial massage

As part of an adjunct physiotherapy treatment, remedial massage is a targeted and technical form of therapy.

Known for relieving pain and improving mobility, remedial massage is used for various physical conditions and issues.

Unlike other types such as Swedish or Thai, remedial massage is much more than mere relaxation. It is a therapeutic practice that leverages an in-depth understanding of anatomy and physiology to target soft tissue problems.

Trained therapists skilled in soft tissue manipulation use this form of massage to manage various health issues, such as pain, injuries, and stress.

What is Remedial Massage?

A remedial massage is like a detective on a case, looking for clues to solve the mystery. It involves using:

  • effleurage
  • petrissage
  • friction
  • kneading
  • hacking
  • stretching
  • joint movements

to target and repair damaged areas of the body. This treatment targets damaged tissues to stimulate healing.

Remedial massage aims to serve as a path to recovery and relief for those dealing with chronic pain or injury recovery, making remedial massage good for overall well-being.  By incorporating remedial massage techniques, therapists can effectively target specific issues and provide relief.

How Remedial Massage Differs from Other Massages

If you’re used to the gentle strokes of a Swedish massage or the rhythmic pressing of a Thai massage, you might wonder how remedial massage fits into the mix.

The main difference between remedial and other massages is the therapeutic focus.

While other massages aim to relax and rejuvenate the whole body, remedial massage targets specific problem areas, making it a more targeted and therapeutic practice.

The Role of Remedial Massage in Physiotherapy

Remedial massage is a key component of physiotherapy. As a form of physiotherapy, remedial massage is often prescribed as part of a treatment plan for patients.  It is administered by physiotherapists or other allied health professionals trained in this therapy.

It also empowers clients to take control of their own treatment by teaching them practical techniques that improve treatment outcomes.

Feel free to check our article about the differences between physiotherapy and remedial massage.

Techniques Used in Remedial Massage

Illustration of deep tissue massage technique

In a remedial massage session the therapist uses a variety of techniques like a symphony to address different physical issues. These techniques:

  • Deep tissue release
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Myofascial release
  • Joint mobilisation

These techniques are tailored to your specific health issues. The aim is to find and fix issues in the muscles, tendons and bones so overall physical function improves.

Deep Tissue Massage

One of these techniques is deep-tissue massage, which, as the name suggests, goes deep. It involves:

  • Applying firm pressure and strokes to access the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue
  • Targeting scar tissue and chronic tension
  • Adopting a rhythmic, whole-body approach
  • Being considered therapeutic

While it can be uncomfortable due to the pressure, deep-tissue massage can heal muscle and tissue issues.

Trigger Point Therapy

Another tool in the remedial massage kit is trigger point therapy. This technique applies focused pressure to muscle knots/spasm (trigger points) to relieve pain and relax the muscle.

The therapist finds the trigger points that are causing pain and applies pressure to them, then stretches and re-educates the muscle to prevent the issue from happening again.

Myofascial Release

The last technique is myofascial release. This method targets the fascia, the connective tissue surrounding muscles and organs to relieve tension and restrictions.

With gentle, sustained pressure, the therapist works to release these restrictions and restore balance to the fascia.

Benefits of Remedial Massage

Illustration of a person experiencing pain relief through remedial massage

Remedial massage offers a wide range of benefits, which contribute to its magic. Some of the benefits include:

  • Significant pain relief
  • Improved joint mobility
  • Healthier blood circulation
  • Relaxation, leading to improved body alignment and posture

The therapeutic benefits of relaxation massages can be enjoyed by those with specific issues or everyday aches and pains so this relaxation massage is a popular choice.

Pain Relief and Muscle Function Improvement

Like a superhero, remedial massage helps those with common complaints like neck, shoulder, back pain, muscle cramps and conditions like arthritis and frozen shoulder.

By increasing flexibility, circulation and reducing muscle tension it helps improve muscle function and body alignment.

Remedial massage therapists may even give you exercises to do at home to help with faster recovery and ongoing muscle function.

Better Blood Circulation and Immune System Support

Another benefit of remedial massage is the increased blood flow. This increases your immune system and joint mobility. It’s like a health booster shot for your body, for better health and energy.

Stress Relief and Mental Wellbeing

Beyond physical benefits remedial massage is a stress and mental tension balm. Regular sessions will lead to long term improvements in overall wellbeing.

