Specifically tailored to those recovering from trauma, living with anxiety or depression, or struggling with high stress, this full-body massage begins with a mindfulness meditation and gentle breath work, and finishes with a short Reiki treatment and Chakra balancing. Includes lavender-infused massage oil. Also available as a 90-minute session.
Sessions are offered in the quiet sanctuary of the Kaleidoscope Healing Den at 591-D Wallace Street (entrance on 6th Ave.) by appointment only:
Mobile services are currently suspended during the COVID19 pandemic.
Physical contact improves our health as well as our relationships. Touch is as important as sunlight - without it, we become depressed, our immune system is compromised, and emotional pain and physical damage get worse. Why? When we're touched our bodies release oxytocin, one of those "happy hormones" that affect everything from how fast wounds heal to how much we trust other people and it increases the level of endorphins, leaving us with a greater sense of well-being.
Massage is known to relieve muscle tension and stiffness, increase circulation, and promote lymphatic drainage, but it does so much more. Massage:
(Information adapted from an article of the Canadian Cancer Society.)
Benefits: There is no evidence that massage therapy can treat cancer itself. However, there is evidence that massage helps people with cancer physically and emotionally, and it can improve quality of life. Massage reduces muscle soreness and stiffness. It improves circulation and promotes relaxation and a sense of well-being. Studies have shown that massage reduces stress, anxiety, pain, fatigue and depression. It can also help with insomnia, improve sleep quality, and reduce nausea.
Side effects and risks: Talk to your healthcare team if you’re thinking about having a massage. Be sure to tell your massage provider that you have cancer, any treatments that you have had or are having, and any medicines that you’re taking.
Some people might worry that massage in the area of a tumour can increase the flow of blood and lymph fluid, causing cancer cells to break away and travel to other parts of the body. Recent evidence suggests that the speed of blood or lymph fluid circulation has nothing to do with the spread of cancer cells. Massage is safe for people with cancer.
However, depending on your overall health and the conventional cancer treatments you are receiving, you may need to avoid certain types of massage.