Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Dive into DIY drinks

It’s a hot summer in Manitoba.

Some people love it, and others not so much.

But no matter what your preference to summer temperatures, your body needs to be hydrated - both in response to the weather, as well as before and after your massage.

Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, maintains the body temperature, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple.

Here’s two simple delicious recipes, to promote hydration.

The first one uses fresh blueberries which you can find on sale in the grocery stores right now. And the second recipe uses papaya, loved in Asia, as much as North Americans love blueberries.

Lemon Blueberry Blast

1/2 lemon
handful of blueberries, slightly mashed
water (according your taste)

cut the lemon into slices
add all the ingredients to a pitcher
chill in the fridge until cold, about 1 hour


Papaya Lime Lift-Off Smoothie

1/2 lime
1/2 a medium-sized papaya (yellow in colour, soft to the touch)
ice cubes
water (according your taste)
plain or vanilla greek yogurt (optional)

squeeze the lime into the water, removing any seeds which fall into the water
slice the papaya lengthwise into half, (like an avocado)
scrap out the seeds with a spoon, and discard them
peel the rind from the papaya fruit
chop the fruit into small chunks (150 grams)
add all the ingredients into a blender, including 1 or 2 tablespoons of yogurt, if desired
blend until smooth
chill in the fridge until cold, about 1 hour


Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Academy Massage Therapy is very pleased to offer the services of Manual Osteopath, Koorosh Saxton, to its clients. This therapy considers the whole body and its imbalances - gently manipulating the anatomy and physiology, so the body can heal itself.

What does a Manual Osteopath do?

Manual Osteopaths use a variety of techniques to address imbalances in the body, from a whole body perspective. This includes treating muscles, bones, joints, organs and fascia through the soft tissues of the body to achieve and maintain structural balance and health.

Treatment methods
Manual Osteopaths identify, assess, and treat the body’s structures and rhythms using a gentle, hands-on fundamental technique called osteopathic palpation. Individuals who work in this field develop a very fine sense of touch - to master osteopathic palpation, which makes it different from other forms of therapy.

Advanced Fascia Release
Manual osteopaths use advanced fascia release in many different ways. In general, they use it to evaluate the condition of tissues, and to help the body’s fluids (such as blood and lymphatic fluid) flow smoothly. Keeping fluids flowing smoothly reduces harmful fluid retention and makes the body’s immune system function more effectively.

Fascia is tissue found in all parts of the body. It connects all of the body’s structures at both the superficial and deep levels. Practitioners evaluate the fascia to find areas of restriction, and then use soft tissue manipulation to make certain the length and tension of the fascia are properly balanced. Throughout the treatment, practitioners continue to check the state of the body’s tissues. If one technique isn’t working to correct a restriction, another approach is taken instead. Above all, manual osteopaths try to restore health without over-treating.

Manual Osteopaths use this technique to reduce muscle spasms near a joint, ease neurological irritations around a joint, making them more mobile, and also reducing pain and discomfort.

The osteoarticular technique involves gently moving two joint surfaces. Before doing this, the practitioner carefully prepares the soft tissues around the treatment area. The patient is also moved into a position that will minimize, or eliminate the energy and force needed to perform the maneuver. Many patients find this technique less forceful than joint manipulations.

This is very gentle osteopathic treatment, requires great experience. To learn it, Manual Osteopaths undergo intensive training - sensitizing their hands to cranial mobility, and developing great precision in utilizing cranial techniques.

Practitioners use this gentle technique to assess and treat the mobility of the skull and its contents. They may also use it to assess and treat the spine, the sacrum, and other parts of the body. The goal is to adjust the body’s physiology by restoring balance to the circulation of the blood and other body fluids. Manual osteopaths do this by treating the body’s inherent biorhythm. They are able to feel this rhythm in the patient’s head, spinal cord, and in the sacrum, as well as the rest of the body. Manual osteopaths use the biorhythm to assess the patient’s condition, and may, as a result, modify the technique during the course of a treatment.