The empathy and compassion of a remedial massage therapist can help with stress reduction and mental health.

Choosing a Remedial Massage Therapist

Selecting the right remedial massage therapist is just as important as the treatment itself. You should look for a professional with the following qualities:

  • A strong track record
  • Punctuality
  • Reliability
  • Strict adherence to ethical standards

But how do you ensure you’re making the right choice?

Credentials and Experience

Firstly, focus on the therapist’s credentials and experience. A skilled therapist should have:

  • A minimum of 500 hours of training from an accredited institution
  • Registration with professional associations
  • A history of positive outcomes
  • Client references or testimonials to affirm their expertise.

Personal Comfort and Trust

Secondly comfort and trust. You need to feel comfortable with your therapist and they need to be able to communicate well, understand your needs and explain the treatment clearly.

Recommendations and Reviews

Finally, consider personal recommendations and reviews. Personal referrals from friends or healthcare providers can be a particularly reliable source for identifying a skilled remedial massage therapist.

Ready to experience the benefits of remedial massage for yourself? Book an appointment with our skilled remedial massage therapists, Sana and Olivia, at The Alignment Studio today.

Your Remedial Massage Appointment: What to Expect

Illustration of a health assessment and treatment plan discussion

What should one expect when walking in for a remedial massage appointment? The session begins with a thorough assessment of your health history followed by a physical examination.  This helps the therapist develop a customised treatment plan, incorporating various techniques specific to your needs.

Health Assessment and Treatment Plan

The first session is all about you, the therapist will assess your health history and current issues to inform the treatment.  This assessment includes looking at your posture, flexibility and muscle strength to find out what’s causing your discomfort or pain. Based on this a treatment plan will be developed and explained to you.

The focus extends beyond the treatment session to include an at-home treatment plan, ensuring continuous care and progression towards recovery.

Techniques and Pressure Levels

The treatment itself is a dynamic process, with the therapist tailoring techniques and pressure levels to meet your individual needs.  Feedback provided during the session guides the therapist in continually adjusting the treatment plan, ensuring a customised experience for you.

Aftercare and Follow-up

After the treatment the therapist will do a reassessment, document the treatment and any recommendations for future care.

You may experience some muscle soreness or stiffness after a remedial massage therapy session, this is normal and usually resolves within a few days.

Insurance Coverage and Remedial Massage

If you’re wondering if remedial massage is covered by insurance, the good news is yes it can be. Including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

NDIS Coverage

If you’re an NDIS participant you may be eligible for remedial massage as part of your long term disability treatment plan.  But you need to consult with NDIS planners or health practitioners to discuss your health needs related to your disability.

Private Health Insurance

On the other hand, most private health insurance extras policies in Australia cover remedial massage therapy. However, it’s always wise to confirm with your provider to ensure coverage.

Summary

From pain relief and muscle function to stress reduction and mental wellbeing remedial massage is a powerful therapy. By choosing the right therapist and knowing what to expect you’re all set to get the most out of this therapy.

Ready to experience the benefits of remedial massage for yourself? Book an appointment at The Alignment Studio today and take the first step towards a healthier, pain-free life. Schedule Your Appointment Now

Remedial Massage FAQ

Yes, remedial massage can be covered by insurance, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and most private health insurance extras policies in Australia.

Remedial massage provides pain relief, improved joint mobility, enhanced blood circulation, and stress reduction. These benefits can help improve overall well-being.

Remedial massage is a therapy that addresses and repairs damaged areas of the body using various techniques.

Remedial massage involves targeted rehabilitation techniques for specific ‘problem areas’, while regular massage is often a whole-body treatment.  It is also typically part of an ongoing plan with a series of treatment sessions, rather than a one-off treat.

Yes, remedial massage is worth it as it can increase circulation, improve joint mobility, and stimulate tissue repair, leading to potential health benefits.

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Meet Remedial Massage Therapist, Olivia Hawthorne

Whether you seek relief from chronic pain, assistance in injury rehabilitation, or wish to unwind after a busy work week or weekend of sport, you’ll be delighted to meet The Alignment Studio’s latest recruit, Olivia Hawthorne.

