MASSAGE THERAPY

Benefits of Massage

Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to gain a therapeutic response. It provides a holistic approach to treating dysfunction in the body by affecting the circulatory, muscular, connective tissue, lymphatic, immune and nervous systems. Massage therapy is also beneficial in a variety of musculoskeletal disorders.

Massage therapy is an effective treatment for:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck and shoulder tension/pain
  • Sprains, strains and muscle spasms
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Discomfort due to pregnancy
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Sport injuries (e.g., iliotibial band friction syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, frozen shoulder, plantar fasciitis, etc.)

What to expect on your first visit

You will be asked to fill out a confidential health history form specific to massage therapy. This will enable the therapist to complete an assessment and develop a treatment plan based on your individual needs. Try to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your treatment time. If you are late you may not receive your full treatment time. 

Treatment

Your massage will take place in a private room where you and the therapist will work together for the session. Prior to the treatment an interview and assessment will be done as part of the treatment. It is essential to communicate during the treatment about any soreness, numbness or tingling you may be experiencing. Your comfort level and safety are a primary concern.

Payment for Massage therapy

Massage Therapy is not covered by OHIP. However most extended health insurance plans provide partial or full coverage. This usually requires a referral from a physician. It is your responsibility to call your health provider to find out how much coverage you have. You may also be able to save your receipts and apply them towards your tax return as a medical expense.


Infant Massage Instruction for Babies and Parents

A newborn baby instinctively responds to touch. Massage between the parent and baby is a marvellous way of enhancing the natural bonding experience.

Instructor:

Allison Hobson-Wardell, RMT.

Benefits of infant massage:

  • Promotes healthy touch and bonding
  • Relieves stress through increased relaxation
  • Promotes improved sleeping patterns
  • Stimulates and aids in the digestion process
  • Relieves gas and colic
  • Facilitates motor co-ordination
  • Provides sensory stimulation for growth development

For futher information or to reserve your spot, please contact us atinfo@pivotsmo.com. For those bringing strollers, please note that the clinic is located on the second floor.


Massage and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a special time in your life and massage therapy can help with all stages of pregnancy. Pregnancy can be like a marathon, in that there may be aches and pains along the way but crossing the finish line is so rewarding. Your body goes through many changes during this time including the enlargement of breast tissue which can cause the shoulders to round forward, a growing belly that can increase the curvature of your lower spine, possible swelling in ankles and wrists, and increasing tension through many of your muscles and fascia to accommodate these changes. These things can often cause aches or pain that can make your pregnancy somewhat uncomfortable.

Massage therapy has been proven to help with many of these conditions. Studies have shown that massage therapy can improve your mood, decrease pain, decrease stress hormones, decrease obstetrical complications and improve the health and development of your growing baby. Massage has also been shown to help throughout the process of labour by decreasing pain, anxiety and stress and by doing so may help to decrease the length of labour and your hospital stay. Once you have had your baby, massage therapy has been shown to help the baby gain more weight, may help with sleep patterns and improve behaviour in infants.

Registered Massage Therapists are trained to assess your symptoms and formulate a plan with you to help relieve the symptoms. As your body shape changes so does your positioning on the massage table. The RMT will work with you to determine what is comfortable; lying on your side versus lying on your stomach or even sitting leaning forward versus lying down. Your RMT may give you things to do at home such as heating or icing, self massage and exercises (as appropriate). Your Registered Massage Therapist is there to work with you and your health care team to make your pregnancy experience the best it can be.

For information on research please check out the literature review atwww.omta.com.


Reflexology

Reflexology is a natural healing therapy, which is based on the principle that on the feet (hands and ears) there are zones and reflex points that correspond to every system in the body. Because each foot contains thousands of nerve endings, when the reflex areas are stimulated with pressure and massage, there is a mesage sent to every part, gland and organ, via the central nervous system. The reflex action regulates nerve impulses and encourages a release of tension, creating a state of deep relaxation. During this state, the body has the potential to ease pain and heal itself. This gentle communications of touch seeks to balance and normalize the energies within the body.

Reflexology is reputed to improve the circulation of blood, oxygen and nerve supply to all tissues of the body. There is a boost to the immune system with the increased functioning of the lymphatic system and the elimination of excess fluids and waste products becomes more efficient. Reflexology has bee referred to as the “reset button” for organ function. It can be performed on anyone with modifications for certain conditions. Research is ongoing as to the scientific evidence of how reflexology works.

The Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC), founded in 1776, is the organization that standardizes the teaching and certification of this healing modlity. It is also a member of larger, international relfexology associations and agencies. Reflexology is an ancient healing art that is practiced and enjoyed around the world.