What's the difference?

Relaxation Massage usually consists of a General Full Body massage using Swedish or Deep Tissue techniques. This is an excellent Massage for stress relief, or anxiety relief, and creating an overall sense of well-being. 90 Minutes is recommended.

Therapeutic Massage will usually consist of most of the appointment time concentrating on specific muscle groups relating to the area of pain or an injury. The compensating structures may also be addressed. 45-60 Minutes is recommended.


Massage Techniques

Swedish Massage

The primary massage therapy technique learned by RMTs in Ontario. This technique uses moderate to deep pressure and combines kneading, gliding movements and direct pressure to stretch and release muscles, tendons and ligaments. Swedish Massage reduces pain, relieves chronic muscle tension, increases circulation, promotes relaxation and calm, and can help in dealing with stress. One of the most effective traditional massage techniques, it is used to release muscular tension and trigger-points or "knots." Swedish Massage therapy can be used either for relaxation or to treat specific injuries or pain.


Deep Tissue aka Sports 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. Some of the same strokes are used as classic Swedish Massage, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. The treatment can be painful, so it is important to communicate with your therapist during the treatment and to report any lasting discomfort post-treatment.


Lymphatic Massage

The lymphatic system is a complex network of lymph nodes and vessels that carry and remove lymph fluids throughout the body. Lymph nodes filter bacteria and foreign matter from the bloodstream, which is why they are sometimes called the "garbage collectors" of the body. Movement of the lymph fluid is essential to prevent swelling in the extremities leading to Lymphedema or to improve immunity and remove toxins from the body naturally.

Lymphatic Massage helps the lymph system perform its usual function. It is beneficial for both healthy individuals and persons with a compromised lymphatics system. Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle and rhythmic technique. It is often the only technique a palliative patient can tolerate as it is also very analgesic. Most people experience lymphatic massage as deeply relaxing and even rejuvenating. Despite the light massage technique it is very effective in its intentions to awaken the lymphatic system and create pathways for the lymph fluid to flow and be removed from the body naturally.

As a graduate of The Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy, I am trained to treat chronic lymphedema with Complete De-Congestive Technique or C.D.T. This tecnique combines Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Wrapping of the affected area(s), and Self-Care Education including exercises. When treatment is followed regularly, this technique is very effective to reduce the signs and symptoms of lymphedema.


Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage is very beneficial for both mother and child, with treatments for mums-to-be easily modified to accommodate physical changes. At the Align Massage Therapy clinics, we have both the pregnancy pillow system and body pillows for side-lying. All of the Align Massage Therapists are trained in prenatal care, and can offer advice on stretching and/or exercise during a healthy pregnancy, although several have done more advanced training and have additional experience.

Please note: If you have any health concerns related to your pregnancy, this massage therapy should be performed only after your doctor has given medical approval.


Infant Massage

You read that correctly! Even babies can benefit from massage therapy!
Learn the benefits of touch and create a bond with your baby that will last a lifetime.

One on One or group instruction is available. Moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, caregivers, and siblings are welcome!


Dynamic Taping

Dynamic Tape is a unique, strongly elastic tape developed by an Australian Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist which is used in the treatment of many sporting, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. To learn more, visit the Dynamic Tape website.

Dynamic Taping can be included as part of a Massage Treatment or it can be booked separately.
On-site Dynamic Taping at sporting events is also available.


Essential Oils

A Massage that integrates Essential Oils on the skin. Scents can be combined or used on their own to accommodate the desired outcome of the client. These outcomes can include, restoration, relaxation, pain relief, and de-congestion. The Essential Oils used in this treatment are not intended for therapeutic outcomes, but simply a compliment to the senses during your massage. The Essential Oils to choose from are available upon request.  You can choose the oils you desire at the time of your treatment.


Massage Therapy In Water

Enjoy in a pool 

Everything about massage in water is different to massage on a table. Get faster and more profound results.

Highly indicated for arthritis, and reduced mobility, edema, muscle tension, holding patterns, and stress! 


Reiki

The word Reiki means "Universal Life Energy." Reiki is a simple and natural bodymind healing method that channels this life energy through the practitioner into the client.

The treatment begins with the clothed client lying on a massage table while the practitioner’s hands "scan" the energy field.  Areas of blocked energy are felt as either hot or cold, and so the practitioner will try to normalize the flow of energy and eliminate the blockages. The client will often feel warmth or tingling during the treatment.

The purpose of this treatment is to create balance in the body and harmonize the different systems. It is very effective in dealing with stress and anxiety, and can also be beneficial for digestive disturbances.