Massage Therapy in Oak Bay, BC

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Massage therapy is a health profession that serves several purposes. The Registered Massage Therapist develops, maintains, rehabilitates, or augments physical function; relieves pain and promotes overall health; assesses the soft tissues and joints of the body, and manipulates them to treat and prevent physical dysfunction, injury, pain and disorders.

The benefits that can be achieved through regular therapeutic massage treatments can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical wellbeing, as well as your quality of life. Massage therapy helps people of all ages, and can be used in the treatment of both acute and chronic stages of conditions. While it benefits people with different disorders, syndromes, injuries and stress, it is also used as a preventative therapy.

Our Registered Massage Therapist's provide therapeutic, relaxation and sport massage in a tranquil healing environment. Each treatment is unique to the needs of the patient.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

  • Managing pain
  • Restoring musculoskeletal balance
  • Decreasing muscular tension and stiffness
  • Increasing range of motion/flexibility
  • Reducing fascial adhesions
  • Decreasing stress
  • Increasing relaxation
  • Decreasing anxiety
  • Improving circulation
  • Enhancing functionality and tissue elasticity
  • Enriching athletic performance
  • Improving quality of sleep
  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Improving immune system

What to expect

Within the time booked, each appointment covers an:

  • Interview
  • Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Homecare Suggestions/Patient Education

Each client’s health history and treatment goals are reviewed in an interview at the beginning of their first appointment. During subsequent appointments, a brief interview is necessary before the treatment to gather any new information.

Some treatment goals are more complex than others and may require some orthopaedic and postural assessment to determine the cause of the symptoms and to measure progress.

Each treatment is unique to the needs of the patient. RMTs are trained in a variety of techniques - a combination of them are generally used. Whether you are coming for a relaxation massage or treatment of an injury, it is important to give feedback about the depth and pressure being used. Deeper is not always better, and sometimes less is more. Generally, the goal is to find the right amount of pressure for each spot where it is deep enough yet doesn’t cause the muscles to contract to protect.

Homecare exercises, lifestyle modifications, and/or a treatment plan may be recommended.

Conditions That Massage Therapy Can Be Helpful For

RMTs are effective in treating and providing relief for a wide range of conditions such as:

General Condition:

  • Stress and stress related conditions
  • Insomnia
  • Pregnancy
  • Spasm
  • Edema
  • Circulatory Pathologies and Dysfunctions

Musculoskeletal Injuries:

  • Strains & Sprains
  • Scar tissue
  • Contusions
  • Cruciate and meniscal injuries
  • Fractures & Dislocations
  • Whiplash

Overuse Injuries:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Periositis and compartment syndromes
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis

Joint Dysfunction:

  • Hypermobility and hypomobiliy
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis

Conditions Affecting the Head and Neck:

  • Tension headaches
  • Torticollis
  • Migraines

Postural Dysfunction:

  • Scoliosis, Hyperlordosis & Hyperkyphosis
  • Patelofemoral syndrome
  • Iliotibial contracture
  • Pes planus (flat feet)

Conditions of the Central Nervous System:

  • Hemiplegia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spinal cord injury

Conditions of the Peripheral Nervous System:

  • Nerve lesions
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Piriformis syndrome

Respiratory Pathologies:

  • Sinusitis
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma

Gastrointestinal Concerns:

  • Constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

Respiratory Pathologies:

  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Cancer
  • HIV infections and AIDS

Massage Therapy Contraindications

Massage treatment is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is therefore generally considered a safe treatment for most people. However, there are three types of contraindication:

  • TOTAL, when massage should not be performed at all.
  • LOCAL, when massage can be performed but not over the contraindicated areas.
  • MEDICAL, when massage can only be performed once medical permission has been granted.

Please inform your practitioner if you have ANY of the following conditions. We want your health to be protected and for you to have a safe treatment. Thank you for taking the following restrictions as seriously as we do.


TOTAL Contraindications

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES (requiring First Aid and/or send to Doctor/hospital):

Anaphylaxis, Appendicitis, Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke), Diabetic coma, Insulin shock, Epileptic seizure, Myocardial infarction (heart attack), Pneumothorax, Atelectasis, Severe asthma attack, Syncope (fainting), Contagious diseases, Significant fever (101F or 38.3C and higher), Shock (all types), Thyroid storm, Undiagnosed tumours or lumps, Acute intracranial hemorrhage, Recent skull fracture.


