Do you know the difference between sports massage and remedial therapy?

Have you ever heard of Shiatsu? Did you know that Thai massage helps to improve flexibility as well as circulation, and it promotes relaxation?

The HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage incorporates a variety of practical components, including Shiatsu, Thai Massage and much more. If you’re interested in learning more about the different types and techniques of massage included in the course,  read on…

  1. Swedish massage
    Swedish massage is a popular form of massage that involves the whole body. It is typically an oil massage, where the therapist uses their hands and forearms to help relieve muscle tension and knots. This treatment would be perfect for clients who experience a lot of stress and would like to unwind and de-stress. During the massage treatment, the therapist will make use of a number of techniques, including kneading, long strokes towards the heart, and deep circular movements. Some passive joint movement techniques may also be employed, which are often useful for the treatment of mild aches and pain.

  2. Shiatsu
    Ideal for those who would like a relaxing experience, Shiatsu massage is an effective stress reliever and can also be used for the management of minor body pain, muscle tension, and headaches. This type of massage can be performed on most areas of the body, although certain parts of the body may be focused on, depending on the case. The massage therapist will use both pulsing and rhythmic pressure to massage specific points in the body.
  3. Sports massage
    Sports massage is a highly effective treatment for individuals who are suffering from a muscle injury caused by repetitive use during exercise. It can also be used as a preventative measure for those who are prone to injuries, as it tends to increase flexibility. Sports massage is also helpful in relieving general muscle tension. This type of massage can be performed on the whole body, or on specific areas, depending on the case. The therapist will typically use a combination of deep pressure and soothing strokes to address the area of injury.

  4. Trigger point
    Trigger point massage, also known as remedial or neuromuscular therapy, is often an effective option for individuals who suffer from chronic pain or injuries. In many cases, trigger points, which are characterised by areas of tightness, cause pain in various parts of the body. During remedial massage, the massage therapist will focus on these trigger points in the muscle tissues to relieve pain and discomfort. The therapist will use various strokes, including both gentle and deep pressure movements to target problem areas. The movements used in trigger point massage are typically broad and flowing.

  5. Thai massage
    Ideal for those who are looking for an active kind of massage, Thai massage helps to reduce pain and stress. It can also go a long way in improving one’s flexibility and circulation. The massage technique works the whole body through a series of movements and stretches. The massage therapist will use their hands to stretch the body into a sequence of positions. They will also apply firm pressure to the body throughout the treatment.
  6. Pregnancy massage
    Pregnancy massage, also known as prenatal massage, is a highly effective means of reducing pregnancy-related pain and muscle tension. It can also help to reduce stress and promote relaxation. The massage therapist will use mild pressure during the treatment and focus on areas like the hips, legs, and lower back. Pregnant women will typically lie on their side, or on a specially designed table, during a prenatal massage.

  7. Seated massage
    During a seated massage, the massage therapist will focus on areas of the body such as the neck, shoulders and back. This type of massage helps to promote relaxation and ease stress and tension. The massage therapist will use light to medium pressure, depending on the case.

If you’re interested in learning any of the practical skills above, why not consider studying a massage course with Q Academy.  We offer a number of science-based and affordable courses to cater for all levels of training, experience, and even modes of learning. You can find all of our available courses here. Most of our courses require no previous massage experience and are a great starting point for a career in physical therapy.