Massage therapy is a clinically oriented health care approach in which a trained and licensed massage therapist manipulates the soft tissues of your body — muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, fascia and joints — using varying degrees of pressure and movement.
Massage Therapy helps to alleviate the discomforts associated with day-to-day and occupational stresses, muscular overuse, many acute and chronic pain conditions. When performed on a regular basis Massage Therapy becomes an important part of living a healthy lifestyle.
Most people think of going for a massage for pleasure rather than for the need of rehabilitation, but massage therapy is exactly that, THERAPY for the muscles. Manipulating muscles and connective tissues can prove to be an essential part of any wellness routine, especially when there is the stress relieving factor on top of all the other benefits. If you’re looking for massage therapy in the Toronto Beaches area, Centre of Balance has the solution you’ve been searching for.
Our team of registered of massage therapists at Centre of Balance has extensive experience utilizing massage therapy as a tool for treating acute and chronic injuries as well as overall health maintenance. While increased relaxation and stress elimination are some of the most well-known massage therapy by products, other benefits include:
Muscle rehabilitation which can lead to reduced pain and spasm relief
Greater joint mobility thanks to tension reduction
Improved circulation and lymphatic drainage
While these benefits are simple enough to list out, the true reach of their influence extends into virtually every area of life, providing an overall sense of increased health.
- Musculoskeletal sprain/strains
- Headaches and Migraines
- Pre-natal and Post-Natal
Some of the reasons you might want to explore regular massage therapy are:
To aid with recovery from a traumatic injury as a result of some sort of accident
To alleviate pain during daily activities, even low impact ones like sitting at a desk
To boost the connection between the nervous, circulatory, and muscular systems
To allow for greater mobility and comfort when performing physical activities like sports
This list fails to encompass every reason you may have for seeking massage therapy. In truth, even issues that seem psychological at first glance can be assisted through the use of massage therapy, such as excessive stress and anxiety.
You might find that you tend to carry stress in certain muscular areas, like your shoulders or your neck; by working out these areas of tension, you’re likely to find that you feel a greater sense of calm and well-being after receiving massage therapy.
- Client Consultation: Your therapist will begin with a consultation, where you will discuss your health history, daily routines, and any specific areas of pain or tension.
- Personalizing the Experience: Based on your consultation, the massage therapist will customize the session to your needs and preferences, which could include the type of massage (Swedish, deep tissue, etc.), areas of focus, and desired pressure.
- Privacy Respected: You'll be provided a private space to disrobe to your comfort level. For your privacy and comfort during your massage, sheets and a blanket will drape you except for the area being worked on.
- Massage Treatment: The therapist will use specific techniques to work on agreed-upon areas of your body. You may feel a range of sensations from relaxation and relief to momentary discomfort if working on tense or knotted muscles.
- Open Communication: Throughout the session, your massage therapist will check in with you regarding the pressure and your comfort level. Always feel free to express your preferences.
- Hydrate and Reflect: Post-session, it's important to hydrate with water to help flush out toxins released from muscles. Your therapist may also give you aftercare advice such as suggested stretches or relaxation techniques.
- Consistency in Visits: Depending on your wellness goals or what injuries/condition you are having treated, the therapist might recommend a specific routine, including a number of visits or home exercises. Regular massage is helpful in keeping daily muscle tension under control, and so a self-care and maintenance routine may be recommended.
- Post Massage: It is possible to experience some soreness after a massage. This phenomenon, often referred to as therapeutic soreness, is similar to what you might experience after a vigorous workout. It's especially common if the massage therapist worked on specific problem areas or if it was a deep-tissue massage which targets the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues. This should only last a day or two and can be considered a sign that your body is healing and responding to the therapy. Drinking plenty of water and applying a warm compress to sore areas can help alleviate discomfort. However, if the pain lasts more than a couple of days or is more than just discomfort, it's advisable to contact your therapist, as this may not be a typical response to massage.