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The word massage comes to us from the Arabic root mass’h, which means “to touch, knead or squeeze.” We all intuitively rub the parts of our bodies that hurt, and massage therapy has built on this natural instinct to evolve into a science. Today, massage therapy is an intuitive healing art that involves the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being. Massage therapy does not attempt to diagnose or cure, and so does not intend to replace existing medical treatment – rather, it is a complement to conventional medical care.
Swedish Relaxation Massage
Relaxation massages helps induce a sense of wellbeing and relaxation by relieving stress and tension in your muscles. It is beneficial for soothing nerves, it helps break down knots and nodules that build up in tissue, it improves circulation, detoxifies the body and promotes digestion.
Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage uses several techniques that help to restore tight muscles to a pain-free state. Techniques such as trigger point therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretches, and mobilizations are effective alone or in combination to restore normal muscle function. Deep tissue massage affects superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue.
This massage helps relax the expecting mother by reducing stress, anxiety, pain and tension associated with child labor. Prenatal massage therapists applies pressure to sore points located throughout the body, but are aware of key areas to avoid such as the wrists and ankles which might stimulate the pelvic and uterus muscles causing premature labor.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
Neuromuscular Therapy is a technique used to assess, treat and prevent soft-tissue injuries and chronic pain. This therapy differs from relaxation and deep tissue massage because it deals with both the nervous system and musculature system of the body. NMT address biomechanical dysfunctions, nerve compression syndrome, ischemia and poor posture.
What to expect from your massage
Our RMTs will use their hands, arms and elbows to massage the exposed areas of your body, including legs, arms and torso. Depending on the type of treatment you request, you may experience a release of tension, light-headedness or flu-like symptoms from the release of toxins in the body, even emotional release. If you request deep tissue massage, you may experience pain while your trigger points are treated.
Benefits of massage
- Reducing or eliminating pain
- Improving joint mobility
- Improving circulation
- Improving immune function
- Increase lymphatic drainage
- Reduce depression and anxiety
- Reduce muscle tension
- Increase body awareness
- Relieving migraines and headaches
How to prepare for your massage
Our RMTs will ask you about the reason for your visit, so be prepared to tell them what you would like them to treat (i.e. migraine headache, sore lower back). If it is your first visit to the studio, you will also have to fill in some health history forms, so try to come a little early. Also, try to avoid alcohol and heavy meals for a few hours before your massage, as they can interfere with your body’s detoxification process.
Before your massage begins, you will be left alone in the massage room to undress. Many people remove all of their clothing, others leave their undergarments on – it is entirely up to you. After undressing, climb between the sheets on the massage table, either face-up of face-down, depending on the instructions our RMT has given you. The amount of conversation during the massage is also up to you – some people prefer quiet, others like to chat. Be sure to speak up, though, if the pressure is too hard or too soft.