Complementary to acupuncture and an effective standalone treatment, massage therapy is the physical manipulation of your body’s soft tissues - muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints - to relieve pain, release tension, improve flexibility and mobility, relax the body, and prevent injury.
+ Sports injuries
+ Posture problems
+ Repetitive strain injuries
+ Muscle spasm or cramping
+ Chronic pain
+ Pinched nerves
+ Headaches & migraines
+ Pre or post-natal discomfort
Registered Massage Therapists are highly trained to both identify the sources of pain, tension, and stress or inflammation, and to rehabilitate those areas so that the body can return to optimal physical and mental function.
Beyond alleviation of pain and tension from injury, stress, and repetitive strain, massage therapy also improves mood, reduces anxiety, improves circulation, relieves stress, boosts the immune system, and provides a better awareness of your body’s subtle signals of imbalance.
Marshall Irons is the best massage therapist I have ever seen. His intuitive nature combined with his strong technical abilities provided an approach that has alleviated my chronic pain from scoliosis. He has compassionately offered me expert advice on exercise and posture and has helped me understand my own body. He is authentically respectful, punctual, an active listener and a true professional - and he's funny!
Through various massage techniques like myofascial release, trigger point release, joint mobilization, deep tissue and Swedish massage, and more, your RMT is assisting your body in returning to a healthy state of soft, flexible muscles, skeletal alignment, balanced strength, and full range of motion. These manual manipulations bring oxygen and nutrients to the soft tissues, reduce inflammation, lower stress hormones like cortisol, relieve pressure on pinched nerves, the spine, and skeletal system, lengthen tight muscles or tendons, break down scar tissue, release knots, and repair and strengthen weakened or injured muscles.
Based on your intake form and individual concerns, your RMT will discuss a treatment plan with you to ensure you’re comfortable and understand how the session will proceed. After the assessment, your massage therapist will briefly leave the room so you can remove clothing if needed and get settled under the blanket. Your RMT will ensure the level of pressure meets your needs and is within your comfort level on any given day. It is common to experience areas of tenderness, discomfort, or light pain throughout your massage, as areas are released and stretched.
If you feel pain beyond your tolerance level, or would like more pressure at any point during your massage therapy session, please let your RMT know. Your practitioner is more than happy to adapt the treatment, adjust pressure or technique; we want you to feel comfortable and supported during every session.
Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water the day of (or before) your appointment. If this is your first session, you’ll want to arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out an intake form. Be sure to wear loose or stretchy, comfortable clothing.
Depending on your treatment, you may feel some tenderness over the next day or two - we recommend paying special attention to your body and rest when you need to. It’s also important to keep hydrated as your body is doing healing work behind the scenes!