Massage therapists use a variety of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body. Massage therapy decreases muscle pain and tension, and increases blood circulation and range of motion. Touch, in a safe, friendly and professional context, can be very therapeutic in and of itself. Massage often induces states of deep relaxation, soothing anxiety, relieving depressive symptoms, and improving sleep patterns. Studies have even demonstrated improvements in immune function after massage.
Massage therapists treat a wide range of conditions, including (but not limited to) neck and back pain, headaches, TMJ (jaw soreness), chronic pain and fibromyalgia, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints and frozen shoulder.
Massage therapists are experts at treating “knots” or what are known as trigger points. These taut bands of muscle occur when muscles are overworked. We often feel them in our shoulders, neck or back, but they can occur anywhere in the body. Using deep, direct pressure, a massage therapist can help dissolve these knots, relieving pain and allowing muscles to function better.
A registered massage therapist undergoes a rigorous 2200 hour educational program at a government recognized institution, including courses in anatomy, physiology, assessment, ethics as well as a practical, clinical component. Only registered massage therapists are allowed to use the title “registered massage therapist” (RMT) or “massage therapist” (MT). Registered massage therapists must undergo yearly continuing education to ensure their skills and knowledge are kept current.