Benefits of Massage Therapy?
Types of massage
Does Massage Therapy hurt?
Treating the soft tissues of the body (muscle, connective tissue, ligaments, and tendons) can cause some discomfort. Your therapist will communicate with you to establish an amount of pressure that will allow for comfortable yet effective treatment.
How often should I have massage therapy?
This depends upon the condition or issue the therapist is treating. Some conditions will show significant improvement with one treatment while others may take a series of treatments until the issue is fully resolved. Regular Massage Therapy appointments are suggested for the maintenance of health and can be useful for preventing overuse injuries and reducing stress.
What happens on the first visit?
You will be asked to complete confidential assessment about your health history and medications you may be taking. Your Therapist will ask for a brief history of your physical activity/lifestyle, the reason for your visit, and details about the injury or concern that you have. Once the therapist has all this information they will develop a treatment plan for you and begin your first Massage Therapy treatment.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.
- Taken from the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) website
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Body Scrub Massage
With your choice of a salt scrub or a sugar scrub and essential oils, the massage therapist will gently exfoliate the skin leaving it soft and fresh. Helps promote circulation and detoxify the skin.
Salt scrubs are generally more abrasive but are great for dry or rough skin with beneficial minerals to promote circulation and detoxify your skin. Salt is a natural purifier which can release toxins from your pores.
Sugar scrubs are a little more gentle and are wonderful for sensitive skin. They are less drying leaving your skin feeling rejuvenated and exfoliated.
Kick back and escape with a friend or loved one with our Couple’s Massage. Two people can enjoy their massage experience together, side by side in our couple’s room. A perfect way to enjoy some quality time together. Please call to book this appointment!
Cupping is used to loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. It is also used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines and rheumatism. The silicone cups can be applied to different areas of the body with a small application of oil to get a proper seal and the suction can easily be adjusted to the client’s comfort level. After sitting on the skin for a while, the cups can then be moved very slowly over the area of pain to create a “stretch” in the fascia and to focus circulation to that particular area.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is an intensive treatment used to release chronic muscle tension and tension in the connective tissue through slower strokes and more direct pressure applied across the grain of the muscles. Used for chronic aches and pains, and contracted areas such as a stiff neck, upper back, lower back pain, leg muscle tightness and sore shoulders.
Hot Rocks Massage
Combining a hot rocks treatment with any massage can decrease tension an stiffness in the muscles while increasing circulation and metabolism.
Involves the use of heated smooth volcanic stones placed on specific points of the body while enjoying a relaxation massage. The heated stones help ease muscle tension, aches and pains.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a great complement to prenatal care. It is a healthy way to promote overall wellness for you and your baby. Health benefits include:improved mood, decreased depression and anxiety, reduced swelling, relaxation, increased blood and lymph circulation, relief from muscle cramps, spasms and myofascial pain.
At Optimum Health, we use the Body Cushion; a body support system which allows a pregnant woman to lie on her stomach, for the entire pregnancy.
Relaxation massage is a smooth, gentle, flowing style that promotes general relaxation, relieves muscular tension, plus improves circulation and range of movement.
While relaxation massage is wonderful for you, it is less effective than the deeper styles for changing soft tissue tension.
The application of specific massage techniques to an athlete with the purpose of enhancing the athlete’s preparation for, or recovery from, the physical demands of training or competition. This type of treatment is also effective therapy for patients with injuries, chronic pain and limited mobility. Sports massage incorporates Swedish massage techniques in order to prevent and heal injuries of the muscles and tendons, and often focuses on a specific area of concern.
Thai massage treatments are administered on a floor mat and the techniques are applied through clothing. The massage therapist will apply manual techniques such as presses, circles, rocking, squeezing and kneading. She will combine these techniques with more complex meridian energy stretching techniques to form a flowing, full body routine.