Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is not a luxury. It is a necessity. Massage Therapy involves the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body as well as the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain. Treatments provide relief of pain, as well as develop, maintain, rehabilitates or augment physical function.

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine Headaches 
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain 
  • Central Nervous System Disorders 
  • Orthopedic Problems 
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries 
  • Scoliosis  
  • Chronic Fatigue 
  • Emotional Difficulties 
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems 
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders 
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) 
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders 
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

Quoted from: The Upledger Institute

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Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone therapy is becoming widely known for its therapeutic and deep relaxing benefits. The technique can involve actually placing water-heated smooth stones of various sizes on key points on the body, or the stones can be used to massage with. The resulting deep massage and sensation of warmth and comfort is not to be missed. The hot stone experience can relieve pain; promoting harmony and balance within the body. The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system. A nice treat during the winter months!

Lymphatic Drainage

Lymph Drainage Technique  is a very specialized technique focusing on treatment of swelling and lymphadema in the body. The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body’s ability to detoxify and regenerate tissues. The lymphatic system filters out toxins and foreign substances, recovers crucial substances that have escaped from the blood and helps maintain a healthy immune system. Unlike the circulatory system, which uses the pumping action of the heart to circulate the blood, the lymphatic system relies upon hundreds of tiny muscular units called lymphangions to contract throughout the body to propel the lymph. The lymph can then eliminate waste products. When the action of these tiny muscular units is hindered, this can lead to the stagnation of lymphatic circulation. If the lymph circulation stagnates due to injury or infection, toxins accumulate and cellular metabolism is significantly compromised. The result is an increase in acid and toxins within the tissues causing pain, tension, and edema. These substances along with the edema need to be removed quickly from the interstitial fluid in order to promote proper tissue healing and restore proper pain-free movement. 

The lymph drainage procedure involves the practitioner using flat hands and all the fingers to simulate specific wave-like movements. These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. With lymph drainage, there is immediate and marked reduction of acute and chronic edema and hematomas, post-injury and after surgery. 

Lymphatic Drainage is very effective for the following conditions;

  • Reduction in edema (swelling) and lymphadema
  • Detoxification of the body
  • Regeneration of tissue, including burns and wounds
  • Relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations
  • Relief of chronic pain
  • Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Reduction in the symptoms of fibromyalgia
  • Relieves muscle spasm
  • Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress and loss of vitality
  • Headaches
  • Sports Injuries

  • Whiplash

  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Stroke and head injuries

Quoted from: Therapeutic Systems Inc.

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Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a safe and effective form of soft tissue therapy. It is a technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure and stretching out certain areas of the body until the release is felt. This motion is followed in the direction of the restriction from one barrier to the next. The goal is to remove these restrictions and restore the body’s equilibrium and balance against gravity. This allows the body to self correct, reduce or eliminate pain, and restores optimum function.

Prenatal Massage

Massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, relieve muscle aches and improve labour outcomes as well as the newborn baby’s health. Relaxation for a “stressed out and anxious” mom-to-be is important. Human touch naturally releases endorphins, or “feel good” hormones, into the system. Massage helps the expectant mother by keeping blood pressure in check, and improving the lymphatic and circulatory systems. It can also help with many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, edema, swollen ankles and feet.