Our team of Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) has the proper training to provide specialized services such as Swedish massage, Trigger point release, Myofascial release, deep tissue massage, joint mobilizations, hydrotherapy, and corrective postural exercises.
Some of the conditions that we focus on are:
Additional Massage Information
Massage therapy is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating soft tissue such as skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage is mostly used to help reduce pain, and tension, promote relaxation and improve blood circulation. There are many techniques in Massage therapy some light pressure and some deeper pressure. For example:
Swedish Massage is a gentle technique that is used to promote relaxation and improve blood circulation. Long strokes, kneading, tapping and gentle joint mobilizations can be used to relieve tension.
Myofascial release is a gentle technique that presses continuously on myofascial connective tissue restrictions intended to relief pain and restore mobility.
Deep Tissue Massage is a more active, intense and slower technique focused on deeper muscles layer and connective tissue. It is often used as target treatment for more chronic injuries.
Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on knotted, tight, tensed muscle fibers that can form after injuries or overuse. This is a firm to deep pressure style of massage.
Sports massage is more energetic form of Swedish massage mostly focused on improving circulation in tissues to bring oxygen and nutrition into tissues helping prevent and treat injuries.
Massage is generally considered part of integrative and complementary health care. It is used to treat a wide range of medical conditions and studies showing it’s effectiveness in reducing muscle tension, pain, stress, anxiety, insomnia, fibromyalgia, migraines, TMJ disorder, scar tissue and much more.
Massage therapy is considered safe and most people can benefit from it. However, let your doctor know before you try massage therapy if:
- You have open wounds, bruises, burns, rashes, or areas of weak skin.
- You have Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots.
- You have a bleeding disorder or taking blood thinners.
- You have fractures that are not fully healed.
- You have severe Osteoporosis.
- You have a fever, Flu and cold symptoms.
Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or you have cancer or unexplained pain.
Massage shouldn’t ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable but some techniques can leave you feeling a bit sore the next few days. It is important to let your therapist know right away if you feel uncomfortable or your treatment is painful beyond your levels of tolerance. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during massage.
Please, arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your first treatment to fill up forms and 5 minutes earlier to your follow up treatments.
Before your massage treatment starts, there will be an assessment process that consists of evaluating your musculoskeletal system, your symptoms, and your medical history. Then a massage treatment plan will be discussed prior to hands on treatment.
You can choose to undress to your level of comfort. We recommend you wear loose-fitting clothing such as sports bras and shorts. When on the massage table, you will be covered and properly draped exposing only the areas to be treated. Your therapist may use oil or lotion to prevent too much friction on your skin. Please, inform your therapist of any allergies.
After the treatment your therapist will discuss more specific observations, provide home/self-care and follow up sessions.
- Ask people that you know and trust for recommendations.
- Check the practitioner’s credentials and provincial certifications.
- Read their website biographies and experiences.
- Ask your practitioner about the treatment plan, cost of treatment and any other concerns.
- Prior to your appointment, check with your insurance company if you have coverage. The cost of massage therapy is generally not covered by provincial health plans but may be covered by private health insurance. Some therapists may be able to direct bill your insurance.
Acupuncture is a form of treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine that involves inserting very thin needles through the skin at specific points on the body known as “Chi” or “Qi” to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Acupuncture is believed to help balance the body’s energy flow when these points that run through pathways called meridians are stimulated by promoting the body’s natural response to suppress pain naturally.
Some of the conditions that we focus on are:
Additional Acupuncture Information
Every Acupuncture practitioner has a unique treatment style. Each therapist will examine the patient and assess their conditions. To help determine the type of treatment that will help you the most, the Acupuncture therapist will ask your symptoms, medical history and lifestyle following by the examination of your pulse, the coloration and shape of your tongue, skin health and areas of pain and discomfort. After the examination, your practitioner will make a plan to best possible suit your treatment prior to inserting one or more thin sterile and nontoxic needles, offer advice on self-care or other complementary therapies, such as herbal medicine.
There are few side effects such as soreness, bruising and minor bleeding in the areas where the needles were inserted. You should inform your practitioner of any health concerns prior to treatment. If any questions or concerns arise during the treatment, please inform your practitioner without hesitation.
In cases of chronic and/or severe illness, Acupuncture treatments should be used as a complementary treatment. It is advisable to use it alongside other conventional therapies.
Counselling and Psychological Therapy
Additional Counselling Information
ANYONE can benefit from counseling. Talking, expressing yourself, sharing what’s in your mind and your heart. Counseling provides you with a safe and confidential environment to help you free your mind and soul. Counseling and psychological therapy provides with a variety of areas of expertise to help individuals and families. For example: Couples counseling, Depression, Anxiety, Abuse, Addiction, Chronic pain, and Mental health.
A counseling practitioner listens with compassion and empathy in a safe environment where no one is judged. You can feel free to talk about your emotions, your thoughts and things that normally you would not share out of embarrassment. By speaking about them you can get a different perspective of what is troubling you. It helps relieving some of the stress, tension and worries that build up over time providing a sense of cathartic feel when letting go of what has been bottling up.
During a counseling session, you give yourself the time to confront any issues and process feelings that you would normally ignore or avoid dealing with. By sharing you unload the weight that holds you down and lets you cope better with everyday life.
Couples can also benefit from counseling by having a neutral environment for their relationships to open and discuss specific issues. The counselor acts as a mediator to help both sides see each other’s problems and continue advancing towards improvement.
Counselors listen and do their best to help you examine your emotions and thoughts, they bring a sense of self-awareness that can make people feel more at peace with themselves, the people around them and the environment that they are part of. This self-awareness is also a way of empowerment that you are not helpless and alone.