Our therapists have over 5,000 hours of training not including all of our continuing education. We are so fortunate to have many massage styles and techniques to draw from. We use the most effective massage techniques and it is an intuitive process when blending all of these modalities. Whether its deep tissue or pregnancy massage our tool box is full of options. We customize every massage session to fit your needs.
Medical Massage: This massage is specifically directed to treat the client who may have been diagnosed or prescribed treatment by a physician. We use a variety of modalities or advanced techniques (NMT, lymphatic drainage) during the treatment session. As medical massage therapists we can work with your Doctor, Chiropractor, Naturopath, Acupuncturist, or Physiotherapist. A skilled medical massage therapist also knows how to speak the language of insurance companies, doctors, lawyers etc.
Deep Tissue: We are truly deep tissue massage specialists with the ability to provide deep pressure when needed. We focus on the deeper layers of tissue to release chronic patterns of pain and restriction. Deep tissue massage requires slower movements with focused pressure and often a cross fibre technique to dissolve adhesions. Deep tissue massage is a great technique for relieving spasms, increasing range of motion, improving posture, muscle tone and deep tissue massage can be very relaxing.
Pregnancy Massage: We can work with OBGYN’s and midwives to ensure you have a wonderful birth experience. Prenatal massage prepares your body for delivery by helping increase and balance the range of motion in the joints and muscles that are involved in birth and your changing body. It improves blood flow to the legs which can help to reduce edema (swelling), lowers the chance of getting stretch marks, varicose veins and blood clots. Pregnancy massage helps you prepare your mind for the birth experience. Massage helps you recover quicker after your delivery as well! Post-natal massage can help your body restore and fully recover.
Sports Massage: We work with athletes young and old. If you need to perform at your best then sports massage may be an ideal massage treatment option. Strained muscles can cause alignment issues that directly affect performance. We often use active and passive stretching techniques to improve range of motion and decrease muscle spasms. We work with competitive athletes that come to us before and after sporting events so they can continue do what they love.
Swedish & Relaxation Massage: Swedish massage is one of the standard treatment methods used in many countries. Swedish massage techniques include effleurage (long, gliding strokes), petrissage (lifting and kneading the muscles), friction (firm, deep, circular rubbing movements), tapotement (brisk tapping or percussive movements), and vibration (rapidly shaking or vibrating specific muscles).
Myofascial Release with Trigger Point Therapy: Our therapists have had focused training in myofascial release and trigger point massage. These are some of the most useful techniques we have used for injury recovery. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds each muscle, bone, and organ. Myofascial therapy restores mobility in the body and softens connective tissue that has become rigid over time and with injuries. This treatment is recommended for chronic pain and for areas where you may have had an old injury. When there is a myofascial adhesion it causes the muscles to be drawn into a state of contraction, spasm, and pain. The tissue often feels rigid and immobile. Trigger points have a referred pain pattern. Once we identify the pain and tension points we can relieve them with a specific compression. We often use the thumbs, tips of our fingers or acupuncture needles (as in Dry Needling Therapy).
Dry Needling Therapy: In cases when dry needling is used, it is typically one technique that is part of a larger treatment plan. We use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research shows that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up a patient's return to active rehabilitation.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and Muscle Energy Techniques (MET): These therapeutic approaches combine stretching and moving the muscles, sometimes while massaging them. This breaks up scar tissue while resetting the normal length of the muscle and reducing pain from overuse.
Applied Kinesiology/Muscle Testing: The combination of sports muscle kinesiology and special orthopedic testing brings the body into balance. Muscles that you feel pain in are often weak, and this approach helps us quickly identify and access them.