Swedish Massage/Deep Tissue
This therapeutic massage uses Swedish massage techniques which involve manipulation of soft tissues- muscles, ligaments, tendons, connective tissue and joint capsules. These techniques can be adapted to your needs: more superficially for relaxation, or deeper for specific areas of concern.
Connective tissues (called fascia) surround the muscles, bones, joints, and organs throughout the body, and can also hold tension. Releasing this tension can increase circulation and range of motion. This technique uses little, if not any oil, and a burning sensation is normal as stuck fibres are being released.
Stretches, when done properly, can ease tension in tissues and increase range of motion; they can easily be integrated into any massage.
Essential oils are infused into the air, or added to oils and applied to the skin during massage at affect the senses to increase relaxation or to energize. Can be added to any massage at no extra cost.
Pre & Post natal
Needless to say, mom’s body goes through drastic physical changes during and the different stages of pregnancy placing stress in new areas. When the baby arrives, a new lifestyle begins, as do new tension areas for mom and dad.
This modality refers to the use of heat and cold therapies often influenced by water or moisture. Ice, deep moist heat pads, hot stones* are examples of hydrotherapy. Ice is often used to reduce or prevent inflammation, whereas heat is to increase circulation, soothing and relaxing tissues. Deep moist heat (as opposed to dry heat like most electric heating pads) are said to penetrate into deeper levels of tissues.
Who doesn’t love heat? Increase the effects of your massage by adding hot stones to the Swedish treatment. Some of the stones are used directly on the skin in place of therapist’s hands; others are placed on channels along lines of your body to encourage relaxation and inner peace. Hot stones can be used generally for relaxation or to focus on a specific area of concern.
*Hot stones are only available at 20 Bells Lake B&B
Massage Therapy has been used to heal people since the ages. In fact, early records date back almost 3,000 years document its use by the Chinese and the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians. Massage therapy was applied to heal many ailments and ancient healers wrote detailed papers recommending rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today’s massage therapist, although not as mystical as their ancient counterparts are far more versatile and provide benefits that are far greater for the human body. Massage therapy is now an accepted part of physical rehab programs, proving very beneficial for many chronic conditions such as low back pain, sciatica, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, stress, depression, and much more. Stress is one of the leading causes of many physical ailments to the body and since the availability of massage therapy many will attest to the fact that massage therapy and it’s by products such as Reflexology can reduce stress and improve overall health.
What Does Massage Therapy Involve?
Massage therapy involves the manipulation of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of our body. These manipulation techniques to the body, generally are intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation in muscles and soft tissues. There are many variations to massage using different techniques. With over 250 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies many practitioners will utilize multiple techniques. Some of these techniques include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues. Other techniques can also include passive or active movement and application of techniques intended to affect the energy systems of the body. Massage therapists usually use oils, lotions, and powders reduce friction on the skin.
Important Note: Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies specifically exclude any diagnosis, prescription, manipulation or adjustments of the human skeletal structure, or any other service, procedure or therapy which requires a license to practice, such as orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other profession or branch of medicine that is not listed here.
Does Insurance Cover Massage Therapy?
The services of a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) is usually covered by health insurance when performed by a licensed professional. Also any therapies prescribed by a medical professional are often covered. Always check with your benefits provider or health insurance company before hand to make sure you are covered.
**As a client, please inform your therapist of any undesired technique, modality, pressure, as well as any concerns or discomforts you may have. Massage therapy is for your best health and should be geared to your needs. You always have the right to ask to modify or stop components of, or the entire massage. Your Registered Massage Therapist adheres to the guidelines set out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).