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Massage Therapy

Jennifer Sheehan, RMT

Massage is a therapy used to treat chronic pains, injuries, postural imbalances and physical stress. 

A Massage Therapist has to be familiarized with several aspects of human anatomy, physiology, pathology and neurology. When a client comes in and describes their condition, it is part of our training to quickly identify the source, cause, and location of the pain, using orthopedic testing to rule out possible injuries, in order to proceed and apply the necessary treatment. 

As your therapist, you can book a variety of massages to suit your needs. Here is a brief explanation of what I do: 

Swedish Massage: A gentle type of full-body massage that’s ideal for people who: are new to massage, have tension, or sensitive to touch. This massage uses a combination of kneading, directional strokes and passive joint movements. Sweedish massage is often used for relaxation and people looking to maintain the positive effects of therapeutic massage. 

Therapeutic Massage: Can be used as a collaborative, supportive addition to conventional medical treatment of illness and injury, alleviating pain and stress, aiding soft tissue healing, and revitalizing the body. Also, regular massage can enhance health, providing relaxation, release of muscle tightness, relief from anxiety and tensions, and enhanced healing from common postural habits that lead to chronic pain. This massage is best for insidious pain onset, repetitive/overuse injuries and desk workers. 

Pregnancy Massage: Prenatal massage can be a safe way for women to get a massage during pregnancy. It can help reduce pregnancy body aches, reduce stress, and ease muscle tension. You can get a massage at any time during your pregnancy. Please inform me if you even suspect you might be pregnant, so I can position you safely on the massage table. 

Sports massage: A good option if you have a repetitive use injury to a muscle, such as what you may get from playing a sport. It’s also a good option if you’re prone to injuries because it can be used to help prevent sports injuries. You may also use sports massage to increase flexibility and performance. 

Indian Head Massage: Indian head massage, as the name indicates, originated from India and is a beautifully traditional practice that is now immensely popular amongst Western cultures. Great for the treatment of chronic headaches, insomnia and the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid. 

TMJ Massage: Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome pain can be relieved by intraoral massage techniques. TMJ is a painful condition that can lead to headaches, migraines and painful chewing. 
 
During your massage I may also use silicone cupping and/or taping. Aroma Massage is also a popular option to help enhance the effects of your massage.