Specific techniques are used to increase athletic performance. These techniques help alleviate stress and fatigue that build up in the muscles. Both professional and recreational athletes can benefit greatly from this type of massage.
Also known as classic massage, this type of massage incorporates several different techniques: effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber), skin rolling, C scooping and vibration. It’s been clinically shown to reduce pain, increase range of motion and muscle tone, and enhance muscular function.
A treatment that is designed to alleviate many of the associated effects of pregnancy such as pelvic pain, swelling of hands and feet and back pain. Treatment is tailored to each client, and changes throughout the course of pregnancy. Generally relaxing tense muscles, improving circulation and mobility are some of the common courses of treatment.
A manual type of movement performed by the practitioner. It targets synovial joints with the aim of increasing or maintaining the joints’ range of motion. There are five grade of mobilization - each adding more movement to increase the mobility of the joints.
Can be done visually or with the use of equipment. A skilled practitioner can do an efficient analysis by observing several key things: range of motion; the plane the movement occurs in; the muscles producing the movement; how the muscles are functioning (main mover, helper, fixator) the type of muscle contraction and the type of movement (flexion, extension, rotation, abduction, adduction etc.).
There are at least two types of chronic pain. One is due to some form of injury or direct cause. The second does not come from injury and has no apparent cause. In both cases, treatment involves a deep understanding of the client's health history. The best results occur when the client and therapist act as a cohesive team. An awareness and correction of how the client is using his or her body on a daily basis, usually leads to the best results.
Cervical Spine Release
Your neck is a complex part of the body composed of seven stacked cervical vertebrae. Any movement affects several vertebrae at the same time. The eyes lead, the head follows and the rest of the body follows the head. Problems most often occur in the upper or lower cervical spine. Releasing the muscles where the head meets the spine (occipital muscles) and the muscles at the sides of the neck (scalene muscles) increases the range of motion and decreases the pain caused by most common conditions of the head and neck.
TMJ is the temporomandibular joint - where the jaw meets the skull. The area is complicated by an articular disc which moves when the jaw opens and closes. Muscular imbalances can cause disfunction, pain and often a popping or cracking sound. Specific tehniques can be used to correct the imbalances and alleviate pain.
Manual Lymph Drainage
A gentle massage intended to encourage the natural drainage of lymph from the tissues. Lymph is the fluid that moves from your tissues into the lymphatic system. Restoring healthy lymph flow can reduce swelling caused by injury or chronic conditions that impede circulation in the extremities.
Done with the client standing and sitting, the therapist observes the client’s relationship with gravity - the position of the head, shoulders, pelvis, spine, knees and feet. Sitting for a large part of the day can create imbalances which can lead to rounded shoulders, forward head and low back pain. An ergonomic assessment by a trained therapist can help you avoid these.
Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) is a form of hands-on healing that originated in Japan. It is a deeply relaxing experience that eases pain, tension, and stress and balances the energy centres (chakras) of the body. The result is an overall sense of well-being and peace.
It speeds the healing of injuries, gently realigns and detoxifies the body, and aids in the recovery from emotional trauma. Reiki healing can provide long-term relief because it heals at the source of illness, whether it is at the physical, emotional or mental level. The word Reiki means universal life force energy. The Reiki Master is a channel for this energy (also known as chi, ki or prana). You receive the energy and healing begins.
You remain fully clothed while the practitioner channels the energy with a gentle touch through a series of hand positions on or above the body.
The BodyTalk system of healing is guided by two main principals: all parts of the body-mind, from every cell and physical structure of the body to all the energy centres and beliefs about our experiences in the world are all connected and in a state of communication at all times; and the body-mind innately knows how to heal itself. When external and internal stress, consciously and more often subconsciously, affect the intricate system of communication within the body-mind, the body’s ability to self-heal, (physically, mentally and emotionally) is negatively impacted.
The practitioner discovers what communications need to be rebalanced using a gentle muscle-checking technique. While the client and practitioner lightly hold different parts of the body, the practitioner gently taps the head and heart to signal the mind to restore the lines of communication and cue the body to remember the changes.
Because your body is communicating what it needs and in what order via neuromuscular biofeedback, the sessions can be highly focussed.