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doors-vaughan-counsellingAccording to a recent study completed by Morosaka, et al. (2010),  a 20-30 minute massage administered twice-weekly could help: 
  • Reduce physiological stress, 
  • Reduce the hormone responsible for increasing the stress response
  • Lower heart rate
  • Decrease blood pressure

 

 

According to Brian Seaward’s text, Essentials of Managing Stress, muscle tension is the number one symptom of stress. The author states, “Giving yourself a massage can be a welcome relief to tired, achy muscles overworked from sitting all day at a computer station or completing a strenuous workout. Performing a variation of a Swedish massage (kneading and stroking on your shoulders, quads, or calves) can prove quite effective in reducing muscle tension.” Seaward suggests trading massages with a friend or hiring someone locally (i.e., a Registered Massage Therapist). 

Types of Massages (Seaward 2013):
Swedish massage: 
  • Most commonly used massage type in North America.
  • Emphasizes decreased muscle tension and increased circulation. 
  • Includes long stroking, rolling and squeezing and deep kneading (all of which attempt to relax the specific muscle fibers. 
Shiatsu
  • Massage type used to unblock or decongest the flow of energy.
  • Fingers knuckles and elbows are used as a means to promote relaxation. This type of massage is also used to relieve sinus problems, TMJD, tension headaches, and nausea. 
  • Sports massage
  • Muscle massages have been suggested to help muscle restoration from extended bouts of heavy training. 
  • Combines Swedish massage, deep tissue work, and pressure. 
 Reflexology
  • Reflexology may seem like a foot massage, but can provide relaxation for the whole body.
  • Seaward states, “the purpose of reflexology is not only to massage the muscles of the foot, but also to provide reciprocal healing to various organs that correspond to the areas of the foot being massaged. (Seaward 2013)”
Thai massage
  •  Includes a complex sequence of soft tissue pressure, stretching, twisting, and joint manipulation.
  • Techniques and practices vary from region to region. 
References:

Seaward, B. L. (2013). Essentials of managing stress. Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett.

Moraska, A., Pollini, R. A., Boulanger, K., Brooks, M. Z., & Teitlebaum, L. (2010). Physiological adjustments to stress measures following massage therapy: a review of the literature. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 7(4), 409-418.

Places to find a Massage Therapist: 
Generated by Google Maps, Counselling Services for York Region (CSYR) is unsure if these business are still in operation. CSYR is not affiliated and does not endorse any of the companies listed below. 

Kick Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 647-799-0577
Crystal Tait – Vellore Chiropractic (Woodbridge)– Vaughan - 905-417-5272
Sunstone Massage Therapy (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 647-233-2569
Vaughan RMT – (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 416-707-4768
Musci Mary Ann – Registered Massage Therapist (Woodbridge) - Vaughan – 905-856-3177
Healing Massage Treatment – (Woodbridge)- Vaughan – 905-856-8219
Renaissance Spa - (Woodbridge)- Vaughan – 905-850-2802
BodyMed - (Woodbridge) - Vaughan – 905-265-8870
Touch of Precision – (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 647-588-4316
Dragon Fly Massage Therapy – (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 416-254-9479
Nu Life - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 905-264-1668
Beata Antonnious RMT - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 905-417-5272
Veritas Massage - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 416-457-4560
Pamela Jenkins RMT - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 905-852-4811
Cindy Dunlop RMT - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 905-851-1400
Vaughan Wellness - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 905-856-1611
Medrehab Group - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 905-264-6311
The Centre for Health and Rehab - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan  - 905-652-4811
Denise Murphy RMT - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 905-856-1611
Gloria Cellupica RMT - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 416-317-0901
Heather Lannin RMT - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 905-850-2802
Sana Health Centre - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 905-265-5014
Jennifer Pretty RMT - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 416-723-5828
Katherine Anderson - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 905-417-8776
Elements Massage - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 647-983-4373
EarthRoots Health Shoppe - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 905-605-4400
Total Balance Massage - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 905-605-7977
Inside Out Wellness - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 905-303-4622
NuLife - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 905-264-1668
Nadian Scarpelli RMT - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 416-525-6355
Adrianna Mazzella RMT - (Woodbridge) – Vaughan – 416-944-3966

