Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body.
Tanja Newcombe, RMT
Generally, massage is known to affect the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph, reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing. These effects provide a number of benefits:
- reduction of muscle tension and stiffness
- relief of muscle spasms
- greater flexibility and range of motion
- increase of the ease and efficiency of movement
- relief of stress and aide of relaxation
- promotion of deeper and easier breathing
- improvement of the circulation of blood and movement of lymph
- relief of tension-related conditions, such as headaches and eyestrain
- promotion of faster healing of soft tissue injuries, such as pulled muscles and sprained ligaments, and reduction in pain/swelling related to such injuries
- reduction in the formation of excessive scar tissue following soft tissue injuries
- enhancement in the health and nourishment of skin
- improvement in posture through changing tension patterns that affect posture
- reduction in stress and an excellent stress management tool
- creation of a feeling of well-being
- reduction in levels of anxiety
- increase in awareness of the mind-body connection
- promotion of a relaxed state of mental awareness
Massage therapy also has a number of documented clinical benefits. For example, massage can:
- reduce anxiety
- improve pulmonary function in young asthma patients
- reduce psycho-emotional distress in persons suffering from chronic inflammatory bowel disease
- increase weight and improve motor development in premature infants
- may enhance immune system functioning
Some medical conditions that massage therapy can help are:
- anxiety and stress
- carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries
- chronic and temporary pain
- circulatory problems
- digestive disorders
- tension headache
- myofascial pain
- sports injuries
- temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Cost: $60 (including HST)
Sessions are 30 minutes in length.
Your insurance company may cover all or a portion of the costs for a session. Please contact your insurance company to see if you have coverage for massage therapy and if you require a medical prescription from a physician first.
Direct billing is not available, you will be given a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company.
Please call the wellness centre receptionist at 364-2163 to book an appointment, or stop by the wellness centre in the Wallace McCain Student Centre, ground floor. Appointments are pre-booked and available on Tuesdays.