History of Massage

Massage is considered to be one of the oldest therapies used by ancient kings and mankind as early as 300BC. During the time of Julius Caesar, the ruler was given daily massage to treat neuralgia. Hipprocrates, the father of modern medicine who had learned massage from the Greeks, prescribed the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory ailments. Massage became popular throughout Europe during the 18th and 19th century due to the work of Henrik Ling (1776-1839).
He developed a system of massage, now known as “Swedish Massage” by observing the positions and movements of Swedish gymnasts. Today, massage is a widely accepted and effective form of medical therapy and is successfully being used in hospitals, pain clinics, rehabilitation facilities, and drug treatment clinics for people of all ages with a variety of medical conditions.

Therapeutic Massage

Massage therapy is a regulated healthcare profession in Ontario. A Registered Massage Therapist is someone who: 

 

  • Has completed competency-based education of 2-3 years duration at a government of Ontario recognized institution. Studies include anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, neurology, orthopedic assessments, treatments, business and ethics. 

  • Has a minimum of 150 clinical hours at an accredited educational institution. 

  • Is examined, registered and monitored throughout their career by the CMTO (the College) in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act and Massage Therapy Act. 

  • Must participate in the Quality Assurance Program set by their governing College that ensures high professional standards and quality client care. 

  • Can be identified by their certification of registration showing their registration number. Only members of the College may use the title of "Registered Massage Therapist".​

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Improves…

  • Lymphatic drainage 

  • Circulation & healing 

  • Body awareness & posture 

  • Immune system function 

  • Joint mobility, flexibility & range of motion

Reduces or eliminates… 

  • Muscle imbalances 

  • Pain, muscle tension & spasm 

  • Depression & anxiety 

  • Sciatic & other nerve pain 

  • Migraines 

  • Constipation 

  • Scar tissue 

  • Blood pressure

Is Massage Safe for Me?

Your health history will be thoroughly reviewed to identify any contraindications to massage. To ensure that treatment remains safe and comfortable for you at all times, open communication is encouraged. Modifications to accommodate your specific situation and concerns will be discussed with you and applied to your treatment whenever necessary. If any of the following conditions apply to you, please be sure to disclose this information to your therapist prior to treatment.

  • Fever

  • Early pregnancy

  • Infectious skin conditions,
    open wounds and large bruises

  • Severe inflammation

  • Blood clots

  • Varicose veins

  • Cancer

  • Fractures

  • Osteoporosis

  • High blood pressure

  • Heart disease/pace makers

  • Diabetes

  • Rheumatism

  • Sensory impairment/neuropathy

  • Systemic infections/acute illness

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