Specialty Treatments

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage helps focus on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the child-bearing experience. Massage during pregnancy helps to provide emotional support and nurturing touch and can provide much needed relaxation. It relieves stress on the weight-bearing joints (low back, pelvis, hips and ankles) and reduces neck and back pain caused by muscle imbalance and weakness. It assists in maintaining proper posture and can reduce swelling in your arms and legs.

Massage can be received in all stages of pregnancy: prenatal, labour and delivery, post-caesarean recovery and postpartum. All Massage Therapists are trained in pregnancy massage. Consult your doctor and ask for a referral.

Labour Support

Massage during labour is a wonderful way to enhance the birthing experience. It can reduce the need for medical intervention such as pain medication, epidural, episiotomy and cesarean sections, and decrease the pain experienced during contraction especially when experiencing back labour.

A labour support provider is not intended to take away the support role from your partner, but to support everyone during this special time. Danielle Thivierge is our resident expert.

Infant Massage

Infant massage is an easy and pleasant way to provide loving, touching and nurturing comfort in early development. It helps strengthen and regulate digestive, respiratory and circulatory development, and can relieve gas and colic symptoms. It helps promote well-being and the loving bond between parents and their babies. Ask any of us to teach you this technique.

Hot Stone Massage

Imagine lying on a table with warm stones beneath you, tucked around your sides, nestled between your toes and resting on various points of your body. The warmth of the stones deeply relaxes your body and mind.

Hot stone massage involves the application of, and massage with, water-heated basalt stones of varying sizes. The direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage, while creating a feeling of warmth and comfort.

Cold stones can also be used with this technique to increase lymphatic flow in the body.

Contact Nancy Hewitt, Katrina Molloy or Zipporah Wagschal for this treatment.

Myofascial Release

Fascia is the tissue that gives your body its structural form or shape. Each muscle has its own fascia.

Fascia holds water like a sponge and if put under duress, it can dehydrate and become hard (the water is pushed out of the tissue). Myofascial work strives to reverse this pattern by rehydrating the fascia, resulting in improved movement and posture and reduction of pain. The technique is applied without lotion and very slowly.

Contact Kim Locke or Zipporah Wagschal for this treatment.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is the #1 Tool in lymphedema management! This treatment helps to promote the natural circulation of lymph throughout the body.

It is a gentle, non-invasive manual technique that has a powerful effect on the body. Research in Australia, Europe and North America has proven its efficacy as a stand-alone treatment and in combination with other therapies.

Developed in France, in 1932, by Emil and Estrid Vodder, MLD has grown to be the most well-known manual technique to assist lymph flow and aid in the drainage of tissues.

The skin is stretched in a specific manner, based on scientific, physiological principles that have been proven to encourage lymph flow. If performed correctly with the correct pressure, direction and speed, this can greatly enhance recovery and facilitate drainage. It also has profound effects on systems in the body.

There are many conditions that benefit from the application of MLD, because of its ability to move fluid, but MLD also has other properties that have great therapeutic value besides decongesting tissue.

The slow repetitive application of the techniques induces a state of deep relaxation in the body. For this reason, MLD is an excellent treatment for hypertension.

The constant change in pressure helps to reduce pain.

It is proven to help relieve over 60 conditions, such as: migraine and chronic headaches, common acne and acne rosacea, constipation, multiple sclerosis, insomnia, sinus congestion and whiplash.

It is proven to reduce post-surgical recovery time and swelling.

There are some people who cannot have MLD, as there are some absolute contra-indications to treatment. These include those with:

  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis

Contact Shannon Brown for this treatment.