The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain. (Massage Therapy Act 1991)
Myofascial release incorporates manual massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release bonds between fascia, muscles and bones. It is a direct or indirect manipulation of the body’s tissues that allows the connective tissue fibres of fascia to re-organize themselves in a more flexible, functional fashion. The goal of myofascial release is to release fascial restrictions and restore tissue health, often resulting in increased range of motion and the elimination of pain. This is typically performed with no lotion or oil. The techniques may be static or with movement.
Fascia is an uninterrupted 3 dimensional web of tissue that extends from head to toe, front to back. Fascia is located between the skin and the underlying muscles and bones and connects the muscles, organs and skeletal structures in our body. Fascia is a highly adaptable tissue due to its elastic properties.
Remedial exercise is a modality used in the practice of massage therapy. You can book Pilates sessions with Kim, as part of your massage therapy treatment plan, to learn core strengthening and stretching exercises and breathing and relaxation techniques. A home routine will be designed for you.
Is the most common form of massage practiced in Canada. Swedish massage techniques involve the therapist using their hands, forearms and elbows to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. Swedish massage techniques vary in depth, rate and rhythm. You and your therapist will work together to create a treatment that addresses your requirements and comfort level.
Contemporary Acupuncture is an effective and simple treatment approach based on current concepts of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and pathophysiology. Insertion of solid needles and use of electrical stimulation are the foundation of this approach. Acupuncture effects on humans include muscle relaxation, pain modulation, general relaxation, and a feeling of well being. Acupuncture literally means 'needle piercing', it is the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body (called acupoints) for therapeutic purposes. Many patients report a sensation of well-being or relaxation following an acupuncture treatment, especially if electrical stimulation has been used.
In North America, acupuncture is used frequently for the treatment of chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, headache, athletic injuries, traumatic injuries and post surgical pain.