• What is massage therapy?

    Massage is the therapeutic assessment and manipulation of soft tissue and joints, to improve circulation and tissue health. Massage therapy treatments have a beneficial effect on the body by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. By massaging the soft tissue and encouraging circulation; massage therapists work to maintain, rehabilitate and better your body’s functioning and health, to relieve pain and improve your physical and mental well-being.

  • What are the benefits of Massage?

    Along with increasing circulation; massage can decrease muscle tension, break down adhesions, improve the autonomic function of rest and digest while encouraging relaxation. Massage therapy can also help with stress, headaches, strains or sprains, nerve compressions, edema, repetitive strain injury, and post surgical healing.

  • Is Massage Therapy safe?

    Massage is considered safe for promoting healing on both a physical and psychological level. The effects and benefits of massage are varied, and since no two people respond in the exact same way to injuries or to treatment, it is important for both the therapist and the client to maintain communication regarding discomfort and pain levels. Massage is made safer to the public through the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, which is the governing body for professional massage therapists. You can learn more about the CMTO by visiting their website: www.cmto.com

  • What can Massage Therapy treat?

    Massage therapy can treat a wide variety of health problems, including:

    • arthritic conditions,
    • back and neck pain
    • carpal tunnel syndrome
    • digestive disorders, such as constipation
    • fibromyalgia
    • frozen shoulder
    • lymphatic drainage
    • low back pain
    • migraine, sinus and tension headaches
    • muscle spasms
    • post-surgical scarring
    • postural dysfunction, such as scoliosis
    • pregnancy-related discomfort
    • repetitive strain injury
    • respiratory disorders, including asthma, bronchitis, emphysema
    • rotator cuff problems and shoulder impingement syndromes
    • sciatica
    • sinus congestion
    • sports injuries
    • sprains and strains
    • temporal-mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
    • tendinitis and bursitis
    • whiplash

  • How long does it take to get better?

    There are several factors which influence how well someone will heal. Many contributing factors which can effect healing are: previous injury or illness, nutritional status, emotional stress, and fitness levels, to name a few. It is fair to say that a client who is in general good health and is active in their healing process will respond more quickly to treatment than those with poorer health. Acute injuries, depending on the severity; in general, are more likely to resolve quickly and may not need long term maintainence. Chronic conditions, which have been an issue for the client for many years will take more than a couple treatments to see results. If a muscular imbalance has been developing for years, it will require a series of treatments along with the clients efforts at home and at work to improve their quality of daily life.

  • How can I pay for Massage Therapy?

    Many people have benefits either through personal insurance or through work that will cover some or most of massage therapy up to a certain amount each year. Contact your provider and see what package you have for massage. Your provider may require you to obtain a doctor's script to claim the massage receipts. After the treatment you'll receive an itemized receipt (allocating the length, cost and my registration information) which you then submit to your insurance company whom will reimburse some or most of the cost back to you.

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