Melissa Allison RMT
Registered Massage Therapy Services:
Massage Therapy is more than a treatment, it's an experience.
Ontario St. ROAD CLOSURE: Ontario and Linwell: Please come from Lakeport Rd and Ontario street.
-Which Service is best for you?-
Most treatments are offered in 30, 45, 60, 75, and 90 minutes. I kindly ask you to give 24 hours notice for cancellation. Cancellations less than 24 hours will be subjected to a 100% charge of the appointment booked.45m- $80.00 , 60m- $95.00 , 75m- $115.00 , 90m- $135.00 Plus HST.
Prenatal Massage transforms in treatments just as you will. New aches may arise from round ligament pain, sciatic, and swelling, where treatment can assist in keeping you comfortable throughout your pregnancy. Treatment can also help you to enjoy your pregnancy a little more! After all, you are growing a human!
You are getting used to your new body, holding your body in positions you never did before, and you're sleep deprived. Taking care of yourself helps you to take care of others. Don't forget about yourself. Treatment can be provided shortly after birth, as long as you are comfortable and willing. In a pinch for child care? Not to fret my friend-twist my arm to hang out with momma and baby! Bring baby with you (it may not be the most relaxing treatment) but we will make it work.
Infant Massage (0-6 months):
Infant massage can be used for bonding, creating a night time routine, assisting with digestive upsets, calming the nervous system, or providing space for check-ins.
If having latching or feeding challenges, a great referral is suggested for you!
Family Care & TLC
General Care and Maintenance
You don't have to be a parent or a parent-to-be of any form to come in for treatment, you deserve to treat #1. Come in and let's address those wears and tears of life!
All family members are welcome!
Cesarean Scar Massage:
(With doctor approval and/or 6-8 weeks after surgery)
Ensuring your scar heals optimally we want to encourage the various layers beneath the skin to glide smoothly over one another. When tissue is interrupted, scar tissue is laid down as a normal bodily response but is often in a dysfunctional manner. Let's encourage mobility, sensation, and connection in the scar, and address compensation habits in the body. Treatment can be incorporated into any reserved time.
Loosen fascia that has been restricted most of our lives, decompress the lymphatic system, nervous system, and soft tissues. Breast health becomes optimized when structures move freely, congestion decreases, and the chest feels open. Suitable for breast augmentations, reductions or mastectomy. Treatment can be incorporated into any amount of time.
My journey, and why family massage care
I've been in the massage practice since 2009, and every treatment since has helped me to absorb knowledge of what massage can provide each person.
After a year of general public massage, I quickly understood that women's health needed more support and that knowledge needed to be shared, especially in perinatal. Once I changed my focus, I found home and knew this was where I need to be.
I want to provide you with a quality, knowledgeable treatment with the best care provided. I have a wonderful team of referral practitioners, for you and/or your baby.
I provide treatment to all members of the family; grandparents, parents, parents-to-be, young adults, and infants -Perinatal and postpartum is my specialty!
I want to help you live your best life! I'm excited to be on this journey with you.
"Best massage ever! Melissa gave perfect pressure, was professional and made me feel completely comfortable. I left feeling WAY better than I arrived and super relaxed and calm. Thank you Melissa! I will be back for sure :)"
-Local momma :)
"Melissa is the most amazing massage therapist you will ever find! She is truly, truly a gem. She has a knack for finding the root of a problem and treating it compassionately and effectively. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Do yourself a favour and book a treatment with her!"
-Long time client :)
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Explaination on breast and chest massage:
They come in all different sizes. We dress them up, we dress them down. We love them and we hate them... Yes, I'm talking about breasts.
When we think of massage wellness, we often think of a relaxing treatment: closing our eyes and mentally floating away to our favourite places. For others, it’s a session of deep breathing and processing the discomfort. To me, massage wellness incorporates a little of both, set in a harmonic balance.
When a client tells me, “I’d like full body,” I often need to clarify what “full body” entails. If time allows, full-body massage covers most muscular concerns the client has, then potentially abdomen and breasts. Clients are often surprised when I bring up breast tissue. For some reason, breasts aren’t associated as part of the full-body treatment. Or, at least, they’re not thought of until there’s a problem.
Chest massage is often overlooked and at the bottom of the priority list. Looking at what the breast area actually does for us, it's an important area for treatment. For example, they consist of an intricate lymphatic system that keeps us healthy throughout our lives. Under the breast tissue, there are further attachments of the muscular system used for movement and breathing. Lastly, the VIP; our fascia. The fascia is the connective tissue that helps to tie the above all together, attaching one structure to another. It’s also a major contributor to discomfort when it becomes dry and restricted—one component of my practice I focus on heavily.
We will discuss with you why the massage can include a chest and/or breast treatment. To clarify, chest massage focuses around breast tissue and breast massage refers to breast tissue specifically. Once the potential to unlock these critical restrictions is discussed, it’s up to the client to determine if they want the chest area around the breast or breast-specific treatment that session.
Clients should always know they are in full control of their bodies. If they are uncomfortable or experience discomfort at any time, the treatment is stopped or altered. Understanding expectations before treatment is key. Speak with your therapist to determine the areas of treatment to be added or subtracted depending upon comfort levels and requests.
When starting a chest massage, after the client has provided written permission with the full understanding of what the treatment involves, an assessment of the breast tissue and structures below it begins. Treating the breast tissue is viewed as one complete unit of the arm; we look at function and movement of the chest with the arm together. Breast massage doesn’t just include the breast itself. Breast tissue covers under the armpit, slightly below the breast, and up to the clavicle.
I first start with the muscular system that covers the thoracic cavity (chest cavity) with shoulder involvement: the intercostals, latissimus dorsi, pectoralis major, and subclavius to name a few. Gentle manipulations of the muscles help to work any trigger points (“knots”) that may be creating restrictions and/or pain. Then I move on to fascial work, assessing any further restrictions that prevent muscle and skin movement.
Breast tissue manipulation soon follows with moving tissues in opposite directions of fascial restrictions. Breast tissue can easily become “locked down” with constant restrictive bra wearing and underwire irritation. Once the tissue has been freed from those restrictions, the tissue moves in a healthier manner and the chest tends to have more of an “open” sensation. These manipulations are especially beneficial for individuals with anxious tendencies, repetitive chest work, and shallow breathing.
Women that have had a mastectomy of one or both breasts typically have major fascial restrictions with their range of motion and the lymphatic system. This can lead to extremity swelling due to a lack of lymphatic drainage. Chest massage helps to improve movement (and increase comfort) by decreasing these restrictions, thus allowing fluid movement and assisting in motion restoration.
Breast augmentations or reductions benefit from massage in terms of progressing the healing time. Incision sites require encouragement for proper repair, tissue elasticity, and vascular nutrition to heal tissue. Massage also assists with fluid reduction. The breasts and surrounding tissue can be swollen and encouraging the fluid to be processed increases the client’s comfort and assists in their recovery. Implants or reductions have manipulated formations of healing. This means, for the tissue to stay healthy with its new neighbor's, natural movements need to be encouraged for optimal desired effects.
Whether you’re a pre-mom, nursing mom, postpartum mom, or a woman with a mastectomy and/or breast augmentation, chest massage is for all of us! Regardless of your situation, chest massage is a balanced treatment to keep your body healthy.
Remember ladies, talk to each other. You may be surprised by how many other women have or are experiencing a similar situation as you.
We radiate our beauty from within, no matter where our curves come from.
(Melissa Allison RMT)
Melissa Allison RMT
577 Ontario Street,
St Catharines, Ontario
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