December 1, 2013
December 13th-16th receive 15% off all gift certificates bought ONLINE. Our gift certificates never expire, and can be sold in ANY denomination. What is even better is that you can buy a gift certificate anywhere in the world and can be sent via email to the recipient.
Think teachers, bus drivers, babysitters or your favourite neighbour! Or use it as an opportunity to pre-pay for your own massages next year! (Please note that you can’t use them to get reimbursed from your insurance company)
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
December 1, 2013
Did you know we are open on Sundays at our Kanata location? Check out our online booking tool to see what we have available.
November 26, 2013
We are very honoured to find out that Absolute Massage Therapy in Almonte has been nominated for a business award in creativity and innovation. Such a privilege to be in such fine company! See you at the awards gala!
November 21, 2013
Often referred to as “knots,” trigger points are points of pain and spasm in a muscle. Your body has trigger points throughout your muscle tissue that can actually cause cause pain in other parts of your body. Irritation in these trigger points is typically from athletic activity, stress, injury, and repetitive strain.
Our sports massage therapists in Almonte, Kanata, and Carleton Place utilize trigger point massage therapy to with trigger point therapy to help manage pain and stress from chronic injuries. For example, by addressing a trigger point in your back, our therapists could reduce referral pain in the neck. To compound the issue is that the neck then acts as a satellite trigger point, causing potential headaches.
Absolute Massage Therapists uses trigger point therapy to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. The recipient (you) will actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
Trigger point massages release constricted areas in the muscles and alleviate pain – you can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment.
November 14, 2013
A prenatal massage for Ottawa (as well as Kanata, Almonte, Carleton Place) expectant mothers has a lot of the great features of a regular Swedish massage, customized to pregnant women’s needs.
Pregnancy and the accompanying body changes require a specialized prenatal massage – of which Absolute Massage Therapy therapists are adept at providing. Ottawa area’s mothers-to-be.
How it works
There are two ways to lay on the table for a prenatal massage. Either you can lay sideways on a regular massage or some of our therapists use a special table so that you can lie face down with hollowed-out areas and special pillows to accommodate your belly and your tender breasts as well. Our therapists take extra care to ensure our pregnancy massage clients are comfortable.
Relief of Everyday Pains
Massage for pregnant women can help alleviate several symptoms, including:
- Headaches – Focusing can on the head, neck, and shoulders reduces the likelihood of tension headaches and migraines or they can just put a stop to them by relaxing trigger points and muscle spasms.
- Muscle tension – Carrying the extra weight of a baby can be relieved by increasing blood flow to the afflicted areas.
- Fatigue – Its hard to sleep… and backaches, leg cramps and swelling don’t help. These can all be relieved through various techniques with a prenatal massage.
- Aches and pains are relieved by stimulating the release of serotonin, your body’s natural anti-pain chemical.
No massage will help your baby sleep through the night – but hopefully it will relax mom enough to get some much deserved rest.
October 25, 2013
One of the most common forms of massage is the Swedish massage, developed in 1812 by a Swedish physiologist named Henri Peter Ling. Ling’s goal was to create a relaxing form of massage that would increase circulation, ease tension, and improve flexibility.
Today when considering a type of massage to get, most default to the relaxing Swedish massage, which incorporates five individual techniques used together to create the maximum effect and benefit: long, smooth strokes; careful kneading of individual muscles; friction; hacking (tapping); and consistent vibration.
During the massage, our therapists in the Ottawa area (Kanata, Almonte, Carleton Place) place a sheet over you, removing it for each section of the body when that’s the area to be addressed. These massages are meant to be a quiet, relaxing experience with soft music in the background to help you relax and enjoy the experience.
Common reasons to consider a Swedish massage (other than just spoiling yourself) include:
1. Improve your circulation. The long, gentle strokes help to open circulation and increase blood flow to the extremities.
2. You are stressed. Swedish massage is intended for relaxation and comfort, and will help to relieve stressors that affect you on a daily basis.
3. You have sensetive skin. Swedish massage is very gently, and will not abrade the skin or the muscles. It is not intended to “work out” kinks and knots, but to soothe them.
October 25, 2013
While many of the same techniques used in Swedish massage are also used in deep tissue massage, the pressure is typically more intense and focused and will usually be focused on problem areas and stiff muscles.
Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension (or injuries/adhesions) in the muscles of the neck and back and in the connective tissue, called fascia. It is “deep tissue” because it targets the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles, and will invariably work out hard knots or adhesions that exist in those muscles. The deep tissue massage involves stretching fascia, connective tissue that surrounds, supports and penetrates all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Our deep tissue massage therapist works layer by layer through connective tissue and muscles and reaches down to the deepest accessible layers to loosen stiffness and improve freedom of movement by releasing fascial adhesions and chronic muscle contraction issues. Deep tissue massage therapists use their fingers, thumbs, fists, forearms and elbows to stretch each muscle and fascia layer. This can help the healing process for adhesions and scar tissue form in muscles because of injury, chronic poor posture, chronic or acute inflammation and repetitive motions.
So why would you need a deep tissue massage versus a Swedish massage? For startes, they’re great for people who sit or stand in one position all day or who engage in physical activity on a regular basis. Muscles have a tendency to compensate for each another, creating an imbalance in the muscular structure of the body. Deep tissue massage eases the tension and alleviates stress on muscle groups.
While a deep tissue massage may be uncomfortable in comparison to Swedish massage, it shouldn’t hurt and your Absolute Massage Therapist in Kanata, Almonte, Carleton Place will always ask you to provide feedback if the pressure becomes to much to handle.
Some common reasons to consider a deep tissue massage include:
- Chronic pain in a particular muscle group.
- You are consistently involved in heavy exercise, physical activity, etc.
- To overcome lingering injuries. These massages will help work out any kinks or knots that have formed as a result of that injury.
For residents in Kanata, Almonte, Carleton Place, Absolute Massage offers deep tissue massage to address deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The deep tissue massage can be be tender, but communication with your therapist will ensure that it stays within your comfort level.
September 30, 2013
Let’s face it, just because you love your family does not mean that having everyone in the house, waiting for the Turkey to come out of the oven, drinking too much wine and getting on each other’s last nerve. All across the Ottawa … in Almonte, Kanata, and Carleton Place, the stress is likely to build to massage-needed levels.
Let’s remember what Thanksgiving symbolizes – a time for gratitude, showing loved ones how much you appreciate them, and taking a moment to count your blessings. One way to show your appreciation to your host/hostess in Almonte, Kanata, and Carleton Place could be to provide a gift certificate from Absolute Massage Therapy.
With the largest group of Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) in Kanata, Almonte, and Carleton Place, you’ll be thankful that you’ll be sure to find a spot for a massage. And our RMT’s will customize your Kanata massage and massage therapy techniques and methods to meet your specific health and relaxation goals, such as: Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, pregnancy and sports massage.
And let’s face it, it is the rare houseguest that will be savvy enough to provide a massage gift certificate – so treat yourself… it is much more relaxing than a bottle of wine, healthier… and less fattening.
September 25, 2013
Welcome back hockey. And if you’re a participant and not just a fan, welcome back bumps, bruises, and back injuries. Hockey players are especially susceptible for lower back injuries because of the flexed-forward posture as well as the frequent hyperextension (backward) stress. Back pain, muscle pulls, and hip flexor injuries are no strangers to weekend warriors in Almonte, Kanata, and Carleton Place.
So whether you’re looking to avoid a recurring injury or treating a new one, make sure you check out our sports massage therapists in Almonte, Kanata, and Carleton Place to keep you on the ice. With the largest group of Registered Massage Therapists in the Ottawa area, Absolute Massage Therapy will take the time to get to know you, your injury history, and what injuries you might be especially at risk for.
Let’s face it, hockey in the Ottawa area is serious business – whether you’re a Senator or a once-a week player whose back, knees, and hairline have seen better days. Bowhere in Almonte, Kanata, and Carleton Place will you find sports massage therapists to keep you on the ice…and the dream alive. Because you never know when you might be called up to the big club.
September 20, 2013
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We already think we are pretty awesome, but it feels even better when the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) thinks so too. Cheers to yet another GLOWING assessment…in both locations. Comments like “a beautiful clinic and maintains exceptional standards” and “very professional” and “an asset to our profession” is music to our ears.