What is Massage Therapy?
You probably know that massage is great for relaxation and is often used as a way of relieving stress and muscle tension. But it’s much more than just a way to pamper yourself!
Massage therapy is also an effective way to promote healing. It can play an important role in the treatment of a wide range of conditions. Being treated by a registered massage therapist (RMT) can relieve pain, improve mobility, boost your immune system, and speed up recovery times from injuries.
While getting a massage solely for relaxation can seem like an indulgence, it’s important to remember that stress and tension can take a toll on your body. That’s why massage therapy can be so beneficial.
Besides helping you feel relaxed and revitalized, massage therapy offers a variety of other benefits:
- Pain relief
- Improved circulation
- Improved joint mobility
- Increased lymphatic drainage (which detoxifies the body)
If you are suffering from pain, recovering from an injury, or just want to improve your overall health and wellness, massage therapy can offer a simple and non-invasive solution.
Here are some of the conditions it can help with:
Types of Massage Therapy Offered:
- Relaxation/Swedish Massage Therapy
- Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
- Cupping Massage Therapy
- Prenatal Massage Therapy
- Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy
- Athletic/Sports Massage Therapy
- Acupressure Massage Therapy
- Trigger Point Massage Therapy
- Chair Massage Massage Therapy
- Thai Massage Therapy
- Shiatsu Massage Therapy
Therapeutic massage can help in ways you might not expect, such as by treating trigger points. This refers to how a muscle in one part of the body can be related to pain in a different area. For example, this is why addressing trigger points in the back and neck can cure headaches.
Massage can even help with mental health issues like anxiety and depression. This happens through the stress-relieving powers of massage and the emotional value of a compassionate touch. This tends to give patients an improved sense of overall well-being.
The process involves a massage therapist using hands-on techniques to treat the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissues.
This improves circulation and the supply of nutrients to different parts of the body. As a result, the treatment can help your body to heal itself.
Registered massage therapists understand the mechanics and systems in your body. They can identify the source of your health issues and how to solve them.
Patients usually experience some of the benefits of massage immediately. You’ll probably be surprised by how quickly massage can make your pain melt away, improve your mood, and boost your body’s function.
Cost and Coverage
As with the majority of our services, our massage therapy treatments are often either partially or fully covered through insurance. That includes the coverage you have through an employer, auto insurance, or workers’ compensation plan. We can also offer competitive rates, so if you do not have insurance coverage, Get in touch or schedule a consultation to learn more.
One reason you should choose Activa for your massage therapy is our multidisciplinary approach. We have a team that includes a wide variety of health care providers, and they work together to develop your custom massage treatment plan.
At Activa, we are focused on your general well-being and comfort. Instead of treating a single symptom, we will work with you to improve your health and wellness from top to bottom. We do a consultation with you, go into your detailed medical history, and using diagnostic tools, we try to uncover the root cause of your health issues to address them.
We use this approach because it is the best way to effectively solve your health issues and ensure they don’t return.
Our Team Includes:
Professional Registered Massage Therapists
Our RMTs are all registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), which means you can have complete confidence in their abilities and expertise.
They are capable of offering a variety of different styles of massage including:
Like all of our professionals, our RMTs always deliver their services with care and compassion. Our main goal at all times is to help you achieve health and wellness, so you can get back to enjoying the things you love.
1. Is it OK to fall asleep during a massage?
Sure! A massage is a time for relaxation. You’ll still get all the benefit of the massage on your muscles and tissues whether you’re awake or asleep. But stay asleep too long and you might miss that wonderful, sublime experience of having a massage.
2. How often should you get massages?
A good general goal is to get a massage every two weeks, or once a month. Getting massaged too frequently can actually harm your body, so once a week at the most is a good maximum for most people. For individuals with severe chronic pain, more frequent massage may be okay when working with a specialist masseuse or if recommended by a doctor.
3. Do you have to wear orthotics all the time?
Orthotics are most effective when worn as often as possible and as consistently as possible. It’s a good idea to wear your orthotics all the time, to get the best results and to get yourself as accustomed as possible to the feeling of them.
4. Do you need bigger shoes for orthotics?
Yes. It’s a good idea to give yourself a little extra room to account for the orthotic. Try out some shoes in a slightly larger size than normal.
5. Do you need a prescription for orthotics?
There are so-called “Over The Counter” (OTC) orthotics available which do not require a prescription. Unlike prescription orthotics, this OTC orthotics are not customized to fit the patient. As such, they tend to be much less effective than customized prescription orthotics.