Massage Therapy is the assessment and manual treatment of the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage improves muscle tone, stimulates circulation and promotes relaxation. Your therapist will look over your confidential health history with you and ask you about your symptoms. The therapist may ask you to show certain movements or perform short tests to provide more information about your condition.
All of our therapists are registered, with a minimum of 2200 hours of training. All Registered Massage Therapists are required to participate in ongoing training and education.
Therapeutic, or deep tissue massage, can help improve many conditions of the body, and is recognized as effective treatment for reducing and managing pain. Stretching, myofascial work, trigger point therapy, and heat/cold therapy may be used, along with a deeper pressure to release the tension of the muscles in the body.
Relaxation Massage is a good treatment to reduce stress in your everyday life. Stress can cause health problems or make them worse. Massage is found to reduce levels of cortisol and to decrease a person’s perceived stress and anxiety levels. Massage therapy has a positive impact in lowering the effect of stress on the body by increasing one’s ability to cope by improving the ability to relax.
Cupping is an ancient form of alternative treatment where suction draws the blood to the skin and separates layers of tissue. This treatment is used to help treat pain, reduce scar tissue, and relieve muscle knots and swelling. As with many forms of therapeutic massage, the sensation experienced by the client varies and at times may be uncomfortable. The treatment will likely leave a mark on the skin however it will fade with time and should not be tender. The cups can stay in place for several minutes or can be pulled along the tissue to address specific concerns of the client. Your therapist will often place the cups on one area while providing hands-on treatment to other areas of the body.
Acupuncture is 3000 year old technique developed in China, which uses fine filiform needles to create a healing effect. Originally the Chinese used finely ground stones to prick and blood let an area. This eventually led to the more sophisticated system of needling used today.
The main way acupuncture works is by stimulating the nervous system and increasing blood flow. The blood carries oxygen, nutrients, edorphins/enkephalins, and other vital substances. Therefore acupuncture can be effective for pain and inflammation, tissue healing, organ dysfunction, and mental/emotional disorders.
The short answer is no! Most needles aren’t felt at all upon insertion.
Having said that, the needles can illicit various sensations. Patients can experience heavy limbs, tingling, itching, and an “electric shock” sensation upon insertion. All of this is normal and important.
Our needles are extremely thin and flexible, and are designed for a smooth and comfortable insertion.
Chinese herbal medicine is an ancient system of medicine that uses plants, minerals, resins, and animal products to treat various health conditions.
Herbs can be administered internally and externally in many different forms.
In the clinic we use concentrated granules, which are herbs that have been processed into a powder form. A few spoons are added to warm water and stirred up, much like instant coffee. Each bottle of granules will contain various formulas and individual herbs specifically chosen with your health in mind.