Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft tissue (muscles, tendons and fascia) to alleviate pain and tension that occur there. It stimulates an increase in the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the muscle tissue, and aids the body in removing the metabolic waste from muscle tissue.
All massage therapists in Ontario are registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.
Types of Massage
Relaxation Massage has a calming effect on the nervous system, promoting muscle relaxation. It reduces fatigue and aching in muscles, improves circulation and may reduce stress and anxiety levels.
Therapeutic Massage targets a specific injury or pathology. It addresses conditions such as trigger points, scar tissue and adhesions following muscle strains, whiplash injury, or post surgical adhesions. Pain associated with these conditions usually responds positively to therapeutic massage.
Sport Massage enhances athletic performance and decreases recovery time from soft tissue injury and over-use. Pre-event massage prepares the athlete for competition, by dealing with trigger points and stimulating circulation. Post-event massage assists in the drainage of metabolic wastes that may build-up in the tissue, causing muscle soreness post exercise.