What We Do

Pregnancy Massage

All our therapists are trained to treat and assess pregnancy and pregnancy related symptoms. Our clinics and rooms are equipped with The Body Cushion System. Clients have the choice to lie face down or side-lying position. With thousands of prenatal treatments performed at our clinics - we are a trusted name in the community. 

Pregnancy massage can help with:

  • decrease back pain and discomfort
  • reduce sciatic pain and sacro-iliac joint pain
  • reduce calf cramps and swelling in feet
  • decrease carpal tunnel symptoms and swelling in hands
  • promote a more restful sleep and reduce pregnancy induced insomnia
  • increase relaxation and reduce stress
  • decreasing the anxiety and physical stress while going through fertility treatments

Many of our therapists are birth and post-partum doulas and these services are offered separately.

 

See Anna demonstrating our pregnancy massage technique and body cushion system in our Youtube video.

 

 

Post Natal Massage

Babies are welcome in our clinic and in the treatment room while breast feeding is getting established. However, we find mothers are most relaxed when they come on their own. We understand the demands of nursing and having a new baby and needing treatment. Mothers are welcome to nurse prior to treatment in our waiting room, on the treatment table and post-treatment. Best to schedule around sleep time! We ask that you come in early to nurse prior if needed. Please bring car seat or a carrier seat for babe to rest in during treatment.

Please note: We want our treatments to be as relaxing as possible for you and the other clients, so if baby is not settling we will stop treatment. For treatments under the half way time we charge 50% of the treatment, if the time treated is over half we will charge full price, so that our therapists also get compensated for their time. 

Postnatal massage can help to:

  • address postural concerns associated with breastfeeding and pregnancy
  • relieve muscle tension in neck and shoulders
  • decrease fluid retention
  • promote a more restful sleep
  • decrease anxiety and stress from sleep deprivation
  • reduce general muscle tension and aches.

 

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage is an important part of your health maintenance plan, by:

  • reducing or eliminating pain
  • improving joint mobility
  • improving circulation
  • improving immune system functioning
  • increasing lymphatic drainage
  • reducing depression and anxiety
  • reducing tension within muscles
  • increasing body awareness

Massage therapy benefits people of all ages. While it benefits the injured, the ill and the stressed, the strength of massage therapy in preventing illness and conditions before they develop cannot be overlooked. Massage therapy can be used in the treatment of both acute and chronic stages of conditions.

The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:

  • post-surgical rehabilitation
  • sports injuries
  • asthma and Emphysema
  • cancer
  • chronic Fatigue syndrome
  • gastrointestinal disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • inflammatory conditions: arthritis and bursitis
  • parkinson’s disease
  • palliative care
  • strains and sprains
  • pregnancy and labour support
  • anxiety and depression
  • carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain)
  • dislocations
  • fractures and edema
  • headaches
  • insomnia
  • muscle tension and spasm

 

 

Hot Stones

Benefits of Hot Stone Massage:

  • improves lymphatic circulation as well as general over-all circulation
  • promotes muscle and tissue relaxation
  • decreases or relieves tension headaches
  • stress reduction
  • decreases sciatic pain
  • decreases joint pain

Please understand that there are conditions when Hot Stone Therapy may not be performed: 

  • Pregnancy
  • Hypertension
  • Arthritis Kidney Disease
  • Open lesions
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Medications: anti-inflammatories, analgesics, etc.
  • Varicose veins
  • Cancer

 


Breast Massage

Breast tissue has no muscle and is made up of fatty tissue and Lymphnodes.  With no muscle to contract and relax on a regular basis breast tissue has no effective way of draining the chemicals that can build up in the fatty tissue of the breast. Breast Massage can help to drain the toxins in to the lymphatic system encouraging nutrients to flow into the breast promoting healthy tissue.

 

Benefits of Breast Massage:

  • reduce fibroids or cysts
  • reduce discomfort from pregnancy, breastfeeding and weaning
  • lessen discomforts associated with breast cancer treatments
  • help relieve post-surgical pain and symptoms
  • relieve pain and discomfort associated with PMS or from bra compression
  • helps to decrease discomfort associated with chemo and radiation therapy
    • IMPORTANT: Consult your doctor before seeking massage therapy while being treated for cancer

 

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best known type of massage. It was developed by Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling, at the University of Stockholm in 1812. Swedish massage involves a combination of five basic long and flowing strokes and concentrates on the muscles and connective tissues of the body for improved circulation, relaxation, pain relief, and overall health maintenance and well-being. Swedish massage is also one of the less demanding techniques
for massage therapists to practice as it usually does not involve deep tissue work.

