Gut Feelings – The benefits of abdominal massage

By: Sarah Million, RMT

Sarah is a believer in whole body health. She treats everything from bellowing bellies, maddened muscles, and nervy nervous systems to help attain a body-wide wellness.


Would you let a stranger rub your belly?

What about a trained professional? In my role as a registered massage therapist I can ease muscle pain, mobilize joints, assist fluid flow, mobilise connective tissue, and yes, I am trained and qualified to provide abdominal massage. Continue reading

Pregnancy and massage therapy: When is massage safe?

By: Cailey Schaffler, RMT

Cailey has extensive training in pre- and post-natal massage as well as with issues such as breastfeeding techniques, mastitis, and many post-partum concerns

 


You can start prenatal massage at any point in a healthy pregnancy!

Prenatal massage often evokes a mistaken response of, ‘it’s not safe to have during the first trimester because it can cause a miscarriage.’ Miscarriages most commonly occur in the first trimester, but research does not show that massage therapy has ever caused a miscarriage. As long as you seek out a massage therapist with proper Pregnancy massage - ottawa massage blogtraining and experience, as well as consult with your physician, obstetrician, or midwife, prenatal massage can be initiated at any point throughout your pregnancy (0–40+ weeks)! Below you will find lists of both the benefits and risks of massage during pregnancy.

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What the Cup? Massage Cupping at Body Poets

Andrew King 2015By: Andrew King
Andrew is a registered massage therapist at Body Poets who wants you to know what all the fuss is about cupping!


What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy uses hand-held cups applied to the skin and soft tissue – in other words, to the upper layers of muscle and fascia – to lift and separate the tissues.

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Scar Rehabilitation: More Than Skin Deep

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By: Emilie McKay, RMT
Emilie is a registered massage therapist at Body Poets who specializes in scar rehabilitation.  Along with publishing an award-winning case study based on scar rehabilitation, Emilie has taught scar rehabilitation to students and RMTs.

A wounded body requires repair. The body has the ability to heal wounds and once the healing is complete, a scar remains. A scar can be as powerful as the force that created it. There are various ways scars are created: trauma, surgery, or burns. But they all leave a message behind.

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Essential Essential Oils

Have you ever walked into a room where an aroma sweeps you off your feet? It creates a warm fuzzy feeling inside, or a sense of calmness throughout. Maybe it reminds you of days past or of good things to come. It can trigger both positive and negative thoughts, and can have an effect on both our physiology and psychology.

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The Power of Relaxation

Ellen SymonsEllen Symons, RMT is an avid recipient of relaxation massage.

Relaxation is all about softness, right?

Well, kind of. Relaxation is a powerful technique. The repairing and rebuilding that your brain and body do when you’re relaxed are essential to your ability to live a strong and healthy life.

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