Massage therapy is the gentle manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to help reduce muscle tension, improve circulation and promote healing.
It has the effect of relaxing overused and tense muscles, removing toxins which have accumulated in the muscles, stimulating nerve and lung activity, and quieting and soothing the senses. Massage therapy can also help increase your body’s flexibility and create a sense of deep calmness.
According to the Massage Therapy Act, the ultimate goal of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or enhance physical function or relieve pain. To do so, a wide range of techniques are employed by massage therapists with their hands to manipulate the body and achieve the desired results on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems.
Although many individuals practice massage therapy, at Aquafit we only employ registered massage therapists (RMTs) who perform massage therapy on our clients. For personal safety reasons, it is very important to seek massage therapy from an RMT. An RMT has completed a two to three year degree program at a recognized school of massage therapy and has passed a registration exam at the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. RMTs are required to participate in a Quality Assurance program with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and this program ensures that professional standards and quality care are provided.
Massage therapy can help relieve the following conditions:
• Muscle overuse
• Symptoms of chronic pain
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome