Massage Therapy is the hands-on care of the soft tissues of the body (such as muscles, ligaments & tendons) and has a therapeutic effect that optimizes health and well-being by influencing the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. General daily function can be developed, maintained and improved. While physical dysfunction and pain from conditions and disease as well as the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.
Registered Massage Therapists (RMT’s) must undergo extensive training in order to acquire the skill level necessary to determine if Massage Therapy is indicated for any given client, and which techniques are appropriate for treatment.
The benefits of Massage have been recognized for millennia, dating back 5,000 years to ancient China and is now becoming a mainstream form of alternative health care in the western world thanks to ongoing research efforts documenting its efficacy.
Massage Therapy treatments are offered in 30, 45, 60 and 90 minute sessions depending on the client’s presenting conditions and preference. For example, a client undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment may only tolerate 30 minutes of gentle, client-centered treatment, whereas an athlete may benefit from a more vigorous 90-minute treatment. Each client is individually assessed to determine what will be right for them.
RMT’s are also trained to provide various forms of hydrotherapy to enhance the effects of treatment, instruct the client on safe remedial exercise and recommend client-specific home care incorporating these modalities to promote speedier recovery.