Remedial massage involves massaging and manipulating the soft tissue of the body to enhance mobility and overall health. It mobilises tense and knotted muscles to allow better circulation and freedom of movement. It also releases fascia to allow muscles to have their natural range of motion and release emotional tension.
Why do clients choose Remedial Massage?
There are many benefits to be gained from remedial massage including:
- Relaxed muscles and connective tissues
- Largely increased flexibility and joint mobility
- Lessened recovery time from certain injuries and stressors
- Improvement of treatments of depression and anxiety
- Stronger muscular balance throughout the body
- Improved circulation to all areas of the body, not just the massaged areas
- Creating a sense of well-being and freedom of movement
How do you get started as a remedial masseuse?
Practitioners of remedial massage can be trained in colleges and trained on site by existing practitioners.
Remedial Masseuse, Ms Tiffanny Comrie Nitschke has been running her own business for 23 years this year and said she began in the industry in finding a solution to her own health issues. “Working with the body in easing the tension in my muscles began my interest in a path that has led me to help other people in the same position” she said.
Courses begin at 36 weeks minimum and some can take up to three years full time, with varying levels of Centrelink eligibility and/or Association membership eligibility for Health Fund rebates. Units usually include Introductory Massage, Clinical Aromatherapy, Human Biology, Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Safe Practices, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Remedial Massage and Massage Practice.
The remedial massage course is an advance level course, and applicants will need to have successfully completed the Certificate IV in Massage Therapy or an equivalent qualification. It is suited to those wishing to change career or add remedial massage to their existing skill set. If you are an overseas trained Remedial Massage Therapist and need to ensure your training is comparable to Australian requirements, the remedial massage course could also be useful for you.
Who uses remedial massage services?
Once qualified your clients may be in:
- your own private clinic
- a larger health centre alongside chiropractors, physiotherapists, naturopaths and other health care professionals
- medical services providing injury management & rehabilitation
- athlete support services in a sporting environment such as swimming teams, football clubs.
What is a day in the life of a remedial masseuse like?
Ms Tiffanny Comrie Nitschke starting out running her business and offering remedial massage services 6 -7 days per week to build a clientele and then later on reduced her schedule to a four day week.
Starting with clients at 9am and ending at 7pm, she works one hour appointments back to back and has a two hour scheduled lunch break.
“Clients are weekly, fortnightly or monthly and at each visit we talk about what has happened between massage visits to know what areas of the body to concentrate on in their appointment” she said.
There are other jobs in the running of a remedial massage business including the towels being washed regularly, stocking up on oils and appointment consumables, checking the appointment diary, returning phone calls, cleaning the table and floors regularly and meticulously.
“When I get a spare moment, I refill hand soap, sweep out the floors and pavement out the front, keep up with the tasks to stay organised and maintain hygiene and tidiness” Tiffanny said.
What 4 pieces of advice would you give to a student training to be a remedial masseuse?
- Set boundaries on forgetting appointments – have penalties in place for missed appointments or you will lose income and can mess up other peoples schedule as well as your own.
- Listen and be there for your clients – listen, listen, and listen.
- Maintain privacy. You are in a trusted privileged position, treat it as such and respect your client’s privacy.
- Be comfortable and humble enough in your own skin to put your patient at ease.