• RAPID Adhesion Release Technique

RAPID is a method of hands-on neurofascial release of the deepest fascia of the periosteum. The periosteal fascia is the richest source of sensory free nerve endings in the body - richer than the eyes, ears, nose or skin. By stimulating the neurobiological system, therapists aim to affect both the central and autonomic nervous systems to reduce tissue tone and increase intracellular tissue fluids, melting adhesion and tissue tension. Most importantly, therapeutic intervention to these free nerve endings aims to produce a chemical cascade in the tissues to dramatically reduce pain. In addition to the periosteum, RAPID therapists focus on the aponeurosis, nerve sheaths, tendons, join capsules and ligaments, as these tissues are also highly neurological. Simply put, RAPID aims to address dysfunctional nerve endings to reduce tissue tension and pain, and place the body in a relaxed state. Some of the conditions that can be quickly resolved with RAPID ART include:

These conditions all have one thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

How do overuse conditions occur? Over-used muscles(and other soft tissue) change in three important ways:

     Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissue that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons cause tendonitis and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also fell tingling, numbness and weakness.

     RAPID treatment involves evaluating the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. RAPID may be uncomfortable during the movement phase of the treatment. This occurs as adhesions are released, helping to restore normal function

  • L.A.S.T. (Ligamentous Articular Strain Technique)

     There are several ligaments in every joint in the body that act as the primary restraints of the bones that constitute the joint. Ruptured or injured ligaments are a source of mechanical problems. They cause impaired motor function, lost or impaired sensation, pain, joint problems and articular surface injury. Furthermore, injured ligaments increase the potential for injury to capsule, tendons, nerves and nearby tissue. This impaired state eventually leads to deficient function, risk of additional injury, a shift in sensation thresholds, impaired sensation and impaired reflex muscular activation.

     These specific and precise manual techniques, target tissue areas high in mechanoreceptors. They are based on todays most current evidence informed research. After treatments, patients typically comment they can breath, move and function better. They notice longer lasting effects and an improved quality of life. So many different conditions can be treated with LAST. I have got so many amazing releases with this technique, treating many different conditions from headaches, to diaphragm issues, ribs, hip pain, sciatic, knees to feet. The results are quite quick.

  • Advanced Trigger Point Technique

Trigger point: a hyper-irritable spot in a muscle, ligament or tendon that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable spot in a taut band of tissue. This spot can be painful upon compression or movement and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, referred tenderness, motor dysfunction, burning sensation and muscle weakness.

What symptoms do trigger points produce?

  • Myofascial Cupping

What is Cupping?

     Cupping is a chinese medicine technique that has been used for centuries for many different conditions. Cups are placed on the skin, creating a vacuum-like seal from the lake of oxygen. The superficial muscle layer is drawn up into the cup, which stimulates the circulation of blood, breaks up adhesions, releases the fascia, and creates a pathway for toxins to be drawn out of the body through the lymphatic system. It has been found that cupping can affect tissues up to 4 inches deep: affecting blood vessels, fascia, muscles and scar tissue.

     Cupping has been used in pre and post workout recovery. It has been used specifically to decompress adhesions and scar tissue, relax muscles in spasm, decrease trigger points, and decrease tissue changes and inflammation following drama. Cumulative treatments increase muscle endurance, circulation, increase lymphatic drainage and enhances overall ability to recover from injury.

     Judging by what cupping looks like, you would think it would be a painful experience. Quite the opposite. The feeling is very unique and usually pleasant for the receiver. It feels like a gentle suction is pulling away tension and pressure from tight and painful muscles, and tissue of the marks that vary from light yellow to dark purple. In Chinese medicine it is believed that the darker the marks, the more stagnation of qi and blood. Stagnation leads to pain and dysfunction or imbalance within the tissues, so we want to clear that stuff out before it causes problems.

What can it treat?

What are the benefits?

  • Prenatal Massage

Massage Therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complimentary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy such as back ache, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, and edema(swelling). Carrying a baby inside you changes your centre of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you are carrying and you may find you’ve got an aching low back. Muscle tension created by carrying extra weight of the baby can be relieved by encouraging blood flow to afflicted areas. This provides nutrient rich blood flow through the body.

Fatigue, back ache, leg cramps and swelling can all be relieved through various massage techniques.

Benefits of Prenatal Massage

  • Stone Massage Therapy

This luxurious 80 minute massage treatment combines hot Basalt stones as well as cool marble stones with a full body massage providing deep relaxation and rejuvenation of the body, mind and spirit. From the head to the toes your treatment will include scalp, face and foot massage. The hot stones also expand the blood vessels, which encourage blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can reduce stress and promote deep relaxation

The stones that are used are Basalt stones, which have an exceptionally high iron content, allowing them to retain heat for much longer then the typical stone. Cool stones are excellent because they promote circulation and act as a powerful decongestant for the body. By promoting circulation, the cool stones can ease inflamed tissues, decrease muscle spasms and reduce swelling and fluid buildup.

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