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Massage Therapy is the examination and treatment of the soft tissue and joints of the body. Massage offers prevention of physical dysfunction through soft tissue manipulation and use of adjunct modalities with the intention of improving and restoring the body back to health. Research shows that massage decreases muscle tension, increases circulation and calms the nervous system. The goal is to develop, maintain or augment physical function and relieve pain. Self-care techniques will be shared with you such as breathing, hydrotherapy and gentle exercises to increase flexibility and support more efficient movements.
Therapeutic/Deep Tissue Massage is focused on the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques to enhance function, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability and promote relaxation and wellbeing. Treatment varies widely depending on the type of techniques used and serves to release tension, stress, scarring, or restrictions in the compex myofascial network of the body. Joint and muscle balancing techniques are used to maximize range of motion.
Relaxation/Swedish Massage provides immediate relief with soothing sensations that refocus your attention away from worries and tensions. It triggers the relaxation response and sets into motion the biological processes needed to restore and reverse the physical responses of “fight or flight”. Massage also gently tones muscle tissue and helps to clear out waste products that make you feel tired and sore. This type of gentle massage will encourage better digestion, improve circulation, calm the nervous system and move fluid through the lymphatic system. Stretching can be used to enhance or maintain the work.
Chair Massage is an acupressure-based treatment performed with the client fully-clothed in a specially developed massage chair that can be used in almost any professional, public, or private setting. Chair massage is used for overall health maintenance or for specific conditions. It provides brief, effective massage that leaves the client feeling revitalized, relaxed and alert. Chair massage is offered in my office or can travel to any workplace, retreat, celebratory, recreation, sporting or business event.
Cupping Massage is a therapy in which glass (or silicone) cups are suctioned onto the skin's surface through negative pressure. The suction drains excess fluids and toxins which stimulates the peripheral nervous system, brings blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin, loosens adhesions, connective tissues and stubborn knots in tissue. Cupping can be beneficial for anyone with joint or muscle pain and tensions, headaches, and frequent colds and flus. Cupping does commonly leave “marks” that vary in pattern and color and may last 3 days to a week or more. These marks are the dead static blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogenic factors and toxins that are being released from the deeper tissue layers to the surface of the skin. By clearing this stagnation, it allows fresh oxygenated blood to nourish and heal the underlying areas. As the stagnation clears over a series of treatments, the marks will lighten and eventually cupping will leave no marks. Clients often report that the release from cupping stays with them longer and gives similar results of a deep tissue massage with less discomfort.
Myofascial Release is a hands-on therapy that releases built-up pain within the myofascial tissues stemming from trigger points. During therapy, pressure and stretches are applied to loosen rigid and fixed spaces. These restrictions can lead to restrained/restricted movement and pain associated with many chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
Jade Stone Massage: Stone Therapy is a type of massage that uses heated and/or chilled smoothed stones. Jade stones are polished, of varying sizes and weights, nonporous and do not harbour bacteria. They are believed to balance yin and yang and are known to be a stone of prosperity. This powerful therapy combines the benefits of hydrotherapy and thermotherapy. Placing and massaging with the heated stones allows the therapist to work into the deeper muscle layers. Chilled stones placed in areas that are inflamed will release toxins and inflammation. Depending on your particular needs, stone massage may be combined with other forms of bodywork including Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Therapeutic Massage/Injury Treatment, Reflexology or Reiki. Stone therapy is extremely relaxing, soothes the nervous system and melts muscle tension and pain. It is especially helpful for people with fibromyalgia, arthritis, sinus pain, premenstrual syndrome, aids recuperation from strenuous workouts and in facial massage to help restore healthy glow!
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD): Lymphatic massage is a gentle touch therapy that promotes health and aids recovery from certain illnesses. This powerful, yet subtle technique can reduce or prevent fluid retention, enhance the removal of toxins from body tissues and support the immune system. A very light rhythmic touch is used to enhance lymph circulation. This improves the flow of immune cells, making it easier for the body to fend off disease and infection, and helps reduce the body’s load of wastes and toxins. MLD helps reduce swelling, is deeply relaxing and soothes the nervous system, relieving both mental and physical tension. Lymphatic massage can also reduce the persistent discomforts of painful conditions such as arthritis, backache and headaches. Lymphatic massage can be used alone or to enhance your regular massage session; expect it to feel much lighter and slower than a standard massage.
PreNatal (& Postpartum) Massage: Treatment is about specific care unique to the pregnant client with focus on comfort and positioning needs. Special techniques and considerations in any areas affected by the pregnancy are considered and adopted. This massage can help treat the discomforts and stress of pregnancy, decrease swelling and relieve aches and pains in the muscles and joints. It also helps to maintain optimum health and muscle tone throughout the pregnancy, postpartum and nursing needs.
Holly is a Registered Massage Therapist having completed 2,200 hrs of training at MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy, graduating with honours in 2015. She is fully registered and insured through the Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Association (CMMOTA) and holds a Standard 1st Aid (CSA Intermediate) Level C CPR & AED Certificate from St. John's Ambulance.