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Massage Therapy

MassageMassage is one of the oldest natural healing therapies.  Hippocrates, the Greek “Father of Medicine”, wrote of the therapeutic benefits of massage.  Massage combines the ancient art of massage and the modern science of anatomy and physiology in order to achieve positive treatment results.

Capilano’s Massage Therapists have delivered outstanding treatment results for tension headaches, muscle cramps, and nagging shoulder and upper back ache that can come from training too hard in the gym or sitting too long at the computer. 

What does therapeutic massage actually do?

Therapeutic massage can speed recovery from aches and pains through the following:

  • Increases circulation and tissue permeability
  • Increases lymphatic and venous return
  • Speeds up removal of accumulated lactic acid and other muscle waste products
  • Decreases muscles stiffness, tension, spasm, pain and soreness
  • Improves tissue elasticity
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Decreases recovery time from workouts faster than passive rest

Is therapeutic massage only for injuries?

No? You don’t need to be injured or in pain to enjoy massage, it can be used as a tool to help facilitate your general well-being.  Many people seek massage therapy regularly to help them perform at their best and feel positive about themselves.

What are the advantages of a trained therapeutic massage therapist?

Your experienced massage therapist focuses on the normalization of the soft tissues affected by stress, injury and illness through the use of manual techniques that improve circulation, enhance muscular relaxation, relieve pain, reduce stress, enhance immune function or promote health and well-being.

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Yes!  The benefits of Capilano’s Pregnancy massage program include:

  • Tranquil relaxation and reduced stress
  • Relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and Myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs.
  • Increase in blood and lymph circulation, which can reduce swelling.
  • Reduces stress on weight bearing joints.
  • Helps ease labor pain and enhances adjustment to body changes.
  • Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues.
  • Ease constipation, gas, and heart burn as general relaxation stimulates intestinal movement. 

Is pregnancy massage comfortable?

Yes! You will be comfortably supported with pillows or cushions during your massage.  In the later stages of pregnancy, you can receive a complete massage pleasantly supported in a side-lying position.

What about postpartum massage?

Postpartum massage is designed to help restore the body to its pre-pregnancy condition.  It also addresses the stress of carrying and caring for a newborn and can ease sore muscles and facilitate relaxation.  Abdominal massage helps shrink the uterus and relieve subcutaneous scar tissue.  It may be given as early as 24 hours after delivery in a vaginal delivery but only with written permission from your doctor.

Is Massage Therapy covered by my insurance plan?

Many extended health benefit plans now include professional therapeutic massage therapy coverage. If you have Blue Cross, you may be eligible for direct billing.