These are the types of therapy that we provide:
Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Alignment (NISA) is a deep tissue technique that works directly on the fascia of the body. The fascia is the connective tissue in the body that holds everything in place and gives you your shape. It is a system of non-stretchy bands and sheets that wraps around everything and forms a framework for your cells.
NISA provides long lasting changes to chronic postural habits, and most clients feel increased range of motion and less restriction after one or two treatments.
NISA is a structural alignment technique that is a softer, more gentle derivative of Rolfing. It can be performed in individual treatments, or done in a specific series of twelve weekly sessions with a direct focus of improving the person’s posture.
Imagine that your fascia is like a knit sweater.
An injury at the hip area can pull and cause distortions and imbalances in the shoulder.
Treating the shoulder would only treat the symptom.
Long-term postural/holding patterns
Emotional holding patterns
Distorted fascia can lead to:
Poor breathing/ shortness of breath
Decreased range of motion
The NISA Structural Alignment Series
These twelve weekly sessions work systematically through the body to re-align the posture and are a great help to someone who is making a big change in their life. As we know, the mind and body are intimately connected; postural holding patterns are linked to emotional holding patterns. When a person wants to change their direction in life and/or discard their negative attitudes and baggage, changing the way they carry their body can ameliorate that process.
For the series, the client sets out goals in the beginning. They may be physical and/or internal (emotional, behavioral), and don’t necessarily need to be shared. The therapist and client then work together to reach these goals within the framework of the twelve sessions. The therapist works on the physical component (with the client doing stretches/exercises at home) and the client works on processing the emotional component.
Osteopathy is a gentle form of manual therapy in which its principles are rooted in natural law. Osteopathic practitioners utilize an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and osteopathic principles; they will create a treatment plan which is designed specifically for you. Osteopathy is a whole-body approach, aimed at improving the circulation, neurological function, and lymphatic flow. The goal of osteopathic care is to create space through proper motion mechanics within all layers of tissue and joints. Osteopathy holds to the belief that the dynamic structure of the human body has everything to do with its ability to function properly.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
Few body structures have more influence on your health and well-being than your central nervous system. And few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system than the craniosacral system - the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.
You endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord. Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system and nearly every other system in your body.
CST releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. Using a gentle touch - starting with about the weight of a nickel - practitioners evaluate your internal environment. They then use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find. The connective tissues of the body called 'fascia' are accessed to release the restrictions.
By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CST naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease, and enhances your health and well-being.
And because it's so gentle, CST can be effective for all ages, from newborns to elders.
A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takes place in a quiet, private treatment room where you remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable padded table. Sessions are generally 60 or 90 minutes in length and can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to create powerful effects.
What you experience from your session is highly individual. Sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth and gentle pulsing in the areas being treated.
CST was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger. Dr. Upledger served from 1975 - 1983 as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. It was during those years that his team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers were tasked with performing the experiments testing the existence and influence of the craniosacral system. The results of those scientific studies explained the function of the craniosacral system, and its use in evaluating and treating poorly understood malfunctions of the brain and spinal cord. Dr. Upledger went on to develop CranioSacral Therapy and other complementary modalities that are now taught worldwide to healthcare professionals through Upledger Institute International's educational programs.
The classic. All massage therapists in Canada are trained in Swedish massage. It is a system of specific massage strokes and principles that allows practitioners to help their client heal while minimizing risk of further injury or complications. The practitioner can choose which strokes to use and how much pressure to apply in order to effect the greatest benefit to the client on that particular day. That's why massage therapists all seem so different in our application of treatments!
Swedish massage can be applied with light pressure to help with the drainage of swelling, to flush out the tissues after exercise or surgery, or induce relaxation. it can also be applied with deeper pressure to get in there and breakup knots and scar tissue.
Trigger points are commonly known as knots in muscles. They are distinct, hyper-irritable spots within a tight band of muscle which, when activated (poked or overstretched) cause pain in their location as well as in specific referral areas. This means that a trigger point in your shoulder can give you a headache, or one in your neck can send pain to your chest, shoulder blade and arm.
Because of the tight area in the affected muscle, trigger points decrease the overall range of motion and also decrease the local circulation. This decrease in circulation causes an accumulation of metabolic wastes in the tissue because they aren’t being properly flushed away, as well as a decreased supply of nutrients. This imbalance causes an irritation of the local nerves which causes pain. It also results in tissue of less than optimal health.
Trigger points are very common and occur in muscles that have been traumatized by:
- repetitive strain
- a cold draft
- impaired sleep
- nutrient deficiencies
- long-term poor posture
- lack of exercise
- joint alignment problems
In treatment, the muscle is warmed up with general massage techniques and/or applied heat, and then the trigger point is compressed and manipulated until it releases. This can be an uncomfortable experience but the relief felt post-treatment is worth it in the view of many clients.
When you have swelling in your body, it is usually caused by the lymphatic fluid collecting in an area outside of it's vessels.
Lymphatic drainage techniques gently push the fluid back toward the areas where the fluid can re-enter the vessels and therefore reduce swelling.
Reiki is a technique for stress reduction that promotes healing. It focuses on balancing the energy flow through a person’s body, much like acupuncture, although with Reiki, the therapist uses their hands to lightly direct the flow. This encourages the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
If this energy flow is low or sluggish, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress. If it is high, we are more capable of being happy, healthy and vibrant.
If you are open to it, Reiki can help you to progress in your personal growth in a spiritual direction. Most people achieve a meditative state during a Reiki session which helps them to access their inner wisdom and healing abilities.
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)
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