Registered Massage Therapy
About Registered Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body. It helps to ease stress and muscular tension; relieve pain from injuries; speed healing from certain acute and chronic conditions. In some cases, massage can reduce or even eliminate the need for medication or surgery and is effective for all ages.
How does Massage Therapy work?
On your first visit, your massage therapist will review your medical history, your current physical condition and inquire about any referring practitioner’s recommendations. Your massage therapist will then assess your problem area using range of motion, orthopedic testing, and any pain complaints you may be experiencing to help determine the best approach for your treatments.
Based on this assessment, your massage therapist will decide on a personalized plan that will focus on your specific health and wellness requirements. The appropriate frequency, duration, and a number of massage sessions for you will depend on your condition, its severity and how long you have had it, your goals, as well as your general health.
Your therapist may incorporate several modalities into your treatment to create the desired results. Modalities that may be used are Myofascial Release, Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS Therapy), Cupping Therapy, Ear Seeding, Ultrasound, Infrared Therapy, and Craniosacral Therapy. Further descriptions and information are available for each technique.
Massage Therapy can help with:
- Reducing stress
- Painful or tight muscles
- Delayed muscle soreness
- Pain or tingling in arms or legs
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Old chronic injuries
- Prevention of new injuries
- Pain or restriction in joints
- Post fractures
- Effects of forced inactivity
- Improve circulation
- Fluid retention
- Sciatic pain syndrome
- Neck and back spasms
Cupping Therapy is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine in which a therapist puts special plastic or silicone cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction.
How does Cupping work?
In a typical cupping session, a vacuum pressure is created on the applied areas to lift, open, release, cleanse and hydrate tight muscle and fascia. Cupping targets the deep tissues and structures by creating suction and lifting the skin over the muscles which allows the blood vessels and capillaries expand. As the area receives a fresh infusion of blood, it is flooded with nutrients and oxygen that work to heal the damaged tissues and injuries.
While cupping is considered relatively safe it may cause swelling and discolouration on the skin. As the skin under a cup is drawn up, the blood vessels at the surface of the skin expand. This may result in small, circular discolouration on the areas where the cups were applied. These areas are usually painless and disappear within a few days of treatment.
Benefits of Cupping Therapy:
- Heals tissues with increased circulation and oxygen
- Clears pores and removes surface toxins
- Detoxification of lymphatic and organ systems
- Decreases pain
- Aids in stress reduction
- Relief from respiratory issues
- Enhance collagen production and tissue repair
- Stimulates the blood flow to rejuvenate skin
- Aids in cellulite and edema reduction
- Relieves muscle spasms
- Tones the skin
Fascia is the elastic web of connective tissue that supports and covers your muscles, organs, bones, and nerves. It allows proper function of moving structures including joints, tendons, and muscles.
Fascia can become restricted and lose elasticity from trauma such as accidents, surgery, poor posture, chronic inflammation, and overuse. Restrictions in the fascia pull on muscles and other structures, causing tightness, pain, weakness and limited movement.
How does Myofascial Release work?
Myofascial release is a hands-on technique that involves applying pressure to the fascia and muscles. It relieves tension and pain by releasing and lengthening the fascia, which allows muscles to return to their correct position, length and function. Myofascial release is very effective as it provides relief from temporary tightness and can also reverse long-held patterns of tension for long-lasting relief.
Your session will begin with a discussion of your history of injury, pain or limitation and an assessment of your range of motion and posture. Releasing fascia requires a slow approach. The treatment may be quite gentle at first to acquaint you with the technique. Over time, more pressure will be applied to go deeper into the tissue without causing discomfort. You may be asked to participate by breathing deeply as a technique is applied, to change your position, or stretch your body to help the tissues lengthen.
Myofascial Release can help with:
- Decreased range of motion
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Plantar Fascitis
- Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
- Shoulder injuries
- Ilio-tibial Band Syndrome
- Post-surgery scar reduction
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Neck and back pain
MPS Therapy (Needless Acupuncture) – Integrative Pain Management
Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS) Therapy is the world’s first integrative therapy developed exclusively to sympathetically DE-Regulate the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and fight chronic pain.
The theoretical underpinnings of MPS Therapy are based on combining the “therapeutic pearls” of acupuncture, osteopathy, integrative dentistry, neural therapy with modern neurology and microcurrent.
The MPS device locates and applies concentrated DC microcurrent to therapeutically active points (acupuncture & trigger) for the purpose of relaxing muscles, calming the nervous system and releasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. The device is engineered to detect and treat these active points with great scientific precision and potency, providing stimulation of all three systems at once — nervous, muscular, and endocrine.
