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Structural Integration vs. Remedial Massage

Should you book a Structural Integration or a Remedial session? And what are the differences?

There are many different manual therapy treatments for individuals. At Muscle Sense we specialize in Remedial Massage and Structural Integration – two very different treatments. Here are the main differences between Remedial Massage and Structural Integration:

Remedial Massage Therapy (RMT) is a type of bodywork systematic assessment and treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments & connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain & injury management. If you have particular muscle tension or stress, remedial massage may be more appropriate for you. Your Remedial Massage therapist will employ a range of different techniques including deep tissue work, kneading, effleurage, sports massage and joint mobilization depending on the treatment needed for each individual client. After thorough assessment, pain and restrictions from acute inflammation injuries may be helped with RMT.

Structural Integration (SI) is a type of manual therapy that aims to improve human biomechanical functioning as a whole rather than treatment of a particular symptom. SI treatments last up to 90 minutes involving deep, slow fascial manipulation with movement re-education. Your therapist will assess your posture in underwear or shorts, getting you on and off the table multiple times during the session. At Muscle Sense we look at the body globally and move away from focusing on the site of pain. After treating postural and movement patterns, you will feel an overall sense of lightness and are often energized. SI can be successful for chronic or reoccurring problems but is often not

appropriate for acute injuries.

Both Remedial Massage and Structural Integration treatments complement each other and we often encourage our clients to get both where possible.

If you are unsure which is right for you – get in contact with us and we can point you in the right direction.

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