A skilled and caring remedial massage therapist, Olivia has recently relocated from South Australia to Melbourne to build on her qualifications by completing an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy at the Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy & Myotherapy. Dedicated to continuous learning, she is deeply committed to staying abreast of the latest advancements to deliver exceptional care to her clients – and we can’t wait for you to experience the benefits of her therapeutic touch!

To learn about Olivia’s journey into allied health, her unique treatment approach, hobbies and hidden talents, read on.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPIST?

I first became interested in Massage Therapy as a modality to instantly impact people’s physical and emotional state of being. It’s also a field that has endless opportunities for learning about all facets of the body.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS?

Not as much as I am now! I always participated in sports in school and adopted a vegetarian diet quite early – but during the pandemic when the world embraced a more health-focused approach to living, so did I. At the end of the day, the quality of our physical and mental health is equivalent to our quality of life, making it a worthy investment.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

Having people notice the impact of my treatments on their mind and body and seeing them commit to their health by becoming regular clients.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DECISION TO STUDY MYOTHERAPY.

While working in my hometown, I became eager to achieve better results for my clients with more complex issues by expanding my scope of practice to include advanced techniques (such as dry needling), as well as more specific post-treatment advice.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE AREA OF MASSAGE?

In my work, I see a lot of people who suffer from the effects of prolonged sitting and working with screens – namely upper back and neck pain, headaches and migraines. Whilst this is the most common type of client, they are among the most rewarding to treat as I know how debilitating these effects can be if left unaddressed.

In addition to massage, I like to give these clients practical strategies they can implement to alleviate the underlying causes of their condition.

IS THERE ANYTHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR TREATMENT APPROACH? 

I enjoy the challenge of tailoring each treatment to individual clients. I do this by communicating with them about the exact nature of their pain or tension, their goals for the treatment and their likes and dislikes from past experiences.  

I also draw a lot from relaxation massage, even in remedial treatments, as it’s no secret that stress has a physiological impact on muscles – it’s not always ‘no pain, no gain’. I find I can use firmer pressure to target deeper tension when the client is well and truly relaxed.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU WISH CLIENTS LISTENED TO?

You’ll get better results from each treatment if you commit to making changes to your lifestyle in between – like being more aware of your posture throughout the day or adopting a stretching routine. 

WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL APPROACH TO WELLNESS?

My approach is quite simple. Whenever I feel off-kilter, I usually assess how well I am meeting my own basic needs – eating healthy, staying hydrated, getting quality sleep and exercising regularly. I never underestimate the power of switching off the phone and doing any sort of physical activity to get out of a mental rut.

Research also shows that the quality of our social connections correlates to the quality of our health, so I love to catch up with friends and family whenever possible. 

MY SECRET TALENT IS…

I’m not a bad artist! My favourite medium is drawing with ink, graphite and charcoal.

Book an appointment with Olivia online, or call reception on 9650 2220.

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Acupuncture, Dry Needling and Cupping – What’s the Difference?

Do you know the difference between acupuncture and dry needling? And what exactly is cupping – and can it benefit you? In this article, we describe these therapeutic techniques in detail and outline the role each can play in treating various health conditions and musculoskeletal injuries.

Specifically, we’ll explain how allied health professionals use acupuncture, dry needling and cupping to help manage pain, stiffness and tightness and improve mobility in musculoskeletal injuries.

So, to learn the similarities and differences between these techniques and discover how each can enhance your pain relief and recovery, read on.

ACUPUNCTURE

Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 3000 years, acupuncture is a therapeutic technique used to improve the flow of energy, or ‘chi’. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture includes body needling (including traditional, medical, modern, dry needling [on myofascial trigger points], etc.), moxibustion (burning of herbs), electroacupuncture (needles and electrodes), laser acupuncture (application of laser at acupuncture points), microsystem acupuncture (e.g. ear acupuncture), and acupressure (application of pressure at acupuncture points). 

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DRY NEEDLING

Distinguishing itself from acupuncture, which is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine principles of meridians and the body’s energy flow, dry needling is grounded in Western medicine concepts. It involves the insertion of thin, solid needles to treat hyperirritable, often palpable myofascial trigger points or tension points in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other soft tissues.

