Massage therapy brings more to the table than temporary relief and relaxation. Massage is a natural antidote to our challenging lifestyles. Our daily activities from overtaxed work schedules and labor-intensive jobs, to long hours on the computer and endless trips driving your family to soccer practice, dance lessons, and piano recitals and back every week, mean that we are challenged physically and mentally in ways that our bodies are ill-equipped to handle. With fewer hours, energy, and resources for passive recovery, massage is the perfect solution.
Massage therapy provides relief for a variety of muscle-related injuries and tension caused by stress, overwork, and exhaustion. If you are suffering from one or more of the following conditions, massage can help you find the relief you need to meet your weekly routine head on.
Conditions that benefit from massage therapy
•Exhaustion and fatigue
•Unbalanced muscle use or overuse caused by repetitive movement, motor vehicle accidents, sports injury, and other physical and mental stressors.
Massage therapy is especially beneficial for your muscular, lymphatic, nervous, and circulatory systems. It helps your body heal more quickly and allows you to continue doing the things you love without suffering the pain of life’s daily stressors.
Benefits of massage therapy
•Alleviates pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress
•Manages chronic and acute pain
•Decreases healing time
•Repairs muscles and soft tissue more quickly with fewer restrictions
•Revitalizes energy and rejuvenates tissue health
•Promotes a sense of well-being
Massage releases tension and adhesion in soft tissue, promoting better flexibility, increasing strength, and heightening energy, allowing your body to function better.
When you function better, you feel better.
Common conditions that respond well to massage therapy
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage therapy can provide you with natural relief:
•Neck and back pain, sciatica, and fibromyalgia
•Pains and symptoms related to pregnancy
•Tendonitis and arthritis
•Tennis or golfer’s elbow
•Anxiety and depression
•Whiplash, sports injury, work-related injuries, and much more
For best results, massage therapy can be used in conjunction with physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and acupuncture.
Cupping Massage is a therapy in which glass or plastic cups are suctioned onto the skin’s surface through negative pressure. The suction and negative pressure stimulates the lymphatic system to drain excessive fluids and toxins, pulls fresh blood flow to stagnant muscles, loosens adhesions in muscle and myofascial tissue, and stimulates the nervous system. During the treatment your therapist will assess areas of tension and apply cups as needed to compliment the massage.
Cupping does commonly leave marks on the skin that vary in pattern and colour (from light red to dark purple) and usually last from 3-10 days depending on the client's health, lifestyle, and trauma to the area. The marks are rarely sensitive to touch afterwards unless there are large amounts of toxin being released.
Price – $95 (60 min), $125 (90 min)
Reflexology is a therapy based on the principle that there are small and specific areas in the body that correspond to specific muscle groups or organs of the body. Reflexology is done on the feet, hands and ears. By pressing on these reflex points, it can help to unblock and balance areas in the body that are not working optimally. Reflexology can help many common disorders of the body including stress, muscle pain, insomnia, anxiety, digestive problems, and nausea. Many clients report benefits including reduced stress, improved relaxation, released tension, decreased pain and increased mobility after a treatment.
Price - $75 (3/4hr)
Myofascial Release Massage
Myofascial Release Massage is a therapy that treats skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in the muscles.
Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle. Fascia supports and protects these structures. This soft tissue can be restricted due to disease, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow.
Price - $90
RAPID Adhesion Release
RAPID Adhesion Release is a method of hands on neuro-fascial “release” of the deepest fascia of the periosteum.
Why the periosteum? The periosteal fascia is the richest source of sensory free nerve endings in the body-richer than the eyes, ears, nose or skin. Stimulating the neurobiological system this way allows access to nearly one thousand times more sensory receptors than massaging muscle tone.
By accessing the neurobiological system, therapists are able to affect both the central and autonomic nervous systems to reduce tissue tone and increase intercellular tissue fluids, this in turn melts adhesion and tissue tension. Affecting the autonomic nervous system this way also has a global effect on the body by turning down the sympathetic nervous system. Most importantly therapeutic intervention to these free nerve ending is known to produce a chemical cascade in the tissues which dramatically reduces pain.
In addition to the periosteum we also focus our work on the aponeurosis, nerve sheaths, tendons, joint capsules and ligaments as these tissues are also highly neurological. Simply put RAPID addresses dysfunctional nerve endings to reduce tissue tension and pain and place the body in a relaxed state.
What are the benefits? RAPID offers the ability to successfully treat the most complex painful musculoskeletal complaints that mainstream medicine offers little help for such as; sciatica, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, bursitis, frozen shoulder, Baker’s cysts, back pain, migraines, TMJ, vertigo, tinnitus, arthritis, knee pain, golfer’s & tennis elbow and so much more.
RAPID is currently being incorporated into deep tissue massage treatments by select therapists.
Price - $90
Frequently Asked Questions
How will massage therapy benefit me?
Professional massage therapy can help you experience relief from muscular tension and pain, receive increased range of motion and a reduction of mental stress levels. Massage is a natural healing process that can deliver both physical and emotional benefits.
How often will I need treatments?
Some people require only a few sessions to treat a specific problem, while others become regular users of massage therapy as both proactive and preventative healthcare. Massage can help maintain good muscle tone, flexibility, and help correct muscular injuries. Most muscle related injuries should see marked improvement after 3 treatments. Recommended maintenance frequency is once per month although some individuals would benefit from every 2 – 3 weeks.
Which regions of my body get massaged?
During the assessment you will also be asked to describe any chronic conditions that you are experiencing. This will determine the appropriate regions of your body that need attention.
Will I experience muscle soreness following a massage therapy treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed, and experience significant relief from aches, pains and stress after a massage session. However some people may experience muscle soreness for a couple of days. Once the soreness is gone, they often notice heightened energy levels and an increased range of motion.
Do I have to take off all of my clothes?
One of the keys to the success of a your massage therapy session is your ability to relax and feel comfortable. Therefore, the decision is yours; remove only the articles of clothing that you are comfortable with removing. During a session you will be fully covered with a sheet & a blanket, only the area of your body that is being worked on is uncovered. Before and after the session, you will undress and dress in complete privacy.
Will my extended healthcare plan cover the costs of the massage?
Yes. Most extended healthcare plans include massage therapy. Some plans may ask you to first receive a physician's referral. Please check with your extended insurance company to determine specific coverage you have.
Do you offer massage gift certificates?
Yes. A massage is a great way to show someone how much you care.