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Massage Therapy in Bedford

Ready to take a step from our busy world to take a moment for yourself? Let self-care take priority and benefit from a rejuvenating massage therapy experience from our team of Registered Massage Therapists. Experience one of the many benefits of massage therapy, including pain relief, reduced chronic tension, stress reduction, enhanced mobility and so much more. 

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body by an expert trained Registered Massage Therapist.  These tissues include muscles, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments. Therapeutic massage helps to alleviate soft tissue discomfort associated with stresses, trauma, musculoskeletal disorders, over-use, injury and is a great form of preventative care, to include as part of an overall wellness plan. For people of all ages, massage therapy is a proven effective approach to pain management, injury rehabilitation,as it encourages the body’s own healing process and decreases healing time for both acute and chronic conditions.

Learn More About our Massage Therapist Aletha Demond

Aletha Demond is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) with a diploma from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Halifax, as well as 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Some of the benefits best associated with massage therapy include:

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Conditions Massage Therapy Can Help With

Some of the conditions our Registered Massage Therapists can help treat include:

  • Anxiety
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Concussions
  • Low-back pain
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Stress-related tension
  • Nerve pain
  • TMJ or temporomandibular joint pain and dysfunction
  • Sports injuries
  • Upper back and neck pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Digestive problems
  • Postural tension
  • Sprains, strains, and tendonitis
  • Pelvic pain 
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Arthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hypertension
  • Surgery recovery
  • Chronic fatigue and stress
  • Neurological conditions such as piriformis syndrome, sciatica, and carpal tunnel syndrome

Learn More About our Massage Therapist Emily Walsh

Emily Walsh is a Registered Massage Therapist. She graduated from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy with honours In 2014, and is consistently upgrading her education; she’s completed additional courses in pre-natal and post-partum massage and loves soaking up any webinars and readings in these areas that she can get her hands on.

Types of Massage Services Offered

Therapeutic Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is one of the most common styles of massage.

Using long and kneading strokes to promote circulation, improve muscle tension and decrease stress levels, this massage will leave you feeling like your well-being is a top priority.

From light pressure to firm, deeper pressure, or something in-between, your therapist will always work within your comfort levels to ensure that we’re reaching your treatment goals together. 

Sports/Athletic Massage & Targeted Rehabilitation Massage Therapy

Our massage therapist will target specific areas of your body that are overused and stressed from repetitive movements. This includes specific joints, muscle groups, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissue groups. 

Your therapeutic massage can also be beneficial for injury recovery and prevention. It can aid in athletic performance by improving mobility,  flexibility, and range of motion. Techniques such as myofascial release, stretching, joint mobilizations, and trigger point therapy will target muscle groups, tendons, and ligaments that can each play a role in how we move our bodies each day.

Pre and Post-Natal Massage Therapy

This treatment is specifically designed for the pre and postpartum body. Our massage therapists are trained in all aspects of prenatal massage. We will position you with our special bolsters and pillows to keep you and your baby safe and comfortable. We will determine treatment goals together so we can best support you through every stage of pregnancy and postpartum. 

We recommend consulting with your doctor prior to your first pregnancy massage.

Infant Massage

Infant massage is a gentle type of massage meant for infants and babies. It can help soothe the baby, ease gas and constipation pains, and promote bonding between parent and baby, all while introducing a positive touch to the baby.

A cozy warm room and edible oil, if any, will be used to keep the baby most comfortable.

Cupping Massage

Cupping therapy is a type of alternative therapy that uses plastic or silicone cups to create suction on the skin to stimulate blood flow and reduce inflammation and muscle adhesions while improving the range of motion and reducing local pain.

Cupping is a complementary and appropriate alternative to massage and can be used in conjunction with most treatments. Talk to your massage therapist to see if it might be a suitable addition to your massage therapy treatment. 

Gua Sha Massage

Gua sha is a technique originally from China, that involves scraping the skin to increase blood flow, decrease muscle hypertonicity and facial restrictions, as well as help to decrease body pain. 

Tools vary from stone, metal, bone, and even resin, and come in all shapes and sizes.

Gua sha is a great addition to any massage treatment, talk to your massage therapist to see if gua sha is an appropriate modality for your treatment. 

Learn More About our Massage Therapist Emily Mathisen

graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2019 in Halifax and has since added to her skill set with expertise in Cupping, Gua Sha, and chronic pain management. She has expertise and experience treating a wide variety of injuries and conditions.

Here's what your interaction with our approachable RMTs may look like:

  • Prior to your first treatment, you will be asked to complete an intake form. You and your massage therapist will discuss your health history, what brings you in for a massage, and your treatment concerns and goals. You’ll decide together on an appropriate plan for treatment through assessment and discussion. 
  • Your massage therapist will explain how to position yourself on the table and what to wear. You will be assured that only the area being worked on will be uncovered. 
  • Before leaving to wash their hands, your therapist will answer any questions and concerns you may have. 
  • During your massage, your therapist will work on the agreed-upon areas using techniques that they feel best suit your treatment goals.
  • They welcome feedback and requests regarding pressure, technique, and comfort level. 
  • Your therapist will explain how to get off the massage table. 
  • Your massage therapist will provide home care, including stretching, strengthening, and hydrotherapy options, and will recommend when to come back for your next treatment
  • Subsequent treatments will include follow-up assessment as necessary and a discussion to make sure we’re on the right track to reach your treatment goals.

Frequently Asked Questions About Massage Therapy

Your massage therapist will work with your treatment goals and schedule to best recommend an appropriate schedule for you. However, many people find 3-4 weeks beneficial for preventative care.

We recommend 60 minutes for an initial treatment to have time to discuss your health history and goals while still fitting in a treatment time. 30-minute treatments are more appropriate for working on 1-2 areas, while 60-90 minutes is more appropriate for a full body approach or when working on several trouble areas. Infant massages are 30 minutes. Please note your treatment time includes time for an intake, assessment, and time to change.