Also known as ‘knots’, myofascial trigger points are tight bands of tissue that initially arise to protect the area from potential damage stimuli. These points can spontaneously appear and, when stimulated/irritated can result in local and referred pain, alter muscle activation resulting in weakness, and restrict the range of motion in the joints.

Multiple factors can cause knots to arise. However, increased load and stress as well as sustained positions, such as poor desk posture, are the main triggers.

As an evidence-based therapy commonly used in modern physiotherapy, myotherapy and remedial massage treatments, dry needling helps to release tension, promote pain relief, decrease inflammation and increase mobility and flexibility. Research shows it has good results for acute/chronic conditions related to the muscular and tendon system, such as rotator cuff injuries, spine-related pain, and calf and ankle muscle and tendon conditions.

Helping to boost blood flow and restore healthy function to the affected tissues, dry needling promotes faster healing.

CUPPING

Like acupuncture, cupping is an ancient technique derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the use of suction glass or plastic cups in specific areas to stimulate the skin and muscle tissues below and enables muscle relaxation and tissue hydration. And you’ve no doubt seen its tell-tale red-ringed effects on professional athletes (footballers in particular).

The most common cupping techniques involve applying the suction cups directly onto an area and leaving them there for a few minutes or using movements to sustain the suction in the cup across a wider area. Another technique is known as ‘wet cupping’ and involves blood removal by making small cuts in the skin. (We offer dry cupping only in the Studio.)

Cupping creates a vacuum effect in the glass or plastic cup, helping to increase blood supply and improve hydration of the tissues. It also helps dissolve tight bands in underlying areas, treating and preventing the appearance of tight knots.  

A minimally invasive approach, cupping is considered a safe technique, with the main side effect being circular discolouration of the skin on the application area. This technique aims to treat soft tissue conditions affecting the muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage.

Similar to dry needling, cupping treats myofascial trigger points and promotes improvements in overall mobility and flexibility. It can help to reduce pain and inflammation and assist with the management of chronic conditions related to the muscular system. 

WHICH IS MOST SUITABLE FOR YOU?

Used for many years by allied health professionals such as physios, Chinese medicine practitioners, myotherapists and remedial massage therapists, all three techniques promote overall wellbeing by treating the tissues below.

Like any technique, each has contraindications and indications and some risk involved, and your practitioner is the best person to determine which will be most suitable for your condition.

To maximise the effects of acupuncture, dry needling or cupping when treating musculoskeletal tension or injury, each technique should be used alongside other therapeutic strategies. These include regular exercise, massage and manual therapy, weight control, education and risk management.

We have therapists skilled in dry needling and cupping at The Alignment Studio. Do not hesitate to contact us on 9650 2220 to learn more about these services.

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Physiotherapy or Remedial Massage – Which do You Need?

You’re stiff and sore, with chronic or acute pain, and you want to do something to relieve your discomfort and improve your mobility. But is it physiotherapy or remedial massage that will provide you with the greatest relief?

At The Alignment Studio, we believe both therapies are
equally beneficial – and very complementary; however, there are some cases
where physiotherapy is more appropriate than massage, and vice versa.

To help you book the right appointment, we asked Senior Physiotherapist Conor Brennan to explain the different applications and benefits of physiotherapy and remedial massage. Here’s what he had to say.

Physiotherapy Vs Remedial Massage

Physiotherapy involves the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries that result in pain, weakness, impaired mobility and function. After a thorough assessment and diagnosis has been made, your physio will utilise soft tissue techniques, dry needling, joint mobilisation, joint manipulation, stretching and exercise prescription.

The final stage of recovery involves a solid rehabilitation program. This will focus both on strengthening the area and correcting the underlying muscle imbalances/asymmetries that have contributed to the injury. Clinical Pilates may be beneficial here.

Remedial massage, on the other hand, is a type of soft tissue treatment that is used to help treat soft tissues and help restore normal function. The aim of remedial massage is to decrease muscle tension and spasm, improve blood flow and circulation and promote healing. A remedial massage therapist will also prescribe stretches and advise you on the best management of your condition.

So, is physiotherapy or remedial massage for you?

So, which is the best treatment for your current condition – physiotherapy or remedial massage? The general rule of thumb is that when you are in acute pain or after an injury it is best to start with a physiotherapy assessment. Your physio will be equipped to correctly diagnose the injury and set up a thorough treatment and rehabilitation plan. This may include a mix of both physiotherapy and remedial massage, as well as clinical exercise.

