WHAT IS REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPY?
Massage therapy is the regulated hands-on assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nervous and circulatory systems of the body to prevent and relieve pain,
correct musculoskeletal imbalances, and rehabilitate injuries.
Your treatment will incorporate a variety of techniques, including fascial release, trigger point release, stretching, joint mobilizations, and lymphatic drainage to facilitate your healing. Rehabilitative exercises may be recommended to encourage progress between treatments.
Massage therapy relieves symptoms of the following conditions:
> Anxiety & Depression
> Carpal tunnel syndrome
> Cerebral palsy
> Chronic pain
> Chronic fatigue syndrome
> Colic (infants)
> Degenerative disc disease
> Edema & Swelling
> Headaches & Migraines
> Multiple sclerosis
> Nerve injuries/pain
> Plantar fasciitis
> Postural imbalances
> Pregnancy & Postpartum
> Repetitive strain injuries
> Scar tissue restriction
> Sciatic pain
> Shin splints
> SI joint dysfunctions
> Sprains, Strains & Spasms
> Tendonitis & Tendonosis
> TMJ dysfunctions
Massage for Anxiety, PTSD & Trauma
Helping Hands recognizes anxiety - especially anxiety associated with PTSD and trauma - as a barrier to receiving healthcare such as massage therapy.
When we bring massage to you, we also bring compassion and understanding. Our trauma-informed treatments empower you by ensuring your consent every step of the way. In this way, we hold space for the healing of your body and mind.
*Massage for anxiety, PTSD & trauma can be incorporated into any treatment.
Prenatal & Postnatal Massage
Pre- and postnatal massages provide you with relief from the first trimester through the fourth. Some common pregnancy-related symptoms that are alleviated by massage include sore low back and neck, leg cramps, plantar fasciitis, swelling, weakness, fatigue and insomnia, and postpartum depression.
*Therapeutic breast massage is a wonderful adjunct to pre/postnatal massage.
Private Infant Massage Classes
Forge a new kind of bond with your little one through routine massage. Learn to stimulate the digestive and nervous systems, soothe colic and coughing, and promote healthy development.
Infant massage is an integral step in easing your baby's transition from the NICU to home for the first time.
Classes can involve parents, grandparents, big siblings, and caregivers.
Therapeutic Breast Massage
If you are experiencing chest tightness or rib pain, blocked milk ducts or breast swelling from pregnancy, surgery, or hormone replacement therapy, you may want to consider breast massage.
An assortment of techniques will encourage lymphatic circulation, improve your posture, and ease your breathing.
*Breasts are undraped one at a time to ensure privacy and comfort.
Kids need and love massage, too!
• Alleviates growing pains
• Increases proprioceptive awareness
• Ensures safe and full recovery from sports injuries and concussions
• Reduces school anxiety and insomnia
• Boosts concentration
Cut down recovery time by booking a massage after you've been cleared by your doctor.
Suitable for fractures, dislocations joint replacements, implants, reductions/removals, amputation, stitches, C-sections, and oral surgery.
Massage boosts the immune response, reduces scar tissue and swelling, and mobilizes restricted range of motion to help you recover mobility faster.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Lymphatic drainage massage uses the lightest of touch to dramatically reduce swelling, bruising, and pain. It can also be used to treat the following conditions:
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Concussion & whiplash
• Digestive issues
• Headaches & migraines
• Increase your mobility
• Prevent and recover from falls
• Find relief from arthritis and joint pain
• Reconnect with your body and nurture your mental health
Massage therapy is complementary to other healthcare services such as physiotherapy, chiropractic, and acupuncture.
Mobile massage also means that you don't have to worry about weather and transportation.
Mobile Massage at Markham-Stouffville Hospital
*Currently unavailable due to COVID-19. Thank you for understanding.*
Why wait until you get home to receive a much-needed massage?
• Reduce stress and pain
• Increase circulation
• Decrease swelling
• Nurture your mental health
• Complementary to physiotherapy
Family members or friends staying with you can also receive treatments.
No travel or parking fees!
*Please ask your doctor if massage and/or lymphatic drainage is indicated for you at this time.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to effect physiological changes throughout the body.
When essential oils are absorbed or inhaled, they send specific signals to an area of your brain called the limbic system, which influences emotions and the nervous system.
• Brighten your mood
• Ease stress, anxiety, and depression
• Encourage sleep
• Relax tense muscles including menstrual cramps
• Relieve headaches and respiratory congestion
• Reduce nausea
• Fight bacteria and cleanse the skin
Choose from a wide variety of doTERRA essential oils. Ask your therapist which essential oils are indicated for you!
Aromatherapy is complimentary with every treatment!