What It Massage Therapy.

Massage may be the oldest and simplest form of healing known to man, dating back to the 4th century B.C., where it involved the rubbing of joints to promote circulation and to relieve pain.  Today, therapeutic massage involves the assessment and hands on manipulation of the body’s joints and soft tissue, including the skin, muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia.  A variety of techniques and manipulations are used during treatment along with the possible application of hydrotherapy (hot or cold packs) and use of remedial exercises for home care.

Massage therapy may establish and maintain good physical function and health by balancing and improving muscular tone, encouraging relaxation, improving circulation, and producing positive effects on other systems of the body.  Massage helps to stimulate the body’s natural healing ability and is ideal in the management of many common musculoskeletal disorders.

Joint mobility may also improve and soft tissue discomforts frequently associated with work and everyday stresses may decrease with regular massage therapy treatments.   Treatments may also help to preserve and reestablish the body to its normal ability and balance and it is effective in the overall management of stress

 
 
 

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Either for health maintenance or recovery from injury, massage therapy is a worthwhile investment in sustaining future health.  From infants to seniors, the overworked and overstressed to the recreational gardener and athlete, massage therapy is beneficial for everyone.

 

Recommended commonly for:

  • Soft Tissue Rehabilitation
  • Improved Circulation
  • Improved Joint Mobility
  • Relief of Pain
  • Stress Management
  • Relaxation
  • Body Awareness
  • Health Maintenance
  • Chronic Muscular
  • Tension
  • Lymph Drainage

Effective Therapeutic Treatment of:

  • Low Back Pain/Injury
  • Neck Pain/stiffness/Whiplash
  • Sport Injuries/Performance
  • Pregnancy discomforts
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Sprains/Strains/Muscle Spasm
  • Tendonitis/Bursitis
  • Sciatica/Neuropathies
  • Arthritis Conditions
  • Joint Dysfunctions
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  •   Fibromyalgia
 
 
 
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What to Expect At Your First Treatment

Your initial visit with a Registered Massage Therapist includes the review of confidential health history information (completed prior to appointment) followed by an assessment period.  Based on the information collected, results of the assessment and your health goals for treatment, the massage therapist will work with you to develop a specific treatment plan for your individual needs.

The treatment will take place in a safe, private and comfortable environment.  You will be asked to undress to your comfort level and position yourself on the table as directed by the therapist between the sheets.  During treatment only the area being treated will be undraped the remainder of your body will be covered.

After the treatment session is complete, your therapist may recommend a home-care program, which may include stretches, strengthening exercises and/or hydrotherapy.  

Massage Therapy is a regulated practice under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).  Once successful completion of an intense 2200 hour training program at a government approved Massage Therapy educational facility, and passing a Provincial Board practical and theory exam, the Therapist becomes licensed by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and receives the designation Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) or Massage Therapist (MT).  Massage Therapist are primary health care providers, who are responsible to practice within their scope, maintain a high level of standard of practice and continue to educate themselves in the health care and massage therapy field.