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Category ‘Massage Therapy’

Do you know the differences in massage techniques?

Part 1 Relaxation/Swedish Massage has the goal to relax the entire body.  Muscles are massaged with a combination of long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, percussion, compression and stretching. Hot Stone Massage skillfully uses heated river stones with massage strokes to key points on the body, creating sensations of comfort...

How Massage Therapy Can Help Reduce Job-Related Stress

Businesses and corporations provided robust employee benefit plans during North America’s economic boom to retain skilled workers.  Although there is motivation during present times to reduce those plans during economic recession, wise companies choose to support the health and well-being of their workforce.  Workplace benefit plans help businesses mitigate...

Workplace Stress, Worker Health and the Bottom Line – Part I

In the era of downsizing, Canadian workers have increased their workloads to keep up with diminishing budgets and fierce competition in all industries.  There are physical, mental and social costs to these workers, with resultant financial and human resource costs on employers’ bottom line. According to data from the...

Massage Therapy – Safe, Ethical, Effective Care for Your Well-Being

Your experience of massage may be one of soothing nurturance, but did you know how much training and credentialing your massage therapist has received? In Ontario, Registered Massage Therapists are one of 21 regulated health professions, defined under the same Regulated Health Professions Act as physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, chiropractors,...

Hot Stone Massage Therapy

Massage is perhaps the oldest form of hands-on healing known to humans, easily pre-dating written records.  For millennia, people from virtually every culture have used a combination of touch, heat (thermotherapy) and stones as therapeutic tools.  The three main cultures which have heavily influenced how modern-day Hot Stone Massage/Stone...

How Massage Can Benefit Your Heart

Did you know regular massage can reduce the risks associated with stress, such as cardiac arrhythmias? Your heart is a huge muscle in your body. It can get sore and tight from being stressed out and always on the go. Think about how your heart feels when you are...

Massage Therapy for Mothers-To-Be

A long day of work, driving through rush-hour traffic or staying home with exuberant high-energy preschoolers can be draining. On top of that, a constantly aching back and tired feet can rapidly decrease your mood. This is a familiar situation for most mothers -to be. It’s important to take...

It’s Just Stress

People worry about troubling symptoms such as headaches, neck tension, upset stomach and trouble sleeping.  A well-meaning friend, family member or even primary health care provider may assure them, “It’s just stress”.  However, we’re often not directed as to what to do about stress and its impact on our...