Avalon Woods - Health Club for Mature Adults

By: Avalon Woods  09-12-2011
Keywords: Massage Therapy, Personal Training

Personal Training

Personal training benefits people because many lack the motivation to stay with a consistent exercise program. A good trainer will introduce you to a very simple, effective routine and help you stay on track, whether it be to lose weight and get into shape or improve your strength and endurance. If you have any chronic health conditions, injuries or training goals (running a marathon, for example) a trainer will work with you and your health care provider to plan a safe, efficient program that considers these needs and enables you to reach your health goals.

Since good personal trainers are on top of the latest techniques and exercises to improve your performance in sports and strengthen your muscles safely, they will have a lot of different suggestions on how to add variety and keep evolving your workouts and keep them interesting.

If you ultimately want to learn all the intricacies of designing your own routines so that you don't need to use a personal trainer, going for a few months may be all you need. All good personal trainers will teach you the basics of building and modifying a fitness program to achieve maximum results.

Facilitated Stretching

Facilitated stretching is muscle stretching that you can't do for yourself. None of us stretch enough, which leads to limitations in our range of motion. With facilitated stretching, the therapist assists the client to stretch specific muscle groups while using the massage table or massage chair as a support.

Facilitated stretching is an easy way to maintain or improve flexibility and coordination. It is active, assisted stretching using motion and isometric work. Breathing and relaxation techniques are also incorporated.

There are many benefits including increased energy, reduced pain, improved posture and a better range of motion in the joints, to name but a few.

Whether you're an accomplished athlete or just beginning a fitness program, you'll find that these techniques will improve any physical activity and help avoid injuries. From improving your golf game or just reaching the cereal on the top shelf, facilitated stretching can help.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues. It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear lactic acid and other waste, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.

People get massage therapy for relaxation or for a variety of health conditions.

Massage therapy relieves stress and also appears to enhance immune function.

A typical massage therapy session is between 30 and 90 minutes. Your massage will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle.

You will be asked to undress (many people keep their underwear on) while the massage therapist is out of the room, and lie face down under a sheet on a padded massage table.

The massage therapist will knock on the door to make sure you are ready. The massage therapist re-enters the room and will then adjust the face rest and pillows to ensure that you are comfortable and properly positioned. Tell the massage therapist if you are too warm or cold.

The massage therapist uses a light oil or lotion on the skin and begins the massage. A full body massage usually begins on the back and then moves down to the legs. You will then be asked to turn over so you are face up. The massage continues on your arms, legs, neck, and abdomen.

You are underneath the sheet at all times, and in North America, only the part of the body being treated at any one time is uncovered.

After the massage, the massage therapist leaves the room so you can get changed.

Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand too quickly you may feel lightheaded or dizzy.

Massage therapy shouldn't hurt. Occasionally there is mild aching when the massage therapist applies pressure over "knots" and other areas of muscle tension. If the pressure is too strong for you, let the massage therapist know.

Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. Occasionally, people experience mild temporary aching for a day.

Massage therapy is not recommended for people with infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds, for people prone to blood clots immediately after surgery, immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage.

Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage.

Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumours, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.

Additional Massage Tips

  • Don't eat a heavy meal before the massage.
  • If it's your first time at the clinic or spa, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.


One of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system.

Chiropractors practice a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.

Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.

For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the neuromusculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions. According to patient surveys, by treating the neuromusculoskeletal elements of such disorders, chiropractic treatment has been shown to improve the general well-being of the patient.

Chiropractic care can help relieve the following symptoms:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Whiplash
  • Strains and sprains
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Work and sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs
  • General health and well-being

Chiropractic is a regulated health profession, recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states. Almost 2 million patients in Ontario rely on chiropractic care every year to help them live healthy, active lives.


Physiotherapy is a health care profession which assists people restore, maintain and maximize their strength, function, movement, and overall well-being. The terms "physiotherapy" and "physical therapy" mean the same thing and are used interchangeably, as are the terms "physiotherapist" and "physical therapist".

Physiotherapists have in-depth knowledge of how the body works and specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms of illness, injury and disability. Physiotherapy includes rehabilitation, as well as prevention of injury, and promotion of health and fitness. Physiotherapists often work in teams with other health professionals to help meet an individual's health care needs.

Physiotherapy can help you become stronger and more flexible, increase freedom of movement and mobility, breathe easier, reduce pain, stay active and prevent injury so you can resume activities important to you.

Our approach to physiotherapy is about quality, not quantity. A patient is never rushed out the door in order to push more patients through. Our focus is first and foremost on the patient, putting their rehabilitation requirements ahead of everything else. More than sufficient time is spent at every visit to ensure the patient's needs are met, because with rehabilitation you want to get it right the first time.


Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands".

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

Keywords: Massage Therapy, Personal Training