Massage Therapy

'Tis the Season

September 29, 2009

For massage therapists, Christmas usually comes pretty early…. about 4 months early. After business slows to a crawl in the summer, September usually brings a pretty sharp spike in business. It seems that every year as soon as the weather starts to cool a bit there is a flood of new clients looking for a […]

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The Beauty of Combining Massage & Acupuncture

August 23, 2009

My favourite method of treating is becoming the combination massage & acupuncture session.  From what I have seen, it gives a better chance of success for relieving chronic or acute pain and also gives a more pain free, comfortable release compared to massage therapy alone. In a typical combination Acupuncture & Massage session, I do […]

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Yoga for Pain Reduction

August 19, 2009

Since becoming a massage therapist, I have quickly found the limits my body can go before it needs help. The work is tiring and physically demanding and burns out many RMT’s by the 5 year mark. This is why I religiously follow a program of postural awareness, stretching exercises, epsom salt baths, weight training and […]

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How to Travel Without Low Back Pain

August 4, 2009

The weekend road trip to Montreal seemed like such a great idea until 500km later when I stepped out of the car and found my entire low back in spasm. I almost couldn’t straighten up and was starting to walk with a limp.  Oh how I was almost tempted to go into some downward dog […]

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What is fascia?

July 24, 2009

What is fascia?  If you’ve ever cooked chicken, you’ve probably noticed it. The thin, transparent, filmy material that covers the chicken meat.  Our muscles are covered in fascia.  Fascia covers every muscle and keeps the muscle together.  Fascia covers and protects every single muscle bundle or fascicle that makes up the muscle.  Fascia also covers every […]

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Massage Therapy and the HST

July 23, 2009

There are plans to harmonize Ontario’s retail sales tax with the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST).  This means that the new 13% harmonized tax will apply to massage therapy as well. Here is an excerpt from the Ontario Massage Therapist Association (OMTA). Harm to Patients Massage therapy is not covered by the Ontario Health […]

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