REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPY
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body — specifically the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints to optimize 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. Through Massage Therapy, physical function can be developed, maintained, and improved, while physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented.
Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700s and the development of Swedish massage, the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology. Today’s Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat their clients.
Which Massage Therapy Techniques Are Available at Active Therapy in North Vancouver?
Massage therapy contains a variety of techniques, for example, effleurage. Massage therapists perform this by warming up the tissues before treatment using light, broad strokes. In contrast, petrissage is a deeper, faster kneading technique that the RMT will use to get into the deeper muscle layers to help alleviate pain. Also, there are connective tissues surrounding your muscles called “fascia.” Fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue that encompasses all of the bones, muscles, nerves, and organs of your body. Your therapist will also use advanced techniques, such as myofascial release, to focus on reducing muscle pain and tension by stretching and torquing the affected fascial layers.
Therapists apply these techniques by using their hands, fingers, and forearms. It is important that you follow the home care recommended by the therapist following treatment because, whether you need to ice, heat, stretch, or strengthen a muscle, it can take longer to see results if the client is not willing to do the extra work.
Why Do YOU Need Massage Therapy?
You can experience the many benefits of massage by receiving one monthly, for relaxation or a therapeutic purpose. One of the main purposes of massage is to treat pain and manage stress. Headaches, anxiety, sleep patterns, digestive problems, muscle strain/sprains, torticollis and more, are aided through massage therapy. Therefore, you will notice an alteration in your mood, posture and overall health by coming in frequently for a massage.
Many other benefits include:
- Alleviates muscle pain
- Increases muscle flexibility
- Improves sleep quality
- Improves circulation
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps improve digestion
- Encourages lymphatic flow
- Decreases symptoms of anxiety/depression
- Boosts immune function
- Reduces headaches
- Increases range of motion
- Maintains soft tissue health
Let one of our highly skilled Registered Massage Therapists help find the root of your pain by assessing you, performing a treatment and providing you with the home care suited to meet your specific goals and needs to speed up your recovery.
What to Expect With Your RMT Treatment at Active Therapy In North Vancouver
Before a treatment, your Massage Therapist will propose a personalized treatment plan based on an initial assessment and health history. The assessment consists of various tests to determine the condition of your muscles and joints. Any personal and health information you provide to your Massage Therapist is completely confidential and will be safeguarded. Your health record cannot be released or transferred without your written consent.
Your Massage Therapist must also obtain your consent to work on any part of your body, regardless of whether you are fully clothed or fully or partially covered with sheets or blankets. Your privacy will always be respected, and you may withdraw your consent for treatment at any time.
Various specialized movements of the hands, over the skin or clothes, make up the Massage Therapy treatment. The Massage Therapist will work with your level of pain tolerance during the treatment, and the treatment can be stopped at any time should the treatment become uncomfortable.