Massage Therapy

What is massage therapy?

Massage technique helps stimulate the release of histamines which dilate the blood vessels. This helps increase the volume of blood flow to the areas that the technique is applied. With blood, there is a significant amount of oxygen and nutrients that will help stimulate and increase the speed of the healing process.

Micro tears in muscles and fascia (a system of abundant connective tissue that encloses muscle fibers, bundles, bellies and many other organs) are caused by the stress of daily activities. Tears can be a reason for many movement dysfunctions and sometimes pain. Massage therapy introduces movement and helps break up these adhesions which allows for a more functional movement and pain free range of motion.

Massage therapy also helps lengthen the muscles that typically adaptively shorten (in a shortened position for an extended period of time) due to postural or movement deficiencies. Massage helps the muscles become more pliable and less prone to injury.

The parasympathetic nervous system is also stimulated through massage therapy which induces systemic relaxation, as well as stimulates and promotes the healing and digestion processes.

A short history about massage therapy:

An ancient healthcare discipline which is dated back to more than 3000 years ago. Massage therapy was widely used by many well-known monarchies such as the ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Roman and Greek.

Massage Therapy was introduced into western culture in early 1800s as Swedish massage by a Dutch practitioner: Johan Georg Mezger (1838-1909). By 1890, massage therapy or Swedish massage was widely practiced in many sanatoriums across Europe and North America.

The basic strokes that compose Swedish massage includes: effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (striking), and frictions (rubbing), with vibration added later.

Who is massage therapy good for?

Massage therapy is good for a wide range of population due to its ability to adapt to specific needs of the client. It is good for both relaxation and clinical application. So, for anyone with concerns regarding the soft tissues, massage therapy has you covered.

How often should I get massage done?

The frequency in which you get treatment depends on the condition and your expectation. Typically for relaxation massage, it is recommended for you to get massage at least once every month to keep your soft tissue in functional condition. For an acute or chronic condition, massage is used to address a specific soft tissue disorder in conjunction with other disciplines such as physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic therapy or sometimes by itself. Clinical massage will start with an assessment and finish with a treatment plan which is thoroughly explained and discussed with client before execution.

Massage therapy is a great modality which can meet many of your needs. Our mission is to deliver the best massage therapy treatment to clients and to help people improve their quality of life.