Massage Therapy

in Mississauga

Massage therapy available at The Health First Group Mississauga is effective in improving one’s health and wellness. Massage therapy consists of manipulating soft tissues in one’s body including their muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Massage therapy helps to alleviate any discomfort in relation to occupation stress, muscular overuse, and chronic pain. 

Mississauga massage therapy is available at The Health First Group and has been effective with improving one’s health and wellness. Massage therapy consists of manipulating soft tissues in one’s body including their muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Massage therapy helps to alleviate any discomforts in relation to occupation stresses, muscular over-use, and chronic pain. To give a bit of a background, massage therapy is performed by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) which is an individual registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). To become an RMT you must be registered with the CMTO, completed your education at a recognized school of massage therapy, successfully completed provincial and national exams, and participate in continuing education. All of our Massage Therapists are Registered Massage Therapists with the CMTO.

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Our registered massage therapists in Mississauga Millcreek will perform hands-on manipulation of soft tissues in your body to optimize your health and ultimately bring you back to your normal lifestyle.

The Benefits of Massage Therapy

Improved Mental Health
A common benefit massage therapy provides is improved mental health. Massage can reduce the symptoms of depression by improving the patient’s mood, allowing them to achieve a clear mind. Both occasional and routine massage therapy have been proven to help patients achieve a happier and positive lifestyle. In addition to improving mood, massage therapy produces feelings of comfort, care, and connection for patients.

Reducing Chronic Pain
One way to destress is to remove pain from your body. This is a common benefit of massage therapy. Massage allows increased and improved circulation in the body, relieving pain. Additionally, when receiving a massage, the body releases endorphins, a natural pain killer for the body. Endorphins are sent to both your brain and nervous system to reduce pain and discomfort within the body. Many people use massage therapy as an alternative to medicine and surgeries. Using the power of massage, patients can temporarily block chronic pain by stopping signals of pain from reaching the brain.

Sleep Better
Massage therapy puts you in a therapeutic state, allowing all your muscles to relax and destress, which calms your nervous system. With your nervous system being calm, blood pressure is reduced, heart rate settles and breathing becomes soothing and deeper. Through these benefits, your body can release the aches and pains of daily life, providing you with a fresh slate. At night, you are revitalized and able to quickly achieve a restful state.

Re-Energizing Your Body
Most people work desk-jobs. Unfortunately, sitting 8 hours a day causes postural stress. Postural stress causes pain and weakness in the lower back and gluteal. You can counteract this stress with routine massage therapy. Massage therapists can use various massage techniques to allow your body to de-stress and actively relieve pain. In doing so, you can re-energize your body and remain in a healthy state. It takes time to notice the impacts of daily life on your body; routine massage helps to prevent you from feeling these effects.

Strengthening your Immune System
Massage helps to increase blood circulation within your immune system. This plays a key role when it comes to defending your body from infections and viruses. Studies show massage therapy helps to increase the white blood cells in the body. With a healthy immune system, patients can carry out their day-to-day activities in an efficient manner.

What Problems do Registered Massage Therapists Treat?

Registered Massage Therapists can treat acute and chronic conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma and Emphysema
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Dislocations
  • Edema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Insomnia
  • Lymphoedema
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle Tension and Spasm
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy and Labor Support
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Strains and Sprains
  • Stress and Stress-Related Conditions
  • Stroke
  • Tendinitis
  • Whiplash
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma and Emphysema
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Dislocations
  • Edema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Insomnia
  • Lymphoedema
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle Tension and Spasm
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy and Labor Support
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Strains and Sprains
  • Stress and Stress-Related Conditions
  • Stroke
  • Tendinitis
  • Whiplash
What Can I Expect at Massage Therapy?

At The Health First Group, we ensure every patient is treated with the utmost care. Every appointment is about you and your needs, with your treatment plan uniquely catered to you.

Here are some general pointers:

  • Our registered massage therapist learns about your medical history
  • We assess your needs
  • A treatment plan with goals is created for you

Here’s an excellent video from the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario, highlighting what to expect at your first visit

Frequently Asked Questions

Deep Tissue

Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to have an effect on the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced coaching and an intensive understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage. Otherwise, tight surface muscles forestall the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. Deep tissue massage helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation, and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It’s typically integrated with other massage techniques.

Reflexology

Reflexology is the application of pressure onto particular areas of the soles of the feet. A reflex action in another part of the body is stimulated by the manipulation of every specific area. Unlike different massages that use thumbs, palms, hands, elbow, knee and foot, foot reflexology massage uses hands, fingers and a wood stick applied with cream and oil.

The Edges of Foot Reflexology Massage

Foot reflexology will relieve pain and stiffness caused by excessive exercise or muscle wear and tear. It can alleviate and cure several symptoms, such as headache, stress, asthma, constipation, sinusitis and migraines. The blood circulation system can also be boosted. The body’s function will naturally change into its homeostasis. It’s known that reflex zones start in the feet. When these zones are manipulated, healing is inspired.

