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Ascent Integrative Health

Massage Therapy – Downtown Calgary

Our downtown Calgary registered massage therapists are experienced in providing relief for a wide range of conditions such as tension headaches, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries and other common conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction.

Massage therapy is also remarkably effective when used as part of a preventive care program. Some examples of general wellness care include pre- or post-natal care (pregnancy), infant massage, stress management, sports training, injury prevention and performance enhancement.

The Goal: to release general tension from the muscles and other soft tissues. This increases circulation, releases stress, and improves movement and well being.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal therapeutic benefit. New massage patients should arrive 10 minutes prior to their appointment to complete the necessary forms.

It usually depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.

Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she or he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except for the area being worked on.

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