Pregnancy massage helps focus on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the child-bearing experience. Massage during pregnancy helps to provide emotional support and nurturing touch and can provide much needed relaxation. It relieves stress on the weight-bearing joints (low back, pelvis, hips and ankles) and reduces neck and back pain caused by muscle imbalance and weakness. It assists in maintaining proper posture and can reduce swelling in your arms and legs.
Massage can be received in all stages of pregnancy: prenatal, labour and delivery, post-caesarean recovery and postpartum. All Massage Therapists are trained in pregnancy massage. Consult your doctor and ask for a referral.
Massage during labour is a wonderful way to enhance the birthing experience. It can reduce the need for medical intervention such as pain medication, epidural, episiotomy and cesarean sections, and decrease the pain experienced during contraction especially when experiencing back labour.
A labour support provider is not intended to take away the support role from your partner, but to support everyone during this special time. Danielle Thivierge is our resident expert.
Infant massage is an easy and pleasant way to provide loving, touching and nurturing comfort in early development. It helps strengthen and regulate digestive, respiratory and circulatory development, and can relieve gas and colic symptoms. It helps promote well-being and the loving bond between parents and their babies. Ask any of us to teach you this technique.
Imagine lying on a table with warm stones beneath you, tucked around your sides, nestled between your toes and resting on various points of your body. The warmth of the stones deeply relaxes your body and mind.
Hot stone massage involves the application of, and massage with, water-heated basalt stones of varying sizes. The direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage, while creating a feeling of warmth and comfort.
Cold stones can also be used with this technique to increase lymphatic flow in the body.
Fascia is the tissue that gives your body its structural form or shape. Each muscle has its own fascia.
Fascia holds water like a sponge and if put under duress, it can dehydrate and become hard (the water is pushed out of the tissue). Myofascial work strives to reverse this pattern by rehydrating the fascia, resulting in improved movement and posture and reduction of pain. The technique is applied without lotion and very slowly.
Contact Zipporah Wagschal or Cassandra DeLuca for this treatment.
Cupping has been used for centuries from China to Egypt as far back as 1550B.C. It works with the superficial fascia to reduce restriction, increase range of motion and decrease pain. Modern cups are made of plastic or silicone and applied to the body, a vacuum seal draws in the fascia to help release restrictions and reduce pain. Cupping therapy can help muscles, joints and scar tissue. Cups can be placed and left stationary or can be used with lotion and glided over the affected area.
All of our therapists are trained in cupping techniques!