East York Massage and Physiotherapy Studio

Massage Therapy

Comprehensive health management


Massage therapy is one of the oldest methods of healing, as the practice of therapeutic massage can be traced back nearly 4,000 years. Statistics from both Health Canada 1 and the American Massage Therapy Association 2 show that millions of North Americans use it today.

Massage therapy refers to a comprehensive health management strategy focusing on the application of various techniques to positively affect the soft tissues and joints of the body. Massage techniques most commonly include pressure and compression, kneading, friction, and mobilizing to improve the health and condition of the muscles, tendons, skin, fascia or connective tissue of the body.

Today massage is thought of as a holistic therapy that complements medical treatment. The "Physician's Guide to Therapeutic Massage" shows that massage can decrease pain, improve range of motion, improve mood, aid in the circulation of blood and lymph flow, reduce muscle and joint soreness, and improve sleep.

Hot Stone Massage Therapy

Hot Stones Massage is most popular amongst clients for the deep relaxation benefits. The basalt stones are warmed in water to maintain their heat throughout your treatment. Stones are rhythmically massaged into aching muscles, while more stones sit on other body parts to warm tissues and release tension. This deep heat also has therapeutic benefits such as: point area specific muscle tension relief, offers relaxation to tight overused muscles, reduces stress and anxiety, easily addresses trigger points, increased circulation, promotes sleep, relieves chronic painful conditions like fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, and so much more!

Hot Stone treatments are booked exclusively with Christina Gouveia, RMT for 60 and 90 minute session lengths

Indie Head Massage Therapy 

Indie Head Massage is a relaxing and rejuvenating scalp, head neck and shoulder massage. An ancient practice that began in India over 500 years ago. Indie Head Massage is a form of massage based on the ancient Ayurvedic healing systems, in which techniques are used to both soothe and rejuvenate. Indie Head Massage is used to reduce stress and improve tissue health and circulation. Techniques are aimed at promoting relaxation while effectively easing muscle pain. It is especially useful in treating migraines, sinus congestion and promote lymphatic drainage. It has a deeply calming and balancing effect on the nervous system which helps to release stress and tension create a sense of peace.

•Please note: Indie head massage involves oil being poured directly on the scalp, leaving hair and scalp covered in oil. We do NOT have shower facilities at the clinic so please plan accordingly.

Indie Head Massage treatments are booked exclusively with Christina Gouveia, RMT 

1 Health Canada (2003)Health Policy Research Bulletin. Retrieved May 10, 2005, from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/iacb-dgiac/arad-draa/english/rmdd/bulletin/mainstream.html#page6
2 American Massage Therapy Association. (2001). Massage Therapy Consumer Fact Sheet

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