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....
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,...
DIY Muscle Relief for Texting and Gaming Overload

DIY Muscle Relief for Texting and Gaming Overload

Move over tennis elbow.  These days, texting and gaming hands may just be the more likely-to-complain-about leisure based strain.  “When a movement is done repetitively, such as pushing the same buttons for hours and hours, muscles and tendons can become tired and injured,” says Helen Milic, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and co-owner of Bayview Sheppard RMT, a successful professional multi-treatment massage therapy clinic celebrating its tenth anniversary. “We typically see an increase in gaming related issues post-holiday season, but texting is just so popular now that the risks of injury are ongoing,” explains Lisa Macchia, RMT, and Milic’s partner in the clinic. According to the business partners, tendonitis, a repetitive strain from overuse that can cause inflammation as the muscles and tendons rub against other tissue, is a common injury that can occur from gaming and texting overload.  Pain can onset gradually and is usually present when muscles are contracting and working, and goes away when muscles are at rest. “ People may notice cramping in their wrist, hands and fingers and may find it difficult to do other simple movements or tasks such as brushing their hair or even holding utensils to eat,” says Helen. Postural problems can be another result. Muscles in the neck, chest, shoulders, back and hips are all affected from sitting too long or being curled-up while holding a gaming paddle, laptop or smart phone.  “ All of these muscles become tired and stiff either because they are being tightened or stretched. They are in the same position for too long” says Lisa.   “When playing video games, this is further intensified, as the adrenaline...