In this section:

Types of Massage

Treatments Offered


Modalities Used













 


Types of Massage

This section is limited to the massage techniques I commonly employ in assessment and treatment of soft tissue pain.

Swedish Massage


Swedish Massage uses manual techniques to loosen and stretch muscle tissue that has become tense and shortened from stress of simple use, overuse, sports injuries and motor vehicle accidents.

 



Swedish Massage works from the surface down toward the core of the body, loosening layer upon layer of muscle, restoring normal function of muscles and joints reducing swelling and recovery from injuries and relieving resultant muscle spasm.

 

 

Deep Tissue Massage


Deep Tissue Massage uses slower and deeper techniques to stretch the lower layers of muscle, the core spinal-stabilizers, ligaments, tendons and fascia.

Focusing on the actual lengthening of tissue, progressively deepening the Swedish technique. Deep Tissue is best used to work tissues and joints with reduced mobility due to previous trauma. This kind of rehab is applicable to areas of adhesion and may prove less painful than cross-fiber frictions. If you have restricted range of motion your therapist may need to perform deep tissue massage with the goal of re-establishing muscle or connective tissue length.

 

 

Cryotherapy (Ice)


Cryotherapy can be used to decrease blood or fluid accumulation (swelling) or it can be used to increase blood flow. Depending on what you use it for and how you use it, Ice can be one of the most helpful tools in re-modeling adhered tissue. Apply ice if you have pain or soreness to the touch after deep tissue massage. Apply ice to the area for 7 minutes and repeat if necessary. Stretch the part at least once after area has warmed to the touch.

Ice can be used alternately with heat for treatment of chronic pain by increasing circulation to tense areas of holding.

 

More Hot/Cold info

 

 

 

 

Neuromuscular Therapies


This specific and scientific approach to muscular pain relief will help to bring about balance between the musculo-skeletal system and the nervous system. NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles and biomechanics (movement) and it releases endorphins, pain-killer produced by the body. It can be part of a comprehensive program, complementing all other health care modalities.

Neuromuscular Therapy examines 5 physiological factors which may create or intensify pain patterns.These five factors are:

 

1. Ischemia
2. Trigger Points
3. Nerve Entrapment/Compression
4. Postural Distortions
5. Diet-neural toxicity

 

Neuromuscular Therapy uses smart techniques to influence muscle relaxation using neurological reflexes located in the muscle, tendon and peripheral joints.

 

Massage Therapists use:

• PNF stretching to cause muscle lengthening
• Trigger Point Therapy to release muscles in local spasm
• Origin and Insertion technique releases muscles where they attach to the bones via tendons.

For a very in-depth description of the neurological pain reflex loop, explore the NMT Center website. The name of the article is Massage Helps Relieve Muscular Pain.

 

 

 

Trigger Point Therapy


Trigger Point Therapy is a form of neuromuscular therapy which effectively releases pain trapped in either the muscle, tendons, ligaments, or fascia.

 

By reducing spasm in local tissues, tissue regains functional length, allowing proper function and movement.

 

 

 

 

Myo Fascial Release Therapy


Addressing the fascial regions of the body, including the skin and superficial fascia, fascial diaphragms of the body, scars and adhesions affecting tendon, ligament and aponeurosis, spinal dura and meninges, joints, viscera and neural bodies.

 

Fascial Release uses the body’s fascial resistance patterns to define areas of treatment, and then passively and actively addresses the resistance with slow, superficial to deep holds and stretches which challenge the tissue in 3 directions of movement. Imagine pressing down, then across with a twist or shearing force, applied to an elastic tissue, to tissue resistance and then stretching away from tissue resistance, slowly. That is the key.


Fascial Release does not often include gliding movements over the surface of the skin and may be used to address certain tissues effectively.

 

 

Muscle Energy Technique


Using the muscles own force, MET re-aligns the skeleton using the intelligence of the nervous system to reset muscle tone and recruitment.


The absence of external force and joint manipulation makes it safe for the patient, ensuring reduced joint injury during manipulation. This is a patient moderated path to structural re-alignment that also incorporates PNF Stretching and Origin and Insertion technique and Positional Release Therapy. The MET technique is redefined and utilized by Active Release Therapy.

 

 

Cranial Sacral Therapy


CST is based on the subtle movement patterns of the cranial vault, spinal vertebrae, cerebrospinal fluid as well as the sacrum and occiput, pelvic and shoulder girdles, all peripheral joints and body diaphragms.

Cranial Sacral Therapy exists as a study unto itself yet is fully influenced in any hands on situation involving spinal traction, and Myo-Fascial Release and forms of compression and joint mobilization.

