Massage Bodywork (coming soon)
Bodywork is a massage provided by a trained massage therapist who is not yet designated as a registered massage therapist (RMT). The description of the massage techniques are listed below. Note: because the bodywork therapist is not registered, you cannot get reimbursed for your sessions by extended health plans. If you are not covered by an extended health plan, the cost for these sessions is usually less than those provided by an RMT.
Swedish massage is one of the most commonly offered massage techniques. It’s sometimes called a classic massage. The technique aims to promote relaxation by releasing muscle tension.
Swedish massage is gentler than deep tissue massage and better suited for people interested in relaxation and tension relief. Swedish massage may loosen up tight muscles caused by daily activities such as sitting at the computer or exercising. It can be very helpful for people who hold a lot of tension in their lower back, shoulders, or neck. During a Swedish massage, therapists use kneading, long strokes, deep circular movements, and passive joint movements. These techniques are meant to relax you, stimulate nerve endings, and increase blood flow and lymph drainage.
An individualized treatment designed to relax muscle tension, improve circulation and restore the body’s optimal condition. Massage Therapy can alleviate muscle stress due to injury, repetitive strain, poor ergonomics, or daily living activities.
Deep Tissue Massage
More than a massage with deep pressure. A deep tissue massage targets deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue and is effective for relieving chronic tension or pain. The targeted strokes break down muscle adhesions or ‘knots’ as well as scar tissue to restore circulation, and improved range of motion
Deep tissue massage targets the inner layers of your muscles, tendons, and fascia (dense connective tissue). Deep tissue massage uses many of the same stroking and kneading movements as Swedish massage, but there is far more pressure. This pressure can sometimes be painful.
Deep tissue massage is best suited for athletes, runners, and people with injuries. It can also work for people with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and lower back pain.
This type of massage facilitates healing by releasing contracted areas of muscle and tissue. It can help increase blood flow to the soft tissues and may help to reduce inflammation. Before a deep tissue massage, you will discuss your problem areas with your therapist. A deep tissue massage can be full-body or focus only on one area.
Deep tissue massages begin as a more traditional relaxation massage. After the muscles are warmed up, your massage therapist will begin to work deep into your problem areas. In addition to their palms, finger tips, and knuckles, your therapist may use their forearms or elbows to increase pressure.