ABOUT MASSAGE THERAPY

Massage Therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive NATURAL THERAPY used to develop, maintain, restore and optimize health in the soft tissues of the body, through hands-on manipulation of muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. All systems in the body interact with each another. As we change in one area, we have the ability to effect change elsewhere in the body. By manipulating soft tissues and acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems using massage therapy, we pick up additional information and optimize health in the tissues.

In turn, our level of wellness and physical function can be developed, maintained and improved, while physical dysfunction, pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented.

Today’s Massage Therapists use an advanced knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies during treatment. Signs of inflammation, adhesions, texture, temperature differences are important clues that show us what is happening in the body.
Mechanically removing adhesions in soft tissue can cool inflammation, increase our range of motion, improve vascular and lymph function, raise immune system activity, slow nerve signals, and flush away nerve-irritating toxin - often all resulting in relief from pain.

In addition to traditional relaxation and Swedish massage therapy, Nancy uses Advanced Massage Therapy techniques when appropriate to restore proper physical structure and function to the body.

ABOUT OSTEOPATHY

Osteopathy is a drug-free, non-invasive NATURAL MEDICINE that views the individual as a functional 'whole' - capable of restoring health to all parts for the wellness and vitality of the person. Dr Andrew Taylor Still established the practice of Osteopathy in the late 1800s in the U.S. with the aim of using manual hands-on techniques to improve circulation and correct altered biomechanics, without the use of drugs.

Osteopathy is unique in that it focuses on the cause of pain and dysfunction rather than concentrating only on the symptoms.

A system of assessing how our 11 systems are functioning - alone, and together - osteopathic treatment focuses on removing restrictions that prevent parts of the body from fulfilling their natural function - preventing you from feeling fit and healthy. Using very precise palpatory and manual techniques, osteopathic treatment strengthens the musculo-skeletal-fascial structures, the fluids' circulation and potency, and the electrical systems' proper signalling, to remove restrictions and move the body toward a state of health.

The objective of Osteopathy is to restore mobility and proper function to every system in a body experiencing dysfunction and restriction.

Restoring mobility and proper function to each system allows normal interrelationships between systems. When normal structural and functional relationships exist between the body's systems, there is health in the whole.

With 11 different systems in the body, it is vital that all of our systems work well independently - and interrelate with each other properly.


These systems include:
  • Skeletal system (bones, ligaments)
  • Muscular system (muscle)
  • Nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerve tissue, cerebrospinal fluid)
  • Cardiac system (heart, blood vessels)
  • Respiratory system (lungs, bronchi)
  • Digestive system (mouth, esophagus, stomach, stomach valves, gall bladder, intestinal visceræ and the organ of the Liver)
  • Elimination system (kidneys, bladder, colon)
  • Reproductive system
  • Endocrine system (hormones)
  • Immune system (thymus, spleen, cisterna chyli, lymphatics)
  • Integumentary system (skin, hair, nails)

Nancy uses Osteopathic techniques in her assessments and treatments to safely and effectively recover proper position, mobility and vitality to the body's 'sum of its parts' - system by system - an integral measure in restoring The Whole Person.
 

WHY MASSAGE THERAPY / OSTEOPATHY?

 Advanced Massage Therapy & Osteopathy is often beneficial in treating:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis, both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Circulatory problems
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Headaches; especially related to tension or minor vascular problems
  • Immune/lymphatic system
  • Inflammation
  • Muscle tension
  • Myofascial pain
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Postural dysfunctions
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Post operative/ post injury

  • Scar tissue
  • Sinusitis
  • Sports injuries
  • Strains and sprains
  • Stress
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Toxic overload

and other symptoms resulting from...
  • work injuries
  • sports injuries
  • deep tissue injuries
  • repetitive strain injuries
  • aches and pains
  • headaches
  • arthritis
  • fibromyalgia
  • pregnancy

On a preventative note, Advanced Massage Therapy & Osteopathy promotes:

  • improved lymphatic drainage
  • detoxification, purification of tissues
  • circulation
  • relaxation
  • stress relief