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Remedial Massage vs Deep Tissue Massage

What are the main differences between Remedial Massage and Deep Tissue Massage? Well, Remedial Massage is generally an umbrella term that covers a number of different techniques and best practices. Remedial Massage is also a qualification that is rated at Diploma level, however, there are also a few advanced diplomas in Remedial Massage offered around Australia at various Universities and TAFES.

Remedial Massage Therapists typically will use Deep Tissue Massage techniques when performing a session. However Deep Tissue Massage is not used exclusively by Remedial Massage Therapists.

Deep Tissue Massage is simply a technique or style of Massage that is quite popular with Remedial Massage Therapists, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and others.

Deep Tissue or Remedial?

If you are wondering what are the main differences between Remedial massage and Deep Tissue Massage, one is a technique and one is a qualification that embodies a structure, system, and approach that encompasses history taking, note taking, assessments, tests, and treatment planning. Where as Deep tissue can be performed in a variety of different situations outside of Remedial Massage.

Deep Tissue can be used without an assessment or tests, it can be simply employed as a tool or technique to release tight and stiff muscles, without conducting a thorough history taking or designing a treatment plan.

Typically Deep Tissue is very firm and as the name implies ‘Deep’. It is not for the faint hearted, it can be very sore in the following days after a treatment. The strokes can be slow and fast, with oil or with balm, the point is the pressure is very firm and very deep.

If you are searching for Remedial Massage or Deep Tissue Massage, there is a good chance that the Remedial Massage will use Deep tissue Massage techniques during the session anyway.