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Massage Therapy

Woman getting massage“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.” – Anonymous

At KW Health Connection, we want you to feel your best. That’s why we provide a broad range of options to assist you. Massage therapy is available in-house to assist in your healing. The types of treatment offered by our therapists include:

  • Swedish massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Cupping
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Reflexology
  • Sports massage

Additionally, corporate outreach is available for massage.

How Registered Massage Therapy Helps You

For centuries, touch has been used to heal. Massage therapy addresses the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and connective tissues of the body. Massage therapy is a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with a variety of stressors, including every day work stress, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. A natural technique and modality, it promotes the health of various systems of your body. As with all of our manual therapy techniques in the clinic, the main focus of Massage Therapy is to guide the way the tissue is healing. But how does this work? Manual Therapy addresses the human body with controlled and specific inputs to influence tissue remodelling processes at a cellular level. The cells in our body are constantly turning over, to the degree that if you look at a picture of yourself from 10 years ago, there will not be a single cell that is the same.

The force that these tissues “feel” dictates how they turn over. The external force applied by our therapists influences cellular activity and leads your cells and tissues in the direction of healing.


Cupping therapy utilizes negative pressure, rather than tissue compression, for superior results in a wide array of bodywork techniques. It’s safe, comfortable and offers remarkable results.

By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping therapy lifts connective tissue, releases rigid tissue and loosens adhesions. Cupping pulls stagnated blood and waste to the skin level where it can be easily flushed out by the lymphatic and circulatory system.
Cupping techniques bring blood flow and nutrition to stagnant areas. The pulling action engages the nervous system, thus allowing deep relaxation throughout the entire body.

What marks can occur from Cupping?

The marks that occur from cupping are not bruises. They are metabolic waste, blood and other stagnant material that has been freed from the underlying tissue and brought to the surface where they can more easily be flushed away. These marks can last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks and should not be tender to the touch.

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is become the popular treatment of choice in areas of pain, rehabilitation and neurology. It is a hands-on technique that is gentle and non-invasive, developed by an American osteopathic physician almost one hundred years ago.

Craniosacral Therapy theory and practice is based on understanding the continuous subtle movements of the cranial bones, which result in a rhythm of approximately six to twelve cycles per minute. This rhythm is understood as a response to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) fluctuations within the spinal cord and brain environment. The subtle movement extends outward to the entire body, in response to the fluid pressure changes around the Central Nervous System.

Our therapist Laura has certifications in CranioSacral 1 (CS1), CranioSacral 2 (CS2), Somato-Emotional Release 1 (SER1) and Visceral Manipulation 1 (VM1). She gently works with the whole body including the spine and the skull, and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. By using the hands as fine discriminating tools, she is able to detect disturbances in the cranial sacral rhythm and help them identify areas of dysfunction, such asL cranial, sutural, membrane and other soft tissue restrictions in the body.

A treatment works in the following ways:

  • Helps restore normal cranial mobility
  • Releases abnormal myofascial restrictions and tensions in the body
  • Releases abnormal restrictions in the head
  • Eases restrictions of nerves
  • Optimizes cerebrospinal fluid movement through the central nervous system
  • Helps restore misaligned bones to their proper positions (assisting troubles associated with the head, back, neck, hips, shoulders, arms, hands, knees and feet)

The benefits of Registered Massage Therapy include

  • Stress reduction
  • Pain relief
  • Rehabilitation
  • Improvement of overall physical functioning
  • Increase of blood circulation
  • Promotion of lymphatic drainage

Frequently Asked Questions

Is massage therapy right for me?

Massage therapy can be extremely beneficial for many concerns, such as

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Piriformis syndrome (sciatic pain)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Posture imbalances
  • Pregnancy-related ailments
  • Scar tissue
  • Shoulder tension
  • Sprains/strains
  • Stiffness/reduced mobility
  • Tendonitis/overuse injuries
  • Whiplash

I’m an athlete. Should I get a massage?

Pro athletes to people who play pickup sports can experience injury and muscle overuse. Massage will relax your muscles, increase circulation and prevent future injury from occurring. It can also break up scar tissue from old injuries, increasing your flexibility. Massage stimulates and relaxes muscles just like warming up or cooling down would. You can have a massage in preparation before an event or use it to destress after a competition.

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Massage Therapy Downtown Kitchener ON | (519) 576-2222