Massage therapy is often written off as being a luxury, just for the rich or the spoiled. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Receiving a massage, especially from Knead It Or Knot (a professional mobile service in Sydney), has so many different and amazing benefits like improving circulation, reducing pain, enhancing immunity, and obviously reducing stress. Today, we’re going to focus on two different types of massages that are offered locally – remedial massage and hot stone relaxation massage.
What exactly is a remedial massage?
A remedial massage is a style of massage that assesses and treats your muscles, connective tissues, ligaments, and tendons on a systemic basis. This style is mainly used to treat specific areas of pain, tightness or discomfort and to help in the rehabilitation of injuries.
These massages generally start with your massage therapist assessing where your pain is and what may be causing it. He or she may even perform a few tests to identify or narrow down the issue so that they can come up with a treatment plan that fits your unique situation. Treatment situations common for remedial massage usually include diagnoses like stiff necks, carpal tunnel, sciatica and other nerve impingement issues, sports injuries, and rehabilitation from injury.
What is hot stone relaxation massage?
In contrast to remedial massage, hot stone relaxation massage is not usually considered physically therapeutic or intense. It is extremely relaxing, though, as evidenced by the name!
A standard Sydney relaxation massage will help you destress with slow, flowing, gentle strokes and kneading of the superficial muscle layers. The addition of hot stones amplifies the relaxation component of this service to provide more benefits.
The way this works is by simple heat transference. The direct heat that the stones hold works to relax, release and lengthen superficial muscles, especially if combined with a variety of appropriate pressures. In addition, the hot stones expand (dilate) your blood vessels to help encourage even more blood and lymph flow through your circulatory and lymphatic system, respectively. The acceleration of fluid through both these systems will help flush out toxins from your body, creating an overall improved feeling of wellbeing.
Some people describe the feeling of a hot stone relaxation massage as being sedating due to the deep sense of relaxation they feel. That makes this specific Sydney relaxation massage perfect for those with issues like chronic pain, increased stress levels, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis among others. However, these types of massage aren’t specifically meant to treat injuries. If you have areas of concern, you may be better off with a remedial massage. If you are not sure what style of massage will be most suited to you, contact us by clicking here.
So, if you’ve been experiencing stress in your life or are just looking to treat yourself, consider booking a hot stone relaxation massage here in Sydney. You really do deserve it.