Guide a massage therapy along with Ascension Well-being Middle

March 22, 2021 By:

Massage Therapy Services at Yonge & Eglinton

Conventional medicine is beginning to recognize the myriad of benefits of massage therapy. Although research is still in its infancy, research suggests that massage can help:
It can be frustrating to understand why low back pain occurs. We try our best to stay fit and healthy yet chronic low back pain keeps slowing us down. One common cause of low back pain is muscle imbalance. Common patterns include muscles that overactive and tight in the front of the hip and in the low back. The weak, underactive muscles usually are found at back of the hip, the sides of the hip and the core abdominal muscles. If you think this might be happening to you, schedule an appointment at Ascension Wellness today: wellness
Have you ever left a massage feeling even more stressed because your therapist talked on and on about their problems, made you uncomfortable with personal questions or even asked you for advice? Maybe your massage therapist did let you relax but you still felt disappointed because they only spent five minutes on your problem area. I can guarantee you, there is a better massage out there!
At Ascension, my number one goal is to listen to not only what your body is telling me but also to what you are telling me.  I conduct a very thorough intake so I can prioritize my time to provide the most effective massage. I have many different tools in my tool belt including trigger point therapy, massage cupping and facilitated stretching to help relieve pain or tension in the problem areas.
I understand that some people like to relax during a massage and do not want to talk. Others prefer to unwind by talking. I always take the patient’s lead on this and respect each patient’s preference. The same goes for music. I have Spotify music player so if at any time, you would prefer to listen to something else, let me know. Trust me, massage therapists get tired of listening to nature sounds and ambient flute music all day too!
During the session, I really tune in to what the body is telling me, feeling for tense muscles, fascia, trigger points and restricted range of motion. I also use minimal lotion so that my massage can be very slow and specific. This allows me to layer in to the deeper musculature without slipping all over and to provide a “deep tissue massage” in a much more gentle, effective and safe way. I am a massage therapist who really listens to and cares about each patient. I would be honored to help you break the pain cycle, reclaim your body and your life. 
Massage cupping is a remarkable type of therapy that utilized suction, rather than compression. It is a traditional, time-honored treatment loved by millions worldwide. It’s safe, comfortable and remarkably effective.
There are many methods to cupping utilized at Ascension including stationary cupping, massage cupping, facial cupping, biomagnetic cupping, dynamic cupping and thermotherapy cupping. 
By creating suction, cupping can release muscles and connective tissue, drain excess fluid, detoxify and loosen adhesions. It feels amazing. The pulling sensation relaxes the body and relieves stress.
Cupping is the oldest and most globally practiced medical treatment in human history. It was practiced in Egypt, China, Ancient Greece and Europe and remains popular throughout the world.
Since cups can be quite detoxifying, I do not recommend that cups are on for longer than 5-10 minutes for the first massage session. I also do not place cups on as strongly during the first session. I try light to medium suction for the first session to give the patient a sense for how it feels. If a person does cupping too intensely at first, they may experience flu-like symptoms. Self care after a cupping session is very important. It is recommended that you stay hydrated, avoid alcohol or caffeine or intense heat or exfoliation immediately before or after your session.
After the first session, the cups can remain on for gradually longer and longer with each subsequent session. I also gradually increase the level of suction. Some experienced cupping patients request cupping for an entire sixty to ninety minutes. This does not mean a cup is placed on the same area for the full session. I might place several cups on the back meanwhile massage the legs. The massage the legs, add cups to the legs and the do moving cupping to the back.
With cupping, you are simply getting more results for your money. While the cups are doing their work on your back, this frees me up to work on the legs.
The marks left by massage cups is cellular debris and dead blood cells that are being pulled to the surface.
The discoloration can last anyway from hours to up to two weeks, depending on the severity of toxicity of the patient’s condition. The more treatments a patient receives, the less likely the marks are to occur.
As a massage cupping therapist, I always want to honor the patient’s wishes about cupping marks. Sometimes patients do not want mark on their shoulders in the summer  because they plan to wear tank tops or they are just not sure yet how they feel about it. Others love the marks and don’t mind talking about them with others. It is very important to talk about your concerns before the session so that the session can be tailored to best fit your preference. 
In order to prevent the appearance of cupping marks, the cups will need to be constantly moving rather than sitting stationary in one place. The level of suction use will also need to be lessened. This type of cupping therapy is very relaxing and still very effective. However, it will not be as detoxifying and the results will not be quite as dramatic as they would be will stationary cups.
This link has a great tool for locating possible trigger points in each area of the body. Just click on a body region in the photo and it will give you more information about what trigger points refer pain there.
It’s June already and many of us are spending time outside gardening, doing yardwork or going on hikes.
Unfortunately, our hips can start acting up when we start doing activities our bodies aren’t used to. We might blame the pain on “sciatica” or “piriformis syndrome” but did you know gluteus minimus trigger points can also mimic these symptoms?
Trigger points are hyper-irritable muscle tissues that often refer symptoms to other parts of the body. For example, if you were to take a lacrosse ball and lean against a wall to roll out the muscles a couple inches about the top of your hip bone (femur) and find a deep achiness radiating all the way down the back of your leg, you may have found the trigger point. In Trigger Point Therapy, the massage therapist strives to find and release these tense areas. In order to optimize your massage session, it is important to pay attention to the sensations in your body and to maintain open communication with your massage therapist. Once you find these trigger points, be sure to share that with your massage therapist so that your therapist can focus more time on these areas in your next massage session.
Ask your massage therapists at your next appointment if this might be happening to you.
One of my favorite populations to work with is postpartum moms. Childbirth and the stresses of breastfeeding and caring for a small child can contribute to stress, and chronic pain for new moms. Examples are:
New mothers go through a lot AND they can benefit greatly from massage, for a chance to be nurtured, to actually feel taken care of after many sleepless days and nights caring for someone else.  
A massage is the best thing to do for themselves to recharge, get some long overdue rest and pain relief.  
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