Massage Therapy is a hands-on treatment that has been used worldwide for hundreds of years. At RNS Health & Wellness Centre, our bradford ontario massage therapy services are practiced by certified professionals as an alternative approach to enhancing your general wellness by relieving pain, reducing stress and assisting in physical rehabilitation after an injury.
How you will benefit from Massage Therapy
People use massage therapy to escape from the pressures of everyday stress and take advantage of a well-deserved hour of “me time.” Just one session of soothing massage therapy can melt away neck and shoulder tension while alleviating the aches and pains of lower back stiffness.
But massage therapy can do much more. Massage therapy can be used as a preventative or restorative treatment to maintain, rehabilitate and augment physical functions. Some patients have found relief from inflammatory conditions, fractures, headaches, muscle tension and insomnia, while others have used massage therapy to improve circulation, immune function and joint mobility.
We provide a range of massage therapy techniques to suit your needs.
Swedish Massage Therapy:
Is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body, treating the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Additional techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation, it is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Deep Tissue Massage:
Techniques usually involve slow strokes, direct pressure or friction movements that go across the grain of the muscles to release chronic muscle tension or knots. Very similar to Swedish massage, the strokes are applied with more pressure in order to stimulate the deeper muscles and surrounding tissues. The pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension focusing on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Sports Massage Therapy:
Techniques are similar to those in Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements from regular physical activity, Sports Massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen to promote flexibility, reduce fatigue, improve endurance, help prevent injuries and prepare your body and mind for optimal performance.
Trigger Point Massage Therapy:
Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain and dysfunction to tender muscle tissue through cycles of isolated pressure and release. Trigger points are active centres of muscular hyperactivity, which often cross-over with acupuncture points. The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain, increasing range of motion and decreasing muscle tension. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment.
Pregnancy Massage Therapy:
Pregnancy Massage Therapy shares many goals of Swedish Massage; to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility and just make you feel good. The massage therapist adapts their techniques to address changes a woman goes through during her pregnancy. In the early stages, pregnancy massage therapy works on relaxing the body and loosening the muscles. In the second trimester, it works on not only the upper body area but the lower body region, hips and legs as well. In the third trimester, a flowing movement technique is used to move any problematic fluid areas, focus on the lower body region to loosen tight muscles in preparation for the birth. Pregnancy massage therapy may also incorporate the arms, hands and feet in case of swelling. In the postpartum period, it helps to rebalance the structure of a mother’s body by improving skin elasticity and muscle tone.
Geriatric Massage Therapy:
Geriatric Massage Therapy is particularly valuable for the aches and pains associated with growing older. It encourages circulation, decreases muscular stiffness, and helps to decrease inflammation that may rest in the joints. Geriatric massage also treats so many of the typical conditions that arise with age – such as muscular stiffness, arthritis, circulation, muscle and soft tissue deterioration, tendonitis, bursitis, and respiratory problems such as asthma and emphysema. It helps the elderly achieve mind-body harmony.