Massage is one of the oldest, simplest forms of therapy and is a system of stroking, pressing and kneading to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, relax, stimulate and tone the body. It also works on the soft tissues, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Relaxation Massage stimulates blood circulation and assists the lymphatic system improving the elimination of waste throughout the body.
Although a single massage will be enjoyable, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments will be the most beneficial. Regular massage therapy will strengthen the immune system and help prevent strains/sprains and injuries that might otherwise occur due to excess tension, resulting in structural weaknesses. Massage stimulates the nervous system and helps reduce fatigue, leaving you with a feeling of replenished energy. It will reduce stress physically, mentally and emotionally.
If you suffer from chronic pains and aches or areas of your body that feel contracted like your shoulders, neck or back, Deep Tissue Massage can help. Your massage therapist will work on your body by applying pressure to areas that are affected. The Massage Therapist will use similar techniques as regular massage but incorporates greater pressure that is controlled systematically. Deeper pressure and slower movement will be applied. The chronic muscle tension you may feel like a band an adhesion that can cause pain, block circulation and make our movement limited and inflammation occurs. Deep Tissue Massage will eliminate and reduce tension to restore your regular movement.
Heated Stone Massage is a blend of the ancient art of stone therapy with modern massage therapy techniques. The registered massage therapist uses heated basalt stones on key points of the body, these points are thought to be energy centres or “Chakras”. By balancing these points, the body can relax. The massage therapist also uses these heated stones as extensions of their hands to work into the deeper tissues, loosening the muscles.
The heat from the stones penetrates the muscles, allowing for improved circulation and blood flow allowing toxins to be removed from the body & muscles to be soothed/stretched . Some therapists may also use stones which have been cooled to help with inflammation.
Heated Stone Massage is a blend of the ancient art of stone therapy with modern massage therapy techniques. The registered massage therapist uses heated basalt stones on key points of the body, these points are thought to be energy centers or “Chakras”. By balancing these points, the body can relax. The massage therapist also uses these heated stones as extensions of their hands to work into the deeper tissues, loosening the muscles.
Is a holistic therapy which works on the principle that the feet mirror the body through a system of zones and reflex areas? Reflex points coincide with each organ and system in the body and are linked by energy channels. When these channels become blocked, illness or imbalance occurs. Application of pressure on reflex points aims to remove blockages allowing energy to flow freely, thus bringing the body back in balance.
In the world today stress is a factor. It lowers immunity, making the body more susceptible to illness and disease. Reflexology is a non-invasive treatment which takes the whole body into consideration. A session is 45-60 minutes and consists of a specific sequence of gentle pressure applied to the foot and lower leg. It can help with migraines, insomnia, digestive issues, PMS, sinusitis, relieve pain, tension and increase overall relaxation in the body. It can be a good way to build up the body’s defenses and prevent the onset of illness.
Pregnancy Massage is used during and after pregnancy (prenatal or postnatal treatment). The Massage will use a specially designed pillow to position a woman comfortably during the first and second trimester. The side lying position is also frequently used during the later stages of pregnancy.
The benefits of massage during pregnancy consist of not only relaxing the soon to be mother and reducing stress or anxiety but also to reduce pain. Pain can be prevalent in areas of the body that are affected by weight gain, and postural issues.
Lowered anxiety, Decreased back, and leg pain, improved sleep, Decreased levels of the stress hormone, Improvement of mood
Deep-tissue massage can be used on the upper back. Swedish massage, uses long strokes to the muscles and is focused on the joints throughout the body Relaxation massage – uses lighter pressure throughout the body, allowing the woman to rest.
Our Registered Massage Therapists at Serenity will adapt their techniques to address the changes in a woman’s body .In pregnancy a woman’s blood volume increases dramatically — as much as 50%. The blood flow to a woman’s legs often becomes sluggish.
So our goal is to relax the muscles, decrease any aches or pains in the body and help the mother to feel rested and relaxed.
We have a team that has been certified in Pregnancy Massage.
Sports Massage Therapy is geared towards athletes of every kind. From Triathlon runners to soccer players even weekend joggers. The massage technique is specific to the athlete, focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive movements.
Sports Massage Therapy is a useful component in a balanced training regimen. It can be used prior to training or even after an event to reduce recovery time for maximum performance. It promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue of the muscles and improves endurance.
One of the key benefits of Sports Massage Therapy is its ability to target muscles, tendons and ligaments that may be overused and tired which could lead to strain or injury.
For anyone participating in regular physical activity whether hockey, soccer or running, massage therapy is recommended on a regular basis, either weekly or biweekly. This contributes to better health overall and improved endurance and performance. Here at Serenity Massage and Wellness we will customize a plan that works best with your activity level and schedule.