Our Registered Massage Therapists have over 44 years of combined massage therapy experience. All of them are full time career Massage Therapists and work exclusively at Target Therapeutics. They each have their own treatment room which has been decorated by them, which add a touch of individuality and comfort to your treatment.
Our Massage Therapists work with the soft tissues in your body so that they get you out of pain and keep you there. Techniques used vary from gentle massage used mainly for relaxation, to intermediate techniques, to deep and very deep tissue massage. Our massage therapists will determine the depth and massage technique that is most appropriate for you based on their findings and the type of massage that you are looking for.
Our Massage Therapists can be found under the PEOPLE tab. If you are unsure as to which masssage therapist to choose, give us a call and we will happily find the Therapist that is most suitable for you.
Massages can be 30, 45, 60 or 90 minutes in length.
MASSAGE TECHNIQUES INCLUDE...
Fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds muscles. It extends as an uninterrupted sheet from the head to the tip of the toes. Since the fascia is continuous and connects the whole body together, adhesions and tension in fascia in one area of the body can effect muscles and tissues in another area.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure to release restrictions in the fascia that exist as a result of Trauma, poor posture, stress or surgical procedures.
Fascia is a type of fibrous connective tissue that surrounds muscles, organs and joints. NISA focuses on stretching and loosening this tissue to improve posture and restore proper body alignment. This results in pain relief, improved breathing and an increase in movement.
Massage techniques vary in style and in depth. The depth of a massage can vary from gentle massage used for relaxation, to intermediate, to deep tissue massage. Our therapists will sit down with you and determine the type of massage that is most appropriate for you. If your therapist determines that the source of your pain is deep within a muscle or if you prefer a massage that is deep and incorporates a lot of pressure, deep tissue massage can be utilized throughout your treatment.
Swedish massage is the most common and most recognised type of massage. Your massage therapist performs various movements that warm up and knead the muscles being worked on to, release tension, promoting circulation and breaking up tightness or adhered tissues. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, eases muscle tension and promotes a sense of relaxation.
Some of our Registered Massage Therapists have special training along with years of experience and can provide the most effective and beneficial Massage Therapy treatments for you and subsequently, your baby.
With pregnancy, changes to your body are inevitable, and are often accompanied by discomfort. As your baby develops, it changes your center of gravity which results in the pushing and pulling on many tissues.
Our Registered Massage Therapists can address these concerns and help you be as comfortable as possible as your body goes through these changes.
Studies have shown that Massage Therapy is not only beneficial to the expectant mother, but it is healthy for your baby as well. Quite simply..... when the expectant mother feels well and is pain free, these benefits are felt and positively affect your child.
In addition to the overall benefit to the mother and child, there is also evidence that Massage Therapy has positive effects on the labor and birthing process by.....
- decreased pain in all stages of labor
- reducing the mother's stress and anxiety
- increase the quality of your experience of childbirth experience
Our Massage therapist will use ergonomic cushions and supports along with performing some or all of your massage treatments in side lying positions, to ensure your safety and comfort during your Massage Therapy treatments.
We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will complement the care you are receiving from you other health care providers and we will be happy to communicate with them if needed.
A trigger point is most commonly known as a knot and trigger points often cause muscular pain that can be present in the location of the trigger point or refer pain to another area of the body. Trigger points have several causes, including stress, an old injury, poor posture, or overexertion.
Trigger point therapy is a technique that involves the applying of pressure to specific areas of tender muscles to eliminate pain and promote circulation and ultimately to break up the trigger point.
Hot Palms uses soft sand or oatmeal filled pouches that are heated and used along with massage oil or cream to glide over the skin. The pouches can mold and contour to bones and joints to help alleviate primary regions of chronic muscle tension. These regions typically include the back of the leg and hips, the musculature of the back and shoulders and the chronologically tight muscles surrounding the neck.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a general term for pain and dysfunction of the joint surfaces, the articular discs, and the muscles of mastication (or the jaw muscles).
Commonly experienced as jaw deviations, clicking, or locking, or as pain in the jaw/head/teeth/inner ear. Common causes of dysfunction include: increased stress, muscle imbalances-due to hypertonicity/trigger points/postural dysfunction/overuse, or trauma-due to prolonged dental work/hit to the jaw.
The therapist will treat the surrounding structures and progress to begin relaxing the outer muscles and fascia of the jaw. If it is deemed appropriate, intraoral treatments using latex-free gloves to address the deeper muscles of the jaw may be very helpful.
Decreasing the fascial restrictions, trigger points and hypertonicity within the TMJ will help decrease the pain experienced by the client, and assist in a more smoothly moving temporomandibular joint.
Your therapist will work with you in identifying which structures within the TMJ are causing the issues and will determine the best course of action in treating these structures within your comfort level to give you the maximum benefit from treatment.
Osteopathy is a form of manual hands on medicine. The osteopathic approach is to not only look at the presenting symptoms but to look at the body as a whole because it is commonly found that a problem in one part of the body can have its origins, or part of its origin elsewhere to where the discomfort is being felt.
Along with looking at the big picture, the osteopathic approach looks at specific structural and functional connections, including the joints, muscles, the spine, connective tissues and organs to see how these tissues may be involved to find the root cause of the problem and to get you better as quickly as possible.
We use all of the information gathered during a detailed history and physical examination to formulate a treatment plan. Treatment consist of hands on techniques that are safe and effective and are often different than given by other types of manual practitioners
While immediate pain relief is an important consideration, the aim of osteopathy is to get patients well and to keep them well. Hands-on treatment can range from very subtle techniques, that can be used for babies, to more robust techniques used for athletes.
Target Therapeutics offers on-site therapeutic chair massage services for locations within the Region of Waterloo.
Chair Massage is performed through the clothes, without the use of lotion and on a specially designed massage chair. A treatment is most commonly 15 minutes in length.
Chair massage is an ideal solution for any business wanting to increase employee morale by showing that their efforts are appreciated.
For further details, call us or send us an email.