- Swedish Massage
- Myofascial Release
- Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy
- Basalt Hot Stone Massage
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
- Therapeutic Ultra Sound
- Interferential Currents (IFC)
Swedish Massage was invented by a Swedish fencing instructor named Per Henrik Ling in the 1830s. When he was injured in the elbows, he reportedly cured himself using tapping (percussion) strokes around the affected area. He later developed the technique currently known as Swedish massage. This technique was brought to North America from Sweden by two brothers, Dr. Charles and Dr. George Taylor in the 1850s. The specific techniques used in Swedish massage involve the application of long gliding strokes, friction, and kneading and tapping movements on the soft tissues of the body.
Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage in Canada. It involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage. The benefits of Swedish massage include increased blood circulation, mental and physical relaxation, decreased stress and muscle tension, and improved range of motion. (Back to top)
Myofascial Release is a form of massage that includes structural assessments and manual massage techniques for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia, skin, muscles and bones. The outcome is, eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and balancing the body. The fascia is manipulated, directly or indirectly, allowing the connective tissue fibres to reorganize themselves in a more flexible, functional fashion.
The fascia is located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone. It is a seamless web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures in our body. Muscle and fascia are united forming the myofascia system.
Injuries, stress, inflammation, trauma, and poor posture can cause restriction to fascia. Since fascia is an interconnected web, the restriction or tightness to fascia at one location, with time can spread to other places in the body like a pull in a sweater. The goal of myofascial release is to liberate fascia restriction and restore its tissue health. (Back to top)
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy was developed by Dr. Janet Travell in the United States in the 1940s. Through her work and events in her personal life, Travell advanced the theory that pain experienced in one part of the body is actually caused by an injury or dysfunction in another part of the body. Ultimately, she mapped what she termed the body's trigger points and the manner in which pain radiates to the rest of the body.
Trigger point therapy is a massage technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body.
Trigger point therapy interrupts the neural signals that cause both the trigger point and the pain. The objective is to eliminate pain and to re-educate the muscles into pain-free habits. In this manner, the swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain is reduced, range of motion is increased, and flexibility and coordination are improved. This type of therapy can also relieve tension and improve circulation. (Back to top)
Basalt Hot Stone Massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones. They are a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well. It is a deeply soothing, relaxing form of massage in which the heat helps tight muscles release.
Before you arrive, the stones are heated in 120 to 150 degree water. The therapist uses traditional Swedish massage strokes while holding a heated stone. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another.
Because of the heat associated with this massage therapy, we do not offer Hot Stone Massage in the summer months. (Back to top)
MLD is a type of gentle massage which encourages the natural circulation of the lymph through the body. The lymph system depends on peristalsis and the movement of skeletal muscles to squeeze fluid through lymph ducts and vessels.
MLD consists of gentle, rhythmic massaging of the skin to stimulate the lymph nodes to open and drain. The treatment is very comfortable and nonaggressive. A typical session will involve drainage of the neck, abdomen, trunk, and extremities and lasts approximately 40 to 60 minutes. (Back to top)
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing method that involves applying pressure to certain meridian points on the body to relieve pain. The human body has fourteen "meridians" that carry energy throughout the body. These meridians start at the fingertips, connect to the brain, and then connect to the organ associated with the specific meridian. Acupressure uses these points, by using the gentle but firm pressure of hands.
Acupressure is a very effective method for treatment of tension-related ailments by using the power and sensitivity of the human hand. Acupressure deals with all the aspects of a person as a whole: body, emotions, mind, and spirit as one, not as separate parts. It relaxes muscular tension and balances the vital life forces of the body.
- Relieve stress and tension
- Relax mind and body
- Increase blood circulation
- Aid in the removal of toxic wastes
- Provide relief from head, neck and shoulder aches
- Promote the healing of injuries
- Increase energy levels
- Increase overall feeling of well-being
- Decreasing labor pains
Acupressure uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body's life force to aid healing.
There are also great advantages to using Acupressure as a way to balance the body and maintain good health. The healing touch of acupressure reduces tension, increases circulation, and enables the body to relax deeply. By relieving stress, acupressure strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness. (Back to top)
Ultrasound is the use of high-frequency sound waves of an ultrasound accelerate to improve the healing process, decrease muscle spasms, improve range of motion and diminish pain and inflammation.
Ultrasound is commonly used in conjunction with Massage Therapy.
Ultrasound therapy is generally performed during the massage treatment when indicated. A topical anti-inflammatory gel referred to as a coupling medium is applied to the skin before treatment begins. The Ultrasound unit emits sound waves (the frequency is too high to be picked up by human ears) provides heat that vibrates soft tissues deep within the traumatized area. A probing device called a soundhead is lightly stroked over the area of injury in repetitive movements. This warmth attracts more blood into the tissues, causing them to react favorably to the remedial nutrients carried in by the blood, which paves the way for the healing process to occur.
IFC uses the transcutaneous application of alternating medium-frequency electrical currents, amplitude modulated at low frequency for therapeutic purposes.
Interferential current therapy is applied during a treatment to aid in the relief of pain and the promotion of soft-tissue healing. Ligament sprains, muscle strains and spasms often respond well to interferential current therapy.
The electrical current is applied to the affected area using four electrodes. Tiny electrical impulses are induced into the tissues in the area of the pain. The four electrodes are placed in such a way that the two currents produced cross each other in the affected area. Where the two currents meet, they actually 'interfere' with each other; hence the name "interferential". During treatment you will feel a tingling or "pins and needles" sensation at the contact area of the sponges and may also feel the tingling sensation throughout the area being treated. This sensation may continue for a brief period following treatment as well. The intensity of the current should be increased within the patient's comfort level. A stronger current will usually have a more beneficial effect but the intensity should not be turned up so high as to cause pain.