Swedish Massage Therapy or Stress Reduction Massage
A relaxing full body massage which uses long, smooth, gliding strokes, and leaves you feeling rejuvenated and ready for the day. Developed by Pir Henrik Ling, a Swedish doctor in the 1700’s, Swedish massage offers many benefits. The main use of this massage is to improve oxygen flow and assist the release of waste build-up in tissues from an injury, exercise or in cases of poor circulation due to inactivity. Swedish massage also improves the health of skin tissue and stimulates the parasympathetic nerves, or “nerves of relaxation” that positively affect our emotions and give us a sense of wellbeing.
Initial and Reassessment
All massage treatments require an examination of function or lack of, to determine which structures of your body is being affected. With your consent, your therapist will ask you a few questions regarding the problematic areas and will have you perform some movements specific to the structures affected. The assessment will show where massage is contraindicated, as well as where and what techniques will be helpful in your recovery.
Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage and Trigger Point Therapy
Using more pressure than traditional Swedish techniques, Deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy aid in the release of muscle tension, tissue adhesions and flushing of waste products. These massage techniques are good for tension headaches, back, neck and hip pain, shoulder problems, TMJ issues, post injury recovery period, carpal tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome, and postural dysfunctions.
Prenatal & Breast Massage
The process of creating life puts your body through many unpleasant changes. Massage during pregnancy is a comforting and supportive way to make this stage of your life enjoyable for you and baby. First and for most, massage keeps stress at bay, and improves circulation of important nutrients from mommy to baby, and helps to remove waste, to keep everyone healthy. During pregnancy the pelvis and surrounding structures stretches to make room for baby, your center of gravity is thrown off, and your hands and feet may swell because of water retention. You may also notice a shooting pain in one or both of your legs as the sciatic nerve may become impinges by the piriformis muscle in your hips. Massage to the lower back and hips, relieves muscle tension and reduces pain in these areas. With long, smooth strokes to the arms and legs, and gentle pressure to the hands and feet, massage gives mommy and baby a connected and stress free.
Breast massage during your pregnancy, alleviates tenderness from hormonal changes and helps to prepare for milk production.
Postpartum, Breast, and Infant Massage
After the birth of your baby, your body is once again undergoing a transformation. The task of being a mother is both physically and mentally challenging. Breast tenderness from engorgement or over production of milk can be painful, especially if the milk ducts become plugged and infected. Postpartum massage relieves the painful pressure by improving drainage of fluid in the breast. Breast Massage also increases milk production for those with underactive glands.
Post Partum massage aids in recovery of overworked, sore muscles from labour, carrying, and feeding your baby. The best part of receiving massage during this period is the relief of mental and emotional stress that comes with motherhood. Having this time to yourself allows for better bonding with you and your baby, which is important in your baby’s development and your recovery. You may also request a demonstration of infant massage that teaches you techniques to sooth your baby, help him or her with tummy problems, and improve overall development of your infant.
Highly concentrated oils known as Essential Oil are extracted from plants, seeds, roots, flowers and herbs, are used to better our psychological and physical well being. Essential oils are added to massage lotion and are directly applied to your skin during your massage treatment. The fragrance can be calming or energizing, and the oils can alleviate some physical ailments such as congestion from a cold or relief from pain. Aromatherapy massage is suggested for anxiety, insomnia, back pain, headaches and for general well being.