In Western countries, Swedish massage is considered the basis of all massages. It is performed on the body with oil or gel, and is the pressing and kneading of muscles to help soften and release the toxins stored over time and from repeated movement strain.
To be done correctly, Swedish massage must meet a number of criteria: It begins with a light stroking movement, then goes deeper with deep kneading, and lastly a relaxation massage.
The work is often done by segments of the body: upper back, lower back, arm, forearm, thigh, etc.
If you have a stiff neck, back pain or carpal tunnel syndrome Swedish massage will provide good results in just a few sessions.
Deep Tissue Massage
Muscles have many layers that overlap and sometimes tension is located in the deeper layers.
Our extensive knowledge of anatomy allows us to work on the deep muscles and ligaments to release the joint structures and relieve recurring pain originated from tendonitis, tenosynovitis, bursitis, herniated discs or simply muscle tension that took time to settle deeply.
A pregnant woman’s body undergoes multiple transformations: the digestive organs are pushed up by the increased volume of the uterus, the bladder is compressed, the pelvis changes significantly, there is an increase supply of blood and lymph, and many hormonal changes.
Massage can help the body make the necessary adjustments, but it also allows the woman to understand through the sense of touch how her body has changed and where her new limits are. It also frees the fears that may arise with the unknown changes of pregnancy.
Sometimes there are changes in the lumbar and cervical spine that causes pain, which massage helps to reduce.
We have a special cushion for pregnant women. The body cushion allows you to remain lying on your stomach for the duration of the massage. For all our pregnant clients, simply lying on their stomach is relaxing, especially in late pregnancy.
A professional team
Maria has many years of experience in working with people of all ages and walks of life since graduating in 2000 from the Canadian College of Orthotherapy (Ottawa) in Swedish Massage and Kinesitherapy and from L’ Académie de Massage et d’Orthothérapie (Gatineau) in 2001 as an Orthotherapist. She has also undertaken studies in trigger point therapy, shiatsu, reflexology, hot stone massage and pre-natal massage.
In addition to working full time over the years in both spa and clinical settings, Maria has been been continually learning and expanding her understanding of holistic health and wellness and has pursued many certifications in energy healing . She obtained her Reiki Mastery certification in 2004, certification in Reconnective Healing with Dr. Eric Pearl in 2008 as well as travelling yearly to southern India from 2010 to 2013 studying the connection between consciousness and the body as well as many effective transformational processes at Oneness University (Chennai).
She has also undergone an extensive 9 year program in a body centred psychospiritual approach and became a Certified Psychospiritual Coach from the Inner Journey Institute (California) in 2009.
Currently, Maria is studying at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and will be obtaining her diploma as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Counsellor (2018).
Her deep passion is in helping her clients acheive optimal wellness in all aspects, physically, mentally and emotionally in order to live the best life possible.
William has spent over 1000 hours in the study of Orthotherapy. Orthotherapy is a natural therapy that combines massage therapy and kinesiotherapy (therapy by movement). It is intended for people who suffer from muscle pain and joint stiffness, which are usually caused by postural imbalance or sudden and repetitive movements.
He has spent the last 17 years learning new skills in order to be able to incorporate them into his treatments including several styles of hot stone massage, Shiatsu, Alexander technique and Qui Gong. He is also a Reiki Master.
William is a member of Mon Reseau Plus as a certified Massage therapist.