What can I expect on my first Red Deer Massage Therapy session?

For your very first appointment, I give you a short Health intake form so I can see what your needs are. It tells me what areas I should be focussing on, and any important health information that the massage can affect. Then, we have a short interview to discuss what we need to ‘work on’, I ask lots of questions and I like to know as much information about your needs as possible. Next, I explain what will be happening for the massage, my suggestions of areas to be worked and give you instruction on how to lay on the table. I leave the room for you to get ready. So then you remove shirt/pants (bra for ladies) and then proceed to lay on the table under the sheet/blanket. The client is ALWAYS covered and only the areas that are being treated are exposed. Client modesty is UPHELD at all times! And is also expected from the client.

What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?

  • Effects on Fluid Mechanics – Blood and lymph are fluids that can be affected to move in or out of tissue directly by mechanical compression. This in turn can help to heal injuries by creating more circulation into the tissue and by reducing edema
  • Neuromuscular Effects – Massage can reduce neuromuscular tension (“tight muscles”) by reducing excessive stimulation. It can break the pain-spasm-pain cycle and help to re-set the resting tension of the muscle. This can be felt as a “softening” of the muscle
  • Fascial tissue Effects – Connective Tissue envelops everything in the body from blood vessels to organs to nerves to muscles. When adhesions or restrictions in this tissue occur due to disease, disuse, trauma or other conditions then movement can become restricted and pain can increase. Myofascial techniques can help to reduce these adhesions and decrease pain and improve function
  • Psychological Effects – It is well reported by clients that a great sense of relaxation and reduced stress is felt after a Massage Treatment. Stress reduction is so important in maintaining good health.
  • Reflex Effects – Massage Therapy can have an effect on the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The ANS controls many different responses and these are called reflex effects. The response can be local (occurring only at the site of manual manipulation) or occur throughout the body. One such reflex effect is the enhancement of the immune system. Although more research is needed, Massage Therapy can have a positive effect on immune system function.

What types of conditions can Massage Therapy treat?

This is a list of conditions that can be treated, that may include but not limited to the following:Massage Elbow Back

  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic edema
  • Contusions
  • Depression/grieving process
  • Fibromyalgia/ chronic fatigue
  • Foot/plantar faciatis/ples planus-flat foot
  • Headache fibrositic / migraine
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Jaw pain/TMJ
  • Muscle spasms/ strain rehabilitation
  • Neck pain / whiplash and associated disorders/ torticollis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Postural disorders / scoliosis
  • Pregnancy discomforts/pre and post natal
  • Period pain / dysmenorrhoea
  • Prevention / lessening of fibrosis
  • Relaxation
  • Relief of pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Sciatica / neuralgia
  • Strains / ligament and joint athletic injuries
  • Stiff joints
  • Stress related disorders
  • Tendonitis
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

Massage therapy is also remarkably effective when used as part of a preventive care program. Some examples of general wellness care include pre or post-natal care (pregnancy), infant massage, stress management, sports training, injury prevention and performance enhancement.

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

No. Registered Massage Therapists are primary health care professionals. No referral is necessary to see us.
If you have an extended Health Care Plan and you wish to claim this treatment on your plan, then you will need to check with your Plan provider to determine if they require a Doctor’s Referral. Some do and some don’t.

Who should get Massage Therapy?

EVERYONE! We are all highly trained Registered Massage Therapists and you can entrust us with your health and safety.