Angela Allain, RMT
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Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft body tissues, including muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons, with pressure, tension, motion, and/or vibration. Studies have shown even a single session of massage to “promote relaxation and well-being reduced state anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate but not negative mood, immediate assessment of pain, and cortisol level.”
Except when experiencing the Thai Massage technique or on-site chair massage, treatment is typically done unclothed (to your comfort level), with the client lying down between sheets, with only the part currently being worked on uncovered. Food-grade organic oils are used to facilitate treatment.
At Keep In Touch Toronto, you can choose from various massage techniques, including: Therapeutic/ Deep Tissue, Relaxation/Swedish, Thai Massage, Hot Stone, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Release. See below for more detailed information about each type.
Services are provided in our healing space or on-site (workplace, film studio, events, and/or trade shows).
At the end of your session, Angela will give you post-care protocols, including making recommendations for home care, referrals to other health care practitioners where warranted, and show stretching and strengthening techniques to use on a regular basis to avoid and ameliorate ailments.
Swedish Massage is the most widely-known set of massage techniques, employing five basic styles of strokes: effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage(kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (either across fibers or with the fibers), and vibration/shaking. The application of the strokes can vary from light to vigorous.
Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and cortisol levels. Studies have found functional improvement in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee (over a period of eight weeks); reduction in low back pain (for as long as 15 weeks); and improvement in mood.
Therapeutic/ Deep Tissue Massage
Similar to Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper layers of of muscles and connective tissues. In this way chronic conditions and pain can be alleviated particularly those caused by knotted or contracted tissue, such as stiff necks, shoulder or upper back soreness and tension, as well as low back pain/stiffness.
A blend of Indian and Chinese traditions, Thai massage combines physical and energetic elements. It is a deep tissue technique that works to clear blockages in the Sen (energy) lines throughout the body. As the massage progresses, it stimulates circulation in the blood and lymphatic systems. It also includes stretching movements that aid joint movement and general flexibility.
Thai massage is a popular treatment for musculoskeletal pain and fatigue. One study found that Thai Massage showed comparable efficacy as the painkiller ibuprofen in reducing joint pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.
Myofascial Release is a technique that stretches and releases the fascia (the connective tissue that surrounds most structures in the body, particularly muscles, largely made up of collagen). A limited number of strokes are employed to achieve this, typically skin rolling, shear compression, or tension. The purpose of this technique is to improve mobility/range of motion and to reduce pain.
Trigger Point Release
Myofascial trigger points are inflamed spots in the fascia (see above). Compressing a trigger point can result in tenderness, twitching, or referred pain, which can even manifest as a headache. Trigger Point Release uses manual pressure or vibration to these spots to relax and relieve the pain.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage employs heated (52-54 degrees Celsius) smooth, flat basalt (lava rock) stones placed on the back, hands, and other areas of the body. The stones hold heat and transfer it deep into the muscles to relax and loosen them. The massage therapist may also use heated stones to gently work the muscles manually.as well.