At Evolve Wellness Centre in Vancouver, our Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) treat the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems to improve patient health.
All of our massage therapists are RMT, which means they have received 2,200 hours of training over a rigorous 20-month program and are registered in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of BC. You can be sure that our RMT have been educated and trained to evaluate individual health needs, and to provide active and passive techniques for patient care that include manual therapy, stretching and strengthening. Our Registered Massage Therapists are committed to restoring and maintaining your optimal health.
There are a variety of treatments Evolve’s RMT offer patients to help treat a wide range of conditions, such as headaches, sinus congestion, jaw pain, and/or acute or chronic muscle pain and strains due to repetitive overuse or sport injuries. Massage may also help with stress management.
Our RMT use a variety of techniques such as Swedish, deep tissue release and joint mobilization. Their additional skills include sinus drainage, myofascial release, TMJ treatments and the use of hot stone massage.
Many of today’s health problems can benefit from massage therapy as the manipulation of soft tissue affects so many of our bodily systems. Regular massage treatments help with body maintenance, improve muscle performance and allow the mind and body to reset. Ms. Nancy Na is a graduate of the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. She specializes in TMJ treatments, sinus treatments, myofascial release and hot stone massage — and has an amazing ability to get tight, tense muscles to release throughout the body.
Massage therapy is an effective approach to pain management and overall wellbeing using a variety of techniques that include manual therapy, myofacial release, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises. While massage is often used to treat medical conditions, it is a key element in helping to achieve overall wellbeing by increasing the body’s range of motion and flexibility, as well as helping to reduce stress and improve circulation.
Massage therapists registered with the College of Massage Therapists of BC are trained to treat a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Post-injury rehabilitation
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Sprains and strains
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Back pain
- Neck and shoulder tension
- Muscle spasm
- Pain due to pregnancy
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)
- Sinus congestion
At your initial visit you will be asked to fill out a brief health history and consent form and undergo a physical assessment by your Evolve Wellness Centre RMT to evaluate your condition. This will help your therapist determine the best treatment plan. Your RMT will give you privacy to disrobe and allow you to position yourself on the table under a sheet.
Your massage therapist may use a massage oil or lotion, depending on the technique used. Be sure to speak up if you feel any discomfort so the massage therapist can adjust hand pressure or use another approach or technique that works better for you.
Our RMT only use hypoallergenic massage oils, lotions and massage gels. However, be sure to let your RMT know if you are sensitive to certain types of oils or lotions as our practitioners have an assortment on hand.
A massage usually leaves most people feeling very relaxed. Some patients find that they no longer experience the long-term aches and pains that had developed from tension or repetitive activity. People often find that their energy increases, their awareness is heightened, and they feel more productive. We also recommend that you drink plenty of water following your massage to flush the toxins that are released from your soft tissues.
The craniosacral system is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the spinal cord and brain. With a very light touch, craniosacral practitioners evaluate and enhance a patient’s craniosacral system by releasing restrictions within it. This promotes the body’s natural healing process and helps to restore correct function to the central nervous system. It is used to remedy a wide variety of medical conditions and improve resistance to disease. Commonly treated problems are:
- Trauma to the spinal cord and brain
- Post-surgical recovery
- Chronic pain
- Nervous system disorders
MLD is a technique of manual lymphatic drainage, created by Dr. Bruno Chikly. Using extensive knowledge of anatomical science, a massage therapist detects the depth, rhythm and direction of lymph flow throughout the body. The gentle touch of hands and fingers is used in manual lymphatic mapping, which determines circulation and supports alternate pathways for draining stagnations and removing blockages. With soft, wave-like movements, the massage therapist encourages fluid circulation to:
- Improve function of the immune system
- Detoxify the body
- Help with tissue regeneration
- Relieve chronic pain
- Reduce insomnia
- Diminish swollen areas of the body, such as hands or ankles
- Relieve bronchitis and other chronic or acute inflammations
Joint mobilization is a manual therapy technique used to increase the movement and the health of a joint. It is different from chiropractic adjustment as registered massage therapists mainly treat the muscles that surround the joint, helping reduce joint pain, relax the surrounding tissues and increase joint movement
Evolve’s RMT use very gentle, feather-like directional stroking in a specific order on the face to help with sinus congestion. Sometimes patients feel the effect right after a treatment, but most often the full effect is felt over the next day or two. It is often incorporated into the massage treatment and commonly done towards the end of the session, as it can be very soothing to most patients.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is pain in your jaw due to hypertonic jaw muscles and/or joint dysfunction. It can be genetic, or caused by a combination of clenching, grinding and/or arthritis. Some people may experience difficulty chewing, jaw tenderness/pain and sometime locking of the joint. Evolve’s registered massage therapists are able to release hypertonic muscles either inter-orally or externally with the consent of the patient. This will help to reduce jaw pain, increase the range of motion of the jaw and prevent locking of the jaw joint.
Myofascial release is a technique used by Evolve’s RMT using gentle, sustained pressure and gliding movements to help release adhesions within the muscle belly. This allows the body to increasing blood flow, improve lymphatic circulation and increasing the ability to stretch muscles.
Yes. Trigger points are hyper-irritable adhesions within a muscle that project a referral pain to another area of the body. When pressure is applied or a muscle is in contraction, a distinctive referral pain pattern sets off, dictating which muscle may need to be released. Evolve’s RMT are trained to determine which muscle is affected by the referral pain path. We then treat the trigger point by applying consistent pressure to the hypertonic muscle for 30-40 seconds, allowing the muscle to release, thus reducing or eliminating the referral pain.
Hot or cool stones are used as tools by Evolve’s RMT to help release hypertonic muscles and aid in relaxation. The heat in the stones gives the tissues a chance to relax while allowing the practitioner to release the deeper muscles with the help of the stones. While stones are used to stroke the body and treat affected muscles, they are rarely just placed on the body unless required to reduce muscle tension. Cool stones are used in conjunction with the hot stone to help release tension and reduce pain within the muscle belly.
The stones are set at the temperature of 200º F. A cool water bath is near by enabling the RMT to adjust the temperature of the stones to your comfort level. But rest assured, the stones are rarely just placed on the body — the RMT uses them to stroke the various muscles that need to be treated. Please let your RMT know if the stones are too hot or the pressure is too strong, as it is important to us that patients have a positive experience during a treatment.
Not at Evolve Wellness Centre in Vancouver. A 60-minute treatment will cost the same with or without the use of hot stones. The stones are just another tool in the toolbox used by our RMT to help patients get the best treatment possible.
Most likely yes, as long as the practitioner who is using the hot stones is a Registered Massage Therapist.