Thursday, August 16, 2018

It’s the quality!

Because of its consistent high quality - Academy Massage Therapy ranks among the top three Winnipeg massage therapy studios for 2018.

This determination was announced at the beginning of the month by Best Three Rated, an organization developed with the expressed goal of identifying companies across a variety of service sectors that operate at the level of general excellence.

The review team which makes determinations, bases their work on a 50-Point inspection which includes a review of the reputation, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust and cost, as it relates to the business.

“This place has a wonderful atmosphere. I’ve been several times to a few different massage therapists, and each one has been excellent. The massage therapists have been friendly and professional. Everyone makes you feel welcome and makes sure you’re comfortable. The space is nicely decorated with a sunny waiting area. I’ll be back,” exclaimed one review.

And detailed rating notes added, “(Academy Massage) uses an integrated approach combining different techniques and customizing the massage to each client’s individual needs - gift cards are available - provides direct billing to insurance companies.”

“I believe this is our third win,” said a pleased Debby MacKenzie, owner of Academy Massage Therapy.

Three Best Rated provides ratings for businesses, professionals, restaurants and more.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

We can all help in this heat

It’s blistering hot in Winnipeg. We can make it make easier for those who are having a tough time, if we lend a helping hand.

Donated water in being distributed by Siloam Mission to people who are vulnerable, and by Habitat for Humanity to volunteers who build affordable housing. News organizations have indicated that with the extreme and persistent heat, these organizations are now running out of bottled water.

Academy Massage Therapy wants you to know about this situation. Please help Siloam Mission and Habitat for Humanity if you are able. You can make a donation, or drop off some bottled water to these organizations. Or share this call for help with your neighbours, friends, and family.

Along with a number of other Winnipeg companies, we are working with the World of Water to provide bottled water to these groups.

Thank you for your help.

Much love,
Academy Massage Therapy

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Ahhhh, the (August) long weekend...

Academy Massage Therapy is taking appointments from 10 am to 3 pm on Monday, August 6th. These somewhat reduced hours will allow our clients time for a massage, and our staff, time to enjoy summer.

Originally called the Civic Holiday, Winnipeggers revelled in their first mid-summer long weekend in 1874 - in a perceived need for citizens to have another “day of relaxation” during the summer.

It’s also interesting to note the first references to Civic Holidays appear to have come from cities in Ontario (then known as Upper Canada) well before that date - 1856 in London, 1861 for Toronto, and Hamilton 1862.

Back then, this extra day off was celebrated as shops were closed, picnic baskets packed, and people headed out on foot, carriages, trains and steamers to get away from it all.

So 144 years, after the first Civic Holiday was declared in Winnipeg - use this day as a reason, or even an excuse to wander about. Enjoy the day at The Forks, Kildonan, Assiniboine or Peanut Park. Paddle along the Red, Assiniboine or Seine Rivers. Drive to Lockport, Grand Beach or the Peace Gardens.

Breathe deeply. Pack a lunch. Head out.

Much love,
Academy Massage Therapy

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

What’s Academy Massage all about?

“We’ve got your back!”, says the sign on our building, the banner at the reception desk, and the slogan on our therapists’ t-shirts.

Academy Massage Therapy is a treatment based service for everyday conditions, sports injuries, and chronic pain. Some seek the benefits of relaxation and grounding through regular massage, as an intrinsic part of their overall wellness.

A vibrant, long time business, located at the corner of Academy Road and Lanark Street, Academy Massage has recently expanded, with more than 50 therapists on staff, open 7 days a week

The therapeutic skills of our RMTs (Registered Massage Therapists) are as varied as the clients themselves. We have therapists specializing in osteopathy, lymphatic drainage, visceral manipulation, hot stones, reflexology, ear candling, prenatal support, and many other areas.

Not certain about what you need or how to get started? Picking up the phone is an excellent first step. Our receptionists will ask you questions to match your needs with just the right therapist.

Owner, Debby MacKenzie, works with her staff in creating a welcoming, thoughtful, and supportive environment. People smile as you come in the door, your appointment is confirmed by someone who enjoys their job, and there’s a pitcher of cool water in the sunny waiting room. Your therapist greets you by name.

Another important part of our service that has been simplified is payment. Debby saw to that years ago. Academy Massage was one of the first in Winnipeg to introduce direct billing.

“We listen,” she says.

Debby trained in the U.K., and worked there, as well as in France. She opened Academy Massage, when she came to Canada.

“It’s not a job,” she says of her beloved business, “It’s my life, and my lifestyle.”

Academy Massage, 561 Academy Road, is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Call them at 204-489-5050.
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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