Traditional Swedish Massage is what all registered massage therapists are taught while in school in Ontario. It involves several different techniques applied using lubricant with the hands, fingers, thumbs, and sometimes forearms and elbows. The techniques are applied in a variety of ways depending on the desired outcome of the treatment. For example, lighter techniques are generally applied in a slow rhythmic fashion to achieve relaxation, while deeper techniques are typically applied to reduce tone in muscles, realign scar tissue and more.
Sports Massage employs a variety of techniques used in combination to address specific injury or sports needs. Among them are: myotonic release, fascial techniques, deep tissue massage, muscle testing, sport/kinesiotaping and TENS therapy.
Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the recommended treatment. This consists of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD),
compression therapy, exercise and skin care.
There are generally two phases to CDT; reduction phase and maintenance phase.
Reduction is achieved through intensive MLD treatment, bandaging, exercise and skin care. It is the patients diligence with exercise and skin care that assists the therapist with reducing limb volume.
Maintenance is achieved through ongoing MLD treatment, compression garments, continued exercise and skin care.
Also known as Thai Yoga Massage, this form of treatment is both relaxing and invigorating. Performed on a floor mat or massage table, the therapist employs various pressure techniques using hands and feet to apply acupressure, muscle massage, joint manipulation, as well as yoga-like stretches passively applied to the client. Treatments are 90 minutes.