Massage therapy is proven to improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and provide a sense of well-being and relaxation.
Massage therapy is a manual manipulation of soft tissues, such as muscles, connective tissue/fascia and tendons. This type of therapy not only affects the muscular system, but also affects the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. This helps to promote healing and recovery, muscle relaxation/release, and increases mobility. Massage therapy helps break down muscular adhesions and scar tissue. It is a therapy that does not only work on improving physical well-being, but also mental well-being.
Rich in physical as well as mental benefits, massage therapy has been proven to improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety levels while providing a sense of well-being and relaxation that soothes the mind.
What happens during an appointment?
A massage therapy session lasts 30, 60 or 90 minutes in a calm and relaxing environment. During the first appointment, the therapist will assess your overall health. Depending on your goals, the massage therapist will focus on a specific area of the body or on a complete body treatment.
Treatments vary, as there are many methods of treatments, such as therapeutic massage for injuries, deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage massage, relaxation massage, sports massage, Swedish massage, etc. Treatments can be relaxing, but sometimes they may be more uncomfortable due to deep tissue techniques to help relieve muscular tensions and adhesions.
After any massage therapy session, the body releases toxins from its tissues, which need to be flushed out of the body’s system. To do that, try to drink lots of water after a massage therapy treatment.
How often should I get a massage?Frequency of treatments can vary depending on your goal. In general it should be between 4-6 weeks. Some treatments however can be done weekly, for example, a lymphatic drainage massage to improve bloating and reduce excess swelling, or a professional athlete who’s training intensely and needs further muscle recovery to improve training. Talk to your massage therapist to see how often you should be getting massaged!
How should I dress?You can undress the part of the body you wish to work on during your massage while keeping your underwear on. For a more athletic massage, you can wear loose, comfortable clothing and a sports bra if necessary.
Some techniques used by our massage therapists
Swedish massage is a basic technique that aims to relieve muscle tension, activate circulation and calm the nervous system. It is the basis of various massage approaches.
Therapeutic massage uses techniques specific to the injured or painful area of the body. The massage therapist works on the tension and the muscle chains in order to relieve pain and discomfort caused by various problems and to prevent other muscular or articular problems.
Lymphatic drainage is a movement directed in the direction of lymphatic circulation. This technique is used for acute or chronic swelling and the massage of the abdomen promotes better digestion and reduces bloating. Lymphatic drainage also promotes healing following surgery and can be used for aesthetic reasons (stretch marks and cellulite).
Massage for pregnant women
Pregnancy brings about many changes in a woman’s body, and massage therapy allows her to take care of herself and to have a special moment of relaxation. This type of massage reduces discomfort and promotes sleep and recovery.
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. More than a question about pressure, this method is frequently used for chronic musculoarticular pain and stiffness related to postural problems, muscle tension, injuries and repetitive movements.
Sports massage is naturally intended for athletes, but not only for professional athletes. Anyone who practices a physical activity on a regular basis can benefit from it to prevent the risk of injury, prepare the muscles for exercise, relieve musculo-articular pain or accelerate muscle recovery.
Did you know that your body is made up of soft tissues called “fascia”? These are membranes that cover our muscles (myo = muscle) and can be moved in relation to each other.
Myofascial release consists of various manual massage and stretching techniques to relax and release these tensions. Combined with specialized massage therapy or physiotherapy, this therapeutic tool offers optimal results!
Thanks to the mechanisms of negative pressure (with suction cups), vasodilatation and activation of blood and lymphatic circulation, cupping is an excellent complementary technique to massage therapy and physiotherapy. The suction effect, impossible to reproduce with the hands, lifts and mobilizes the tissue in relation to the fascia and the fascia in relation to the muscle.
Kelsey CoulterAthletic Therapist and Massage Therapist
Véronique BertrandOsteopath and Massage Therapist
Danny Guignard-LaurencelleMassage Therapist
Myriam MéthotMassage Therapist
His expertises include deep tissue massage, sports massage, myofascial release and cupping therapy.
His philosophy: every treatment should be customized and specialized to help people reach their health goal(s)!
As she continued to grow in her career, she developed a passion for massage therapy and soft tissue release techniques. During her treatments, she has always prioritized the muscular system. She therefore carried on to study massage therapy at A+ Performance School of Massotherapy and completed Swedish massage and deep tissue courses. In her massage therapy treatments, you will find her style very unique as she takes a therapeutic approach by combining her athletic therapy skills and massage therapy skills. She expands her knowledge by continuing education courses and will be taking a myofascial and lymphatic drainage course this summer 2021. She is always looking forward to developing new skills to provide the best treatments for her clients.
Kelsey enjoys being out in nature hiking, walking, biking, rollerblading and camping. Any outdoor activity brings Kelsey happiness and fun times! Being outside doing activities or simply out for a picnic helps take care of her physical and mental health. Kelsey has a passion for baking and finds it is a therapeutic and relaxing activity to do in her free time.
To maintain a healthy mind, Véronique practices a multitude of outdoor activities. Whether it is running, hiking, paddle boarding, wake-surfing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or camping, she finds her balance in the outdoors.jh!!
In his spare time, Danny likes to play chess or board games, which feeds his strategic mind. He has been practicing Yoseikan Budo, a combat sport, for over 15 years. He also enjoys individual sports such as climbing, biking and CrossFit.
Although a recent graduate of the Académie de Massage Scientifique (February 2022), she has been massaging family, friends and colleagues for as long as she can remember, whether it be for physical discomfort, anxiety, etc. She finds great satisfaction in contributing to the well-being of all. The elders particularly appreciate her empathy, generosity and kindness.
She practices Swedish massage for relaxation and superficial muscle tension, musculo-respiratory release, fasciatherapy and continues her studies to broaden her skills.
To relax, Myriam likes to garden, kayak and walk by the water. To recharge her batteries, what could be better than the outdoors?