However, if your pain is not sharp and you’re experiencing general
muscle soreness and tightness after exercise or work-related stress and tension,
remedial massage will be most beneficial. It is also a great option before a
sporting event or as regular maintenance to relieve tension, boost circulation,
improve recovery and maintain general mobility.

To recap, see a physio as your first step if you have:

  • Acute or sudden pain
  • A current injury
  • A complicated injury history or recurring injuries
  • Chronic, undiagnosed pain
  • Postural issues
  • An underlying health condition
  • Recurring headaches
  • Recently undergone orthopaedic/reconstructive surgery
  • Balance and coordination problems
  • A desire to enhance your sporting performance

A remedial massage is ideal if:

  • You spend a lot of time seated
  • You do a lot of computer work
  • You’re stressed and tense
  • You need a relaxing treatment
  • You’re run down and often get sick
  • You’re in training for a sports event
  • You want to recover sooner between training sessions or after a sporting event
  • You want to maintain your body

To get you on the road to recovery, book an appointment for remedial massage or physiotherapy in Melbourne CBD.

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The Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of joy and excitement, but it can also take its toll on a woman’s body. At the same time, anxiety levels are often elevated, making stress management important. Regular massage can be particularly useful to alleviate this stress, while also having a host of other benefits. Read on to discover the many and varied reasons to include massage in your pregnancy self-care plan.

It can ease lower back pain

Hormones produced during pregnancy cause the pelvic ligaments to loosen and joints to open, which in turn places stress on weight bearing joints and structures. As a result, lower back pain is a common complaint during pregnancy. By increasing blood flow to muscle groups and allowing them to work more efficiently, massage can help to alleviate pregnancy-related back pain.

And reduce fluid retention

You’ve no doubt had a pregnant friend complain about their swollen ankles, or experienced it yourself. This is due to the fact a woman’s blood volume can increase as much as 40-60% during pregnancy, placing an additional load on the lymphatic system and increasing fluid retention.

Stimulating the soft tissue during massage will help to reduce the collection of fluid and assist the lymphatic system to effectively remove fluid. Hence reducing any swelling.

Massage can relieve nerve pain & sciatica

As the baby grows, some women may experience sciatica – characterised by sharp pain from the lower back down the back of the thigh and lower limb to the foot. Releasing the surrounding muscles and massaging the glutes and lower limbs can alleviate the pressure caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve.

And alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome

Found on the palm-side of your wrist, the carpel tunnel houses several tendons and nerves that directly control your hands. Unfortunately, during pregnancy a large number of women will experience carpal tunnel syndrome due to excess fluid (oedema) in the wrists. As a result, they may experience pins and needles, numbness, and stiff, painful hands. Massage assists in moving the fluid and reducing muscular tenderness.

It can help with migraine & headache management

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can contribute to more frequent and intense migraines or headaches. By boosting circulation and reducing tension, massage can help relieve your pain.

It’s also very relaxing!

Not only is massage very relaxing, it is known to promote a good night’s sleep. Magic words for any mum-to-be!

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Should you try Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

You’ve no doubt heard of remedial, sports and deep tissue massage. But there’s a lesser-known type of massage therapy that has equally as many benefits – lymphatic drainage massage. Technically known as Manual Lymphatic Draining (MLD), this gentle rhythmic massage is used to activate a sluggish lymphatic system, and is beneficial for the management of many health conditions and injuries.

A healthy lymphatic system has numerous benefits, including more effective removal of waste and toxins from the body, stronger immunity, and regulation of fluid and pressure within the body (eg. reduced swelling).

Who is Lymphatic Drainage Massage Good for?

MLD is beneficial for a wide range of people. In fact, over 60 different ailments and conditions can be treated using MLD. These include:

  • Pre-surgery
  • Post-surgery
  • Fluid retention
  • After lymph node removal (eg. post-cancer treatment)
  • Oedema
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Low immunity
  • Migraine and Headaches
  • PCOS and other women’s health issues
  • Constipation/ digestive issues
  • Cleansing of major organs
  • Can improve scar tissue and reduce bruising

What does lymphatic drainage massage feel like?

