The benefits of having a massage team at Apex - our Junior Therapist Tanya Thomlinson explains

Tanya: What could possibly be better than having a skilled professional massage therapist whom you trust, to help you achieve your best health? How about having an entire team of skilled professional massage therapists, like our team at Apex Massage?
Apex therapists are encouraged to pursue continuing education training. Although all of our therapists offer Relaxation and Deep Tissue massage, many of them also specialize in other modalities such as Hot Stone, Cupping, Myofascial Release, or Orthopedic Massage.

Having a massage therapist whom you love and trust is key to your wellness regime. But sometimes, life circumstances change, and as a result, so do our needs as clients.

When a woman is pregnant, the type of massage she receives will need to change, and she will need a therapist who is comfortable with Prenatal Massage, which accommodates the unique physical changes expecting mothers experience. 

A client who has been injured (by playing sports, or in a motor vehicle accident, for example) would benefit from seeing a therapist who specializes in Orthopedic Massage and is able to assess and treat specific injuries and any postural issues that may result from them.

Sometimes, your regular therapist may need to be away for an extended period of time. In that case, s/he can recommend another Apex therapist with a similar style, so you can continue your regular massage schedule in their absence.
In total, Apex therapists offer over 13 different types of massage, so our clients have their own team of specialists at their service!

Here are some of the types of massage offered at Apex:

Hot Stone Massage employs smooth, heated stones which are placed on the body to warm and relax the muscles, allowing the therapist to work more deeply, more quickly. The therapist may also use the stones as tools to release very tight muscles.

Myofascial Release (MFR) works on the fascia – the thin membrane of connective tissue that is found throughout the body, wrapping around each muscle and organ and holding it all in place. Trauma or injury can cause adhesions in the fascia, which in turn restrict movement. MFR releases the adhesions, allowing the muscles to return to their normal length and improving range of motion.

Cupping is a form of myofascial release. Cups (usually silicon or plastic) are placed on the skin and a vacuum is created inside of each cup, pulling tissue layers apart and allowing fascial adhesions to release. Cupping increases blood flow to the area being worked on, which stimulates healing.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) encourages lymph flow and is effective for reducing certain types of edema (fluid accumulation that causes swelling). The techniques used are slow, repetitive, light and rhythmical, which helps to decrease pain perception. MLD is ideal for clients who are experiencing edema due to injury or recent surgery, or who have had lymph nodes surgically removed.

Prenatal Massage provides many benefits to pregnant clients, such as: stress relief, lessening of pain and discomfort from postural changes, reduction of swelling in hands and feet, and decreased nausea. The therapist takes into account the drastic physical changes a woman’s body undergoes throughout pregnancy, and accommodates these through positioning of the client and techniques used.

Orthopedic Massage is ideal for clients who have experienced injuries, or who have postural issues that cause them pain or discomfort. After taking a detailed history and assessing the client physically, the therapist will design a program to treat and correct specific issues.

Sports Massage is ideal for athletes and can take place immediately pre- or post-event, or afterward, to aid the athlete’s recovery or maintain their strength and flexibility between workouts or competitions.

Thai Massage, unlike most other forms of massage, is performed with the client clothed (usually in workout-style attire). The therapist uses their hands, legs, knees and feet to manipulate the client’s body into yoga-like stretches, applying pressure on muscles and loosening joints. It is excellent for improving energy and increasing flexibility.

TMJ Massage addresses the unique issues that arise with the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), located on either side of the head, where the jaw meets the skull. TMJ pain may arise as a result of arthritis, injury, or chronic grinding or clenching of the teeth. Regular TMJ massage can reduce pain and may even lessen the grinding or clenching that causes it.

Reflexology is an ancient practice that is based on the notion that areas of the body can be adjusted or managed though the application of pressure to a specific corresponding zone found on the feet, hands, and ears.

“I didn’t know there were so many different types of massage! How do I choose just one?”

The best news is, you don’t have to. Massage techniques and modalities can be combined to create the perfect treatment for each client, every visit. Talk to your regular therapist to see what their specialties are and make an appointment to try something new. If you’d like to try a modality your therapist does not offer, they will let you know which Apex therapists offer that specialty, and help you choose the therapist who is right for you. That’s just one of the many benefits of having a massage team!

“What makes the Apex Massage team so special?”     
In business for 23 years, Apex employs 28 Registered Massage Therapists, each with a minimum of 2200 hours of training. Our therapists only work 5 hour shifts (can work longer hours if they want), guaranteeing that the last massage of the day is the same quality as the first. We have two designated Wellness Warriors who plan staff events to strengthen our team dynamic. Because we care so much about our staff, we attract the very best therapists. At every visit, you will be greeted by our friendly and considerate Administration staff. Prior to your treatment, your therapist will perform an assessment and evaluation, and afterward they will provide you with patient education and home care recommendations. We are open 7 days a week, so you can always find an appointment that will fit your schedule.
Tanya Thomlinson is currently a 2nd Year MaKami College student working towards her 2200 hour certification, and will graduate in June 2018 with 3000 hours of training. With a passion for helping those around her feel their best mentally, emotionally and physically, Tanya was drawn to the study of massage therapy because it is the perfect conduit for achieving a healthy mind-body balance. She blends Swedish Relaxation, deep tissue and myofascial techniques to create a flowing massage experience tailored to each client's needs.Tanya keeps active with dance and fitness classes, walking and downhill skiing. She is an avid reader and arts supporter, and enjoys travelling. You can book your appointments with Tanya on Wednesdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm.                                                                                                                           


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