What is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy is an intervention that involves techniques designed to manipulate the body’s soft tissue such as muscles, ligaments and associated joints with the purpose of prevention, developing, maintaining or augmenting physical function or relieving pain (Massage Therapy Act, 1991).
There are numerous techniques that a massage therapist may choose to use within their practice. For a complete list of modalities within our scope of practice as a RMT please visit the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.
Massage Therapy techniques that I use in my practice are:
Relaxation Massage will leave you feeling blissful. Feel the tension slip away during this hour of pure indulgence. Your therapist will use a myriad of Swedish massage techniques designed to soothe and rejuvenate you. Don’t worry, relaxation massage doesn’t have to mean light and fluffy; if you need more pressure just ask!!
Deep Pressure Massage is used to target sore, achy or injured muscles. The treatment is more focused than a general relaxation massage and tends to be more intense. At certain points during the massage most people feel some discomfort; however, it is important to communicate with your therapist if you experience any soreness outside your comfort zone. You may also experience some tenderness post-treatment similar to what you would feel after exercise that will subside within a few days.
Pregnancy Massage Therapy or Pre-Natal massage is such a welcome relief to many pregnant women! Studies have shown many wonderful benefits of pregnancy massage including improved mood, decreasing aches and pains and relieving stress. We make use of a variety of cushions and pillows to ensure you are comfortable and safe during your treatments. Clients have the choice of receiving treatments while lying on their side or with the pregnancy pillow lying on their tummies!
Soft Tissue Release Therapy is similar to Active Release Technique but is much gentler. Precise pressure is applied to the muscle tissue while a specific stretch is performed in multiple planes of movement. The purpose is to return muscles to the proper length, correct muscle imbalances and find relief from pain.
Cupping is the newest tool in my toolbox. Plastic or silicone cups are used to provide negative pressure which feels like a pulling sensation in the tissues as opposed to pressure.
Myofascial Release (MFR) as I have been taught is very different from other forms of MFR such as rolfing or structural integration. Often pain is caused by excessive tightness within the body, creating pressure on pain sensitive structures (nerve, muscle, soft tissue). The goal of any treatment I do is to reduce or eliminate this tightness, allowing you to move freely, without pain. These techniques are gentle in order to free you from pain and not cause more of it.