Massage therapists are trained to understand Swedish massage at an advanced level. However, there are many different variations that can be added to your treatment, in order to give you the best standard of care. Some of the types of massage available are:
A general approach to massage where the therapists will provide treatment to those areas required and you will benefit from increased circulation, decreased muscle tension, and decreased stress. There may be more of a focus in relaxation for this treatment.
Pre & Post Natal Massage
Massage can be extremely beneficial for expectant mothers. We have pregnancy tables in our treatment rooms so that the client can have the comfort of lying face down in order to enjoy the treatment fully. Massage can help with any swelling in the extremities that often occur during this time. Our therapists will work closely with you throughout your pregnancy to make sure of your comfort levels and specific needs. We do request pictures of the newborns so we can celebrate baby’s arrival with you!
Deep Tissue Massage
This treatment would involve the therapist using more pressure to break down knots or scar tissue that have developed in the muscles. Although it can “hurt so good” it should not be to the point that the client is holding their breath or clenching their muscles as the treatment becomes counter productive. Our therapists will check in with you throughout the treatment to establish a level of comfort.
This treatment will provide a more focused approach to any areas that need attention due to sports and training involvement. The muscles benefit from being flushed with increased pressure to break down toxins. This will help with recovery time for the athlete.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are also known as myofascial trigger points. This is usually an area of the muscle that is hypersensitive and contains nodules that are palpable within the muscle belly. Trigger points have been widely researched and the common understanding is that certain areas of the muscle become taut, causing pain, which refers to different areas within the body, sometimes distal from the trigger point itself. When the trigger point is compressed, the client might feel pain, tenderness and the referral pattern. Your therapist will discuss this with you and explain what you should expect to feel. They will closely work with you to register pain levels in order to safely dissipate the trigger point. Swedish massage techniques can be used afterwards in order to reduce subsequent pain.
Fascia is a connective tissue found throughout the body. Because it is a connective tissue it is elastic, to an extent, but also thin and tough, unlike a muscle. For this reason, it does not recover well from injury, as it is also less vascular than muscle, so it makes healing time longer and more painful due to the diminished blood flow. This also restricts the underlying muscle from recovering at a fast rate. If a therapist is able to release the fascia, this can speed up the healing time and help the client recover. Myofascial work can be achieved in different ways – often times the therapist will ‘pick up’ the fascia, gently pulling it away from the underlying structures. This is done carefully and methodically. Sometimes the therapist will roll the fascia between their fingers in order to increase blood flow, carrying on this action along the length of the muscle and surrounding areas. The therapist will always touch base with you to check your level of comfort
What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is a form of treatment where a registered massage therapist will provide hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. So not only does this have an effect on the muscles, but also in turn have an affect on the connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and increases health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. This helps improve physical function by directly increasing blood flow within the body which helps maintain and improve muscle health.
Research has shown that massage has a direct impact on lowering stress hormones within the body. It can also increase levels of your “feel good” neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins.
What about children?
Children can also benefit from massage for the same reasons. Whether they are playing sports, are sitting for long periods at a computer or are struggling with stress levels, massage can help with any physical issues that they may be experiencing
What should I expect from my treatment?
Our experienced therapists will carefully assess your health history form in order to create a treatment plan specifically designed for you. They will then discuss exactly what will be involved in your treatment and will ask you to sign a consent form to show that you understand what to expect.
HST included where applicable
- 30 minutes – $60
- 45 minutes – $75
- 60 minutes – $90
- 90 minutes – $130
All cancellations must be made a minimum of 24 hours prior to your appointment time. Any appointments cancelled outside of the 24 hours will be charged in full. Each appointment is booked with a Practitioner who has prepared your session to maintain your wellbeing. This is also their valuable time and why we have these policies in place. Thank you very much for your understanding.