Keep Calm & Have a Massage
All of our Massage Therapists are registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Whether you want to reduce stress, relieve pain, or attend to a chronic injury, our therapists are trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques which can be tailored to meet your treatment goals. Many of our therapists have a decade or more of experience with advanced training in deep tissue, relaxation, pre & postnatal massage, therapeutic massage, hot stone massage, essential oil massage, lymphatic drainage, reflexology, craniosacral therapy and breast massage.
At Continuum Wellness we consider all of our Massage Therapy Treatments to be Therapeutic. Your time and resources are valuable, so we pride ourselves in ensuring you get a treatment that gets results and meets your needs.
Whether it is a Relaxation Massage, Sports Massage or Prenatal Massage, you will experience the therapeutic benefits of increased circulation, decreased muscle tension, and decreased stress. We promise you won't leave feeling like you have paid to have you skin moisturized, although that is an added bonus!
Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress. This type of session may include a relaxation element to it but advanced techniques such as hydrotherapy, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, joint play and trigger point therapy are likely to be used for pain and chronic health issues. Depending on your condition and treatment goals, your Massage Therapist may want to see you frequently for the first few sessions.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massage is one of our more popular add-on services at Continuum Wellness because of its ability to provide deep muscle and tissue relaxation. The Hot Stones melt away tension, ease muscle stiffness, and increase circulation and metabolism all while helping the body get rid of toxins.
Each Hot Stone session features the placement and massage of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body to allow for deeper relaxation of the muscles. Our therapists then incorporate a customized massage which can include Swedish massage and Trigger Point Therapy to create a healing and relaxing experience.
The benefits of Hot Stone Therapy have been used in the treatment of insomnia, depression, stress, anxiety, muscle tension, back pain, poor circulation, arthritis, fibromyalgia, detoxification, pregnancy related discomforts and lymphatic drainage.
Enhance your experience even further by combining an Essential Oil Application along with the Hot Stone Massage. Clients are raving about this combination.
Because this service is proved by a Registered Massage Therapist it can be claimed under your insurance benefit plan. Offered by: Christine, Nicole, Petya and Melissa.
Relaxation Massage is often synonymous with Swedish Massage. Swedish Massage involves a variety of techniques designed to ease muscle aches and tension, improve muscle and joint mobility and promote relaxation.
These techniques include:
Effleurage – gentle gliding technique used on superficial muscles Petrissage – kneading and squeezing of the deeper muscles and tissues Tapotement – rhythmical movements and tapping performed with the edge of the hand or heel of the palm Stroking – a very gentle gliding technique with only minimal pressure applied to the skin
Swedish techniques also increase local venous and lymphatic return. This increase in circulation helps supply the skin and organs with more oxygen creating a relaxing effect on the body leading to improved sleep and digestion.A Relaxation Massage is generally a full body treatment which is 60, 75 or 90 Minutes in duration and includes the back, neck, shoulders, legs, hips, feet, arms, hands face and scalp. Relaxation/Swedish techniques can also be integrated into a Therapeutic Massage or Pregnancy Massage. Add Essential Oils or Hot Stones to help deepen the experience.
We can help you unplug.
Essential Oil Massage
Rejuvenate the mind and balance the body by adding essential oils to your Massage Therapy Treatment. This has quickly become our most popular treatment because of the essential oil's profound ability to support all body systems leaving you feeling refreshed and balanced.
Our signature essential oil treatments combine several holistic techniques to create a synergistic effect on the body. These techniques can be incorporated into any of our Massage Therapy Treatments and can include the application of the oils along the base of the neck and along the spine to support alignment, to reflex points on the feet, to muscles and joints, and to create an aromatic experience to improve mood, reduce stress and alleviate congestion.
Choose from 1 of 3 customized essential oil applications to enhance the therapeutic benefits of your Massage
Rebuild and Repair: [muscle and joint pain, arthritis, chronic & acute injuries-sciatica-overuse]
Recover: [immune support-digestive support-low energy-congestion-colds]
Massage Therapy has become an integral part of the athletic regimen. A growing number of trainers believe that massage can provide an extra edge to the athletes who participate in high performance sports.
But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from massage. Anyone who routinely stretches their physical limits through movement such as running, cycling, hiking, swimming, dancing, racquet sports, strength training and aerobics can benefit from regular massage therapy treatments.
Sports massage can be performed before, during, or after an event. It focuses on preparing the muscle tissue, relieving fatigue and flushing out toxins that build in the muscles after prolonged use. It also increases recovery time after heavy workouts and relieves muscle tension and joint pain which can lead to injury.
Various techniques are used including fascial release (targets the connective tissue surrounding muscles), deep tissue massage, advanced stretches, and other Swedish techniques.
Therapeutic Breast Massage
Breasts are body tissues that can benefit tremendously from massage. They are susceptible to discomforts associated with menstrual and childbearing cycles, with common benign conditions, and are subject to surgery, diagnostic procedures and trauma.
Breast cancer is unfortunately common and involves a variety of treatments that alter tissues and cause pain and reduced mobility.