Katie Lipman - (Maple)- Vaughan – 416-738-1349

Bodybare - - (Maple)- Vaughan – 905-553-0022
Hand an Stone - - (Maple)- Vaughan – 905-417-1118
Primal Human Performance - (Maple) - Vaughan – 905-850-7779
BodyWorx – (Maple) – Vaughan – 905-553-5900
Marshall Joan RMT – (Maple) – Vaughan – 416-801-4517
Katie RMT – (Maple) – Vaughan – 416-738-1349
Health Matters – (Maple) – Vaughan - 905-532-0410 –
Glen Shields Health Centre – (Maple) – Vaughan – 905-761-0300
Health First Medicine Centre – (Maple) – Vaughan – 905-303-3011
Zukhra – (Maple) – Vaughan – 416-277-3848
Garo Ekserci RMT  – (Maple) – Vaughan – 416-999-8215
My Health First Wellness – (Maple) – Vaughan – 905-303-3011
Marina Battaglia RMT – (Maple) – Vaughan – 905-532-0410
Sandy Levy RMT – (Maple) – Vaughan – 416-720-4222
Danika Mason – (Maple) – Vaughan – 905-417-0500
Kate Lipman – (Maple) – Vaughan – 905-417-1349
Voula Andriopoulos RMT – (Maple) – Vaughan – 905-832-3838
Joan Marshall  RMT – (Maple) – Vaughan – 416-801-4517
Preet Mehandiratta RMT – (Maple) – Vaughan- 647-891-3680
Sokha Oeur RMT – (Maple) – Vaughan – 905-832-8222
Gourette Marques RMT – (Maple) – Vaughan – 905-832-8337 x23
Arina Vaserbakh RMT – (Maple) – Vaughan – 905-832-8880
Gabriel Beer RMT – (Maple) – Vaughan – 289-553-1521
Club Del Sol – (Maple) – Vaughan – 416-564-0482
Rina Ginevra RMT – (Maple) – Vaughan – 905-303-4588

Thornhill Massage Clinic – Thornhill - York Region – 905-532-9972
Sarah Ferguson RMT – Thronhill – York Region – 416-565-5885
OM Spa – Thornhill – York Region – 905-881-8359
Alex Goncharov RMT – Thornhill – York Region – 647-710-8710
Andrey Kojevnikov RMT – Thornhill – York Region – 647-300-5029
Yonge Wellness – Thornhill – York Region – 905-882-7685
JoJoint Venture Physiotherapy – Thornhill – York Region - 905-707-1255
Yonge Street Physiotherapy – Thornhill – York Region – 905-695-3080
TRCC Rehabilitation – Thornhill – York Region – 905-695-1212

Feel Good Spa – Richmond Hill – York Region - 905-770-7555
Mark Levine RMT – Richmond Hill – York Region – 905-780-2468
Richmond Hill Roots – Richmond Hill – York Region – 905-737-7463
Hal Jon RMT – Richmond Hill – York Region - 905-780-0151
Acupuncture Wang – Richmond Hill – York Region – 905-881-8168
Reflex Therapy – Richmond Hill – York Region – 905-881-8338
New Directions in Health – Richmond Hill – York Region – 905-737-0810
Richmond Hill Therapeutic Massages – York Region – 905-883-0673

Kleinberg Integrative Health – Kleinberg – York Region – 905-893-2898

Sarah Nardella RMT – Kleinberg – York Region – 647-501-1311

Access Wellness – Newmarket – York Region – 905-895-9686

Bak Massage Therapy – Markham – York Region - 905-477-1225
Main Stress Massage Therapy – Markham – York Region – 905-294-4454
Markham Village Massage – Markham – York Region – 905-201-0665

Saschar Kerr RMT – Aurora – York Region – 905-727-2963





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