Registered Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

According to the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, the regulating provincial organization, “Registered Massage Therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.

Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.”

Massage is a holistic approach which complements medical treatment. The “Physician’s Guide to Therapeutic Massage” explains that massage can decrease pain, improve range of motion, improve mood, aid in the circulation of blood and lymph flow, reduce muscle and joint soreness, and improve sleep.

Massage promotes re-oxygenation of muscle, lymphatic and nervous tissue promoting a healthier alkaline conditions for healing to take place naturally.  Manual pressure enhances circulation which increases nutrients to tissue cells and flushes out waste products for better systemic elimination.  Massage reduces the adverse impact of prolonged stress response of the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS—‘Fight/Flight/Freeze’) on soft tissue.  Participants of studies also report relief from fatigue, pain, anxiety and nausea.

For physiology aficionados out there, Swedish massage therapy causes a decrease in vasopressin (which plays a role in regulating blood pressure and water retention) and a lesser decrease in cortisol (stress hormone) levels.  Studies also show also massage increases the feel-good hormone oxytocin.

Data suggests that even a single session of Swedish Massage Therapy produces measurable biologic effects. Incorporating massage therapy into wellness and healthcare plans helps stress reduction and promotes personal health.

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Massage Therapy helps with:

• everyday / occupational stress
• stiffness / tension
• repetitive strains
• chronic pain syndromes
• traumas / injuries
• numbness and tingling
• constipation
• overall well-being


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