Department of Massage Therapy

By: Petra Health Centre  09-12-2011
Keywords: Massage Therapy, Massage, tissue

Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, and skin. Treatments aim to alleviate pain and improve physical function by enhancing the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. A variety of techniques may be utilized depending on individual needs, including trigger point therapy, fascial work, deep tissue therapy, muscle stripping, joint play, stretching, and muscle energy techniques. The ultimate goal is to eliminate pain, restore mobility, improve posture, relieve mental and physical stress, and assist you with ways to maintain good health. Often pain and dysfunction occur as a result of muscle imbalance. We help to identify and treat the cause of the problem in order to prevent its recurrence.

  • 30min treatment $60
  • 1hr treatment $80
  • 1.5hr treatment $125
  • 2hr treatment $150
  • All fees include HST

Reflexology originated in ancient Egypt and China. It works on the premise that there are zones and reflex points in the feet and hands which correspond with every part of the body. Using fingertip pressure to manipulate these points, circulation is improved and energy meridian lines are cleared which allows the body to not only relax and find balance, but to naturally heal and restore itself. In essence, reflexology treats the whole person via the feet. It is a great complement to massage therapy and one more way to move towards optimal health and wellness.

  • 30min treatment $40
  • 50min treatment $60
  • 1 hour Relaxation Massage and Reflexology $70
  • All fees include HST

Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle, non-invasive hands-on treatment for pain (chronic or acute), stress, insomnia, headaches, and lowered vitality, biomechanical and neurological and learning disability problems. The therapist uses specific very subtle techniques that are very relaxing and effective on the head and the spinal column that releases tension and energy blocks from the client. The therapy promotes deep relaxation and facilitates the body’s return to a state of balance. In this state the body’s own natural ability to heal is triggered and true revitalization and restoration occurs. There is a general improvement in mental performance, and increased sense of well-being, a feeling of wholeness and of being energized.

Lymphatic drainage is a holistic approach to promoting a healthy lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels and ducts that move fluid throughout the body and is responsible for moving toxins away from healthy cells and carrying germ-fighting materials to cells when they are under attack by viruses. Though fluid moves through the lymphatic system, it does not have its own pumping mechanism. Lymphatic drainage is a type of therapy that is intended to help the body produce a free-flowing lymphatic system.

Reiki (pronounced “ray-kee”) is an energy therapy which is used to help heal and prevent disorders and maintain wellness by stimulating and directing the electro-magnetic fields of the body. Completely safe and non-invasive, reiki reduces physical and emotional stress leaving you feeling relaxed, more emotionally balanced and revitalized. The practitioner works either in the auric field surrounding the body or by laying their hands lightly on the body. Reiki can be performed anywhere, anytime, with anyone while standing or sitting and through clothing.

  • 30min treatment $40
  • 45min treatment $60
  • 1 hour $80
  • All fees include HST

Hot Stone Massage combines Swedish massage with a technique that uses smooth, heated basalt stones placed on specific acupressure points on the body and are used to apply long, soothing massage strokes. Thermal palm massage is applied in a similar way, but rather than stones, soft, heated, hand-held modalities (small pillows of oatmeal) are used which contour to the shape of the body. Deeply relaxing, hot stone and thermal palm massage melt away tension and stress.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Craniosacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Massage, Massage Therapy, tissue

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