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THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE THERAPY

Deep tissue massage or sports massage uses deeper pressure and cross-fiber friction in order to release tissue that is adhered or in spasm, which is therapeutic for the individual receiving the treatment.

During a therapeutic massage, your therapist will make an assessment of any pain or discomfort you may feel in your hips, shoulders, lower back, etc. After the problem areas have been identified, your therapist will, then, follow these steps:

Make an Assessment

  • Take a history of previous injuries and bodily pains.
  • Test range of motion while feeling muscles and tissues.

Propose a Treatment Plan

  • Determine your current condition.
  • Present the treatment plan, which may include a full-body massage or localized massage depending on assessment.
  • Recommend long-term treatments, if necessary.
  • Suggest alternative treatments, such as heat, ice, stretching, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, etc.

Massage Treatment

  • Perform a thorough therapeutic massage based on your assessment and treatment plan.

Evaluation

  • Review the results at the end of the treatment plan.
  • Provide additional recommendations based on the results (i.e. adding more sessions, changing the frequency of sessions)

Deep Tissue Massage

deep tissue massage

Deep tissue is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic pain patterns of tension build-up in the body. Through slow strokes and deep finger or elbow pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia. It also helps break up and eliminate scar tissue that builds up in the body and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by tendonitis and arthritis.

A deep tissue massage is intended to alleviate pain and tension hidden deep within the muscle tissues. You can expect an intense therapy session. Please note that deep tissue massages are not intended to be a gentle and soothing experience, although they are meant to reduce pain. If you’re looking for a lighter, more soothing massage, we recommend a traditional relaxation massage.

Sport Massage

sport massage

Sports injuries occur during any type of physical exercise, not just while playing a sport. Common sports injuries include tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, lower back pain, torn ACL, torn ligaments, and sprains and strains. Improper use of weights or lack of proper equipment are often to blame. Other times, accidents happen. If we have fitness goals in mind, it can be easy to ignore our physical limitations. Sport massages helps alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity where minor injuries and lesions occur due to over exertion and/or overuse. Massages can break them down quickly and effectively. Sport massages incorporates a combination of techniques, including stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response technique similar to acupressure or shiatsu. This treatment tends to be deeper and more intense.

Relaxation Massage

relaxation massage

Expect a painless and soothing massage experience. These types of massages are excellent for clearing your head and re-centering yourself. Reach higher levels of mindfulness and press the reset button on your body, mind, and spirit. You will leave this massage feeling perfectly rested and relaxed. Traditional relaxation massages are recommended for people who are new to massage therapy.

Reflexology

Reflexology

Reflexology is a form of bodywork that involves applying pressure to the hands and feet to produce changes in pain and other benefits elsewhere in the body.
How Does Reflexology Work?
The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are certain points or “reflex areas” on the hands and feet that are connected energetically to specific organs and body parts through energy channels in the body. By applying pressure to reflex areas, a reflexologist is said to remove energy blockages and promote health in the related body area.

Young Living Raindrop Technique

Young Living Raindrop Technique

This technique uses seven essential oils that are placed along the spine and massaged into the body with feather light movements, which helps bring relief to chronic pain sufferers. It’s called “Raindrop” therapy due to the feeling of essential oils gently dripping along your back. The specific blend of essential oils is intended to relax sore or achy muscles, reduce pain and inflammation, improve circulation and immune functions, and cleanse the body’s systems. A specific blend of oils is utilized in raindrop therapy, so speak to your therapist about any sensitivities you might have.

Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage involves the use of water-heated Basalt stones (lava rocks) that are applied to the body to promote deep muscle relaxation. Basalt stones are naturally smooth and polished and when coated in oil, they can also be used to massage your body. The stones retain their heat, which also loosens your muscles and mitigates tension.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person’s mind, mood, relaxation, and health. We use premium grade, all-natural aromatherapy products that have been utilized for their restorative and relaxing properties for centuries. Popular essential oils include lavender, peppermint, lemon, chamomile, melaleuca, and our own special house-blends. Essential oils contain their own healing properties and have been used in therapies across all cultures. Please make one of our staff members aware of any allergies, intolerances, or sensitivities you may have.

Bamboo massage

Bamboo massage

The bamboo cane replaces the therapist’s hands as it gives a deep, firm massage. The cane is held by the therapist and rolled over the muscle with the same strokes as if they were using their hands. The muscle is then kneaded, which assists in releasing tensions and easing knots. Massage practitioners often use the whole arm from elbow to wrist, but in this case, this technique is replaced with the use of the bamboo cane. This technique works in a very similar way to stone massage. Hands are used to work over the muscles and the cane is used to focus on knots. As the cane is used instead of the hand, various techniques and modalities can incorporate the use of bamboo canes. This can have the benefit of less stress to the practitioner’s hands and arms.
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