Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700s and the development of Swedish massage, the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology. Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage Therapists are registered as primary healthcare providers in Ontario under the same legislation as Physiotherapists, Nurses and Doctors.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.
There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments. Whether your need is to attain relief from chronic pain, have a moment of relaxation or reduce muscle tension, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being.
Massage therapy is used to treat both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs work with a variety of patients, of all ages, in the treatment of illness, stress, injury rehabilitation and disability.
Massage therapy is also used as part of preventative care programs including sports training, injury prevention and ongoing stress management.
Massage Therapists today use their knowledge of physiology, anatomy and neurology to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques with other therapies to treat their clients. There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer reviewed journals, proving the benefits of massage therapy.