About Massage Therapy
Massage sessions may draw from a range of techniques and are tailored to suit your individual profile. Sessions are holistically oriented, looking to the source of any condition. If appropriate we will design a treatment plan to address your specific goals. Whether for sports, orthopaedic or relaxation, you can relax with confidence into the expert hands of your therapist.
Benefits of Massage
Massage therapy is an evidence informed treatment applying best practices: Current evidence, clinical experience and patient input. It is an effective treatment for the symptoms of stress such as headache and lowered immune function. Immediate relief can be found while addressing the underlying cause. Massage therapy is also an effective treatment for pain and soft tissue injury, including sports injury and surgical rehabilitation. Massage Therapy is especially efficacious in the treatment of chronic pain. The American College of Physicians recommend Massage Therapy along with exercise and mindfulness practice (notably yoga) and patient education as part one and two of a three phase pain care plan. Talk to your doctor about a referral for massage therapy. Modalities used include European and western massage techniques such as lymphatic drainage (for the treatment of swelling and lymphodema), deep tissue, neuromuscular therapy and PNF, fascial release and remedial massage. As well, Chinese Cupping, Kinesio-Taping, heat and cold therapy, aromatherapy and yoga may be part of your treatment plan.
Yoga, mindfulness and resistance exercise
Yoga and/or other forms of exercises directed toward strength, flexibility, recovery or stress reduction may be part of your massage session. Yoga asana (poses) strengthen and lengthen muscles as well as provide relaxation and peace of mind. Gentle yoga like stretches may be applied during your treatment or you may be given a sequence of yoga asana to do as home care.
Private lessons are available for a private fee.
Palliative massage is also available.