MPS has been a remarkable success in the fight against chronic pain. The results are so impressive using this approach that complete or substantial relief (60-85%+) from pain often occurs within 1-3 applications.
Most clients require 2-10 treatments for lasting outcomes, with some chronic clients requiring ongoing daily or bi-weekly applications.
MPS protocols may be quickly individualized to any client’s needs and applied within 3-20 minutes. MPS Therapy is reported to be significantly more effective than many other therapies, often providing the only “breakthrough” many pain clients have ever experienced
Benefits of MPS:
- Post-surgery scar reduction
- Adhesions from post-operative conditions
- Reduction of back spasms
- Range of motion concerns
Ear Seeding is the stimulation of specific points on the ear, which, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine is a microsystem of the entire body. Small black seeds from the vaccaria plant or small metal beads or pellets are secured on the ear with a piece of adhesive tape over specific acupressure points. The continuous mild pressure they exert is amplified by stimulating the seed or pellet with a few seconds of fingertip massage every few hours.
Ear seeds are non-invasive, meaning, unlike needles or tacks, they are affixed on the surface of the ear and do not puncture the skin. Ear seeds can be left on for up to 5 days, even with showering, sleeping, swimming, etc. They may fall off sooner, depending on where they’ve been placed.
Benefits of Ear Seeding:
- Pain management
- Soft tissue healing
- Sinus congestion
CranioSacral therapy is a light, hands-on healing technique that assists the body’s natural ability for self-repair. It involves gentle releases of the soft tissue and bones of the head (cranium); the spine down to its tail end (the sacral area); and the pelvis.
Treatment helps alleviate a range of illness, pain, and dysfunction that may include sensory, motor or neurological disabilities.
Indications for CranioSacral Therapy:
- Neck pain
- TMJ Syndrome
Far Infrared Therapy
Far Infrared Radiant (FIR) heat is a completely safe form of naturally occurring energy that heats objects by a process called direct light conversion. Direct light conversion warms the body directly. FIR heat is not ultraviolet radiation, but a narrow band of energy that travels 2-3″ deep into the body. FIR heat provides many of the health benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of solar radiation.
When FIR penetrates through the skin to the deeper layers of tissues, it changes from light energy into heat energy. This heat stimulates circulation, which then helps to rid of body toxins and metabolic wastes.
Benefits of Far Infrared Therapy:
- Injury recovery
- Skin rejuvenation
- Alleviate fibromyalgia
- Decrease arthritis pain
Therapeutic ultrasound is one of the most widely used passive modalities for the treatment of soft tissue injuries, joint dysfunction and pain. It uses sound waves to penetrate the body eliciting therapeutic benefits in specific targeted tissues.
Ultrasound can be performed during a massage treatment or depending on the specific injury and the treatment schedule individual treatments can be performed several times a week for added benefits for recovery.
Benefits of Ultrasound:
- Increase joint range of motion
- Decrease muscle spasm
- Decrease pain
- Decrease adhesions
- Speed tissue repair and healing
- Increase bone repair
Posture Alignment Series
The Posture Alignment Series (Structural Integration) is a progressive, systematic approach to reducing chronically held muscle and joint tension. Based on the principle of Rolfing developed by Dr. Ida Rolf, the focus of the treatment program is to release patterns of stress and impaired function from the body and restore good posture. The applied pressure is deep but within your personal tolerance for pain.
Using myofascial techniques, the tissues are lengthened and freed from the underlying structures to create space and increased mobility. The bodywork is broken down into 10 sessions that are 1 to 1.5 hours in length. Each session has a specific goal to accomplish building on the previous session and preparing the body for the next treatment.
A client will gain a greater awareness of their body and experience new ways of being and moving with greater ease and balance.
Your initial visit will involve a Functional Movement Screening and Posture Analysis with photographs. Pictures are taken several times during the series of treatments to evaluate progress.
Indications for Structural Integration:
- Posture imbalances
- Chronic pain
- Restricted breathing
- Recurring injuries
- Muscle tension
- Body awareness issues
- Muscle weakness
- Organ congestion
Other modalities offered and covered by our Registered Massage Therapists can be experienced as a therapeutic modality with an element of relaxation to soothe the entire body.
These therapies all have an ancient origin to their design and technique, and tools that allow the client to have the sense of indulgence in the luxury of being pampered.
Hot Stone, Bamboo and Indie Head Massage allow you to take a break from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life.
Massage Therapy can help with:
- Invigorate and recharge
- Alleviate muscle tension and general aches and pains
- Reduce cortisol levels and blood pressure
- Boosts the immune system
- Enhances the body’s ability to deliver nourishment
Bamboo massage is a new way of having to provide deep tissue massage using heated bamboo sticks to roll and knead the muscles. The heated bamboo provides a firmer and more extensive technique to reach knots formed tension-causing wastes.
