If you are looking for massage therapy in Ottawa, whether it be for physical or mental needs, then our registered massage therapists can help to enhance the movement and function of one’s muscular system, promote relaxation, and promote pain relief. Massage therapy, as a health care approach, sits within the wellness model and aims to support patients in balancing mental, emotional, and physical needs. There are many different modalities (types of massage therapy methods) and different strength of touch (light, medium pressure, or deep tissue) available at our clinic, depending on your needs. Massage therapy is appropriate for individuals of all ages, including infants, children, and the elderly. We provide the highest quality of massage therapy in Barrhaven and Nepean ON with experts therapists who listen to your needs.
Should You Get Massage Therapy?
There are 10 benefits that massage therapy can help to treat and manage:
- Reducing and Eliminating Pain
- Reducing Stress/Depression/Anxiety
- Better Quality of Sleep
- Improving Joint Mobility
- Improving Circulation
- Reducing Muscle Tension
- Increasing Sports Performance
- Increase Range of Motion
- Break Down Muscle Knots/Adhesions
- Normalize Lymphatic System (Lymphedema Massage)
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With an extensive background in massage therapy and a thorough understanding of the lymphatic system and modern techniques, Morgan is Elysian’s leading Massage Therapist. She takes great pride in educating her clients about their impairments and the benefits of treatments, ensuring that they are informed in every step of their treatment plans.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue treatments are a type of massage therapy treatment that involves slow, firm pressure strokes. This type of pressure will result in the therapist reaching deeper into the muscles and fascia (connective tissue surrounding the muscles). It is generally used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as stiff neck, upper back, low back pain, muscle tightness, and sore muscles. It is also used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle knots or adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.
The basis of a sports massage is to focus on a certain group of muscles the athlete uses according to their sport. It can help increase blood flow, increase range of motion, and decrease the risk of injury along with treating current injuries. In sports massage, the strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. The therapist may also use other techniques such as compression, pressure point therapy, and joint mobilization.
Relaxation massages are one of the most common types of massages available. Relaxation massages incorporate a smooth, flowing, gentle or medium touch in order to relax the body. These types of massages are more for relaxation and stress relief; they are not intended to treat any specific injuries, whether acute or re-occurring. Generally, the main difference that separates relaxation massages from deep tissue is the pressure used by the therapist. The main focus of relaxation massages is to relax the superficial muscles and promote relaxation, not to correct any issues or break-up adhesions; therefore a lighter pressure is used.
Extremely similar to regular forms of massage therapy such as Swedish massage, but the therapist will modify their technique to customize the treatment to the needs of a pregnant woman and their changing bodies. Carrying a baby changes the centre of gravity in your body and puts a lot of stress on your back, shoulders, neck, and abdominal muscles. Our therapists are extensively trained in prenatal massage and modifying their technique to accommodate the pregnant body while helping promote muscle relaxation, ease sore spots, reduce back pain, improve circulation and mobility, reduce anxiety, and help relax your ligaments. Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, don’t be afraid to ask our therapists for the special prenatal table bolster which allows you to remain face down during treatment, no matter how far along you are! This bolster contours the belly using memory foam, helping support your belly while you enjoy a relaxing massage comfortably.
Scalp And Facial Massage +
Hot Towel Treatment- New!!!
Enjoy a relaxing and refreshing scalp/facial massage while inhaling the relaxing aromas of essential oils and feeling the warmth of hot towels. General relaxation massage techniques are used to provide the ultimate relief and relaxation experience, leaving you walking out stress and carefree. Our therapists will let you choose whether you would like a mix of shea butter, jojoba, avocado, and peach oil massage butter or a face lotion with active botanicals of white lily, rosehips, English cucumber, aloe vera oil, and papaya, instead of traditional massage gel to help lubricate the face/scalp along with providing hydrating effects for the skin, leaving you not only relaxed, but also leaving you with healthy, nourished skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect during my first massage appointment?
During your first visit, you are required to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment start time to fill out a confidential medical history form. Your therapist will greet you in the waiting room, introduce themself, and walk you to the treatment room. You will then discuss your concerns and goals of treatment with your therapist. They will proceed with treatment, and once the first treatment is completed, they will provide you with a treatment plan, including the frequency of visits.
How do I know what type of massage I need?
The type of massage you require is dependant on your goals. Relaxation is a very gentle type of massage, whereas deep tissue is what is required to get out those pesky muscle knots and loosen tense muscles. You can find great articles on our site to read more about the different kinds of massages.
Does OHIP cover massage therapy?
Unfortunately, at this time, there is no provincial health plan that covers massage therapy. You may use extended health benefits or pay out of pocket.
What is the difference between a Registered Massage Therapist and a masseuse?
The masseuse is actually used to describe a gender-specific individual (reserved for a woman) who performs the massage. When you are seeing a Registered Massage Therapist, they can be of any gender, and they are licensed health care professionals. To be covered by most insurance policies, it is required that the massage therapist you see is registered. There are non-registered “massage therapist” who do not have any formal education (or very little), and you may usually tell by the lower price they charge.
Do I have to undress fully?
Speak with your therapist about which areas on the body require work, and they will make a suggestion on which items of clothing needs to be removed. If you do not feel comfortable undressing, feel free to speak to your therapist regarding this so they may work around your preference. Any massage treatment will be more effective with direct contact.
Can I control what pressure the therapist uses?
Of course! Feel free to inform your therapist of your preferences. During treatment, do not be shy to ask your therapist to use lighter or deeper pressure.
Do I need a doctor's referral to see an RMT?
No, you do not. You may only require it if your extended health insurer requires it for coverage.