Massage Therapy

Sports Medicine Massage Therapists are all registered practitioners. Massage therapy improves the functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness. Massage involves holding, causing movement of soft tissue, and/or applying pressure to the body. Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress; and, to promote health and wellness.

How Will I Feel After a Massage Session?

  • Most people report feeling very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity.
  • After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity, which can last for days.
  • Some discomfort is normal after massage. An Epsom salt bath following a massage will help to ease muscle pain and increase circulation to aid healing. Magnesium, a natural stress reliever, is increased allowing toxins and heavy metals to be flushed from the body.
  • Generally, massage therapists promote the use of heat to maintain tissue health. A good way to incorporate this is to use heat for 15-20 minutes a night just before going to bed.
  • If there is inflammation, swelling or an acute injury than ice is warranted. It is best to seek professional advice, if you are in doubt.

What Are the Benefits of Massage?

Massage can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

Massage can also:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labour for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

Hot Stone Massage

What is Hot Stone Massage?

Hot stone massage is a form of massage therapy that uses specialized stones, which hold heat, helping to create a deep tissue massage to work tight, knotted muscles and release tension. Hot stone massage is relaxing and is known to have some health benefits.

While the client lies on his/her stomach on the massage table, the therapist places the hot stones on the back (on top of a towel), leaving them on either side of the spinal column on acupuncture points. This warms the skin and surrounding muscles to help release tension and increase blood flow. Smaller stones with oil are used to massage the person's muscles and tissues instead of using the hands. The therapist will use other shaped stones to apply pressure to tense areas and to knead the back, legs, feet, arms and sometimes the face.

Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

  • Promotes deep muscle and tissue relaxation
  • Alleviates stress
  • Releases toxins
  • Relieves pain
  • Improves circulation and blood flow to stimulate healing
  • Calms the psyche

Health Conditions Treated With Hot Stone Massage

  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Back Pain
  • MS
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Circulatory problems
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Ask your therapist if Hot Stone Massage is right for you.

Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits

Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.

Appointments can be made without a referral. Services are generally covered through private extended health care plans (a physician's referral may be required). Motor vehicle insurance covers massage treatments although prior approval is necessary. Click here to go to the Ontario Massage Therapist Association.