Massage Therapy

Ottawa Valley Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is a type of manual bodywork that is performed by registered massage therapists (RMTs) qualified to assess, treat, and provide advice on a wide range of musculoskeletal issues. 

The philosophy of massage is to promote relaxation while releasing tight, adhered and stuck tissues. The aim is to stimulate weak or stretched tissues in order to decrease pain and inflammation while improving function, quality of life and overall health. We offer various types of massages designed to help relieve pain, including relaxation massage, neck pain massage, deep river massage, ashiatsu massage, craniosacral massage, pregnancy massage, jaw massage and more.

At our clinic in Pembroke, we have people from all over the Ottawa Valley come to us with various types of pain. Whether it be a jaw massage or craniosacral massage to treat persistent TMJ, or a gentle pregnancy massage for prenatal mothers, Lavallee Health Centre’s main mission is to ensure that our clients always feel better coming out than when they came in.

Relaxation massage is very soothing and it helps reduce feelings of stress and anxiety that may lead to headaches, depression and chronic pain. Other types of massage may be deeper and are used to treat tight, sore muscles. They assist the soft tissues to glide more easily over one another, thereby reducing pain and dysfunction. Ashiatsu massage (barefoot massage), for example, is a great choice if you want broad, compressive strokes that will effectively tackle deep tissue pressure. Simultaneously, lighter and faster techniques are used to stimulate weak, overstretched muscles. Some of these methods include targeting commonly afflicted areas of the body, including neck pain massage to relieve excessive muscle tension or jaw massage to relieve headaches, tooth pain or migraines.

Other structures such as joints, joint capsules, ligaments, and lymphatic vessels are also positively affected by massage. This is achieved through the use of techniques such as joint play and mobilizations, trigger point therapy, passive stretch, lymphatic drainage and homecare programs. No matter what your needs, we can help you find a relaxing massage to help you heal your body and mind.

Our therapists incorporate a variety of techniques to meet all of our client's therapeutic goals. Whether it be to improve relaxation and decrease pain or identify muscle weakness and address postural issues, we have treatments that can help you feel well again.

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     Patient Journeys

Step 1: Initial assessment with Shauna Perry, RMT and Vodder Certified Lymphedema Therapist.

Step 2: Conservative or intensive treatment plan is decided upon.

Step 3: Referral to Jane Wood for nutritional coaching to reduce risk factors and to one of our naturopathic doctors for lymphatic care.

Step 1: Initial assessment with one of our naturopathic doctors to discuss acupuncture and supplementation.

Step 2: Inclusion of massage therapy to reduce pain.

Step 3: Referral to Jane Wood for nutritional coaching.

Step 1 : Mindfulness training with Jane Wood.

Step 2: Referral to one of our naturopathic doctors for completion of stress and fatigue panel, and treatment options.

Step 3: Massage therapy treatment including full body relaxation massage with Abby Gauen, Jodie Lehman or Rachel Bugden.

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