 

 

CST directly influences cerebrospinal fluid movement and neurological health. If you are very pain sensitive from a traumatic experience or injury, CST may be your first step for recovery. Myo-Fascial Release and CST are often used together.

The definitions of therapeutic technique may be showing some overlap now and will continue to do so as your knowledge of how the bodily systems work deepens.

 

Traction


Traction is applied to the body with the intention of creating a space between joint surfaces. Effectively stretching impinged soft tissue, including nerves. Traction may be applied manually, by inversion or with the use of slings and pulleys as you might expect to find at a physiotherapists office. Inversion Traction is a gravitational form of traction that is very healthy for the spine and reduces muscle tension and nerve pain.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lisa Christine Alexander

Registered Massage Therapist
Call or Text:
604-886-8880

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In this section:

Types of Massage

Treatments Offered


Modalities Used


Welcome to Lisa Christine Alexander's Registered Massage Therapy Practice.

 

Lisa has been in practice since 1987 and offers a variety of techniques to assist her clients achieve wellness and a pain-free lifestyle.

 

Lisa integrates biomechanical modalities to re-establish dynamic balance of muscle, fascial tissues and skeletal alignment. Using a holistic yet biomechanical approach, Lisa incorporates years of specialized training. Massage Therapy, Neuromuscular Techniques, Hydrotherapy, Exercise and Stretching are all used in combination to achieve postural alignment and muscle balance. Through postural assessment and treatment with therapeutic exercise and massage therapy, we can achieve relief of chronic and acute pain syndromes.

 

Treatments Offered

 

General Therapeutic Massage


For maintenance of proper muscle balance, health and freedom of movement.

 

Chronic Pain Assessment and Treatment


For those with long term pain and conditions related to sports, motor vehicle accident, post injury or post surgical nerve pain.

 

 

 

Sports Massage and Treatment of Sports Related Injuries


Related to the cycles of training athletes, massage therapy can assist the development of an athletes flexibility and power by increasing range of motion, reducing scar tissue, strain patterns and fascial adhesions formed by progressive overload and the “adaptation” phase.

 

Deep Tissues Massage


Used to treat chronic pain, post surgical pain and to restore joint mobility. Systematically loosening deep layers of muscle and fascia, Deep tissue massage frees adhered and constricted tissues.

 

Geothermal Therapy- Hot Stone Massage


Heated Basalt river rocks from high in The Andes Mountains are a natural source of deeply penetrating Infrared Heat. Hot Stone Massage relies on the direct and reflex effects of heat applied to specific body regions. Cold stones may be used on areas of edema or inflammation.

 

Ozone, Rocks and Hot Steam - NEW!


Enjoy the healing benefits of oxygen in the long lasting form of ozonated olive oil. Experience feeling deeply refreshed as your lymphatic system is flushed with O2. Hot steam, hot rocks and oxygen! A wonderful addition to any cleanse.

 

Oils, Creams and Lotions


I use only natural products in my practice. The skin is our largest organ and one of the most important. We must only put natural products on our skin, as it is a two-way membrane for oil-based particles, which are easily absorbed into the body. More info about the Skin

 

 

 

Healing Scents Organic Body Lotion

The only truly “all organic" lotion I have ever found. Not only does it boast many Nutritive Seed Oils, this cream has herbal infusions that are truly healing to the human body. healingscents.net


Holly Oil

Does not clog the pores. Stabilized with vitamin E, this light clear oil is the perfect choice for hot stone massage and general body treatments.

 

SeaFlora’s Organic Seaweed Infused Sunflower Oil

An incredible anti-inflammatory from the sea, Fucus or Rockweed has long been known to restore and ease inflamed joints among many others.

 

SeaFlora’s Body Lotion

A rich moisturizer made with 30% seaweed and all natural, organic oils, this lotion deeply nourishes the skin. sea-flora.com

 

Comfrey Liquid Poultice

Comfrey is a traditional herb used to speed the formation of new tissue, including bone. Its widely documented use makes it a natural choice to include in any body treatment for muscle, tendon, ligament or bone damage.

More Comfrey Info

 


 

Essential oils


Essential oils are very fine oils extracted from plants and flowers containing concentrated plant medicines and aromas. One drop of Melissa oil is the same as 500 grams of the dried plant. Essential Oils are powerful herbal compounds that can be used to assist the resolution of many health conditions.

 

 

Essential Oils Used in Massage Therapy

 

Both client and therapist benefit from the use of oils as an adjunct to treatment and to hygiene. Many essential oils are antibacterial and also are good for the joints and muscle pain, assisting in cleansing or balancing hormones.

