Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body in order to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress. At Kneaded Touch, we use mainly Swedish Massage techniques.
Manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, including skin, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia. Most often performed with oil or lotion. Techniques include effleurage (light long strokes), petrissage (circular manipulation), tapotement (percussive techniques), rocking and vibration techniques.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
The bones of the skull and face (cranium) and the tailbone (sacrum) are linked via the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that protect the brain and spinal cord. Once an imbalance is detected the body and the bones are used as levers to decrease bony and/or membranous restrictions. CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on modality that uses the body’s own wisdom and therapeutic tools to facilitate natural health.
Offered exclusively at the Westboro location with Erin A half hour session to help bring the nervous system into it’s normal parasympathetic state (physiological relaxation response) by inducing a Stillpoint. This is a very quiet and gentle technique to help restore the bodies natural tendency to seek balance in it’s day-to-day function
SomatoEmotional Release (SER)
SER is a variation of CranioSacral Therapy that acknowledges and treats the emotions linked in with tissue memory. This could be the result of an injury, illness, traumatic incident or a life process. An SER treatment often incorporates dialoguing; with the client, their Inner Physician (aka Inner Wisdom) and sometimes with the tissues themselves.
When indicated and with expressed consent, this massage session targets specific breast issues experienced by women in all walks of life. Outcomes from the treatment, draping of the body and the unique techniques used are all discussed prior to the actual massage to ensure you feel safe and comfortable with the overall direction of the session. Indications for breast massage include: breast congestion, sore or painful breasts, large breasted women suffering neck and back pain, women recovering from lumpectomies or mastectomies who may experience lymphedema, scar tissue adhesions or loss of range of motion around the shoulder girdle.
Myofascial Release Techniques
The muscles of the body are enveloped in several thin layers of fascia. Myofascial Release works to stretch and reshape the fascia and help restore full range of motion. Based on the body’s feedback, the therapist can determine how much force to use, the direction of the stretch and how long to stretch.
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
MLD is a gentle massage technique designed to promote the flow of excess lymphatic fluid in the loose connective tissue. It is a non-invasive, painless therapy intended for conditions such as swelling, neuromuscular disorders and congestion. It is also beneficial for decreasing some types of edema caused from trauma or scarring.
Tibetan Acupressure System (TAS)
Offered exclusively at the Merivale location with Andrew
An ancient system of reflexive pressure point healing, which accesses the body’s natural corrective energies in order to bring balance to the body as a whole. The technique is non-invasive and the effects are profound. TAS can be used in treating specific conditions including chronic pain, mental distress or the overall well being of the body.
Thai Yoga Massage
This highly therapeutic treatment focuses on pressure points,
energy lines and stretching. Performed on a Thai mat,
the therapist uses her hands, knees, legs and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during the treatment.
Benefits are that it relaxes, reduces stress, improves circulation, increases energy & flexibility, improves range of motion and centers the mind & body.
Pregnancy massage is offered to pre-, peri- or postnatal mothers. It addresses the specific needs of pregnant women such as discomfort in the lower back, feet, and legs. Labour support is also available.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are painful or irritated spots within a band of muscle which often show a predictable referral pattern of pain. Treatment involves stretching and the application of heat, along with specific manual manipulation.
Hydrotherapy makes use of the healing properties of water to affect the soft tissues of the body. By applying heat or cold, the circulationcan be increased or decreased, thereby relieving pain and promoting relaxation. Frequently used hydrotherapy tools include heating pads, cold packs and steams.
Hot Stone Massage
A massage using smooth, heated balsat stones to relieve stiffness and soreness and restore energy.
‘Safe Hands’ Treatments
Offered exclusively at the Westboro location with Erin
A series of treatments designed to be a wholly empowering experience in allowing individuals to form a healthy relationship with touch where it may have been otherwise absent or negative. The primary intention focuses on safety, trust, boundaries and consent in order to empower clients in their own body. The secondary intention is to gradually move toward a massage component where the client is complete control of how they choose to be treated. An initial half hour consultation is mandatory before sessions may begin in order to assess appropriateness of this treatment for each individual person. Clients must be in treatment with a talk therapist i.e. social worker, counsellor, psychologist, psychotherapist.
