Massage Therapy Room at Achieve Wellness Spa

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Massage Therapy Benefits

There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments from a Registered Massage Therapist.  Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being as well as your quality of life.

Massage therapy benefits people of all ages*.  While it benefits the injured, the ill and the stressed, the strength of massage therapy in preventing illness and conditions before they develop cannot be overlooked.  Massage therapy can be used in the treatment of both acute and chronic stages of conditions.

*Massage Therapy is not available for guests under the age of 12. Children aged 12-16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Guests 16-18 may come alone with written consent from a parent or guardian.

The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Back, leg, and neck pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain)
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures and edema
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle tension and spasm
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Sports injuries
  • Stress and stress related conditions
  • Tendonitis
  • Asthma and Emphysema
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
  • Kyphosis and Scoliosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Palliative care
  • Pregnancy and labour support
  • Strains and sprains
  • Stroke
  • Whiplash

Massage Therapy as Part of your Health Maintenance Plan

Therapeutic massage is an important part of your health maintenance plan, by:

  • Reducing or eliminating painImproving joint mobility
  • Improving circulation
  • Improving immune system functioning
  • Increasing lymphatic drainage
  • Reducing depression and anxiety
  • Reducing tension within muscles
  • Increasing body awareness

Couples Effervescence Healing Bath and Swedish Relaxation Massages

This Amazing escape for two includes a 30 minute healing bath in an ultra-deep and private tub with a continuous flow of water cascading over the sides of the basin.  The sok® bath offers whole-body immersion while effervescence hydrotherapy caresses your body in a warm, slow-moving embrace. Water and air gently travel through unique ports designed to pamper your body with champagne-like bubbles that cling to your skin. Creating a serene and meditative environment, Effervescence combined with healing sea salts, aromatherapy and chromatherapy (colored lights to awaken and balance the chakras) envelops your body with sensory delight.  Then follow this with 50 minute side by side Swedish Relaxation massages; you may never want to leave.

Swedish Relaxation Massage

This tremendously relaxing massage is designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation, which can speed healing and reduce swelling from injury. It is so relaxing it feels like a ‘treat’ yet these benefits are so profound one must consider them healing. Aromatherapy can be added to this massage to give it a more holistic healing approach.  Pure essential plant oils are custom blended to meet your individual needs.  These natural oils are gently massaged and absorbed into the bloodstream, clearing physical and emotional toxins, pain, stress and negativity. When combined with massage, essential oils create a relaxing, luxurious experience that balances the mind, body, and spirit.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue is an intensive form of massage that aims to address the cause of pain and dysfunction. Through slow strokes and deep finger pressure the Massage Therapist uses a combination of soft tissue techniques including trigger point therapy, myofascial release, stretching and exercise prescription to relieve pain or soreness, improve joint movement and assist the body’s natural healing process. This Deep Tissue Massage is a general full body massage.

Therapeutic Sports Massage

This Deep Tissue Massage may be of particular benefit for those suffering from, headaches, back or neck pain, frozen shoulder, sciatica, sports injury and general stiffness.  This massage is body part specific so that the Registered Therapist can really focus on the area of dysfunction in order to promote a healing response and causing a lasting effect.

Lymphatic Massage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage is a very gentle skin massage, it is normally performed with the client lying on their back and no lotion. There is just enough pressure to move the skin and to stimulate the lymphatic system by pushing lymph fluid that may be stuck in a certain area to filter out of the body naturally. This type of massage is very beneficial to clients who suffer from lymphedema, and post operative edema (swelling)

Pregnant woman receiving prenatal massage therapy

Prenatal Massage

During Pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes many changes, some of them stressful and uncomfortable. Massage is a great way to reduce stress and promote general well-being for the mom to be.

Massage during pregnancy can:

  • Reduce peripheral swelling
  • Help to prevent insomnia
  • Reduce muscle cramps and back pain
  • Soothe the nervous system
  • Ease sciatica, leg cramps and shoulder pain

***Please note that pregnancy beds or pregnancy pillows where the client is face down are no longer best practice.  They have been shown to be unsafe for both mom and baby therefore we will not use them in our facility.  Some risks are:  increased intra-uterine pressure, they can negatively impact fetal blood supply, SI joints can be harmfully rotated in this prone position, increased strain on sacro-uterine ligaments, lumbosacral junction and lumbar vertebrae may be compressed and anteriorly displaced. The safest position is sidelying and semi-seated and our fully electronic massage beds can ensure you still get a very comfortable, safe and effective treatment.