MLD is a very gentle, relaxing treatment. Light, slow rhythmic circular movements using the finger tips are applied to the part of the body being treated, to gently push and stimulate lymph flow. The treatment can be performed with the patient wearing loose-fitting clothes, or via direct contact with skin draped with towels.

What are its major benefits?

Aside from reducing swelling and assisting in detoxification, MLD can boost immunity, reduce headaches, and assist in the management of PMS. And due to its slow, gentle movements, it is incredibly relaxing!

Are there any contraindications?

If you suffer from any of the following, please advise your therapist as MLD might not be suitable for you.

  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Congestive heart problems
  • Active blood clots, DVT
  • Acute Phlebitis (inflammation of the veins)
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Acute inflammation

After-care advice

Manual Lymphatic Drainage may cause blood pressure to drop, which may result in some light headedness and lethargy. Ensure you drink plenty of water to assist in flushing out toxins and to aid urination. Avoid hot baths and saunas for at least a few hours, and avoid stimulants such as tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol for 24 hours.

Both of The Alignment Studio’s massage therapists have a special interest in lymphatic draining massage. Call now on 03 9650 2220 to make an appointment with Mariana or Sana today.

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2 Minutes with Sana Kurban

The Alignment Studio’s Clinical Remedial Massage Therapist, Sana Kurban, has been an integral part of the (Collins Place Physio, now Alignment Studio) team for over 13 years. Sana works closely alongside our physiotherapists to treat postural conditions, headaches, sports injuries and more.

How long have you been in the massage industry?

Including from completing my Certificate IV, 15 years. I started with Collins Place Physio straight after finishing my diploma. It’s all in the timing!

Why did you decided to pursue a career in remedial massage?

I’ve always had people-focused jobs, and have always enjoyed the benefits myself of receiving remedial massage treatments. It seemed a natural choice.

What techniques do you include in your treatments?

I use deep tissue massage, trigger point, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, soft tissue release techniques, cupping, dry needling, stretching. I also prescribe exercises to counteract the stresses clients put on their bodies.

What’s your area of specialty? Your favourite technique?

I enjoy the variety, and work with what I feel is the best technique for each particular client. I get good results dealing with the postural issues that are commonly presenting in the clinic. In a clinical setting like The Alignment Studio, our massage therapists work in conjunction with the other practitioners, as a team to provide the best overall result for our clients.

Who is your typical client?

Busy, corporate, active, stressed, overworked.

Why is regular massage important?

Regular massage can prevent chronic conditions from setting in – the client becomes more aware of what they are doing to add to their discomfort, and learns what they can do to prevent it chronically reoccurring. Massage keeps the body in optimal condition and prevents injury.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Clients come in feeling pain and leave feeling good.

What is the one piece of advice you’d most like your clients to listen to?

I enjoy it when clients take postural and exercise advice and are able to manage their condition without always relying on a quick fix from me. I like to empower them to take control of their situation.

What do you do in your spare time?

Eating, cooking, wine, keeping fit, art, reading, family, friends, gardening and enjoying our new house in Northcote!

Book you next remedial massage appointment with Sana here.

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Can Remedial Massage Make Up for Our Sedentary Ways?

As a remedial massage therapist, I am a firm believer in the importance of regular remedial massage to counterbalance today’s increasingly sedentary lifestyle. The best way to explain this is to compare your body to your car. Regular servicing and tune ups are the easiest way to ensure your vehicle doesn’t conk out altogether. Causing you more expense, and a massive headache, in the long run.

Why Remedial Massage?

I understand first-hand that sedentary lifestyles are often unavoidable. In my previous job, I’d often find my ears hiked up around my shoulders at the end of a long, desk-bound day. So, even before I changed careers, I was an advocate of regular tune ups. They’re something I still enjoy, and my body definitely sees the benefits of regular remedial massage.

Today, there is a real temptation to spend more time glued to a screen than getting outside and moving our bodies. Obviously, a healthy diet and exercise are both vital to feel great. However, to get the most out of a new exercise or strengthening program, it’s essential to first release any tension or tightness.

Having an understanding of how different parts of the body work in tandem is key to overcoming painful movement patterns. Think about sitting. When you spend long periods of time sitting, at a desk or driving, the hip flexors become short and tight, while the glute muscles ‘switch off’ and become long and weak. When you stand up, your brain finds other muscles to enlist to compensate for the lack of glute activation. When one structure is over working, this automatically affects other structures above and below.