 

I use these particular oils in my practice as they are generally non-sensitizing. see healingscents.net for a comprehensive list and catalogue.

 

Juniper Anti-rheumatic, fluid retention, cellulite, anti-spasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic
Lavender Antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, nervine
Cypress Astringent, diuretic, vasoconstrictor
Tea Tree Anti-microbial, fungicide, antiviral
Rose Geranium Balances hormones, stimulates lymph, balances skin oils, aromatic
Eucalyptus Anti-inflammatory, muscle pain, ulcers
Rosemary Muscle pain, respiration, skin and scalp
Ylang Ylang Anxiety, depression, balances skin

 

All of the oils I use are commonly used in skin and health care products, are used in dilution and are in Holly oil as a carrier oil. Please request the use of essential oils with your treatment, at no extra cost.

 

Ozone Steam Treatment


The oxidative benefits of Ozone Therapy applied via the medium of steam. This steam cabinet treatment helps detoxify the body by assisting lymphatic function and detoxification through the skin.
½ hour treatment $30.00

Through the centuries, men and women have used steam to purify the skin, soothe sore muscles, boost circulation and to simply relax. The combined action of moist heat and ozone cleanse the lymphatic system, which carries 90% of the body's fluids. Ozone brings oxygen to the tissues for enhanced health and vitality.

 

Thalasso Therapy with Sea Flora's Organic Seaweed Skincare Products


Seaweed treatments deliver trace minerals and vitamins to the skin, lymph and joints. Topical anti-inflammatory properties of the seaweed genus Fucus assists tissue healing. See sea-flora.com

 

Massage with SeaFlora's Hydrating Seaweed Body Lotion - Add $5.00


 

Massage with SeaFlora's Rockweed infused Organic Sunflower Oil


SeaFlora's Rockweed infused Organic Sunflower Oil with anti-inflammatory properties. Soothes inflamed joints and soft tissues. Rockweed (Fucus) increases tissue metabolism and waste removal, reducing pain and swelling. Add $5.00

 

Wild Seaweed Skin Renewal


Relieve tired lymph and skin with a Rockweed Exfoliation. Clay and Seaweed Body Wrap draws out toxins out and purifys. Rockweed Gel delivers minerals and vitamins, toning and rejuvenating the skin

 

Seaweed Skin and Joint Treatment


A deeply penetrating treatment including: Nourishing and Detoxifying Rockweed Exfoliation, Hot Stone Integrative Therapeutic Massage with Organic Sunflower and Coconut Oil Infused with Fucoidan rich Rockweed. 75 minutes/$90.00

 

Full-body Hot Stone Treatment


This 75-minute treatment uses heated stones for every body part, including hands, fingers and toes. Treatment is performed with the oil or lotion of your choice. 75 mins/$90.00

 

Hydrotherapy- Heat, Cold and Stones


People from all over the world have been using heat for centuries to help relieve muscle spasm and soothe aches as well as using ice to diminish pain and relieve swelling.

 

Add-On Price List


Ozone Steam Pre-Heat

30 min. treatment $20.00

 

Ozone Steam

60 min. treatment $40.00

 

Comfrey Liquid Poultice

Add a powerful healing element to any treatment with comfrey infused Hemp seed oil. $5.00

Massage by the hour is $75.00 and is covered by most extended health plans. Partial MSP Coverage available.

 

 

Appointments may be booked in lengths of:

30 min $45.00, 60 min $75.00, 45 min $60, 90 min $100

 

*All treatments require 24 hours notice for cancellations or changes.

*Special Treatments require advance booking

 

 

 

 


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In this section:

Types of Massage

Treatments Offered


Modalities Used


Modalities used by Lisa Christine Alexander

at Gibsons Massage Therapy

 

All treatments include postural or movement screening, hydrotherapy, stretches and suggestions for aftercare.

 

NMT-Neuromuscular Therapies

 

 

Therapies that directly influence the nerve-muscle unit.

 

Muscle Energy Technique
Trigger Point Therapy
Myo Fascial Release
Cranial Sacral Therapy 1
PNF

 

Other Modalities used


Deep Tissue Massage -used to treat deep layers of muscle which force and angle of approach to physically stretch muscle tissue, re-establishing Range of motion and elasticity.
Sports Massage and Taping to help achieve performance goals, sports related training cycles and injuries.
Therapeutic Exercise and Stretching
Geothermal Therapy- Hot and Cold Stone

 

 

 

 

 
 

Types of Massage | Muscle Injury | Sports Massage & Personal Training | Home Care | Home

Lisa Christine Alexander, Registered Massage Therapist | Call or Text: 604-886-8880