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What is Chinese Massage?

Massage therapy has been used for more than 3,000 years as a healing art. There are many different techniques of massage used today, applying manipulation to soft-tissue to improve circulation, reduce stress and pain.

The techniques include a combination of stroking, kneading, rocking, tapping or steady pressure based on the needs of the patient. Massage is applied by a registered massage therapist, highly trained and certified in providing treatments that can reduce pain, stress and anxiety, as well as treat a number of conditions, including sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain and depression.

How Massages Work

Massages increase blood flow to the targeted muscles, speeding up the delivery of the nutrients they need to function properly while disposing of metabolic waste that can cause pain and delay recovery. If you don’t move around much during the day then blood flow is naturally reduced, so massage is a great way of getting everything pumping again.

Repetitive use in a stationary position (such as sitting at a desk all day) can cause muscle fibres to become stuck together, known as an adhesion. These adhesions restrict movement and if untreated can lead to whole muscles becoming hypertonic and eventually painful. A precise massage can work on the problem tissue, lengthening it and breaking down the adhesions until a normal range of movement can be restored.

Massage Specialties

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Massage Benefits

Massage therapy can aid in the recovery of injured tissues and overused muscles in the body. In addition, registered massage therapy can complement other forms of therapy including physiotherapy, chiropractic care and acupuncture by speeding up the recovery process and preventing future re-injury. Other benefits include:

Conditions Treated

Massage therapy is often used successfully to treat symptoms caused by stress, it can also be used to treat chronic and acute conditions that can lead to pain, as well as several other health conditions that can diminish your overall wellness. It is suited to patients of all ages to assist in the following:
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Massage Types Offered at our Clinic

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Massage Results

Some results you may notice from massage therapy can include:

Relaxation

Massages have a way of gently moving us into a state of relaxation where our nervous system is calmed and soothed through the use of traditional massage techniques. This is known as the relaxation response. The relaxation response is a state in which the heart and breathing rates slow down, the body begins to relax, the production of stress hormones decreases, blood pressure decreases, and the muscles begin to let go of their subconscious tension and relax.

The relaxation response also tends to increase the available level of serotonin, a chemical that positively affects emotions and thoughts in your brain. The other common response triggered when having a massage is known as the mechanical response. This is the effect that happens when pressure is applied to soft tissue like muscle. Together, these responses can produce direct and indirect physical and emotional benefits.

Potential Side Effects

While negative reactions to massage treatment are quite uncommon, some rare problems can occur. These are some of the varying risks in undergoing deep tissue massage:
Problems are rare, and usually entirely avoided by a careful assessment of your condition before any massage therapy.

Massage FAQ

If you’re not sure about what massage style to get please discuss your needs and concerns with the massage therapist. Your professional massage therapist will be able to make an informed recommendation.
Avoid having a massage on a full stomach. It is best to have a light meal about one to two hours before the session. However, you know your body best, so don’t go hungry to avoid the possibility of feeling lightheaded.
It is best to arrive about 10 ahead of time so you have a chance to breathe and relax before your session. In addition, arriving early also avoids the unnecessary stress of running late. After all, you’ve come to the massage session to help you relax.
If it’s possible, a warm shower will help relax your muscles and your mind.
That’s entirely up to you and your comfort level. Please discuss any concerns with your massage therapist and we will ensure your comfort and modesty.
Please avoid using strong perfume or aftershave as some people, including massage therapists, can be allergic to the scent.
Relax, breathe and be honest about your pain levels. This helps our professional massage therapist to customize the massage session. Also, let the massage therapist know what part of your body you want more focus on and where you prefer less. If something doesn’t feel good, just say so, the massage is for you.
Please avoid any distractions. Turn off your phone or any other electronic devices and just enjoy the massage.
Sometimes after a session, clients feel lightheaded. If that’s the case, then please let us know that you’re dizzy and you can rest until the feeling passes.
It is best not to exercise right after a massage. Since your muscles are already relaxed, an exercise session right after a massage may strain them. The more intense the massage style, the more time the body needs to relax. Typically twelve to twenty-four hours are needed for the body to rejuvenate after a deep muscle massage.
Massage can be considered as a support of your long term well-being. To keep receiving the massage related benefits, it’s recommended to have a massage at least monthly.
Although some people prefer to talk throughout the massage, don't feel like you have to make conversation. Many people close their eyes and relax. Deep tissue massage and sports massage may require more feedback when the massage therapist works on deeper layers of muscle and will want to ensure that the pressure is comfortable.

Why us? We provide high-quality TCM and massage services while always prioritizing the client’s comfort.