Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. It helps to alleviate soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stressors, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. If employed early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury, massage therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning.
What Massage Therapy Can Do For You
A Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) can help relieve:
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendonitis
- Stress relief and associated conditions
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscular and tendon conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
- Back pain
- Repetitive strain injury
- Circulatory and Respiratory problems
- Pre-natal and labor discomfort
- Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
- Lymphatic drainage
- and many other conditions.
What should I expect afterward?
After a session, most people feel extremely relaxed and may feel a little fatigued. Many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up over weeks and months from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of relaxation, clients often experience an increase in energy that can last for several days. If you have deep tissue massage, you may feel a bit sore for 1-2 days, like after a workout.
How long is a session?
An hour is the usual length of your treatment. This gives time for a deep, relaxing full body massage, or more in-depth work on a particular area, for example back, neck and shoulders.
You can also choose from a 30 min, 45, min, 60 min or 90 min massage session.
Massage is a wonderful way to relax, relieve pain and discomfort, and help you cope with stress and fatigue during pregnancy. Massage helps to relieve pain in your muscles and joints that must support extra weight during pregnancy. It also helps increase flexibility, making it easier for your body to adjust to additional weight. Massage therapy is an ideal natural therapy for management of chronic conditions and prevention of illness. Regularly scheduled massage treatments are particularly essential since many pain medications are not recommended during pregnancy.
Reflexology is an ancient practice that was used in ancient Egypt, India and China. Reflexology involves the treatment of the body by pressing on “reflex” areas on the hands and feet. These areas correspond to specific organs, glands and other parts of the body. Reflexology is suitable for those with high blood pressure, diabetes, poor circulation and poor sleep.
Reflexology is also used for post-operative or palliative care. A study in the American Cancer Society journal found that one-third of cancer patients used reflexology as a complementary therapy.
Reflexology is provided by our wonderful massage therapist, Azra.
- Reduces pain
- Helps with headache
- Improves blood flow
- Promotes relaxation
- Soothes tired feet
What is a typical reflexology treatment like?
A typical treatment is 45 minutes for the feet and 30 minutes for the hands.
Shiatsu, also known as Tuina or acupressure, is a hands on manual manipulation modality that uses meridians and acupuncture points to move qi and blood, and release muscles and tendons. Shiatsu works with the acupuncture points, thus the manipulations are different than with western massage. Pressure is used to push down on the acupuncture points with as much pressure as is comfortable for the patient and then move on to the next point. It is a slow, deep, and relaxing type of treatment.
According to Chinese Medicine Tuina massage is closely related to Shiatsu with its treatment style, function, and results. It can be a very deep treatment and show great results, especially when combined with other therapies such as acupuncture since it works with acupuncture points and meridian systems, Shiatsu’s scope of treatment is rather large. It is used mainly for regulating the body, releasing muscular adhesions and to promote overall relaxation.
To regulate the body, the back is usually massaged and this is due to a specific meridian that runs along the back where there is an acupuncture point for just about every function in the body: all of the organs, the bones, the diaphragm, and even for emotional regulation. Applying Tuina massage on other parts of the body such as the legs or arms is done on an as-needed basis to release muscle adhesions, regulate specific acupuncture points, and is usually applied in conjunction with electrical acupuncture.