Breast massage supports regular breast evaluation. Massage therapists are skilled palpators who can help identify lesions needing medical evaluation and can help monitor for tissue changes.
Massage therapists are also in an excellent position to help clients become more comfortable with having their breasts evaluated and with breast self-examination
Benefits of Therapeutic Breast Massage:
- promotes healthy breast tissue
- reduces fibroids and cysts
- relieves pain and discomfort associated with PMS, pregnancy, nursing or from compression from bras
- relieves pain and tension from stress in the muscles of the chest wall
- assists in healthy tissue regeneration and scar reduction following surgery
- increases circulation and lymphatic drainage
- is a logical proactive step against cancer and other diseases.
What to Expect:
Prior to the session, your Massage Therapist will clearly explain what the treatment will entail, along with its objectives and intentions. Draping and techniques used during the treatment will also be explained and your informed consent will be asked at this time. Your therapist is trained to know contraindications and precautions related to specific pathologies and will modify the treatment and techniques as indicated.
Therapeutic Breast Massage is offered by: Nikki Slumskie, Sjoukje Remark and Karen Hanning.
Pre & Postnatal Massage
Getting regular massage is a great way to support the body as it adjusts to the changes that occur during pregnancy. Studies have shown that pregnancy massage helps improve to mood, decrease swelling, ease pain, decrease depression and anxiety, and increase relaxation.
All of our therapists are trained in pregnancy massage and will modify treatment techniques and positioning depending on the presenting trimester. Our therapists focus on meeting the therapeutic needs of the client as she goes through the physical and emotional changes related pregnancy. We offer various positioning and pillowing options to ensure client comfort including angled pillow support while laying supine, pillows for side-lying, and body cushion systems to allow pregnant clients in the first and second trimester to lay face down without causing strain to the abdomen or low back. You can discuss these options with your therapist to choose which one is right for you.
During the first and second trimester of pregnancy, massage therapy treatments are generally recommended once a month. As the third trimester approaches, treatments can be increased to twice a month to address aches and pains related to postural and hormonal changes. Closer to the due date treatments can be booked weekly to prepare the body and mind for labour.
Benefits of Massage Therapy during Pregnancy
Relieves stress and promotes relaxation Relieves muscle tension, spasms and cramping Relieves sciatic nerve and joint pain Relieves headache discomfort Increases circulation of blood and lymph Decreases swelling in arms and legs Relieves stress on weight-bearing joints Provides emotional support and a nurturing touch
Child & Youth Massage
If you have benefits for Massage Therapy, chances are your kids have them as well. We treat all ages at the clinic and find that kids and youth love massage just as much as their parents do!
Massage Can Help In The Following Areas:
Improves circulation and skin nutrition, stimulates growth, eases aches and pains, increases flexibility and function of muscles and joints. Great for youth who play sports, instruments, or video games. Supports and increases thinking and verbal skills. Helps children relax and learn to calm themselves and be better able to manage stress. Helps relieve depression and anxiety. Increases speech and language skills and helps to build trust, friendship and respect.
What to expect:
Before the massage, the therapist conducts a thorough assessment to determine the needs of the child and to confirm that there are no reasons the child should not be massaged. Appropriate dress is always discussed and modesty is always respected. Some children prefer to have their clothes on, while others enjoy being covered with a sheet and blankets. Parents can wait in the reception area, leave to have a coffee, or remain in the treatment room, but should be prepared to sit quietly during the session. Massage techniques are applied for varying lengths of time: 30 minutes to an hour, depending on age and needs of the child/youth/teen. Some therapists work on a therapeutic/medical/condition-based model while other therapists work on the whole child, paying attention to the connection between mind, body and spirit, and focusing upon respect, self-worth and communication. Email us to learn more.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper layers of soft tissue. It aims to balance and decrease muscle tone, correct body posture and release muscles from chronic pain. This type of massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure is generally more intense and more focused as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension and adhesions.
Deep pressure should result in what we like to call “sweet pain”. If the pressure causes pain that becomes uncomfortable or causes you to hold your breath, it is most likely too much pressure. Our therapists will check in with you throughout the treatment but you should always feel free to speak up if you would like the pressure adjusted.
Undoing chronic knots and tension built up over time is best achieved with an integrated program that includes exercise, posture analysis, relaxation techniques and a regular program of massage. So it is important to remember that increasing the pressure and pain will not necessarily lead to eliminating knots in one treatment.
Deep Tissue Massage works well with Myofascial and Trigger Point Release Techniques and can also be added into a Relaxation Massage, Pregnancy Massage or Sports Massage.
Plans & Pricing
30 Minute Treatment
45 Minute Treatment
60 Minute Treatment
75 Minute Treatment
90 Minute Treatment
Hot Stones (Half Body)
Hot Stones (Back & Shoulders)
Hot Stones (Full Body)
Essential Oil Aromatherapy
All prices include 13% HST
All cancellations must be made a minimum of 24 hours prior to your appointment time. Any appointments cancelled outside of the 24 hours will be charged in full. Each appointment that we book is in partnership with a practitioner who is focusing their independent career in health and wellness. This is their beautiful livelihood and why we have these policies in place. Thank you very much for your understanding.