Have you ever sat on a warm beach and watched the sun set... or floated amongst the clouds on a bright sunny day... or relaxed in a muskoka chair at the end of the dock and watched the boats ripple by... or lay quietly by the river's edge to listen to the water trickle over smooth, warm rocks... or sat in cozy place by the window on a rainy day to listen to the patter of raindrops... or run a marathon on a perfect fall day and tumbled into the warm, green grass after crossing the finish line?
Then you must have had a massage!
- There are 5 million touch receptors in the skin, 3000 are in one fingertip!
- A touch can help reduce heart rate and blood pressure.
- Touch stimulates the body to release endorphins (natural pain killers), which is why a mothers' hug or kiss can literally cure a child's skinned knee!
Answers to your most frequently asked questions
- On your first visit, you should arrive approx 5-10 minutes early to fill out a Health History form, so that your therapist can discuss your treatment goals
- Massage Therapists are required to drape you with a sheet. Only the area working on is exposed. You may undress ( most prefer underwear), but to your comfort levels
- You are not expected to talk during your massage, unless you want to! Therapists will require verbal communications about pressure and tenderness. If you wish for silence you should tell your Therapist before the treatment begins
- After your treatment, it is important to drink plenty of water to flush any toxins that were released during the massage. An Epsom salt bath is also recommended to calm sore muscles, and will also help to alleviate any stiffness the next day. Arnica (a natural homeopathic remedy) is also beneficial for tissue healing after a massage!
- Many extended Health Plans provide coverage for a Registered Massage Therapist. Check your plan for an amount or number of treatments per year. Massage is useful for supporting the body during an injury. It promotes healing, boosts your energy production and decreases your recovery time
- Swedish ... type of massage that uses long stokes and techniques for superficial muscles. Usually used for relaxation purposes or to warm up muscles
- Deep tissue ... helps to release muscle tension through slow deep strokes
- Trigger Points ... described as balls of waste products trapped in a muscle that has been damaged or stressed. Applied pressure helps to reduce and increase blood flow in to the area. The waste products then flow through the blood stream and are filtered through the kidneys