Swedish massage is the most widely practiced form of massage therapy. It includes a variety of techniques used by the hands and forearms of a registered therapist. These glides and strokes help to address pain and tension within the body. The pressure used is always tailored to the preference of each individual client and ultimately sets the difference between a relaxation massage and a deep tissue massage.
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on working through difficult areas on the body by addressing different musculoskeletal layers. Some therapists use little to no lubrication for these sessions, working hard and slow. My personal style naturally combines all general Swedish techniques. I simply just alter my pressure according to your preference and choose to use oils for the majority of my treatments.
The benefits of Massage Therapy treatments include:
- Reduced muscle tension
- Increased circulation and lymph flow
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Increased joint mobility and flexibility
- Improved recovery of injuries
- Relieves postural stress
- Enhances exercise performance
- Improved sleep quality
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increased body awareness
|120 Minutes (offered only with cupping added on)||$150.00|
Prices Include tax
Cupping is currently no extra charge
Payment options include all major credit cards, debit or e-transfer, cash or cheque
I am currently set up to direct bill with Blue Cross.
There are a few other select providers I can also direct bill, providing the insurance plan allows for it.Should you prefer to claim our sessions on your own or in the case that I do not direct bill with your provider, an official receipt will always be issued. I can email you an invoice or provide you a paper copy if desired.
I am located at 297 St. Mary’s Rd in St. Boniface. The first floor of the building is dedicated to The Academy of Learning. My private practice is on the second floor. To access this floor, you will be entering through the back of the grey building.
There is a parking lot in the back right next to my building where there are reserved spots for clients. Look for the signs say that say “NO PARKING-reserved” and use one of the two spots. There is also a lot of free residential parking in the area as well
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you work evenings?
As of January 1st 2021, I will no longer be working evenings or weekends.
Do you offer mobile services?
Unfortunately at this time, I do not. I really do understand the benefit it would provide for those needing lactation support (trust me-I’ve had two of my own babies) but it just does not work with my schedule at this point in time.
What happens after I book my massage?
I will send you an email reminder 2 days prior to our appointment date. Disclosed will also be details on the location and parking.
Do I need to remove all of my clothes for a massage?
Swedish massages are typically done without any clothes as the therapist uses oil to glide over the skin. Wearing underwear is fine but everything else is usually removed. Keep in mind that Registered Massage Therapists are trained and required to use draping techniques. Client-therapist boundaries are set using sheets and/or towels. Only the area being treated should be uncovered at any given time.
Also keep in mind that Registered Massage Therapists are trained to find ways to provide you with an effective treatment that is within the means of your comfort level. The whole purpose of massage therapy is for self-care so each individual should be able to disrobe to whatever helps them feel at ease.
Do you do Deep Tissue Massage?
There are a lot of opinions on what a deep tissue massage is so it depends on what your individual take is. Some consider this treatment type quite similar to a traditional Swedish massage-same techniques but just using more of a firm pressure. This pressure will provide a different set of results than a generic relaxation massage as we work through some difficult areas.
Deep Tissue Massages can also be done in a manner where there is little to no lubrication involved. These techniques still utilize the therapist’s surfaces such as hands, fingers, knuckles, and elbows but are done very slowly and can involve some discomfort as we work through trouble areas.
My personal style naturally combines all techniques. I simply just alter my pressure according to your preference. I do use oils for the majority of my treatments. Should my maximum effort of pressure not suit your needs, please let me know and I would happy to refer you to somebody who can provide you with the care you need.
Speaking of oil, what kind do you use?
I use professional grade oil called Holly Oil. Its hypoallergenic oil made up of the oils from the branches and leaves of the holly tree. It is combined with vitamin E and jojoba oil to create the highest quality therapeutic moisturizer. It is nut and scent-free and does not stain clothing or fabrics. Should you prefer a specific type of oil, please bring it and I’ll be happy to use it instead. Just please nothing nut based as a precautionary measure to other clients that may have severe allergies.
I also offer a hand blended Calming Massage Oil for breast/chest massage and head/neck/shoulder treatments. Japanese Mint Oil and Magnesium Lotion are also another products I use regularly. I will always ask and discuss these options with you beforehand.
Do you do Pregnancy Massage?
I do. I choose not have the specialized massage table for pregnancy (with the removable piece for the bump) but I do use pillows and everything else necessary to position you as comfortably as possible.
What is cupping?
Cupping is a modality that involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic/ silicone jars on the skin and creating the reverse of massage. Massage applies pressure into the muscles but the suction created by the cups in cupping uses pressure to pull skin, tissue, and muscles upward. It is often combined with acupuncture treatments as well as massage therapy treatments. Cupping can also be practiced as a lone and focused treatment which is more common when working with athletes.
Cupping therapy helps to reduce pain, release trigger points (aka knots), and to reduce myofascial restriction.
Does cupping hurt and why does it leave marks?
Some usually feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup. Some discomfort may be present in the really restricted areas but pain is not common. Some even find it relaxing. The cups may be moved around or may be left in a specific spot for a length of time. Each treatment is customized to the needs of the client as they present themselves.
Cupping can leave red, circular bruising marks which are caused by the increased circulation. If they are present, they can last anywhere from a few hours to a couple of weeks, but are not painful.
Can I get a massage if I’m on my period?
Of course! A massage can be very beneficial during the menstrual cycle. We can address any aches and pains or we can avoid any tender areas should you prefer that. Just keep in mind that a massage can increase your menstrual flow the day of and after your treatment (this increase can have positive effects so there is no need for concern).