Visceral Manipulation
Manual Osteopaths use visceral manipulation to treat organs and viscera of the body, including the liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, pancreas, intestines, bladder and uterus. Patients may feel pain in one or more of these organs, or the viscera may be less pliable than it should be. The structures themselves, as well as the fascia (connective tissue) that surrounds them are gently moved to restore full movement. Most patients treated with visceral manipulation feel only the gentle pressure of the manual osteopath’s hand, but the corrections are powerful enough to improve the mobility of an organ, as well as blood flow, and help the organ function more effectively.

The above (and many other) osteopathic manual techniques and approaches are used in a coordinated and rational fashion to slowly adjust the client’s anatomy and physiology towards normal, so that the body can heal itself.

This information was taken from the
National Manual Osteopathic College website

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Your kids also need massage

It’s summer! Your kids are running about! Each of them going in opposite directions. Racing towards a different activity or sport.

All of this motion is great summer fun.

But there are also the accompanying bumps, twists and falls to contend with.

The Vancouver-based Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team in Child & Youth Injury Prevention note that, “Sport and recreation injuries are a significant health problem in Canada, and leading cause of injury requiring medical attention among adolescents.”

Their background information on sport injury study goes on to say that, “Sport injuries account for approximately 50% of all injury to secondary school students, with the medically treated injury rate for high school (HS) (ages 14 - 18) and junior high school (JHS) students (ages 11-14) being 40 and 30 injuries/100student/year respectively.”

At Academy Massage Therapy, we have targeted massage treatments for children and youth who have sports and recreation related needs.

Parents/guardians and their children under the age of 12 are in the same room for the child’s treatment sessions. In fact, the parent and the child may also both receive treatments are the same time!

Talk to us about our preventative and healing therapies provided by our Registered Massage Therapists (RMT).

Please note, most insurance plans include coverage for children.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Say hello to your summer massage!
Try this tasty and refreshing Watermelon Coconut Chill

Before you arrive for your massage appointment, remember to drink lots of water.

Deep tissue massages are designed to break up knots and adjust your muscles. They also release toxins from the muscles, which may make you feel fatigued or nauseated after your massage.  Staying well hydrated by drinking water, before and after your massage will help alleviate these symptoms.

Try this easy-to-make delicious recipe, as part of your next massage at Academy Massage Therapy, and given our hot Winnipeg summer - enjoy it with friends & family at your next barbecue.

Watermelon Coconut Chill

3 cups chilled watermelon, cubed
squeeze of fresh lime juice
1 sprig of mint
1 cup coconut water
1 cup ice

Put all ingredients in a blender.
Blend until smooth.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The meaning of Father’s Day

It is because of deep love, respect and gratitude for the man in our lives
that we dedicate one day to celebrate the person who has been most dear
to us - our dads, our grand dads, our uncles and/or a person who has been
a father figure to us. We may have different names for him, and different
ways of addressing him, but the one thing that is undeniably true is - our
relationship with him.

Father’s Day is celebrated all across the world in more than 150 countries
in different months of the year. In Canada we celebrate Father’s Day on the
3 rd Sunday of June. As the story goes, Father’s Day celebrations began in
the Catholic church during the Middle Ages in Europe, on the feast day of
St. Joseph (the father of Jesus).

We love to celebrate the joys of our life’s journey. There is something
magical about those celebrations, something special about them. Father’s
Day celebrations are a part of our journey in life. The day is also to say
thank you to that great man in our lives who means more than any words
can express.

But what if there is no man in our lives? What if our life journey began, or
continues, without a father figure? We can still celebrate this day because
we are alive, have breath, and the opportunity to welcome every single day
with joy. Maybe the person in your life was, and is, both a dad and mom to
you, gender does not define the role.

This Father’s Day you celebrate you.

Happy Father’s Day from Academy Massage Therapy.