Registered Massage Therapy
All our therapists are registered, meaning you can apply to be reimbursed for your treatments through your insurance plan. We accept cash, debit, MasterCard, and Visa. You can book your appointment online using our online booking system. Our prices have gone up an additional $5.00 per treatment starting May 12th, 2018. This price change reflects 5 years of doing business with our old price model. The update allows us to account for increases in overhead expenses and cost of living. Thank you for being our clients for these last 5 years.
60 minutes – $80.00 +gst
75 minutes – $95.00 +gst
90 minutes – $115.00 +gst
Gift certificates for 60 minute and 90 minute massage therapy are available.
Sometimes it’s not possible to work through everything in one hour, in those cases it’s best to book longer amounts of time. It’s not unlikely that after your first massage you will feel relief but not resolution of your problem. You may wish to rebook after your first massage or, anticipating this, book a longer appointment or multiple appointments in advance.
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
Deep tissue massage therapy is best at dealing with particularly troubling problems that require acute attention. Often, but not always, deep tissue massage is accomplished by using broader surfaces such as elbows and knuckles when applying pressure. Deep tissue massage therapy uses many of the same movements and techniques as relaxation massage but focuses more on alleviating the tenderness of trigger points with ischemic compressions and deep muscle stripping. Generally, deep tissue massage therapy focuses on manipulating soft tissue structures with more intensity and focus. Because the work done is deeper, it requires more time to work thoroughly, thus concentrating on only a couple parts of the body is suggested as the work requires more time to accomplish.
Fascia is responsible for our structural form and shape: how our skeleton is positioned, how our muscles are shaped and how we posture our body. When our fascia is in a healthy state, it is very pliable – it has the ability to stretch three dimensionally without restriction. When trauma, dehydration, infection or inflammation occur, the fascial tissues’ integrity may become compromised, resulting in excessive pressure. Such pressures, whether occurring immediately after injury or years later, result in pain. Pain from fascial compression is not surprising considering fascial tissue has tensile properties capable of 2000 lbs per square inch.
Myofasical release focuses on stretching and rehydration of fascial tissue. Myofascial release improves posture, breaks down scar tissue and decreases pain. Myofascial release techniques are safe, are designed to not cause harm and usually begin with sustained compression followed by a sustained decompression. There is a necessary time release component for the most optimal change to occur. Most recipients of myofascial release consider it to be very relaxing, intense at times, great for improving body awareness and even energy boosting. For more information on myofascial release and the John F. Barnes approach visit www.myofascialrelease.com.
Trigger Point Massage
Trigger points, also known as myofascial trigger points, are areas of hyper-irritability in soft tissue structure. These can be acute sources of pain or latent points unnoticed by the client until pressure is applied by a massage therapist. Trigger points often refer pain elsewhere; the relief of trigger points is often important in dealing with acute soft tissue issues such as headaches or lower back pain. Good communication between therapist and client allows for optimal pressure to be applied: the most pressure one can comfortably experience, without grimacing, tensing, guarding, or wanting to resist the pressure. Often trigger points elicit a lot of sensation, including discomfort, sometimes feelings of sharpness, burning, stabbing, or deep ache. But these sensations should never be painful in that the client shouldn’t want to escape from them.
Relaxation Massage aims at relaxing the body as a whole. While all massage relies on relaxing tension from tissues, relaxation massage accomplishes this by relaxing the person first and then because the person is relaxed, the person’s muscles become relaxed. Thus inducing muscular relaxation indirectly. Rather than going in deep and working through the most tender areas, relaxation techniques rely on creating an overall mental and physical state of well-being. The utmost priority in relaxation massages is the over-all comfort of the client. A successful relaxation massages relies on the client letting go, giving up, and just being on the table. The techniques used aim to facilitate that end result. Unlike other types of work, relaxation massage has the least reliance on communication, either through an interview or case history or talking while on the table.