Massage Therapy

Massage is good for you … in more ways than you can imagine. Read about some of the benefits of massage therapy.

Our Registered Massage Therapists offer many different types of massage. Listed below are some of them. The list is not exhaustive, so please contact us if you don’t find what you’re looking for.

Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy
Lymphatic Drainage
Relaxation Massage
Somatic Patterning
Sports Massage
Therapeutic Massage
Mayan Abdominal Massage
Hot Stone Massase
Jade Stone Massage
Fertility Massage

 

Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy

Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® (AOBT) is a centuries old massage technique with deep roots in Asia.  It’s modern form is steadily gaining popularity throughout the United States and Canada as an effective deep tissue massage that is also deeply relaxing.

The therapist used a broad soft foot to create luxurious, slow, deep strokes along the length of the body.  If you love massage this is an experience not to be missed.

Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy is offered by Catherine Green, RMT

 

Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage therapy is a light touch, holistic bodywork therapy where the therapist stimulates the flow of lymphatic circulation in the body. Using sensitive listening with his or her hands to assist the flow of lymphatic fluid through the lymphatic pathways, the therapist follows the body’s natural rhythm of lymphatic waves as the guide to hand movement.

Its main actions and benefits are:

  • Activates lymph function and circulation, indirectly activates blood circulation and re-absorption of fluid, and reduces edema (swelling) through these effects.
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Calms the nervous system by decreasing the sympathetic response (fight or flight) and directly stimulates the parasympathetic response (calmer repair) thereby reducing pain, spasms, and assisting relaxation.

Fees for a 1 hr session range from $80 – $135 depending on the therapist.

For more information, please call us on 780-488-9779.

Lymph Drainage Massage is offered by most of our therapists.

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Relaxation Massage

In our stressful lives, we all deserve–and need–to relax. This massage is just the right technique for that. It will relax your mind and body. The length of the massage depends on you. Most relaxation massages are between an hour and two hours. Massages are suitable to people of all ages.

Relaxation massage involves a smooth, flowing style that improves circulation and relieves muscular tension. Relaxation is very beneficial for our overall health.

Fees for a 1 hr session start from $80 depending on the therapist.

For more information, please call us on 780-488-9779.

To book a Relaxation Massage online,  select Massage Therapy from the drop down menu.  Not all therapists are available for online booking,  please call us if you do not see the therapist you want on the drop down menu.

Relaxation massage is offered by most of our therapists.

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Somatic Patterning

A somatic approach is a treatment that supports the body’s natural response to move towards more efficient and congruent movement. It is based on 2 physiological responses of the body: Sensory based learning & Pattern organization.

The more sensory information an organism is provided, the greater its opportunity to recognize dysfunction and move towards greater functionality.

In a somatic massage treatment, the therapist uses touch and movement to enhance the client’s sensory input and self awareness. The therapist is trained to identify dysfunctional patterns and guide the client through their body’s attempt to self regulate and re-balance.

Where free movement is restricted by habitual responses or compensatory patterns, techniques are applied to facilitate dissolution of restrictions and the re-integration of the freed movement pattern

Fees for a 1 hr session starts at $89.25.

Somatic patterning is offered by Kiri Kirwan and visiting therapist Matthew van der Giessen

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Sports Massage

Sports massage covers pre-event, post-event and intramural massage. There is also sports related massage where, depending on the sport, particular muscle groups are targeted.

Sports massage is great for prevention of injury as well as recovery from high performance activity.  It helps to milk lactic acid and metabolic waste from muscles and peripheral tissues. Techniques used are effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, “kneading”, “squeezing”, “wringing”, cross fiber frictions, trigger point therapy and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (which is an active/passive stretching technique).

Fees for a 1 hr session start from $80 depending on the therapist.

For more information, please call us on 780-488-9779.

 

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Therapeutic Massage

Massage has many therapeutic benefits including:

Inflammatory Response – massage activates a release of the body’s own anti-inflammatory agents.

Tissue Repair – massage slows the formation of scar tissue and keeps scar tissue pliable when it does form.

Pain – massage may help reduce the need for pain medication.

Impingement Syndrome – massage softens and stretches connective tissue that may be impinging on nerves. Massage also normalizes muscle tension patterns, restoring a more normal resting length to shortened muscles to reduce pressure on nerves. Effective on the Cervical Plexus, the Brachial Plexus, the Lumbar Plexus and the Sacral Plexus.

Psychological Dysfunctions – Massage has a strong physiologic effect as well as a physical influence on mental states through the Autonomic Nervous System. Massage is soothing of any ANS hyperactivity and provides a sense of inner balance. Suitable for Trauma, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Pain and fatigue syndromes, Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, and Stress Related Illness.