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Hot Stone Massage

Connect with the Earth’s balancing energy as warm, smooth stones create a soothing, restorative massage. Hot Stone Massage is a deeply relaxing and therapeutic treatment, which uses heated, smooth, volcanic stones placed on key points of the body. The stones have an extraordinary energy and with the right combination of heat, oil and an experienced therapist, the treatment is deeply healing.  The long, slow, firm strokes performed allow the heat from the stones a greater chance to penetrate past the superficial tissues to reach deep muscle layers. The heat from the stones increases blood flow to the area enabling deep muscular tension to be released. Like normal massage the pressure used is adjusted to suit your comfort level. It is generally accepted that one stroke of a heated basalt stone is equivalent to 5 strokes of the therapists hand.  ***Please Note this Massage is contraindicated for people with High Blood Pressure, Parasthesia, Diabetes and Pregnancy.  Your Therapist can refuse treatment if they feel it is unsafe.

Some benefits of thermotherapy (hot stone therapy) include:

  • Increased local circulation
  • Improved blood flow to surrounding tissues
  • Greater ability to transport toxins and waste products from the area.
  • Increase in heart rate
  • Increase in metabolism
  • Increase in the release of toxins
  • Decrease in blood pressure, stress, fatigue, and tension
  • Diaphoresis (sweating)
  • Sedative effects
  • Boost to the immune system
  • Decrease in pain perception (analgesia)
  • Decrease in muscle spasm
  • Decrease in muscle stiffness

Therapeutic Deep Hot Stone Massage

The hottest, deepest, pain relieving tension melting, instrument assisted soft tissue massage on the menu. Instant pain relief with heat and pressure using large heated stones and the therapists hands to strip out adhesions and restore local physiology, perfect for the athlete, shift worker or anyone who wants long lasting relief from trigger points and chronic pain without the soreness post massage.

Hot and Cold Stone Therapy Massage

This amazing sensory massage has all the benefits of the Hot Stone Massage plus the added benefits of Cold therapy where needed.  Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, works on the principle of heat exchange. This occurs when a cooler object is placed in direct contact with an object of warmer temperature; the cooler object will absorb the heat of the warmer object in an attempt to achieve balance.  Stones are hand crafted, polished, white marble.

Some benefits of cold stones include:

  • Dispersal of tissue congestion
  • Alleviation of swelling
  • Decreased muscle spasms
  • Can interrupt the pain-spasm-pain cycle
  • Stimulation of the autonomic nervous system
  • Increased tissue metabolism
  • Its Invigoration / energizing effect
  • Orbital decongestion – removal of puffiness or discoloration
  • Sinus decongestion – alleviation of sinus pain

Reflexology

Reflexology can be traced back as far as 2500BC and has roots in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, China, Primitive Africa and the Native Indian Tribes of America. Reflexology works on the principle that all of the body’s organs and structures are mirror imaged on the feet.  By using holds and pressure techniques you are stimulating the flow of energy to the corresponding parts of the body. This allows the acceleration of the healing to take place on these specific body parts. Therefore by treating both feet you are treating the whole body. Reflexology detects and clears most energy blockages found in your body, making it a great way to treat most conditions. Therapeutic foot reflexology treatments stimulate the nerves in the feet that send important signals to the brain triggering a response in the body. Through stimulation of the reflexes of the feet to reduce stress, relieve tension, improve circulation and lymph flow and supports the body’s efforts to function optimally. It can bring soothing stress relief and relaxation to the mind, body and spirit. Suitable for all ages; brings relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions.

RAPID Neurofascial Reset

RAPID is a type of massage that treats aches and pains by focusing on the nerves rather than muscle tissue. It’s a lotion-free technique, so the client remains clothed, and the treatment is movement-based to encourage the client to perform active motion.

The purpose of RAPID is to reset nerve back to neutral. The high intensity of the technique along with the client’s active movements allows the body to downgrade pain and reprogram sensory information processed by the brain. This then causes an immediate change in how the body responds to what it’s now feeling. It’s for this reason that treatment lengths are shorter and the results last longer. Movement and return to activity are highly encouraged after a RAPID treatment to reinforce the changes created by the body.

RAPID doesn’t physically alter tissues, it’s just changing the information from the nerves, so it’s able to be used for many conditions and contributes greatly to faster healing.

Cupping

Chinese cupping therapy is a process of suctioning or vacuuming sections of the body’s meridian system for the purpose of drawing out toxins, pain management, increasing blood flow, and promoting a healthier flow of chi energies.  Add this treatment on to any Swedish, Deep Tissue or Therapeutic Massage.

Direct Billing for All Registered Massage to the following:

  • CINUP
  • Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance
  • Cowan
  • Desjardins Insurance
  • First Canadian
  • Great West Life
  • Industrial Alliance
  • Johnson Inc
  • Johnston Group Inc
  • Manulife Financial
  • Maximum Benefit
  • Sun Life Financial
  • AB Blue Cross
  • MB Blue Cross
  • Medavie

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