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...
Summer’s the Time For Flip Flop Feet

Summer’s the Time For Flip Flop Feet

We know how it feels – when the sun is shining and the humidex is up, your feet are desperate for some fresh air. Hello, flip flop weather! But after a few weeks or months of shuffling around in your skimpy sandals, your feet don’t feel so good. While we appreciate summer footwear as much as the next person, we at Bayview Sheppard RMT also find ourselves treating more cases of plantar fasciitis – flip flop feet – as a result. Summer sandal season’s enemy, plantar fasciitis, is inflammation of your plantar fascia – the thick band of tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes. Without enough foot support, particularly in the arches, the fascia can become strained, leading to severe heel pain. Many may notice that the pain is at its worst when you first wake up in the morning and lessens throughout the day. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include: pain in the bottom of the heel pain in the bottom of the midfoot pain ranging from burning to sharp to aching to stiffness pain after an activity rather than during Once relegated to the beach, flip flops have become a go-to footwear option. We too find ourselves guilty of slipping on our favorite pair on occasion! However, flip flops are one of the leading culprits of many foot conditions, given that they lack significant foot support, inflammation, tendinitis and even bone spurs can occur as a result of wear. If you’re a flip flop wearer, you know the risks, we won’t lecture you. We can, however, help you with the pain and discomfort. Flip flop feet...
5 Things Your Massage Therapist Wants You To Know

5 Things Your Massage Therapist Wants You To Know

Registered massage therapists encounter all kinds of different people, conditions and concerns. We value our clients’ diverse experiences and the learning opportunities they present. Your perspective is important to us. Here are five things that your massage therapist wants you to know: Your treatment is completely customizable Does “relaxing” spa music drive you crazy? Please let us know and we would be happy to stream your playlist through our Bluetooth speakers. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of communication between client and therapist. Help us customize your massage to suit your specific preferences and needs. For example, if you prefer a certain technique, please tell us. Our RMTs are very adaptable and love feedback. Please don’t call us “masseuses” We are registered massage therapists or RMTs. We have years of education and training including the study of anatomy, physiology and pathology. Much like a physician, our profession is regulated by a governing body known as the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). In order to maintain our registration with the CMTO, we participate in a continuing education program. We have legal responsibilities and professional standards to meet. Please call us by our hard-earned professional titles. Thank you, but you don’t have to re-make the massage table We set aside a specific amount of time in between appointments to clean our treatment rooms. After your massage, we remove the used linens from our massage tables. We spray and wipe our massage tables using a disinfectant solution and a dust-free cloth. Other hard surfaces that may accumulate germs such as door knobs and light switches are also wiped down. Lastly,...
The Truth about Deep Tissue Massage

The Truth about Deep Tissue Massage

“Hi, can I book an appointment with your deepest therapist? I’m not coming in to relax.” BSRMT Reception: “All our massage therapists are trained in deep tissue techniques. Everyone experiences pressure differently, so it’s important that you listen to your body and communicate with your RMT.” We hear it all the time. People believe that a massage therapy treatment must be painful in order to be effective. There’s that age-old expression, “no-pain, no-gain.” But, does it apply in this case? Multidisciplinary clinics and spas don’t help the situation by making a pricing distinction between relaxation and deep tissue massage. Let’s talk facts. Deep tissue massage is a type of therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues. Muscular injury and chronic tension can lead to the formation of painful bands of rigid tissue known as adhesions in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These adhesions can cause pain, limit movement and block circulation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down adhesions. Don’t be fooled into thinking that deep tissue is simply a forceful and painful massage. It incorporates many of the same techniques as relaxation massage. A seasoned massage therapist will focus on relaxing the upper layers of muscle before slowly moving to reach deeper muscular layers. Your muscles naturally tighten up in resistance to pain or too much pressure. This is the exact opposite of what your RMT is striving to achieve. Keep in mind that a subjective concept like “deep tissue” means different things to different people, so your feedback prior to and during a massage therapy treatment is very important. Chronic muscle...
Couples’ Massage Therapy

Couples’ Massage Therapy

What comes to mind when you hear the term couples’ massage? Maybe the word romance? Or, how about gentle Swedish massage techniques? These are common misconceptions in our industry that limit the therapeutic value of a side-by-side massage therapy treatment. When you book a couples’ massage at Bayview Sheppard RMT, you can customize your appointments with a specialized treatment of your choice. Our qualified and dynamic team of RMTs are fully trained to provide an array of different services. To name just a few, we offer pregnancy massage, hot stone, aromatherapy, deep tissue and manual lymphatic drainage. Why not benefit from a therapeutic deep tissue massage while your partner relaxes with a hot stone treatment? You may also skip the romance and schedule an appointment with a family member or friend. Bring your son or daughter. Or, how about that skeptical friend who could really benefit from some stress-relief? Couples’ massage is a comfortable way to introduce someone to massage therapy. Our spacious double room is designed for optimal relaxation and comfort. Plus, it features a cozy fireplace to warm you up during this chilly winter season. Call us at (416) 222-3768 to schedule a couples’ massage today. Bayview Sheppard RMT is an extended hour, full-service clinic located in North York, Toronto. We offer treatments specifically based around pregnancy and prenatal massage, sports massage, deep tissue massage, Thai massage, couples massage, and much more. Email or call us today to book....