Our Services

Please read below to see which service might be the right one for you.

RELAXATION MASSAGE
Wellness

Feeling tired, stressed, anxious?

Our registered massage therapist can help! A relaxation massage is a great way to calm the mind, release tension throughout the body and recharge for what ever is thrown your way! Enjoy being pampered and allow all your troubles to fade away while being in a safe and calming environment. The massage therapist will use traditional Swedish massage techniques – a slow smooth stroke with mild to moderate pressure. This type of treatment allows the body to enter a relaxed state.

Benefits of Relaxation Massage:

  • An increased feeling of well being
  • Better sleep quality
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Increased circulation
  • Changes in mood and depression
  • Relief from tension headaches
  • Can improve gastrointestinal problems
  • Reduction in muscle tension
THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE
Care

Do you have low back pain? A sore shoulder? Headaches?

A therapeutic massage is what your looking for then! Whether it’s acute or chronic pain that is hindering your daily living, our massage therapists will work on the targeted area of concern and prescribe a home program of stretches and exercises that will help to get you back to your normal. With  a series of passive and active assessment techniques, the therapist will be able to hone in on the underlying musculature imbalances and come up with a treatment plan that will work with your busy lifestyle. Pressure varies from firm to deep tissue depending on how the client responds to that pressure.

Benefits of Therapeutic Massage:

  • Increase in Range of motion
  • Reduction in muscle tension
  • Provides muscle pain relief
  • Enhances blood flow and circulation
  • Relieves sports related injuries

Therapeutic massage is also a great tool for pre/post surgeries. As the benefits of massage can work alongside the immune system to encourage proper healing, it also helps the mind to relax and deal with any trauma that may have occurred prior to undergoing surgery. Scar mobilization and guarding (protecting the injured area) are post surgical problems that can affect the return to full range of motion. Ask your physician if massage therapy is a good fit for your recovery plan.

MYOFASCIAL CUPPING

What is cupping?

Cupping is a reverse pressure modality that uses a variety of cup sets (silicone, glass, or hard plastic with hand pump) to gently pull the myofascial tissue away from the muscle via suction. This suction pulls the skin tissue into the cup which increases the blood flow to that area. There are two ways that cups may be used to help a client – Movement of a cup along the skin using a lotion or a gel or placing the cups stationary for a period of time. Both methods can be quite beneficial and soothing. As with any modality there are pros and cons to using cups, listed below are the benefits and side effects of cupping.

The benefits of receiving cupping include:

  • Increase circulation,
  • Breakdown of adhesions and scar tissue
  • Pain relief,
  • Relieving joint and muscle soreness,
  • Eliminating toxins
  • Can stimulate cells responsible for collagen production
  • Reduce headache symptoms

Side effects of cupping can include:

  • Redness and itchiness in the area where cups were used
  • Circular marks that can last up to 7 days or more
  • Local Tenderness
  • Fatigue
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE (MLD)
Treatment

Are you a Breast Cancer survivor? Had surgery where lymph nodes were removed? Struggle with a weak immune system?

Then manual lymphatic drainage massage should be part of your self care routine!

MLD uses a light pressure and rhythmic movements to stimulate lymph flow. It is a safe, effective, yet gentle approach to cleansing the body’s tissues. MLD drains excess fluid from the tissues and also has a detoxifying effect. Individuals who have had a mastectomy or surgical procedures where lymph nodes have been removed are at higher risk for increased swelling and lymph accumulation in the area. Manual Lymphatic Drainage is all about moving fluid and moving fluid requires skillful touch, gentle manipulations of the skin and slow movements, as the reality is that the lymphatic system moves slowly.

Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage:

Individuals that suffer from any of the following may benefit from MLD:

  • individuals who frequently experience fluid retention,
  • lymphedema,
  • have sinusitis or seasonal allergies,
  • irritable bowel syndrome and
  • fibromyalgia,
  • carpal tunnel syndrome, golfers/tennis elbow,
  • easy bruising and edema

Post- Injury: MLD can be used as part of a post-sports and post-injury RICE protocol when clients are unable to receive deep tissue or other massage that would be contraindicated

Before or After Surgery: pre/post surgery as a way to prepare tissues for incision. MLD also promotes healing and tissue health post surgery, helping prevent infection and complications.

For Pain Relief: MLD stimulates the vital functions of the skin, tissues and internal organs and also helps eliminate cellular waste and stimulate the parasympathetic relaxation response, inhibiting muscle tension and pain.

To Combat Stress: MLD can be preformed as a preventative technique that bolsters the body’s ability to rejuvenate and resist all types of stress. This results in the speeding up of the fluids movement throughout the lymphatic system, enabling the increase of lymphocyte (white blood cells) transportation and production. Lymphocytes are the one of body’s defense mechanisms which help combat infection.

ONCOLOGY MASSAGE (Coming Soon)
Wellness

Oncology massage is a comfort care specialty service that takes into account the side effects that cancer patients may experience during cancer treatments. Massage therapy has been classified as a complementary service that is highly beneficial to people who have experienced a cancer diagnosis during their lifetime.

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed, are currently undergoing treatments, or have been cancer free for a period of time, massage therapy can help manage symptoms and get you back to your new normal. Oncology Massage will by no means claim to cure cancer, but rather to help reduce symptoms associated with certain treatments and medications. The overall goal with oncology massage is to work with your specialized medical team to provide care by helping to manage side effects, such as:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle Tension
  • Scar Tissue
  • Depression
  • Pain

An Oncology massage will take into account the clients current medications and how the body responds to them, adjusted positioning to accommodate surgical sites, medical hardware, treatment sites and other pathologies that are known to arise to individuals undergoing treatments.

A massage treatment plan will be discussed to promote the most beneficial results for the client. As the motto with oncology massage is to “do no harm” a progressive plan is ideal once the individual response to massage has been determined. Oncology massage starts with a light gentle pressure as the body may not respond the same to pressure once undergoing medical treatments.

Providing Comfort Care for individuals during their cancer journey

Common Questions with Oncology Massage:

1.Does Massage Therapy Spread Cancer?

While it is a complete contraindication to massage and apply pressure to a cancerous tumour, there definitely is more to a person then a just a tumour. Physiologically speaking,  cancer cells are the result of genetic malformations or mutations of a cell that no longer function as it was originally intended to. It is these mutations and genetic instructions that may cause the cancer cells to metastasize (spread from the original site to another), not by how much pressure is placed on the body. As it has been shown that metastasis occurs due to biochemical forces and can happen even if the patient is involved in sedentary activities, denying gentle massage seems to be an old school way of thinking. Light body work by a massage therapist is better compared to as going for an easy stroll or light physical activity. With increased circulation, calming of stress levels, reduction in tense muscles and improved mood, the benefits of regular massage therapy are proving to be more beneficial then harmful. As technology and research in the field of massage therapy and cancer patients grows and evolves, it is definitely a service that should no longer be feared but embraced.

 

2. What is a complementary Medicine?

Complementary medicine is a group therapeutic disciplines that are used together with mainstream medicine.  The main focus of these services is to reduce some of the unfavourable side effects of certain treatments and improve the quality of life for the patient. A few complementary medicines that are gaining popularity to help cancer patients manage anxiety, stress, nausea, fatigue, depression and some cancer related pain are listed below:

  • Massage Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Reiki
  • Meditation
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage
  • Raindrop Therapy & Essential oils

Remember that complementary therapies do not claim to cure cancer, rather they help to manage symptoms and help restore a feeling of well being. Always check with your physician to see if any of these therapies are right for you!