Your Body's Integral Option
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to gain a therapeutic response. Soft tissue includes muscles, skin, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments. Massage therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning after accidents involving trauma and injury. Swedish massage is currently the most common form of therapy practiced; however, massage therapists may use a variety of therapies and techniques, depending on your needs and their specialties, including hydrotherapy, fascial techniques, and remedial/postural exercise recommendations.
What to expect...
On your first visit, you will be asked for a confidential health history, which will help your therapist form an assessment and treatment plan. Massage therapy should take place in an atmosphere of safety and confidence. It is a partnership between you and your therapist, who will help you understand the processes behind your pain and how you can work together to alleviate it. All treatment will be explained to you, and requires your consent.
Who qualifies as a Massage Therapist?
Ontario has one of the most extensive massage therapy programs in the world, and is regulated by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Students complete 2,200 hours of intensive anatomical, physiological, and clinical studies at a government approved massage therapy school. Graduation is a prerequisite to taking provincial examinations. Successful candidates then become licensed as Registered Massage Therapists.
How can Massage Therapy help you?
Massage can benefit people of all ages and conditions - babies, children, pregnant women, the elderly, those in chronic care, and those who need palliative consideration.