When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage:


Systemic Contraindications

  • Diabetes Mellitus 1 or 2 with advanced heart or kidney disease or advanced vascular complications (atherosclerosis and/or advanced hypertension)
  • Severe and unstable high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Fever
  • Sudden onset of severe undiagnosed headache
  • Undiagnosed mole(s)
  • Undiagnosed lump
  • Advanced organ failure
  • Pitting edema – heart, kidney, cancer
  • Contagious or Infectious Diseases/Conditions
  • Chronic active hepatitis
  • Severe atherosclerosis/arteriosclerosis
  • Pre-eclampsia/eclampsia or toxemia in pregnancy
  • Hemophilia
  • Hemorrhage or any bleeding internally (not menses)
  • Cor Pulmonale
  • Any Unstable conditions e.g. (post Cerebrovascular accident and post myocardial infarction)
  • Aneurisms deemed life threatening, thrombophlebitis or arteritis
  • Acute Emphysema
  • Acute Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary edema/hypertension
  • Hypoxemia
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Lung abscess or tumour
  • Intoxication – Drugs and/or Alcohol
  • Acute Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Coma
  • Sepsis
  • Ascites
  • Severe unexplained internal pain
  • Inherited Connective Tissue Disorders i.e. Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Mixed connective tissue disease, Marfans syndrome
  • Hyper/hypo glycemic (stupor/confusion/inappropriate behaviour)
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Positive occlusion signs
  • Recent skull fracture
  • High risk pregnancy: can be both general and local depending on the symptoms
  • Inflammatory conditions of the skin (may be local as well)
  • Parasitic infections
  • Generalized Exfoliative Dermatitis
  • Acute Psoriatic arthritis
  • Impetigo, staphylococcal, scalded skin syndrome, folliculitis, carbuncles
  • Cellulitis (bacterial)
  • Erysipelas
  • Scarlet fever
  • Bacteremia (blood stream infections)
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis (sometimes called flesh-eating disease)
  • Sepsis (blood infection) and meningitis (infection of the fluid and lining surrounding the brain) in newborns

LOCAL Contraindications

The therapist can massage but not over any areas affected by:

  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • Bruising
  • Cuts
  • Abrasions
  • Sunburn
  • Local contagious/infectious conditions
  • Acute flare-up of inflammatory arthritides (e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus
  • Erthematosus, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Reiter’s Syndrome
  • Cancer (highly metastic) – may be an absolute C.I. to the whole body depending on case
  • Radiation therapy during treatment
  • Phlebitis
  • Severe varicose veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Thromboangiitis Obliterans (Buerger’s disease)
  • High Risk Pregnancy
  • Acute Neuritis
  • Acute Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Meningitis
  • Severe Causalgia
  • Esophageal varicosities
  • Acute Raynaud’s
  • Acute and subacute goiter
  • Any undiagnosed internal bleeding
  • Severe unexplained internal pain
  • Acute Ulcerative Colitis / Crohn’s disease
  • Venomous bites or stings
  • Hypothermia
  • Acute Diarrhea
  • Inflammatory conditions of the skin (may be general)
  • Cellulites (skin)
  • Stasis Dermatitis
  • Superficial fungal infections (ringworm)
  • Viral infections – warts (may be general)
  • Acute psoriasis
  • Open wounds/sores or acute or infected scar Recent burn
  • Local irritable skin conditions
  • Frostbite
  • Open wound, sore, decubitus ulcers
  • Skin cancer
  • Warts

MEDICAL Contraindications

Massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the below cases it is best to have advice from your physician. Massage therapists, unless they are also qualified doctors, may not, under law, attempt to diagnose a condition.

If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage can only take place once it has been approved before your session in writing by your Physician:

  • Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
  • Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
  • Edema
  • Psoriasis or eczema
  • Unmonitored high blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Nervous or psychotic conditions
  • Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
  • Epilepsy
  • Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
  • Gynecological infections