Massage Therapy

Session types: All sessions are one on one individualized care. We are focused only on you for the whole session. We offer direct billing with almost all insurers, but make sure to inquire with your insurance company regarding your specific policy. 

Massage therapy: 30, 45, 60, or 90 minute sessions.

Fascial stretch therapy: 30, 45, 60, or 90 minute sessions.

Massage Therapy is a regulated profession under the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario (CMTO) and defines the practice of Massage Therapy as: 

“the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.” (MTA, 1991)                     

Types of Massage:

 

Swedish Massage – The most common and widely taught style of massage around the world. Swedish Massage involves the application of long, sweeping strokes (effleurage), rolling and muscle kneading (petrissage), along with rhythmic tapping (tapotement) directly to the skin or over the clothing to promote circulation, muscle relaxation, and stress relief. Deep tissue massage is an umbrella term used to describe deep and slow Swedish, myofascial release, trigger point, and cross-fiber techniques applied to specific areas that are deemed necessary.

 

Sports Massage –  The application of specific massage techniques to an athlete with the purpose of enhancing the athlete’s preparation for, or recovery from, the physical demands of training or competition. Sports Massage is delivered on-site at an event, or at a team clinic setting, applied through specific pre-event, inter-event, post-event, and restorative/training massage techniques. Each phase has specific timing, duration, benefits, and expected outcomes. Sports Massage techniques are often NOT deep and slow, but rather superficial and quick with the intent to energize the nervous system, simulate blood flow, and relax key muscles dependent on the athlete's specified sport. Skillfully applied sports massage is provided by an RMT that is a member of the Canadian Sports Massage Therapist Association (CSMTA) that is trained in specific techniques used at appropriate times to increase performance, decrease risk of injury, and assist the athletes with their mental preparation.  

 

Prenatal Massage – Therapeutic treatment that focuses on the common aches and pains that comes with pregnancy. This type of massage is often performed with the client laying on her side, or with specially designed maternity cushioning, which allows the expectant mother to lie on her stomach. Much like Swedish massage, prenatal massage is relaxing and focuses on relieving lower back, shoulder, and neck pain. Prenatal massage offers a natural, safe, and drug-free alternative for pain relief.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) – Is a gentle massage technique that stimulates the lymphatic system and promotes fluid drainage in areas of congestion and fluid retention within the body. This is beneficial in conditions, such as lymphedema, diabetes, swelling from acute injuries. This is also beneficial to people undergoing cancer treatment. Most notice reduced swelling, alleviating that ‘heavy feeling most feel following radiation.

Soft Tissue Release (STR) – A dynamic technique that combination of Myofascial Release, Therapeutic Massage, and Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) techniques. STR involves applying direct pressure to a target muscle then gently guided into a comfortable stretch and held no longer than two seconds over multiple planes. The resulting release allows for optimal lengthening without triggering the protective stretch reflex, promotes optimal muscle resting tension, reorganization of scar tissue, and improved joint range of motion. 

  

What to expect in a Massage Therapy Treatment

Before a treatment begins, your Massage Therapist will go through your health history and discuss your purpose of the visit. This is followed by an assessment which consists of various tests (gait, range of motion, and orthopaedic tests) to best determine the condition of your muscles and joints. Afterwards your massage therapist will propose a personalized treatment plan based on the information given from the history and findings through the physical assessment.

 

Your Massage therapy treatment may include a wide variety to techniques (effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, frictioning) and modalities; stretching, cupping, acupuncture, heat, cold, taping, or rehabilitative exercises. Each treatment is unique and done to your comfort level: clothed or bare skinned, to your pressure tolerance, and the treatment can be stopped at any time should you become uncomfortable. Your experience is our top priority and we want you feeling your best each and every time you leave.

 

Please note that the assessment and treatment of any sensitive areas (chest wall, breast tissue, inner thigh, and buttocks (glutes)) requires additional written consent and clinical intent before each and every treatment. If your purpose for receiving massage therapy is related to or includes addressing any of these sensitive areas, it will be discussed with your massage therapist. All personal information you provide to the massage therapist is completely confidential and kept at the clinic.

 

What can Massage Therapy Treat?

·  Headaches and Migraines

·  Muscle and Joint Pain

·  Tennis and Golfers Elbow

·  Menstrual Cramping

·  Disk Herniation’s

·  Asthma

·  Lymphedema

·  Scar Tissue

·  Stress and Fatigue

·  Decreased Range of Motion

·  Neck, Back, and Hip Pain

·  Whiplash, Concussions, and Vertigo

·  Sciatica

·  Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis

·  Frozen Shoulder

·  Sports Injuries

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