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Registered Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a form of body-work incorporating comfortable pressure applied to the body to manually stretch tense and painful muscles, improve mobility of stiff joints and reduce swelling.

Registered massage therapy at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine incorporates a variety of techniques, including Swedish (“traditional”) massage, myofascial release technique (to reduce tension in fascia, the tissue that surrounds all muscles) and reflexology.

It may be used independently, or as an effective means of optimizing the effectiveness of other pain management therapies such as acupuncture, Bowen therapy, physiotherapy and chiropractic.

Benefits of Registered Massage Therapy

Although registered massage therapy is most commonly used as a treatment for muscle pains and rehabilitation from/prevention of injury; and to manage the harmful effects of stress; research supports its use in a wide range of conditions, including:

What to Expect

Registered massage therapy appointments are typically 60 minutes in duration.

Although benefit is often noted in a single treatment, number of treatments required for optimal results varies depending on the condition being treated, and the extent of, and how long you have been experiencing the condition.

Registered massage therapy treatments are performed using oil and can be performed unclothed, or wearing under-garments. During treatments, only the section of the body being treated is exposed.

Aromatherapy (the use of scented oils to affect emotional state) can be incorporated to optimize benefit of the treatments.

Registered Massage Therapy at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine

Massage therapy treatments at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine are performed by Melissa Dunseith, RMT.

All our registered massage therapists are registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and fully licensed to practice massage therapy in Ontario.

Registered massage therapy treatments performed at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine are covered by most extended healthcare plans.

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