Massage Therapies

Deep Tissue / therapeutic massage

Strength/pressure: 8/10

The primary goal for deep tissue massage is to restore a balanced upright posture, decrease symptoms of pain, break down scar tissue/ muscle adhesions and improve your range of motions. It is massage technique that works on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during a deep tissue massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on tense areas.

(This massage is the most popular at The Back Pain Centre)

Benefits of Deep tissue therapeutic

  • Reduce pain and stress
  • Improve sleep
  • Improve mobility
  • Increase range of motion
  • Restore ease of movement
  • Reduce muscle tension and spasm
  • Reduce scar tissue and other fascial adhesions
  • Promote circulation of both blood and lymph
  • Reduce ischemia
  • Help maintain general well being
  • Improve sporting performance less likelihood of sports injury

Most common side effects of Deep tissue / therapeutic massage:

Muscle soreness and fatigue: The aim of this massage is to penetrate through the top layers of muscle and work out the built-up tension in the deeper muscles. This, done with precise pressure techniques, leaves the muscles relaxed. And this in turn can cause a fatigue effect and some sore muscles. Any pain, discomfort and fatigue should not last more than a few days.

Pain: Because of the techniques used in a deep tissue massage and the pressure used to reach the lower muscles, some people may experience some form of discomfort and pain during and after the therapy. This is actually a common side effect. Any pain you experience in or after the massage should not last more than a few days.

Headache: You may get a headache after your deep tissue massage. Don’t panic. Headaches are not common but certainly not unheard of. They are not serious and usually go away in few days.

Lymhatic drainage

Strength/pressure: 4/10

Lymphatic drainage is a therapeutic massage treatment. The massage uses very light pressure and long, gentle, rhythmic strokes to increase the flow of lymph and reduce toxins in your body. The lymph system is part of your body’s immune system and helps fight infection. Lymph itself is a clear, slightly yellow fluid.

Benefits of Lymphatic drainage:

  • Helps your body fights off infections
  • Reduce water retention
  • Can help weight loss (boosts metabolic rate)
  • Can reduce cellulite

Foot Reflexology

Strength/pressure: 5/10

 Applying pressure on specific reflex points on the foot to induce a healing response in corresponding organs and areas of the body, as seen in the below chart. Kneading the soft fleshy ball of the foot, pulling on the toes, tracing around the heel and pushing deep into the arch are just a few of the many small, intense movements you’ll experience during a reflexology treatment.

The Benefits of Foot Reflexology:

  • Cleanses the body of toxins
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Increases circulation
  • Promotes healing
  • Balances energy

Relaxing Massage

Strength/pressure: 4/10

Relaxation styles of massage offer gentle techniques. The intention of relaxation massage is to reduce the stress promote overall well-being, relax muscles, diminish pain and move body fluids ( such as blood) to nourish cells and help remove waste products (toxins, lactic acid).

Benefits of relaxing massage:

  • Promotes a sense of relaxation and well being
  • Reduces tension and anxiety
  • Improves blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrition to the cells
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system which carries away the body waste products
  • Prevents and relieves muscle cramps and spasms

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is especially recommended for you if you need calming, deep relaxation or just want to chill out.

Relaxing effect of this massage based on touch of warmth comes from using special volcanic stones heated up to a temperature of 50C.

Benefits of massage with hot stones:

  • Improving blood circulation
  • Relieving muscular tension
  • Nourishing and oxygenating skin