Massage for Relaxation, Stress Relief and Therapy

July 21, 2017

Today’s world can leave you tired and exhausted! Whether you are working, parenting or juggling both it can be hard to relax and unwind.

Massage is a great tool to release all that pent up stress!
A good relaxing massage can allow you to hit that reset button.  It will leave you feeling refreshed and even though it won’t make life’s hustle and bustle disappear it will make you forget about it at least for the duration of your massage.
There are a variety of different massage techniques to choose from.  Below are some of the popular message techniques that we offer and their benefits.

Deep Tissue

Deep tissue massage is used for therapy and rehab.  This kind of massage can usually be a little uncomfortable depending on the severity of the issue you are experiencing.  This type of massage is great for relieving stress, breaking down scar tissue, reducing chronic pain and back pain and can even lower high blood pressure

Relaxation

Who doesn’t enjoy a relaxation massage? You get to relax and have all of your cares taken away!  There are numerous benefits to a relaxation massage.  They can help improve your sleep, concentration, help reduce anxiety and headaches and give your more energy.

Cupping

Don’t be put off by the weird name!   Cupping is a traditional Chinese massage developed thousands of years ago and although it has adapted to the modern world it still retains all the benefits.

Cupping can remove toxins from the body and help stimulate new blood flow. It can be used to treat back and muscle pain, circulation issue, anxiety and even allergies.

Pregnancy Massage

The body goes through many changes during pregnancy and these changes can be very hard on the body.

Pregnancy massage can help alleviate issues such as stress on the joints, can help improve blood circulation, stabilize hormone levels, relax the nervous system and ease pressure on the organs such as the heart as well as help relieve pain without the use of harmful pills or medication.

Graston in a massage session

Graston technique is a manual soft tissue technique that is great for the removal of scar tissue. Granston technique can help improve the healing environment for the soft tissue and reduce the restrictions of the connective tissue (muscle, fascia tendons and ligaments).

Laser for Fractures

July 13, 2017

Laser for Fractures

Fractures can occur in all walks of life and are an extremely common sports related injury.
Laser has been found to be extremely beneficial in speeding up the recovery of fractures increasing the recovery time by approximately 60%.

How it works

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a biophysical form of intervention in the fracture-repair process, which, through several mechanisms, accelerates the healing of fractures and enhances callus formation by enhancing of ATP production.  This triggers an effect which ultimately helps with bone regeneration and the healing of the fracture.

Why Use Laser (LLLT)?
Laser is noninvasive meaning it requires no surgery.  The laser targets the damaged tissue by penetrating the skin.   Drugs are often used to treat fractures but these can have harmful side effects.  Medically speaking we are still quite limited on how to treat fractures.  Setting and using a cast takes a great deal of time and in most cases people want to become mobile as quickly as possible.   Laser can greatly help speed up this recovery and as the technology improves in the future it is most likely the recovery time will as well.

Hydration for Headaches

July 5, 2017

Dehydration (the loss of water and electrolytes) can in fact cause headaches.
With the current heat spike we have been experiencing this summer in Calgary and Alberta you may have experienced this quite recently!
Dehydration occurs when the body expels fluids faster than they are taken in. This loss of sodium, potassium and chloride can lead to issues such as headaches, fatigue and cramps.  Very severe dehydration can even lead to death!
So with this in mind it is very important to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.  Try to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily and look out for symptoms such as thirst, headaches, fatigue, cramp, dizziness or weakness.

If you aren’t too keen on water you can also drink the following drinks

  • Milk
  • Iced Tea/ Hot Tea
  • Coffee iced or hot (It is a myth that coffee does not hydrate you)
  • Fruit/Vegetable Juice
  • Sports Drinks

Many folks actually mistake thirst for hunger.  So this summer ensure that you stay hydrated, and keep those headaches at bay.