The Five different movements of Swedish massage are:

  • long, gliding strokes
  • kneading of individual muscles
  • friction
  • hacking or tapping
  • vibration

The therapist generally uses massage oil to facilitate making long, smooth strokes over the body. Swedish massage is done with the person covered by a sheet, a technique called “draping”. One part of the body uncovered, massaged, and then covered up before moving on to another part of the body. Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports, deep tissue and aromatherapy.

  

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.

How Does Deep Tissue Massage Help?
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.

Will Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
At certain points during the massage, you may find there is some discomfort and/or pain. It is important to tell the massage therapist if the massage goes outside your comfort range. There may be some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the treatment and will often suggest you increase your water intake to help flush out any potential waste products that may have been released during the massage.

In what instances might Deep Tissue Massage be beneficial?
Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:

  • chronic pain
  • limited mobility
  • recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
  • repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • postural problems
  • osteoarthritis pain
  • fibromyalgia
  • muscle tension or spasms

According to the August 2005 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs. Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain. People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.

  

Myofascial Release - massage modality

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a very effective, yet gentle manual technique that stretches and releases restricted connective tissue, helps correct movement dysfunctions and relieves pain. The primary focus of this technique is the body’s fascial system. In a healthy state, the fascia helps maintain the body’s postural state through a balance of tension and elasticity. Through injury or inflammation, the fascia can lose some of its elasticity or become adhered to other tissue, placing undesired tension on the musculature, bones, joints, nerves and other structures. This results in compensatory muscle tightness, structural dysfunction, postural problems, and pain.

Through the application of directed, low intensity, sustained pressure for a minimum of 2 minutes, the fascia will begin to lengthen. To achieve lasting results, the fascia must be allowed to release on its own, and not forced. Forcing the fascia will only result in a short term result as the fascia will return back to its restricted state. For this reason, an effective treatment cannot be achieved in less than a 3/4 hour treatment with an hour treatment being optimal.

Patients with conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic pain have shown to achieve beneficial results with myofascial release. If you have tried many other forms of treatment with limited or no results, myofascial release may provide the long lasting results that you are wanting.

 

 

Trigger Point - massage modality

Trigger points are areas of soft tissue in the body characterized by local pain, tightness, and tenderness. Often trigger points develop because of referred pain, or pain from another source that has manifested itself in a trigger point. Trigger points rarely refer pain to other areas. Trigger point therapy seeks first to identify trigger points, and then apply steady, appropriate pressure to the point to release it. This is usually followed by massage to the surrounding area to help treat the cause of the trigger point. Clients are encouraged to drink a lot of water following a trigger point therapy session to flush out any toxins released when the trigger point is released.

What are Trigger Points?
Trigger points are areas of tenderness in a muscle. There are two basic types of trigger points: active and latent. Active trigger points cause muscular pain and will refer pain and tenderness to another area of the body when pressure is applied. Latent trigger points only exhibit pain when compressed, they do not refer pain to other areas of the body. Latent trigger points are believed to be one of the causes of stiff joints and restricted range of motion of old age. Trigger points may be associated with myofascial pain syndromes or fibromyalgia. Trigger points are very common. They are also referred to as muscle knots. Trigger points differ from acupressure points. Acupressure points are concentrations of energy or blockages of the body’s energy pathways. Trigger points are physical phenomena that can be felt by touch. The pain caused by trigger points may be the biggest cause of disability and loss of time in the workplace.

What Causes Trigger Points?
Trigger points have several causes. Some common causes of trigger points are: birth trauma, an injury sustained in a fall or accident, poor posture, or overexertion.

What is The Purpose of Trigger Point release?
The purpose of trigger point therapy is to eliminate pain and to re-educate the muscles into pain-free habits. After several treatments, the swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain is reduced, range of motion is increased, tension is relieved, and circulation, flexibility and coordination are improved.