What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the continuous manipulation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. It is performed with the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the circulatory, respiratory, musculoskeletal and lymphatic systems.
Massage therapy combines the treatment forms of Swedish massage techniques with remedial exercise and hydrotherapy (the use of water at varying temperatures) to obtain therapeutic results.
Therapeutic massage aids in the healing process of injuries, everyday overuse and is a great form of preventative health care.
Massage therapy is recommended for:
- enhancing general relaxation and feelings of well-being, flexibility and tissue elasticity;
- reducing muscular tension and the associated discomforts, stress and anxiety levels;
- improving sleep patterns, immune systems, blood circulation and energy flow;
- increasing range of motion in joints and decreasing rehabilitation time; and,
- relieving the discomforts during pregnancy and labour.
Massage Therapy is an effective means of gaining relief from:
- tendonitis, bursitis and repetitive strain injuries;
- strains, sprains and muscle spasms;
- headaches and migraines;
- arthritis and sciatica; and,
- respiratory, circulatory, digestive and nervous problems.
Whether you would like to relieve pain, rehabilitate an injury, relax or reduce stress, the staff at Kneaded Care has a treatment that is right for you!
You can be assured that quality massage therapy treatments will be provided for you and your family in a safe and ethical manner.
Massage Therapy can provide relief from such conditions as:
• Back Aches
• Muscle Strains
• Bronchitis / Asthma
• Ligament Sprains
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Rotator Cuff Injuries
• Nerve Pathologies
• TMJ (Jaw) Dysfunctions
|...And Many More...|
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology, or zone therapy, is an alternative medicine involving the application of pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques with/without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, and that such work on these areas affects physical change to the body.
The Reflexology Association of Canada defines reflexology as:
“A natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes without the use of tools, crèmes or lotions, the feet being the primary area of application, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.”
Tenets of Reflexology state that the blockage of an energy field, invisible life force, or Qi, can prevent healing and that both stress and pain can be relieved in other parts of the body through the manipulation of the feet. Pressure received in the feet send signals that 'balance' the nervous system through the release of biochemicals such as endorphins that reduce stress and pain.
What is Hot Stone Massage?
Hot Stone Massage involves the use hot basalt stones, because of their ability to retain heat. The use of hot stones allows muscles to relax enabling the Therapist to apply deeper, more precise pressure if desired or necessary. Stones are placed in water and heated to approximately 125°F (52°C) before placement on the body. The stones are usually placed on specific points on the back, but can be placed other places such as between the toes, or in the palms of the hands.
*Massage therapy is covered under most extended health care plans.
*We offer direct billing for GreenShield & BlueCross Extended Healthcare Plans.