Swedish Massage includes dynamic massage techniques that aim at releasing tensions, improve circulation to muscles and oxygenating joints. It also in improving blood circulation rejuvenates the body, as well as eliminates toxins. Overall, Swedish Massage helps the body find its natural balance.
Advanced Swedish Massage
This is an extension of the Swedish course.
Techniques taught in this course are different and concentrate on more specific stretching. They rely on a broader range of pressure and movements, as well as include percussion, pianotage, hacking, tapotement, drumming, friction and other techniques.
Therapeutic Massage places more emphasis on the treatment of acute problems or chronic issues that are pain-related such as headaches and migraines, neck pains, lower back pains, sciatica, bursitis, and tendinitis.
This type of massage is more clinical and focuses on localized problem areas. Moreover, it also has a positive effect on blood circulation, the nervous and digestive systems, the heart and adrenal glands.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is the manipulation of the surface and deeper layers of muscles. The massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure. It can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, or forearms.
Movements must be executed accurately to benefit from this practice of the massage and to avoid creating any injuries to the already sore muscles. Target areas can include muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other connective tissue.
Massage for Juniors and Seniors
Children are thrown into a fast-paced life early on. Too many stimuli cause stress, which weakens the immune system, raises blood pressure, contributes to attention deficit disorder (ADD), depression, and hyperactivity. All of these consequences can force the child to adopt a reactive behaviour. The techniques we offer have a positive effect on stress hormones, causing the recipient to be calmer.
These techniques and knowledge help ease physical discomforts caused by conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis, and increase circulation to underutilized muscles. They also have a positive effect on people who have suffered a stroke. The course is based on a soft-touch massage and focuses on joints, as well as on improving circulation.
Anatomy session specifically related to this course included.
This course is designed to complement the Swedish course 1. It helps students acquire the necessary knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to perform effective quality massages and achieve maximum well-being in clients.
Students will learn about the interactions between the different systems (cardiac, respiratory, etc.) and how the body works. They will thus gain a general understanding of the principles of anatomy with respect to human physiology to offer adequate and safe massages to the public.
Prenatal massage calls on gentle Swedish Massage techniques. This course explains how to correctly position the client, which areas of the body not to massage, and which oils to use.
Thanks to the techniques taught in this course, the expecting mother will benefit from improved circulation. This will, in turn, help reduce edema caused by water retention.
Research has also demonstrated that this type of massage reduces anxiety, alleviates depression symptoms and relieves pregnancy-related muscle and joint pain. It also improves labour and the well-being of both mother and the newborn child.
Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving the application of pressure on the feet and hands using specific techniques by means of the thumb, fingers and hand, and without using any oil or lotion. It relies on a system of zones and reflex zones that presumably reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the assumption that such movements induce a physical change in the body.
Reflexology was introduced in the United States in 1913 by William H. Fitzgerald, M.D. (1.872 à 1.942), an ENT specialist who named it “zone therapy”. He used vertical lines to divide the body into 10 zones. Eunice D. Ingham (1899-1974) further developed Reflexology in the 1930s and 1940s, by focusing on the feet. Mildred Carter, a former student of Ingham, later advocated for foot reflexology, describing it as a miraculous health method. A mailing from its 1993 publisher stated:
“According to Carter, not only does Reflexology cure the most serious diseases safely and permanently, but it also reverses the ageing process. Get rid of wrinkles, dry skin, age spots and blemishes for good. Thanks to Reflexology, you can treat yourself to a makeover without any discomfort or surgical constraints.”
This course is approved by the Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC) and is delivered by Mary Swaine. Mary is the author of “Foot Reflexology” and has also published 15 books on healing and personal development, 11 children’s books and 3 CDs.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle massage technique that stimulates circulation, detoxifies and decongests the lymphatic system while also strengthening the immune system.
Drainage is carried out by applying different degrees of pressure over the whole body with the fingers and palm, by following the lymphatic circulation and meridians.
This massage helps drain excess fluid, toxins and cell debris from the lymphatic system and strengthens the immune system.
Lymph is a colourless liquid that circulates in the lymphatic vessels through pulsed contractions of the muscles and blood vessels.
The glands are found at different locations along the lymphatic vessels, especially in the groin area, under the armpits and on each side of the neck. During a session, the massage therapist will focus on these glands to filter the lymph and get rid of the toxins and debris.
A hot stone massage is not only an enjoyable experience providing prolonged relaxation, but it also has several health benefits. During a hot stone massage, stones that have been water-heated at 46-49 ° C are used.
The massage therapist will take the stones out of the water and place them on a towel using special tools. This is done to bring the rock to the proper temperature for the massage. Large stones are strategically laid on the body to relax muscles (torso, arms, legs and thighs), whereas small stones are placed between the toes, in the hands and under the feet.
With hot stones in his/her hands, the massage therapist will finally perform Swedish massage movements. The heat, combined with the massage techniques, provides complete relaxation while warming the whole body.
The stone used is made of basalt, a polished black rock formed during the solidification of volcanic lava and which can be found everywhere on the planet. Basalt is very smooth and gentle when polished, which is why its feel is so pleasant.
Chair Massage - Acupressure
Acupressure derives from acupuncture but does not involve the use of needles.
This technique is also known as chair massage since it is practised on a special chair. It relieves pain and stress through massages and by applying pressure on the same points as acupuncture, while the receiver remains dressed. Besides, studies indicate that acupressure helps reduce migraines and headaches.
Sports Massages improve the physical performance of muscles that are stimulated during or after an athletic effort.
This massage is particularly important in athlete preparation for training and competition.
These techniques help improve circulation and are often used as a preparation for strenuous activities or immediately after the muscles have been highly exerted.
In both cases, muscle blood circulation and oxygenation are improved. On the other hand, toxin retention, responsible for muscle pain (after) and injuries (during), are minimized.
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