Shiatsu is a type of acupressure originating from Japan, also known as “acupuncture without the needles”. With its roots in oriental medicine, shiatsu uses a holding pressure on selected acupressure points and meridians around the body. The treatment also includes exercises, rotations and stretches of limbs, joints and meridians.
Two Main Styles of Shiatsu
There are two main strands of Shiatsu: that which follows the Toru Namikoshi, or “original” Shiatsu, which reflects the western influence of modern anatomy, physiology and pathology; and the Shizuto Masunaga style of Zen Shiatsu which is linked to the ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the balancing of chi energy.
Shiatsu strives to improve our feeling of health and well being by improving organ functioning and balancing our chi or vital life energy. In Western terms, it restores homeostasis by calming the overactive sympathetic nervous system and stimulating the restful, healing parasympathetic nervous system.
It is beneficial for many conditions such as: stress & tension, anxiety & depression, insomnia, headaches & migraines, whiplash, repetitive strain injuries, muscle tension & spasms, back pain & sciatica and pregnancy & childbirth to name a few.
Reflexology is a natural, holistic healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet that correspond to every gland, organ and part of the body. The practice of reflexology dates back to the ancient societies of Egypt, India and China. Reflexology has been practiced in China for over 5,000 years.
Treatment includes: a warm towel wrap to the feet and a reflexology foot massage with a soothing peppermint foot lotion.
- stress & tension
- sore & tired feet
- improve nerve function
- circulation in feet & legs
- balance and mobility
- lymphatic system
- immune system
Rhythmic Movement Training
RMTi originated in Sweden in the 70s when Kerstin Linde started using rhythmical elements for people with movement and development challenges. The series of movements are based on the same movements infants do in their earliest months after birth to integrate reflexes. Primitive reflexes lay the foundation of development for posture, learning, emotions and behaviour.
RMTi has had success in many cases with development and movement issues like ADHD, schizophrenia, psychosis, autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, neural development delay, sensory processing disorder, eating disorders and many more conditions that affect movement and development.
RMTi is done on the floor to mimic the movements babies naturally and automatically make. People who find it hard to have the rhythm actively or who have jerky and uncoordinated movements with asymmetry of their body can indicate dysfunction of the cerebellum and active primitive reflexes that are unintegrated.
Practice and passive movements (someone helping with the movements) can help the person feel and work on getting the rhythm and coordination to do the movements actively. The movements daily are less than 5-10 minutes to start out and work up slowly to 10-15 minutes daily or every second day. Short periods of time is all that is needed to benefit, too much will overstimulate the brain. The rhythmic movements are needed for the brain to link up its parts and act as one unit.
In infancy we need to be touched, hugged, rocked and allowed to move around freely. This signals the brainstem for tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive senses. Without this there will be developmental delays. For example babies born prematurely or the use of baby props that prevent infants from moving freely can limit the stimulation to the brain and affect development and primitive reflexes to be integrated.
Also any kind of injury or trauma, like whiplash, concussion, can cause these primitive reflexes, which are for survival, to need integration again.
RMTi has been used in Sweden for over 25 years. The movements improve posture, breathing, endurance, and will gradually normalize muscle tone and over flexible joints. There are only 11 professionals in Ottawa trained in this form of brain remediation so far that we know of. 2 are Registered Massage Therapists that work at Kneaded Touch.
To make an appointment for assessment and treatment contact our office to make an appointment with Toni Lanouette or Stephanie Bergeron.
The shiatsu acupressure facial is a relaxing and gentle treatment that combines acupressure point stimulation with massage techniques on the face, neck, shoulder and head areas. Targeting these points directly helps to: rejuvenate the skin, improve the complexion, ease sinus congestion & headaches, improve circulation and stimulate a “Natural Facelift”.
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