What is Remedial Massage?

Remedial massage is based on traditional oil massage, and also incorporates clinical knowledge of treating particular ailments and injuries. It is based mainly on soft tissue release and stretching. Below I list some of the techniques used in remedial massage.

What Are the Benefits of Remedial Massage?

Remedial massage can help relieve general aches and pains, and can also assist in injury recovery. The focus is on the therapeutic power of relaxation and tension release. Further benefits of remedial massage include:

  • pain relief
  • stress relief
  • tension release
  • faster recovery from injury

What Methods Does Remedial Massage Use?

Remedial massage uses a variety of techniques listed below

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a cornerstone of remedial massage. It involves slow and deep strokes across tight muscles in order to release tension and improve movement and general function. Deep tissue massage should not be overly painful, but a sensation of “good pain” is commonly experienced.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release works on the muscles and fascia (connective tissues) by massaging and stretching relevant areas. Myofascial release can be performed on any of the muscles in the body in order to release tension and create a general feeling of relaxation and wellbeing.


Passive stretching is sometimes applied during a remedial massage. This involves complete relaxation by the receiver, as the therapist gently stretches out tight muscles.