Massage Therapy treats soft tissues of the body (skin, muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, diaphragm, etc…) using Swedish massage techniques. This involves the use of liniments on the skin with pressure and fluid movements by the therapist. Other techniques can be incorporated according to your needs (trigger point therapy, stretching, joint mobilizations, etc…). Commonly used for muscle tension and circulation, massage therapy has finally become very popular in North America.
We use only natural high quality oils and lotions as well as heat or cold depending on your chief complaint. Alternatively you can request a simple relaxation massage to beat everyday stress.
- Sports massage is similar to regular massage but can vary depending whether the client is pre or post-event. Pre-event sports massage involves techniques to stimulate muscles, circulation and the nervous system. Techniques are quick and varied. Post-event is usually focused on the area of use with techniques to relax and elongate muscles and increase local metabolism to help prevent soreness. Great for active people of all ages and levels.
Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Alignment (N.I.S.A.)
- This technique is a gentle form of Rolfing. It may seem similar to massage but the angle, direction, depth and liniment are different. NISA works to stretch and soften the body’s fascia; the matrix tissue holding and binding all of the internal structures. By loosening the fascia, muscles release more easily and treatment effects last longer. When fascia is unrestricted the body moves into better alignment creating improved posture and greater ease of mobility.
- The lymph system is in part responsible for proper fluid metabolism, detoxification and regeneration of the body’s tissues. It also helps maintain a strong immune system. If lymph circulation stagnates, toxins and fluids accumulate and the body’s ability to heal becomes compromised. This technique varies but the one element that remains constant is light pressure. Hands or a gentle body brush can be used to encourage the lymph fluid movement in the direction of the channels. Very effective for low-grade inflammation, edema and more.