As the bamboo provides a deep firm massage it increases circulation and sensory nerve perception resulting in a deep relaxation massage.
Benefits of Bamboo Massage:
- Promotes circulation
- Improves posture
- Promotes relaxation
Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massage is a deeply soothing and relaxing form of massage that uses smooth heated basalt stones placed on specific acupressure points on the body. Basalt stones are black volcanic rocks that absorb and retain heat.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage:
- Decrease muscle tension
- Increase circulation
- Decrease sinus pain
- Premenstrual symptoms
- Chronic injuries
Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage is based on the Ayurveda system of healing which has been practiced in India for over a thousand years. It involves a massage to the head, face, upper back, shoulders, arms, and hands that relieves tension in the muscles; it can be relaxing, or stimulating and invigorating.
Indian Head Massage helps increase mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders. Indian Head Massage is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension.
It is a safe, simple, yet a very effective therapy that provides relief from aches and pains with the end result being an increased feeling of peace, calm and well-being.
Benefits of Indian Head Massage:
- Improves circulation
- Eliminates toxins
- Increased mobility
- Prevents or treats headaches
- Improves hair growth
- Decreases anxiety
Naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine that includes current scientific research, natural remedies and traditional modalities of healing.
The Naturopathic Doctor looks at symptoms of a patient as an expression of the disease and not the disease itself. The Naturopathic Doctor focuses on finding the root cause, while alleviating the burden symptoms in the process, in order to treat the whole patient.
Guided by the 6 principles, the Naturopathic Doctor helps their patients by fostering a relationship to compassionately educate them to be able to take ownership of their own health and healing.
In addition to the 6 principles, the Naturopathic Doctor also follows the Therapeutic Order of Naturopathic Medicine, which guidelines aim to relieve the patient of all symptoms and to address all underlying causes, while using the least force necessary.
Naturopathic Doctors have 3,000 hours of classroom and 1,200 hours of clinical training, which is included in 8 years of post-secondary education.
The six principles that guide all Naturopathic Doctors are:
- First, do no harm
- Support the healing power of nature
- Identify and treat the causes
- Doctor as teacher
- Treat the whole person
Naturopathic therapeutics encompass but are not limited to:
- Asian Medicine/Acupuncture
- Botanical Medicine
- Clinical Nutrition
- Homeopathic Medicine
- Physical Medicine
- Health Psychology
- Lifestyle Counselling
Acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on looking at the symptoms of the patient in order to diagnose the imbalance of specific organ systems and their energetic responsibilities throughout the body. With this information gathered a treatment strategy can be implemented in order to restore balance.
Acupuncture uses an energetic map of the body know as meridians that correspond to each organ system in order to influence energy otherwise known as qi to flow smoothly throughout the body.
In addition to acupuncture there are other tools to address imbalances such as diet, cupping and skin scraping.
Botanical medicine is the use of plants to restore health in the body. Parts such as the root, leaf or flower may used in several types of preparations including tinctures (extracts dissolved in alcohol), decoctions and teas (extracts dissolved in water), supplements and topical applications.
Botanicals can have many different types of phytochemical and energetic actions throughout the body and specific custom formulas can be concocted to meet the individual needs of the person.
Naturopathic clinical nutrition is the combination of the best quality research such as systematic reviews, meta-analyses and double blinded randomized control trials along with well documented trial and error by both doctor and patient in order to heal efficiently and effectively. This can include the use of vitamins, minerals and food extracts as supplements.
With so many fads and misinformation in the media it can be difficult to navigate the world of nutrition. With over 10 years of combined experience and education Jordan can teach you how to listen to your body’s confusing and ominous signs in order to understand if what you are eating is helping or hurting you.
Naturopathic doctors are trained to search for the root causes of illness. Much of the way we feel depends on our daily routines. The foundations of health are appropriate sleep, nutrition, movement/exercise and stress management. Naturopathic doctors can help to identify areas of weakness that may be leading to illness and teach effective strategies to change behaviours in order to restore balance.
There is more and more scientific evidence being conducted every day about the power of perception and beliefs and how it relates to the neuroplasticity of the brain and overall health. Everyone’s story is different, which leads to different world views and experiences of reality. This can affect the way we communicate and develop relationships with others and the world around us.
By treating the whole person a Naturopathic doctor will attempt to help individuals discover any negative or limiting beliefs they hold that may be creating a barrier to healing. With patience and non-judgement the Naturopathic doctor will create a space of openness to allow those to release certain beliefs that no longer serve them in order to replace them with positive affirmations, leading to greater health outcomes.