These are the types of therapy that we provide:
What Happens at a Massage Therapy Treatment?
- intake - the client fills out a health history form and discusses his/her condition and expectations of treatment
- assessment - postural and/or orthopedic testing
- consent - client is fully informed about what will happen during treatment and asked for consent to proceed
- treatment - includes massage techniques and possibly hydrotherapy and stretches
- homecare - prescribed stretches, strengthening and/or hydrotherapy (e.g. baths or ice packs)
What Happens at a Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment?
1. Information Seeking
Rob will gather information about your medical health history and family health history. In addition, he will record any medications currently taken, and any current symptoms by inquiring about your energy levels, sleep patterns, appetite, thirst, sweating, chills or fever, and any complaints of body pains, bowel habits, urine, and menstruation.
- Listening and Smelling: Rob will listen to the sound of your breathing, voice, and the quality of cough. He will also observe any breath odour.
- Touching: Rob will perform a palpation of the body to discover body temperature, body moisture, pain, and strategic acupuncture points.
- Tongue Diagnosis: Rob will make observations of your tongue by examining the colour, coating, and shape. He will also observe your face, eyes, etc.
- Pulse Diagnosis: Rob will take your pulse. This is an important aspect of diagnosing illness, and in some cases, can indicate a problem or weakness before symptoms occur. Each wrist has three positions along the radial artery that represent each organ of the body. There are 28 different pulse characteristics pertaining to position, depth, rate, width, strength, quality, and rhythm.
Diagnosis combines a detailed analysis of signs and symptoms with the unique system of pulse and tongue assessment to develop a detailed picture of the course and process of disease. Based on this, Rob will provide a TCM diagnosis on the imbalance in the body using the theories of yin and yang and the five elements.
A detailed explanation of the diagnosis will be given to you on how to remove what is excessive and/or replenish what is deficient in the body. Rob’s preferred method of treatment is herbal medicine. You will be prescribed an individual herbal tea (typically), using combinations of 10-15 ingredients correlated to your pattern of internal disharmony. At home, you will decoct (or cook) these medicinals in water and drink the resulting liquid/medicine twice daily.
The formulas are crafted together to act synergistically, and every ingredient is designed to accomplish a part of the overall process of restoring balance. Upon return visits, the herbal formula is adjusted or modified by Rob as your condition improves.
Because of the COVID-19 virus:
- the client will be asked virus screening questions shortly after booking the appointment, and again as they arrive at the clinic
- we ask that the client wait outside until the appointed time so that they can go directly into the treatment room and avoid the waiting area
- both the client and therapist will be wearing a mask for the entire visit
- the client will sanitize her/his hands upon arrival at the clinic and just before leaving the treatment room
- we ask that the client understand that because massage therapy and TCM involves maintaining prolonged and close physical contact in a small room, there will be an elevated risk of disease transmission, including COVID-19