Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

The holidays: truly the most wonderful time of year filled with fun, festivity… and stress. We said it. Stress. While we can’t deny that there is plenty to look forward to there is also an added dose of stress during the holidays – hosting events, endless searching for the perfect gifts, and working overtime, to name a few. Does “I’m too busy for a massage” sound familiar? Slowing down and taking some time for yourself by relaxing during a hot stone massage will actually help you navigate this season with greater ease. As the name suggests, hot stone massage incorporates the use of warmed stones, which are placed on areas throughout your body. Consider the many benefits of a hot stone massage and you’ll see why it’s the perfect gift for yourself this holiday season. Stress Relief Hot stone massage will undoubtedly help you relax. Having hot stones massaged across the achiest parts of your body is a very calming sensation. With the weight of the holiday stress off your shoulders, you might even be able to tackle holidays challenges with greater energy than you would otherwise. Pausing to take a little ‘me’ time is actually the quickest way to accomplish more on that hovering to-do list of yours. Improved Sleep One of the best compliments our RMTs receive is when clients tell us that they are sleeping better after a Massage Therapy Treatment. We’re not surprised when we hear it: being in a more relaxed state helps promote sleep! You might be so relaxed that you’ll fall asleep on the table – we see it all the time....
Bayview Sheppard RMT at the BabyTime Show!

Bayview Sheppard RMT at the BabyTime Show!

Are you expecting or planning to be soon? This is for you! Aside from the leaves changing colors (and pumpkin spice lattes), something we look most forward to this time year is participating in the semi-annual BabyTime Show in Toronto. Grab your comfiest shoes (or whichever shoes fit!) and join us at the International Centre on Airport Road from November 16-18 for an event completely dedicated to pregnancy, birth, babies, and toddlers. Oh, baby! At Bayview Sheppard RMT, we’re very familiar with changes our bodies undergo during pregnancy. Giving your body the proper care during pregnancy is essential, both for comfort and the health of your baby. We are offering complimentary demonstration Massage Therapy treatments to expectant mothers throughout show. All you have to do is follow us on social media to take advantage of the special. Drop by our booth to pamper yourself and learn about the benefits of pre and post-natal massage! And if you book a 60-minute appointment with us at the show, you’ll receive a 15-minute gift card towards your appointment. It’s just as important for non-pregnant partners to care for themselves during pregnancy as it is for a couple to spend quality time together before baby. Since when do you have to travel far for a restful and relaxing babymoon? A couple’s massage is a great way to unwind and relax together. At Bayview RMT, you can customize your experience to include pre-natal, hot stone, or deep tissue massage with your significant other. Tickets are available online and we look forward to seeing you at the show! Event Details Location: International Centre, Hall 1...
Massage For Stress Reduction

Massage For Stress Reduction

September is here and with it comes a new month, a new season and a new school year! Before your mind wanders to your impending to-do list and you suddenly find yourself flooded with the routine stress that comes with this time of year, let’s take a step back and focus on a little you time. Because fall can be a particularly stressful time, we like to dedicate September to talking about how Massage Therapy can help with stress reduction! It’s important to remember that each of us can either allow stress to negatively impact our health or we can focus on ways to successfully cope with the inevitable stressors in our lives. Tightness & Tension Headaches Some common complaints our RMTs address are stiffness and soreness in the upper back and neck, along with tension headaches. These symptoms are usually connected, and highlight a typical response to stress taken on by the body. Have you ever noticed how your neck and shoulder muscles hunch and your face tenses and contracts when stressed? These muscle strains in our upper bodies often lead to the physical symptoms associated with stress. Trigger Points & Massage Massage Therapy can be beneficial for managing stress because it helps to relieve tight muscles that cause discomfort and promotes overall relaxation. Trigger points that send referral pain to another area of the body can occur within any muscle due to tension and stress. For example, trigger points under the back of your skull and around your jawline can sometimes cause referral headaches. Feel for yourself – place gentle pressure on your cheekbones, just under your...
The Impact of Massage on Growing Pains

The Impact of Massage on Growing Pains

Just when you thought those sleepless nights were behind you, your kiddo starts to complain of soreness in their legs while they should be getting some much-needed sleep. They might not know how to describe the pain, but those achy, cramping muscles just might be growing pains. Talk to other parents and you’ll find out that you’re not alone: 25-40% of children between the ages of 3 and 12 suffer from growing pains and, well, we parents suffer along with them. What are Growing Pains? What exactly are those pains that keep our kids up in the middle of the night? Despite the name, growing pains have no proven connection to growth spurts. While there is not one agreed upon cause, it is believed that growing pains are caused by the depletion of vitamins and minerals our kids lose by exerting energy throughout the day. Growing pains typically strike anywhere from early evening through to the middle of the night. The pain is often isolated to the lower body often affecting the thighs, calves, or behind the knees. The pain can often be so intense that it wakes your child from sleep. Talk about stress inducing!   How Massage Can Help That’s where Bayview Sheppard RMT comes in. Massage is proven to reduce the discomfort of growing pains and naturally soothe the affected areas. Many adults have come to recognize the benefits of Massage Therapy but it’s not just for mom and dad. We encourage you to talk to our RMTs who are well trained in massage for children as well. Don’t worry if you had a hard time...
Massage Therapy Helps Kids!

Massage Therapy Helps Kids!

It’s not enough that a day goes by when kids complain that something hurts – a surprise paper cut, an arm bruise from a waylaid soccer ball, an elbow scrape from a bike spill, or that weird soreness from growing pains. Massage Therapy for children isn’t a new concept. Touch is one of the first senses that humans develop, and it has a close association with comfort, security, and trust. Bayview Sheppard RMTs are not only well trained to provide the right therapy for each child but are incredibly patient with kids of all ages. Starting Young For parents with infants, we provide classes and private lessons for you and your baby. Infant massage helps babies relax and sleep better, but also promotes good circulation and digestion by helping to relieve gas and colic. Best of all, massaging your baby is a wonderfully enjoyable way to build the loving connection between the two of you. This healing touch creates the building blocks of that long-lasting relationship – this is one of the reasons why we are big supporters of starting Massage Therapy even at an early age. Staying Involved To aid in getting children used to what massage is like in a comfortable environment, we offer children the option of a side-by-side massage with one of their parents in our couples room. As they grow older and get more comfortable, our RMTs will shift their techniques from gentle strokes to more specialized work, concentrating on specific areas. These massages are often shorter, starting at 15 minutes or more depending on your child’s comfort and attention span. As adults, our...