Massage Therapy is hands-on manipulation of soft tissues in the body including muscles, connective tissue, ligaments, tendons, and joints. These techniques date back to 2700 B.C.E with written records in China demonstrating use of what they called “amma” which focused on movement and blockages of energy in the body. This has since been passed through countries such as Japan, India, Greece, and Rome and have all made an impact on what we know today as Massage Therapy.
Today there are so many variations of massage and treatment paths you can take. You may be looking for anything from relaxation and de-stressing to working towards correcting a chronic injury/condition. Whatever it is you're looking for, there is a unique treatment for you.
Popular conditions for receiving massage are chronic headaches, nerve impingement, sciatica, whiplash, hypertonic muscles, and frozen shoulder to name a few. Your RMT will discuss a treatment plan personalized to you including how many treatments you are recommended a week and for how many weeks, any stretching or strengthening exercises, and hydrotherapy such as heat or ice.
Benefits of Massage
● Improves blood flow
● Promotes lymph circulation
● Reduces stress and anxiety
● Promotes relaxation
● Tones weak muscles
● Stimulates digestion
● Improves sleep patterns
● Reduces scar tissue
● Increases flexibility
● Increases joint range of motion
● Relieves muscle tension/tightness
● Improves mental & physical well-being
● Decreases blood pressure for up to 40 min post treatment
● Stimulates release of endorphins & other pain reducing neurochemicals
An In-person Session
A typical massage session lasts 60 minutes. There are options to shorten or lengthen your session as-well. During your session you will tell the RMT what your main concerns are and anything that you would like worked on. Whether it be full body relaxation or localized back pain, there is a unique treatment plan for you.
After you have vocalized any concerns, the RMT may perform some range of motion testing on you to get an idea of what muscles or other soft tissues may be causing the issue.
After the quick consultation you will be asked to undress to your comfort level while the RMT leaves the room. You will lay under the sheets and remain fully covered except for the area the RMT is working on at that time. Draping and privacy are always a top priority and are there to make you feel comfortable. If at any time during the massage you are uncomfortable, you can ask your RMT to stop working on a specific area. The treatment is in your hands and you have the ability to make any changes.
After your session is over, your RMT will go over any after care with you including stretching, strengthening, or hydrotherapy.
Megan began her journey with Massage Therapy in 2019 at the Alberta College of Massage Therapy. She graduated the 2200 hour program with honours in January of 2021. Megan has experience in relaxation, therapeutic, prenatal, myofascial release, aromatherapy, and reiki.
Throughout her journey in school she felt a pull to wholistic health and spiritual wellness. She has gained interest in energy healing such as reiki, aromatherapy to aid in relaxation during treatments, and establishing a connection with the mind, body, and soul.
Being a lover of Barre and Zumba classes herself, Megan cannot think of a better combination than letting yourself shake and feel the burn in class then rewarding yourself with a massage to aid in flushing out lactic acid buildup and reducing muscle soreness.
You can currently book a treatment with Megan on Monday afternoons/evenings, or Thursday and Friday mornings. She looks forward to meeting you and helping you feel relaxed and renewed!