Category ‘Massage Therapy’

Registered Massage Therapy: Safe, Ethical, and Effective Treatment

You may think of massage therapy as stress-busting self-care, but did you know that massage therapy is a regulated health profession? Today, we’ll explore the world of registered massage therapists, including their scope of practice, educational requirements, and common conditions treated with massage therapy. Is massage therapy a regulated...

Massage Therapy for Mothers-To-Be

Pregnancy is an exciting time for many women, but it often comes with aches and pains due to progressive shifts in posture. Fortunately, massage therapy can relieve pain, reduce stress, and help you relax. The importance of self-care for expectant mothers Pregnancy requires a lot of energy—physical, mental, and...

The Benefits of Decompression Cupping Therapy

Circular red marks on the backs of celebrities—including Olympian Michael Phelps and actors Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston—are more becoming increasingly common due to the popularity of a muscle treatment called cupping. Today we’ll explore the benefits of decompression cupping therapy. What is Cupping? Cupping is a form of...

Pre-Event Massages for the Game of Life

In the sporting world, athletes use pre-event massages to prepare for a competitive event. It’s typically a 15-minute session that happens at the event site, in the hour before the competition starts. Even if competitive athletic endeavours aren’t in the calendar, this sports approach can help any of us...

What is a Sports Massage?

A sports massage is a style of massage designed to improve athletic performance and prevent injuries. Sports massage is both a specific and general term so let’s explore what this means to different audiences. Sports massage for competitive athletes In Canada, there’s a specialized training program called the National...

5 Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

You can’t escape busy times and stressful events but you can make life easier by finding ways to relax, despite those demands. A hot stone massage is an easy way to give yourself a dose of self-care that leaves you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. A hot stone massage follows...

What is a Trigger Point Massage?

Trigger points are sore, painful spots—also called knots—found in muscles. These knots are sensitive and when pressure is applied, it produces pain in a different part of your body. A trigger point massage helps work out those knots and reduce the pain associated with them. Muscle knots can happen...

How to Reduce Anxiety with Massage Therapy

Anxiety is a state of uneasiness caused by worrying about possible future misfortune. But this dictionary definition doesn’t tell you how rotten it feels to be anxious. Or how expensive it is: the Conference Board of Canada estimates that anxiety costs the Canadian economy $17 billion per year. Or...

Workplace Wellness Programs: Remedy for Job-Related Stress

Remedy for Job-Related Stress Workplace Wellness Programs: Wise companies support the health and well-being of their workforce. Workplace benefit plans help businesses mitigate job-related stress to promote healthy, productive and loyal employees. There are so many employer benefits to having a healthy workplace. It can attract and retain top...

How to Prolong the Self-Care Benefits of Massage Therapy

You come to Hand & Stone for an amazing massage. The environment, professionalism, and friendliness make your experience outstanding. You feel relaxed, refreshed, and soothed when you’re on the table. You go home – and then what? Don’t you wish you could keep those great feelings with you after...