Remedial Massage is a treatment modality that manipulates the soft tissues of the body including movement for a specific therapeutic effect, rather than a general therapeutic effect. It uses relevant techniques, lubricants and movements according to the client’s needs and response. This leads to the healing process, which begins at the cellular level aiding soft tissues in repairing, restoring functional integrity and adapting back to health.
The actual treatment intervention, such as massage, e.g. application of adequate and appropriate pressure to the soft tissues of the body including movement is only a part – though a highly significant part – of the whole process. The intellectual reasoning that precedes, accompanies and follows the treatment is essential and complex.
The accredited remedial massage therapist honours the professional practice protocol to bring about the specific individualized therapeutic change with clinical reasoning.
When remedial massage is practiced at this professional level, rather than a technical level it is influenced by a number of intellectual activities: It is directed by the initial assessment of the client, modified to suit the needs of the individual, and adapted in the light of each individual’s response.
The quality of the decisions made using this sophisticated clinical reasoning will determine the quality of the treatment.