Registered Massage Therapists for Pain and Stress Relief
Is there any better feeling than the calmness and tranquility one feels after a massage? A surprising fact is that the first recorded use of massage dates back to at least 5,000 years ago!
For centuries people have believed that different forms of touch relieve pain, provide healing, and aid in the relaxation of body and mind. And they are not wrong!
So What Is Massage Therapy?
In short, massage therapy focuses on soft tissue manipulation to promote relaxation of the body’s nervous system and enhance muscle performance. It is a natural treatment method that promotes recovery and blood circulation throughout your tissues.
The goal of this type of therapy is to restore and maintain optimal health and pain-free function of the body.
Therapeutic massage incorporates a systematic use of kneading, stroking, and applying varying degrees of pressure on specific muscles, and a massage therapist employs different techniques to bring you relief to your pain points and injured areas
A Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Alberta has the highest level of Massage Therapy education in Canada. They have over 2200 hours of education and training to accurately assess and treat with techniques that include massage and manual therapy, joint mobilization, rehabilitative exercises and patient education.
Treatment is focused on the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. All our RMT’s have completed diploma programs and are in good standing with the College of Massage Therapy of Alberta.
How Does Massage Therapy Affect The Body?
Massage therapy involves the manipulation of the soft tissues, and works by triggering your body’s relaxation response. Your body enters a state where your heartbeat, blood pressure, and breathing rate slow down, decreasing the production of your stress hormones… this state allows for your muscles to relax.
The physical manipulation increases your blood and lymph circulation, improving your tissue function, thus enhancing the removal of waste products and absorption of excess fluids that ultimately reduce swelling in your muscles.
Your therapist can also reduce nerve compressions in your body which improves the transmission of messages to and from your brain. This encourages the normal functioning of your muscles and organs and helps reduce pain.
Our team will create a personalized treatment plan and may use many treatment styles including deep tissue massages, sports massages, myofascial release, prenatal massage, Swedish massage, lymphatic drainage massage, and a wide range of different massage techniques.
What Problems Can Massage Therapy Solve?
- Tension headaches
- Tight muscles
- Muscle soreness
- Chronic pain & conditions
- Postoperative pain
- Poor lymphatic drainage
- Sports Injuries
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Pregnancy massage / leg pains in pregnant women
- Aches and pains from everyday life
What Are the Benefits of Massage Therapy When It Comes to Pain and Injuries?
1. Pain Relief
Alleviate pain in your muscles, tendons, and joints by focusing on eliminating soft-tissue restrictions caused by trigger points of pain. Massage also works to reduce stress and anxiety caused by pain and injuries. Another mechanism through which massages work is the stimulation of competing nerve fibers and pain messages to and from your brain.
Massage therapy also relieves pain by encouraging blood circulation on the specific problem areas hence loosening your stiff muscles.
2. Builds resilience against injuries
Massage therapy helps you build a strong resilience against injury by maintaining healthy muscles and reducing fatigue in your body parts.
Getting a massage increases the blood flow that provides your body parts with oxygen and nutrients to maintain your muscles. When your muscles are in good condition, you are less likely to experience damage during exercises or activities, therefore, preventing injury.
3. Improves your posture
Poor posture causes pain and tension in the back and neck. Massages are known to correct posture and encourage proper alignment by loosening your muscles and alleviating pain caused by slouching or slumping habits. It also allows you to reintroduce healthier movements and improve overall posture.
4. Enhances circulation and flow of your body system
Massage therapy encourages blood flow and circulation to and through your muscles. This enhances the transport of oxygen and nutrients in your whole body. Your lymphatic systems also benefit as massages stimulate the elimination of metabolic waste and toxins from your body.
How Our Clients Make the Most Out of Their Massage Treatment.
Drink plenty of water
Massage stimulates circulation of the blood and lymphatic system in your body. Drinking plenty of water will ensure the essential nutrients and oxygen are transported to the muscles. Water intake also encourages the toxic waste in your body to be cleaned out of your body cells. So be sure to drink lots of water after your massage!
The secret to a beneficial massage is relaxed and calm. Massage therapy might cause some pain and soreness,however, you need to remember that this uncomfortable pain is necessary if you are looking for long-term relief. Try and remember to breathe deeply during your massage so your muscles can relax. A warm bath with Epsom salts is a great way to unwind after a massage, and reduce fatigue and soreness.
Communicate with your therapist
It is up to you to inform your massage therapist of the sensations you are feeling. You are responsible for making your preferences heard, such as which parts you think need more attention or how intense or relaxing you would like your Massage Therapist to be.
Book Your Massage Therapy Treatment Today
Massage therapy improves your mental, physical and emotional health. As a client, your therapist can help you relieve not only your pain but also eliminate the root cause of your problem. Contact us today for a booking with a professional massage therapist in a comfortable space. Our appointments are very affordable and covered by most insurance plans (we offer direct billing to most major insurance companies, like Sun Life, Canada Life and Alberta Blue Cross!)). We are conveniently located in South Edmonton. Call us today!