What is Remedial Massage?

Remedial Massage works to heat muscles and tendons that are damaged, impaired or knotted. It holistically treats the whole body and traces the discomfort back to the original cause.
This type of therapeutic massage uses several specialised techniques, to locate and repair damage and to support and speed up the body’s own repair mechanisms.
The massage is applied directly to the skin using a lubricating medium, usually oil, which ensures that the muscles associated with the disorder and mobilisation of the joint itself are deeply penetrated. Passive stretching moves are also used.

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Remedial Massage is 'fix and release' massage for a whole 60 minutes and guaranteed to get you back into your day in great shape in body and mind.

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Who can benefit from Remedial Massage?

Remedial massage is gnerally safe and effective for most people, from children to active or sedentary persons, to the elderly.

  • Stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed
  • Calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort
  • Toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility
  • Reparation of tissues and subsequent easing of stiffness and tension
  • Assisting improvement to the health of the cells  is another key benefit of therapeutic massage and relaxation
Deep relaxation with massage

Deep relaxation with massage

Remedial Massage can assist with:

  • Insomnia
  • Muscular tension
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Work related stress
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Circulatory disorders (such as Reynaud’s Disease)
  • Fibrositis
  • Spondylitis
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Eating disorders and digestive dysfunction
  • Postural misalignment
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Whiplash
  • Sports and dancing injuries
  • Muscular-Skeletal tension
  • Sports injuries
  • Digestive & bowel dysfunction
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Women’s Health issues – from fertility, pregnancy to menopause

Who cannot be treated?

Massage is mostly a safe treatment to experience. However there are certain times when it is advised against or contra-indicated. Inflamed conditions such as recent strains or sprains are best left until they are less inflamed, as massage may aggravate the symptoms more. A suspected DVT (deep vein thrombosis) is cause to see your doctor first for a ‘clean bill of health’ first, and certain cancers or active cancer treatment are also contra-indications. Colds and flues can worsen or at least heighten the symptoms but may help to bring it to a head or lymphatic drainage may be more useful at this time, if a massage is strongly needed.

What to expect during a Remedial Massage?

A history is taken at the beginning of each appointment so the treatment can be correctly tailored to your particular needs. A treatment can be booked for 60, 75 or 90 minutes. You can expect an hour session to focus on your back, hips, neck and shoulders, or focus on a particular area of need such as upper back, neck and shoulders, or hips, back and legs, and worked sufficiently to loosen and correct various areas of complaint. A longer session of 75 or 90 minutes will do sufficiently more to trace the origins of symptoms and problems to a more satisfactory conclusion. The massage will also include some stretches, which will be demonstrated to you and given as homework for you to do easily enough, so as to encourage both a continuing letting go or your symptoms and consequential tensions and a means to correct them as well.




How often should I have Remedial Massage?

A single treatment may resolve your symptoms and problem, but generally a follow-up treatment is recommended, in particular to settle the body down again, as it can return to the pre-existing state of tension, if the person does nothing different to improve their outcome. For that reason, you may return for a few treatments to settle and resolve your complaint, with suitable homework to do as well. Monthly maintenance will aim to keep you in good shape, although this may depend on your various needs.


Claire Cleaver

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The Healing Practice

The Healing Practice
129b Balmain Rd
Leichhardt, Sydney NSW 2040
M: 0438 216 351

The Healing Practice
129b Balmain Road
Leichhardt, Sydney NSW 2040

Contact The Healing Practice Learn how we can help you or Call Claire on 0438 216 351.

What about health fund rebates?

You can expect a rebate from your health fund if you are covered for massage and can claim your rebate in clinic via HICAPS on the spot.

I feel amazing already! It is by far the best treatment I have ever received. You tailored the entire treatment to what my body required and gave me ongoing stretches to help with my recovery and improvement. I really look forward to seeing you again.

Larissa Bennett

Paramedic student

Claire is very professional in her approach and has a total knowledge of the body structure. She has the fantastic ability to listen to what the problems are and then set about making them right.

Bevin Konza


I find Claire’s massages wonderful. I’ve walked in with sore stiff hips and walked out relaxed and next day walking without stiffness or pain.

I love the range of modalities that Claire uses and my body responds so well to her massages. I particularly like how respectful Claire is – she listens and if you ask her to be careful around a particular area she is or if you ask her to not massage on a particular spot eg after an operation, she avoids that particular spot. I think Claire is highly intuitive as she seems to know exactly where my body needs a massage and which modality my body responds to best.

Maret Staron


Claire Cleaver specialises in massage, hypnotherapy and holistic counselling. She sees clients for various needs recognising that high levels of sustained stress can create long-term unwellness. It is important to seek the right treatment at the right time. 

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Health Fund rebates are available depending on your level of cover. Process your HICAPS  claim on the spot and we accept payment by cash, eftpos, credit card and online transfers.

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