What is Remedial Massage

You have pain and constricted mobility. Remember the story of Fascia. The concept of how sailing boats have ‘standing rigging’ and ‘running rigging’ works well for your body. Your ‘mast’ is a bit more complicated – your spine, and then all that hangs off it. Fascia takes the strain like rigging. If you bend, one side goes tight, one side relaxes – but what if the rigging is out whack? Tilt…

Muscles come into play, try to compensate – but they can get messed up too!! Injury, spasm, cramp, RSI (repetitive strain injuries). A bit more elaborate, but muscle movement is helped by sheathing of associated groups. That can ‘glue’ – that’s what superficial myofascial cupping is for.

It started with work, or play, or stress, or injury… It triggered from mind games and emotional turmoil of one form or another – that’s counselling territory… We start with a systematic assessment to identify not only where is your pain, but also your posture and what are the root causes. If we don’t get to root causes, you’ll be complaining or not coming back…

Your body is shaped in a complex structure of skeleton, tendons, muscles, ligaments, fascia. Things get seriously out of whack!!

Remedial Massage can put things back in whack.

 A Remedial Massage session can include Trigger Point Manipulation in fascia, muscle and tendon, Myofascial Release (hand or cupping), Muscle Energy Stimulation (includes hand, hot stone and low level laser), Deep Tissue release.

Remedial Massage is a sophisticated therapy, holistically treating the whole of body structures focussed upon immediate relief and long term healing – WE EVEN GIVE YOU HOMEWORK!  Clients leave energised. A good sign is volume in repeat bookings.



Special needs are met where surgeries have disrupted the lymphatic system – Lymphatic Decongestion and Drainage techniques, including bandaging. If you’ve come out of a physio or a chiro, we have to consider what they are doing to you, and how it all fits together. Pregnancy considerations are also integrated into therapies. 

So the moral of this story is… make sure your massage therapist is up to speed with the modern understanding of how integrated are the  soft tissues and skeletal formations, and how the techniques have become more sophisticated to address underlying structural needs.

Book online with Cheng-Lye, Lymphoedema & Remedial Massage Therapist

@ Centro Health in WEST PERTH


OR call 0403 154 016

@ Elim Springs WA in Kalamunda PERTH HILLS

Detox Your Fascia!!

Talking about how your fascia systems have been recognised for their immense importance in soft tissue systems compared to a few years ago/ Read More

Did you ever consider your muscle parts can get toxic because things get gluey, trapped and bound up — your regular work and play habits might not be helping things either….


It is becoming much more widely recognized that several intricate layers of fascial tissue interlace within muscle, beyond muscle and encapsulate muscle — to hold everything together, including your organs.

To resolve problems and pain can be a bit beyond the  traditional cupping practices of remedial massage – a key part is now an intimate knowledge and understanding of the new anatomy teachings, and application of deep fascial release during Remedial Massage Therapies.

Fascia is a bit more complex than the old school thinking. The Thomas Meyer and Anatomy Trains teaching testifies to the incredible intricacy of soft tissue structures. What holds your skeleton in position is a complex bundle of tension lines established by the old school of muscle, tendon and ligament — but now we have to consider the dimension of several layers and specific types of fascia, not just the bag that holds the muscle.

Fascial dysfunction can occur for a variety of reasons.  Lack of movement variations, sub-optimal nutrition, habitual postures and  trauma  can impact on the fascia’s ability to glide and slide, which normally helps the distribution and transmission of tension across the body.  Compensatory patterns of movement can then occur resulting in more stress on the fascial system.  Fascial dysfunction is associated with pain, stiffness, tissue fatigue and reduced performance and function. Fascia can bind or shorten, solidify and thicken in response to:

        • trauma
        • anything physically or emotionally injurious to the body
        • inflammation
        • poor posture

The sheaths that encapsulate muscle need to glide past each other — especially in complex multiple muscle units like the neck — ten pairs of two, and two sets of three muscles interlaced in the neck alone.

When you have repeated poor posture position — work and play positions — some of your fascial sheaths are not moving often enough, or in the right ways, and the interstitial lubricants of fascia lose their function. The sheaths get ‘gluey’. Then you grow a form of ‘knots’ where they bind. Your body seizes up in critical areas. Uncomfortable postural positions get increasingly painful.

Here’s where you can get some help. First, in postural assessment. Second, through detailed knowledge of your anatomy trains and structural integrity. Third, through Remedial Massage and Deep Fascial Release. Fourth, through a plan and programme for detoxing by tackling root causes. Fifth, exercises and homework — to correct some bad habits perhaps.

Detox your fascial systems with our expert Remedial Massage Team!!