You need to think about a lot before booking a Massage Therapy treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic: Is it safe? Is it smart? Are you following provincial guidelines to stay at home (except for essential services). First, yes, it's legal and safe(ish) to book a Massage Therapy appointment right now, but only if you need… Continue reading Is it Safe to Get a Massage During a Pandemic?
2020 has surprised everyone by being 2020. I was lucky enough to give birth just before the pandemic, so that my family and a few friends got to greet my little man. Our family unit has enjoyed this insulated time to get to know each other and we've leaned in to our already outdoorsy habits.… Continue reading 2020 Update – Returning to Massage Therapy
I'm delighted to announce that I am on a leave of absence, effective February 1, 2020. I'm expecting my first child this month, and I appreciate how many of you have wished me luck with this new adventure.
As with anything else, there are benefits and risks with Massage Therapy. Because Massage Therapy falls under the Health Care Consent Act, it is absolutely mandatory that your massage therapist explains what they will do during the treatment, how your massage will help you to set healthcare goals, and risks or side effects of the… Continue reading Safety and Consent for Massage Therapy Patients
Finding a conscious and responsible balance between caring for my health, caring for my patients, and most importantly, never putting my patients at risk is a delicate balance. Like many of my patients, I have a chronic disease. In my case, it's neurological and not contagious, and 95% of the time is so well under… Continue reading When Your Healthcare Team Isn’t Available
...in many cases, massage therapy is a way to reduce the frequency of your headaches. For some people, it can also decrease your pain.Massage for headaches will usually involve the upper back, neck, shoulders, and sometimes the scalp and face. Trigger points or muscle tension can refer pain into the head, and the way you move, clench, and tense up during a headache might increase muscle tension in these areas.
Some days it's nice for massage to be a break from 'regular' medical appointments. To enjoy one-on-one attention, acceptance of where you are as a person, and the relaxing benefits. But before that can happen safely, did you remember to tell your massage therapist what's in your medicine chest?
Medications ranging from prescriptions, to over the counter medication, pain-killers, supplements, blood pressure medication, anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, sleep aids and decongestants will all change which techniques I use, how I apply them, and what I tell my patient.