There’s really nothing quite like getting a good massage to relieve stress and tension, or just as a ritual form or relaxation. A massage can be helpful for a multitude of reasons, including improving your flexibility, relieving headaches, or even relieving pain and tension from injuries. 

 

However, to get the most out of your massage and avoid any additional issues, you should always see a trained massage therapist. 

 

What is a massage therapist?

 

A massage therapist is a trained, certified individual who is able to treat patients by manipulating the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and skin. 

 

Using their hands, fingers, forearms, and elbows, they are able to use varying degrees of pressure and movement to achieve the desired effect. 

 

What is a registered massage therapist?

 

A registered massage therapist, or RMT, is registered to practise their profession in their province or state and must do certain certifications in order to maintain their registration. This includes doing several education hours, training, and work hours. 

 

What are three popular massage techniques registered massage therapists learn?

 

Swedish massage

 

One of the most common massage techniques is Swedish Massage. This involves a whole-body therapeutic massage designed to relax the muscles and joints. 

 

Your registered massage therapist will start by massaging your back and neck, then legs and arms, and sometimes the feet. The Swedish massage can also sometimes include a scalp massage. 

 

Deep Tissue Massage

 

A common misconception with the deep tissue massage is that it is only a Swedish massage with deeper strokes and harder pressure. While a deep tissue massage does involve more pressure, it is more focussed on breaking down scar tissue and adhesions (muscle knots). 

 

These muscle knots can cause inflammation and circulation issues. It is also a more advanced technique, and due to the nature of the treatment should not be done by untrained personnels. 

 

Sports Massage therapy

 

This type of massage therapy is most beneficial to a person who engages in regular physical activity. It was created to assist in correcting imbalances in soft tissue that are caused by repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The massage is typically done after exercise or activity to relieve pain or tension.  

Why you will find the best registered massage therapist in Vancouver in MSK Clinics

We currently have 18 registered massage therapists that are very attentive to the individual needs of our clients. They use a variety of hands-on techniques to customize individual treatments that best suit their clients’ needs. Our trained professionals have a wide range of skills, both collectively and individually, with backgrounds, training and education in associated fields that help them to be better massage therapists. 

 

Their experience involves providing treatment for sports teams and at numerous sporting events within the Vancouver area.

 

Most importantly, they are each committed to giving our clients the best possible care for the best results. Our therapists are passionate about rehabilitation and functionality and delivering the treatment that will help our clients to live more physically fulfilling lives.