What is massage therapy, and can it help me?
Massage therapists are regulated healthcare professionals that use a variety of manual techniques to help ease or prevent aches/pains associated with muscle tension and stress. It can also help promote healing after an injury, thus complements the effects of physiotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture or naturopathic treatments. Depending on your needs, different types of massages are performed to help you achieve your best:
Deep tissue massage / sports massage are helpful for those with chronic muscle tightness (office workers, those in heavy-labour work) or recreational/professional athletes. When muscles are constantly under stress, adhesion form and causes decreased circulation. Deep tissue massage / sports massage help break these adhesion to promote tissue health
Relaxation massage can be part of preventative healthcare by decreasing muscle tightness and stress. It can help ease aches, pains and headaches associated with stress and increase tension in the musculature.
Hot stone massage uses heated stones placed at specific parts of the body to promote relaxation by opening energy pathways. It also prepares the muscles for deep tissue massage or sports massage.
Pregnancy massageis designed to address the unique changes that they body goes through with pregnancy. Pregnancy massage uses specialized techniques to help reduce stress/anxiety, reduce muscle pain, reduce swelling, improve sleep quality and reduce other uncomfortable symptoms at different stages of your pregnancy.
Reflexology is art of applying pressures to specific parts of the feet or hands to treat different conditions of the body. It is believed that different zones of the hands and feet correspond to particular body parts. By applying pressures, energy pathways are opened to promote healing.
Slimming massage uses fast massage techniques to help break fat deposits and cellulites so they are more easily metabolized with exercise. Slimming massage is also offered as part of our Weight Management program.
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Common conditions that can benefit from massage therapy:
- Certain circulatory problems
- Postural dysfunction
- Pains and stiffness in neck/shoulder/back
- Pain from sciatica
- Pain from whiplash-associated disorders
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
- Chronic pain conditions (i.e. Fibromyalgia)