Massage Therapy

Select a type of massage therapy based on your needs – or let our professionally trained and certified RMT design a treatment especially for you. Choose or combine:

Swedish Massage Therapy

This is the most common type of massage therapy in North America. Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you’ve never had a massage before, this is a good one to try first. Come and try our signature Warm Organic Coconut Oil Full Body Treatment.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. We recommend this treatment be done before osteopathic treatment.

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs. The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component. Aromatherapy massage with mint, tangerine or eucalyptus oils can be extremely helpful during cold and flu season.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) encourages lymph flow and reduces certain types of swelling. The lymph system is largely a passive one and depends on contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels and the movement of skeletal muscles to move lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Massage Therapists use light, repetitive techniques to pump the lymphatic fluid through the lymphatic capillaries. The slow, rhythmic nature of these techniques also decreases pain perception and the effects of the sympathetic nervous system. Manual lymphatic drainage can be used for treatment of the following conditions:

  • Rheumatic conditions;
  • Cosmetic disorders (acne, rosacea, scars, stretch marks)
  • Surgical/Trauma-related disorders such as acute whiplash, burns, keloids, traumatic and post-surgical edema
  • Gynecological disorders such as mastodynia (breast pain), lactation disorders and menstrual cramps
  • Sleep and Mood disorders

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy is a time of many changes for a women both emotionally and physiologically. Physiological changes include the effect on the musculoskeletal system as well as on almost every organ system. All these changes may add more stress to the life of pregnant women who already face many demands at work and at home. That is why receiving massage treatments during your pregnancy can be very beneficial to your body, your mind and your spirit.

Massage during pregnancy can help to relieve:

  • Sciatic pain
  • Leg cramps
  • Muscle stiffness, tension and knots
  • Constipation
  • Swelling/Edema
  • Muscular imbalance caused by postural changes
  • Back pain and discomfort

Our Massage Therapists are well trained in the proper way to position and support the woman’s body during the massage, and how to modify techniques in order to accommodate each individual’s unique body.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to have one! It’s also used by people who are active and work out regularly. The focus isn’t on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. A combination of techniques are used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.

Anti-Aging Facial Massage

Does the skin on your face appear puffy or loose? Anti-Aging Facial Massage could be just what you need to strengthen and firm your skin. Our Registered Massage Therapists use a combination of different techniques to enhance the appearance of your skin. The treatment begins with the application of Manual Lymphatic Drainage to your neck and face. The purpose of this is to move fluid out of the tissue into the lymph nodes where all toxins and viruses are destroyed. This effectively reduces swelling of the face and puffiness under the eyes. The second part of the massage focuses on firming sagging areas by improving muscle tone and breaking up fascial restrictions and muscle tension, focusing on each individual wrinkle.

Several treatments may decrease appearance of wrinkles sufficiently. Toward the end of the treatment we perform stimulation techniques in order to increase blood flow, leaving you with a plump, glowing complexion.

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy dates back thousands of years. References to massage appear in writings from ancient China, Japan, India, Arabic nations, Egypt, Greece (Hippocrates defined medicine as “the art of rubbing”), and Rome.

Massage became widely used in Europe during the Renaissance. In the 1850s, two American physicians who had studied in Sweden introduced massage therapy in the United States, where it became popular and was promoted for a variety of health purposes. With scientific and technological advances in medical treatment during the 1930s and 1940s, massage fell out of favor in the United States. Interest in massage revived in the 1970s, especially among athletes.

People use massage for a variety of health-related purposes, including to relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid general wellness.

Types of massage therapy

1) Swedish Massage Therapy

This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is also known as Swedish massage or simply massage therapy.

Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.

Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you’ve never had massage before, this is a good one to try first.

2) Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs.

The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender.

Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component. Learn more about aromatherapy massage.

3) Hot Stone Massage

Heated, smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body.

The massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them. The warmth is comforting. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage. Find out more about hot stone massage.

4) Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle.

Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage. Learn more about this style of massage: Deep Tissue Massage.

5) Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork that uses localized finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians.

Each point is held for for two to eight seconds to improve the flow of energy and help the body regain balance.

People are normally pleasantly surprised when they try shiatsu for the first time. It is relaxing yet the pressure is firm, and there is usually no soreness afterwards. Find out more about shiatsu.

6) Thai Massage

Like shiatsu, Thai massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points. Thai massage also includes compressions and stretches.

You don’t just lie there–the therapist moves and stretches you into a sequence of postures. It’s like yoga without doing any work. Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It is also reduces stress and improves flexibility and range of motion. Find out more about thai massage. Also, see photos of a Thai massage session.

7) Pregnancy Massage

Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage know the proper way to position and support the woman’s body during the massage, and how to modify techniques.

Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The massage is customized to a woman’s individual needs. Learn more about pregnancy massage.

8) Reflexology

Although reflexology is sometimes called foot massage, it is more than simple foot massage. Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet. Learn more about reflexology.

9) Sports Massage

Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to have one-it’s also used by people who are active and work out often. The focus isn’t on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance.

A combination of techniques are used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.

10) Back Massage

Some massage clinics and spas offer 30-minute back massages. If a back massage is not expressly advertised, you can also book a 30- or 40-minute massage and ask that the massage therapist to focus on your back.


 OsteoMed Clinic Massage Therapy Services (RMT)

OsteoMed clinic is located in Toronto (Etobicoke) and we practice Osteopathy, Massage Therapy and Acupuncture. An experienced Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and Osteopathic Manual Practitioner are at your service in our Toronto (Etobicoke) location – please call or contact us for an appointment.