During a session, the massage therapist will focus on releasing tension from the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia (or connective tissues) with deep, intense strokes. When a therapist locates a chronic knot (also referred to as an adhesion) he/she uses a series of different massage techniques to decrease the adhesion and increase and aid in lengthening the muscle. This increases the mobility and range of motion of the muscle. The therapist will often recommend that a client adapt a lifestyle change - which may include exercises or stretches to help improve posture, balance, movement, and relaxation.
Relaxation massage is a smooth, gentle style of massage designed to improve circulation, range of movement, relief minor muscle pain, and promote overall relaxation. The Therapist applies gentle to medium pressure manipulating the tissue to promote relaxation.
Pre & Post Natal Massage
Pregnancy is a tumultuous period for a woman’s mind and body. Any woman who has been pregnant can sympathize with the mental and physical fatigue associated with being pregnant. Not only does a woman experience physical changes, she also experiences mental changes as well.
Massage has been known to calm many of the aches and pains associated with pregnancy such as sciatica, swelling, back and neck pain, and stomach upset. Prenatal massage has also been shown to improve physical discomforts by encouraging circulation and by stretching the muscles and joints to their full range of motion to improve skin elasticity and body tone. Studies show that pregnant women who receive regular prenatal massages are more at ease - furthermore relaxing the fetus inside their womb.
Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese technique. Myofascial cupping is a modified version of the ancient Chinese style of cupping, that targets the musculoskeletal system rather than meridian systems used by Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Myofascial cupping is effective in treating neck and back pain, repetitive strain injuries, muscle spasms and tightness. The goal of this technique is to relieve restrictions by loosening soft tissue, increasing range of motion & circulation of body fluids.
Cupping can increase blood flow, create space between tissues, increase lymphatic drainage/detoxification, and increases connective tissue mobility.
Give cupping a try with your next massage for a deeper sense of relaxation and reduced muscle tension!
Hot Stone Massage
This form of massage involves the use of smooth, heated stones that the massage therapist places on your body, and uses the stones in the palms of his or her hands to massage the body with.
The penetrating heat and weight of the stones warm and relax tense muscles so the therapist can work deeper, more quickly.
Heat from the stones eases muscular tension and allows for deeper relaxation, as well as added pressure for effectively kneading muscle.
A great addition to classic therapeutic massage, the added heat is relaxing and comforting to the body.
Our Registered Massage Therapist:
Graduating from Professional Institute of Massage Therapy's 2200 hour RMT program in 2014, Charlene brings 5 years experience treating a wide variety of patients and conditions.
She is trained in multiple modalities such as Therapeutic, Swedish Relaxation, Sports Therapy, Hot Stone, Pre/Post Natal, and Fascia Cupping.
Charlene offers a calm and intuitive approach to all her treatments by utilizing a combination of myofascial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue and Swedish techniques. She is a strong believer of integrative therapies and the whole body approach to help her patients achieve optimal health and wellness.
While not treating, you can find Charlene living an active lifestyle in the arena playing hockey and on the golf course in the summer months.