Fees for a 1 hr session range from $70 – $85 depending on the therapist.

For more information, please call us on 780-488-9779.

All of our therapists offer therapeutic massage.

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Mayan Abdominal Massage

Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Massage

This gentle external massage technique focuses on decreasing lymphatic congestion in the abdomen and pelvis while improving blood flow, nerve innervation, energy flow, overall vitality.   It assists with some of the following conditions for women:

  • Prolapsed uterus or bladder.
  • Infertility
  • Painful menstruation/ovulation
  • Recurrent bladder/yeast infections
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic congestion/scar tissue

Some symptoms of a displaced uterus are:

  • Dark blood at the beginning or end of the menstrual cycle
  • Painful, irregular periods or irregular painful ovulation
  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic miscarriages
  • Recurrent vaginal infections
  • Varicose veins of the legs, and/or tired weak numb legs
  • Low backache, back pain with period
  • Painful intercourse

What causes a displaced uterus?

  • Overstretching of ligaments during pregnancy and birth
  • Injury to sacrum or tailbone (falls, car accident, sports injury etc.)
  • High impact exercise
  • Lifting and carrying heavy objects before or during menstruation or too soon after childbirth
  • Post partum – can help restore the spinal column and pelvis to pre-pregnancy status

It can assist with the following concerns for men:

  • Frequency of urination
  • Improved fertility
  • Improved prostate health
  • Decreased swelling and inflammation

Both women and men benefit from improved digestion and concerns with irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, and constipation.

Mayan Abdominal Massage is offered by Tacie Kyle and visiting therapist Sheryl Watson.

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Lymphatic Breast Massage

Lymphatic breast massage uses gentle hands-on techniques to enhance the circulation and drainage of breast tissue. (Techniques can be altered and preformed over the sheets for those who do not wish to be undraped for a treatment).

Tight clothing, poor posture, shallow breathing, poor diet and inactivity all have a negative effect on the healthy circulation and drainage of our breasts.

Some indications for a lymphatic breast massage treatment would include:

  • congestion and swelling
  • discomforts of pregnancy
  • breastfeeding
  • weaning
  • premenstrual and menopausal tenderness, breast pain
  • breast injuries (sports or seat belt related)
  • post-surgical symptoms (augmentation, reduction, mastectomy, biopsy, or capsular contracture)
  • discomforts of cancer treatments
  • assistance with breast monitoring
  • the wish to include a breast treatment into a truly ‘full body’ massage.

Lymphatic Breast Massage is offered by visiting therapist Sheryl Watson

Jade Stone Massage

Jade Stone Massage has been used by the African Egyptians and Mayans as a massage and meditation tool for over 7000 years. Jade Stone Massage incorporates heated and cooled jade stones. These stones have been cut to various shapes and sizes and then polished providing a very smooth and silky feeling on the skin. The stones are used within a therapeutic massage and are not simply placed on the clients body for extended periods of time. Viviane uses the stones like extensions of her hands and fingers.

Jade Stone Massage provides relief to stiff and sore muscles, resulting in the alleviation of common chronic and acute problems. Jade is believed to heal stressed organs and discharge toxins. It slows the process of cell aging and strengthens the body’s natural defenses and healing power.    One stone stroke is similar to 7 strokes by hand.

Jade Stone Massage is offered by Viviane Forest.

“I was so relaxed and energized after my jade stone massage. I couldn’t believe that the stones allowed Viviane to massage more deeply without me feeling a difference in pressure! Definitely jade stone massage is the best I’ve ever had. Thanks Viv!” – Carrie A

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Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is a variation on classic massage therapy. Heated smooth, flat stones are placed on key points on the body. The massage therapist may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body.

Hot Stone Massage is offered by Ally Swist and Karin Monkman.

Fertility Massage

Fertility challenges is something that 1 in 4 couples will face. We usually believe that fertility challenges are female related, but reality is that 50% of fertility challenges are male related and 50% are female related. Most fertility clinics have a minimum of 12 month wait time before you can get in to see someone (that is just to talk and plan out what you will be doing). Couples must have been actively trying to conceive for a minimum of 1 year before they are even referred to the fertility clinic.

Fertility Massage may be something to consider while trying to conceive. It is a blend of massage, uterine & organ positioning, reflexology, shiatsu and working with meridians to assist with conception and is a treatment that both partners can have done. It also reviews and addresses other concerns that could be creating blocks for a successful pregnancy with complimentary therapies suggested. As long as there is open communication between client and practitioner, Fertility massage can be given (or continued) while actively working with the fertility clinic, to increase the chance of conception.

Fertility massage is offered by Tacie Kyle.