Whether this is your first massage or your hundredth, we want you to have the optimum relaxing and tranquil experience. Above all, we’re here for you and want to create the most pleasant experience for you. Here’s what to expect from your treatment.
Do you know the difference between a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and a Certified Massage Therapist CMT)? If not, you may be getting the wrong type of massage treatment.
I am often asked what the difference is between the two types of therapists and have put together the following information for you:
What is an RMT?
An RMT is trained to work under the mandate of ‘symptom relief’, medical issues that are a result of accidents filed with Workers’ Compensation or car accident claims and daily living, athletic or otherwise. Their focus is on peoples’ physical complaints that stem from injuries. Services of an RMT are covered by extended health insurance.
What is a CMT?
A CMT focuses treatment on a wide range of techniques to treat the body’s aches and pains and looks at the whole picture: body, mind, and lifestyle. The mind-body connection is key to determining the types of massage treatments offered by a CMT. Treatments may include aromatherapy, sleep habits, etc. Services are not covered (yet) by extended health insurance.
Simply call and ask for an RMT massage to use with your benefits or you can also choose RMT on the menu on the online booking system here.
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To cancel an appointment within 24 hours, you will be charged the full cost of the treatment.
Drink lots of water to flush out toxins released by the increased circulation created by massage. Take a hot bath with Epsom salts as this aids in removing toxins that were moved to extremities during the massage.
Deep tissue massage may leave you feeling sore for a day or two. The general expectation is that you may be sore the first day, but by the second day you should feel looser and probably have less pain.
The most obvious benefit shared by virtually everyone is that a full body massage makes you feel great! The stress-relieving, soothing results are enough for many to include massage as a regular part of their lives. But what of the less obvious benefits?
The first sense to develop is your sense of touch. It’s not surprising when you consider that each square inch of your skin contains roughly 50 nerve endings. With as many as five million total touch receptors in your skin relaying messages on to your brain, your body’s initial response to massage is to relax and de-stimulate. Even a simple touch has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the heart rate. Touch can also signal the brain to produce endorphins, your body’s natural pain suppressors.
Going deeper, massage can restore suppleness and strength to your muscles, improving their overall function. It’s the ideal treatment for releasing tension or muscles in spasm and helps to release toxins such as lactic acid (produced by muscle tissue during exercise), as well.
Proper circulation is vital to continued health. Your blood and lymph carry nourishment to the trillions of cells throughout your body and then carry away the waste to be eliminated from the cells. Massage encourages a better exchange of nutrients at the cellular level and more thorough detoxification. Remember, the future “you” is determined by how well your army of cells regenerate themselves, so this is indeed a critical part of remaining healthy.
The nervous system is your communication network, sending messages constantly that determine proper functioning throughout your body. Stress can affect the ability of the nervous system to do its job. The many nerve endings found in the skin and muscles are soothed by massage, and this contributes to keeping your internal lines of communication open and operational.
Massage also aids in maintaining flexibility in your joints, such as the knee, hip, spine, shoulder, and neck. These joints are thoroughfares for nerves, veins and arteries, so their freedom of movement allow energy and blood to flow unimpeded.
So, you can see massage does quite a bit more than just relax you and work out the kinks in a sore back. Since massage has been practiced for thousands of years and is one of the earliest known health treatments known to man, why don’t you hear more about it in today’s society?
In fact, massage today is rapidly growing in popularity and reputation. Besides being misunderstood, massage has had to overcome the reluctance many people have regarding physical contact. Of course, once they experience a therapeutic massage for themselves, most people are hooked.
A 1997 Life magazine article explored some of the research underway regarding the benefits of massage. Undertaken by the Touch Research Institute in Miami, ongoing studies are showing amazing results, as the following quotes indicate:
“…More than 50 TRI studies have shown massage to have positive effects on conditions from colic to hyperactivity to diabetes to migraines — in fact, on every malady TRI has studied thus far. Massage, it seems, helps asthmatics breathe easier, boosts immune function in HIV-positive patients, improves autistic children’s ability to concentrate, lowers anxiety in depressed adolescents…
“…Massage can increase the lymph flow rate. It enhances immune function and lowers levels of (two) stress hormones…
“…Field (the director of TRI) worries that Americans aren’t getting enough touch…At the TRI preschool, teachers encourage ‘positive touch.’ They dole out unlimited hugs, backrubs and shoulder pats…Most of the 40 children, from six months to five years in age, get a daily 15-minute rubdown, which leaves them according to TRI research, more alert, more responsive, able to sleep more deeply…”
As you can see, massage offers more benefits than you may have imagined. Isn’t it good to know that something that feels so great can contribute to your long-term health as well? Let’s work together to help you get the most from your massages — see you at your next appointment!
Appointments range from 60 minutes to two hours.
Each session begins with a short questionnaire to assess what would be the best treatment for your wellness.
Please ensure that all open cuts, scrapes and scratches are covered with a bandage.
Let your practitioner know if the temperature is too warm or cold, the pressure too hard or soft, or of any other discomforts.
Alert the practitioner of any old pain or injuries and of any pain you experience during your treatment.
Relax by breathing slowly, deeply and evenly. Visualize each inhalation flowing into your tension and that each exhalation is releasing it.
If your schedule allows, take a hot shower prior to your treatment to ‘soften’ up your muscles.
Massage is not recommended in the early stage of cold or flu, because massage can help the virus spread through your body.
Avoid a heavy meal for a couple of hours before your treatment as a massage on a full stomach may be uncomfortable.
Wear whatever makes you most comfortable. Many clients choose to undress completely, while others wear underclothing. To ensure your privacy and keep you always at ease, you will be covered at all times except for the area being massaged.