What kind of massage should YOU get?

November 29, 2017



Sometimes it can be confusing – you know you’re stressed and everybody tells you that you need a good massage, but what type of massage should you get? There are so many options available, how do you know which one will suit you?

That’s where your friendly massage therapist comes in – if you’re not sure, just call or drop in for a chat and we can help you find the perfect technique and style for your needs. If it’s your first massage, we can put you at ease and make sure you know exactly what to expect.

In the meantime, here’s the lowdown on some of the different types of massage and what they can do for you.

Swedish Massage 

This is one of the most popular massages – it’s sometimes called the ‘relaxation massage’ which is a clue; it’s absolutely great for getting rid of stress and anxiety. It’s also a good one to try if you’re new to massage as it doesn’t work too deeply into your muscles and the techniques we use are all designed to relax and de-stress.

So what can you expect? Well, we use long, flowing strokes all over your body, combined with kneading, tapping and circular motions. We’ll also use oils or lotions to make the massage smoother, and feel great for you. If you’ve got tight muscles, aches and pains, we can increase the pressure where you need it more.  Swedish massage is helpful if you’re experiencing pain from conditions like sciatica and arthritis, and it can also give your circulation a boost as all the techniques are designed to help get blood pumping around your body.

Hot Stone Massage 

This is a supremely relaxing massage where the therapist uses specially designed warmed stones to increase its effects. This one is designed for pure relaxation and is an indulgent treatment that’s also great for first-timers.  While you’re enjoying your massage, we carefully place the smooth, heated stones on different areas of your body. Sometimes they are also used as part of the massage to help get deeper into any troublesome areas; the heat from the stones helps loosen the muscles even more. This one will leave you feeling calm and relaxed.

Thai Massage 

Thai massages can be like a mini-workout so they are best for people who have had massages in the past but want to try something different! Thai massage is an incredibly effective, energizing treatment where your therapist will use techniques like deep stretching, acupressure and yoga style positions to give you a really intense massage. Thai massage is really good for you if you have a lot of muscle tension, posture problems, or headaches caused by bad posture. It can feel a little uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t hurt. Always tell your therapist if the pressure is too much, or if you’d like more.

Reflexology

Reflexology is so much more than just a foot massage. It’s based on a holistic therapy which teaches that there are pressure points on your feet which correspond to different areas of your body, and if there’s something out of balance in your body, working on the area of your foot that relates to it can help to relieve the symptoms. It’s also very calming. When you have a reflexology treatment, your therapist will work on these different pressure points, paying attention to any where she feels a blockage. Even if you normally squirm when your feet are touched, the specific techniques and pressure we use are really relaxing and most people say they find reflexology enjoyable.

Deep Tissue Massage 

This is more of a remedial massage than a relaxing one; ideal for anyone who does a lot of sport or has very tight muscles. It can feel uncomfortable as your therapist will work deeply into your muscles and connective tissues to release any tension in them. It can feel slightly painful although people tend to describe it as a ‘good hurt’ – and you may feel a bit of soreness afterwards, especially if it’s your first deep tissue massage. Most people agree that it’s worth it as you’ll feel amazing afterwards!

Shiatsu 

Shiatsu is another type of massage that is carried out fully clothed, but using quite intense techniques designed to deeply relax you, and improve your wellbeing.  Your massage therapist will use her fingers and thumbs, and occasionally knees and feet, to apply pressure where it’s needed. You’ll usually lie on a mat on the floor or a specially designed bench. Although it’s quite an intense massage, you shouldn’t feel pain or soreness afterwards. 

With so many different massages to try, why not try them all? 


 

Getting Deep into your Fascia

November 16, 2017

You might have heard your massage therapist talking about working on your fascia and connective tissues – ever wondered what they were talking about?

Fascia is another name for the fibrous connective tissues that you have all over your body. There are three main types of fascia; superficial fascia which is mostly found in the skin, deep fascia which surrounds your muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels; and visceral fascia which is mostly associated with the internal organs.

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Daily Quick Stretching Routine!

October 23, 2017

Having a good stretch once or twice a day feels good and can help prevent injuries (flexible muscles can do more), improve your posture (and as a result help with back pain), increase blood and nutrients to your muscles, and help you to feel less stressed.

Here's what I do:

Spinal Stretch – lie on your back, bring your knee to your chest and then across your body. So your right knee will go over to the left side of your body. Hold this for at least 30 seconds. Then stretch the other side. 


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Common Health Problems: What can Massage do for YOU?

October 17, 2017



Massages are often sold as a purely indulgent treat that you get when you visit a spa or go on vacation, but there’s so much more to massage than just a feel good treat. Did you know that the symptoms of many health problems can be reduced and even eliminated with regular massage? 

Here are a few conditions that massage can work really well on; a few you probably know and some that may surprise you!

Stress

It’s no surprise that a regular dose of massage therapy is good for your stress lev...


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How Often Should You Get a Massage?

September 12, 2017


Every day! Well, maybe that’s not practical, even though it would be nice. This is one of the most common questions clients ask about massage therapy, and it really all depends on WHY you get massages. Do you get massages for health benefits? Or, to help you relax and handle the stress of everyday life? Most likely it’s a combination of the two, so let’s look at some of the most common reasons to get regular massages:

Relaxation & Stress Relief

One of the very best reasons to get a mass...


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Massage as a Back Pain Killer

August 16, 2017



A regular massage is often considered to be a treat, rather than a necessity. Most people believe that having a massage is good for aches and pains, or can help if they’ve overdone the exercise. Not everybody realizes that massage therapy is also a powerful painkiller that can even be used to help people with back problems to reduce the amount of medication they must take.
Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain and if you’re one of the 31 million Americans who suffers ...


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How are your Glutes?

June 27, 2017

Many problems I treat in my clinic really stem from having weak gluteal muscles, or having gluteal muscles that are malfunctioning (for lack of a better word). 
I love the exercises that Bret Contreras PhD lays out. This video is a great circuit to include in your workout plan. I have been doing these exercises with a lighter band to help engage my glutes before my squat and deadlift workouts.
Whether you squat no weight or 600# give this a try!


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Treatment Prices Are Increasing

May 2, 2017



Effective 
June 1, 2017my treatment rates will increase. The cost of doing business along with the cost of living are rising, and my rates must meet these demands. This is the first rate increase I have done since being in practice in 2013, and I am now offering Fascial Stretch Treatment and Rapid Adhesion Release techniques into treatments. This increase is fair and within normal limits to what other clinics within St. Albert charge. 

The rates starting June 1, 2017, will be as follows

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Are You a Dysfunctional Breather?

March 16, 2017

Breath.
It’s often something we take for granted until we become compromised by environment (allergens, smoke, steam etc.) our health (cold, asthma, COPD etc..). When we are compromised, our body helps us try to take in more air by using secondary respiratory muscles. Neck muscles contract to help raise the ribs, and chest/shoulder muscles help flare the ribs. Often times, we become stuck in this chest breathing state and end up with a dysfunctional pattern.

It is noted that breathing dysfun...


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The Signs of Overtraining

February 25, 2017



There was a time in my sport where I felt on top of the world. I was the strongest I had ever been, I was the leanest, and I was finishing on the podium. What a great feeling it was, like a drug almost. Little did I know I would be slapped in the face with competition burn out and injury. 



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n a span of 6 months I ha
d competed 4 times. Why? Because I was relatively new to the powerlifting competition scene and didn't know better. In the world of powerlifting it takes a long time to peak properl...


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