Massage Therapy Services

Massage therapy treatments are used for a wide range of medical conditions, because of their effectiveness for reducing stress, alleviating pain, and reducing muscle tension. SJ Massage and Wellness is pleased to offer the following Therapeutic Massage Therapy services:

Pre-Massage Consultation

We take a custom tailored approach to massage therapy that addresses your own condition and needs. Learn more about why you need to include Massage as a part of your regular health routine.

Each treatment begins with a review of your questionnaire and a general assessment to determine areas of restriction and tightness. Please mention any special conditions so your therapist can maximize the effectiveness of your treatment. For extra time devoted to particularly problematic conditions, we highly recommend a 90-minute massage session.

Orthopedic Massage (OM)

orthopedic massage (OM)

It is a type of manual therapy that focuses on the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain. In addition to treating specific injuries, OM is used to increase range of motion, decrease and manage pain and restore normal body movement and function. It can also help expedite recovery from an activity or competition and alleviate post exercise soreness.

SJ has developed a unique type of Orthopedic Massage that combines deep tissue sports massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, neural mobilization, Active Release Techniques ® (A.R.T.), joint mobilizations, and assisted stretching. Clinical treatments may also be supplemented with specific exercises and/or stretches to be done at home. This combination of clinical treatment and a home routine will help result in the best possible outcome.

All SJ therapists are certified with the Alberta Massage Therapy Associations and receive ongoing training at SJ to ensure the highest level of quality and care.

• Frozen Shoulder
• IT Band Syndrome
• Post Exercise Soreness
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Neck Pain
• Tight Muscles
• Muscle Pulls and Tears
• Ankle Sprains
• Recovery From a Competition or Event
• Low Back Pain
• Scar Tissue
• Tendonitis
• Tension and Migraine Headaches

Deep Tissue Treatment

deep tissue treatment

A therapeutic treatment used with prolonged extensive holds, including myofascial release and trigger point release to stimulate blood flow to restricted areas and relieved knotted muscles that are unable to fully release on their own. The focus is towards opening the superficial and deep connective tissue that encompasses all of your muscle fibers and cells. Recipients can actively participate through deep breathing guided by your therapist as well as identifying areas of discomfort. Please note, some soreness might result after treatment.

Prenatal Massage Treatment

Prenatal massage treatment

Prenatal massage promotes relaxation, soothes the nerves and relieves strained back and leg muscles in expectant mothers. Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you’re carrying and you may find you’ve got an aching lower back. A prenatal massage helps alleviate those aches and pains. Pregnancy massage is especially beneficial in the second and third trimesters.

Cupping Treatment

Cupping treatment

Cupping has been used to treat various ailments ranging from musculoskeletal, dermal, and digestive to psychological conditions like stress, depression, and anxiety. Cupping can be used in conjunction with other forms of healing to enhance their results. Cupping targets deep tissues by creating suction and lifting the skin over the muscles. As the area receives a fresh infusion of blood, it is flooded with nutrients and oxygen that work to heal the damage and injuries.
Massage cupping gives you the same effects of a deep tissue massage but by way of reverse pressure. It can be used to treat ailments like stiff muscles, stress, migraines, fatigue and exhaustion, and back and neck pain. Muscles that have been injured, undergone trauma or exertion accumulate lactic acid and other toxins. Massage cupping can be used to drain these toxins so the muscles can heal. In addition, the blood carries away the accumulation of toxins, dead cells, and other debris that may be hampering healing and causing pain. As a result of better blood circulation, the tensed muscles and stiff tissues relax. Not only is the discomfort alleviated but the patients also sense relaxation that helps lower stress levels and anxiety.

Reflexology/ Foot Massage

REFLEXOLOGY/ foot massage

Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet which correspond to every part, gland, and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology relieves tension and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body. It also improves circulation aiding in the elimination of excessive waste products and fluids in the body, stimulates the lymphatic system boosting the immune system and encourages the body to heal itself. Reflexology is used to treat an existing imbalance in the energy of the body and help relieve foot pain.

Gua Sha Technique

Gua Sha technique

Gua Sha, also known as “tissue mapping” effectively treats all soft tissue conditions whether they are chronic, acute, or post -surgical. The unique technique and instruments enable physical and occupational therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and massage therapists to address scar tissue and fascial restrictions during rehabilitation and to administer effective range of motion maintenance programs.

As the instruments are moved over the affected area and come in contact with the adhesions, they help break up scar tissue and fascial restrictions. In time, this process will reduce or eliminate the adhered fibres, restoring range of motion and eliminating the associated pain. It will help transform your soft tissue injury into healthy functioning tissue.

Gua Sha is tailored specifically for athletes and fitness enthusiasts to achieve optimal performance. Patients usually receive two treatments per week during a four- to- five week period. Most patients have a positive response by the third or fourth treatment.

Gua Sha is clinically proven to achieve faster and better patient outcomes in treating the following:

Achilles Tendinosis/Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Tennis Elbow, Lumbar strain/sprain, Golfer’s Elbow, Patella femoral Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis, Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/Tendinitis, Scar Tissue, Trigger Finger, Women’s Health (Post Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Massage (TMJ)

TMJ temporomandibular joint dysfunction

TMJ Dysfunction is a disorder of the muscles of mastication due to stress, bruxism (grinding), jaw clenching, trauma to head, neck or jaw. Signs and Symptoms may include chronic tension headaches, neck and shoulder pain, jaw pain, ear aches or ear stuffiness, clicking or popping with jaw movement, spasms in facial muscles, inability to open jaw fully or pain and stiffness upon doing so, and sensitive teeth. Massage is one of the most effective and noninvasive techniques that can help address the cause of TMJ disorders. Whether the pain comes from a jaw injury, arthritis, or simply the fatigue from repeatedly grinding or clenching your teeth, regular massage therapy can make a significant difference. After a thorough assessment, massage therapy can help to realign problem areas, relieve the muscle tension and relax the muscles by working trigger point areas around the head, jaw, face, neck, shoulders and back.

Sinus and Migraine Treatment


This treatment is designed to open up sinus blockages and headaches due to weather and seasonal changes.

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