what is REMEDIAL massage?

Remedial massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. It’s performed to create favourable conditions for the body to return to normal health after injury and is defined by the premise that the treatment can reasonably reverse certain physical effects a patient may be presenting.
— Australian Traditional Medicine Society

Remedial massage is designed to balance muscle and soft tissue length, tension and tone which will in turn promote the return to normal joint/capsular/bone position, increase the flow of blood and lymph fluid to injured areas and remove the blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions resulting from injury.

Remedial massage treatment is designed to remediate the given condition by reducing or eliminating pain and restoring function.

Remedial Massage Therapists are trained to assess and treat muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue and treat injuries and soreness. They employ a variety of treatments for use in pain management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions, postural conditions and sporting and occupational injuries.

To determine where to treat patients effectively, remedial therapists have a working knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.

At Southside Clinic we offer:

  • Remedial Massage

  • Relaxation Massage

  • Pregnancy Massage

  • Sports Massage

At Southside Clinic we offer 30 minute, 45 minute or 60 minute Remedial Massage appointments. We also offer two fifteen minute add on services - Dry Brushing and Foot Reflexology.


What is a Gua Sha Facial?

Gua sha is a traditional East Asian and Chinese technique used to invite well-being, circulation and remove stagnant toxin build-up in the body. Gua means scrape and sha means sand, and this practice has been used for thousands of years.

Gua Sha facials are a traditional East Asian and Chinese technique designed to improve the skin's tone, tautness and clarity. They have been likened to a facelift without the surgery.

The massage is completed by stroking a specially designed jade tool along specific areas of the face, helping to increase collagen production and circulation and to allow inflammation to drain via the lymphatic system. Along with these benefits, the massage itself is incredibly relaxing with noticeable results visible after just one session.

Gua sha facials encourage collagen production (strength in cells). They sculpt and tone the face shape, allowing inflammation to drain and muscles to become free of tension β€” allowing them to do their supportive jobs properly. They also help the skin return to its most radiant state as circulation is increased, sending nutrients to areas that may have been starved because of blockage.

Some of the benefits of Gua Sha Facials are:

  • Carries nutrient-rich and oxygenated blood (food for the cells) to the skin and tissues

  • Drains lymph fluid (which is often filled with toxins and waste) out of the cells to be cleansed

  • Eliminates or greatly reduces wrinkles

  • Treats and prevents sagging skin (lifts and tightens the skin)

  • Aids in eliminating dark circles around the eyes

  • Aids in breaking up and releasing the skin from dark spots and hyper-pigmentation

  • Brightens the complexion

  • Greatly speeds the healing time of breakouts and pimples, helping these skin issues overall

  • Has the ability to heal and relieve rosacea

  • Aids in product penetration

  • Can be an alternative to injections and face-lift surgery


Who is our Massage Therapist and facialist?

Massage therapy is offered at Southside Clinic by Fiona McCallum Cox.

Fiona McCallum Cox

Fiona McCallum Cox

MASSAGE Treatment Techniques

Massage Therapists use a variety of treatments within their consultation. At Southside Clinic we offer:

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MASSAGE - Frequently Asked Questions

What SHOULD I expect when I visit a MASSAGE THERAPIST?

At the beginning of a massage, lighter pressure is generally applied to warm up and prepare the muscles. Specific techniques are then applied. Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during a massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on tense areas.

After the massage, you may feel some stiffness or soreness, but it should subside within a day or so. Be sure to contact your massage therapist if you have concerns or if you feel pain after having a massage. Drinking water after the massage may help to flush the metabolic waste from the tissues.

How long will MY treatment take?

At Southside Clinic we offer 30, 45 and 60 minute massages. Fiona also offers two 15 minute add on services - dry brushing and foot reflexology.

If you have any questions about the Massage or facial services provided at Southside Clinic or if you would like to speak to a practitioner, please call us on 1300 10 11 22.