Here at Manotick Massage Therapy Centre, we customize each treatment to meet your specific needs by incorporating a variety of assessment and treatment techniques. We offer a number of services that are meant to improve your general health and well-being.

In the classical treatment this gentle technique of long strokes, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration and kneading movements are used to release muscle tensions, remove the pain and improve blood circulation. Rubbing between bones and strokes generally are performed in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.

Swedish massage reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.

Reflexology is a non-invasive natural healing therapy, which is holistic in nature. Holistic therapy is a general term meaning treatment that is therapy for the individuals' body, mind and spirit. Reflexology treats the whole being on various levels. The principles of Reflexology are grounded in a knowledge base that dates to thousands of years, including ancient Egypt and China.

Essentially, the feet are treated according to a knowledge base that includes the therapists understanding of how the energy in our bodies moves in 'meridians' or zones.

The expanding popularity of prenatal massage is a result of the modern tendency to increase levels of well-being, education and opportunity. Your growing and changing shape is one of nature's most incredible occurrences. Knowledgeable pregnancy massage therapists can help you gain the most from this specialized treatment.

Importantly, the prenatal period can be a very stressful physical and emotional time for a mother-to-be. Proper management of stress itself is of great consequence. Clearly documented evidence exists to suggest that very high levels of stress may increase the probability of pre-term labor and lower birth weight of the newborn.

Deep Tissue Massage is a general term covering a range of strategies that deal with assisted muscle release at a deeper level. Deep Tissue Massage therapy usually involves warming the skin and superficial soft tissue of your body prior to the therapist using greater pressure to access the deeper connected tissue underneath.

Typically, sports massage is utilized to alleviate and promote healing of specific complaints. Trained in Sports Massage, the Massage Therapist performs massage techniques based upon knowledge of anatomy, physiology and related massage therapy knowledge base's relevant to human sports performance. It would be hard to imagine a professional team or program anywhere that does not employ the services of a qualified sports massage therapist.

However, one does not need to have a serious physical complaint to greatly benefit from sports massage. To the contrary, it is now more common for athletes of all ages and level of play to seek the services of a trained sports massage therapist.

Lets understand the word "myofascial" first. The word 'my' means 'muscle'. The word 'fascia' means the 'band' or 'connective soft tissue' that supports your entire body. If you could see connective tissue beneath your skin you would observe that it is fibrous, densely woven, continuously connects and surrounds our internal organs, permeates the entire body from head to toe, and has characteristics that provide cushioning and support to our complete body.

Time, injury, wear and tear, poor posture, stress and other factors can cause this connective tissue to manifest tension, restrictions and imbalance within our bodies. Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that works to 'release' and re balance our muscle and connective soft tissue system.

Your trained therapist will first observe your posture and discuss any pains or physical conditions that cause you discomfort or restrict movements. Skill and knowledge base allows your practitioner to feel, observe and sense where varied degrees of pressure, stretching, kneading and palpitation will help eliminate pain and restore range of motion. To use an analogy, imagine your fascia system is a damp linen sweater that is laid out for drying. You might 'stretch’ and reshape the sweater fabric to condition its shape and conformity to its proper appearance. In a like manner, your Myofascial Release specialist will use skilled 'stretch' and 'release' technique as well as other techniques to condition your myofascial system.

Osteopathy is a patient-centred approach to treatment which aims to improve the overall heath of the patient rather than solely focusing on a problematic or symptomatic area. Osteopathic practitioners work to balance your nervous, circulatory, digestive and lymphatic systems to relieve pain and discomfort, improve your range of motion and get you moving again.

This method begins with an initial consultation during the first session prior to any active treatment or management. This consultation will be used to inquire about the patient's existing health problems and concerns, their current general health as well as any relevant medical history. Patients also undergo a physical examination where the practitioner may require the performance of movements and stretches to observe one's overall mobility and posture. After the examination, the practitioner will convey a diagnosis and devise a treatment regimen spanning several sessions. At MMTC, it is imperative we take the time to fully listen, and comprehend your health concerns in order to devise a treatment plan specifically tailored to your needs. Our mission is to help you get back to your best self.

Generally, your first session at our clinic will be 60 minutes. You will be dressed in loose clothing at all times. Follow up sessions are typically 45-60 minutes. Osteopathic manual treatment utilizes hands-on techniques to correct altered biomechanics and improve your wellbeing. This treatment style typically involves the skilled manipulation of joints, massaging of soft tissue and a range of other manipulations such as active and passive stretching. Your osteopath may also recommend some self-help measures such as exercises and lifestyle changes to hasten your recovery journey.