Massage Therapy

Our Registered Massage Therapy Clinic in New Westminster has been your dependable choice since 1990.  We offer trigger point (neuromuscular) massage,  ART (Active Release Technique),  infant massage lessons,  Pre-Natal Massage (ask about our Body Cushion!), Pelvic Alignment,  TMJ Treatment, Sports Massage, and Kinesiotaping.

Infant Massage Lessons (0-9 mos)

Infant Massage Lessons (0-9 mos)With the fast pace of today’s society and the advancement of technology, the basic art of touch is often forgotten. Touch is vital to developing security and bonding and has an important effect on the child’s well-being and future relationships. Touch introduces a bond of trust, love, compassion and warmth that will follow the child into adulthood. The physical and emotional benefits of bonding will affect not only the infant but the parent as well.

Massage is a wonderful way to teach infants to relax. Stress is part of an infant’s life, but in our society crying, a release for the infant, is often discouraged.

Infant massage is an effective way to relieve painful colic, stimulate growth, promote relaxation for baby as well as the parent, and is a special way to enhance the bonding process with your baby.

Our lessons are private only, booked in a quiet, warm room, with Registered Massage Therapist Jeanie Bezdan. Jeanie will demonstrate the massage technique on a doll, guiding the parent step by step as they massage their own baby. Two one hour sessions will be needed to cover the whole body. Please bring extra diapers and cloths.

Active Release Technique

We also offer Active Release Therapy, which can be use to treat headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, sciatica, TMJ, tendinitis and more.

Visit our Active Release Technique page for more info, or to book an appointment with our ART practitioner Rick Tkach, call us at 604-524-4446.

Kinesio Taping

Kinesio Taping is a technique that enhances the body’s own natural healing process. Using elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be facilitated by outside assistance. For the first 10 years, orthopods, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other medical practitioners were the main users of Kinesio Taping. As its benefits became clear, Kinesio Taping was then used by the Japanese Olympic volleyball team and word quickly spread to other athletes. Today, Kinesio Taping is used by medical practitioners and athletes around the world.

The Kinesio Taping technique is to apply over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused muscles, and to support muscles in movement all day. The elastic quality of this tape allows for full range of motion. The Kinesio Tape can be worn for about 3 days without loss of effectiveness.

In contrast, traditional sports taping is wrapped around a joint for stabilization and support during a sporting event, resulting in the obstruction of the flow of body fluids.

Our massage therapist Julia Jacobsen is certified in the application of Kinesio Tape. For more information call 604-524-4446.

Temporomandibular Dysfunction(TMD)

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located just in front of the ear on either side of the face. It connects the lower jaw to the rest of the skull and allows for jaw movement. Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) is a term which refers to any problem affecting the normal function of the jaw. Symptoms may include jaw pain, neck pain, clicking or noises in the jaw, difficulty opening the jaw, headaches, ear discomfort, ringing in the ears, a sensation of ears being blocked, dizziness and/or fatigue when talking or chewing. The TMJs may become inflamed and the muscles of chewing may become over-active and tight.

TMD symptoms may develop gradually or begin immediately following a particular incident such as a car accident, a direct blow to the jaw, a bite down on a hard piece of food, or significant oral surgery. Many TMD conditions can resolve completely, whereas others may persist and require ongoing jaw care and management.

Physiotherapy can play an important role in diagnosing and managing TMD conditions. Treatment often includes education on how to care for your jaw, jaw exercises, soft tissue techniques, mobilization of the jaw, ultrasound, application of ice or heat, and relaxation techniques. Massage therapy can often be helpful when ongoing soft tissue techniques are needed for pain relief. Other areas with musculoskeletal problems, such as the neck, may also need to be addressed.

You do not require a referral to seek TMD treatment from a physiotherapist, however, physiotherapy may be recommended by your doctor, dentist, or oral medicine specialist. Your physiotherapist can communicate and work with these healthcare providers to optimize your treatment.

To book a physiotherapy appointment for a TMJ assessment call 604-524-4446.