Registered Massage Therapies
Massage therapy from an RMT has a therapeutic effect on the soft tissues of the body which can improve an individual's health and well-being. Physical function of the body can be developed, maintained and improved. Massage therapy can help relieve or prevent physical dysfunction and pain.
Some of the therapies used may be general Swedish techniques, Manual Lymph Drainage, Deep Tissue Massage, and Myofascial techniques, joint mobilizations to name a few.
Massage therapy has developed into a regulated health profession that involves hands-on manipulation &/or stimulation of the soft tissues of the body. This includes muscles, connective tissues, nerves, tendons, ligaments and joints.
Treatments have a therapeutic effect on the body which can improve an individual's health and well-being. Physical function of the body can be developed, maintained, and improved. Massage therapy, along with consistent home care, can help relieve or prevent physical dysfunction and pain.
What to Expect
On your first visit, a complete case history and physical assessment of your current health will be conducted. From this, we will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.
Your privacy will always be respected. Together we will decide clothing options, areas of the body that may be treated, and the depth desired (i.e. relaxation or deep tissue). At any time you may stop the therapist and ask for modifications.Further recommendations:
Don't eat a heavy meal before the massage. In some cases, this may make some treatments difficult and uncomfortable.
Arrive at least 5 minutes early. Life is stressful and fast paced. By arriving early for your appointment you are allowing your body and mind to start the relaxing process.
Be sure to mention to your therapist any changes in your health or medications since certain conditions need to be treated with greater care.
If you feel discomfort at any time, let your therapist know.
Increase water consumption. Increasing your water intake the day of the treatment and up to one day after is very important. Most people are slightly dehydrated. During a massage there can be a lot of movement of fluids and other substances from the muscles throughout the body. By increasing water consumption before and after the treatment these substances can be moved and eliminated easily.
If appropriate, taking a 15-20 minute hot Epsom salt bath will help release the toxins and further relax the muscles. This should be followed with a cool shower to rinse of the salt and bring the body's temperature back to normal. Drinking water while taking the bath is highly recommended to reduce the chance of dehyration.
A typical massage will last anywhere from ½ hour to 1 hour in length.
Precautions of massage
Depth of massage will be established by mutual agreement. You should be aware that some mild discomfort may occur with deep tissue massage. We will establish a pain scale system. You are responsible for letting the therapist know if you are experiencing higher levels of discomfort than agreed upon. Do not wait until the level of pain becomes intolerable.
What conditions is massage used for?
Many people find that therapeutic massage has the following benefits:
- relaxation and stress relief
- pain relief in the case of headache, neck and back strain
- improved circulation
- increased energy
- increased flexibility
- improved range of motion
- centering the mind and body
- MVA (motor vehicle accident), whiplash and back pain
- repetitive strain injuries
- sleep disturbances
- discomfort due to pregnancy
- headaches and migraines
- stress and anxiety relief
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- and much more