Think now of your upper body. When you’re lugging around a bag or have a phone tucked under your ear your upper traps become overworked and tight, and your lower traps become weak. All of which leads to tightness and discomfort in the shoulders and neck. Over time, these become learned positions, contributing to pain, dysfunction and a reduced range of movement.

Who Is Remedial Massage Suited To?

Whether you’re in training, suffering from headaches, recovering from surgery or just looking to switch off and pamper yourself, massage is a great way to relieve tension and discomfort. At The Alignment Studio, I take a holistic approach to treating clients and use treatment methods tailored to individual needs.

I encourage you to book a remedial massage in our Melbourne CBD physio clinic today, and start experiencing the many benefits of a regular tune up! I look forward to welcoming you in the clinic.

Mariana Stamatopoulos,
Remedial Massage Therapist, The Alignment Studio

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7 Benefits Of Massage You Might Not Expect

Regular massage might seem like a luxury, but here at The Alignment Studio we believe it’s an important tool for functioning at your very best. We offer remedial massage to reduce pain and muscular tension, and support the body’s repair process. But that’s not all massage does! Here are seven benefits of massage that you might not know about.

1. You’ll Sleep Better

The health benefits of sufficient sleep are well documented – think enhanced energy, concentration and mood – while sleep deprivation is considered risky business. Thankfully, massage has been shown to help manage insomnia and other sleep disorders by increasing those all-important serotonin levels.

2. And Catch Fewer Colds

Catch every bug that’s going round? Remedial Massage Therapist Mariana Stamatopoulos recommends hitting the massage table, especially as we approach a change in seasons. Why? “Massage stimulates your lymphatic system, which can help boost your immunity,” she says.

3. You’ll Ace That Crossword

If you want to sharpen up, massage can help beat the brain fog! As well as relaxing the mind and body, massage has been shown to improve mental alertness and concentration.

4. And Better Manage Anxiety Or Depression

Massage is also beneficial for those struggling with anxiety or depression. It can offer some sweet relief by reducing the stress hormone, cortisol, while increasing serotonin and dopamine. A Prevention article reveals, “A review of more than a dozen massage studies conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine concludes that massage therapy relieves depression and anxiety by affecting the body’s biochemistry. In a series of studies including about 500 men, women, and children with depression or stress problems, researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in participants before and immediately after massage and found that the therapy lowered levels by up to 53%.”

5. You’ll Be More Flexible

By improving circulation and reducing muscle tightness, massage increases your range of motion. Not only will you feel great as you’re able to move more freely, you’ll also significantly reduce your chances of injury.

6. With Fewer Headaches

A poorly designed work station plus endless hours of screen time can send you reaching for the Nurofen! Massage is a natural way to relieve the neck, back and shoulder tightness that frequently causes headaches.

7. And Healthier Blood Pressure

We’re busier than ever, so it’s important we take some time to manage stress. Various studies have shown relaxation massage to be useful in reducing stress-related hypertension (high blood pressure).

The Alignment Studio is your one-stop shop for physiotherapy and remedial massage in Melbourne CBD. BOOK YOUR NEXT MASSAGE APPOINTMENT with us now!

NB: Always tell your massage therapist about any pre-existing health conditions, as some techniques may be more suitable than others.

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD)

Our Remedial Massage Therapist Sana Kurban was fortunate enough recently to be invited to attend an advanced course to upgrade her skills in Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD).

MLD is a highly specialised massage technique designed to activate and cleanse the lymphatic system. It is a slow, rhythmic and precise treatment performed with light touch and in specific directions, which mimic the natural lymphatic flow.

The main functions of the Lymphatic system include:

  • producing immunity and assisting the body to fight disease and infection
  • removal of waste and toxins
  • regulating fluid volume and pressure in the tissues

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is key to maximising our ability to rejuvenate and establish resistance to stress, disease and infection, all of which negatively impact lymphatic flow.

MLD is very effective in the reduction of post surgical scaring and lymphedema, including following mastectomy, lymphadenectomy and lymph biopsy.

If you’d like to find out more about MLD or other massage techniques Sana utilises please don’t hesitate to call the clinic on 9650 2220.

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