What’s the difference between active therapy and passive therapy?

I personally offer registered massage therapy and movement (yoga) therapy, so I will speak to those.

Massage therapy would be considered a passive therapy. The treatment is happening to you. The main benefit is symptom relief. 

The moment you go back to your regular activities, movement patterns and habits, everything that caused your symptoms in the first place will begin to build up again… And then you’ll be back for more relief. 

Movement therapy would be considered an active therapy. The treatment is happening within you. One of the many benefits is actual symptom resolve and prevention.

You actually learn how to address and change the way your body moves through and responds to the world around you.   

I love to combine these two things in what I call ‘Discovery appointments’. We split time a little more evenly between movement and massage. The movement therapy provides me with the assessment and home care I am required to provide within the context of a massage appointment, but you get both the relief and the building blocks to resolve. 

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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