a vital part of your health care
a vital part of your health care
Massage Therapy acts upon the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems to rehabilitate physical injuries and improve health. Massage therapy is often recommended by physicians for treatment or release of: whiplash; headaches; carpal tunnel; tendinitis; reaction to stress; work-related injuries; and other ailments.
Our massage therapists are Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) who have completed a specialized education and meet code of conduct and continuing education requirements set out by the College of Massage Therapists.
Typical treatments range from 45-90 minutes and will be determined in conjunction with your therapist.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy utilizes the rhythm of the craniosacral system to enhance body functioning and help alleviate pain and discomfort. The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and the spinal cord, an imbalance or restriction in it could potentially cause a number of health challenges. The therapist's light, hands-on approach is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing mechanisms.
MLD is a treatment for those with Lymphedema, which is a protein-rich swelling caused by a problem in the lymph system. MLD moves fluid from non-functioning areas to adjacent vessels and nodes using a light massage technique which stimulates lymph flow. It can: increase muscle contraction around lymph vessels; increase relaxation; decrease pain; increase suction effect without increasing blood pressure in lymph system. Compression Therapy involves applying layers of foam and bandaging to further the removal of excess lymph from edematous areas.
Myofacsial Release is generally an extremely mild and gentle form of stretching that has a profound effect upon the body tissues. The therapist applies gentle, sustained pressure into the fascial system comprised of compression, traction, twisting, or moving of a particular body part. Fascial restrictions can exert tremendous tensile forces on the neuromuscular-skeletal and other pain sensitive structures. Release of the pressure of the fascial system around the muscles, nerves, blood vessels and the osseous structures creates a free mobile environment relieving pain and restoring functional mobility.
What is scar tissue?
Tissue healing prompts an increase in connective tissue formation to reinforce the compromised area. This process occurs in response to all healing, from a muscle strain to a surgical incision to radiation therapy. Scar tissue is the reinforced connective tissue remaining after the healing process is complete.
How can scar tissue affect me?
Scars may be marked by a visible line on the surface of the skin and may also extend deep into the underlying tissue layers. The new reinforced connective tissue can limit function, range of motion and sensation as it ‘connects’ to everything in its path through the layers.
What is scar release therapy?
Scar tissue release therapy is a hands-on treatment with a registered massage therapist (RMT). The treatment focus is to release adhesions that impede the area while maintaining the integrity of the healed tissue.
What can I expect during the treatment?
After discussing your treatment goals and assessing the tissue, the RMT will create a treatment plan that is comfortable, effective and specific to your needs.
Visceral Manipulation (VM) was developed by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral. Comparative studies found Visceral Manipulation beneficial for various disorders.
Visceral Manipulation assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. It evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
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Hot Stones Therapy is a relaxation massage technique using heated basalt stones. Stones are placed in strategic locations on the body and the therapist uses standard Swedish Massage techniques to relax and invigorate the patient.
Acupuncture is the use of hair thin needles to stimulate sensitive points on the body. We achieve effective, drug-free relief by stimulating muscle/connective tissue, the nervous system, the immune system, circulation and local cell-to-cell communication.
Traditional Chinese Medicine looks for areas with poor circulation and movement, inflammation, weakness and odd sensations. Using sterile, single-use needles, electrical stimulation, cupping, gua sha (gentle skin scraping), heat and massage your acupuncturist helps tight areas relax and weak systems function better. The initial appointment includes an interview of your lifestyle patterns and health and may include food choice modifications and sleep/exercise suggestions. Treatments are specialized to your body instead of treating every person with an ailment as the same.
For example, migraines, commonly known as a headache, can effect blood circulation in the whole body, digestion, temperature regulation, neurological processing of light, sound and smells. In Chinese medicine we use these 'secondary' symptoms to fine tune our treatments.
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An acupuncture appointment can also include Cupping, Shiatsu or Acupressure. When you book your acupuncture appointment, just note that you'd like cupping and/or acupressure as well.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is a combination of fine tuning your general health and stimulating a specific sequences of acupuncture points to help tone tissues and boost blood and lymph circulation. Very fine needles are increase collagen production in the face and neck. This natural treatment gives the face a more youthful glow and firmer skin around eyes, jaw and forehead.
Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture is offered as a series of 10 visits, two treatments per week. Being taken care of twice weekly helps tune sleep and stress levels and can make real progress towards better internal and external health. In five weeks feel and look fresher and more energized, like you've just come back from a really good vacation.
Book a free 20 minute consultation or phone/email us with questions if you aren't sure yet!
Acupressure Massage is a style of massage focused on the pressure points in tight muscles. It uses the same locations and theories of Acupuncture but the points are stimulate using hands, cups or other tools. This style of massage is useful for relaxation, pain relief and helping to balance other health conditions like insomnia or digestive issues.
Sabrina has been offering Acupressure for over 14 years. For people who are looking for deeper pressure she recommends cupping in addition to Acupressure.
Acupressure massage/cupping are included in the scope of practice for Registered Acupuncturists in BC and can be applied to extended medical plans in the Acupuncture category.
Certified Athletic Therapists are best known for their quick-thinking on-field emergency care of professional and elite athletes. The first to respond when someone gets hurt, they are experts at injury assessment and rehabilitation. It’s that same mix of on-site care and active rehabilitation skills that makes Athletic Therapists so effective in treating the musculoskeletal (muscles, bones, and joints) injuries of all Canadians, whether on the field or in the clinic.
Athletic Therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. They treat a wide range of patients, from kids with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery, using various manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescription and even bracing and taping. The treatment varies but the objective does not: an Athletic Therapist's goal is to help clients quickly and safely return to a healthy, pre-injury lifestyle; whether that means playing competitive sports or walking to the mailbox and back.
Certified Athletic Therapists can be recognized by the credential CAT(C).