The benefits of remedial massage, I find, are generally underrated. Even in my physiotherapy training this was the case.
When it comes to musculo- skeletal problems, massage is an essential tool. Pain is a sign of physical stagnation, things not moving the way they should, ‘stuckness’. Massage makes tissue (be it muscle, lymph, fascia etc) move where it cannot produce this movement itself anymore. Motion is lotion. With this external movement, the tissues not only get mobilised, but also re-educated on how to move, as if the body had lost this knowledge.
Remedial massage has many forms and I always adapt it. The notion of ‘no pain no gain’ rarely applies. A good remedial massage needs to feel good: a nourishment of the body.