Hot Stone

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones. They’re typically basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat. The stones will be placed either directly on the body, or the massage therapist will use their hands to utilize them in a way that is useful for the patient.

Hot stone massage is a deeply soothing, relaxing form of massage. The heat helps tight muscles release.

Hot stone massage is suited to those who tend to feel cold or have cold feet. It’s also suited to people who have muscle tension, however, is a lighter massage. The heat relaxes the muscles, permitting the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure.

Patients can receive hot stone massages for a selection of health conditions, including:

Back pain and aches

  • Poor circulation
  • Osteoarthritis and arthritis pain
  • Stress, anxiety and tension
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Hot stone massage requires a lot of skill and gentleness. Therefore, it’s necessary a Registered Massage Therapist administers it.

Swedish

One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, the Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation.

Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to govern the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed patient is covered by a sheet; the therapist then uses a mixture of kneading, rolling, vibration, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to scale back friction on the skin.

The various benefits of Swedish massage may embrace generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation that might speed healing and reduce swelling related to injury.

Therapeutic Touch

Developed through the collaboration of a nursing professor and a spiritual healer, Therapeutic Touch is based on ancient energy healing ways. Practitioners, primarily nurses, are trained to feel or sense energy imbalances within the patient and to use their hands to disperse blocks and channel healing forces to the patient’s body.

The therapist uses a light-weight bit or holds the hand above the body, with the patient typically seated. Meditation is used by the therapist to center themselves and strengthen their association to the patient’s energy system.

Therapeutic Touch has been applied in an assortment of medical situations, together with the care of premature infants and emergency area patients. It’s known to induce a state of relaxation within minutes.

Therapeutic Touch is considered safe as a result of its light, non-invasive approach. Developers of this system affirm that everyone has the potential to heal with Therapeutic Touch and can be taught the methodology for future use.

Prenatal / Pregnancy

Performed by a trained prenatal specialist, many ways of massage and somatic therapies are both effective and safe during prenatal, labor and postpartum periods of a person’s pregnancy.

Prenatally, specific techniques can scale back pregnancy discomforts and concerns and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus. Skilled, strategic touch facilitates labour, can shorten labour times and eases pain and anxiety.

Within the postpartum period, specialized techniques rebalance structure, physiology, and emotions of a new mother and could help them bond with and take care of their infant.

Specialized, advanced coaching in the anatomy, physiology, complications, precautions and contraindications is highly suggested. Many practitioners need referrals from physicians prior to this type of therapy.

Sports Injury

Sports massage is designed to reinforce athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts where sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment.

Pre-event massage

This kind of massage is delivered at the performance site, typically with the athlete absolutely clothed. Fast-paced and stimulating, it helps to establish blood flow and warm up muscles. Throughout the massage, the athlete usually focuses on visualizing the upcoming event.

Injury Treatment

When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can usually speed up and improve the quality of healing.

The following conditions are some of which have been known to benefit from massage therapy when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist:

Anxiety and depression

  • Asthma and Emphysema
  • Back, leg and neck pain
  • Cancer
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (Repetitive strain)
  • Chronic Fatigue syndrome
  • Dislocations
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fractures and edema
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Headaches
  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
  • Insomnia
  • Kyphosis and Scoliosis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Muscle tension and spasm
  • Palliative care
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Pregnancy and labour support
  • Sports injuries
  • Strains and sprains
  • Stress and stress-related conditions
  • Stroke
  • Tendonitis
  • Whiplash

For your first visit, you’ll be asked to complete a confidential health history form. Our Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) will listen to your concerns and individual needs and, with your health history information, the RMT will develop a treatment plan with you that will help you return, as much as possible, to your normal activities.

It’s recommended you do not eat for at least 90 minutes before your massage treatment. The body needs time to digest food. This is the same caution you would take when you go swimming or exercising.

An RMT does not require a referral. Extended health care plans and insurers may require a referral before you can be covered. Check with your policy to see if you need a referral to be reimbursed for your massage treatments.

Many insurance plans cover massage therapy. We advise you to check with your insurance provider to see if you have the appropriate coverage.

Let your therapist know if you’re uncomfortable with undressing. It’s possible to work on a client who’s dressed. However, direct skin contact is best so that oil or lotion can be applied. You’ll be required to stay covered/draped, only exposing the area which the RMT is working on. If you’re wearing clothes during the massage, we suggest you bring clothes that can get oil on them, such as shorts and a tank top.

We suggest you take 30 minutes of quiet time right after your treatment. An epsom salt bath is recommended to soothe and calm the muscles, enhancing the benefits of the massage.

Our registered massage therapist will work with you to establish a treatment plan that helps repair, rejuvenate and maintain your health.

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