Registered Massage Therapy
The healthcare profession of Registered Massage Therapy is far more advanced than typical body work or relaxation massage. Your Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) has a detailed understanding of anatomy and physiology, and is trained to evaluate individual health needs utilizing active and passive techniques. Your therapist will provide assessment, differential diagnosis, and prognosis of specific musculoskeletal conditions. The ultimate goal of Massage Therapy is to improve tissue and joint health through the manual manipulation of soft tissue, connective tissue, muscles, ligaments, and tendons coupled with therapeutic exercise. Massage Therapy acts upon the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems to improve your health and well-being.
Your Registered Massage Therapist honours a strict code of ethics, governed by the College of Massage Therapists of BC, which ensures that patients receive safe, competent, and ethical care.
RMTs play an integral role in today’s interdisciplinary, team-based, patient-centered approach to healthcare, helping you return to your active, pain-free lifestyle.
The traditional type of massage; uses slow, and rhythmic techniques. Excellent for increasing circulation and reducing stress. Decreases muscle tension and leaves you feeling relaxed.
Using the same techniques as Swedish massage, but using a deeper pressure to contact deeper tissues. Trigger point therapy is commonly used to eliminate “knots” in the muscle. The body often feels as though it has been through an intense work-out after this type of massage.
Tailored specifically for moms-to-be, techniques address postural changes associated with pregnancy. A specially designed cushion allows moms to lie on their stomachs without harming the baby. Benefits of pregnancy massage include increased relaxation and decreased insomnia, stress reduction on weight bearing joints, fewer incidences of nocturnal calf cramps, and reduction of sciatica signs and symptoms.
This dry technique involves deep stretching techniques in order to break up adhesions and scar tissue, and return normal movement and functionality to the area. This technique is often used after an accident or trauma. Frictioning may also be used, and involves eliminating non-functional scar tissue, and replacing it with functional stability.
This type of massage uses very light, slow, and rhythmic strokes to encourage lymph return and circulation. Ideal for unblocking clogged lymph vessels (ie. swollen glands) and for those with swelling in the extremities. Due to the slow movements, half hour treatments usually involve only one area of the body (ie. neck, front of the thigh, or arm).
Note: patients who have undergone cancer surgery/treatment require doctor approval before treatment.
This type of massage is geared towards those with active lifestyles/activities. Focus is on stretching and vigorously treating the muscles involved in a particular activity. This is helpful in the prevention of strain/sprain injuries that can occur. Also available is specific event treatments; Pre-event massage focuses on preparing the muscles for the activity, by vigorously shaking/activating the muscles involved. Post-event massage focuses on stretching out and relaxing the muscles used, and flushing out toxins left behind in the muscles.
Melanie Gatzke, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Melanie graduated in 2006 with honors from Kikkawa Massage College in Toronto, ON.
Melanie practised in Ontario until moving to BC in 2007 where she continued her massage career.
Melanie has a strong treatment background in many areas, such as motor vehicle accident injuries, tension headache treatments, pregnancy concerns and TMJ pain/dysfunction.