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Swedish Massage

Traditional Swedish Massage is the type of massage most people are familiar with in the west. A hands on therapy, it is performed with the client either clothed or disrobed and on a table or chair specifically designed for massage therapy.

Swedish Massage involves three main types of massage strokes. Effleurage is a long flowing stroke generally used to warm up the tissues. Petrissage involves shorter deeper strokes that knead the tissues. Tapotement strokes are a rhythmic percussive type stroke used to stimulate the nervous system. Used together these three strokes are successfully used to treat and prevent a wide variety of body problems involving our muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and fascia. Massage also promotes the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids in our bodies.
Swedish Massage is usually performed using a lubricating lotion or oil, but can be performed without. The pressure used during the massage can vary from light to deep, depending on what the client wants and what the therapist feels most appropriate to achieve therapeutic results.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. 
 Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, massage therapists use direct, deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch, practitioners release restrictions in the cranio-sacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST bolsters resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical issues associated with pain and dysfunction.

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

Lymphatic Drainage is a manual therapy working with the lymphatic system of the body. The Lymphatic system cleanses the body tissues by removing toxins, excess fluid, and foreign substances from the tissue space around the body cells. It can help boost the immune system, detoxify the body, reduce swelling, regenerate tissue and reduce scarring. Lymphatic Drainage Therapy also relieves inflammation and inflammatory conditions, chronic pain, and symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a safe and effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Myofascia is a connective tissue that covers all the muscles in the body. It is very strong and serves to protect and support the tissues that it covers. When the myofascia becomes irritated or damaged, it becomes inflamed and can become tight and restricted causing pain and loss of motion. Myofascial release is most effective when the therapist allows their hands to sink slowly into the tissue to allow the fascia to adapt to the changes being placed upon it. The principle of myofascial release is sustained pressure over time, so one technique may be used in the same spot for multiple minutes.

Pre-natal Massage

Prenatal massage is a mom’s opportunity to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots and improve mobility to back, hips and joints. It is also an opportunity to connect with your little one and understand what that movement really is. At the Wolseley Wellness Centre we provide specially designed ergonomic support pillows during treatment to keep mom comfortable and in a correct posture.  Closer to  due date a trained therapist will teach you how to get yourself ready for labour, using specific acupressure points and other fun tips.

Pre & Post Sports Massage

Pre & Post sports event massage is specifically designed to help and athlete preform at their best and recover quickly and effectively. Pre event massage can increase circulation and allow full range of motion. Post event massage can reduce swelling, soreness and help muscles to return to their relaxed state. Massage therapy before or after any event can improve an athlete’s performance and prevent injury.

Relaxation Massage

Relaxation massage is a variation of the traditional Swedish Massage. The treatment goal is to relax and relieve stress. The pressure used by the therapist is usually lighter, and involves more long slow fluid strokes which help the body enter a deep state of relaxation.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points are hyper irritable spots, located in a tight band inside the muscle belly. they are usually caused by a build up of “toxins”, including calcium.

They can manifest in several different way, causing pain or discomfort. “Active”or “Satilite” trigger points cause frequent, insistent pain while “latent” trigger points lye dormant until discovered by using certain massage techniques.
Treatment includes deep, sustained pressure directly over the trigger point. Deep breathing techniques are added to optimize the release.

MET ~ Muscle Energy Technique

Muscle Energy Technique is an application where a tight muscle is stretched while the therapist places some resistance in order to increase the blood supply (oxygen & nutrients) to that muscle. The goal of this process is to use the body’s physiology to help the muscle area relax and eliminate the pain over time.

Hydro/Thermal Therapy

The body causes or restricts inflammation or blood supply to an injured or over used muscle (or group of muscles). By understanding how ice or heat can be applied can aide in the healing of the specific area or compensatory muscles. Using Hydrotherapy greatly increases rehabilitation and there are many ways this can be achieved. Some examples include contrast foot baths, direct ice to strains/sprains, and/or heat in the morning before daily activities begin.

TMJD ( Temporal Mandibular Joint Disfunction) Massage

You’ve probably heard people say “I have TMJ”. Well, the truth of the matter is, we all do! The TMJ, also known as the temporo-mandibular joint, is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. It is the joint involved in chewing, yawning, talking, gum chewing and often teeth grinding. 

Problems can arise for a number of different reasons including trauma, overuse, untreated dental problems, altered head posture, and many others. These issues can cause popping, clicking, lock-jaw, ringing in the ears, chronic sinus pain, earaches, neck tension, and/or headaches.

Massage therapy can provide relief from many of the symptoms caused by TMJ disorder. It can help relieve headaches, tension in the neck and jaw, and can result in easier and more natural jaw 

Some treatment can be performed outside of the mouth but some of the muscles involved in the joint are only accessible inside the mouth. Because this is a fairly sensitive area, the therapist employs more delicate techniques when treating the intra-oral region. For hygienic reasons, gloves are always worn during an intra-oral massage.  An assessment of the jaw will be performed and then a treatment based on the results will focus on the affected structures.