Bloor West Massage Therapy
If you live or work in Bloor West, you'll be happy to know that there are many registered massage therapists
that work in the area. The beneficial effects of massage are well known, and include:
- Stress relief. These days we're all living stressful lives. Regular massage can help bring relaxation, calm, and balance back into our lives.
- Pain alleviation. Many people live with chronic pain such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, muscle spasms, or other debilitating health issues. Massage can often help people to deal with pain better, or can alleviate the pain itself.
- Circulation. Massage helps increase blood flow to the extremities, and can be very beneficial to those with poor circulation or edema.
- Athlete therapy. Athletes' muscles can be strained by overuse, or sports injuries may occur. Massage helps to promote flexibility and healing.
Whether you depend on massage to keep you mobile and comfortable, or whether you just like to treat yourself to a stress-relieving massage once in a while, you'll be sure to find just the right therapist in the Bloor West area.
Types of Massage
There are numerous different kinds of massage that are available from therapists in the Bloor West neighbourhood. These include:
- Swedish massage. This the best-known Western type of massage therapy, and the most commonly practiced in Canada. Most spas offer this type of massage to clients. Swedish massage is wonderful for relaxing and revitalizing, and relieving stress. It can also release muscle tension, increase circulation of blood, and dissolve scar tissue adhesions.
- Hot Stone Massage. In this type of massage, heated stones are used, making deep massage possible without pain or strain. This type of massage is particularly suited to people who suffer from fibromyalgia, insomnia, or anxiety.
- Deep Tissue Massage. This kind of massage is used to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia, and is often used to help with rehabilitating injuries. This massage helps with circulation and drainage, and can reduce pain and inflammation.
- Shiatsu Massage. This Japanese massage style has sometimes been compared to acupressure, since it is based on some of the same principles. It has the aim of rebalancing the body's energy and opening energy channels.
- Thai Massage. This has been called the "yoga” of massages, since it involves positioning the client in yoga-like poses and stretches. This type of massage promotes range of motion and flexibility.
- Sports Massage. Most athletes use massage to help them keep muscles loose and warm before competitions, and to help to rid the body of toxins after strenuous exercise.
Some complementary natural health treatments include:
- Reflexology. This massage centres on the feet. Points on the feet (and hands) are thought to correspond to various areas of the body. Applying pressure to these points can promote health in the corresponding organs.
- Craniosacral Therapy. This treatment involves subtly aligning the bones of the skull so as to provide proper energy flow.
- Reiki. In this treatment, energy flows from the practitioner's hands into the client's body. It promotes relaxation and a stress release which can lead to healing.
With such a wide range of massage therapies available, it's easy to find a massage that's just right for you.