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Massage Therapy

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)

Massage therapy consists primarily of manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body (muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints),  to achieve a therapeutic response.  Treatment has an effect on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems; it enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves the circulation of the blood and lymph, and relieves pain and stress.  Treatments address specific conditions as well as the body as a whole, and help to promote a general sense of well being and relaxation. 


Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and non-Swedish techniques (trigger point therapy, fascial release, joint mobilizations etc.), remedial exercise, hydrotherapy and other complementary techniques to treat their clients.


All ages can benefit from massage therapy including infants, children, pregnant women and the elderly.  Massage therapy can be used to treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions.

Some of the many conditions treated by massage therapy:



  • Back and neck pain, sciatica

  • Hip, knee, foot discomfort

  • Shoulder pain, frozen shoulder syndrome

  • Strains, sprains and sport injuries

  • Repetitive strain injuries (tendinitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis)

  • Muscle tension and spasm

  • Arthritis

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Postural imbalances, scoliosis

  • Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease

  • Anxiety and depression                                                   

  • Asthma and Emphysema

  • Bowel problems

  • Edema

  • Sinusitis

  • TMJ problems

  • Post-surgical rehabilitation

  • Cancer care

  • Pregnancy and labour support

  • Whiplash

  • Stroke recovery

  • Palliative care



Before treatment begins, your Massage Therapist will propose an individualized treatment plan based on your health history and an initial assessment.  The assessment consists of various tests to determine the condition of your muscles and joints.  Follow-up treatments may also include re-assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment plan based on the original treatment goals. 


The Massage Therapist will work within your level of pain tolerance during the treatment, and the treatment can be stopped or modified at any time should you become uncomfortable.

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